The Kingdom Of Heaven And The Kingdom Of God Compared And Contrasted

The gospel of the kingdom is a Jewish gospel preached to Jews that accompany literal signs, miracles, and wonders to lead the Jewish nation of Israel to the promise land or to give give revelation from God to the Jews.
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The gospel of the grace of God’s free gift of salvation by redemption in Christ death, burial, and resurrection to save sinners from Hell. It is the FINISHED blood atonement that imputes GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS to sinners.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV

The gospel of the kingdom as preached by Jesus Christ and the Apostles and the gospel of the grace of God as revealed by Jesus Christ to the Apostle Paul are not the same. In fact, they’re not even close to being identical. They are two completely different gospels preached to two completely different groups of people with two completely different messages.  The scripture is very plain and direct concerning this. This foundational doctrinal truth is not difficult to comprehend or understand, you’ve simply have to believe the Bible. If you are a new born babe in Christ and this is your first time hearing this, you’d do well to follow the example of the Bereans:

“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10-11 (KJV)

People who reject this doctrinal truth of the differences between the two gospels do so because they are either too lazy to run the references or heretical blasphemers. Most of the ones that I have dealt with personally have been lazy. They would rather submit themselves to their emotions combined with how they were raised to believe what their religion teaches before they submit themselves to simply believing God’s words.

“Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.” Proverbs 13:13 (KJV)

Now let’s go into detail breaking down both gospels beginning with the gospel of the kingdom:

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Matthew 4:23 (KJV)

In order to gain full clarity on the gospel of the kingdom, you must first heed God’s promises to the Jewish Nation of Israel in the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic Covenant.

ABRAHAMIC COVENANT:

The promise of LITERAL land – (Genesis 12:1). God called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees to a land that He promised to give him. This promise is once again reiterated in Genesis 13:14–18. The land aspect of the Abrahamic Covenant is expanded in Deuteronomy 30:1–10, which is also the Palestinian Covenant. What is especially critical to note is that the land grant God promised to Abraham and to his seed was also promised to be an EVERLASTING COVENANT:

“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:7-8 (KJV)

The promise of kingly descendants – (Genesis 12:2). God promised Abraham that He would make a great nation out of him. Abraham, who was old and childless (Genesis 12:4), was promised many descendants. This promise is amplified in Genesis 17:6 where God promised that nations and kings would descend from Abraham. This promise (which is expanded in the Davidic Covenant of 2 Samuel 7:12–16) would eventuate in the Davidic throne with Messiah’s kingdom rule over the Jewish Nation of Israel.

MOSAIC COVENANT:

In Deuteronomy 28, God gives Moses along with the Jewish Nation of Israel the commandments, statues, and judgements for staying alive, wealthy, safe, and healthy in the land. God also gives them the horror of what will happen when they disobey God’s commandments, statues, and judgements in the land. BUT what is critical and often overlooked in the Mosaic Covenant is what God introduces to the Jewish Nation of Israel through Moses in Exodus chapter 4:

“And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.  And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first SIGN, that they will believe the voice of the latter SIGN. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two SIGNS, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.” Exodus 4:1-9 (KJV)

LITERAL, VISIBLE, EARTHLY, SIGNS TO UNBELIEVING JEWS TO LEAD THEM TO THE PROMISE LAND AND OR REVELATION FROM GOD:

1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

From Exodus chapter 4 through the rest of the entire Bible, God gives the Jewish nation of Israel LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY, SIGNS, to lead or guide them to their promised LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY, LAND, to fulfil the prophecy of the LITERAL, PHYSICAL, PROMISED, JEWISH MESSIAH, reigning from a LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY THRONE, in LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY JERUSALEM from where He will establish his LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY KINGDOM.

Are you beginning to understand now why the gospel of the kingdom is titled the gospel of THE KINGDOM??

DAVIDIC COVENANT:

“And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee. And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.  I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.” 2 Samuel 7:1-17 (KJV)

God promised David that the promised Jewish Messiah would come through his seed and that his throne would be established forever. This is why Christ is often referred to as the son of David.

The Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic, Jewish Covenants God established with his people encapsulate the gospel of the kingdom:

“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. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:5-8 (KJV)

When Jesus preaches the gospel of the kingdom during his earthly ministry, he is the son of David (Davidic Covenant) of the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Abrahamic Covenant) with the literal, physical, earthly Jewish signs that accompany his Messiahship (Mosaic Covenant).

NOTICE: So far, no where in the gospel of the kingdom is belief in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection for sinners mentioned or preached. NOWHERE in the gospel of the kingdom is the mystery of Jew and gentile in one body mentioned or preached. NOWHERE in the gospel of the kingdom is ‘walk by faith, not by sight’ mentioned or preached. NOWHERE in the gospel of the kingdom is salvation by grace through faith mentioned or preached. The gospel of the kingdom is a Jewish gospel preached to Jews that accompany literal signs, miracles, and wonders to lead the Jewish nation of Israel to the promise land or to give give revelation from God to the JEWS.

GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD:

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24 (KJV)

The gospel of the grace of God was revealed to the Apostle Paul neither from men or Old Testament prophets. The gospel of the grace of God was revealed to the Apostle Paul by revelation from the ascended Lord Jesus Christ:

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:11-12 (KJV)

What exactly is the gospel of the grace of God? Does it have to do with Christians spreading a Jewish earthly kingdom? No. Does the gospel of the grace of God have anything to do with Christians doing signs, miracles, and wonders for unbelieving Jews to lead them to the promise land? No. Does the gospel of the grace of God have to do with Christians walking by SIGHT and not by FAITH? NO. Does the gospel of the grace of God have anything to do with Christians keeping God’s commandments, statues, and judgments to receive eternal life? No. Does the gospel of the grace of God have anything to do with water baptismal regeneration? No. Well then what exactly is the gospel of the grace of God that the Apostle Paul preached?

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV)

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15 (KJV)

“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” Romans 4:4-8 (KJV)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” Romans 5:14-15 (KJV).

The gospel of the grace of God’s free gift of salvation by redemption in Christ death, burial, and resurrection to save sinners from Hell. It is the FINISHED blood atonement that imputes GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS to sinners.

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:24-26 (KJV)

BEFORE the Apostle Paul straightened out Peter’s doctrine in Acts 15, the Apostle Peter NEVER preached that Christ died for ANYBODY. From Acts chapter 1-14 the only thing that Peter preaches to the Jews is water-based baptismal repentance for KILLING THEIR MESSIAH:

“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:” Acts 2:22-23 (KJV)

“And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.” Acts 3:12-13 (KJV)

“But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” Acts 3:14-15 (KJV)

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.” Acts 4:8-10 (KJV)

“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.” Acts 5:27-30 (KJV)

OTHER FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BOTH GOSPELS:

Audience:

gospel of kingdom – Jews (Matt 10:5 KJV)

gospel of grace – Jew and gentile (Rom 1:16 KJV)

 

Water baptismal requirement:

gospel of kingdom – MANDATORY (Mark 16:16 KJV)

gospel of grace –       NOT mandatory/required (1 Cor 1:17 KJV)

 

Walk with the Lord:

gospel of kingdom – by sight (Exodus 4 KJV)

gospel of grace -by faith (2 Cor 5:7 KJV)

 

Warfare:

gospel of kingdom – Physical/Carnal (Matt 11:12 KJV)

gospel of grace –       Spiritual/ non-carnal (2 Cor 10:4 KJV)

