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So to "recapitulate", I would say the "fulfillment of time" here corresponds directly to what Paul explains in Galatians and Ephesians: an ending of the time of the Law, and a gathering of all under Christ as their head. The accompanying call to repentance should not, I think, be understood as a chastisement, but rather as an invitation. It may appear that the Lord is preaching the same things as John, "Repent" and "The kingdom of God is at hand. For John said, "Repent", meaning "Turn away from sins. The Lord says that the very time of the law has been fulfilled.

Up until now, He says, the law governed, but form now on there is the kingdom and rule of God, that is, a life governed by the Gospel, and such a life is rightly compared to the kingdom of heaven.

The Time is at Hand

Mark ASV Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe in the gospel. Acts [note mine] The times of ignorance [of the world pertaining to the true God] therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent.

Luke being after Isaiah is about the jubilee year mentioned in Leviticus Leviticus , And you shall count for yourself seven sabbatical years, seven years seven times. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Ask Question. Asked 5 years, 7 months ago.

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So the New Testament sees the present world order as essentially heathen which we cannot love without forsaking Christ Romans ; I John , Christians are not called to convert this present world whose god is Satan but to pass the Life through the Body to His elect "for Christ has given us the Word of reconciliation" II Corinthians There must be a "regeneration" of the world as of the individual, a death previous to resurrection, a destruction of the world kingdoms before they rise anew as the kingdoms of Christ Matthew Even the millennium will not perfectly eradicate the world's corruption; another apostasy and judgment will follow Revelation in which the world of nature is to be destroyed and renewed as the world of history will be destroyed before the millennium II Peter ; then comes the perfect earth and heaven Revelation Thus there is an onward progress and the Christian is awaiting the consummation Mark ; Romans ; I Thessalonians as His Lord also is "expecting till His enemies be made His footstool" Hebrews This is the renewed heavens and renewed earth.

Daniel "In a dream I one like the Son of man [His Bride] came with the clouds of heaven and came to the Ancient of days [Christ], and was presented before Him Ephesians ; Philippians And He was given dominion, and glory, and a kingdom Daniel , that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: [we serve Him now by manifesting the " present Truth," our lives writing epistles of the Word promised for this day]. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which will not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" Hebrews Daniel and John did not say this was the Son of man but that it was "one like the Son of man".

Daniel is I Corinthians "Since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all are dying, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His 'parousia' Coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have abolished every ruler and all authority and power. For He must reign, till he has put all enemies under His feet.

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The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For He has put all things under His feet. But when He says all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He who put all things under Him is excepted. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subject to Him who put all things under Him that God may be all in all.

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At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my face grew pale, but I kept the matter in my heart". After those tangents let us proceed with Revelation which is the Patmos Vision: "I John, your brother, and fellow partaker in the tribulation [subsequent to the destruction of Jerusalem Matthew , 21 ], and in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus.

I was in the Spirit in the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, What you see, write into a book, and send to the seven churches; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea".

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As we learned from part I of our teaching, throughout the Book of Revelation John represents you, Christ's end-time Bride. Physically he was on the Isle of Patmos in man's day AD to receive and record the Patmos visions for the edification of Christians throughout the Gentile dispensation, as you are physically on earth to "read and hear the Words of this prophecy. The Prophet said, "John was in the Spirit, and when he was, he saw the great and wonderful day of the Lord Jesus and all His holy power.

The future was about to unfold for God was about to teach him. John did not say it was a trumpet. It was like a trumpet. Now when a trumpet is blown it has an urgency about it. It is like the herald, the king's messenger, coming to the people. He blows on a trumpet.

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It is an urgent call. The people gather to listen. Israel was always assembled by the sounding of a trumpet. Something important is at hand. It was clear and strong, startling and awakening.

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Oh, that we might hear the voice of God as a trumpet this day, for it is the 'Gospel Trumpet' sounding forth the 'Word of Prophecy' to make us aware of, and prepared for, what is coming upon the earth " An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. But when John, that is, Christ's end-time Bride was caught up in the Spirit in Revelation it was after the Church Ages had ended but still in man's day before the Seventh Trumpet.

