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Part 0ne: "THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES."

"PROPHECY OUT-LOOK WORLD-WIDE,"

Plus: "THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY."

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Part Two . . . The Dispensation Of MYSTERY According To Paul:

Part Three . . . John's Writings On The Book Of Revelation:

Part Four . . . The Parable Of The Fig Tree And Various Signs:

Part Five . . . The Times Of The Gentiles, Spiritually:

Part Six . . . When MESSIAH Has returned:

Part Seven . . . The Son Of Man, As Conqueror:

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Part One: "Prophecy Out-look World Wide,"

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And: "The Times Of The Gentiles." And That which Concerns This MYSTERY Dispensation:"

( 1 ). If the readers desire to have a part in the LORD's work as soul workers, it would be great for them to begin their own tract ministry by down loading our messages and send or give copies to others. What could be more important for you as an ambassador for CHRIST than to support the BODY OF CHRIST in this way? The messages are already written, so why not pass them on to others? See { I- Corinthians 5:17-21 }.

( 2 ). As to the writer's belief and doctrine, we are strictly Biblical! We adhere to no denominational beliefs unless what they teach is taken from the true Word of GOD and taught in the correct context. We believe that we are to be busy proclaiming the truth for the present age of Grace, in view of the soon coming of our LORD.

( 3 ). We believe in . . .

No. 1. The verbal inspiration of the Word of GOD, { 2- Timothy 3:16 }.

No. 2. The Deity of JESUS CHRIST, and the Trinity of the Godhead, { Titus 2:13; - & - 2- Corinthians 13:14 }.

No. 3. The total depravity of man, and everlasting punishment of those who reject CHRIST, { Romans Ch. 3; - John 3:36; - & - Revelation 20:15 }.

No. 4. Redemption by the blood of CHRIST, and by Grace, not of works, are we saved, { Titus 3:5; - & - Ephesians 2:8-9 }.

No. 5. Everlasting life and the security of the Believer, { John 10:29 }.

No. 6. The personality and everlasting punishment of Satan, { Job Ch. 1; - & - Revelation Ch. 20 }.

No. 7. The imminent Rapture [ Resurrection ] of the BODY OF CHRIST, followed by the great 7 year Tribulation Period and the literal Millennial Reign of CHRIST on this earth, { 1- Thessalonians 4:16-18; - 1- Corinthians 15:50-55; - & - Revelation 20:1-6 }.

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( 4 ). The reader will notice that we have put words in parenthesis in the various Bible verses, this is done to help the student have a better understanding of the old King James language which is often a little bewildering to some folks who are not use to that kind of speech. Therefore, please bear with us as we teach the message.

( 5 ). A good idea would be to read your Bible along with each verse we have quoted. It is also very important for the student to look up all the added Bible texts that we have referred to in the Message. This will give the reader much added information! Another thing we should mention is that when we copy a verse from the Bible we will change much of the spelling from the archaic King James language to the modern way of spelling. Such as ... "searcheth to searches, thy to your, standeth to stands, knoweth to knows, maketh to makes, nay to no, bringeth to bring or brings, hath to has or have, saith to says, unto to- to, doeth to does, wherefore to therefore, thee to you, justifieth to justify, helpeth to help, liveth to lives, ever to always and etc. None of this will take away from the true meaning of the original text.

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( 6 ). Commentary: Prophetic scholars are excited about the significant events that are taking place through-out this world. Many of them believe that this proves that this present age is rapidly drawing close to a final end. All over the US. Ministers are seeking to convince their readers and listeners that prophecy in the prophetic books such as Daniel and Revelation, is being fulfilled right now before their very eyes. Many are teaching and preaching that because of this fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, JESUS CHRIST will soon appear to 'resurrect [ Rapture' ] His 'Saints the [ BODY OF CHRIST' ] from this earth up into Heaven. Most of them declare that the LORD JESUS, after resurrecting this BODY of Believers, will return again with them to establish His righteous Kingdom on this earth. Naturally they preach that CHRIST will reign for one complete millennium as the King and MESSIAH over the entire world.

