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THE NINE GREATEST MYSTERIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

         PURPOSE OF THIS LESSON.

         First, to incorporate the ‘mysteries’ of (Daniel chapter 2 and chapter 7) with the mysteries recorded in the New Testament, and show the relationship, the consistent harmony, as well as logical sequence between Daniel’s mysteries and the mysteries of the New Testament; wherein the Apostle Paul declares the fulfillment of the mysteries which he preached to the saints during his life time, Col. 1:26, “That is, the “Mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; BUT HAS NOW BEEN MANIFESTED TO HIS SAINTS”. In brief, only the book of Daniel speaks of “Mysteries”.  Paul could not have spoken in regards to other books of the Bible, for only Daniel speaks of “Mysteries” therefore, what Paul preached was from the “Mysteries of Daniel’s visions, and had its fulfillment during the age of the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. Paul’s life ended near 66 A.D. I will show from Ancient sources, which includes Ancient Church fathers; Ancient secular history and Principal Manuscripts.  Versions cited in the Textual application will come from the Antioch Version of the Syriac Peshitto Bible.

         Secondly, I wish, and Pray that the reader will understand that in this document, I am NOT giving my opinion of any place, or thing, nor doctrine; rather I am supplying you with evidence that you may read and understand from the evidence given, that when the New Testament was written by the Apostles; they wrote what the Holy Spirit gave them utterances to write, (Acts 2:4), so when in the New Testament was written, you may know that all they wrote, including the “Mysteries”, all came from the “Mysteries” which Daniel speaks of, as well as the other prophets; however, understand that the other prophets also wrote in the metaphorical language, which also is a secret, held until God’s given time for revealing, which was the period of the New Testament, however, it was God’s plan for the word “Mystery” to be used only in Daniel. So, Christ the Rock, is shown in Daniel, the judgement, the resurrection, the Kingdom, the destruction of Israel, the death of Satan, Christ’s coming, all power and authority given to the Son of Man, the saints of Christ receiving the Kingdom. All of the Gospel teaching comes from the Kingdom, and the King of Kings. The King has always had the power and authority to make His own rules and regulations, follow me as we weave through the Bible and history to show the fulfillment of all the prophets.

Mystery (or Secret), which is known only to the initiated. Something unknown, unexplained, or incomprehensible in its nature, something deliberately concealed or unexplained”. (1)  (Britannica World Language Vol.1). (2) Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible.

         Consider Vines Dictionary of New Testament Words. “Mystery” (the mustes G) Primarily that which is known to the (mustes G) initiated from (mueo G) to initiate into the mysteries. In the New Testament it denoted, not the mysterious, but that which being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by Divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit. In the ordinary sense a mystery implies knowledge withheld; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed. Hence the terms especially associated with the subject are “made known”, “manifested”, “revealed”, “ preached”, “understand”, “dispensation”. The definition given above may be best illustrated by the following passage; “ the mystery which hath been hid from all ages and generations; but NOW hath it been manifested to His Saints (Col. 1:26, R.V.).

          Here we have the mysteries of (Daniel chapters 2 through 7 and 10:14, from Daniel 10:14), we can know that here Daniel recognizes that all the dreams, visions, and interpretations are meant for his people, (Dan. 10:14. Chapter 2:44-45), crushes all these other Kingdoms. (Daniel 7:13-14), at that time the Kingdom of Christ would have universal rule. Not that the Kingdom of Christ would replace the government of nations; but would be able to rule in the hearts of men. In (Daniel 7:8), as in chapter (2,) the fourth stage of empire is Roman. Since this Kingdom must prevail until the destruction of Antichrist,  (the little horn) and the establishment of the eternal, final, visible Kingdom of Christ (cf Rev. 19:11)—20:4), it must be regarded as prevailing today. The ten-fold form of the final stage, perhaps suggested by the ten toes of chapter 2, is clearly taught here and confirmed by Rev. 17:3ff. Later in the chapter the little horn is identified with final Antichrist. (cf 2 Thess. 2:3-12)

