Jesus Christ came to earth almost 2,000 years ago to announcea message from God.He was killed for bringing it!What was that message?
"Just believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you'll be saved," is the message
of most professingChristianministerstoday. Butisthatwhatthetruegospelreallyis? Almostnobodyseems to know!
WHAT THE GOSPEL IS NOT
Tuneinatelevisionset toanyreligious Christian channelon any given dayintheUnitedKingdomtoso-called"gospelprograms"and you'll see and hear preachers telling
you about Christ-urging you to believe on Jesus - to accept Jesus-telling you what
a wonderful person He was. They will talk about "getting out the gospel," meaning
the message about Jesus. Thus every Sunday morning, thousandsof viewers assume
they are hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.Believe it or not, preaching Christ
and belief on Him is not preaching Jesus’ s gospel!Christ was a messenger. He brought
the gospel-the message God sent by Him for all mankind. That message is good news.The very word gospel means "good news."True,JesusChrist,theperson,isthemostimportantindividualevertowalkthisearth.True,Heisthe Saviour of all mankind.
But Jesus, the person, is not the gospel! The miracles He performed are not the
gospel. The things Jesus did are not the gospel. What He preached-the tremendous
good news He announced- IS the "gospel"!What people have accepted without question
as the gospel offers no solution to humanity's sufferings,frustrationsandindescribableevils. ThetruegospelJesusbroughtproclaimsthesolutionto the world's troubles.But men rejected that gospel and crucified Jesus for preaching it!
"BELIEVERS" WANTED TO KILL CHRIST!
There were those in Christ's day who "believed on Him," just as millions do today.These same people were influenced on occasion to want to kill Him! Notice the astounding
truth in your Bible.It's an eye-opener, for the Bible does not say what most people
have been taught.Jesus was speaking in the Temple at Jerusalem: "Then said Jesus
to those Jews which believed on him, if yecontinueinmyword,thenareyemydisciplesindeed"(John8:31). Jesus""word"wasHis message-thegospelHewasteaching.
Hewassaying,inotherwords:"ifyoucontinuedoingwhatthe gospel teaches, you
will be my disciples."
Theybelieved on Him. They liked Him. They believed in His identity. They believed
He was the Messiah, the Christ, but they did not believe HIM- or what He said!They
called Hima liar.Continuing, Jesus said, "Butye seek to kill me, because my word
hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father" (verses 37-38).
These very people who "believed on him" sought to kill Him because they hated what
he said - His gospel-the very solution to mankind's troubles that will usher in peace,
prosperity and happiness in all the earth!These who believed on Him continued to
argue. Then Christ said: "But nowyeseektokillme,a manthathathtoldyouthetruth,whichIhaveheardofGod...IproceededforthandcamefromGod; neither
cameI of myself, but he sent me .. And becauseI tell you the truth, yebelievemenot.
(verses 40, 42, 45).
MILLIONS DECEIVED TODAY
Millions today also believe on Christ, but do not believe His gospel because most
have never heard it! TheyhaveheardofChrist-ofwhatHedid-butnotHismessageofthesolutiontoallman's troublesandhowtoreceiveeternallifeinjoyfulhappiness,abundanceandaccomplishment! So millionstodayhavebeendeceivedintobelievingafalsegospelthatdoesnotleadtosalvation! Strong words, but backed up by the
Word of God, as we shall see.
SobesuretogetyourBiblebeforeyoureadanotherword. Lookupeveryscripturegivenin answer to the questions as you study the truth about the gospel of Jesus
We hope you are also taking the time to copy these verses in a notebook. This will
not only help you to concentrate on your studies, it will also help to implant the
truth of God's Word more firmly in your memory. Writing down the scriptures will
also enable you to easily review this study material at any time in the future.
FALSE GOSPELS PREACHED TODAY
Intoday'sprofessingChristianWesternworld,wefindavarietyof"gospels"beingpreached. Some designate their gospel as "The Gospel of Jesus Christ." Others call
their gospel "The Gospel of Salvation." Still others profess "The Gospel of Grace.
There is also a modern "Social Gospel," while some call their gospel "The Israel
None of these are the gospel Jesus proclaimed! Why doesn't professing Christianity
preach the only true gospel that God sent by Jesus Christ?
