reply to post by St Udio
In Matthew Chapter 24, the Son was telling his disciples what was to come - and in this context, the generation [Biblically = 40 years] he was
speaking of, was the one that would see the things he described, actually happening.
One sign was the gospel* [sic] that would be preached in the whole world, and which signifies the time of the end [Matthew 24:14] would be that his
followers would be hated and killed over his name. [Matthew 24:9]
You see, his name isn't Jesus. It is Yeshua... and this particular piece of information has only come out in the last 20 years or so. Before that, his
real name was not heard of! Read John 3:18...
So when you follow Yeshua, you realise the importance of the Law [10 Commandments], which leads you away from your former beliefs about who and what
the Son is/was. This is the Apostasy spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:2 which leads to unveiling/revealing the Antichrist.
It is interesting that a sword is mentioned, because as Yeshua promised, he didn't come to bring peace, but a sword/division. And the world will
divide into those who follow Yeshua and those who continue to follow Jesus. This will extend right into the closest of families, dividing even loving
parents and children!
Biblical Israel is made up of those who follow Yeshua... as he said, he was sent only to them! [Matthew 15:24] The House of Israel is not the State of
Israel. The Bible is about religious matters, and the spiritual boundaries dividing the different faiths and denominations. It is not about
geographical or political boundaries.
In light of the Israelites being killed over his name, it should be apparent how they will be enabled to take up their crosses to follow him and thus
to prove themselves worthy! Which is also why he said, "Suffer
Death is not the end... those who lose their [physical] lives, will save them [their eternal lives]. Those who save their [physical] lives, will lose
them [their eternal lives]. They will lose their physical lives anyway, when God unleashes His wrath on the world and those still on it.
If you want to know God's purpose, which is something not many, preachers even, are aware of - compare Exodus 19:5 & 6 with Revelation 5:9 & 10. God
is after creating a holy nation of priests! And also note that there is no distinction made about age, gender, etc. in either of these examples.
* The Greek word for 'gospel' means 'preaching with the connotation of a reward' - not 'good news'!
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