The Kingdom of Heaven can be likened to a Kingdom, which a King leaves for a long travel, and leaves in charge his servants, who he promoted to the position of Gate Keepers.
Before he leaves, he charges them to grow the population of his country, by sending out ambassadors to invite people to come for his glorious feast upon his return. He also charged them to train the ambassadors, teaching them his ways, so that everyone who attends the feast will be properly prepared and clothed.
The Gate Keepers got to work and were amazed at how many people were coming to the Kingdom of Heaven, eager to be part of the Feast. There were so many to look after in the Kingdom, and they needed, more than ambassadors, pastors and teachers to watch over the growing population.
Worthy leaders were appointed, who were ably trained to teach the message the King had given to the Gate Keepers, about proper conduct in the country, while they waited for the King’s return. They were also given the duty of looking after the growing population.
However, the leaders began to disagree and quarrel about the understanding of some of the teaching from the Gate Keepers. Some were too liberal. Others were too conservative. The new citizens of the country were confused, and many moved from leader to leader, looking to settle with one with whom they had full agreement. Others appointed themselves as leaders. The land was in chaos.
The King delayed in his return, and the generation of the Gate Keepers passed. A new generation arose, born in the division of the country. Some were concerned for unity. Many were more concerned about popularity. Still others were concerned for profit only!
They all assumed themselves to be gate keepers and ambassadors and teachers, preventing many from entering the Kingdom of Heaven and starving the citizens with their lust for money and power.
The news spread far and wide that the Kingdom was compromised, and many of the enemies of the King gathered to plan their attack on the Kingdom. They pretended to be interested in attending the much talked about Feast, so they could enter in to the Kingdom and cause greater division, and send many running from the country.
The Kingdom was defamed, and it became harder to invite people to the Feast. The division among its citizens was daily in the news, and few believed that the King was going to return!
Some conniving leaders changed the original message to make it more appealing to a world that did not believe. Rather than teaching about humility and service, they preached about financial success and security. At the gates of the Kingdom, they took money from the crooked, who they brought in by deception to increase their popularity.
When the King returned, he was enraged to see that his Kingdom was overrun with thieves and liars and all kinds of evil was being done in his name. However, he saw that a remnant remained. There were a few who still lived in expectation of his coming, who loved one another and had kept his commandments.
He called the Faithful to himself, that they may wage war against the intruders and his enemies who had connived to destroy his Kingdom. After the war was won, the King held his feast in honour of the Faithful and the great multitude of those who had died in expectation of his return and those killed for defending his truth.
“And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers”.
May the King return swiftly, amen!
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