Jesus’ Other Sheepfold

MKJV John 10;13 The hireling flees, because he is a hireling and does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the Good Shepherd, and I know those that are Mine, and I am known by those who are Mine. 15 Even as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep who are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd. 17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I might take it again.

I never understood what Jesus meant by his other sheepfold. Now that I understand the fence that Jesus established to protect his sheep, the other sheepfold becomes clear. [Are You In Christ’s Sheepfold?] The protective barrier that Jesus established is the volunteer – tent maker priesthood. The other sheepfold are those that have not committed the unpardonable sin- blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.   These folks are outside Jesus’ protective barrier. They do not claim Jesus as savior, but they do seek God by seeking,respecting, and honoring the Holy Spirit.  Some of these folks might even blaspheme Jesus  but they hear the voice of the Spirit, turning from ego, pride,  selfishness and hatred to humility consideration, service, and compassion.   These folks are not given the gift of salvation in this life, but they are still accounted among the sheep.   These folks are not new creations in Christ, but they have accepted the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Dear God,

Please lead your flock back into your protective barrier, your sheepfold.  Help them understand and turn from these deceived deceivers, these men who hawk the word, who rob from widow’s houses, and who take advantage of the simple trust of your flock, In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Glenn

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God’s Two Sheepfolds or the Sheepfolds Of God

The New Testament mentions both a Kingdom of God and a Kingdom of Heaven. Most pastors today preach that these are two different names for exactly the same thing. I used to believe this too, but like most of the teachings of our fallen established church system, it is false! These passages describe two very different Kingdoms, different rewards for for different levels of obedience and submission.

The Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom that was prepared for God’s sheep[from the creation of the world – Matt 25:34]. These sheep are not saved by Jesus. They have not been perfected, not fully living as new creations in Christ not offering their lives as living holy sacrifices, but still they have love and compassion for the weak, the poor, the widows and the prisoners.

I believe that the Kingdom of God is the Kingdom that Jesus established with his sacrifice on the cross when he declared it is finished. These folks who are true followers of Jesus have been saved, who have their names written in the Lambs book of Life, as they offer their lives as a living holy sacrifice to God. These are the true disciples of Jesus! But these are not the only folks whose names are written in the Lambs book of life.

This passage led me to suspect that God’s word describes two different Kingdoms.

KJV Ephesians 5:5

5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

I believe this passage simply eliminates unclean greedy folks from either Kingdom. Lets look at another key passage that talks about both the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus discussions with the rich young ruler.

KJV Matt 19:16-26

16. And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17. And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

18. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

19. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

20. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

21. Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

22. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

23. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

25. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

26. But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

So to get to heaven, to get into the Kingdom of Heaven we need to have keep these six commands:

Thou shalt do no murder,

Thou shalt not commit adultery,

Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Honour thy father and thy mother: and,

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

This is God’s plumb line of righteousness. Those who keep these commands are the sheep at the great white throne, they both love their neighbor as themselves and they bear no false witness.

After Jesus explains about keeping these commands he tells the rich man, “if you want to be perfect” ,if you want to be saved by Jesus and enter into the Kingdom of God you must sell what he has and come follow me! These are the criterion for entrance into the Kingdom of God! These are necessary for his salvation, for him to be spared from the sitting at the Judgment seat, but they are not necessary to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matt 4:17 & Mark 1:15

Both the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are at hand

KJV Matt 4:16-17

16. The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

17. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

KJV Mark 1:14-15

14. Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15. And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Matt 5:3,10 & Luke 6:20,22

Those who are persecuted for the sake of Righteousness are given the Kingdom of Heaven. Those persecuted for Jesus sake are given the Kingdom of God!

KJV Matt 5:3-10

3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

KJV Luke 6:18-22

18. And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.

19. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

20. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

21. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

23. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

24. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

Matt 8:11 & Luke 13:28

Seems like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and “many” have access to both the Kingdom of Heaven while fewer, only those on the narrow way and who turn from evil are given access to the Kingdom of God

KJV Matt 8:11-12

11. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

KJV Luke 13:27-29

27. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

28. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

29. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

Matt 10:7 & Luke 9:60

We are tp preach that both the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are at Hand

KJV Matt 10:6-8

6. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

8. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

KJV Luke 9:60

56. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

57. And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

58. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

59. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

60. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

61. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

62. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Matt 11:11 & Luke 7:28 & Luke 16:16-17

These passages were written when John the Baptist was still alive, before he was glorified. These passages say that all who have already passed away and been rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom of God are now “greater” that John, than a living breathing man. Both John and The prophets preached the Kingdom of Heaven, but after John, the Kingdom of God is preached and men are eager to come inside.

Matt 13:11 & Mark 4:11

The heathen on the Temple porch, the curch-goers, the best worshipers, those not turning from deliberate sin can not see the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God

KJV Matt 13:10. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

KJV Mark 4:11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Matt 13:31 & Mark 4:30,31

Knowledge of Both Kingdoms starts out with a tiny mustard seed of faith

KJV Matt 13: 31. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32. Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

KJV Mark 4:30-31 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

31. It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

32. But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it

Matt 13:33 & Luke 13:20-21

An impure heart and the leaven of Hypocrisy will spoil our chances to enter either Kingdom

KJV Matt 13:Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

34. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

35. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

KJV Lke 13:20. And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

21. It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Matt 19:14 & Mark 10:14

To enter either Kingdom we must come humbly in pure expectation, as a little child.

Matt 19:23 & Matt 19:24

While it is difficult for the rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, it is virtually impossible for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God – like threading a camel thru the eye of a needle.

KJV Matt 19:23. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

KJV Matt 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matt 25:14 & Luke 19:11

In Matt 25 the Kingdom of Heaven is like the Parable of the talents, those who have be given more to abundance, but those who do nothing will lose even what they have. In Luke 19, this same parable applies to the Kingdom of God. If we are not using the gifts that God Gives us for his Kingdoms[both Kingdoms] , we will lose our faith and our place in the Kingdom.

KJV Matt 25:14. For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

KJV Luke 19: 10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

11. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

12. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

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