To Whom Peter Wrote His First Epistle
I am Jessie Mills, Ph.D.
Child & Adult Clinical Psychology - Mills

To Whom Peter Wrote His First Epistle

Concrete evidence to show to whom Peter wrote his epistle.

Evidence to show that Peter did not write from New Testament prophets, except Jesus alone.

Evidence to show that the kingdom of heaven was near, “at hand” during the life of Peter.

Peter speaks of “the day of the Lord.” We will unravel this Mystery in regards to “the day of the Lord”, “the great and terrible day of the Lord”, “that day” and “the last days.”

It is necessary that when we study the Apostle Peter and his letters that he wrote during his lifetime if we are to determine to whom he wrote his letters we must begin an extensive investigation into those two letters. We must examine first Peter 1:1 and begin our investigation at this point we are looking at those people to whom Peter gave instructions to in his letter that were found to be as he called them aliens scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia who are chosen.

He informs all his readers that the letters he is writing is to go throughout the Jewish world. They are for all eternity, letters written to Jewish Christians who were led as residents in other countries, which were Gentile nations.

These exiles that fled from Jerusalem during the great persecution against Christian Jews, who went to countries listed in first Peter 1:1. Someone may ask why the Jews did not take refuge in such places as the city of Corinth? The historical fact is that in 67 A.D. Nero declared war on Israel in February 10 in 67A.D.

We must understand that God predetermined that this part of the remnant must suffer with Christ as a test of faith in 2 Corinthians 13:5,6. Those Jews who were in other countries who were not a part of the remnant would not escape judgment on the day in which he God will judge the world Hosea 10:8. We are not to forget that Jews in general regardless of where they reside were under God’s judgment, as Hosea said that they would cry for the mountains to fall on them, and the earth would cover them Luke 23:30.

Paul in Athens Greece in Acts 17:16 he was found reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles Acts 17:17. Paul said in Acts 17:31 “God has fixed a day in which HE will judge the world.”

So wherever the Jews were God would get him in that day, Zepheniah 3:8-10. He will gather nations, His judgment will be poured out on all nations, he will gather nations, and His judgment will be poured out on nations in A.D. 70. Nero took his prectorian army through Asia, as well as other cities listed in 1Peter 1:1, they stole from the people both Jews and Gentile they sacked and robbed the temples of their wealth. He was halted when a rider brought the message that Rome was out of control and that he must return at once. He left off his looting and with great speed returned to Rome. Therefore, he did not go to Thrace neither did he go to Macedonia many of the countries of the Gentiles were not visited by Nero and his army.

Peter wrote to those whom he knew and who were residing as the remnant. Further Peter so stated that his chosen people were protected by the power of God, although Nero robbed them he did not kill them 1 Peter 1:5.

Since we have established to some degree already who Peter wrote to. It is paramount that we understand being in 1 Peter 1:13 the word you is used two times in this verse we ask who was the you he was speaking too in verse 13? “Therefore gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope on the grace to be brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” “Gird your mind for action.” This is an old military command, buckle up and be ready for trouble that is on its way to you, protect yourself. Why protect yourself then God has promised to protect them 1 Peter 1:5? God will help no one until he is willing to help himself.

1 Peter 1:14” as obedient children do not be conformed to the former lust, which were yours in your ignorance. Still talking to the same people.

1 Peter 2:11-12 study these two verses and decide who Peter is talking to and who he is talking about. See also 1Peter 4:3-4, 1 Peter 4:12, three times the word you is used. The fiery ordeal that is coming upon them this is the beginning of the day of the Lord when Nero comes upon them.

1 Peter 4:15-17 again the word you appears in verse 15 and 16. Notice verse 17 “it is time for a judgment to begin.” 1 Peter 5:12 “I have written briefly to you.” But now we want to examine 2 Peter 3:1,2 “this is now beloved the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of a reminder that you should remember the words spoken before by the Holy Prophets and the Commandments of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.”