         Now since Daniel did not reveal all the secrets in regards to the little horn of Daniel (7:24-27), which is revealed in totality in the NT, after careful research I can make the following suggestions in regards to the Antichrist. Note herein are 12 facts about Antichrist: (1) He will not create a tenfold confederacy he will absorb one (v 24). (2) He will just be another King—another—horn—(verse 8), and he will be mortal (Rev. 13:2, 2 Thess. 2:9) It will be Satanic power behind him that will make him significant. (3) He will be obscure at first—little—(Dan. 7:8). (4) His march to power will begin with his conquest of 3 horns, which comes up before him, or three kingdoms (v 8; cf v 24). (5) Yet something will be special (diverse from the first ten), v 24) {see Rev. 13:5; 2 Thess. 2:4). Many extra ordinary events will be connected with him (Rev. 13:16-17; 2 Thess 2:9-10). (6) He will be very intelligent—eyes of a man—(Dan 7:8]. (7) He will be an orator of ability (V 8). (8) His appearance will be striking (V. 20, CF Isa. 53; 2-3). (9) He will be a blasphemer (Dan. 7:25 cf Rev. 13:5-6). (10) He will seek to make his accession a new epoch (Dan. 7:25), --change times)—(11) He will seek to destroy Israel Dan. (7:25, Dan. 9:26-27). (12) His time will be short—(v 25)—Time--, 2 Times--, and a half Time (cf Rev. 11:2, 13:5, Dan: 9:25; 12:7-12).

         “In the New Testament God’s plan of providing salvation for men through Christ, which was once hidden but is NOW revealed: (Romans 16:25; 1 Cor. 2:7; Ephesians 3:3-9; Col. 1:26; Rom. 11:25; 1 Cor. 2:5-9; Eph. 5:32; Col. 2:2-3); The stewards of God’s mysteries, (ie those entrusted with the announcement of God’s secret purposes to men) (1 Cor. 4:1). Thayer Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament, P 420.

Daniel sees the beast. (Dan. 7:26), being destroyed, and annihilated forever. This of course encompasses the beast, the Devil who had control over the beast, the Roman Empire. Here we see in Daniel’s vision that the 11th horn would fulfill God’s plan, wherein the beast the Devil would be destroyed before the New Age would become reality, wherein Christ would rule (without) Satan. The fulfillment in the N T is found in (Heb. 2:14). Thayer makes his own statement on this subject. (“Of the Devil it is said, (John 16:11), because the victorious cause of Christ has rendered the supreme wickedness of Satan evident to all, and put an end to his power to dominate and destroy”). Thayer Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament, Page 361, bottom, left one half page.

Brethren, and friends, and enemies of Christ. Look about, what do you see within your Church, study the doctrines of future fulfillment, study the Bible, in most churches here is what you see. I quote from the (Apostolic Fathers) (Clement of Rome an Elder) as he writes this letter to the Church at Corinth. “Wherefore are there strife and wrath and factions and war among you? Have we not one God and one Christ and one Spirit of grace that was shed for us? And is there not one calling in Christ? Wherefore do we tear and rend asunder the members of Christ, and stir up factions against our own body, and reach such a pitch of folly, as to forget, that we are members one of another”. (The Apostolic Fathers, Translated and Edited by J.B. Lightfoot). Brethren, Answer this question in light of all the evidence pointing to pass fulfillment, why do you continue to disregard Biblical fulfillment, and call those who teach the truth, false teachers? And does Clement the Elder at Rome describe our condition? And do we call Clement a false teacher and an unfit Elder?

The key qualification for an Elder in the Lord’s Church is “Apt to teach”. (1 Tim. 3:1-5; Titus 1:9). But what do you teach? Why will you not discuss issues in regards to fulfillment? Do you not know that to deny some events of the Bible is to follow man’s greatest “NEMESIS”? What is nemesis? It is sins against the Holy Spirit, namely, (we may grieve the Holy Spirit Eph. 4:30}. (We may resist Him Acts 7:51), resisting something we cannot prove because we are not qualified to teach as Elders should, (2 Tim. 2:15, 3:16).  (We may quench the Spirit 1 Thess. 5:19), and despise the Spirit for what it has caused to be written by not incorporating only one Scripture which has power over every Word within the Bible, (2 Tim. 3:16, Matt. 12:32). 