In Exodus the trumpet signaled the revelation of the Law, "And when the Voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a Voice.

The Seventh Trumpet will call the congregation of blood Israelites to break camp from their formerly safe exile in Muslim lands and gather to the Land of the Covenant Matthew ; Revelation When John hears the "certain sound" I Corinthians of a Voice as of a Trumpet he is caught up in the Spirit in the Lord's day after the close of the Gentile dispensation which is yet future, so in the Spirit Israel's Seventh Trump is behind him in time.

We see symbolized the appearance of the face of one like the Son of man as Moses saw His "back parts" Exodus In each instance the visions signified God's presence with an election called out and separated to Him from all other people on earth Exodus Revelation , "And I turned about to see the Voice that was speaking with me.

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And being turned , I saw [behind me, or in the past] seven golden lampstands; and in the midst of the seven lampstands one like the Son of man, clothed with a garment reaching to the feet, and girt about the breast with a golden girdle. The hair of His head was like white wool, white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like fine brass, as it had become glowing in a furnace; and His Voice as the sound of many waters: and having in His right hand seven stars: and from His mouth there issued a sharp twoedged sword: and His face as the sun shines in its strength".

The Voice and the Person is the same and Christ and His Bride are one through their invisible marriage union. John, who represents Christ's end-time Bride caught up into the rapture by the "shout," turned to see the Voice and saw seven Golden Lampstands with one like the Son of man dressed as Judge in their midst with His arms still outstretched from Alpha to Omega, for Christ "the door [and grace] remained open in heaven.

His eyes are a flame of fire, the eyes of the Judge who will recompense those who rejected Him. His feet of brass will execute Divine judgment on the church and on the world Revelation He descended in man's day with the unsealed Book of Redemption in His hand and placed judgment on Papal Rome, the beast from the sea, and on the United States her once Protestant image, the beast from the earth Revelation Revelation shows Him as "the Sun of righteousness with healing [for our glorification] in His wings [Gk.

Daniel saw this vision five hundred years before John Daniel ; Matthew ; John Brother Branham says, "And in the midst of the seven golden lampstands One like the Son of man. One like Him. Who was this? His Bride. One like Him, watch how it was. All right. Oh, what a beautiful picture we got here under consideration. Looky here. His head and his hair was white as wool. Righteousness, holiness, white speaks of. Looks right through us. Don't try to hide from Him. He knows who you are, where you are, and what you done. Yes, sir. He sees everything. Oh, God. It will be the voice of every man rising in judgment against the sinner who would not take warning.

Do you see it? That beautiful Church there in holiness, in power, in majesty, with seeing visions, signs, wonders, everything just like He did, here it is on earth; giving all praise to God, saying, "I can do nothing except the Father shows Me; but He showed Me, and here it is. Many people, not just the one; it was the whole Church, the Seven Churches molded together as one great ransomed Body of the Lord. The Methodists, the Baptists, the Presbyterian, all that's born again with the Holy Ghost, speaking with the power of God, that's the Body.

Out of the mouth of This standing there, Christ and the Church as one. I Corinthians , "the saints shall judge the world? Know ye not that we shall judge angels"? That Word has never failed in the mouths of believing Christians. And in this last age it is here stronger and greater than ever in the true Word Bride. You little minority, hold on to the Word, fill your mouth and heart with it, and some day God will give you the kingdom.

And none will be able to stand against it. It will reveal what was in every heart as He did with Nathanael. The Word of God will show who did the will of God and who didn't. It will make known the secret works of every man and why he did them. It will divide asunder. At the close of the Laodicean Church Age redemption was over and judgment was upon all outside Christ's end-time Bride Isaiah b. Without a Mediator for ignorance and the fullness of the Word as judge, "the evildoer is left to do evil, and the filthy to remain filthy: and the righteous to do right, and the holy to remain holy.

And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely," Brother Branham "testifies to every man who hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book, "If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this Book: and if any man takes from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book" Revelation , Do you see where we are? Brother Branham said, "The mere association of kindhearted people with the true believer might well bring death in return for their kindness" An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p.