To clarify the issue of prophets we must understand that what few New Testament prophets that the Bible records were never called holy prophets. Also the issue of what Peter writes to the Jews two outstanding issues is written about. (1.) The fiery calamities that they must suffer at the hands of God. (2.) Peter also teaches the Jews the gospel and urges their compliance. The same gospel also applies to the Gentiles with the exception of the fiery calamities that God had planned for the Jews.

Observations regarding evidence as to whom Peter writes to in these two letters. A fact, question to ask now to the reader would be, to who are the prophets to whom he alludes? Are these old covenant prophet or new?

What’s the point of this section?

The main issue at stake is identifying who Peter wrote to. It is apparent that we have offered vital information that would specifically identify an element of the Jews who fled from Jerusalem in 50 A.D. The main conclusion to be reached based upon 1 Peter 1:1 and many other passages, which will refer to 1 Peter 1:1, in that Peter used the word you and yours. Further he calls upon them not to follow the sense of the Gentiles. These Jews were Christians and were members of the Lord’s church. They had obeyed the gospel in Jerusalem. It is maintained by the opponents of the views set forth herein that the church was completely established in fullness, power and glory on Pentecost. It is maintained that anything less than full establishment is failure.

Question, if the opponents is correct, then why did Peter tell his people to gird themselves for action? Why did he inform them of a fiery ordeal they must suffer? Why did he tell them that judgment would begin with the house of God?

Simply! The nation of Israel must be destroyed before the Church of Christ, or kingdom of heaven could become reality through fulfillment of all the old covenant prophets. Rome must be destroyed, Israel, Deuteronomy 28:48-66, Zechariah 14:1-9. So judgment did began at the house of God or the old Kingdom. When this event was over Christ could ratify the spiritual and new covenant. All things would become new Revelation 21:5. The old things have passed away, behold the new things have come 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Question, since Christ through Paul said in Romans chapter 11 that the Gentiles were grafted into the wild olive branch. And Paul writing and Ephesians 2:11-16 informs us that at the cross Christ reconciled both Jew and Gentile into one body to God; He made both groups into one body. Did Christ reconcile both wicked Jews and wicked Gentiles into the body of God and Christ? If your answer is yes then there is no need for either to see Christ in salvation and follow his rules and regulations. For Christ has violated the free moral agency of man by reconciling them both into the body of God without man making the choice. Such things would violate Acts 2:1-46. It would violate Mark 16:16, John 3:1-5, Romans 10:9,10. The answer that is in keeping with God’s will “prove what the will of God is,” Roman 12:2. Is that Christ reconciled both righteous Jews and Gentiles into the body of God and Christ. Christ made it possible that all wicked Jew or Gentile could by obedience come to him for forgiveness of sins and enjoy salvation. However the nation of Israel’s heart had been hardened and their doom was “at hand.” In progress of being destroyed as Moses predicted in Deuteronomy 28:48-66, as well as other prophets.

Therefore when Peter wrote his two letters he wrote to the Jewish world. First to allow the Christians who had obeyed the gospel to gird themselves for action for the fiery ordeal that was coming upon the wicked. He describes it in the most horrible details and his prediction was fulfilled in 70 A.D. by the fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7 and the seven horns Vespasian.

But we can always reason as the opponents who disagree with this assured truths some will tell us that we owe Israel more than we can ever pay them, for they are God’s chosen people and we must support them! This is one of the largest scams in the world. God divorced Israel in Jeremiah 3:6-10.

Deuteronomy 24:1-4 God wrote the law of divorce and said that the first husband cannot take back the first wife. Israel and Judah was the two wives of God. God divorced Israel and destroyed Judah. So where does people get the idea that Israel is God’s chosen today and where do they get the idea that we owe to Israel our support and our money and military supplies? Therefore Peter wrote to his own people the catastrophic even he spoke about was directed to Judah. The Lord Jesus Christ had something to say about this Luke 21:20,22 “but when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is at hand.” Verse 22 “because these are the days of vengeance in order that all things written may be fulfilled” this covers the two letters of Peter and what he wrote about. Evidence that show that Peter did not write from New Testament prophets except that of Jesus Christ.

