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Daniel dreamed a dream. Daniel was given a series of dreams and visions to think upon and consider. These visions are so important that Jesus says in Matthew 24 that if you want to know about the nature of the Tribulation, you need to read Daniel's book. In this live, two-hour KJV bible study program, we will explore the dreams and visions of Daniel, and learn about the times of the Gentiles. Please join our interactive chat room where we take your questions and answer them live on-air!
With your radio host and bible teacher, Geoffrey Grider of Now The End Begins.
"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." Luke 21:24
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God has given the nation of Israel his holy oracles which include his perfect law and his prophecies. But, these things weren't just for them but to also be told to all of humanity. The people he revelaed himself to are to reveal that to all other peoples. Let's look at Jeremiah in particular.
Our Scripture passage today is Matthew 10:2-4 which reads: "Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him."
Our quote today is from Tertullian. He said, "It is our care for the helpless, our practice of lovingkindness, that brands us in the eyes of many of our opponents. 'Only look,' they say, 'look how they love one another' (they themselves being given over to mutual hatred). 'Look how they are prepared to die for one another' (they themselves being readier to kill each other). Thus had this saying become a fact, 'Hereby shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.'"
Today, we are discussing "Mission to the Gentiles" (Part 4) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Let's continue looking at The Apostles: Facts and Legends
Late in the second century, a development took place that greatly hinders the task of the historian who seeks to discern the later career of the apostles. The churches in every important city began claiming apostolic origins. In its rivalry with Rome and Antioch, the church in Alexandria felt the need to have a founder with apostolic connections, and thus the tradition appeared that Saint Mark had founded the church there. Likewise, when Constantinople became a capital city in the empire, its church too needed apostolic roots, and thus it was claimed that Philip had preached in Byzantium, the ancient site on which Constantinople was later built.
Jesus will not speak a word to the Gentiles, because of the rebellion of their fathers who departed from Shem who is Melchizedek, saith the Lord, and Noah his Father.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 ...he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
(New Testament | Matthew 15:23–24)
23 And they understood me not that I said they shall hear my voice; and they understood me not that the Gentiles should not at any time hear my voice—that I should not manifest myself unto them save it were by the Holy Ghost. (3 Nephi 15:23)
34 Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.
35 And the rebellious shall be cut off out of the land of Zion, and shall be sent away, and shall not inherit the land.
36 For, verily I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim, wherefore they shall be plucked out.
37 Behold, I, the Lord, have made my church in these last days like unto a judge sitting on a hill, or in a high place, to judge the nations.
38 For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion.
39 And liars and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.
40 And even the bishop, who is a judge, and his counselors, if they are not faithful in their stewardships shall be condemned, and others shall be planted in their stead. (Doctrine and Covenants 64:34–40)
For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? (Romans 11:24–26)
The fullness of times, or the fullness of the times of the Gentiles, refers to the the latter-days, when the Gentiles are at the peak of their game, so-to-speak. It's a time when their hegemony in the world is at its apex, especially that of the Americans, but it's also a time when their sins and rejection of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Light and Savior of the world, places them in great jeopardy.