 

Promise for being obedient:

gospel of kingdom – LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY BLESSINGS (Deu 28 KJV)

gospel of grace –       Persecution/ thorn in flesh (2 Tim 3:12 KJV)

 

Righteousness:

gospel of kingdom – Individual righteousness (Eze 18 KJV)

gospel of grace –       God’s righteousness (Rom 10:3-4 KJV)

 

Assurance of salvation:

gospel of kingdom – None (Ezk 18 KJV)

gospel of grace –    Eternally secure in Christ (Eph 2:8-9 KJV)

 

Association:

gospel of kingdom – Jewish Nation of Israel ( Acts 2:36 KJV)

gospel of grace –       members in a body (body of Christ) (1 Cor 12:27 KJV)

 

Next immediate future prophecy:

gospel of kingdom – The time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jer 30:7 /Matt 24 KJV)

gospel of grace –       Pre-catching away of the body of Christ (aka pre-trib rapture) (1 Cor 15:51/ 1 Thess:4 16 KJV)

 

Covenant(s):

gospel of kingdom – fulfilment of covenant made with Abraham, Iaasc, Jacob, Moses, and David (see above)

gospel of grace –       fulfillment of covenant the Father made with Jesus Christ (John 1:12 KJV)

 

Final Judgement:

gospel of kingdom – The Great White Throne (Rev 20:11 KJV)

gospel of grace –       The Judgement Seat of Christ (works only) (1 Cor 3/ Rom 14:10 KJV)


 

 

Jimmy Randolph is a veteran, husband, father, Bible believer and a devoted student of the word of God. He was called to preach on the street in 2012, and maintains a strong, personal tract witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Robin

      At last good solid rightly divided expository bible teaching. If the church is in the tribulation then we would lose our salvation if we take the mark. This is serious error and is the result of abandoning the preserved word and not rightly dividing the word of God.

      • Rightly dividing is all we do here, glad you like it. And I waited till after our talk last night on the Rapture with Bro. Hovind to publish this because it’s further proof of WHY the Church will never go through the Tribulation. The Jews have one Kingdom, of Heaven, and we have the other kingdom, of God, as the Bible plainly teaches. If people would just BELIEVE what Jeremiah 30:7 says, the “debate” over pre or post trib would immediately be over.

        “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)

        • Aka glory

          Quote from preacher of 1800’s Washington Phillips part of a song he wrote,
          “It’s right to stand together, it’s wrong to stand apart,
          ‘Cause none’s going to heaven but the pure in heart. And that’s all.”

        • Leigh

          Hi Brother, wonderful teaching, I am a longggg time reader of Rapture Ready and have recently discovered your site, and I’m very impressed with your knowledge and sound biblical doctrine.

          God bless you for all you are doing for the Lord, I read in these comments you debated Dr Hovind, I follow him on YT and heard he debated a Pre Trib teacher but did not know it was you. Where may I listen to the debate?

          I was so saddened to hear of Dr Hovind’s conversion to Post trib, I think he is a great teacher especially in creation obviously, but man oh man, how did he get to lost on Eschatology?

          Anyway I have a question, do you believe in the modern day casting out of demons, healing the sick, speaking in tongues etc. My church does, but I see some people on the Internet say it’s not true. My pastor is a wonderful man of the Lord, he has a fear and love of the Lord like no other pastor I have met, I live in South Africa, just as a side note, anyway. He lives and breath’s Jesus, and is a very prophetic man, and I see what he teaches on end times, which is almost every Sunday now as he knows how very, very short our time is before our catching away, it always lines up with what I am reading on sites like Rapture Ready and now your site. I just can’t believe that when he prays for our sick and Jesus delivers them, that it’s not true?

          • Thanks for writing! I am assuming you were addressing this to Bro. Jimmy who wrote the article. No, we do not believe that the Apostolic signs mentioned in Mark 16 apply to the Church in our dispensation. They will, however, be active during the time of jacob’s trouble.

          • Skywatcher

            Leigh, you said, “I was so saddened to hear of Dr Hovind’s conversion to Post trib, I think he is a great teacher especially in creation obviously, but man oh man, how did he get to lost on Eschatology?”

            I see his fall in this area as a prime example of the warning that Paul gave us in I Cor. 10: 12, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

            It can happen to any of us if we are not careful. I’ve had a few “falls” along the way, but the key is getting back up, dusting ones self off, and persevering with a lot more determination and wisdom! Satan has laid snares and traps all over the place!

            You were asking Geoffrey, “Anyway I have a question, do you believe in the modern day casting out of demons, healing the sick, speaking in tongues etc.”

            If you don’t mind, I’d like to take the liberty to answer this. Where does Scripture tell us that these ministering gifts will be taken away from the Church? It doesn’t. Some recklessly use I Cor. 13: 10 to discredit or to disqualify the gifts of the Holy Spirit for today:

            “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”

            They believe it is the completion of the Scriptures, but truthfully, it is referring to Jesus Christ, and He has NOT come back yet…in any denomination, cult or sect!

            I find it preposterous that anybody can take one verse out of the whole Bible and try to discredit a great many passages that promote the gifts! In fact, Jesus told His disciples that any believer could do the things He did:

            “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Jn. 14: 12.

            Jesus didn’t put a statute of limitations on it, or a “best before” date! In fact, Jesus expects His saints to continue with the work He commissioned them to do! Again, there is nowhere in Scripture where we are told to stop with these ministries! We need them in operation today more so than ever! Fear and wrong teaching is robbing God’s people of stepping out in faith and letting God have His way! So many blessings are being missed out upon.

            When you see people being healed, delivered of demons, etc., that is definitely NOT Satan! He’s not into throwing his ministering servants out of their hosts or doing good for people! He’s into stealing, destroying, and killing! (Jn. 10: 10) He does nothing constructive, encouraging or glorifying to God, and unfortunately, he uses some other Christians to rob God of this glory by denying it’s for today!

            To say that God does not do that today, or is against it, is to put limitations on God, and to go against Scripture. Those who have never been used in this kind of ministry can NEVER comprehend it, and you can expect them to speak out against it.

            God used me twice (that I specifically know of), to heal somebody, and it was immediate! All glory to Him! I was just the vessel that He chose to use at that time because I was willing to step out in obedience and faith to His prompting. It certainly wasn’t about me!

            I hope this helps you a little bit, Leigh.

            • leigh

              Thanks Brother, much help indeed, God bless you!. I agree with you!

    • James young

      No comment, just a question have you ever heard of Dr. Peter S. Ruckman?

      • Yep, he’a good man, great Bible teacher.

      • One of the greatest Bible teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting

    • 1st time listener to your show last night Geoffrey. I enjoyed the debate between you and Bro. Hovind. He sure seemed to change his story on the fly a lot. The on line chat group (myself included) was laughing when we heard him say we are raptured after the tribulation. So we go up, then a few minutes later go down? That would be one quick marriage supper of the lamb. You didn’t get rattled and that impressed me. I wish we, the Church knew whether or not we will see 2017 but I know everything is in God’s hands. I think about being “caught up” every day! God bless you and your ministry Bro. Geoffrey. (Bob from Edmonton, Canada)

      • Thank you very much for listening and so glad it was a blessing to you! It’s shows like last night that really fortify and expand on the existing evidence for the Pretrib. We have a two hour Bible study every Sunday night 9 – 11PM EST!

