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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"?
"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,
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).
"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.
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.
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.
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.