The Gospel of the Kingdom
Tonight’s program is really a sort of sequel to our presentation last week, This is Not White Supremacy, It is God Supremacy, although it also stands by itself so that last week’s presentation is really not a prerequisite. Here we shall discuss The Gospel of the Kingdom, with a critique of Bertrand Comparet's sermon, What Gospel?
In Matthew chapters 4 and 9, the apostle described Yahshua Christ as “preaching the gospel of the kingdom”, and then, much later and at the end of His ministry, in Matthew chapter 24 Christ Himself is recorded as having said “14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” These words are quite ominous, as Christ Himself equates the fulfillment of the age with the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom. So the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom will usher in the fulfillment of the age and the return of Christ. However the Gospel of Christ has been preached in diverse manners for two thousand years, and the end has not yet come. So we must ask, was Christ wrong, or could it be that the gospel of the churches is not the Gospel of the Kingdom? Here we hope to answer that question.
In the gospel of Mark, in Mark chapter 1 we read “14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” But the time which was fulfilled was that of the coming and purpose of the Messiah, and not necessarily that of the end of the age. Christ Himself, as it is recorded in Luke chapter 4, had cited a portion of Isaiah chapter 61 in reference to Himself, where He said that He had come “2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…” But we know that it was not yet the end of the age because He stopped short of citing the rest of the passage, which continues and says “… and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” This we await with His promised return.