1. DidJesustellHisdisciplesthatpriortoHisreturn,manywouldbedeceivedbythefalse teachings of ministers claiming to represent Him and professing that
He is the Christ?Matt. 24:4-5.
Comment: UntoldthousandsofprofessingChristianministershave,overthecenturies,"preached Christ."TheyhaveprofessedtobeHisministers-torepresentHim. TheyhavesaidJesusofNazareth is the Christ. But they withheld Christ's gospel. Thus
the vast majority have been deceived by false gospels!
2. Were there already many antichrists in the days of the Apostle John( aboutA.D.90
)? I John 2:18.
3. DidtheApostlePaullamentthefactthattherewerealreadymanyfalseapostles,teachinga counterfeit gospel in his day?Gal. 1:6-8.
Comment: About20yearsafterChrist'sdeath,Paulpronouncedacurseuponanyonewho would dare to preach any gospel other than the one true gospel that Jesus preached,
and that the Apostle Paul continued to preach to the Galatians. Yet, another "gospel"
had been preached to the Galatians by false ministers claiming to represent Christ.
The true gospel was suppressed not long after Christ completed His ministry.After
aboutA.D. 70 it was no longer proclaimed publicly to the world. The Church of
God was forced by persecution to "go underground," holding services secretly, communicating
the truth of God privately.
Comment: A false gospel continued to be preached publicly until today dozens of
different, perverted gospels are being taught as if they were the true gospel. Not
knowing anything about the truegospel,thevastmajoritythereforerejectitwhentheydohearitproclaimedanewtodaybyGod's Church!
Comment: The Jesus these false ministers preached about, the spirit they proffered,
the "gospel" they taught, were all spurious-totally foreign to the Apostle Paul and
the other true apostles of Christ!Paul,therefore,gavethissolemnwarningtotheCorinthianbrethren(andtoustoday):"Forsuchare false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; forSatanhimselfistransformedintoanangeloflight. Thereforeitisnogreatthingifhisministersalso be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;Whose end shall be according
to their works" (2Corinthians. 11:13-15).
6. What did Paul say is in store for those who through their wickedness suppress
thetruthofGod? Rom.1:18.(TheRevisedStandardVersionplainlytranslates"holdthetruth"as"suppress the truth.")
Comment: BeforetheendofthefirstcenturyA.D.themessageofthetruegospeltaught by Christ and His apostles was suppressed and false "gospels" substituted.
Christ's message would not be proclaimed worldwide again until the latter half of
the 20th century and into the 21st century!
7. Did Jesus Christ say it is necessary to believe the gospel to be saved? Mark
Comment: Notice Jesus said, "He thatbelieveth."Butbelievewhat?ThatwhichHepreached-the gospel!Nota gospel.Not ANY gospel.THE gospel!
Before Jesus Christ began preaching the one and only true gospel nineteen and one
half centuries ago, God first senta special messenger to prepare the way before
GOD'S MESSENGERS AND THEIR MESSAGES
The prophet Malachi lived among the Jewish colony that had been sent to Jerusalem
from their captivity in the ancient lands of Babylon andMedo-PersiatobuildthesecondTemple.Malachiwrote approximately one generation after Ezra and Nehemiah.This is important to know because his writings then reached only a small portion
of Judah and none oftheHouseofIsrael,whichsomerefertoasthe"lost"tentribes.
YetMalachi'sprophecyis addressed to Israel (Mal. 1:1), not just the small Jewish
colony in Jerusalem. But his message never reached the House of Israel, which long
since had been taken intoAssyriancaptivityandscattered. Malachi's message isa prophecy for all of Israel today!
Comment: The prophecy in Malachi applies to preparing the way for both Jesus' First
Coming nearly 2,000 years ago and to preparing the way before His Second Coming in
power and glory as World Ruler. Verses 2-6 of Malachi 3 specifically refer to His
yet-future Second Coming. (More about this later in the lesson.)
Inverse1ofchapter3,MalachiclearlyreferredalsotoChrist'sFirstComing,becausethis prophecy is referred to in Mark 1: 1 -2: "The beginning of the gospel
of Jesus Christ ... I [will] send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare
thy way before thee."
