The Kingdom Gospel

 

The Kingdom Gospel

 

Cal Poulsen

Scripture Insights

07-11-14

 

To understand the Kingdom Gospel let’s look at the message that Jesus was preaching to the multitudes.

Jesus proclaimed the following.

Luke 16:16 

The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

Jesus is telling us here that salvation was now by another standard, which is the seeking of the Kingdom of God.  This was necessary because the King was now at hand.  This did not eliminate the Jewish Law, but Christ was now magnified.

Matthew 9:35

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, (That is of the Nation of Israel) teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, (and along with that) and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” 

Go to (Matthew 10:5-6) and you’ll see where they, the 12, were to take this Gospel of the Kingdom.  What’s the definition of Gospel?  Good News!  It’s the good news of the Kingdom—that glorious heaven on earth that is coming at the end of the Tribulation and over which Christ will rule and reign.

That was the Good News.  But in order to appropriate that Good News, what were the children of Israel to believe?  Who this Jesus was.  That’s all God was asking Israel to believe, that He was the promised Messiah.  That was their Gospel.  That was the very heart of Kingdom Gospel.

Today, under Paul’s epistles and the Gospel of Grace, we must believe that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  

Along with the Gospel of the Kingdom they still had Temple worship.  They still kept the Law. They knew nothing of the freedoms and the liberties that we have under Grace.  But, that was the Good News of the Kingdom, that the King was in their midst.  But they had to believe who He was in order to appropriate it, but it was limited to Israel as we see now in (Matthew 10:5-6).

Matthew 10:5-6

“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: (Because they were half-breeds.  They weren’t full blooded Jews) 6. But go rather (instead of the Gentiles and Samaritans) go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  And that is limited to Jew only.

It was limited to the Jew only because God in His sovereignty had a different plan of salvation for the Gentile.  That was the message of grace given to us through the Apostle Paul.

To come to the very heart of the Gospel, turn over to (Matthew 16:13-16) and we get Peter’s confession of faith based upon the Gospel of the Kingdom. 

Matthew 16:13-16

“When Jesus came into the borders of Caesarea Philippi, (just North of Jerusalem) he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14. And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. 15. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16. And Simon Peter answered and said, (Now here’s his profession of faith of the Kingdom Gospel.) Thou art the Christ, (the Messiah) the Son of the living God.” 

Not a word about faith in the coming crucifixion, not a word about death, not a word about shed blood, not a word about resurrection, only that He was the Christ.

Now for sake of comparison, here is the Gospel that we are proclaiming in this Age of Grace.  The Kingdom Gospel was slowly passed off during the Book of Acts, and now we’re left with only one.  We can’t name the date and the month, but somewhere back there in the Book of Acts it fell through the cracks.  Israel rejected everything and we’re left with this Gospel of the Grace of God.

Our grace gospel is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and it’s amazing.  Most tracts, books, and sermons never mention it.   

1 Corinthians 15:1-2

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2.  By which (this Gospel) also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,”

In other words, this is Paul’s message. The death, burial, and resurrection of Israel’s Messiah, the Son of God. 

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, (from the ascended Lord) how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

That’s the Gospel which saves us.  And it’s so simple that some people do not believe it.  Isn’t it amazing?  They cannot believe that this is enough.  People always want to add something. 

And this is what I maintain—that it’s His death, burial, and resurrection.  Of course Paul doesn’t mention the shed blood here, but he does in (Romans 3:25, 5:9) and that’s the package that makes up the Gospel of Grace.  We don’t have to do a thing but believe it.  And then God goes in and transforms us and changes our ways.  You don’t give up anything.  The things that you think you’re going to give up, you’re only too glad to get rid of, because God changes our wants and desires. That’s the difference between the Kingdom Gospel, which was to Israel.  Then came Paul and the Gospel of the Grace of God.  That’s the big difference.

There are not two Gospels today.  There’s one.  But, when the Gospel of Grace ends, and the Tribulation begins, then the Gospel of the Kingdom will come back once again.  We will visit that a little later.

Matthew 24:14

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be (at a future time) preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; (Not just Israel, now it’s going to go to the end of the earth.  See, they’re going to begin fulfilling the Great Commission and this is also the fulfilling of the Great Commission during the Tribulation) shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” 

That’s the difference between the Gospels of the Kingdom during Christ’s earthly ministry.  It fell apart, disappeared and was set aside.  The Gospel of Grace came in.  And when the Church is gone during the Rapture, and the Tribulation begins, the 144,000 will proclaim the Kingdom Gospel. 

All right, let’s look at (Revelation 7:3) We know that some of the horrors of the Tribulation are about to start, because this angel is told to hold off until God’s servants are sealed. 

Revelation 7:3

“Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”  In other words, so that no one can put them to death.  All right, now here it comes in plain, language. 

Revelation 7:4

“And I heard the number of them who were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” 

These 144,000 are going to be specifically sealed shortly after the Tribulation opens.

