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A Bible Study to equip us with the Truth of the Scriptures about the Second Coming of Jesus which will be when all that has been written of Him will be fulfilled
King David prophesied when the end of the age will come
Perhaps the most significant prophecy for the start, the process, the purpose and the end of the era of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God was given by King David in just 2 verses!
When we started this series of articles, we said that,
no one knows exactly when Jesus is coming back, but according to the words of Jesus, Ap. Paul, King David, Isaiah, Malachi, Daniel, and Hosea,
it will ΝΟΤ be anytime soon and certainly NOT in our own lifetime because,
many significant Biblical prophecies are NOT yet fulfilled and God’s purpose through the Gospel of the Kingdom has NOT yet been accomplished.
Over the last 8 weeks we studied all of these points, except one; we have not studied yet what King David said that reveals when the “end of this age” will be.
What happened after Jesus rose from the dead?
After Jesus rose from the dead, several significant events took place which changed the course of this world. Probably the most important event of the first day of His Resurrection was when He restored the fallen humanity, by breathing new life into His disciples [saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit” in John 20:22].
That was the moment which we call “spiritual regeneration”, or, “to be born-from-above” (“born-again” for simplicity) according to the words of Jesus in John 3:3.
However, as amazingly significant as that was, the Bible seems to pay less attention to the spiritual regeneration of the disciples, and far more attention to the call of God to the disciples to carry the Gospel of the Kingdom to the ends of the Earth – by means of making disciples of all nations of the Earth.
To do that, they would need power from on high, which would empower them to overcome the power of this world. They received that power when…
fire came from heaven!
That was on the day of Pentecost, when the words of Jesus to His disciples were fulfilled. 10 days earlier he had told them:
“Wait for the Promise of the Father, which, you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now; you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (from Acts 1:4-8)
When the fire of the Holy Spirit descended from heaven on the disciples of Jesus, a new chapter started. The purpose for which Jesus suffered and died on the cross now began to be fulfilled; first, in Jerusalem, then, as Jesus had said, started spreading in the region and beyond.
And, as we have said in previous articles, this spreading and advancing of the Gospel of the Kingdom of heaven is continuing until all that has been written has been fulfilled, and there are disciples of Jesus in/of all the nations of the Earth, who are His witnesses in the world [individually and corporately].
Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost
On that most significant day, that the fire of God came from heaven to empower the disciples to do the work on Earth of the Gospel of the Kingdom, Apostle Peter explained to the crowds in Jerusalem all that they (and we) needed to know about it.
After he explained what happened and how Prophet Joel had already prophesied about that day, he preached Jesus of Nazareth as one who had been crucified, put to death, and raised from the dead by God’s power.
Apostle Peter then started speaking about another Prophet who had prophesied the death and resurrection of Jesus, His ascension to heaven, and… the end!
Acts 2:25 “For David says concerning Him:
‘I foresaw the LORD always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. 27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
29 “Men [and] brethren, let [me] speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 “Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 “he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
32 “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,
35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’
36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
“Sit at My right hand”
“Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”
Apostle Peter quoted Psalm 110 when he said those words. Jesus had also quoted the very same words:
Matthew 22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, [“The Son] of David.” 43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:
44 ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’? 45 “If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
We find that very same quotation also in Mark 12:36 and in Luke 20:42. Then it also becomes a point of reference in the book of Hebrews, where it says:
Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son [He says:] “Your throne, O God, [is] forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness [is] the scepter of Your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” 10 And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; 12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” 13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?
Then, later in the same Epistle it says:
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13
from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
“sat down at the right hand of God”
“from that time waiting”
“till His enemies are made His footstool”
Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins forever when He died on the cross, then ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting for the end to come… When will that end be?
When His enemies are made His footstool!
Apostle Paul explains that end to us:
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, [and] has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man [came] death, by Man also [came] the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those [who are] Christ’s at His coming.
24 Then [comes] the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
26 The last enemy [that] will be destroyed [is] death.
27 For “He has put all things under His feet.”
… (skipping verses for brevity) …
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery:
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed– 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. 54 So
-> when this corruptible has put on incorruption,
-> and this mortal has put on immortality,
-> then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O Death, where [is] your sting?
O Hades, where [is] your victory?”
That amazing, so significant prophecy, which is quoted 7 times in the New Testament Scriptures, was first spoken by David, whom Peter called a Prophet of God. Actually, if we count Paul’s quotation in verses 25 and again 27 as two times, then Psalm 110 is quoted 8 times in the New Testament Scriptures… is THAT a significant word?
Psalms 110:1 THE LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
2 The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of Your enemies!
The end will be when the work of the Gospel of the Kingdom has been completed on the Earth. At that time, all the enemies of Jesus will have been made His footstool.
Until that happens Jesus is sitting and waiting… the work is done by the Ecclesia on Earth, for which purpose God sent the fire of the Holy Spirit to empower us for that specific work, which really amounts to one simple thing:
-> to rule in the midst of the enemies of Jesus
The “rod of strength of Jesus out of Zion” is the power of the Holy Spirit which is at work in and through the Ecclesia on Earth. God has given us
-> the authority of/through Jesus, and
-> the power of the Holy Spirit,
to cause the enemies of Jesus to be made His footstool, as we advance the Gospel of the Kingdom of God on Earth, making disciples of Jesus in/of all the nations, in all the world.
When that work is complete, Jesus will return to the Earth and the dead shall rise – that is the moment when Death, the last enemy, shall also become the footstool of Jesus.
And that will be the end of this present age of the Gospel of the Kingdom on Earth.
To read the previous articles click on the links below
Part 1 – The Second Coming of Jesus
Part 2 – ‘The Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord’
Part 3 – ‘The time is near, I am coming back quickly’
Part 4 – ‘The sign of the fig tree that shows when the summer is at hand’
Part 5 – ‘This generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place’
Part 6 – Daniel’s Visions of the end-times
Part 7 – Daniel’s vision of the ram and the male-goat
Part 8 – The end will come when the Gospel is a witness in all the world