The Greek word “prophetess.” Vine Bible Dictionary, a proclaimer of a divine message page 222 gives the following translation. In the New Testament the word is used of the Old Testament prophets, e.g. Matthew 5:12; Mark 6:15; Luke 4:27; John 8:52; Romans 11:3; Matthew 23:34.

In the Septuagint “hence in general the prophet was one the spirit of God rested Numbers 11:17-29; one to whom and through, God speaks Numbers 12:2; and he Amos 3:7-8.

Thayer Greek lexicon page 522, “discourse maintaining from divine inspiration and declaring the purpose of God. Used in the New Testament of the utterances of the Old Testament prophets Matthew 13:14, 2 Peter 1:20,21. Of the predictions of events relating to Christ’s kingdom and a speedy triumph.

The Analytical Greek lexicon of the New Testament by George V. Wigram, confirms Matthew 23: 34, Jesus said “therefore behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, some of them scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city.” Who was Jesus talking to in verse 34? Who did He send prophets to? Matthew 23:37 will answer all three questions.

Another reasonable question to ask have you read in the New Testament where the New Testament prophet foretold anything the Old Testament prophet had not already foretold in detail? How many New Testament prophets were there? How many were mentioned by name?

Remember the Greek say that the New Testament prophet a teacher JEM.) was an expounder of the word or a public expounder. (Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible page 780.

Do we have written documents that relate what those prophets (teacher) taught, that Jesus sent to Jerusalem? Is it reasonable to assume that they taught and recall what the Old Testament prophets had foretold? Also when the apostles began to expound the gospel which no one had foretold events beyond 70 A.D. then we find Agabus. Agabus is recorded in Acts 11:28 as saying “and one of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world and this took place in the reign of Claudius.” Again Agabus in Acts 21:10 foretells the calamity that was about to befall the Apostle Paul the whole story is told in Acts 21:10-14. This prophecy was fulfilled in Acts 21:17-33 his binding and prison continued until his death. Question did Agabus foretell anything that would happen beyond 70 A.D.? Not so, because he was controlled by the Holy Spirit, besides all this the spirit knew that Jesus had already informed His disciples that when you see armies surrounding Jerusalem, you may know that her desolation is at hand. For these be the days of vengeance and ordered that all things written may be fulfill Luke 21:20, 22.

Therefore all writers he had finished their assignments before the Roman armies had reached the city walls of Jerusalem. Suppose if you will that Peter wrote about the end of the world! Would it not contradict Luke 21:20, 22? If he contradicted Christ and his prophecy regarding Israel it would destroy the credibility of Christ! Peter would have known something that Christ did not have knowledge of. Again for sure Peter knew about the great flood in Genesis 6:6, God said He was sorry that he had created man again in Genesis 6:7 God said I am sorry I have made them.

Then after the flood Genesis 8:21, God repented for what he had done when He said “I will never again curse the ground on the account of man for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing as I have done.” We all know that godly sorrow must precede repentance. God so stated he was sorry; therefore Peter was not speaking of the end of the universe.

Question, did Peter in and 2 Peter 3:1-17 get his message from New Testament prophets or reminded the Jews of what the Old Testament prophets had already foretold?

Evidence to show that the kingdom of heaven was near, at hand in progress of being fulfilled at the close of the Apostles lives. Reasons why the kingdom of heaven was not fully established at Pentecost. To make a long story short we must look at the whole plan of God. The plan of redemption the scheme of salvation.

First we want to look at the implications as well as the truth that is found in Matthew 25: 34, “then the king will say to those on his right come, you who are blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”. Take note of the phrase, “the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Since the kingdom was not something new but had been prepared from the foundation of the world it could not and was not in the plans of God to be fully of established on Pentecost. It was promised just as salvation was promised on Pentecost. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 the people at Pentecost had the promise of God verse 20. The Holy Spirit was given as a pledge (a guarantee) that those who obeyed would enjoy the same benefits as those who would come after the arrival of the kingdom at 70 A.D.