Wherefore, brethren if we do the will of God our Father, we shall be of the first Church which is Spiritual, which was created before the sun and moon; but if we do not the will of the Lord which says to prove what the Will of the Lord is, (Rom. 12:2) and to hold fast the Divine Word, that is to know what the Word has reference to, study the Word that we be able exhort and refute traditional opinions. Dear reader I do not suppose you to be ignorant; but I do ask that you use the whole Bible, and be serious check your present religion by the written Scripture, I remind you, you cannot change God’s Word to fit your opinions, neither can I. But, we both together can Biblically discuss any differences we may have, that is God’s plan for man, it is the only plan that an Elder can Scripturally serve Jesus Christ our Lord, I as an Elder for many years have practiced the Art of discussing any issue with anyone, I find it to be a good practice, and well pleasing to my Lord, (Heb. 11:6)

         King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon spent seven years in the wilderness because of his rejection of God’s plan for mankind, in those seven years he came to know what God wanted of him; but it took seven years for him to learn the hard way. The Scripture says, “seven periods of time will pass over you UNTIL you recognize that the Most High is ruler over mankind”, Dan. 4:32-37).                                                                       

Recently researching Eusebius Ecclesiastical History. (First through fourth century) I find that when referring to what was written by early Church fathers; they all speak to the point of men teaching, that which was prophesied. If so, then they taught fulfilled prophecy. Any one can obtain this book and read of the early Church fathers and what was taught in the first centuries; they taught what was revealed by Christ and apostles, and the apostles taught what the prophets taught, only the prophets spoke in metaphoric language, such is used to hide a mystery, or secret, and was only revealed in the New Testament, by the Apostles.

Without any doubt the above written documentation rests on it own immutability, therefore, we look into the book entitled (“Early Christian Fathers”). To learn from them the doctrines taught in the first century of this age. (1) Resurrection as a first century event, (Hosea 6:1-3; Heb. 2:14-15; Matt. 27:51-53) (2) Faith and revelation. (3) The incarnation—Atonement). (4) The Church of Christ). (5) The Lord’s Supper). (The discipline of the Church). (6) The last things, the end of the age). (7 Man. Sin. the Holy Spirit a different view on last things). (8 Repentance. Confession. Baptism. Justified by works & faith). (9) Obey your rulers. Maintenance of salvation. Christian Assembly. (Heb. 10:23-25) (10) The Lord was to come quickly). (Defeat of Satan, (John 12:31; John 16:11; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 3:8; Dan. 7:24-26). (11) Mysteries hidden from past ages. That mystery by which we believe. Resurrection. Coming of Christ past tense). (We love the prophets because their preaching looked forward to the New Testament time).

           (And we Love the early Church fathers, because they preached Daniel fulfilled. They knew that nothing more were left to be fulfilled in the future. (Last statement by J. E. M.) 

 Most Christians are unaware that the New Testament describes the events of fulfilled prophecy the (second coming) (The end of the world) as IMMINENT events that were to occur before the generation of Christ’s passed away, (Matthew 24:26-34.) The majority of Christian teachers today rarely or even mention these “problem Scriptures in their sermons or Bible classes. Unfortunately, this has contributed to a growing misunderstanding among Christians of the Bible’s teaching on fulfilled prophecy. 

So, I ask outside of the “NT” who was among those who promoted the teaching of fulfilled prophecy? Do we have documentation of first century saints believing that they experienced, and taught the resurrection, the fulfillment of Christ’s return, and that God’s revelation of Himself, and Christ was finished?

         Athanasius, the great defender of Christian belief’s (A.D.296-373), did not live in the first century but he did say some incredible teaching which he followed even after being imprisoned seven times for his belief, and being reinstated each time when a new ruler took office, once he suffered seven years alone with monks whom he did not know, however, preparing himself even more from reading manuscripts he once again gained his position as Bishop (Elder) in the Church of Christ in Egypt. Thus he has this to say which is recorded in all his works, now published.

