What we do first is put things in context, which means that we review things just to establish the context for the other subjects which begin with Part Two.
The Gospel in the Last Days
Let’s begin by defining our terms. “The Gospel in the Last Days.” Again, we have to recap things you know, so I’m just touching on it briefly. First we’ll look at the Word “Gospel”, what the Gospel in the Last Days means.
And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;
That’s (Rev 14:6), the gospel of eternity
Stephen Sizer, the little devil, justifies apartheid in the name of God. I refused to speak in South Africa when they had apartheid. You know our ministry runs orphanages in South Africa, yes? I know people who suffered under apartheid. What an insult to people who really suffered under apartheid.
So we have the Gospel of eternity. But what we’re concerned with is Matthew 24:14…
“This gospel of the kingdom…
Notice it’s emphatic – this gospel of the kingdom.
Now notice “the creation waits eagerly”. (Rom 8:20)
For the creation was subjected to futility…
The word “futility” in Greek is more like “depravity”. Not of its own will…
but because of him who subjected it in hope…
In the 1st Century sexual perversion was culturally endemic and seen as normative. . Homosexuality and bisexuality was seen as co-equally normal as heterosexual relationships. What Paul wrote in Romans 1 would have been highly inflammatory. Well, it’s highly inflammatory again. As we speak there’s a preacher in jail in Sweden for preaching, doing exposition, on Romans 1. A Canadian pastor was fined £1,500 for preaching from Romans 1. We’re seeing more and more anti-vilification laws trying to restrict our freedom.
What will preaching the Gospel of the Last Days be like? Let us look at the Messianic element. Turn with me, please, to the book of (Acts 2:14), Peter’s charigma.
But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:
You have a bishop in Denmark who doesn’t believe in God. They can’t fire him because it’s against the law.
They’ve created a hermaphroditic human being by cloning it in a test tube. They’re creating monsters. I thought bio-medical science was aimed at preventing birth defects – they’re creating freaks.
Now we’ve talked a bit about the Gospel of the kingdom. What is it? This gospel. It is using End Times prophecy to see people get saved.
I've talked about it before: My late friend Barry Smith who’s gone to be with the Lord – good friend, dear brother, hopeless Bible teacher as in Y2K, etc., great evangelist. Why? He preached the Gospel of the kingdom. He used prophecy to see people get saved.
Let's continue looking at this idea of the Gospel in the Last Days. It is not going to be easy. What we’re going to try to propose to do is to equip people to evangelize these growing groups.