"..Yet in My Flesh I Will See GOD" [Job. 19.26]

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Kingdom Man

In the last days, God will raise up Kingdom men--in fact, God is already in the process of raising up genuine Kingdom people in the nooks and crannies of the earth. What is a Kingdom man? Well, just look at this:

Somewhere in the slums, a man is being raised up by heaven. All heaven is busy about this particular man and his particular surroundings--the man has an open heaven and angels descend and ascend there. The man starts quietly talking about the kingdom. What is a Kingdom man? Well, here's how he starts. 

He shines shoes and repairs them for a living. He smells terribly, because he walks the streets daily under a hot, blazing sun, and his sweat dries up on his body, mixed with all the dusts and pollution he encounters each day. He looks dirty and rough and unsuitable for even middle class standards. He lives in a tattered roughly improvised dwelling.

He talks about God's Kingdom--but a Kingdom totally strange even for born again Christians and other religious biblicals who sometimes go to his short, quiet talks for curiosity. They're fascinated by his weird ideas of God and his Kingdom--God's glorious church and will--and they often end up shaking their heads in disagreement--sometimes even disgust. The man doesn't know how to interpret Scriptures systematically. Yet, curiously, they somehow find the Word powerfully and genuinely made flesh in his holy, simple life--something they and their church leaders terribly lack. 

Then the sick are made well. "What is a Kingdom man?" he asks them. "A Kingdom man is one who does exactly what the Master did--and does." He said it almost in a whisper, while touching the ears of a deaf person and murmuring strange words afterwards. "Nothing more, nothing less," he adds shortly, talking to no one in particular. Periodically, those who go to his radical Word and healing sessions report seeing angels suddenly appearing in some corners of this man's shanty house. Sometimes, they see angels sitting on his roof. Sometimes, they see angels gliding by. Word on this spreads around. The sick and demon-possessed are healed! Angels appear! The Kingdom man is even sometimes seen talking with Moses and Elijah in his kitchen or bathroom!

There are no promotions or advertisements of any kind on radio or TV--like what one would see with concerts or conferences made by man's churches and denominations. People just flock and crowd round the man's house. Soon, posh cars and vans park in front of his house, and people line up almost a mile long just to have an audience with the man and his disciples. 

He pays no attention about who they are--it was first come first serve. Even mayors, governors, senators, business tycoons, and industrialists have to line up to be prayed for or healed. One touch from him and pains and diseases flee--like how David's harp-playing soothed King Saul.

In his healing sessions, he often casually talks about his Jesus. His Master. Everything is casual and informal. Everything kind of just happens. Oh, how the wicked and the rich and the corrupt and church people get seared by his fiery words and comments--gently said, not bombastic, yet burning nonetheless--and how most church people and leaders hate him for it. He doesn't care one bit who gets hit with what he says. He declares truth without compromise. Many say he's too judgmental and has an air of holier-than-thou attitude about him. But he doesn't care what people think. 

It's funny how you can see people from all walks of life--government officials, rich people, palace people, people of the slums, showbiz people and their fans, religious and church leaders, news teams, vendors, etc., all lining up under the heat of the sun in the grimy and smelly area. They're either hungering for more, asking for blessings, needing miracles, or watching for an opportunity to "expose" the man's scams

Somebody suggests now and then about a change of venue--somewhere comfy--someone is willing to sponsor all expenses if the man agrees to have the sessions in a posh hotel or have a shrine or church built for the man's ministry, but this Kingdom man merely ignores everything. Then says, softly, "If you don't like it here, fine. The door is wide open. You may look for other ministers."

This Kingdom man is not rich, but neither is he poor. He NEVER begs, unlike churches and denominations that often ask for donations and solicitations scandalously. They lure people to pledge amounts. He lives extremely and radically simply, yet feeds the hungry--often thousands of them--without help from "sponsors" who will later try to manipulate you and your ministry. He says, "All things are yours--you can have everything--if you possess nothing."

Many people come to see him daily, but very few dare become his disciples. Gradually, this shoe-repair man builds a ministry. He didn't go house to house to invite people to his bible studies or prayer meetings. Everything just happened. It was all God doing the work. People come to him each day to listen and get healed, while he continues to lambast them about their rotting spiritual condition and hypocrisy--especially the religious leaders. It is obvious, however, that he talked more gently to the marginalized--especially to the poor and the genuinely repentant. Now and then, a soul decides to give up everything and follow Jesus through him. 

Then he gets invited to speak in a crusade in a huge venue--a football stadium seating 50,000 people. He tells them to wait. After a month, he agrees. The football stadium is full packed--including the people outside it and those in the streets around the stadium, media people and the police estimate a million people. Everything is ready--except that the man of God is still nowhere in sight. 

Two minutes before the program starts, the Kingdom man arrives with his disciples. They commuted from his place--took a tricycle and jeepney and walked to the stadium. He wears a plain, old white shirt and maong jeans. He is handed the program, but smiles and ignores it. He goes straight to the mic--even before worship begins--and begins ministering. He goes to the crowd and touches the sick (while murmuring prayers and ordering spirits firmly), as he speaks casually on the mic about his Jesus. His Master. He also says casually that he worships as he speaks and ministers.

After he finishes, he simply thanks the Father (people say they hear thunder after the man prayed), and goes home. He commutes again with his disciples. People swear they see angels in the man's company.

What is a Kingdom man? A Kingdom man is somewhat like the above--probably weirder. Very much like my Jesus. God will raise up men and women and ministries like the above in the last days--nobodies who simply love their Jesus. Nobodies who have nothing except Jesus.

Are you ready?