( 7 ). There are other Children of GOD, whom are earnest faithful Christians that are wondering and asking, "is it possible that we have been mis-led about the BODY OF CHRIST being Raptured before the Tribulation Period begins. Is it possible that we may proceed right on into the great tribulation which these folks believe is right ahead of us at this very time? Others are saying that Saints of GOD might enter into the beginning of this Tribulation Period and then a little later be Raptured." There are several who are quoting the following text:

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( 8 ). { V. 25 } Scripture: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

( 9 ). { V. 26 }: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."

( 10 ). { V. 27 }: And then shall they see the SON OF MAN coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

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( 11 ). The above { Vs. 25-27 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

{ 25 } Scripture: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress [ trouble and anguish ] of nations [ in bewilderment and ], with perplexity [ that is, without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn at ]: the [ roaring and tossing of the ] sea and the waves roaring; See { Isaiah 13:10; - Joel 2:10; - & - Zephaniah 1:15 }.

{ 26 }: Men's hearts failing them [ swooning away or expiring ] for 'fear [ dread, apprehension' ], and [ expectation ] for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the [ very ] powers of heaven shall be shaken [ and caused to totter ]." See { Matthew 24-29; - Luke 21:11; - Joel 3:15; - Joel 2:30-32; - Isaiah 13:9-10; - & - Ezekiel 32:7-8 }.

{ 27 }: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with [ great transcendent and overwhelming ] power and [ with all His ] great [ kingly ] glory [ majesty and splendor ]. See { Zechariah 14:13-14; - Daniel 7:13; - Matthew 16:27; - 24:30; - & - Mark 13:26 }.

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( 12 ). { V. 28 } And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your 'redemption [ deliverance' - is ] drawing near, { Luke 21:25-28 }."

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( 13 ). Commentary . . . These folks mentioned above are making the mistake of applying this text in Luke to the BODY OF CHRIST of today. The fact is, the LORD JESUS was teaching about the Hebrew people, the city of Jerusalem and their land. JESUS actually stated: "there shall be great distress in the land and wrath upon the people." The question is, what land and what people? The land of the Israelites of course. It would be a grave mistake to ever call the BODY OF CHRIST Israel, or spiritual Israel as some ignorantly do! During the coming Tribulation Period we are told:

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( 14 ). Scripture: "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them, { Revelation 9:6 }." See { Job 3:21 }.

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( 15 ). Commentary: This above verse is referring to the Tribulation Period and has absolutely nothing to do with the BODY OF CHRIST! When this prophecy is fulfilled the Believing BODY of today will have already been Raptured. Death is not the Christian's hope during this present economy!" Death is not the hope for any Child of GOD! We as Saints are looking for that blessed hope, "the glorious appearing of JESUS CHRIST " . . .

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( 16 ). { V. 13 } Scripture: "Looking for that blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the great GOD and our Saviour JESUS CHRIST,

( 17 ). { V. 14 }: Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works.

( 18 ). { V. 15 }: These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you, { Titus 2:13-15 }."

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( 19 ). The above { Vs. 13-15 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

{ 13 }: "Looking [ and awaiting ] for [ the fulfillment, - the realization of ] that blessed 'Hope,' and the glorious appearing of the great GOD and our Saviour JESUS CHRIST [ the Anointed One ], ...

{ 14 }: Who gave Himself for us, - that He might redeem - [ purchase our freedom and save ] - us from all iniquity, - and purify unto Himself a 'peculiar [ protected ' ]' people [ a people of His very Own possession, ] zealous of good works [ living a life that is good and filled with beneficial deeds ]. See { Psalm 130:8; - Ezekiel 37:23; - & - Deuteronomy 14:2 }.

{ 15 }: [ Tell them all ] These things speak, and exhort [ urge, advise, encourage, warn ], and rebuke with all [ full ] authority. Let no man despise [ disregard or think little of ] you [ conduct yourself and your teaching so as to command respect ], { Titus 2:13-15 }."

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( 20 ). Commentary . . . The LORD's redeeming us opens the way for Him to purify us. Redeem means to purchase our release from the captivity of sin with a ransom, see { Mark 10:45 } for more on CHRIST as our ransom. We are not only free from the sentence of death for our sins, but we are also purified from sin's influence as we grow in CHRIST. Paul warned Titus to teach the Scriptures as well as to live them. We must also teach, encourage, and correct others when necessary. It is easy to feel afraid when others are older, more influential in the community, or wealthier. Like Titus, we should not let our-selves be threatened when we are trying to minister to others or provide leadership for others.