Luke1:13-17; Mark 1:4, 7-8.
Comment: It was prophesied that John would
2) turn the hearts of the fathers to the children; and
3)"makereadyapeoplepreparedfortheLord"(Luke1:17). Johnpreachedthebaptismof repentance for the remission of sins to prepare numbers of people to accept Christ
when He began His ministry.
3. After John prepared the way for Jesus’ First Coming, did Jesus then fulfilHisprophesied mission as the Messenger of the New Covenant?Mal. 3:l; Mark 1:14-15.
Comment- God had promised to send a Messenger into this world from heaven, bearing
the messageoftheNewCovenantfromHim. JesusChristwastheMessengerofthatNewCovenant,as we learned in the previous lesson. And recall that the New Covenant
message is the "gospel" Jesus preached!
4.WheredidJesusfirstpreachthegospel? Mark1:14;Acts10:36-37. WhendidJesusbegin preaching the gospel?Same verses.
Comment: Galilee is the place where Jesus first preached the gospel, not Jerusalem.
And He began preaching "after the baptism which John preached." The true gospel
of the New Covenant, then, did not begin with John the Baptist.It began after John
had completed his baptismal ministry and was put in prison.
5.To whom did God send Jesus to preach the gospel?Matt. 15:24.
Comment: Jesus Christ was the divine Messenger sent by God to preach to the descendants
of ancient Israel. Since Malachi called Him the Messenger of the Covenant (Mal.
3:1), His message is the proclamation of the New Covenant.This message is the New
6. Did God later send the Apostle Peter to preach the same gospel to Gentiles? Acts
10:34-48, especially verses 36-37; 11:18.
Comment: The same gospel Christ preached to the children of Israel now began to
go to all nations. But the gospel did not originate with Jesus Christ, nor with
Peter, nor the Apostle Paul. It was sent from God the Father by Jesus Christ!
THE "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD"
1. What was the "gospel" Jesus preached?Mark 1:1 4.
Comment: ThemessageGodsentbyJesusChristwasthe"gospeloftheKingdomofGod"'The Kingdom of God is the government of God, which shall rule all nations.
But it is also the Family of Godintowhichwemaybeborn-thedivineFamilywhichwillbecomeaspirit-nation,rulingallnations on earth asa world-ruling government!Jesus was sent merely to announce that message-not force men to accept it, believeit, and act upon it. Never did Jesus plead with a single one to be converted. He
just announced the good news of the Kingdom of God, and then left it to the Father
to call, through that announcement and His Spirit, those whom He would select (John
6:44). Christ did not come then to convert the world! He did not start a "soul-saving"
crusade. He came to announce the gospel-the good news-of His coming Kingdom on earth!
2. Nevertheless,didJesussayitwasnecessarytorepentandbelievethegospelHepreached? Mark 1:14-15.
Comment: Notice Jesus said, "Believe the gospel." What gospel? The one He was proclaiming.
Jesus said we must believe the gospel-the good news of the coming Kingdom of God-to
become a Christian! It was then and is today an advance news announcement. It is
tremendous, wonderful news-the most important news ever announced to mankind!
But,onemayask,don'tweneedtobelieveonJesus? Ofcourse. Otherscripturesteachthat. Butat this particular time Jesus said we must believe Him -believe
what He said-believe the gospel message of the Kingdom of God that He proclaimed!The gospel of Jesus Christ is not man's gospel about the person of Christ. It is
Christ's gospel-the gospel Jesus preached-the gospel God sent by Him, and therefore
it is also called, in Scripture, "the gospel of God." The gospel of God is God's
gospel-His message-His good news that He sent by Jesus.
3. Who did Jesus plainly say sent Him and told Him what to say?John 12:49-50.
Comment: The Father sent Jesus bearing a special message, which is the good news
of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is God's Spokesman-the Word who was made flesh and
lived, and taught, on this earth!