    • You sir do not have the last word or are you infallible. There have been many great pastors and teachers who do not agree with you. All the promises was made to Abraham and his seed, not seeds, not kings, not to national Israel or ethnic Israel. That seed is Jesus Christ, Gal 3:16, verses 27-29, if ye be in Christ’s then ye are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. That is pretty clear to me, Verse 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Romans 4:13-14, For the promise, that he should be heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Abraham is the father of us all, and the promises and covenants were made to his seed Jesus Christ and the children of the promise are those in Christ Jesus. If you are in Christ Jesus, his body, his church, then you will share in his inheritance, both Jew and Gentile. Romans 9:6 For they are not all Israel, which are Israel, Gal 6:16. vs 8 That is They which are the children of the flesh,( ethnic Israel or national Israel) these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. National or ethnic Israel sought righteousness through the works of the law, not by faith. Rom 9:31-33 Is 28:16. Genesis through Revelation we the children of the promise are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus.
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    • Jimmy, how do Peter’s dealings with Cornelius in Acts 10 relate to your views, if at all? I’m not trying to bicker; I’m legitimately curious.

      • In Acts 10, Peter was the unbelieving Jew because he did not believe that the Holy Ghost had been given over to Gentiles. You know this because in verse 17 it says Peter still doubted the vision God gave him and in verse 28 Peter tells Cornelius that it is unlawful for him as a Jewish to keep company with a gentile.

        So in verse 45-46, the Holy Ghost falls on gentiles and caused them to speak in the Hebrew tongue to Peter as a sign that they got it.

        Tongues are for a sign (1 Corinthians 14:22 KJV)

        The Jews require a sign (1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV)

        • aka Glory

          All jew and gentile are to be baptized in the holy ghost if you believe in Jesus Christ.if you have never experienced the baptism you cannot explain it. It is a SUPERNATURAL experience. U dont all speak in Hebrew, and apostles spoke in many different language s when baptized in upper room.
          Peter preached Acts 2:38 salvation to Jews and = Acts 19:1,6; 22:16, exact same message for salvation to all churches. There is only one COVENANT. Jesus could not be killed before his time. He allowed himself to be sacrificed for sins for all people jew and gentile. If you dont obey Acts 2 & 19 you are Out of the Will of God. If you dont speak in unknown tongues in prayer, you do not have the baptism of the holy ghost that everyone got in the upper room and you will have confusion.

        • aka Glory

          You dont understand speaking in unknown tongues, BECAUSE you have Not been baptised or filled with the holy ghost. You gave not OBEYED the scriptures. I have been filled since 1986, attend a church of 2000 bekir baptised and FILLED with holy ghost. Prayed ,100s of people thru to Acts chap. 1-47. Peter was told that the gentiles were to hear and receive the same message to Jews. The Lord told him not to call anyone uncommon or unclean. He was told and Commanded the gentiles, commanded KJV the gentle they must be baptized in Jesus Name to remove SINS just the jews. Read it again. Philip just dud Acts 2:38 in chap. 8. Paul repeats it to gentiles in 1;; 23:16.
          Also in the upper room, those ,120 were not all speaking in Hebrew. They spoke all sirts of languages. You are way behind the times if you dont speak in an Unknown language by now. Read 1 Corinthians ,14. It tells the difference. I do not have the gift of tongues in 29 years and I have been speaking in unknown TONGUES for years and been to court on the stand trying to explain an SUPERNATURAL experience with God to unbelievers. You have not Obeyed the Will of God as written and are in rebellion and sin until you do.

        • aka Glory

          So when are you going to get the “sign”. ,?

        • Skywatcher

          Jimmy, with all due respect, where do you get the idea from that the Gentiles spoke in “the Hebrew tongue”? I don’t see it there in that passage.

      • aka Glory

        See my notes above. Exactly. They all need to read book Acts chap. 1 to 22. Covering salvation for Jew, Samaritans, and Gentiles. All in One church, one KINGDOM, one Throne, one God.

    • Wow! Someone who understands the truth of the 2 gospels! Impressed. You must believe the Bible as it is written. And the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached to the world and then shall the end come. The end is the second coming. The gospel of the Kingdom has not been preached since our Messiah walked the earth 1900 years ago! You can’t have a conversation with anyone about this. I get screamed out of the room by people who have been to seminary. Thank you!

    • Chase

      Yes, we have heard of him. He is a Bible Believer and the Lord has used him to help many like myself get out of apostasy and into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ by believing what the Book (KJV) says, not merely what it is presumed to teach.

    • Jimmy,
      You make it so clear. I am abundantly blessed by your article. You probably already know this but, one thing I would tweek though. Righteousness.
      It is not a thing imparted/imputed so we can measure up to a righteous standard. It is the relationship. This is why Jesus told us that He must go to the Father in John16. Vs.9 sin=no faith in Jesus. Vs.10 righteousness= I go to the Father(relationship). Vs.11 judgment=satan has been defeated(deliverance for mankind)
      See how all of these are relational? a.Trust in Jesus is to know Him. b.Jesus’ Relationship with the Father restored.
      c.Deliverance(from death to life, John5:24)for those who receive Jesus= relationship.
      Gal.3:21 also tells us that life(which is knowing Him John17:3) is righteousness/relationship.
      “…for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness would have been by the law”. In this passage Paul makes life synonymous with relationship.
      Paul kept the law “blamelessly”. Phil.3:6. So did Zechariah and Elizabeth. Luke1:6. The righteousness they received from this could not give them life according to Gal.3:21. This is why Paul said he considered the righteousness he derived from being blameless according to the righteousness that comes through the law, to be “loss” or “dung”. It was worthless for giving him life.
      No matter how perfectly anyone, including Jesus, kept the law, it would not make anyone alive. Life doesn’t come through the law. So any merit/righteousness we might say Jesus attained by keeping the law perfectly, would be worthless for imputation of righteousness to anyone else.
      Because the “blameless” keeping of the law, while it can make one righteous(Phil.3:9a) can never give life. Only righteousness that is by faith(knowing Him) gives life. Phil.3:9b
      Life is attained through knowing Jesus.
      John17:3, 1stJohn5:13
      MARANATHA!
      Blessings:-}

    • Skywatcher

      Bravo, Brother Jimmy! That was an EXCELLENT article! Well done! So clearly and concisely laid out. One cannot argue with God’s Word! Keep up the great work! That was mighty refreshing! Thank you!

    • Clay

      Well said and done Brother Jimmy. Also, you’re right Bob; that’s what I posted just recently. Why get caught up, to come right back down? Geoff, it just doesn’t make sense.

    • Albert E. Dixon

      I’m a new Christian and have been reading the ESV Bible, is the ESV good for learning doctrine ?

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    • Skywatcher

      Albert E. Dixon, it is a satanically, homosexually-induced counterfeit! It’s worded to prepare peoples’ minds to receive the New World Order of the Antichrist. If it’s NOT KJV, it’s a counterfeit, with plenty of subtle doctrinal changes, additions and omissions of parts or whole verses! Winter is coming on; use it to start your fire. Don’t be surprised if you hear demons screaming as the pages burn! I’m kidding in that last statement, but that’s how demonic the thing is! The old English of the KJV may be hard to conquer for the first few reads, but after that…it’s a breeze and you have the WHOLE truth!

    • Did I not read He beloved in a post trib rapture? For the law came by Moses, but truth and Grace, by Jesus Christ, Christ fulfilled it all.

