WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

Actually, it is the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Mat 4:23  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.

Mat 9:35  And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The word “gospel” is Strong’s # 2098, “a good message…”  The word Kingdom is #932 meaning “royalty, i.e. (abstr.) rule, or (concr.) a realm (lit or fig):- Kingdom, + reign.” Where is this Kingdom that is mentioned in the gospel message?  Read 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.

1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

It is common knowledge among Bible students that Christ will return to this earth at his 2nd coming.  Notice in these verses that Christ descends from heaven.  The resurrected humans will meet Christ in the clouds in the air, verse 17.  Clouds and air are connected to this earth.  Study the verses below very carefully.

Rev 20:1  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:3  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever

In verses 1-3, Satan is placed in the jail called “the bottomless pit,” so he could deceive the nations no more.  The nations are on earth.  The people in the first resurrection reign with Christ a thousand years.  Reigning for a thousand years with Christ is on this earth.  Notice what happens when the thousand years are up, verses 7-9.  Satan goes out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth.  Nations are on this earth.  The word “earth” in verses 8-9 is # 1093 primarily meaning “soil.”   Actually the gospel of the kingdom is Christ’s good message” about his 1000 year reign here on this earth.

It is also common knowledge among Bible students that humans are made from dirt.  Christ and the Father are not playing games with walking talking sinning rebellious dirt.  Rev 20:12 makes it very clear that humans are judged by what is written in the Bible.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

It is foolish for any human to think they can change or twist what is written in the books of the bible and thereby change their own judgment. According to the verses below, that way of thinking will put you in the Lake of Fire.

Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

With these thoughts in mind, let us start to understand what the Gospel is.  Look at Matthew 24:14.

Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The word “gospel” is Strong’s #2098 meaning “a good message, i.e., the gospel…”  This good message is to be preached in all the world for a witness, then shall the end come and I would add not before.  The word witness is Strong’s # 3142 meaning “something evidential, i.e., (gen.) evidence given…”   The word “testimony” could be used for witness also.

Mar 13:10  And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

The word “published” is strong’s #2784 meaning “to herald (as a public crier), espec. divine truth (the Gospel):- preach (-er) proclaim, publish.”  This can also include the gospel being written and publish on paper on the internet Facebook, etc.  The two verses above make it clear that the Gospel has to go out to all nations the whole world before Christ returns. People in these nations have to have a opportunity to repent. But what exactly is the gospel? What is that message?  The main core will be found in the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and john.  Other books of the Bible support these.  Look at Mattthew11:12-14

Mat 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Mat 11:13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

Mat 11:14  And if ye will receive it, this is Elijah, which was for to come.

Luk 16:16  The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

The word “violence” in verse 12 and the word “presseth “ in Luke 16:16 are both strong’s #971 meaning “to force, i.e. (reflex) to crowd oneself (into) or (pass.) to be seized…”  The word violent” is #973 meaning “a forcer, i.e., (fig) energetic- violent.”  What is this saying?  It is saying that the Kingdom of God (salvation) has to be taken by force.  This started with john the Baptist.  This is saying that we have to fight our way into the Kingdom.  This takes action our part.

If you believe or your church teaches that all you have to do is say “I repent” and be baptized to receive salvation, you are wrong and will fry in the Lake of Fire if you do not repent.  Whom do we fight?  Who is it that has our salvation locked up and we have to take it from?  Satan has our salvation locked up through deception having us deceived as to how to obtain salvation.  How to deal with this is found in Ephesians 6:10-17.

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Do you or your church teach this about how we have to take our salvation from Satan?  This knowledge is part of the gospel “the good news message” that is to be preached to all the world.  If you or your church are not teaching this, then you are not preaching the gospel.  What is some more of this gospel or good news?  What Christ did and we have to follow his example.  Christ kept the weekly Sabbath (Saturday).

Luk 4:16  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

It is obvious that Christ kept the Passover. That was the day he was murdered. Christ also observed the Days of Unleavened Bread.

