Sneak Preview of God's Kingdom!
If I may, as God is my Witness and Judge, when I was only 17
years young, God UNEXPECTEDLY gave me a VISION while I
was in prayer. I was within that vision as a glorified
Spirit-Being, whiter than glistening snow and like a brilliant
white cloud with the sun shining on it, appearing smooth,
dressed in a white robe - even my hair was that brilliant white
- holding a Book in my hands and teaching two flesh and blood
mortals who were sitting on the ground, in an outdoor setting
like a park or meadow.
I was leaning over near them, showing them something from the
Book. Mind you that this MIRACLE occurred before I had
ever heard of Herbert W.
Armstrong and his biblical teaching that we're to become
glorified Priest-Kings, teaching in the Kingdom of God,
immortals ruling over mortals with but under Christ! (Revelation
2:26, 3:21, 20:6).
The Kingdom of God is the Royal Family of God administering
the Government of God, with God's Word as the foundation for
every family and standard for all nations (Isaiah 9:7,
Daniel 7:18, 27).
At that time I still believed in the traditional "going to
heaven or hell" myths, so I didn't really know what to think of
the vision. Over a year later, when I attended one of my first
Sabbath services with the Worldwide Church of God (1978), the
minister was preaching about how we'll be God-Beings teaching
human-beings. I about fell out of my chair! It was as if he was
describing the very vision God had given little ol' me!
That inspiring sermon was further confirmation to me that this
Church of God (with its God-given Sabbath and holy days, special
recognition of Northwestern Europeans and Anglo-Saxons as the
"Lost 10 Tribes," the Gospel of the Kingdom, etc.) was indeed
God's Church and not like the baptized paganism of traditional
Churchianity! (It's sad to say the WCG went astray after Herbert
Armstrong's death, but thankfully the faithful Church of God
members left that organization of deceitful men to remain true
to God and the plain truth of the Bible rather than return to
My following minister, George Kackos, whom I later told about
the vision, and who baptized me on the Sabbath day, June 9, 1979
(12 years after Jerusalem's liberation), told me that the vision
was biblical and that God has also given a "sneak preview" of
His Kingdom to Peter, James and John, with their VISION
of the TRANSFIGURATION:
1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his
brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He
was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and
His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses
and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter
answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here;
if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You,
one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 5 While he was still
speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly
a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" 6 And when the disciples
heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7
But Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be
afraid." 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one
but Jesus only. 9 Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus
commanded them, saying, "Tell the VISION to no one until
the Son of Man is risen from the dead."
I dared to declare to Mr. Kackos that my vision was actually
greater because God had showed them a glorified/transfigured
Christ, Moses and Elijah, but mine was more personalized because
God revealed ME in His Kingdom!
I am an eyewitness to God's Kingdom and know what it means to be
in God's Kingdom, both from the Bible and personal experience!
(2 Peter 1:16-18). Flesh and blood cannot inherit the
Kingdom, but at the Resurrection we'll be BORN AGAIN as
GLORIFIED SPIRIT BEINGS - just like our older Brother, Jesus
Christ (Romans 8:29, I Corinthians 15:49-52, Philippians 3:21)
The vision appeared to emphasize the big difference
between mortals and immortals; the great contrast between flesh
and blood and brilliant Spirit. And, as I later used during a
Worldwide Church of God Spokesman's Club speech on serving in
the Churchill Room at the Hillcrest in Toledo, Ohio, I mentioned
this vision and noted that even though we're to be given THRONES
(which I did not see), those thrones are to enable us to use our
positions for GREATER SERVICE, out of love for God and mankind.
God did not show me merely sitting on a Throne, but out serving
others, teaching, helping, explaining. Mr. Kackos then gave his
usual round up speech/mini-sermon, on the importance of
tempering authority with humility, and said that, amazingly, I
had done just that. I had related the vision as a fact, but
wasn't boasting about it.
I look forward, by God's grace, to entering His wonderful
Kingdom and meeting those two people I saw in 1977! It'll truly
be BACK TO THE FUTURE!