    • mike watchinski

      Brother Jimmy, Thank you for this lesson. It is good to bring this truth to all who would hear. This is a doctrine that brings everything in balance.
      Once you understand the difference between the two “kingdoms” it makes your studies much clearer.

      I appreciate your work,
      Be well,
      Mike Watchinski

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    • Albert E. Dixon

      Thank you, I just placed an order with Local Bible Publishers for a King James Bible.

      • Excellent choice. The Bible says “Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” Ecclesiastes 8:4 (KJV)
        And please tune into our Sunday night live Bible study radio show, it will be a blessing to you. Here is the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nowtheendbegins

        • Albert E. Dixon

          Definitely will tune in.

          • Heather

            We welcome you Albert. So glad you have found the Lord Jesus!

            • Albert

              Thank you Heather! 🙂

    • Skywatcher

      Amy Hossack, you said, “I get screamed out of the room by people who have been to seminary.” That may be rightfully so, if you do NOT have respect for them because they attended a seminary. Maybe you haven’t earned their respect and have just come right out with a statement that “put them off”, because the attitude in which you presented the information may have been hostile or perceived to be malicious or hostile toward them.

      There are enough people out there who call themselves “Christians” who are very anti-seminarian or anti-Bible college, and that’s very sad! Without you exposing which theological platform (denomination) these seminarians come from (Liberal or Conservative), the reader of your comment takes it personally, as though you condemn ALL institutions of higher theological study. This can instill a fear or a bad taste in the mouth of many younger believers who have not had the wonderful experience of going to such, who may ignore the call of God upon their life because of that unqualified remark. Or, some may step out into ministry without being readied or qualified to do so, due to lack of very valuable information and tools to work with. They may launch out with a misconceived notion that God will reveal all to them as needed. Maybe so, but not the norm, but how many innocent lives are they going to hurt or ruin by NOT being thoroughly and properly qualified to do the “job” that God may have indeed called them to do?

      There are MANY seminaries out there, so PLEASE do NOT paint them all with the same brush! They do NOT agree on all things. Some are liberal where anything goes, and some are Conservative and can be very legalistic (not all, mind you), with huge lists of “do’s and don’ts”, striving to serve God without joy, hope, peace, etc..

      There’s much to be said about having a formal Conservative Bible college or seminary education, so let’s not knock them all with a blanket statement that implies such! Many things are studied in these places that YOU do not have to deal with in your day-to-day life, and yet, they are extremely vital. I.e. When was the last time you took a course in Ethics? Contemporary Issues? What does the Bible say about euthanasia, death and dying, palliative care, pastoral counseling, gambling, trans-humanization, addictions, cryogenics, Astral travel, Yoga, baptism, sprinkling of infants, transubstantiation, etc.? That’s merely the tip of the iceberg!

      As a former Bible college graduate of many years ago, I strongly value my education there, because it gave me a much deeper understanding and knowledge not only of the Holy Bible, but of the culture, customs, time periods, rulers at the time, Homiletics (preaching styles), O.T. History, Church History, Missions, Evangelism, doctrines, church government, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Pentateuch, Pneumatology, Eschatology, Soteriology, and many more “ologies” that you probably never heard of, that are encapsulated within the covers of your Bible. It also taught me WHY I believe as I do, giving me a firm foundation for life and for personal ministry to others.

      So much more is covered in a formal theological setting that cannot be covered in a regular church setting, with all the required and available resources, i.e. theological libraries of thousands of books that cover everything and almost anything theologically under the sun! Most churches do not have the people with valuable credentials and years and YEARS of expertise in the various fields as some seminaries have (or used to have) at their disposal. There is much reading, researching, examination, book reporting, and practical ministry that must be done before graduation is even considered.

      One who has never been a graduate of these institutions of higher theological learning have NO IDEA what’s involved in a three or more year pastoral program!

      Having said that, there are a great many seminarians in these latter days, of varying stripes and colors who theologically couldn’t tell you the difference between beans and deer poop! (They’re similar in appearance) They don’t know why they believe or even what they believe. Many of them wear their degrees, etc. on their sleeves, looking for a name for themselves. I don’t do that because Jesus Christ, Paul, James, etc. didn’t do that! AND…it’s not attractive! Pride never is!

      Apostle Paul sat under Gamaliel, in the “Hebrew School of Jewish Theology”, (I’m making up the name of the institution). He was the foremost Hebrew theologian of his day, and look…a huge chunk of the N. T. was written by Paul! Countless gazillions of people throughout the ages since, have come to know Christ and in a much deeper and more meaningful way because of Paul’s training! He expertly, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, married the Old and the New Testaments together, so that we could get a clearer picture of what Christ actually accomplished and desires of us!

      Maybe I misunderstood your reference to seminarians, if so, please don’t stone me! 🙂

    • Skywatcher,
      Paul said he preached Christ crucified. Foolishness to the Greeks. The Greeks put emphasis on formal education too.
      I’m not slamming theological education. Not even from a seminary. But we must be sure our understanding is not built on human understanding. The world’s wisdom. Many seminaries teach exactly that. Polls have shown many don’t even believe in the virgin birth, the story of Jonah, a literal creation/creator, the resurrection… George Barna, Christian pollster, reported that only half of the country’s Protestant pastors (51%) have a biblical worldview.
      ~ Barna.org—http://goo.gl/HFvlg
      Where do you think they got that worldview? I am sure you would agree that we need to put the emphasis for understanding our Bible and knowing Jesus on the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit, and not on an institution of “higher learning”.
      Blessings:-}

    • Remember Sola,
      The costs described at his website are DONATIONS. Kent Hovind is a Godly man. He has been through a lot in the last 10 years. He has some catching up to do. If you are not prompted by the Spirit to give, then don’t. But be nice about it. He doesn’t deserve chastising for offering something you don’t have to buy.
      Blessings:-}

    • edwitness – you nailed it. Most seminarians end up in the alexandrian greek, which is hopelessly corrupt. That is why the King James is superior. See…http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2015/10/24/the-bible-version-controversy-a-brief-history/
      Most seminaries don’t even teach about the Textus Receptus, or they denigrate it, Seminarians generally seem puffed up with head knowledge, with very little spirit. God did indeed choose the weak and foolish things of the world…so that no one could boast before him:
      http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2014/10/17/favorite-scripture-4-god-chose-the-weak-and-the-foolish-to-shame-the-strong-and-the-wise-1-corinthians-117-25/

    • I like this article, it helps to see which gospel is for the gentiles and which is for the Jews and Israel
      there are more on this subject “Why Don’’t Churches Preach The Revelation of Jesus Christ??”
      http://www.christuslewe.co.za/therevelation1.html
      “GONE TO THE DOG’S” http://www.christuslewe.co.za/gonetothedogs.html

      • The Rapture of the Church is NOT the same as the Revelation of Jesus Christ. They are quite different.

    • Heather

      Brother Geoffrey, before I discovered your site a few years ago, I was reading from the NIV. I had no idea of the differences until one day I listened to one of your 2 hour radio shows in which you spoke so highly of the KJV in truth. I started comparing the verses from NIV to KJV and to my horror I saw missing verses in NIV. Immediately I bought a KJB but I felt nervous and intimidated by the Old English. I remember asking the Lord to help me and quide me in reading His word and to be able to decern what I was reading. Skywatcher is right in that after the first few reads it becomes much easier. It wasn’t until I began reading the KJV, that the Lord led me to Revelation 5:9-11. The NIV renders these verses as “They and Them”, rather than, “We and Us”. Such a huge difference in just those two verses alone! I have learned so much since I have been coming to your site brother. We are always learning when it comes the God’s Word!
      Brother Jimmy, this is a blessed article of truth that you have written. I love it! It is so well written. You and Geoffrey are such blessing to the Body of Christ in these increasingly dark days and I love you both! Praising God for you and all my brethren.
      Til we meet at Jesus’ feet.
      Sister Heather

      • Amen, sister, and we thank you very much! NTEB is a place where Biblical truth is defended, and where Christians can grow deeper in their understanding of the Bible.