5. What did Jesus say is the gospel of the New Testament?Luke 16:16.
Comment: "Thelawandtheprophets"-referringtoOldTestamentScriptureswerepreacheduntil John the Baptist began his special ministry. After John's mission was over,
Jesus began proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Christ's gospel is the prophetic proclamation of a coming world government that will
rule all nations andbringtoday'sconfused,chaotic,war-wearyearthpeaceandjoy!
Itisthevital,dynamic, powerful, living message of God's government, first over
individuals in God's Church who have voluntarily come under that government, then
later over all nations in the world tomorrow!Of course the message from God includes
the knowledge about our Saviour, High Priest and coming King! Ofcourseitincludesthetruewayofsalvation,whichthechurchesofthisworlddonot understand! ItalsoincludesknowledgeofthelocationoftheterritorytoberuledoverbytheKingof the coming Kingdom of God-the fact it will be on this earth, NOT in heaven!But there can be no government without laws, and so the true gospel also must proclaim
the law of God, which will bring peace and everything good to those living in the
Kingdom of God, and success, happiness and joy to the individual who keeps it now.The true gospel has to do with the nations of today's world, and world conditions
today, and Christ's reign over all nations in the world tomorrow! It is a "full,"
complete, dynamic and powerful gospel thathadbeenkeptfromtheworldfor19centuriesbythegodofthisworld-Satanthedevil!(Rev.12:9).
Let's be sure we understand the full meaning of the Kingdom of God.
WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD REALLY IS
The Bible speaks of successive world-ruling kingdoms.The first was theChaldean
Empire (often called "Babylon").God inspired the prophet Daniel to say toNebuchadnezzar,
its king, "The God of heaven hath given theea kingdom, power, and strength, and
glory" (Dan. 2:37).There also were other kingdoms in the course of history occupying
lesser territories. One was the Kingdom of Israel-the family of the patriarch Israel
grown into a nation and later ruled by kings. The Kingdom of Israel was actually
a type or forerunner of the coming Kingdom of God, which will be composed of Spirit-born
children of God-the Family of God organized intoa governing kingdom.
The Kingdom of God will be dual:
1)AKINGDOM.Asakingdomitwillbecomposedoffourthings:a)akingrulingoverb)subjects within c)a definite territory with d) laws and an organized system of
2)AFAMILY. TheFamilyofGod,intowhichhumansmaybeborn,isagoverningorrulingfamily. It will have jurisdiction over all nations of the earth!
TheprophetDaniel,wholivednearly600yearsbeforeChrist,knewthattheKingdomofGodwasto be an actual government ruling over literal people on the earth because
God revealed this knowledge to him. Daniel was one of four extraordinarily intelligent
and brilliant Jewish lads in the Judean captivity. ThesefouryoungmenwerestationedinthepalaceofKingNebuchadnezzarofthe Chaldean Empire, and were in training
for special responsibilities in the Babylonian government.
1.Did God give Daniel special understanding in visions and dreams?Dan. 1:1 7.
Comment: KingNebuchadnezzarwasthefirstworldruler. Hehadconqueredmuchofthe known world, including the Kingdom of Judah. This lofty king had a dream
so impressive it troubled him, moving him to have tremendous concern (Dan. 2:1).
He demanded that his magicians, astrologersandsorcererstellhimbothwhathehaddreamedandwhatitmeant.Ofcoursetheycould not.They were baffled.Then
Daniel was brought before the king.
2. EventhoughDanieldisclaimedanymorehumanabilitytointerpretdreamsthantheChaldean magicians, did he tell NebuchadnezzarthatthereisaGodwhorevealssecretsandwouldmake known to the king what would come to pass in the latter days?Dan. 2:28-30.
Comment: Through this dream God was revealing to this world-rulinghumankingthatthereisa God in heaven-that God is Supreme Ruler over all nations, governments
and kings-that God rules the universe! Althoughduringthepast6,000yearsGodhasleftthenationsgenerallytotheirown devices,GodwasgivingNebuchadnezzara special opportunity to accept His rule.Themainpurposeofthisdream,asweshallsee,wastorevealGod'sgovernmentthefactthatGod rulesandthetruthofthecomingKingdomofGod-theoneandonlytruegospelofJesusChrist. And, secondly,
to reveal-preserved in writing for us today what is to happen "in the latter days"
or end time. Thisisnodry,dull,deadwritingforapeopleof2,500yearsago.