Hebrews 4:3 to those who obey we have these words by Paul “for we who have believed enter that rest, just as he has said, as I swore in my wrath they shall not enter my rest, although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

Ephesians 1:4 “just as he chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Paul says the following 1 Corinthians 1:7 “but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory.” All things, which Christ and the Apostles taught regarding the gospel of Christ, was a mystery to them. Throughout the ages from Adam to Christ this mystery was not clear revealed except to one man Abraham Galations 3:8.

Now we began to see God’s plan opening up, little my little as God had planned before the foundation of earth, when heaven alone existed being occupied by God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and the created Angels. Proverbs 8:22-31, this will give a better understanding of the period of beginning and Christ being the executor of God’s will for Christ speaks here.

What happened in the Garden of Eden?

When earth was created God placed in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve, God gave them a spiritual plan of salvation, he gave them free moral agency; they could choose to serve God or to serve Satan; they chose to serve Satan therefore, God removed them from the spiritual kingdom. God drove them out of the Garden of Paradise and at the east of the Garden He stationed the Cherubim and the Flaming Sword, which turned ever direction to guard the way to the tree of life. So God gave a temporary plan to all people until Christ came. Isaiah 2:1-4 God promises to restore the spiritual system and the kingdom. “In the last days”, the last days referred to the last days of the Jewish nation and to the last days of Judaism. It was not as some teach the end of the physical world, to prove this we look at Hebrews 9:26. “Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now at the consummation He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” The word “consummation” in the Greek is completion Young’s page 200. Thayer Greek lexicon pages 606 “consummation” to end completely, to bring to an end, finish, to make complete. King James Bible version 1816 addition was used the end of the world rather than consummation.

So then the “end of the world”, “last days” simply means the last days of Israel, the end of Israel, the end of Judaism. The beginning of the gospel age, the beginning of the restoration of that gospel, which Adam and Eve rejected. The restoration of the kingdom of heaven referred to in Isaiah 52:8-9. In fact Isaiah chapter 51-53 details the restoration therefore, on Pentecost there was nothing new all spiritual teaching in the gospel that was taught to Abraham in Galatians 3:8 was now being revealed. The kingdom would be restored first in promise, then when Israel and her covenant expired completely consummated. Then would come the kingdom that John referred to in Matthew 3:2 “repent or the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

“The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Thayer and Wigram Greek Lexicon put the phrase “at hand” like this. At hand as it were, in thy mind, time concerning things imminent and soon to come to pass, in the near advent a person of Christ, His return, at the door. So if Matthew 16:28 is inspired and I confess that it is, then when Jesus informed the disciples that some of them standing there would not taste of death until they see him coming in his kingdom. So then the kingdom would come at the advent of Christ in 70 A.D. Question just suppose that Christ did not come as he promised to then we have men living today that is near 2000 years old. Would this not be the results of his failure to come?

Now the Scripture informs us that by the mouth of two or three witnesses a fact is confirmed. So then lets look at the second witness Luke 19:12ff. Regarding the kingdom here Jesus tells a parable in regards to Himself, a certain nobleman and went into a far country to receive a kingdom and return. Before he left he called 10 of his slaves to him; and he gave them money to invest while he was away. Having returned he called the slaves to him to see how they had invested the money given to them. This is the fulfillment of Daniel 7:13, 14, as well as the second witness to Matthew 16:28.

Many are they that teach that Christ is to come in our future and establish the kingdom. Question will they admit that these 10 slaves are still living and still investing the nobleman money? Evidence that the kingdom would replace the Synagogue showed that Jesus is using the words Synagogue showed that all things would be fulfilled in 70 A.D. why? After the Romans laid waste to Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple there would not be enough people to constitute a Synagogue worship. Therefore, reference to Synagogues and councils limits the timing of his warning of Jerusalem’s destruction to the period prior to 70 A.D. The word councils is translated from the Greek word “Sunedria” and is the same word for the “Sanhedrin” in Jerusalem. It must be pointed out that while the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. the entire Jewish political group collapsed. Thus making way for the Lord’s church to exist along with the kingdom of heaven, its greatest persecution had ended.