    • I use only the KJV and I have noticed the “Kingdom of God” is used 68 times in 10 different books of the New Testament, and “Kingdom of Heaven” is used 32 times but ONLY in the Book of Matthew. Yet Matthew uses “Kingdom of God” 5 times also. The conclusions some come to is that the 2 terms are different since Matthew is very Jewish in presenting the Lord Jesus as the coming “King of the Jews” in the future millennial Kingdom on earth after the 7 year tribulation. However the real evidence is in the USAGE of the 2 terms in the scriptures! I do not see this being done in this article. I see only “assuming”, by taking portions of scripture and placing them into a framework that is not there at all. Is there a difference? I do not see it, neither does the Lord Jesus! Let’s let the “rubber meet the road” and see.

      For example, speaking to the rich young ruler, Christ Jesus uses “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God” interchangeably! NOTICE: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 19:23). Then in the very next verse, Christ proclaims, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (verse 24). Jesus makes no distinction between the two terms but seems to consider them synonymous.

      So what gives, Jimmy?? You have layed out this grand scenario that The Lord Himself does not even follow! Note, Jesus said “Again I tell you”..vs 24, and then Jesus clearly links the Kingdom of Heaven, and the Kingdom of God and simply considers them BOTH the SAME!

      Let’s look again AT THE USE of these terms as used IN MORE OF THE SCRIPTURES. How about the case of “paralell accounts”, where “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Kingdom of God” are employed describing the same “parable” but in different Books?

      Notice: Mark and Luke used “kingdom of God” where Matthew used “kingdom of heaven” frequently in parallel accounts of the same parable, and here they are: Matthew 11:11-12 with Luke 7:28; Matthew 13:11 with Mark 4:11 and Luke 8:10; Matthew 13:24 with Mark 4:26; Matthew 13:31 with Mark 4:30 and Luke 13:18; Matthew 13:33 with Luke 13:20; Matthew 18:3 with Mark 10:14 and Luke 18:16; and Matthew 22:2 with Luke 13:29. In each case, Matthew used the phrase “kingdom of heaven” while Mark and/or Luke used “kingdom of God.” Clearly, the two phrases refer to the SAME THING!

      So, what gives here, Jimmy? This has further led you to believe there is more than one way to be saved! Since you believe the 2 Kingdoms are different, (which these above scriptures prove otherwise) you assume the way to be saved for each is also different. Regardless, if anyone denies JESUS is the SAVIOUR, in any kingdom, they end up in hell! When Paul visited Jerusalem, Peter proclaimed to the whole assembled ‘church’

      9 “And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”

      10 “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”

      11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

      Acts 15:9-11

      Peter proclaims here that the Hebrew believers in the Jerusalem, were saved just as the Gentile/Jewish believers in the ‘church’ at Antioch! “PUT NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US AND THEM,PURIFYING THEIR HEARTS BY FAITH”. “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” No baptism is mentioned as an “add-on” (works).

      So what gives, Jimmy?? Reference to baptism in Acts 2:38 is simpy explained by the sentance structure and use of the preposition εἰς “(for) the remission of sins.” Just as a soldier is praised “for” his bravery and service in the military, believers at Pentecost were baptized “for” the fact their sins were already remitted, when they repented of their unbelief in rejecting their Messiah, Jesus. We don’t praise soldiers in order to make them “brave”. We give praise to soldiers who have already been brave! Likewise, we do not baptize people so they can have theirs sins taken away, we baptize “Believers” because their sins were taken away upon their FAITH in Jesus! That is what Peter saying. READ Acts 2:41 “Then they that GLADLY RECEIVED HIS WORD, were baptized.” FAITH comes first, which Peter says “purifies the hearts” Acts 15:9. So, Peter is not confused, but this hyper-dispensational 2 kingdom, 2 salvation gospels stuff is not biblical, Jimmy! Explain it to Jesus, who used “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God, intrechangebly!

      • edwitness

        hr,
        You make some good points, but why all the exclamation points?
        Relax. What you said came across just fine. The !!!s are not necessary.
        Blessings:-}

      • aka Glory

        There is no difference, both kingdoms are the same. Correct. There is only One throne, one KINGDOM, one Lord, One God. ONE CHURCH. For all: Jew, Samaritans, and gentiles. Yes Acts 2:38 is the blood COVENANT that the Lord did for us. Reconciliation of moving our sins to Him. We have pure faith that what he SAYS thru Peter, Philip and Paul to all of us will work. It fulfills John 3:3-8. He did not split up the church to Jews on one side snd gentiles on the other. GOD IS NOT A RESPECTOR OF PERSONS. He showed Peter in Acts 8-10 he was to bring in the gentiles now. We get grafted in. Adopted in. We get in. They all need to read the entire chapters of Acts chap. 1 to 22; and hurry before the RAPTURE gets here or you who rebel the Will of God will be Left Behind. See Exodus 24, and Heb. Ch. 8 to ch. 10 anyone who needs help.in understanding the Blood COVENANT s.

      • Edwitness

        Hrgreenjr and R Moran,
        What I would like to know from you is why you think that God had these men write Kingdom of GOD in one place and Kingdom of Heaven in another, “seemingly interchangeably”? If God meant Kingdom of Heaven, but had them write Kingdom of God instead, what would be the purpose for that? I assure you it is not accidental. You give no reason for the change of words in your comment.
        I have another one for you.
        In Genesis when God made Adam, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This word for breath in Gen.2:7 is neshawmaw. Meaning air and wind. And at other places (6:17 & 7:15) the word ruach is used to describe the breath in ALL living things, including man. But it means spirit. What gives? And the word used in 2:7, neshawmaw, is also used for the breath God breathed into animals. Gen.7:22.
        Where this becomes an issue is when it is taught that Adam received his spirit when God put His breath into him. But the same word for breath is used when God breathed into animals. This would not only lead us to believe that God breathed a spirit into animals. But that this spirit is the same as the one God gave man. Becausee the word used is the same.
        So are we to believe that God got mixed up with His use of these words? Or maybe that they are interchangeable? Or, as I believe, that there is a meaning hidden here that is for us to find out through further study? Sometimes we just have to put these things on a shelf until we receive greater insight in the scripture. “Line upon line, precept upon precept. Here a little, there a little.”
        I guess what I am trying to say is that God doesn’t write things in the scripture just to write them. He wants us to dig for the deeper meaning sometimes. What is revealed on the surface is extremely valuable. But, when we seek as for hidden treasure, Pro.2:1-8, we are rewarded for our diligence. Heb.11:6.
        God puts nothing in His word by accident. The Jews have a saying that goes something like this, ‘When we get to Heaven we will not only understand the words of the Torah, but we will understand the spaces between the words as well’.
        MARANATHA!
        Blessings:-}

    • Jay

      A little off topic but I have always been questioning myself if we will have Memory of this life after the Rapture and during Eternity.