Thisisliving,tremendous,big newsforOURDAY! ItisadvancenewsforusNOW.
News,beforeithappens,ofthemost colossaleventofallearth'shistorycertaintooccurinourlifetimes-duringthenextfewyears! Anditall has to do with the
very gospel Christ preached.It is vital that we understand!
3.WhatdidKingNebuchadnezzar see in his dream?Verses 31-33.
Its appearancewasterrifying! Itsheadwasoffinegold,itsbreastandarmsofsilver,thebellyandthighs of brass, legs of solid iron, feet and toesa mixture
of iron and clay.
4. AsNebuchadnezzarviewedthisstatueinhisdream,whatsmashedthestatueonitsfeet? Verse 34. What happened to the image?Verse 35.
Comment: There is a time element involved in this dream. Nebuchadnezzarviewedthestatue untilasupernaturalSTONEshotfromheavenlikeameteor,smashingthestatueonitsfeet! Thenthe whole of the statue broke into small fragments and
was blown away by the wind-it completely disappeared. Then this "stone" expanded
miraculously and quickly became a "mountain" so great it filled the whole earth.Unlike ordinary dreams, this one was caused by God to convey the message of God's
sovereignty to Nebuchadnezzar. ThismessageispartofthewrittenWordofGodanditrevealstoustoday important facts about the true gospel of Jesus Christ,Let's notice the interpretation of the dream as revealed to Daniel by God.
5. WasNebuchadnezzar's kingdom the first world-ruling empire?Verses 37-38.Who
gaveNebuchadnezzar his kingdom, power and glory?Verse 37.
Comment: God revealed Himself to this world dictator as the Most High Rulerover
all-the Head of a universe-ruling government. The Eternal was revealing Himself
through Daniel toNebuchadnezzar, and through the Bible to us today, as the all-powerful
Supreme Ruler who is to be obeyed!
6. WasNebuchadnezzarandhisworld-rulingkingdomrepresentedbythegoldenheadofthe great image?Verse 38.
7. Wasakingdom(picturedbythechestandarmsofsilver)toariseafterNebuchadnezzarthat would be inferior to his kingdom?Verse 39.
8. Wasyetathirdkingdom(picturedbythebellyandthighsofbrass)togainpowerandrule over all the earth?Same verse.
Comment: Notice that these passages are speaking of kingdoms that would bear rule
over people on earth. The prophecy is speaking of GOVERNMENTS! It is not speaking
of ethereal sentiments "set up in the hearts of men". It is not speaking of churches.
It is speaking of governments that bear ruleandauthorityovernationsofpeoplehereonearth. ItisliteralItisspecific. Thereisno misunderstanding here
as to what is meant by the word "kingdom."
GodrevealedthroughtheprophetDanielthatthegreatmetallicimagerepresentedasuccessionof world-rulinggovernments. Firstwastheheadofgold. ThatrepresentedNebuchadnezzarandhiskingdom, theChaldeanEmpire. Afterhimwastocomeasecond,thenathirdkingdom"whichshall bear rule over all the earth." The prophecy is
referring to world-ruling kingdoms or empires.
Comment:Thelegsofironrepresentafourthworldempire. Itwastobeexceedinglystrong,even asironisverystrong,thussignifyingthatitwastobestrongermilitarilythanitspredecessors. Yet, silverislessvaluablethangold,brasslessthansilver,andironlessthanbrass. Thougheach succeedingmetalwasharderandstronger,thedecreasingvalueofthemetalsshowsthesuccession would deteriorate morally
and spiritually.And the two legs meant the fourth empire would be divided.After
the ChaldeanEmpirecamethestilllargerPersianEmpire,thentheGrecoMacedonianEmpire and fourth, the Roman Empire. The final empire was divided, with capitals
at Rome and Constantinople (now called Istanbul).
1 0. Will ten kings or kingdoms, represented by the ten toes, be in existence just
before the KingdomofGod(thegreat"stone")issetup? Verses41-44. WhatwillGod'sKingdomdotothese ten kingdoms?Verse 44.
