When training laymen in Evangelism my favorite theme song is "It is the
Time to Take the Kingdom" (Author unknown):
It is the time to take the Kingdom
Rise up be strong, Ďtis Christís command
For every power and dominion
Is given now into your hands.
He that has ears to hear the trumpet call,
He that has heart to understand,
It is the time to take the Kingdom,
Rise up be strong, possess the land.
David Livingstone was one of the first major missionaries to Africa. After he
came to know Jesus he began wondering what Jesus would have him to do with his
life. The great commission given in Matthew 28:18-20 was constantly impressed
upon his mind. Jesus said:
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go
therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all
that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the
He learned from this passage:64/103-108
"All authority is given unto me."
The same power is available!
"Go and evangelize all nations."
The same program is operative!
"Lo, I am with you."
The same presence is assured!
He understood that the call to
go and the above promises given to that call are an ever present
now and that they applied to Him. He decided to go to
medical school and prepare himself for the missionary field. He
eventually went to Africa and became one of the single greatest
influences for Christianity in Africa to ever live.
When he went to Chonuane, Africa to establish a
new missionary station, he met a chief of a tribe there named
Sechele. Sechele called all his people together to hear Livingstone
preach. Upon hearing the message the chief exclaimed, "This is
wonderful. But my forefathers were living at the same time yours
were. How is it that they never heard of the love of God and of
Jesus the Saviour? Why did they all pass away into deep darkness?"
This was a just and strong rebuke against the Church of God which
Jesus commissioned to reach out to all the nations with the Gospel.
When Sechele made this statement more than 3/4 of humanity were
still living in darkness. No one who claims to be a Christian can
take the luxury of sitting out the war of the battle of the souls of
men. The Battle is great and only as we all do our part can the
harvest be brought in.
Why was the Gospel so slow in coming? Why did
our fathers pass away into deep darkness? Does not the Lordís
command require obedience? Does not the Kingís business require
Harold Armstrong Baker, who was a missionary to
Tibet, China and Formosa, had an orphanage in which he and his wife
brought in Chinese beggar boys. God sovereignly chose to visit these
orphans in an unusual way, giving a tremendous out pouring of the
Holy Spirit upon them, manifested through God taking these boys
(several) up into heaven to witness the life to come. In one of the
cases of these beggar boys, while he was translated into heaven in
spirit, Jesus chose to allow those in the service to witness the
conversation that Jesus had with this beggar boy by speaking
through the Holy Spirit through his
mouth what we might call a word of prophecy but what was to this boy
a face to face conversation with Jesus. Because it was spoken
through the boy in a room of many witnesses, slow enough for all to
hear, they were able to write it down as it was given. This was what
the Lord said to the occupants in the Church Service through this
Chinese beggar boy:
"I weep tonight. I am
heart-broken. I am in deep sorrow because those who believe in me
are so very few. I planned and prepared heaven for every one, having
made room for all the people in all the world. I made the New
Jerusalem in three great cities, one above the other, with plenty of
space for all men. But men will not believe me. (This message was
given between heart-rending sobs and floods of tears from the boy).
Since men will not believe me, I must destroy the wicked earth.
you have any friends, tell them to repent quickly; persuade all men
as rapidly as possible to believe the gospel;
but if people will not listen and will not accept your message the
responsibility will not be upon you.
"Get the baptism of the Holy
Spirit. If you will tarry and believe, I will baptize you. The devil
deceives you by making you think you will not receive the baptism,
but wait and seek and I will baptize you, and give you power to cast
out devils and to heal the sick.
"If you think perhaps you will
not get to heaven, that thought is of the devil. I will not destroy
my own children; I will protect and save every one; not one of mine
will perish. I will overcome....
"Tell other churches they,
too, should seek the Holy Spirit.
All churches must
"The devil is coming to earth
in a few years, and there will be great tribulation. Do not worry; I
will protect and care for you.
"People everywhere will gather
together and fight in one place, after which I will come to punish
the earth. You must not fear, for those who believe in me will be
caught up to blow trumpets and to play harps (Something the children
enjoyed doing in heaven).
"I will destroy two of every
three. When I come everything must obey my voice. Houses will tumble
down; mountains will fall; trees will be destroyed. There will be
utter destruction where I will not leave one blade of grass. Those
who worship idols will perish. All sorcerers and spiritist mediums
shall be cast into hell.
Only those who believe
the Gospel will be saved."66/100-101
Brothers and sisters,
the call to go out into your home town, Samaria and to the uttermost
parts of the earth is given to every born again Christian. The time
is not a week from now, a month from now or a year from now. The
Apostle Paul admonishes us that the
Time is NOW!
Paul writes: "Behold, NOW is the acceptable time, behold, NOW is the
day of salvation." (2 Cor 6:2). Jesus has already assured us of his
authority, power and presence. None of us has a legitimate excuse
for not getting involved in the battle. This is why "It
is the Time to Take the Kingdom"
is my theme song. It symbolizes my heart, focus, attitude and
intent. I believe that the Bible teaches clearly it is always the
time to do Evangelism and that it is the responsibility of every
born again Christian to take that Gospel to lost hurting humanity. I
am personally committed to reaching my city with the message of
Jesus Christ and to equipping and training Laymen to do the same.
Bibliography & Notes
Section 5 Chapters