Preparing the Spiritual Soil
The mission of the New Covenant Church of God was not at first comprehended by the early members who were impatient to see the Kingdom grow. The following revelation shows that the greatest labour is ploughing the souls of men so that they are fertile enough to receive the seed of Christ and flourish. The restoration of the Gospel -- its revelations, Priesthood, Church structure, and Temple -- took ten long years (1986-96). The Lord tried the faith of the first members to find out those who had faith and those who did not. The process of restoration was gradual with constant changes being required in thinking and behavioural patterns. The final changes, which have been likened to the transformation of a caterpillar into a chrysalis and finally into a butterfuly, were enormous and tried the faith of many. By 1996 the Church was threatened with extinction, as is the butterly when, in its vunerability, it emerges from the pupa. This revelation, received towards the end of 1989, was a warning to those who thought the Gospel would arise and spread as it did in the days of the first apostles. The conditions are very different in our modern world requiring quite different preparation. Preparing the spiritual soil, which is badly encrusted because of faithlessness, materialism, sophistry, linguistic corruption, and atheism, requires more work today than it did anciently [Bergen, Norway].
Ploughing Before Sowing
1. My son,: why doest thou wonder in thy heart over the building of the Kingdom, for thou shouldst understand?
2. Thou seekest to build the Kingdom too quickly, not comprehending the wider meaning of the work.
3. Therefore hearken unto Me and I will give thee explanation.
4. The world is the vineyard; and the seed, which is My Word, must be planted in the vineyard, or in other words, the sons of men.
5. But the vineyard is full of weeds, and the untended and unwatered soil hath become hard and lifeless because of sin.
6. An unwise and lazy farmer planteth the seed in such ground, and his labour is in vain, for the seed is choked, or burned up, or eaten by birds.
Sweat and Labour First
7. But the wise farmer must sweat and labour, breaking the hard soil, which is the strongholds of ignorance and spiritual death, before the seed will take root.
Keys of the New Covenant
8. For this cause have I given the saints so many keys that through patient labour and toil they may break down the barriers of ignorance and false teaching, tilling the souls of men that they might become good soil in which to plant the seeds of the Kingdom.
9. Therefore cease to trouble thyself over the slowness of the work for the harvest cometh only after much sweat and toil.
10. Rather take hold of the plough and break asunder the soil of men's souls that I might find souls ready to receive Me when I come to them.
11. Ye must plough, plant and water, but first cometh the ploughing.
12. They who plant the seed without ploughing condemn the seed to death, for the soil becometh only harder; and these are profitless labourers1.
13. Count the blessings of the Father toward you, ye saints of the New Covenant, for ye are doing the work of the Father.
14. Do not cease to toil nor doubt the fruits of your labour, for the fruits are invisible at first but by the by ye shall see them and greatly rejoice. Even so. Amen.
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