         “For now that He has come to our realm, and taken up His abode in one Body among His peers, henceforth the whole conspiracy of the enemy against mankind is checked, and the corruption of death which before was prevailing against them is done away. For the whole race of men had gone to ruin, had not the Lord and Saviour of all, the Son of God, come among us to meet the END OF DEATH. (2 Tim. 1:10) (Athanasius on Incarnation of the Word, section 9 verse 4; cf. 1 Cor. 15:21-26).

         “Perhaps with regard to the other (prophecies) {the Jews} may be able even to find excuses and to put off what is written to a future time. But what can they say to {Daniel’s 70 weeks?) or can they face it at all? Where not only is the Christ referred to, but He that is to be anointed is declared to be not man simply, but Holy of Holies; and Jerusalem is to stand TILL HIS COMING AND THENCEFORTH, PROPHET AND VISION CEASE IN Israel. (Athanasius On The Incarnation of the Word, Section 39 verse 3; cf. Dan. 9:24ff”.) 

Notice here we have Four doctrines that Athanasius taught which was mysteries in the book of Daniel, Church was referred to in Daniel 9:24-27, Christ revealed; Jerusalem stands until the second coming of Christ; Prophet and vision ceases. Zechariah in his revelation in chapter 13:1-4 confirms Daniel’s Mysteries. (J.E.M).

“And this was why Jerusalem stood till then-namely, that they might be exercised in the types as a preparation for reality. — FROM THAT TIME FORTH ALL PROPHECY IS SEALED, (Zech. 13: 1-4), and the city and temple taken…Why are (the Jews) so irreligious and so perverse as to see what has happened, and yet deny Christ, Who has brought it all to pass? WHAT THEN HAS NOT COME TO PASS THAT THE CHRIST MUST DO? WHAT IS LEFT UNFULFILLED, that the Jews should now disbelieve with impunity? (Athanasius On The Incarnation of the Word, Section 40 verse 1-8).

“THE DEVIL, THAT TYRANT AGAINST THE WHOLE WORLD IS SLAIN…NO MORE DOES DEATH REIGN…(Heb. 2:14); but instead death henceforth is life, since our Lord said “I am the Life;” so that everything is filled with joy and gladness; as it is written, “The Lord reigns let the earth rejoice”. (Athanasius The Festal Letters, Letter IV. No. 3,4)

“For He raised up the falling, healed the sick, satisfied those who were hungry, and filled the poor, and, what is more wonderful, RAISED US ALL FROM THE DEAD; having ABOLISHED DEATH, (2 Tim. 1:10) He has brought us from affliction and sighing to the rest gladness of this feast a joy which reaches even to Heaven. ….. How must all its hosts joy and exult, as they  ….. Look on sinners while they repent …. And finally on the enemy who lies weakened, lifeless, bound hand and foot, so that WE MAY MOCK AT THEM; WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY, O DEATH? Where is your sting, O GRAVE? Let us then sing unto the Lord a song of victory! …Wherefore let us not celebrate the feast after an earthly manner, but as KEEPING FESTIVAL IN HEAVEN WITH THE ANGELS. (Athanssius The Festal letters, Letter VI. No.9-12”)        

Any student seeking knowledge of Daniel must look into the NT to find the revelation of what Daniel reveals in his book as “Mysteries’. In short, I suggest the reader follow the course of the Holy Scriptures, and especially look at reference Scriptures. If you allow your preconceived ideas to control your study you have wasted time. Accept what the Holy Spirit of God has caused to be written. You cannot change one dot, or tittle, accept the Scriptures only, forget about what someone has told you, find for yourself what God wants you to know. I pray that the following will help you to understand my analysis of Daniel and all of its fulfillment during the period of the fourth Beast, and the 11th horn. There was no more prophecy after (A.D. 70, Zechariah 13; 1-4), therefore, Scripturally speaking all things were fulfilled during this period, (Luke 21:22, 24:44). “Mysteries” given to Daniel by God, (2 Pet. 1:20-21 see 1 Cor. 4:6, Eph. 1:3-10, 3:1-9; 5:32, Col. 1:13-26, Rom. 16:25) if the student cannot understand the Scriptures which has gone on before, you have grave problems that only you and God can solve!