Comment: ByconnectingthisprophecywithDaniel7andRevelation13and17,wecanknowit is referring to the new United States of Europe that is now forming,
out of the European Common Market, before our very eyes! Revelation 17:12 makes
plain that it will be a union of ten kings or kingdoms-tennationsorgroupsofnations.
Thiswillinrealitybethefinalresurrectionofthemedieval "Holy Roman Empire."AfterthefalloftheancientRomanEmpireinA.D.476,thereweretobesevenrevivalsthatwould be ruled over by a gentile church called the "daughter" of ancient Babylon
(Isaiah.47:1). Itisachurch claiming to be Christian, but actually named by God
"MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT" -or, more plainly, BABYLONIAN MYSTERIES (Rev. 17:1-5).
Itistobe the final, brief resurrection of the Roman Empire, this time composed
of ten European nations or groups of nations.These are the ten toes comprisinga
mixture of iron and clay (Dan. 2:41-43).At the end of their days, which will last
no more than three and one-half years, Christ will return to earth to set up the
Kingdom of God with headquarters in Jerusalem. He is going to set up an eternal
Kingdom that shall break in pieces and utterly consume these end-time kingdoms!
11. When Christ comes, will He come as Supreme King to rule the whole earth? Rev.
19:11-16. Whose possession will the nations of this world become?Rev. 11: 15.
Comment: The plain truth oftheBiblerevealsthatthe"KingdomofGod"istobealiteral government composed of spirit rulers who shall rule over all nations on
earth. It is to take over the governments of the nations at the Second Coming of
Jesus Christ. Christ will become the "King of kings," and He will rule by the law
of God. This is the very good news or "gospel of the Kingdom of God" that Jesus
TO BE "BORN" INTO GOD'S KINGDOM!
Nicodemus, one of the Pharisees occupying an office of authority over the Jews during
Jesus' day, came under the cloak of darkness to see Jesus. He admitted that he and
the other religious leaders knew Jesus wasa teacher sent from God (John 3:1-2).JesusproceededtorevealtoNicodemusavitaltruthweneedtounderstandaboutthegospelofthe
Therefore achurchonearthcouldnotbetheKingdomofGodassomehaveerroneouslyassumed,becauseyou can seea church!
2. Musta person be born of the Spirit before he can enter into the Kingdom of
God?Verse5.Whatwillhebecomposedofwhen"bornagain"-bornoftheSpiritofGod?Verse6.IsGod a spirit?John 4:24.
Comment: The Kingdom of God is something that can be entered into. But only those
who are "bornagain"canenterit. Wewhoarebornofthefleshareflesh-justmortalfleshandblood. Weare born that way. But it is possible for us to be born again
this time not as a mortal, flesh-and-blood baby, but born of the very Spirit of God.Then we shall be spirit-wholly composed of spirit as God is! AswelearnedinpreviouslessonsoftheChurchofGodBibleCourse(specificallyLesson8and13), God is
nota single Personage.The Hebrew word for God, Elohim, denotes more than one person.It shows God isa single family, or "kingdom," but composed of more than one person.
Wehavethemineralkingdom,theplantkingdomandtheanimalkingdom. TheBiblerevealsanangel kingdom,createdbyGodandcomposedofspirit. Andthen,highaboveallistheverycreating kingdom- the God kingdom.In other words, the "Kingdom
of God"!God the Father, and Christ the Son) presentlycompose theKingdom or Family
The astounding truth of the Bible is that, God is reproducing Himself. God created
mortal man in His ownimagesothatwemaybecomeimpregnated-begotten-bytheSpiritofGod. Then,bya resurrection, we may be born of God-"born again"-as immortal,
spirit-composed persons in the Kingdom or Family of God!Notice how the Apostle Paul
3. Canaflesh-and-bloodpersoninherittheKingdomofGod? ICorinthians.15:50. How,then, canone enter God's Kingdom or Family?Verses 51-53.
