Before the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth, the King of Heaven had to announce it first to His people. The truth is, it was announced long ago prior to its coming. He used several prophets as His mouthpiece to make the announcement. And the last prophet He used was John the Baptist.
John the Baptist was not only a prophet, but also a forerunner. A forerunner is a person who appears in advance to announce the coming of someone. It is a kingdom protocol that before a king comes to a certain place, someone has to announce it first. Example: In an earthly kingdom like Great Britain, before Queen Elizabeth comes to visit a certain place, she first sends someone to announce her coming, at least a year before. Same with the Kingdom of Heaven, the announcement was made thousands of years before its coming.
Why the need for an announcement? This is to prepare the people. In an earthly kingdom, you cannot meet the king unprepared physically. And so with the spiritual Kingdom – the Kingdom of Heaven, you cannot meet the King unprepared spiritually. You have to be prepared with your heart and with your whole being, otherwise, the King will judge you. No king on earth will come to a place where the people are not ready. Similarly, no king on earth will come to a place where he is not welcomed. If that is the case among earthly kings, how much more to the Kingdom of Heaven? Surely, its King will not come to a place where the people are not ready or where He is not welcomed. If you force a king to come to a place where the people are not prepared, you put the whole community in trouble. That is why be very careful to pray for Jesus Christ’s coming because the people here on earth are not yet ready.
John the Baptist was sent not only to announce the coming of Christ, the Kingdom of God here on earth during His time, but also to prepare the people for His coming. That is why he had only but one message and that is “Repent for the Kingdom of God is near”. Repent means to change your way of thinking or change your mindset. After the fall of man up to this day, man’s number one problem is his way of thinking. It was totally reversed from the original mind God gave him. Man’s thinking today is totally inclined to Satan’s ways. It is normal for him to think evil throughout his life. And this is what God dealt with through John the Baptist before His kingdom appeared– that man has to repent. I said a while ago that the king will not come to a place where he is not welcomed. That is why John the Baptist was sent only to Israel to announce the coming of the King. No other country could welcome Jesus Christ during that time except Israel. Israel were the only people of God during that time. They were the only people that could welcome the King. People outside Israel during that time were called dogs, according to the Bible. Dogs, in this context, refer to people outside the Kingdom of God. Dogs are certainly not citizens of the Kingdom. But once we become citizens of the Kingdom, we are no longer called dogs. Though we are not naturally born in Israel, we are the “spiritual Israel”.
When the announcement was finally made, the King came and His first statement was “Repent for the Kingdom of God is here!” He did not begin His Kingdom message until He made the people aware. Jesus healed many before He preached the message of the Kingdom. This was the best way in preparing the people for the great message of the Kingdom. Making the people aware is so important because this Kingdom was absent on earth for a long, long time. From the fall of Adam to the last prophet prior to John the Baptist, the Kingdom was nonexistent on earth. So during the Old Testament time, there was no Heavenly Kingdom on earth. That is why if you notice, in the Old Testament, there is no message in it. It is all about laws and announcements about the coming of Christ. The content of the Old Testament is the law and the prophets.
When the people were ready, Jesus Christ finally began the major operation of the Kingdom. He commenced His operation by preaching the great message of the Kingdom. Why message and not action? Because this Kingdom operates by word. When God created the heavens and the earth, He used the words “let there be” to create it. With these words, everything on earth came into existence. That is how it operates. Same is true with Jesus Christ, He used the same system by preaching the message of the Kingdom. He started with the Parable of the Sower.
Why Parable of the Sower? Why not Parable of the Weeds or Parable of the Treasure, or any other parables? It is because the Kingdom has to first scatter its seeds to man because man used to have the message of darkness. The mind of man is empty about the message of the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Light. So for man to operate the Kingdom of God, first, God had to plant the message of His Kingdom into his mind. This is supposed to be what he should operate. This is his original design – operating the Kingdom of God here on earth. Sad to say, man is ignorant about this Kingdom up to this day, even the church of God.
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus Christ described four kinds of people in the Kingdom: 1. The Path; 2. The Rocky 3. The Thorns 4. The Good Soil. These people are not outside the Kingdom or unbelievers but inside the Kingdom or believers. Why inside or believers? Because Jesus Christ will not preach to people who are outside the Kingdom. That is why He was sent only to Israel during that time.
The path are those people who hear the message of the Kingdom but do not understand it and then the devil steals away what was sown onto them.
The rocky are those people who hear the message and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, it lasts only a short time. When persecution comes because of the Word, they quickly fall away.
The thorns are those people who hear the message but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
The good soil are those who hear the message and understand it. They produce a crop yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
If you notice, in this parable, only 25% of the entire people of God could understand the message of the Kingdom. The 75% are those people that are victimized by the devil because of lack of understanding. No wonder the Bible says “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”
Going back to the rocky group, they are the ones who are so excited upon hearing the message of the Kingdom because they tend to be emotional, but the problem is, when persecutions come, all their excitement turns into sadness. I have seen a lot of people having this kind of attitude. That is why when people during my conferences tend to become overjoyed with the message, I am not easily convinced with their reaction because I believe that their high emotions that went up abruptly will die down easily. Will that excitement still be there when there is persecution?
The thorny group on the other hand, are the ones who because of money and material things never grow in the Kingdom. No matter how you teach them about this Kingdom, they would still prioritize material things and as a result, they end up in frustration. They forget about the word of the Great King in the Bible, in Matthew 6:33 which says “Seek ye first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”. Based on this passage, as long as you prioritize His Kingdom and be aligned with it, it is His responsibility to provide you for your existence. You did not ask Him to put you into existence but it is His decision that you are here on earth, therefore, it is His obligation to provide you for your well-being. So what’s the use of prioritizing the material things? Even during Sundays, when the believers are supposed to spend their time with the King, it is never spent accordingly. People are always in a hurry to go home or somewhere else even during the worship service. These people are ignorant, no foundation and full of worries.
The last group which is called the good soil are the people who understand the message and as a result, they grow and bear fruit. They are called the producers in the Kingdom. They are the unshakeable and the dominators. And these are the real Body of Christ. What Christ did, they also do, even greater things, as Christ declared. Christ is their Head and they are the Body. Jesus Christ is no longer here on earth but His Body is here. It is at work in this planet. And this is whom the devil is afraid of because he is never threatened with those believers that are ignorant about the Kingdom. These are the people who are advancing the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. All their minds are influenced by the Kingdom of Heaven. They are the producers of the Kingdom. They understand their responsibility – to produce!
So in this Parable of the Sower, we are able to see the operation of the Kingdom by putting back its original message into the minds of its citizens. It is with this message that they operate the Kingdom. Hence, with the message, we get the system of the Kingdom and with this system, we base our operation. In the kingdom of darkness, before man could operate evil works, Satan has to put his evil system into man’s mind. This is also true with the Kingdom of Heaven. You cannot operate it without understanding the message and its system. With this, I pray that everyone who reads this message will not allow the devil to steal what was sown in their hearts but will understand it and will produce a hundred, sixty or thirty times and soon will operate the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth, for this is man’s original design – to be the Good Soil and the Producer! Remember, when God created man, He used the raw material, the good soil and He commanded him “be fruitful and increase”. And I declare that everyone who understands this message will become a Kingdom advancer here on earth.