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( 21 ). { V. 3 } Scripture: "For [ as far as the world is concerned ] you are dead, and your [ new real ] life is hid with CHRIST in GOD.

( 22 ). { V. 4 } When CHRIST, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in [ the splendor of His ] glory, { Colossians 3:3-4 }."

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( 23 ). Commentary . . . These verses have more than one meaning. We Children of GOD are all dead as far as the old sin nature is concerned. Therefore, our new life is in CHRIST JESUS, where ever He is we are since we are in Him and He is in each of us. This means that we as a part of the BODY OF CHRIST are sitting in and with Him at the right hand of the FATHER at this very time. { V. 3 } states that we are "hid with CHRIST" this refers to the fact that unbelievers wherever they may be, can never see us in our "new CHRIST like nature" as Children of GOD the FATHER. According to { V. 4 } when the LORD appears at the Rapture or even at the Second Coming seven or more years later, we, because of our being in Him as our HEAD of the BODY OF CHRIST, will naturally appear with Him, spiritually speaking of course. This is very deep theology, is it not?

( 24 ). Being hid in CHRIST is a unique teaching, the word 'hidden' means concealed and safe. As we have said, all of this is not only a future hope, but an accomplished fact right now. Our service and conduct do not earn our salvation, but they are results of our salvation. You should take heart that your salvation is sure, and live each day for CHRIST. JESUS gives us power to live for Him now, and He gives us hope for the future . . . He will return! In the rest of this third chapter of Colossians, Paul explains how Christians should act now in order to be prepared for His appearing. Pay attention now:

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( 25 ). { V. 20 } Scripture: "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the LORD JESUS CHRIST;

( 26 ). { V. 21 }: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself, { Philippians 3:20-21 }."

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( 27 ). The above { Vs. 20-21 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

{ 20 } Scripture: "[ But we are citizens of the commonwealth, our homeland is in Heaven ] For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look [ and earnestly and patiently await ] for the Saviour, the LORD JESUS CHRIST;

{ 21 }: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned [ and transformed anew, with the body of our humiliation to be conformed ] like unto His glorious body [ of His glory and majesty ], according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself, { Philippians 3:20-21 }."

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( 28 ). Commentary . . . The word conversation in { V. 20 } literally refers to "citizenship." This figure would have been particularly appreciated by the Philippians in view of their cities status as a Roman colony, whose inhabitants were Roman citizens. Likewise the words "vile body" in { V. 21 } Literally means, "body of humiliation." Our present state of mortality is a lowly one.

( 29 ). Citizens of Philippi had the same rights and privileges as the citizens of Rome, because Philippi was a Roman colony. Likewise, we Christians will one day experience all the special privileges of our heavenly citizenship, because we belong to CHRIST. Let us not be so tied to this present life that we would be sorry to see CHRIST. This doesn't imply any negative attitude toward the human body. However, the bodies we will receive when we are Raptured from this earth will be glorious, like CHRIST's resurrected body. Those who struggle with pain, physical limitations, or disabilities can have wonderful hope and expectation in our future resurrection. See { 1- Corinthians 15:35, 49; - & - 2- Corinthians 5:1-10 }.

( 30 ). Years ago faithful Saints, like John Darby and Dwight L. Moody, and many before them, in obedience to the teaching of the Scriptures, looked for the imminent coming of the LORD. Some of the Saints in other years thought because of political and spiritual conditions in their days, that the LORD's coming must be very near at hand. I am sure if you and I had lived in the days of Napoleon we would have said, "significant things are happening," "the end of the age must be near." In the world war of 1914-18 many people were sure the climax would be the battle of Armageddon. They were sure the Tribulation Period and the return of the King were at hand. But, as you know it didn't happen!

( 31 ). We must all admit that world affairs at present are in rather a distressful, deplorable, complicated state. It is difficult to see how there can be any human solution of the world problems. Not only Christians, but many others, feel that some fearful crisis is not far off, that we are rushing on toward some terrible climax. We all know that things cannot continue as they are now; so we wonder what the outcome is to be. We do know that the hope of the BODY OF CHRIST is the soon appearing of CHRIST our Head of the BODY. We also know that the hope of Israel is the return of their King MESSIAH. We Bible students know there will be no world peace, until the Prince of Peace takes over the reins of the world.