Comment: The Kingdom of God is something no human, born of flesh and blood, can enter
or inherit. ItisthroughtheresurrectionofthosebegottenbytheSpiritofGodduringthismortallife,that this mortal will put on immortality and, like God,
become immortal, incorruptible-literally BORN of God's Spirit into the very God Family!This is how we shall enter into the Kingdom of God.Those thus born again, which
will include all the Spirit-begotten saints of God through the centuries, willbeorganizedintotheexecutivebranchofthegovernmentofGodtorulethisearth'smortalsunder Jesus Christ! (Dan. 7:27; Rev. 2:26-27; 5:1 0).
CHRIST'S GOSPEL BEING PROCLAIMED TODAY
RecallthatJohntheBaptistwasthe"messenger"whomMalachiprophesiedwouldcometoprepare thewaybeforeChrist'sministryduringHisFirstComingtoearth(Mal.3:1;Mark1:4,7-8;Luke1:13-17). An angel prophesied that John would go ahead
of Christ "in the spirit and power of Elias [Elijah], to turn the hearts of the fathers
to the children, and ... to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:1
1. AfterJohnwasputinprisonandChristhadbegunHisministry,didJesusprophesythat another"Elijah"wasyettocome? Matt.17:10-11.IsitclearthatJohntheBaptistwasatypeofyet another Elijah? Verses12-13. DidMalachialsoprophesyofanotherElijah'scoming? Mal.4:5. What would this"Elijah" do?Verse 6; Matt.
Comment: These verses show that John wasa type ofthefuture"Elijah"-onewhowouldalsobe sentbyGodtotheworldinthespiritandpowerof Elijahtheprophet,thistimepriortoChrist's coming in great power and glory as World Ruler (Mal.
3:1-6).Before the day of the Lord, a human messenger would be commissioned by God
to prepare a spiritual people for God, and turn the hearts of the children to the
fathers and vice versa before the Second Coming of Christ-much the same as John did
before Jesus began His ministry.Jesus also said theElijahtocomewould"restoreallthings"(Matt.17:11). Restitutionisrestoringto aformerstateorcondition-restoringsomethingthathadbeentakenaway. Whatformerstateor condition needs restoring?What was taken away and when?God's government was taken away from the earth at Lucifer's
rebellion. But it was not restored at Jesus' First Coming. Christ will restore
it when He returns (Acts 3:19-21). And so the heavens have receivedJesusuntilHecomesas"KingofkingsandLordoflords"torestorethegovernmentofGod (Rev.19:16). AtthattimeHeshallsetuptheKingdomofGod-thedivine,Spirit-bornFamilyofGod that shall rule the earth.
2. Did Jesus foretell that the gospel of the Kingdom of God would be preached
in all the world as a witness in the end time? Matt. 24:14. Would the gospel also
be published among all nations? Mark13:10.Wouldthisthenbethe"sign"oftheendofthisage,andJesus'imminent return? Matt.24:1-3.
3.By what power was the work of God done during the days of God's servantZerubbabel,whobuilt the physical Temple to which Jesus came?Zech. 4:6.
Comment: In our modern space age, as in Zerubbabel'sday,theworkofGod'sChurchis ultimately done not by human power, but by the power of the Spirit of God! The
Kingdom of God is being preached and published in all the world today by the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit. Many lives arealsobeingchanged,converted,begottenofGod'sSpirit! Godispreparinga"first-fruits"harvest for His Kingdom. And this precious
harvest is the spiritual "Temple" that is presently being built by God (Eph. 2:19-22),
and to which the spiritual Christ will return (Mal. 3:1).
The "fruits" of the work God is doing through His human instruments today are the
same fruits that the same Holy Spirit produced through the human Jesus and the collective
"Body of Christ" in apostolicdays! TheHolySpiritdoesthework,andtheworkisexactlythesame-thefruitsthesame asinthedaysofZerubbabel, Christ and
4. Did Christ say that His servants would do even greater works than He had done
while on earth? John 14:12. Even though Christ's end-time Church would have little
strength of its own, what would He fling open for it in order to carry out His Great
Comment: That"door"wasopenedbyJesusChrist!Rightnow,thedivinecommissiontopreach and publicize the gospel of the Kingdom of God in all the world as a witness
to all nations is being fulfilled.ThegospeloftheKingdomofGodistrulybeing"preachedinalltheworldforawitnessunto all nations" as Jesus said it would
It is now being fulfilled before your very eyes and ears!