Ancient author C.A. Auberlen, writes in “The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation of St. John, pp. 216-217, “The Saints of the most High the Saints possessed the Kingdom- Nothing is more sure than that all saints of all ages will share in Christ’s ultimate triumph in His Kingdom here and now. The Ancient of Days, none other than the high and lofty one that inhabits eternity (Isa. 57:15)- takes possession of earth’s Kingdoms through the Son of Man-A name our Lord clearly claimed for Himself (Matthew 24:30).

Consider the Wycliffe Bible and Commentary on (Eph. 1:9).” HAVING MADE KNOWN TO US. The explanation of His abounding. The Mystery. The mystery the NT. The word mystery {literally, secret} indicates something not clearly revealed before, but Now made known”. Page 1304.

         Wycliffe Bible and Commentary. (Eph. 3:4-6) This verse and the ones following shed much light on the N T usage of the Word “mystery”. The word means, not something mystical or magical, but a sacred secret which has not been previously revealed; when revealed, it is understood only by the initiated—here, those who are saved. (V-5) unto His holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Just as holy men of God were inspired by the Holy Spirit in O T Times (2 Pet. 1:20,21) so were the writers of the N T. The Gentiles. The mystery was not that the Gentiles should be saved- there is much in the OT concerning the salvation of the Gentiles, particularly in Isaiah-but that they should be joined with the Jews into one Body.  The Fellowship of the mystery, Page 1308.

Wycliffe Bible and Commentary (Eph. 6:32). “This is a great mystery. That is, although the explanation of this meaning had been intimated in the OT- the Song of Solomon, it was not clearly revealed until the NT was given. Paul directs our thoughts from the marriage unity itself to that which it symbolizes. (see Eph. 2:8-22). Page 1315.

         Wycliffe Bible and Commentary. “ And for me. That is, for me in particular; this in view of Paul’s circumstances at the time. That utterances (Acts 2:4) may be given unto me. Even in his imprisonment Paul was not thinking primarily of his own welfare but of his testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ. We read in (Acts 28:30-31) Of Paul’s speaking to all who came to him while in Rome. To make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel. Not that the Gospel is any longer a secret to those who will receive it”. P-1316.

         Wycliffe Bible and Commentary. (Matthew 13:10-11) “ Why? Previously He had used parables, but this occasion was obviously different. Now the parables themselves formed the basis of the teaching; they were not mere illustrations”. “The mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven”, identifies the content of those parables as being revelation previously hidden pertaining to the Kingdom. The interpretation relates them to the present day. (Not days yet future.) The glories of the Messianic reign were clearly sketched in the OT. But the rejection of Messiah and the interval between His first and second comings was not understood. These parables describes the strange form of the Kingdom while the King is absent. To you it I given, to them it is not given. To them the Jews. (see Col. 1:13, Matt. 25:34}. Page 952)

         Wycliff Bible And Commentary. “ (Romans 16: 25-26) This doxology centers in God’s ability or power to strengthen the readers. God’s strengthening is in accordance with Paul’s Gospel and the preaching is about Jesus Christ. This preaching is being carried on because of the revealing of the mystery or secret. Three things are said about the mystery or secret: (1) It was concealed for long ages ago (V-25). (2) It has NOW been revealed through the prophetic Scriptures, (ie, the OT). By the command of the eternal God (V 26). {3} It has been made known unto all the nations under the Heavens (Col. 1:23, Matt. 24:14), for the obedience which faith puts into operation”. Wycliff Bible and Commentary on, (Heb. 9:14-28), Jeremiah’s covenant prophecy, (Jer. 31:33ff), it has been fulfilled. Believers in Christ are NOW perfected, cleansed, purified, fitted for perpetual communion and fellowship with God .The word perfected  (teteleioken) means completed. That is, the end in view is achieved. Christ has accomplished in atoning death. The work is done”. Wycliff Bible Commentary. The Southwestern Company, Nashville Tennessee. Edited by Charles Pfeiffer, and Everett F. Harrison. Page 1419. (See also Zechariah 14:1-9.) On Page 910 ---- (Nashville the Home of David Lipscomb College, and Gospel Advocate).