The Lord himself predicted the kingdom of heaven being at hand Matthew 4:17.

Again Jesus instructs the disciples to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and as you go preaching the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The kingdom being at hand, imminent was Paramount with Christ.

Luke 1:33 speaks’ of his kingdom having no end.

Luke 17:20 as the Pharisees questioned Jesus in regards to the kingdom he answered them saying, the kingdom is not coming with signs to be observed.

Luke 17:21 Jesus informs the Pharisees that the kingdom was in their midst. Other Scriptures which deserves to be read by the person who is seeking to learn the truth is Matthew 12:28, Matthew 25:34, Luke 21:31 Colossians 1:13, 1 Thessalonians 2:12, Hebrews 1:8, Hebrews 12:28, 2 Peter 1:11.

Colossians 1:13, “for he delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son.”

Revelation 1:9, John said “I John your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom.”

Question is it conceivable that God would prefer to a rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem as a “Holy Place” after saying in Isaiah 25:1-2. That the Temple would never be rebuilt according to New Testament teaching, which Temple does God now dwell in and called holy?


I observe that Paul questions the church at Corinth in regards to the Temple of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17 “do you not know that you are a Temple of God and that the spirit of God dwells in you. If any man destroys the Temple of God, God will destroy him, for the Temple of God is holy and that is what you are.”


Scripturally I like to think that the church and kingdom was given in promised to the Jews and Gentiles at Pentecost Acts 2:39. You see the Holy Spirit has sealed you for the day of redemption Ephesians 4: 30. If the kingdom was fully established on Pentecost why would the Holy Spirit have to guarantee their salvation? So those on Pentecost was promised salvation and the Holy Spirit guaranteed their salvation, however the church was not full-grown and was not full-grown until Christ took his bride the church Revelation 9:7. Likewise the kingdom of heaven could not come in reality until Christ ratified the new covenant after which the covenant of Israel expired Hebrews 8:13, Genesis 49:10.

We will unravel the mystery in regards to the day of the Lord.

Acts 2:16 but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel, Joel 2:28-32. Acts 2:20 “the son shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. Interesting parallel is found in Malachi 4:1-5. Verse five “behold I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.”

Consider the following thoughts:

Suppose that Peter in 2 Peter 3:10,11 is correct and teaching the end of our universe, also it would include what our opponents refer to as the rapture. Please read1 Thessalonians 4:17, “then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds.”

Let us use the clouds as our subject; after the last hurricane hit Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, I am grateful that it did not hit North Florida. Nevertheless cloud’s is our subject but now think what if Jesus had returned after the hurricane came for the rapture. There was not a cloud in some states they would have missed the rapture. If this event is to be fulfilled in a naturalistic setting no clouds here to be caught up into the air.

Think on this line and apply it to the reasonableness of this lesson. Many times God wants to take us deeper than our childhood creeds and our adult traditions. It would do us all well to think about this, as all of us are brainwashed in our beliefs by those things we have heard, read and believe during all the past years of our lives.

Question, Has Elijah come yet? Has the great and terrible day of the Lord come yet?

Well the Scriptures make it clear that both events have already occurred Matthew 11:12-14. If you care to except it John the Baptist was Elijah who was to come. Matthew 17:10-13, and his disciples asked him saying, why then did the scribes say that Elijah must come first. Verse 13, then the disciples understood that Christ has spoken about John the Baptist.

The day of the Lord.”

The Zephaniah 1:17-18, the day of the Lord is near, for the Lord has prepared a sacrifice. Verse 14, near is a great day of the Lord.

Zechariah 14:1-9, verse 1 “a day is coming for the Lord.” Verse 4, “in that day.” Verse 6, “and it will come about in that day.” Following is a complete study of the last days “the last days”, “in that day,” “on that day, “the great and terrible day of the Lord”, in which Peter wrote about. Verse 9 “in that day the Lord will be the only one.” Zechariah 13:1-3, verse 1 “in that day”, verse 2,” and it will come about in that day.”

