This may seem like an elementary question but sometimes the simplest of questions remain unanswered. If we don’t understand the basic foundations of our faith then we will be spiritually handicapped to some extent. Many people are aware that the word “gospel” means good news and most people feel like the gospel message refers to the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah. But when Yahshua first came on the scene as a minister, (Mark 1:14,15) He was admonishing people to repent and believe the gospel before He had ever told anyone He was going to die, much less be resurrected. So whatever this gospel message was, it was already in progress. The word “gospel” appears frequently in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John so they are commonly referred to as the Gospels. Although Yahshua spoke frequently about the gospel of the kingdom, this was not a new concept. Some of the last instructions He gave His disciples was about the Kingdom to come. (Acts 1) Yahshua came to magnify the law but in addition to that He also reiterated, clarified, and confirmed the message of the prophets.
The prophets of old had plenty to say about the coming kingdom, from the books of Genesis to Malachi. Yahshua’s good news was not a different message than Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel delivered in their day. When Yahshua said that the meek would inherit the earth it seems He was eluding to Psalm 37:11. Here are some examples of good things prophesied by Holy men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, many of which have not fully come to pass. ( These are not direct quotes but paraphrases)
--Isaiah 2:3,4 The law shall go forth out of Zion, and men shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
-- Isaiah 9:6-10 The prince of peace will rule in an everlasting kingdom.
--Isaiah 11:1-26 The Savior will smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth. Also the wolf shall lie down with the lamb and they shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain. The earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahvah. The dispersed of Israel will be regathered together.
-- Isaiah 29:18-24 The deaf shall hear and the blind shall see. The meek shall increase their joy and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Those that erred in spirit shall come to understanding.
-- Isaiah 61:1-11 Liberty will be proclaimed during this time of release, and those who mourn will be comforted during the day of vengeance of our Elohim. Not only will the mourners be comforted but they will receive beauty for ashes, and garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
--Jeremiah 32:38-42 Yahvah promises that Israel will be His people and He will be their Elohim and He will perform all the good that He has promised them.
-- Jeremiah 33:25,26 Yahvah will not cast off His people but will raise up some of Jacob’s descendants to reign in the coming kingdom, which is reaffirmed by Yahshua in Matt. 19:28,29
-- Ezekiel 37:23 As Judah and Israel are reunited they will be cleansed from their sin.
--Ezekiel 39:29 Yahvah promises to not hide His face any longer, but will pour out His spirit upon the house of Israel.
--Daniel 7:27 The kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the saints of the Most High.
--Malachi 4:1-3 The righteous shall tread down the wicked and they shall be ashes under their feet. The Apostle Paul mentions something similar to this in Romans 16:20
--Zechariah 2:11 Many nations shall be joined to Yahvah in that day and He will dwell in our midst.
But today we are still looking for the same city that Abraham looked for, whose builder and maker is Yahvah. We are anticipating the complete restoration of all things that the prophets have foreseen. That’s when the saints shall possess the kingdom and men shall not learn war anymore and we shall receive the redemption of our bodies.
Dooms day is only bad news for the wicked, because at that day the righteous will be exonerated. This is what we have been waiting for since the fall of man in the garden of Eden. We must believe all that the prophets have spoken and constantly reassure ourselves that Yahvah will perform the good He has promised to His people Israel. But you might ask, “What do the promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have to do with us?
If we are the Messiah’s then we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. We are partaking of their common wealth. So this everlasting gospel that is still being preached today is actually all about the everlasting covenant that Yahvah made with His people. The significance of the death burial and resurrection of Yahshua is that now we can be empowered to keep our part of the covenant. And this covenant will be completely fulfilled as we come into harmony with Him.
Sometimes it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the bad news which we are constantly exposed to, but we must repent and believe the good news and remember that Yahvah has mercy unto the thousands of them that love Him and keep His commandments.
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