      • God does not wipe away all our tears until Revelation 21:

        “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (KJV)

      • Skywatcher

        Jay, I made this post once, but for some reason, I don’t think it came through online. I’ll try to help you again.

        I Cor. 13: 12 tells us that we will be known in Heaven as we are known. Wow! What a time that is going to be! Imagine, men and women who will be reunited with the babies they aborted before coming to Christ or that were miscarried! They will know each other!

        As for remembering much from our former lives on earth, we read in Rev. 21: 4 that “the former things are passed away.” However, when we stand before the Bema (Reward) Seat of Christ, the works that we did for Him in this life will be brought back to our remembrance. This will prompt tears…tears of joy for the revelation of our obedience to Him. And, there will be tears of sorrow, regret, and remorse, as we see the opportunities of service/ministry that God presented to us that we ignored or shunned. Hence, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes…”

        I hope this helps!

    • Skywatcher

      Edwitness, I hear ya! However, ALL my understanding of God’s Word is based upon my “human” intelligence aided by the Holy Spirit, just as yours is. I would be the very first to admit that in recent years, a huge percentage of seminaries are nothing more than guppy pools! The graduates come out and are quickly swallowed up by the tiniest sharks or theological questions because they were NOT properly educated or prepared to deal with them. Muslims could burn half to 3/4 of these joints down, and the world wouldn’t miss them or their influence one iota!

      You said, “I am sure you would agree that we need to put the emphasis for understanding our Bible and knowing Jesus on the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit, and not on an institution of “‘higher learning’”.

      I couldn’t agree with you more! What I see coming out of some of these institutions today make me almost sick to my stomach! However, in our comments, we need to be very careful, because there are still a goodly number of us who are still alive, who came out of very godly Bible colleges and seminaries of yesteryear. We had professors who had spent over 25 years in pastoral ministry or the mission field. We had all their COMBINED knowledge, experience, and understanding of God’s Word to draw from. They were like wells with infinite sources from which we could draw from. What took them whole lifetimes to experience, we were able to grasp in three or more years. They had insights that some of us might never have had if we had 50 years of experience in full-time ministry.

      What people need to realize is that there are still Bible colleges/seminaries out there that strongly depend upon the leading of the Holy Spirit in the classroom! We NEVER EVER started a class without prayer for guidance, wisdom, and the Holy Spirit’s input! A great many of these institutions today may not do that; I don’t know because I don’t attend all of them. Many readers on this forum and forums like it don’t know either, because they’ve never attended such. We can only judge by the fruit of those who have. Therefore, we need to be careful in our comments referencing such; they’re NOT all liberal, dumbed-down, and void of the Holy Spirit.

      My whole comment that you commented on was based upon “being careful”, not to include godly Bible college or seminarian grads who “rightly divide the word of truth” with degrading comments; grouping us all together and tossing us out like trash, ultimately destroying our credibility with a few harmful words or by NOT qualifying a simple statement, so as NOT to include ALL seminarians!

    • Skywatcher

      Sola Scriptura, I’m in agreement with most of what you say, but you speak as someone who has attended “most” seminaries: “Most seminaries don’t even teach about the Textus Receptus, or they denigrate it,” How can you say this without attending “most” of them to know what they’re actually teaching from, or personally knowing and sharing with some of each one’s graduates? That’s generalizing and dangerous sometimes. Although, in this case, you are right!

      You said, “Seminarians generally seem puffed up with head knowledge, with very little spirit.”

      I can agree in part on that because I’ve sat under the “ministry” of some of them, and found more life in a morgue! I could’ve gotten more theology out of a “Field and Stream” magazine while they “preached on”! However, as a Bible college graduate, I must confess, I’ve been asked to leave churches because I have “spirit”, and am full of the Spirit, with Holy Ghost fire, passion, and compassion, speaking the Word with conviction and power. They don’t like that today! It doesn’t tickle their ears, but convicts them of their sin…not politically correct or white-washing. You and others reading this have no doubt seen how some of us who stand up for the Word of God (Jesus) get a real tongue lashing. That’s nothing compared to being in the direct line of fire in person after a church service!

      Now, having said that, much of the theological foundation for most people is what they have received over the pulpit in their church or online. Their pastors and other leadership is at fault, and not necessarily any theological institution. Having a spiritual bankrupt pastor is not good because they pass their ignorance on to their congregants whom some of them may pursue ministry later on. If they feel called into a ministry of some kind, and are looking to go to an institution of higher learning, they really should be seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance as to where He would have them to go. This doesn’t always happen! In fact, many people are NOT called to go to these places, much less, into ministry upon graduation. Many of them would make better mechanics, septic tank cleaners, etc. Yet, they still go, continuing to operate without God’s blessing, and often later falling astray, taking a host down with them.

      We have a bunch of weak weenies coming out of these liberal theology schools these days, that wouldn’t know John 3: 16 from Sura 3: 16! Downright shameful! One has to ask why that is though. I STRONGLY believe it is because they’ve been led astray from the KJV! these other per-versions are NOT God’s Word, and therefore, they do NOT have the power to convince, to persuade, or to convict these days! People toting that trash around, believing they’re fighting God’s battle, would be better off in a recliner chair somewhere, being a sideline soldier! They’re wielding an impotent noodle around instead of the sharp and powerful Word of God that has ALL power and authority! That’s why Satan’s team introduced them into the churches…to neutralize the churches, rendering them powerless, deceived, eager for the NWO, and Hell-bound!

    • David

      This is purely biblical and evangelical bible exposition, bravo bros

    • Harry

      I find this article very interesting and informative, but I have a problem with the way it is presented. I started reading hoping to gain insight on the difference between the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God. Instead I was presented with the difference between the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Gospel of Grace. I kept waiting for you to bring the title back into the context, but you never did. It seemed like you were counting on my assumption that the Gospel of the Kingdom meant the Kingdom of Heaven and the Gospel of Grace meant the Kingdom of God.

      It’s almost like a “bait and switch” has been done here. That’s what cults do, and you do not deserve that kind of mark on your credibility.

      So, I don’t consider your article to be wrong; I just consider it to be unfinished. Please bring the title into the context – or change the title to avoid misunderstanding. “The Gospel of the Kingdom and the Gospel of Grace Compared and Contrasted” would be good. Thank you.

      PS: For those that don’t like the KJV, how are you going to use the Concordance to further your study? Owning a KJV Bible is necessary.