The following is a comprehensive examination of the phrase “In that day”, “The end time”, “The last days”, “The great and terrible day of the Lord”, “In those days”. These evidences relate to us the conclusion that they all look to one time period for fulfillment that is the first century.

Each book examined will show the topics listed under the above named phrases.

I. “In that day” Deut. 31:16. 17. Deut. 28:48-66.

A. Warning of last things regarding Israel.

B. God will hide His face from them.

C. They shall be consumed by fire 2 Peter Ch. 3.

D. In that day began on Pentecost Acts Ch. 2 16ff.

E. Destroyed because of sin.

II. “In the last days” Isaiah 2:1-4.

Promise of church establishment Micah 4:1 ff.

Church of Christ as chief Matt. 16:18, Matt. 17:1 ff.

Law goes forth from Church of Christ Acts 4:12. Col. 1:18, Isa. 2:1-4.

God to judge between Israel and gentile nations Matt. 21:43, Rom. 11:11 ff.

Christianity not a warring religion as was Judaism, Covenant of peace, Jer. 31:31 ff

III. “In that Day” Isa. 4:1-6.

Remnant of Israel saved Micah 2:12 ff, Micah 5:8, Zech. 8:6 ff, Rom. 9:27 ff.

Israel consumed by fire, Isa. 4:5, Isa. 10:1-23, Isa. 64: 7-12, 2 Thess. 1:8-10, Luke 12:49, 2 Peter 3:9-16, Heb. 12:29.

Church of Christ refuge Isa. 4:6, Palms 94:22, Palms 142:5, John 19:1-17, Rom. 8:1.

IV. “In the days”, “The end of the world” (AGE) Isa. 9:6,7.

Christ is born Prince of peace.

Christ is the head of the church Col. 1:18.

Christ establishes His kingdom Matt 16:18.

Christ dies at the end of the world Heb. 9:26.

Everlasting nature of church, no end Dan. 2:44, Dan. 7:14, Heb. 12:28, Isa. 9:6-7.

V. “In that day” Isa. 25:1-12.

Scheme of redemption planned before creation of man Prov. 8:22ff, Isa. 25:1, Col. 1:26, Matt. 25:34, 1 Cor. 2:7, Heb. 4:3, John 17:34, Eph. 1:4, 1 Pet. 1:20.

Destruction of Jewish Temple foretold Matt. 23:37:39, 24:1,2, Luke 21:20-22.

Temple will never be rebuilt Isa. 25:2, Isa. 32:14, Zech. 14:1-5.

“On His Mountain" in His church shall the Lord make unto all people a feast,

Salvation by Jesus Christ Isa. 25:6, Dan. 7:14, Palms. 72:11, Acts 4:11,12, Rom. 11:11-25, Rom. 16:16.

Law of Moses removed Isa. 25:7, Acts 13:39, Rom. 2:14, 3:20, 3:28, 6:14, 7:4 ff, Rom. 10:4, Gal. 2:16, 3:13, 5:14.

Penalty of spiritual death removed Isa. 25:8, Hosea 13:14, Isa. 26:19, Hosea 6:1-3, Dan 12:2, Heb. 2:14,15.

Righteous spirits no longer held in bondage Isa 25:7,8, Heb 2:14,15, 1 Cor 15:54, Matt. 7:53, Eph. 4:8-10, Rom. 8:18-23.

Victory through Jesus Christ and His church only 1 Cor. 15:54, Acts 4:11,12, Matt. 16:18, Col. 1:18-22, Heb. 9:26, Rom. 8:9,10, Acts 20:28.

VI. “In that day” Isa. 26:1-11. 14. 19.

We have a strong city the city of God Isa. 25:2. Physical city destroyed, Christians have come to the city of God Heb. 12:22.

Converted Gentiles chosen Rom. 11:11-25, Matt; 21:43.