( 32 ). The question is, is it true that troublesome nations with their terrorist organizations are fulfilling Bible prophecy? Is it true that Daniel's prophecy is now being fulfilled in the Middle Eastern nations, and that civilization is rapidly heading up in the great Tribulation? Is it true that what some Muslims are doing today are a sign for members of the BODY OF CHRIST, and tells us that our redemption is drawing near? ( If ) this is true, then Christians should be much concerned about the coming of CHRIST. Christians should be eager to find positive proof that they are not going into that awful, terrible period of suffering under the reign of the old dragon Satan, the beast and the false-prophet! ... Also:

( 33 ). Let the Christian be assured that no Old Testament prophecies are being fulfilled during this present age of Grace period. As we study the prophetic Scriptures in the light of the Apostle Paul's MYSTERY program we will learn that the men of GOD, who are trying to make the prophecies concerning Israel's Tribulation Period and Kingdom Period fit into the present Dispensation, are workmen "who need to be ashamed," because they do not rightly divide the Word of truth in obedience to, { 2- Timothy 2:15 }.

( 34 ). Let us make one statement dogmatically clear, "no intelligent student of the Scriptures will try to reconcile the teaching that the LORD is coming for His BODY of Believing Saints because of the fulfillment of O.T. prophecies. Nor will the LORD appear just because of the present activities of the various blood-thirsty dictators who are reigning temporarily in some of the worlds nations. These things have nothing to do with the doctrine of the imminent coming of the LORD." They are altogether irreconcilable. The LORD has a time table to pursue, and when that allotted time has arrived CHRIST will return no matter what the devil and his followers are planing. We today have the Scriptural authority to teach the 'imminent [ any moment' ] coming of JESUS CHRIST. The Rapture of the BODY OF CHRIST has been a possibility and an expectation since the first sinner was saved in the LORD's Believing Body of Saints. The any moment belief of this taking place was the blessed hope of Saints in Paul's day right on up to this present time, and that is how it should have been!

( 35 ). We must believe that the Scriptural answer to the question, "will the BODY OF CHRIST go through the Tribulation Period?" will be found in the study of "Daniel's Secret," "Paul's MYSTERY," and "John's Revelation." We realize that we have written about this program before in other messages. But, there are a huge host of people who cannot seem to understand the prophetic Scriptures, and they go right on teaching the opposite of what the Bible makes clear to the more informed students! Let us read about Daniel's Secret . . .

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( 36 ). Scripture: "But there is a GOD in heaven that reveals secrets, and 'makes [ i.e., He has made' ] known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what [ it is that ] shall be in [ Israel's ] the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon the bed, are these, { Daniel 2:28 }."

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( 37 ). { V. 19 } Scripture: "Then was the secret revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the GOD of Heaven.

( 38 ). { V. 20 }: Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of GOD for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His!

( 39 ). { V. 21 } And He changes the times and seasons: "He removes kings, and sets up kings [ rulers" ]: He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: See { Daniel 4:17; - 4:35; - & - 5:21 }.

( 40 ). { V. 22 } He reveals the deep and SECRET things: He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him. See { Job 15:8; - Psalm 25:14; - & - Matthew 6:6 }.

( 41 ). { V. 23 } I thank You, and praise You, O You GOD of my fathers, Who have given me wisdom and might, and have made known to me now what we desired of You: for You have now made known to us the kings matter [ that is, the solution to the kings problem ], { Daniel 2:19-23 }."

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( 42 ). Commentary: After Daniel asked GOD to reveal Nebuchadnezzar's dream to him, he saw a vision of the dream. Daniel's prayer was answered and he gave GOD credit for all wisdom and power, thanking GOD for answering his request. How do you feel when your prayers are answered? Excited, surprised, relieved? There are times when we seek the LORD in prayer and, after having been answered, dash off in our excitement, forgetting to give GOD credit for the answer. We should match our persistence in prayer with genuine gratitude when our requests are answered.

( 43 ). Whenever you understand that you have much to learn in life, and should you ever desire to know more about how to handle people, then look to GOD for wisdom. While educational institutions provide diplomas at great expense, the LORD gives wisdom freely to all who ask, see { James 1:5 }. When we see evil leaders which live long and good leaders who die young, we may wonder if GOD controls world events. Daniel saw evil rulers with almost limitless power, but Daniel knew and proclaimed that GOD "sets up kings and deposes them," that He controls everything that happens. GOD governs the world according to His purpose. You may be dismayed when you see evil people prosper, but GOD is nevertheless in control. Let this knowledge give you confidence and peace no matter what happens.

