The Presence of the Future
In this series, “The Presence of the Future”, Iain MacMillan deals with four main questions:

1)What is the central message of the gospel and how does the future apocalyptic kingdom relate to the present kingdom that has come?

2)What are the implications of ignoring the present kingdom?

3)What significance do the parables have in reference to the mysteries of the kingdom?

4)What practical steps do we need to do to ensure entrance into the coming earthly kingdom?

In parts 1-4, he shows that although the kingdom of God is now, the fullness of the kingdom is future and in order to understand the mysteries of the kingdom it as to be granted by God.

Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but to them it has to be granted.” (Matthew 13:11)

Parts 6-7 deal with the subject of repentance and how central it is to the gospel and a prerequisite to salvation. Both John the Baptist and Jesus made the same proclamation:

Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, ’Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:1-2)

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

The subject of God being the One who causes us to repent is dealt with in parts 9 and 10 and the importance of practicing righteousness is the focus of later sessions where Mr. MacMillan focuses on such sections of Scripture as Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 to show some of the unrighteousness deeds that will preclude us from entering the kingdom. The finale brings a series of parables including The Hidden Treasure, The Pearl of Great Value and The Dragnet where the importance of an all out commitment is emphasized once receiving the knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven. What we do in the present will determine where we will be in the future. The Mystery of the Kingdom is that it has indeed come but in such a way as to not invade our society in any dramatic way.

Today the sons of the kingdom intermingle with the wicked but with the eschatological coming of the kingdom at the last trump, the glorious reign of Our Lord will begin and a separation will take place: Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” (Rev 11:15)

Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

The Presence of the Future - Part 1 - The Kingdom of God NOW PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 2 - The Kingdom of God NOW PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 3 - The Fullness of The Kingdom of God is Future PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 4 - The Fullness of The Kingdom of God is Future PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 5 - John The Baptist PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 6 - Repentance the Prerequisite to Salvation PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 7 - Repentance Central to The Gospel PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 8 - The Perils of Tolerance to Sin PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 9 - God is The Cause of our Repentance-David and Uriah PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 10 - God is The Cause of Our Repentance - Psalm 23 PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 11 - Our Mindset of Holiness PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 12 - Listen PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 13 - Parable of The Soils-The Sower PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 14 - Parable of The Soils-The Soils PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 15 - Parable of The Soils-The Mystery of Preparation PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 16 - The Mystery of The Wheat and The Tares PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 17 - The Mystery of The Mustard Seed-The Mystery of Leaven- The Mystery of Hidden Treasure-The Mystery of the Pearl of Great Value-The Mystery of the Dragnet. PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 18 - The Kingdom of God is at Hand PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 19 - The Kingdom of God is at Hand- THE Invasion PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 20 - The Kingdom of God is at Hand- THE Invasion....Continued. PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 21 - The Kingdom of God is at Hand-THE Invasion continued PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 22 - The Warning. PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 23 - Summary - Practicing Righteousness PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 24 - Summary - TODAY! PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 25 – Summary – Our Priorities PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 26 – Summary – Our Priorities continued PDF
The Presence of the Future - Part 27 Finale. PDF