Now just stop and think.  Israel has now been out there in dispersion since the Babylonians in 606 B.C. and then again after A.D. 70 they were scattered in all the nations of the world.  Just a little small nation compared to everybody else. Any other group of people on earth would have lost their identity.  Think about it.  They would have intermarried.  They would have died off.  They would have lost their identity.  But the Jew didn’t.  And what has kept them together for 2,600 years?  The Passover

The secular Jew, for the most part, are just like secular Christians keeping Christmas.  Oh, they wouldn’t miss Christmas for anything.  Well, the secular Jew is the same way with Passover.  They’re going to celebrate that Passover supper.  It has been the glue that has held the Jewish people together.  Even though at this time they’re unbelievers, they’re still Jews. 

And here it is, all these thousands of years later, and they’re still practicing Passover.

But here’s what I want to ask you.  How many Jews in the world today know what tribe they are associated with?  Hardly any.  God doesGod knows every Jew on the planet and what tribe they are from. Twelve thousand from each one of twelve tribes for a total of 144,000 and God knows exactly who they are and where they’ve come from

To show you that they are fulfilling the Great Commission—they’re naturally going to preach the Kingdom Gospel for two reasons.  The first reason is because the Lord said they would.  The second reason is that the King is coming.  And that’s the whole hope of the Kingdom Gospel.    He’s going to set up His Kingdom.  It’s going to happen when these seven years come to an end.  So in the meantime, throughout these seven years of the Tribulation, these 144,000 Jews are protected providentially.  Nobody can put them to death

Except for the protected remnant what happens to their convertsImmediate martyrdom.  Here it is, verse 9.

Revelation 7:9

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, (see–not just Israel) of all the nations, and kindreds, and people, and languages, stood before the throne,”

Here they are standing before the Lord, which means what?  They’ve already been killed.  They won’t last long during the Tribulation once they become a Kingdom believer.  All right, so here they are, already before the Lamb.

Revelation 7:9

“…clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”

And then you come on down to verse 13, and John’s approaching one of the elders there in Heaven

Revelation 7:13

“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What (or who) are these who are arrayed in white robes? and where did they come from? 14. And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they who came out of great tribulation, They had responded to the 144,000 preaching by believing that Jesus of Nazareth was the King and He’s coming to set up His Kingdom.) And he said to me, These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” 

They have put their faith in the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. 

All right, now let’s go back to (Matthew 24:14).  I want to impress this on all of you. 

Matthew 24:14

“And this (The same Gospel that He and the Twelve were preaching in Israel.) this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”   

Matthew 24:15

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,”

That’s from the Lord Himself, that Daniel was a legitimate God-given prophet. He’s the one who foretold these final seven years, and that in the middle of the seven that this prince (antichrist) that shall come will go in and desecrate Israel’s Tribulation Temple and defile it

Matthew 24:15

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whosoever readeth, let him understand: 

Here is the warning for the Jews of that coming day.  It’s still future. 

Matthew 24:16-17

“Then let them who be in Judea flee into the mountains: 17. Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:” “Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:” 

They haven’t got time. Because you want to remember, war is coming like the world has never seen once we get past this mid-point.  Then Jesus said the following.

Matthew 24:18-20

“Neither let him who is in the field return back (that is to his house) to take his clothes. 19. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them who are nursing (mothers) in those days! 20. But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:”

I feel that those living on the housetop are most likely retired older people who have the wherewithal to be on the housetop in the middle of the day.  Next, you have the working class, which today in Israel, of course, would be your scientists and your educators and your health people—business people.  In Jesus’ day Israel was agrarian.  It was an agricultural class of people, but not today.  Most of them are metropolitan. 

Then, of course, you have the ladies and the women involved and their little children. It is a complete cross-section of a society that will flee out into a place of safety to survive those last three-and-a-half years.   All right, now let’s move into verse 21 while we’re here. 

Matthew 24:21

“For then (last half of the seven years) shall be great tribulation,”

Not just tribulation like the first half, that’s going to be bad enough. 

Matthew 24:21

“For then shall be great tribulation, as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” 

Now remember, this statement is not from some prophet. This is from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. 

Matthew 24:22

“there should no flesh be saved: (otherwise) but for the elect’s (In other words, for this group of Jews that are going to be out in a place of safety) those days shall be shortened.”  

So here we have the scenario of what can be called the escaping remnant of Israel.

Now, let’s see how many people (Jews) that’s going to be.  Let’s turn to the prophet Zechariah, which is the next to the last book in your Old Testament.  And this is why we call this group in Matthew 24 the escaping remnant.  It won’t be the whole nation.  It’s going to be the remnant. 

Zechariah 13:8-9

“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, (Israel) saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; (that’s two-thirds) but the third shall be left therein.   9. And I will bring a third part through the fire, (tribulation) and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”

 

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