      • aka Glory

        See what I wrote above. By aka Glory and the past week. They are confused because they have not read and obeyed the book of acts salvation for all.churches today started in Acts . To Jews in chap. 1- chap. 7. To Samaritans, chap. 8. To gentiles cap. 10 to 22:16. We need to be baptized under the water in Jesus name, Matthew did it in Acts chap. 2; and fikked with Holy Ghost speaking in unknown tongues. There are Not 2 gospels, separate churches, 2 kingdoms. Jesus told all of us we MUST BE BORN AGAIN IN WATER IN SPIRIT TO SEE OR ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. = Act’s 2:38. 19:1-6;22:16. You cant miss it. Plain as English

    • Leonard Belisle

      Sadly, in more than 40-years as a born again believer, I’ve noticed that only about one out of a hundred “Christians” would say amen to your article, Jimmy. Thanks for a good link! 😉

    • aka Glory

      There are Not 2 kingdoms, 2 gospels nor 2 plans of salvation. If you Study the book of acts where all the churches began, 1st church was to Jews Acts 2:1-47; blood COVENANT in 2:38, by Peter. Same exact message by Philip in Acts 8:12-17 to all Samaritans, Gaza, Cesearea, all cities in that area . Acts 10:43- 48= Church OPENS TO GENTILES, FINALLY by Peter preached same message of 2:38, never changed One word for Salvation commanding all gentiles to be baptised in the Name of Jesus. We need to be washed in the water of reconciliation, Jesus paid the price for our sins in Blood. Without it, you are Not redeemed or covered by Grace. Then Paul, the rabbi, preached to Gentiles again Acts 19:1-6 & 22:16. Now all those scriptures and chapters are sold in the English language in KJV and easy to read. What part can you people not understand???
      Write out all the above scriptures and read it five times.
      To Jews Acts 2:1-47; 2:38; 4:12;To Samaritans 8:12-17;
      To Gentiles 10:43-48; To Gentiles again 19:1-6; 22:16.
      That covers all persons, all nations, all faiths. The message started on day of Pentecost and ended 25 years later the EXACT SAME WORDS OF THE SECOND BLOOD COVENANT replacing the old law. Grace comes After you have applied the blood, buried with him.in baptism and filled with Holy Ghost speaking in unknown tongues. You need to have understanding. Read the book of Acts five times chap. 1. To 22. Then you will see there is ONLY ONE CHURCH FOR ALL. NOT TWO. Not 2 gospels. The gentiles are adopted and grafted into the vine. After you obey Acts 2:38.
      If you dont obey the Will of God your are in rebellion. Also this is the only generation who will possibly Not be dead, in the ground. Therefore if your flesh is Not washed in Jesus Name in baptism, then your flesh will not be Changed and glorified to go up in the RAPTURE. I am talking about those of us that are alive, when the Lord returns. My point how hard would it be to DO what was Commanded? I did all of Acts 2:38 and I used to be baptist and Catholic and there is an awesome difference when you come up out of the WATER in the Name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins. Try it, you will like it. The Truth is awesome.

      • Skywatcher

        aka Glory, much of what you said is nauseous, and I say that as a Pentecostal! You obviously belong to the “Jesus Only” sect, and what a disgrace it is! In the region I live in, most of the sermons are indoctrination of being saved in Jesus’ name, baptized in Jesus’ name, and the necessity of speaking in tongues for salvation. That is NOT scriptural! It causes much harm, consternation, and fear…and yes, mockery! You are a unitarian sect, believing in “Jesus Only”, not believing in the Trinity or the Godhead, which was first revealed in Gen. 1: 26 and prevalent throughout the Holy Bible. Who do you think the “our” was in that one verse?

        I am a Trinitarian Pentecostal, which you folks strongly oppose. I’m going to hit upon a couple of topics in your diatribe, speaking in tongues and baptism in Jesus’ name. Fasten your seat belt!

        As a follower of Christ, I absolutely believe and obey what HE commands me to do, not Peter! Jesus commanded us to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost…NOT in His name only! To believe that Peter’s teaching superseded Christ’s teaching in any way is parallel to the virgin Mary having authority over Christ. It just doesn’t cut it! This is NOT of God!

        The baptism in “Jesus name” that Peter was referring to, was in reference to the formula that Jesus gave us in Mt. 28: 19, 20. John the Baptist, had been baptizing prior to Christ’s ministry, so his baptism was referred to as “John’s baptism”. There were many others doing baptisms, and those people who were baptized by them were classified as being baptized with Jake’s baptism, Mark’s baptism, etc. Any baptism that Christ’s disciples performed was known as Christ’s baptism, because they were acting under and later with His authority, and they were baptizing according to His instruction: “…in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

        My Jewish barber informs me that to be baptized in Jesus’ name means to be baptized according to His teaching. It was an identifying feature, denoting that you were baptized with His baptismal formula.

        Another explanation of Peter’s command to be “baptized in Jesus’ name for the remission of sins”, is to be SPIRITUALLY baptized in His blood or “washed in His blood”, as the old hymn states. NOWHERE in Scripture do we ever see man’s commands or edicts placed ahead of God’s laws or commands. I’m absolutely sure that the disciples, who had been taught by Christ knew better than to step outside of the boundaries that He established. They knew it would be detrimental on numerous levels to do so; they knew their Master and their place, therefore, they didn’t.

        Speaking in tongues…YES, I have been baptized by the Holy Spirit and have spoken in tongues; please don’t stone me, folks! Having said that, I MUST say this: with all my being, I wish that God had NOT used that method to show His Presence or stamp of approval on the early Church. It has caused so much mockery within the body of Christ… within all of Christendom! Why is that? Because it is so easily faked, and who is the listener or observer to say “it was of God” or “it wasn’t?!” Prove it! Why would they want to fake it? I’m so glad you asked! So they can belong to that particular group, or be able to identify with them. It DOES NOT impress God one little bit if they speak in tongues or NOT! In fact, I CAN guarantee you, that it angers Him to see people faking it for the reasons I’ve mentioned. I have seen many people “speak with unknown tongues”, etc., and use that same tongue to tear others apart with gossip, judgmentalism, legalism, etc. This ought not to be! I have seen it in your comments, aka Glory.

        I have not seen the fruit of this so-called “Holy Ghost” in many of their lives outside of the sanctuary. What they actually have is the spirit of Kundhalini (Hinduism), and NOT the H.S. Frothing, foaming, hitching, twitching, gyrating, “slayed by the H.S.”, rolling, laughing uncontrollably, etc. Shameful! There is NO precedent of this in God’s Word, apart from demon possession! I have removed myself from people with these manifestations! Thankfully, I did not witness very much of that in my more conservative Pentecostal circles of many years ago! As far as we were concerned, the “Charismatics” were people to be leery of, because they took it outside of the realm of God’s Word and authority, and we didn’t want to be identified with them, as we wrongly have been in the past and still are.

        Then again, I have witnessed the real “McCoy”! I have heard messages in tongues that were given in KNOWN languages, that were expressly for guests visiting the congregation, who spoke a foreign language. One case in point…My first year of Bible college and we’re having our convocation service…

        There were thousands of people there, and we were all worshipping and praising God with one accord. SUDDENLY…and SIMULTANEOUSLY… the music stopped, as did the singing. There was a “holy hush” throughout the huge auditorium. Imagine this…you have almost 3,000 people and when that hush hit, there was NOT ONE straggling voice heard after everybody else quieted down. There was NO gradual decline in volume, to peter out, but INSTANTLY! You could hear a pin drop. There was such a strong sense of electrifying expectancy, an expectancy to hear Almighty God speak an utterance. He didn’t let us down!!!

        After a brief pause, somebody spoke a bunch of words from one side of the auditorium, loudly enough that all could hear. Seconds later, a man arose, and asked that person what part of Holland he was from. They had NEVER been to Holland! The recipient of the message could NOT believe that reply. He said, “You MUST BE from Holland; you just spoke to me in my mother tongue, giving me an answer to a question I had been asking God…in perfect Dutch!”

        The person again denied having ever being there or having any training in Dutch, giving all the glory to God. I have seen this more than once! What an experience! And, the best part was…it was Scriptural. As on the Day of Pentecost, the people from other countries heard and understood IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE!

        Your sect wrongly teaches that a person CANNOT be saved unless they speak in tongues. What a horrifying and dangerous teaching that is! I had a very dear and precious elderly aunt who was attending one of your churches; she suddenly broke into tears one evening. I said, “Aunt Marge, what’s wrong?”