Dear reader this commentary is perhaps the most popular and used by Churches of Christ, and was found some years ago in most Church Library’s. As well as denominations.

“The Epistle Of Barnabas, the companion of Paul. Chapter (1), Barnabas makes it clear that he uses the past  (Prophecy) to teach the future Gospel of Christ. (Chapter 3), Barnabas here uses verses to describe the consummation of Sin, (Dan. 9:24), 10 kings will reign, there shall rise the last of all another little horn, (Dan. 7:8), and he shall humble three kings, namely (Galba, Otho, Vitellies), these three were plucked up by the roots. (Chapter 4), That Christ might abolish death, (2 Tim. 1:10), and make known the resurrection from the dead (Heb. 2:15), A new people prepared, (Romans chapter 11; Eph. 2:8ff), after the resurrection He would judge the world. (Chapter 13), He came to abolish the wicked one (Satan). (Chapter 15) For the day is at hand in which all things shall be destroyed together with the wicked one, (Dan. 7:20-27). The Apostolic Father’s By Baker Book House. J. B. Lightfoot.

Barnabas was a companion of the Apostle Paul; This Epistle lays a greater claim to canonical than most all others. It has been cited by Clement Alexandrius, Origen, Eusebius, Jerome and many other Church fathers. Jerome esteemed it genuine and canonical. I therefore, suggest that students READ this entire book for greater understanding, and this because that Barnabas is printed by many different printing Company’s, therefore each Company has their own size of print, therefore, this may cause longer, or shorter chapters, and sometimes I have found that some copies contain up to 21 chapters. This is why I ask that you read the whole book in order that you may find those topics that Barnabas speaks to the above topics. (J. E. M.)

“PAROUSIA” by J. Stuart Russell. Reprinted from 1893.

         (In regards to Daniel’s Vision chapter 7:24-25), “The catastrophic event of Jerusalem during the war where thousands upon thousands were saved out of the remnant, and Zechariah chapter 14:1-5, where the many from the Lord’s Church in Jerusalem escaped outside of the walls. J. Stuart Russell has this to say. “Admitting that the predictions do not require an absolute and universal removal of the whole body of the faithful (for it is manifest that the watchful, the unwatchful, the ready and the unready, and that as many might be shut out of the kingdom as those who went in), yet the language of the prophecy certainly implies the sudden and simultaneous removal of a very great number of the faithful. Is there, then, any vestige in history of such a blank? Most certainly there is, and just such an indication as we might expect. A silence, which is expressive. Silence where, a moment before, all was life and activity. The Christian Church of Jerusalem, of which an apostle could say, “Thou must see, brother how many myriads there are among the Jews which have believed”, where are the hundred and forty and four thousand whom St. John saw with the seal of God on their forehead, and standing with the Lamb on Mount Zion? Did they perish during the siege of Jerusalem? Certainly not for it is universally agreed that, forewarned by their Divine Master, they retired from the doomed city to a place of safety”. Preface, P 3. 

         (My own emphasis J. E. M.)   Russell makes a very good statement in regards to Daniel’s prophecy, as well as that of Zechariah, in that he asks the unbeliever what happened to the believers, those of the Church of Christ in Jerusalem, if it were not foretold that our Lord would bring them out? Russell’s warranted questions in the support that Daniel’s visions has been totally revealed in the old and New Testament. Look at (Zechariah 14:1-5), these passages relate to us, the doomed city of Jerusalem, the coming of our Lord the second time, when His presence were to be manifested in the destruction, and judgment upon Israel, does not Daniel speak of this in (Dan. 7:21-23?) Is not the fulfillment seen, and recorded by our Lord in (Matthew 24:1-34?) Compare. How did the remnant escape? (Micah 2:12-13), The King shall lead them out as His feet stands upon the Mount of Olives, Read (Zechariah 14:1-9), and the mountain split in the middle, so as to leave a valley of escape, afterwards the Mountain came back together. Prophecy fulfilled in the first century, namely 70 A.D. The mountain splitting is no more miracle than when the same people came out of Egypt and the Red Sea was parted, and afterwards when Israel had went through, the sea closed up. Read (Exodus chapter 14).

