To Whom Peter Wrote His First
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
the point of
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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.
Concordance to the Bible page 780.
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
21:17-33 his binding and prison continued until his death. Question did Agabus
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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.”
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.
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
happened in the
Garden of Eden?
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
was used the end of the world rather than consummation.
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.
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.”
kingdom of heaven
is at hand.”
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.
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.
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
Luke 1:33 speaks’ of his
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
1:13, “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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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
B. God will hide His face from them.
C. They shall be consumed by fire 2 Peter
D. In that day began on Pentecost Acts Ch.
E. Destroyed because of sin.
II. “In the last days”
of church establishment Micah 4:1 ff.
of Christ as chief Matt. 16:18, Matt. 17:1 ff.
goes forth from Church of Christ Acts 4:12. Col. 1:18, Isa. 2:1-4.
to judge between Israel and gentile nations Matt. 21:43, Rom. 11:11 ff.
not a warring religion as was Judaism, Covenant of peace, Jer. 31:31 ff
III. “In that Day”
of Israel saved Micah 2:12 ff, Micah 5:8, Zech. 8:6 ff, Rom. 9:27 ff.
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.
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.
is born Prince of peace.
is the head of the church Col. 1:18.
establishes His kingdom Matt 16:18.
dies at the end of the world Heb. 9:26.
nature of church, no end Dan. 2:44, Dan. 7:14, Heb. 12:28, Isa. 9:6-7.
V. “In that day” Isa.
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.
of Jewish Temple foretold Matt. 23:37:39, 24:1,2, Luke 21:20-22.
will never be rebuilt Isa. 25:2, Isa. 32:14, Zech. 14:1-5.
His Mountain" in His church shall the Lord make unto all people a feast,
by Jesus Christ Isa. 25:6, Dan. 7:14, Palms. 72:11, Acts 4:11,12, Rom.
11:11-25, Rom. 16:16.
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.
of spiritual death removed Isa. 25:8, Hosea 13:14, Isa. 26:19, Hosea 6:1-3, Dan
12:2, Heb. 2:14,15.
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.
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.
“In that day” Isa. 26:1-11. 14.
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.
Gentiles chosen Rom. 11:11-25, Matt; 21:43.
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.
will not live, Spiritual dead Isa. 26:14, Job 19:25, Matt. 22:32, John 5:25.
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.
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.
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.
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.
trumpet of the Lord Isa. 27:13, 1 Thess. 4:16, Zech. 9:9-16, Matt. 24:31, 1
“In that day” Isa.
speaks of Himself and His church.
will be chief Acts 4:11,12.
sentence annulled Isa. 28:18, Heb. 2:14.
“On that day” Isa. 29:18.
of miracles, the deaf shall hear Matt. 11:5, Luke 7:22.
healed Isa. 29:19, John 5:1-11, John 9:1-12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
of Armageddon Joel 3:14-21, Zech. 12:11-14, Luke 21:5-22, Rev 14:14-20, Rev
The day of the Lord.”
(The coming of the Lord.) Zeph. 1:7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
spirits done away Zech 13:2, John 16:1.Rom. 16:20, Heb. 2:14, 1 John 3:8, Rev.
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,
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
that I may achieve conversion of his people. Later he did receive that and converted many of his prison
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.”
Romans chapter 5 with the Ministry kept secret from his ages past, before the
foundation of the world.
thought shows that God in the beginning made these plans.
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.
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