Mark 14:1  After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

Mark 14:2  But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

Christ certainly observed Pentecost.  Notice what he told the disciples in Luke 24.

Luke 24:49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

This power from on High was poured out on Pentecost Day.

Act 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Act 2:3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Act 2:5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Act 2:6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

Act 2:7  And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

Act 2:8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

If the prophecies are understood correctly, Christ will return on the Day of Trumpets.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Christ was very much into fasting.  He fasted 40 days and 40 nights.  Notice what Christ said in Matthew 6.  He said, “WHEN you fast,” not IF you fast.

Mat 6:16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:17  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

Mat 6:18  That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Paul referred to the Day of Atonement as “the Fast.”

Acts 27:9  Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

Christ also observed the Feast of Tabernacles.

John 7:2  Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.

John 7:8  Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

John 7:9  When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

John 7:10  But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

John 7:11  Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

The Last Great Day, which is the last annual Holy Day, is attached to the end of the Feast of Tabernacles.  Christ observed all these Holy Days as a human.  If we are a Christian, we have to be Christ-like.  This information about the Passover and the rest of the Holy Days are a part of the gospel (good message) that will be preached in all the world in the end time.  People will need time to believe and repent.  Do you and your church teach people to observe these Holy Days?  If not, you are not preaching the true Gospel.  You are just playing church.

Did you know that the ability to work miracles is part of the gospel or good news message?  It is a well know fact that Christ worked many great miracles.  Did you know that the end time church will work even greater miracles than Christ?

John 14:12  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.

John 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Do you or your church teach this?  If you do not, then you are leaving out part of the Gospel message. Preaching the Gospel to the world as a witness is more than putting words on paper or saying words in a sermon.  It is backing up your statements with action.  If you are a teacher, YOU HAVE TO LIVE IT.  Faith without works is DEAD.

James 2:17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

If you are a teacher or a leader of your church, will you strive to have this miracle working faith?  Luke 9:2 makes it very clear that just saying the words are not enough.

Luke 9:1  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

Luke 9:2  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

The word “disciples” is Strong’s #3101 meaning “a learner, i.e., pupil.”  The word “authority” is #1849 meaning “ability, privilege, force, capacity, competency, freedom, super human, potentate…”   The word “power” is #1411 meaning “force, (lit.or fig.); miraculous power (usually by impl. a miracle itself)- ability, abundance…”  Are you getting this?  If you are preaching the Gospel, or Kingdom of God as it says in verse 2, then you have miracle working power and authority over devils (demons).  You can heal the sick, cure diseases.

What about it, friends?  Can you honestly say that you are preaching the gospel if you are not following it up with the works described in Luke 9:1-2?  Do not deceive yourself.  Do not play church.  Also, do not be discouraged.  God has not handed this power out to the end time church as of December 26, 2010.  We are just around the corner from receiving this power.  Luke 10:17-20 adds more to this.

Luke 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Luke 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

The word “power” in verse 19 is Strong’s #1849.  Review the definition above.  The second word “power” in verse 19 is #1411.  Review the definition above.  The word “serpent in verse 19 is #3789. That is the same word used to describe Satan in Revelation 20:2.

Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

The word “scorpions” in verse 19 is # 4651 and is used in Revelation 9:3 to describe demons.

Rev 9:1  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

Rev 9:2  And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Rev 9:3  And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Rev 9:4  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

Rev 9:5  And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

If you are not understanding and preaching this, then you are not preaching the gospel or good message.  Are you as teachers or ministers teaching the REAL Gospel, the real Good Message about tithing?  Look at Matthew 25:15-17, 20-22.