         (Matt. 10:23, by J. Stuart Russell) “We are disposed, therefore, to agree with Dr. Meyer, that this twofold reference is ‘nothing but a forced and unnatural evasion’, and the words simply means what they say –that before the Apostles completed their life-work of evangelizing the land of Israel, the coming of the Lord should take place. J. Stuart Russell. The Parousia of the Gospel, P 28.

         (Dr. E. Robinson) writes, and is used by Dr. Russell. “This language of our Lord probably intended to intimate, that the Apostles would not finish evangelizing the towns of Palestine, before He should come to destroy Jerusalem and scatter the nation”. Dr. A. B. Bruce. “The coming alluded to is the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jewish nation; and the meaning is, that the Apostles would barely have time, before the catastrophe came, to go over the land warning the people to save themselves from the doom of an untoward generation; so that they could not well afford to tarry in any locality after its inhabitants had heard and rejected the message”. The Parousia of the Gospel, P 29.

         (Dr. J.E. Mills), writes in regard to the preparation of this passage, the subject here, is, was, and will ever be the near return of our Lord, actually nearer to 40 years, His coming according to Daniel’s 70 weeks would have Him returning in 70 A.D. Therefore, I call your attention to (Daniel 7:13-26), here Daniel applies his revelation to an event easily described as the destruction of Jerusalem, and dated historically to 70 A.D, and the 11th horn, which is in association with Daniel’s Mysteries. The event the greatest that ever happened. (Matt. 24:21)

         No attentive reader of the New Testament can fail to be struck with the prominence given by the evangelist in Revelation (10:7), “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the Mystery of God should be finished, as He has declared to His servants the Prophets”.

         In short, the “Mysteries” within the book of Daniel, In Daniel the “Mysteries” are directed to the future of Daniel’s people, (Dan. 10:14). John’s “Mystery”, embraces all the “Mysteries” of Daniel, and John is not mistaken in regards to the time period when (Rev. 10:7) shall be finished, completed, fulfilled. Revelation (1:1)  “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must (SHORTELY) come to pass”. Internal evidence of Revelation fully enjoins itself with all the writings, and events, visions, and dreams of Daniel. Daniel was given a view as to the time this would be finished, (Dan. 7:20-21). During the 11th horn Vespasian. Vespasian reigned 69-79 A. D. Jerusalem was destroyed during this period. So why is Revelation so hard to understand? Even Daniel 12:6-7, the angel informs Daniel when (these things would be finished. When they Rome, and the 11th horn finished destroying the power of the Holy People A.D.70. (It is finished it is FULFILLED.)

An ancient scholar of worthwhile credentials seems to speak to the same point as the above Postulation, giving reasonable creditability to what Daniel and John has enjoined.

         “If it be rejected that the prophecies in the Apocalypse are not yet valid yet fulfilled, that they are therefore not fully understood, and that thence arises the difference of opinion in respect to their meaning, I answer, that if the prophecies are not yet fulfilled, it is wholly impossible that the Apocalypse should be a Divine work; since the author expressly declares (chap. 1:1) that the things which it contains ‘should shortly come to pass’. Consequently, either a great part of them, I will say, I will not say all, must have been fulfilled, or the authors declaration, that they should shortly be completed, is not consistent with the fact. It is true that to the Almighty a thousand years are but a day, and one day as a thousand years; but if we therefore explain the term ‘shortly’ as denoting a period longer than that which has elapsed since the Apocalypse was written, we sacrifice the love of truth to the support of a preconceived opinion. For when the Deity condescends as to communicate information to mankind, He will of course use such language as is intelligible to mankind; and not name a period short which all men consider as long, or the communication will be totally useless. Besides, in reference to God’s eternity, not only seventeen hundred but also seventeen thousand years is nothing. But the author of the Apocalypse himself has wholly precluded any such evasion, by explaining (chap. 1.3) what he meant by the term ‘shortly’, for he says, Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; ‘for the time is at hand’ According, therefore, to the authors own declaration, the Apocalypse contains prophecies with which the very persons to whom it was sent were immediately concerned. But if none of these prophecies were designed to be completed till long after their death, these persons were not immediately concerned with them, and the author would surely not have said that they were blessed in reading prophecies of which the time was at ‘hand’, if those prophecies were not to be fulfilled till after the lapse of many ages; they were worthless”. (Dr. J. D. Michaelis), “Introduction to the New Testament, vol. Iv. PP 503—504).

