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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.”( Mark 1:14, 15).

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. (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)

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The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD70

I am currently in the process of writing a piece on the sections of scripture covered in Matthew 23 and 24, including the scriptures in Luke and Mark. I am also including scriptures from Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel and others from the Old Testament to provide proof of Old Testament prophetic language used by Jesus Christ when he was answering the questions the disciples asked him in Matthew 24.

Many of the “End Time Prophets” base most of what they are warning about on this section of scripture, which frankly I find preposterous. End Times Ministries are definitely “money makers” for those willing to super impose their interpretations cancelling out the very words of Jesus of Nazareth.

I would like to say the greatest “take away” I have found from Matthew 23 and 24 is that Jesus Christ our Lord loves people so much that he gives them extended grace and mercy, and much time to repent.

According to the prophet Daniel and other Old Testament scriptures, Israel was given 490 years, or 70 weeks to repent and accept the Messiah, but they refused to repent as a Nation and suffered the dreadful consequences of their unbelief.

After confronting the Pharisee and scribes in Matthew 23, Christ then goes on in Matthew 24 to warn the disciples of the impending doom that would come upon Jerusalem and the Temple within that very generation.

Christ showed and taught the disciples what to look for so they would know when to leave Jerusalem before the slaughter that would soon follow.

Josephus writes that because the Hebrew Christians were warned by Christ of what to look for before the destruction would take place, they were spared and not a hair on their heads was harmed.

In my estimation the true believers and followers of Christ have nothing to be overly concerned about as in a future great tribulation as Christ has promised us that we are saved from the wrath to come.

In the past Israel could have been saved from the terrible wrath that caused their nation to suffer great tribulations, but they refused and listened to false teachers and prophets instead of the warnings of the true prophets sent by God and they even rejected their Messiah.

I do appreciate any viewpoint opposing or not any of you may have concerning this incredible time in the history of the world.

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