Video transcript below:
In this video, we will be reviewing the timing of the parousia according to Messiah. So far in our series, we have looked at Malachi’s predictions about the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And we have also reviewed the ministry of John the baptizer, and his predictions of coming wrath. But what did the Messiah himself say about the timing of the coming of the kingdom of God?
As we have seen, John the baptizer preached a message of imminent judgment. However, after John’s imprisonment by Herod, we find that Y’shua’s public ministry takes on a new phase.
From that time [that is, after John’s imprisonment] Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
While previously Y’shua had taught, wrought miracles, and gained wide popularity, it appears he picked up the banner of John and began calling the nation to repentance, announcing the approach of the kingdom of heaven.
Now some have said that John’s message of the coming kingdom was simply about the appearance of the Messiah. However, that can’t be the case, because after John’s imprisonment, Y’shua then begins to preach the very same message of repentance and the coming kingdom.
In a similar way, Y’shua also sent the disciples to the cities of Israel with this same message:
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Notice he sent them to Israel, not the world.
Some have also proposed that the kingdom came at the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
Acts 2:1, 4
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place…And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Yet, according to Y’shua, this could not be the case that the kingdom came at this time, because he was very specific with his disciples, that although the kingdom was near, some of them may not survive until its full arrival:
Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
This of course implies that some, perhaps most, would die before the kingdom arrived in fullness.
Y’shua also mentioned that there would be specific signs with which the disciples would know the temple would be destroyed, and his eternal kingdom established:
So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
What things needed to come to pass?
If you read the whole passage in Luke 21 you’ll find that Y’shua predicted:
- v. 8 – False Messiahs
- v. 9 – Wars and commotions
- v. 11 – Earthquakes
- v. 12 – Persecution
- v. 20 – Jerusalem surrounded by armies
- v. 25 – Apocalyptic signs in the heavens
All of these did in fact come to pass within that generation, just as Y’shua predicted, but most Christians today are not aware of this. In our next video, we will look at these first-century sign fulfillments in more detail. These are some of the facts that convinced me of this perspective of a first century parousia as I read through the New Testament writings with this view in mind.
For now, we at least have the following conclusions about the teaching of the Messiah:
- A great crisis or consummation called “the kingdom of heaven” or “kingdom of God” was near.
- That this event, though near, was not to take place in his own lifetime, or even some years after his death.
- That his disciples were given signs that they, or at least some of them, could expect to witness its arrival.
So it is apparent that, just like John the baptizer, Y’shua also taught about an imminent judgment. It would be centered on the people and nation of Israel, and would affect that generation.
I hope this video helped your understanding about Y’shua’s teaching of judgment on that first-century generation. For more information, be sure to visit messiahbeliever.com, or stop by the Facebook page. Please subscribe to receive notifications of new videos. As always, thanks for watching! See you next time!