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“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

The birth of The Christ was first announced in Judea. (Luke 1:30-33)

The Shepherds in the fields tending their flocks on the hills of Bethlehem heard and saw the angels fill the skies proclaiming the birth of Christ. (Luke 2:8-18)

Forty days after His birth when Mary and Joseph took the baby to the Temple in Jerusalem where Simeon and Anna testified to His divinity. (Luke 2:22-39)

When Jesus was about two years old the Magi bearing gifts had come to Jerusalem in search of the King of the Jews. They did not find Him in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) but in a house in Nazareth.(Luke 2:39-40)

When Jesus of Nazareth was 12 years old He was in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions (Luke 2:46-47).

“Jerusalem and all Judea” had heard the preaching of John the Baptist; and the official rejection from the Sanhedrin, with the multitude, had heard his testimony concerning Jesus.

In Judea, Christ called His first disciples and much of His early ministry was centered on and around the Sea of Galilee.

Christ demonstrated of His divinity in the cleansing of the temple, His miracles of healing, and the lessons of divine truth which He spoke, all proclaimed that which He had declared before the Sanhedrin, His Son ship to the Eternal Father.

Israel was chosen by the Father to receive the first oracles of the Word of God, (Romans 3:1-2). Therefore Jesus of Nazareth was first sent to the House of Israel to announce that the Kingdom of God was at hand.

If the leaders in Israel had received Christ, He would have honored them as His messengers to carry the gospel to the world. To them first was given the opportunity to become heralds of God’s Kingdom and grace.

This announcement that the Kingdom of God is at hand was rejected by the religious leaders of Israel and the Sanhedrin. Clearly, Israel was officially given the opportunity to accept the responsibility of declaring the Kingdom to the world but Israel knew not the day of their visitation. Luke 19:41-44.

Israel missed their visitation because they were spiritually blinded by the leadership of the Pharisees. Jesus confronted the Pharisees and Sadducees warning them by saying “Your House is left unto you desolate.” (Luke 13:35) (Matthew 23:38) (Luke 21:5-38).

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they rejected Him and the message of the Kingdom of God. He knew the misery and extreme tribulation that would come upon Israel during that generation. The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple occurred as prophesied by Christ in 64AD. Matthew 23:34-36) (Luke 19:44)

Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to others who would commit to proclaiming His message of the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all nations.

The Apostles were chosen by Christ to follow Him. After His resurrection from the dead, He spent 40 days teaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:1-3)

On the day of Pentecost the Apostles were endued with Power from on High and became witnesses of Him (Acts 14-9) (Acts 2:1-3) and they began to preach and teach others how to become citizens of the Kingdom of God and live a kingdom lifestyle. (Acts 2:42-47)

Jesus of Nazareth was sent by His Father to preach the Good News to Israel. Unfortunately the scriptures record Israel’s rejection of Him as The Messiah and His message of the Kingdom. Because of their rebellious attitude they suffered horrible consequences during the siege and destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by Titus in 64AD.

The Historian Flavius Josephus gives a detailed accounts of this most horrific event in his writings entitled,”The Jewish Wars which may be found at the following link:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/josephus/war-5.htm

In Matthew 24:20-22 Jesus prophesying of the destruction of Jerusalem which occurred in 64AD said. “20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

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.

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.”

If you read Josephus’s detailed account you will realize how horrific that period of time was for the inhabitants of Jerusalem because of their rejection of Christ and His message of the Kingdom of God.Not much has changed concerning the rejection of Christ and His promises today.

The Kingdom of God is at hand and it is still available to live in its promises to all that will come and accept Jesus Christ.

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