Mat 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Mat 25:16  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

Mat 25:17  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

Mat 25:20  And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Mat 25:21  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Mat 25:22  He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

The word “talents” is Strong’s #5007 meaning, “a certain weight (and thence a coin or rather a sum of money)…”

How can the Christian say at Judgment Day, “I have gained five, I have gained two,” if they did not spend the tithe money themselves? The truth is the tithe producer has the God given right to say how the tithe is spent or spend it themselves in God’s Work.  If you as a minister, teacher, or church organization, take God’s tithe and spend it without the tithe producer’s input, then you are in DEFIANCE OF GOD’S WORD.  You will burn in the Lake of Fireif you do not repent.  This knowledge about the true use of tithes is part of the “good message gospel.”  You teachers need to understand this.  God is not playing games with human beings.  God’s way lets every tithe payer have part in doing the work and producing fruit.

Casting out demons is a part of preaching the Gospel.  Do you or your church practice casting out demons?  Do you know how?  Review Luke 9:1-2 and the definitions discussed earlier.

Luke 9:1  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

Luke 9:2  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Christ’s disciples have power and authority over all demons. Look again at Luke 10:17-19.

Luke 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Luke 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

You can review the definitions of the key words above on page 6.  If you cannot or refuse to cast out demons, you cannot preach the gospel to the world.  Casting out demons is part of healing many sick people.  Many illnesses are caused by demons.  If you have access to a computer, read my articles on Demons and Health and Anointing.  Christ cast out demons and healed many people.

Mat 8:16  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

We will do greater works than Christ.

John 14:12  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.

If you as a teacher or leader of a church are not casting out demons and teaching the flock to do it also, then you are not preaching the gospel (good message).  There is nothing any more important than having control over demons for people who are trying to obtain eternal life.  Are you as a teacher or is your church telling the flock that it will not be easy to obtain salvation?  Study and believe these next verses.

1Pet 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Mat 20:16  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

The word “scarcely” in 1 Peter 4 is Strong’s #3433 meaning “with difficulty;-hardly, scarcely, with much work…”  The word “many” in both of the Matthew verses above is #4183 meaning “much (in any respect) mostly, largely abundant…”  The word “few” is both these verses is #3641 meaning “puny (in extent, degree, number, duration, or value)…”  “Puny” means “inferior in strength, size or importance.”

What are these three verses saying?  They are saying that if you are righteous, you will barely make it into the Kingdom.  The two Matthew verses are saying that only a few of the many who are called will obtain salvation.  You may be wondering where is the good news or message about that.  The good message is that if you know this knowledge up front, you can do what is necessary to be one of the few that is saved.  The parable of the wheat and tares shows basically the same thing.

Mat 13:24  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

Mat 13:25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Mat 13:26  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Mat 13:27  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

Mat 13:28  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Mat 13:29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

The tares (weeds) are so many in any given church that to pull them out would pull out many of the Good Seed.  This is talking about relationships that fellow Christians have.  Some relationships are to close that if one person is offended, then both people may be offended.  If one bad (tare) member were disfellowshipped, the friend may leave also.

The Philadelphian church is the group of end time people that God will use to do the end time work.

Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

Rev 3:8  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Rev 3:10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Rev 3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Rev 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out ofheaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Rev 3:13  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

God determines which people are Philadelphians.  Philadelphian is an attitude.  Just because some group of people call their group the Philadelphian Church means NOTHING IN GOD’S SIGHT, unless they have the proper attitude.  Notice in verse 10 God keeps these people safe through the “Hour of Temptation.”  What this means is that the true Philadelphians will be protected during the Great Tribulation.  Much more could be said about preaching the Gospel (Good Message), but the information above should make the point.  If you as a teacher or minister or your church organization is not teaching the information above, then you are not preaching the true gospel message.  Go back and read the first page of this article.  You individually or your church cannot escape being judged by what is written in the Books (of the Bible).  If you dare add to or take away from God’s Word, then you will lose your salvation and fry in the Lake of Fire.

Let us all be honest before God and do our part of the end time work honestly before God.  God knows what we are doing and thinking.  If we do not do our job correctly, then God will replace us with someone who will teach His ways the way they are written in the Bible.

Published January 15, 2011

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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