         (Note by Dr. J. E. M) In closing this document, I remind you of Daniel chapter (7:13-27). The Kingdom of 13, and 14, is everlasting, the dominion is the whole earth, (Matt. 24:14) The people, all races, and all tongues. The Messiah was to come with His Kingdom (Church), the called out, the Assembly, within the lifetime of His Apostles, (Matt. 16:27-28; Luke 19:12-27), and during His own generation (Matt. 24:1-34; Luke 21: 20-32). So, can we expect to find in the early centuries the Church of Christ (Acts 20:28), in the nations of the World?

It is good to offer more documentation in regards to this question. It will I think, give some information that is reliable and of benefit. (“At the council of Nice in A.D. 325, a Bishop (Elder) named John signed the decree of Nice as the Metropolitan of Persia, and Great India. For ages the knowledge of any Church, Assembly was lost to the European World. But when the Portuguese arrived in India they found to their surprise, upwards of one hundred Christian Churches of Christ on the coast of Malabar; they found also that these Christians were using copies of the (Syriac Peshitto version of the New Testament”).  Eusebius Ecclesiastical History. Book. 5. Ch-10.

          Eusebius is brought forth again as the administrator of the CHURCH at Caesarea.  

         “Agapius, bishop (Elder) of Caesarea during this interval, being dead, the persecution subsiding, and peace being restored to the CHURCH, Eusebius, by common consent succeeds to the Episcopal dignity at Caesarea. (Others). Represent Agricola, who subscribed to the synod of Ancyra, at which he was present in the 314th year of the Christian era, to be the successor of Agapius. The latter writes, that Eusebius undertook the administration of the CHURCH at Caesarea”. Page 10, life of Eusebius. Eusabius Ecclesiastical History.

         For sure another question will arise; namely what Church is here meant? I would call your attention to the fact that during these years only one Church was known, that was called by name THE Church. This was The Church of Christ, which the Apostles established. So then, the Lord’s Church in the above documentation represents the “314th year of the Christian era”.

         Perhaps the next documentation, the latter years of Constantine the Emperor of Rome will be sufficient to answer these, and other questions, and close the study.

         “Constantine the Emperor of Rome, 332 A.D. Himself preferred the company of Christian Bishops (Elders) to that of pagan priest, he opposed Athanasius because he was led to believe that Athanasius desired to detain corn-ships which were intended for Constantinople. When at last he felt the approach of death he received baptism, declaring to the Bishops who had assembled around him that, after the example of Christ, he had desired to receive the saving seal in the Jordan, but that God had ordained otherwise, and he would no longer delay baptism. Laying aside the purple, the emperor, in white robe of a neophyte, peacefully and almost joyfully awaited the end”. (The Catholic Encyclopedia PP 297-301, 1908 edition, vol. 4, Above P - 301). It is evident that Constantine was not baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, as it did not exist then, so he was baptized into the Body of Christ, the Church.

         Now to Him that is of power to establish you according to my Gospel, and the PREACHING OF JESUS CHRIST, according to the revelation of the “MYSTERY”, which was kept secret SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN.  BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST and by the Scriptures of the Prophets, according to the commandments of the everlasting GOD, MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS FOR THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH. (Romans 16:25-26) 

 

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