John 18:36 –
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
John 16:2-3 –
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
Matthew 22:29 –
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Matthew 7:21-23 –
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Throughout His ministry Christ had made it clear that He had come to establish a Spiritual Kingdom as opposed to the Earthly Kingdom the Jews were expecting at His First Coming due to their misinterpretation of the Scriptures. Then while standing before Pilate during His trial before the Roman Governor Jesus clearly stated that His kingdom is not of the this world else His servants – the Angels – would fight to prevent Him from being delivered to the Jews.
Previously Christ had informed His disciples that the day would come when those who persecuted them and those who would come after them would think that they were serving God. This prophecy was fulfilled to the letter during the Middle Ages (also known as the Dark Ages) when leaders of the Roman Catholic Church (also known as the Papacy) had those who wouldn’t conform to their false doctrines put to death. Proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that the “Little Horn Power” which sought to “wear out the saints of the Most High” in the book of Daniel and the “Man of Sin” mentioned by the Apostle Paul in his second epistle to the Thessalonians is indeed the Papacy.
Fully aware of the history of religious tyranny and persecution in Europe by the Catholic Church that lasted for one thousand two hundred and sixty years. The Founding Fathers of the fledgling Democratic Republic known as the United States of America sought to secure the individuals right to religious liberty and to prevent the occurrence of religious tyranny and persecution by building a “Wall of Separation” between the Church and the State in the US Constitution.
Unfortunately today there are those who are seeking to tear down the wall of separation between the church and the state in order to impose their own brand of religious tyranny on the citizens of the United States by force of law. In order to convince their followers to support their misguided efforts they have misrepresented and rewritten history as well as wrested the Scriptures to the damnation of both themselves and their uninformed followers.
Christ also made it crystal clear that those who persecuted His followers during the following centuries would do so because they knew neither Him nor His Father. And yet would be so deceived that they thought that they were serving God. The Word of God is quite clear and those who are members of the Religious Right here in America along with their supporters need to take a good hard look at their beliefs and compare them with the Scriptures.
Otherwise the Greatest tragedy (they will discover far too late to repent and be saved) will occur when they realize, that instead of coming up in the first resurrection when Christ comes back the second time sitting on the clouds of glory, they have come up out of their graves in the second resurrection of damnation. When our Lord and Savior will tell these false Christians to depart from Him into the everlasting fire reserved for Satan and His angels.