        She said, “All my adult life, I have read my Bible and prayed everyday, and tried to live it. The church I go to tells me I’m not going to Heaven because i don’t speak in tongues.” She was an emotional mess!

        I was grieved, but not shocked. I said, “That’s not Scriptural! So then, what do we do with Paul’s teaching implying that not all speak in tongues?” I Cor. 12: 30. We had a Bible study right then and there! She felt much relieved afterwards, and has since gone home to be with Jesus!

        I have had serious discussions with God about this, asking why? WHY?! Why give a sign that can be so easily mimicked? I’m still frustrated in this regard. I wish there was no such thing as “tongues”! It causes horrible dissension, fear, heartbreak, church break-ups, misunderstandings, broken relationships, etc. etc. Satan is having a heyday with this flesh-induced counterfeiting tool of fear (when used in the wrong hands)! The real thing is indescribable, as to how it builds up one’s faith, courage, empowerment, etc. It simply edifies that body of believers beyond measure, and is a VERY powerful witness to unbelievers!

        Yet, the whole of I Cor. 14 is about that very subject and it IS for today! In vs. 39, Paul says, “Wherefore brethren, covet to prophesy, and FORBID NOT TO SPEAK WITH TONGUES.” In fact, the “gift of tongues” is still for the Church today, as much as the other gifts are. SEEK THE GIVER, NOT the gift!

        BUT…it is NOT essential for salvation! To believe it is, is to say that salvation is conditional. There is only ONE condition for salvation: that you receive Christ, who died and rose again, so that we may live! He is the only way (John 14: 6). Nowhere, did He ever allude or imply there was coming a gift or phenomenon that guaranteed a place in Heaven…ONLY if you had it! That is a fallacy; a doctrine of demons! I trained to be a Pentecostal pastor, and we were strongly encouraged to stay away from such heretical teachings! There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that can supersede the work of Christ on the cross of Calvary, His death and resurrection!!! NOTHING!

        aka, I know this will rock your boat and rock it hard, but we MUST always take Scriptures into context, and use all the supporting Scriptures correctly to form doctrine…”rightly dividing the word of truth”! I hope I have helped somebody out who also needed some clarification on this.

        Blessings!

        I don’t believe this posted, so will try again! Please be patient with me!

        • Edwitness

          Skywatcher,
          If what you say is the case, I stand corrected in my previous statement regarding TK’s comment to aka Glory. Thanks for the info.
          What say you aka Glory? Is that where you stand?

    • aka Glory

      From what I am reading and listening is that Pastor Jimmy has Not been baptised or filled with the holy ghost with evidence of speaking in unknown TONGUES. Unknown. Or baptised in Jesus Name as Commanded for us to do in the book of Acts by Peter and Paul. Then he will lack understanding. You need to have both for understanding and further knowledge. You only see partially. Also there are not two kingdoms, not two thrones. There is a dispensation of Grace which covers both the Jew and Gentiles, see Hebrews in KJV. Obey Acts 2:38 or Acts 19:1-6; 22:16 , as Paul said to the gentiles “since you believe in Jesus Christ have you received the holy GHOST and the did that and were baptised in Jesus Name washing away sin as paul said again in 22:16. Now there were covered by Grace. Grafted into the One church and now continue to the rest of the Will and Testament. You gotta start at the beginning, down in Jerusalem at the upper room, where Matthew and 120 went. I obeyed in 1986.

      • T.K.

        Glory,

        Please stop trying to spread your Pentacostal heresy. Bro. Jimmy is very clear and explains himself using only what the King James Bible says. “Comparing spiritual things with spiritual” 1 Corinthians 2:13 and “Rightly dividing the word of truth” 1 Timothy 2:15. If you don’t like what the article says, remain stuck in that miry pit called the Pentacostal church and stop trying to lead others into that foolishness. There are clearly differences in the two and you cannot see them because you lean on the “traditions of men” and not the truth of the word of God (King James Bible). He (Brother Jimmy) is merely trying to reach out and help anyone that is willing to listen and it’s pretty obvious that you want to spread heresy. Romans 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Titus 3:10-11 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

        Now go to the book of Acts (of the Apostles), Mark, Matthew, Hebrews, James and any other transitional book of the bible to tell me how I should be speaking in Tongues, doing magic tricks or losing my salvation, and how I’m not saved because I haven’t received the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost because I haven’t spoken in an unknown tongue. All of the arguments are the same and very weak.

        Finally, pay close attention to the next few versus of scripture. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. Fact is, Bro. Jimmy has been given an opportunity to help others because the Lord helped him. He clearly explains himself using the bible the way that it should be used according to the Lord, “rightly divided”. You have been given the opportunity to learn the truth of the scriptures.

        • Edwitness

          TK,
          “Heretic” is too strong in this case. From what I have read of his comments, aside from some hyperbole, he is a brother with some different interpretations. And those interpretations are not matters of salvation. Only differences in understanding in the true salvation. Aka Glory gets excited and overstates things some. But, I think he trusts in the Jesus of the Bible. If he did not then he would be a heretic.
          RCs and Mormons and JWs etc. are to be avoided as far as fellowship is concerned. But, wouldn’t you witness to them if the opportunity presented itself? Of course you would. So please stop throwing around the shun card with someone who is so obviously, at least from his words, is a brother, that you just happen to have some disagreements with.
          In the mean time keep looking up.
          MARANATHA!
          Blessings:-}

    • Skywatcher

      I second Heather’s comment, “Welcome, Albert!”

      • Albert

        Thank you Skywatcher! 🙂

    • R Moran

      I’m still waiting for a timely, well thought out response to “hrgreenjr”
      Yours patiently, R Moran

      • Edwitness

        R Moran, please refer to my comment above for an explanation of the phrases ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Kingdom of God’ being seemingly interchangeable.
        Blessings”-}

    • Malcolm

      Sorry but you are in error when you say Peter only preached water Baptism from Acts 1-14. Everyone had been baptised in water by John etc. Acts 2:14 Peter explains this is a spiritual outpouring and Acts2:38 explains it is baptism by the Holy Spirit, otherwise how would 120 people at 9am baptise 3000 souls ?

    • Chase

      Bro. Jimmy, I believe that the believers were “added to the Lord” at Pentecost like the Bible says and that the church started before Paul (Rom 16:7). When explaining the transitions, is it best to say yes they were added that way until the gospel of grace was revealed to Paul and then those who were alive believing the Kingdom gospel needed to believe Paul’s message alike Apollos? I’ve been asked what happened to those who were alive during that transition and died. And others believe that there were two bodies, etc. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Nathan

      if im not mistaken the Great White Throne Judgement is the final judgement after Christ millenial reign on earth. Lucifer is released for a time to decieve the nations yet again and people will follow him even after seeing our glorious king on his throne. the final judgement is for everyone whoever lived. not just the jews. im not sure if you,meant to say it wasnt.

      • Skywatcher

        Nathan, you are correct! I’m surprised that nobody else responded to your post with an answer long before now!

    • Emery Richards

      The Kingdom of Heaven, IS the Kingdom of God. There is no comparison or contrast. They are one in the same. Who comes up with this baloney anyway?

    • Misty

      My question is whether the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God, and the gospel of the kingdom are all the same? I studied out the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God to see if they were the same or not. Still uncertain. This article is clear of itself, only once kingdom of heaven is used in place of gospel of the kingdom. Are they the same?

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