Jerusalem and Temple destroyed forever Isa. 26:5, 25:2, Zech. 14:1-3, Matt. 23:37:39, 2 Thess. 1:7-10, 2 Peter 3:10-16.

Dead will not live, Spiritual dead Isa. 26:14, Job 19:25, Matt. 22:32, John 5:25.

Your dead will not live Isa. 26:19. Resurrection Job 19:25, Dan. 12:2,Hosea 6:1-3, John 5:28,29, Eph. 4:8-10, 1 Cor. 15:12:18, Matt. 27:52,53.

Based upon Hosea 6:1-3 and Matt. 27:53 the resurrection prophesied of began to be fulfilled just after the resurrection of Christ.

VII. “In that day” Isa. 27:1.

Satan destroyed Rev. 12:10-12, Rom. 16:20, Heb. 2:14, 1 John 3:8, John 12:31, John 16:11, Rev, 20:10, Luke 21:20-22, Luke 22:44.

Spiritual conditions of the church Isa. 27:2ff, Isa. 11:1-12, Matt. 16:18, John 10: 1-16, Rom. 8:1, John 3:18, John 5:24, John 5:29, 1 Cor. 15:54.

The trumpet of the Lord Isa. 27:13, 1 Thess. 4:16, Zech. 9:9-16, Matt. 24:31, 1 Cor. 15:52.

VIII. “In that day” Isa. 28:16.

Christ speaks of Himself and His church.

Christ will be chief Acts 4:11,12.

Death sentence annulled Isa. 28:18, Heb. 2:14.

IX. “On that day” Isa. 29:18.

Age of miracles, the deaf shall hear Matt. 11:5, Luke 7:22.

Afflicted healed Isa. 29:19, John 5:1-11, John 9:1-12.

Israel doomed Isa. 29:20, Matt. 23:36-39, Luke 21:1-22, Matt. 13:37-50, 2 Peter 3:1-16, James 5:1-10, Dan. 12:1-10, Zeph. 1:7-18, Zeph. 3:1-16, Zech. 14:1-5.

“A day of vengeance” Isa. 43:8, Isa. 35:4, Isa. 40:10, Isa. 59:17, Isa. 63:4-6, Luke 21:20-22, Rom 12:19, 2 Thess. 1:8, Heb. 10:30.

XI. “In those days” the Lord’s church is established. Joel 2:28-32, Isa. 2:14, Micah 4:1-3, Matt. 16:18, Acts 2:16-47, Acts 4:11,12.

“The day of the Lord is near” Joel 3:14-21, Zeph. 1:7, 14-16, Zech 14:1-5, Malachi 4:1-5, Matt. 10:23, 16:28, Mark 9:1, Luke 21:20-32, Luke 19:12-15, John 21:21-23, Acts 2:16-21, 1 Cor. 1:7, Phil. 4:5, 1 Thess. 2:1-3, James 5: 9, 1 Peter 1:13, 2 Peter 3:10, Zeph. 1:7.

Jesus dwells in His church Joel 3:17-21 Zeph. 3:17, Zech. 2:10,11, Matt 18:20, Heb. 2:11,12. Rev. 2:1, Ezek. 43:7.

“In those days”: a judgment Joel 3:1-3, Zeph. 3:1-20, Zech. 14. 14:1,2, Matt. 23:36-38, Matt. Ch. 24, 2 Peter Ch. 3. Dan. 12:7.

Battle of Armageddon Joel 3:14-21, Zech. 12:11-14, Luke 21:5-22, Rev 14:14-20, Rev 16:17.

XII. The day of the Lord.” (The coming of the Lord.) Zeph. 1:7

“The great sacrifice” at His coming Zeph. 1:7-18, Isa. 16:11,12, Zech. 9:9-17, Zech. 14:1-5, Malachi 3:1-6, Malachi 4:1-5, Acts 2:16-21, Matt. 10:23, Matt. 16:28, Mark 9:1, Luke 19:12-15, Luke 21:24-32, John 21:22,23, 1 Cor. 1:7,8, Phil. 4:5, 2 Thess. 1:7-10, 2 Thess. 2:1-7, James 5:9, 2 Peter 3:1-10.