( 44 ). As to { V. 19 } above, GOD's revelation came to Daniel in a night vision, proving that he had gone to sleep. Daniel immediately thanked the LORD for answering his prayer. Like Daniel, we must remember to pray as the first resort, not the last, and then not forget to thank GOD when He graciously answers our requests. When we look at { Vs. 20-23 } we notice that Daniel's prayer is very instructive. He first blessed the LORD for Who He was. He recounted some of JEHOVAH's attributes and activities among men { Vs. 20-22 } before specifically mentioning his own thanksgiving { V. 23 }. Godly prayer should include both adoration and asking. We must not be hurried or formalistic as to omit either. GOD removes kings, and Presidents and sets up other leaders. It is good to remember that GOD is always in control. Daniel fully realized this and, hence, was not overly- concerned about the seemingly tragic situation in which he found himself. See { Daniel 4:17 }.

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( 45 ). Scripture: "You, O king, are a king of [ the earthly ] kings: for the GOD of Heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory, { Daniel 2:37 }." [ Note carefully the following ]:

( 46 ). { V. 44 } Scripture: "And in 'the days of these [ final ten ] kings' shall the GOD of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom [ and its sovereignty ] shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. See { Luke 1:31-32; - Daniel 7:14-17; - & - Revelation 11:15. }

( 47 ). { V. 45 } Forasmuch as you saw that the stones was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great GOD has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure, { Daniel 2:44-45 }."

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( 48 ). Commentary . . . GOD's Kingdom will never be destroyed. If you are upset by threats of war and the prosperity of evil leaders, remember that the LORD and not world leaders, decides the outcome of history. Under GOD's protection, His universal Kingdom is indestructible. Those who believe in GOD are members of His spiritual Kingdom and are secure in Him. In the above { V. 44 }, where it mentions "the days of these kings," this points to the future when the revived Roman Empire is once more reassembled as the European Common Market coalition and world government, during the Tribulation Period. This will be completed after the Rapture of the BODY OF CHRIST at least seven years before the literal return of CHRIST to this earth, { Zechariah 14:4 }. The GOD of Heaven will then at His coming set up His Kingdom which shall never be destroyed. The LORD, MESSIAH's Kingdom is that which is referred to in { Isaiah 9:6; - Jeremiah 23:5-6; - & - Micah 4:1-8 }, and predicted at CHRIST's birth in { Luke 1:32-33 }. see { 2- Samuel 7;12-16; - & - Ezekiel Chapters 36-37, etc. }

( 49 ). This Kingdom was never established as some have supposed in CHRIST's earthly ministry or until this very day, as can be seen from the statements given in { Matthew 19:28; - Luke 19:11; - & - Acts 1:6-7 }. MESSIAH will set up this Kingdom on earth at His return from Glory after the conclusion of the Battle of Armageddon. { Revelation 20:4-6 } describes CHRIST ruling and reigning over the earthly kingdom predicted in Nebuchadnezzar's dream.

( 50 ). Looking at { V. 45 } above, the great GOD naturally refers to JEHOVAH [ JESUS CHRIST in the O.T. ], He was the creator of the Heavens and the Earth, as distinguished from the polytheistic pantheon of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon, which is today known as "modern day Iraq." The words "What shall come to pass hereafter" in the dream presented a preview of the entire panorama of Gentile world history. The dream is certain, and the interpretation therefore, speaks of the absolute authority of the LORD's revelation of these matters. Any well studied Bible student is well aware that there should be no squabbling over millennial issues. But an unscriptural view taught by Amillennialism, suggests that the one-thousand year kingdom of { Revelation 20 } is occurring in a spiritual form today, this ignores the fact of a cataclysmic event to come that is to be fulfilled in the future. The literal fulfillment of these prophetic events will completely obliterate all man-operated kingdoms and Divinely and literally fulfill the O.T. prophecies about the kingdom, even as the Jews anticipated in CHRIST's day. Read { Matthew 19:28; - Luke 19:11; - & - Acts 1:6-7 } again.

Continued On Part Two 0f This Message

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