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Tuesday, March 24 2015

Psalm 122: What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?

"Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God"

The English-language word "gospel" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, godspell, that meant good tidings, or good news. In English-language translations of the Bible, "gospel" (other languages use other words) is used to render the actual Greek word, pronounced yoo-ang-ghel-ee-on, that means to announce good news (the English word evangelism originated from that Greek word). In both cases, "gospel" is about the message, not the messenger.

The apostle Paul was personally taught by Jesus Christ. Paul knew the true "Gospel" very well.

"1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." (Galatians 1:10-12 KJV)

What did Paul say to those who preach something else that they call the "gospel"?

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"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:6-10 KJV)

The warning is very plain: "If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."

So then, a very important question: What is the true Gospel?

Although it is now commonly referred to simply as "the Gospel," the full and genuine term, as actually recorded in the Holy Scriptures, is the "Gospel of the Kingdom of God."

"The Gospel of Jesus Christ" is Christ's preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. It isn't merely about His Name i.e. people claiming to be "saved" because they declare themselves to be Christian (see Who Can Be Saved?). Nor is it a lawless "gospel" (see Ungodly Men Who Turn Grace Into Lawlessness and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

The Messiah never taught that He was the Gospel. The Son of God always preached the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God that will be inhabited by those who humbly repent and truly obey Him (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

When the ministry of John the Baptist was successfully completed (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets), "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God."

"1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 1:2 As it is written in the prophets,

Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

1:12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:1-15 KJV)

The healings that the Messiah did while preaching the coming Gospel of the Kingdom of God were themselves prophecies of the Kingdom of God when and where there will be no illness or pain and no death or grief ("21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4 KJV).

"4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." (Matthew 4:23 KJV)

The end-time "two witnesses" will provide the final testimony of the coming Kingdom of God prior to the Messiah's return to establish the beginning of the Kingdom (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God). At the end of their prescribed 42-month ministry, the LORD will allow their martyrdom, by the forces of those who stubbornly and arrogantly cling to their false, man-made "gospels" - in order to resurrection them a little over 3 days later (see The Battle Of The End-Time Prophets).

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"24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:11-31 KJV)

King David was one of the greatest prophets of the Holy Bible. He was given to witness, many centuries before it happened, the Messiah's Crucifixion through the Messiah's own eyes as it was happening (see David's View From The Cross). David preached and prophesied the true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God (see The Patriotism Prophecy and David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise).

"122:1 A Song of degrees [see also A Song Of Degrees] of David.

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. 122:2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 122:3 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: 122:4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. 122:5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 122:7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 122:8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 122:9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good." (Psalm 122:1-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will the Church of God become the Kingdom of God?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and When The Church Will Become The Kingdom


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This Day In History, March 24

1401: In his sweep through Asia and the Mediterranean, the Tatar ruler Tamerlane conquered Damascus (see Damascus In History And Prophecy).

1449: England captured Fougeres from the French, leading Charles VII to renew the Hundred Years War.

Jules Verne 1603: Elizabeth I, Queen of England over 40 years, died. James VI of Scotland succeeded the throne as James I (the King James Version of the Bible is named after him), uniting the thrones of Scotland and England.

1603: Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan proclaimed Tokugawa Ieyasu the title of shogun (a hereditary military governor), thereby establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate.

1644: Britain granted a charter to Roger Williams for the colony of Rhode Island.

1707: The Acts of Union of 1707 officially united the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.

1720: Count Frederick of Hesse-Kassel was elected King of Sweden by the Riksdag of the Estates.

1829: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the "Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829." It allowed patriotic Roman Catholics (i.e. patriotic to the United Kingdom rather than to the popes who demanded that the United Kingdom return to rule by the papacy) to serve in Parliament.

1832: Mormon leader Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.

1882: Robert Koch announced his discovery of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that caused for tuberculosis (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).

1904: Admiral Tojo had 7 Russian ships sunk as the Japanese strengthened their blockade of Port Arthur.

1905: Jules Verne died at age 77. The French author produced numerous science fiction works (including From the Earth to the Moon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days), some of which accurately predicted actual scientific achievements of a century later.

1924: Greece became a republic.

1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945), 76 Allied prisoners of war broke out of the German POW camp Stalag Luft III. The escape was later dramatized in the film The Great Escape.

1945: Egypt declared war on Germany.

1972: The United Kingdom proclaimed direct rule over the province of Northern Ireland.

1976: Isabel Peron was deposed as president of Argentina in a bloodless military coup.

1978: The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz, aground in the English Channel since March 16, split in two, spilling the last of its 1.6 million barrels of oil.

1988: Former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu was found guilty in an Israeli court of treason for revealing Israel's nuclear secrets.

1989: The Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing a massive oil spill of 240,000 barrels.

1993: Ezer Weizman was elected president of Israel (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1993: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered. It was unique in that it later broke apart and collided with the planet Jupiter in July 1994 thereby providing the first actual observation of a collision of Solar System objects (see also The Christian Universe).

1999: NATO forces began air strikes against Yugoslavia.


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