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To Samaria

Despite persecution, or perhaps because of it, the disciple began to preach the gospel outside Judea, beginning in Samaria  -   Acts 8:1-25 .  Prior to his ascension, Jesus commanded the disciples to “ tarry in Jerusalem ” until they received the Holy Spirit. Thereafter, they would become his “ witnesses ” and proclaim the gospel in Jerusalem and Judea, and then “ in Samaria…and to the uttermost parts of the earth .” The eighth chapter of Acts records the story of how the gospel came to Samaria - [ Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash ].

Final Day and Hour

Revelation moves inexorably from the Death and Resurrection of Jesus to the final day when God judges the wicked and vindicates the righteous .  At the conclusion of his ‘Olivet Discourse,’ Jesus taught his parable of the  Sheep and the Goats . On the day when the “ Son of Man arrives in glory ,” his angels will gather  all  the nations before him for judgment, where he will divide them into two groups.  One will receive “ everlasting destruction ,” and the other, “ everlasting life .” - [ Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash ].

This is My Son!

The Spirit of God and the divine voice from heaven confirmed the calling and identity of Jesus - Son of God and Messiah of Israel   –   Mark 1:9-11 .  In the  Gospel of Mark , Jesus first appears at his baptism in the Jordan. The passage identifies him with his hometown,  Nazareth , a small village of no importance. But its very insignificance plays a part in the larger narrative -  Jesus is the Messiah who does not fit popular messianic expectations  - even as he fulfills Scripture - [ Photo by Eugene Kuznetsov on Unsplash ].

Lord of History

Both Revelation and Daniel proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God over the course of history and the fate of nations .  In  Revelation ,  the “ beast ” is “ GIVEN ” the authority to operate for a period of “ forty- two months ,” power over the nations, and the right to “ wage war against the saints and overcome them .” Satan’s creature cannot wreak havoc upon the earth or against the church until authorized to do so, and only for the time allotted - [ Photo by  Giammarco  on Unsplash ].

New Priesthood - New Law

The new priesthood after the order of Melchizedek installed in Jesus also means a “change in law”   -   Hebrews 7:12 .  Hebrews  is structured around several comparisons that demonstrate the superiority of the “ word spoken in the son ” over the past revelations “ spoken in the prophets ,” including Moses. The previous “words” were true but partial and preparatory. But now, “ upon the last of these days ,” He has “ spoken ” with great finality in one who is a “ Son .” - [ Photo by  Tingey Injury Law Firm  on Unsplash ].