Fire a biblical symbol of destruction Zeph. 1:18, Deut. 28:49-68, Isa. 5:18-26, Isa. 9:2-7, Isa. 9:18,19, Isa. 13:1-17, Isa. 29:6, Isa. 64:11,12, Isa. 66:15-18, Malachi 4:1-5. Luke 12:49, 2 Thess. 1:7-10, Heb. 12:29, 2 Peter 3:1-10, Dan. 9:24-27.

“The end time” Zeph. 1:18, Ezek. 7:1-12, Dan. 8:17, Dan. 10:14, Can. 12:9, Matt. 13:13-18, Heb. 9:26, 2 Cor. 1:13:14, 2 Cor. 3:13-18, 1 Peter 1:13,1 Peter 4:7.

XIII. “The coming of the Lord” Zech 2:9.10, Isa. 9:6,7, Isa 62:11, Isa. 66:15-18, Joel 3:14, Zeph. 1:1-18, Zeph 3:8, Zech. 12:10,11, Zech. 14:1-5, Malachi 4:1-5, Acts 2:16-21, Matt. 10:23, Matt. 23, Matt. 16:28, Matt. 24:29,30, Luke 19:12-15, John 21:22,23, Luke 21:1-32, 1 Cor. 1:7, Phil. 4:5, James 5:9, 2 Thess. 2:1-7, 1 Peter 1:4-7,13, Luke 24:44.

“In that day” Christ church only one Zech. 13:1, Zech. 14:9, Matt. 16:18, Matt. 17:1-6. Acts 4:11,12, Acts 20:28, Heb. 9:26.

Evil spirits done away Zech 13:2, John 16:1.Rom. 16:20, Heb. 2:14, 1 John 3:8, Rev. 20:10.

The mystery.

Galatians 3:8, “and the Scripture foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying all nations shall be blessed in you.”

1 Corinthians 2:7, “but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden mystery, which God predestined before the ages to our glory.”

Ephesians 1:4, “just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless in him.”

Colossians 1:26, “that is the mystery, which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but now has been manifested to his saints.”

Ephesians 1:9,“He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.”

Ephesians 3:3-9, mystery made known, read.

Ephesians 5:32, “this mystery great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.”

Ephesians 6:19, “and pray on my behalf, that utterances may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the Ministry of the gospel.” Paul here is asking for the Holy Spirit to give him utterances such as was done in, Acts 2:1-46. Verse 4, informs us that the Holy Spirit gave the utterances to the Apostles as to their message on Pentecost. The Apostles were instructed, or used by the Holy Spirit. Since Paul has just finished a discourse in Christians attitudes, being in prison he may be asking for special knowledge on how to convince the captors that Christ whom they crucified did give the church and kingdom in promise in Acts 2:39.

He teaches the Colossians 1:18 that this Christ is the head of the body the church. So what Paul is actually saying is that there is but one church, by his usage of the words, which denotes one. Then in Ephesians 4:4,5 he again says in verse 4, there is one body, again saying there is but one church that is authorized by Christ. He could have reasoned how can I teach the Romans his captors; that there is but one church, which I have been chosen a minister and now the Romans put me in prison for teaching his gospel. Pray that I may receive the utterances that I may achieve conversion of his people. Later he did receive that and converted many of his prison guards.

Romans 16:25, “now to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept secret for long ages past.” Connect Romans chapter 5 with the Ministry kept secret from his ages past, before the foundation of the world. This thought shows that God in the beginning made these plans.

Colossians 4:34, “praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open to us a door for the world so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned.” Verse 4 in order that we may speak it clear in the way we ought to speak.

Comment: it has been necessary to give you a few examples of the day of the Lord, and then bring forth the mystery of the Lord. For the mystery explains the purpose of the reference to “the day of the Lord”, “in that day”, and many more expressions regarding that day will you follow giving a full detail of “the day of the Lord”, and what it in ecompasses.


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