Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
(Philippians 3:13-14)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
September 8, 2016
Set the Evidence Before All
Tell us … what shall be the sign of Your presence, and the consummation of the age? …. And this gospel
(evangel) of the kingdom shall be proclaimed (heralded) throughout the whole inhabited (earth, world) to
set the evidence (testimony, witness) before all the nations; and then the end will come (consummation shall
be arriving). (Matthew 24:3, 14 Weymouth, Numeric, Concordant)
Several translations have been used in the above in order to provide greater depth to Jesus' words with special
emphasis on the phrase to set the evidence before all the nations .
However, before looking at this phrase in light of the gospel of the kingdom, let us consider what was transpiring
as Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. He had just come out of the temple, the very structure that was not only
representative but also central to all that constituted Judaism in that day. It was the focal point of the Jewish religion
made up of a religious elite that had become arrogant, proud, self-righteous, pretentious, blind, lawless yet
legalistic, political, separatist, hypocritical and jealous, to name a few attributes that Jesus accused them of being.
They were shutting off the kingdom of the heavens from the people they should have been serving with justice,
mercy, and faithfulness. When Jesus did not live up to the earthly expectations of the masses, they, along with their
leaders, rejected the very one the prophets had promised would come. They all wanted to continue along their
religious lines. They weren't after what was spiritual and heavenly but rather cried out for something temporal. In
response to Jesus' way, they yelled: Crucify Him! To this, Jesus walked out of their temple and proclaimed that it
would be destroyed. Not a single stone would be left upon another. The entire temple and all that it represented
in what is called Judaism would be torn down, burned in the gehenna of fire, and left desolate. Over a 7-year period
from 66-73 AD, all that Jesus prophesied about the temple, Jerusalem, and Judaism was fulfilled with its apex
coming around September 8, 70 AD when the Romans fully brought Jerusalem to its knees of defeat and submission,
fulfilling Jesus' prophesy of Matthew 22:7: But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies (i.e., the Romans) and
destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire .
With this backdrop, Jesus' disciples asked Him for the sign of His presence (His coming) and the end or
consummation of the age. One might wonder what age they had in mind. Was it the age of Moses? Or, was it the
end of the age that preceded His kingdom being established and outwardly (openly) manifested among the nations?
Some argue that all that Jesus told His disciples as He sat on the Mount was fulfilled when Jerusalem was destroyed.
Thus, His presence and His kingdom came into being. Others, probably a much larger number, argue that it is all
future and we are on the cusp of seeing it come to fruition. But, what if these two schools of thought are both
correct in some measure? It is an historical fact that Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed and much of what
Jesus prophesied happened within 40 years. It is also a fact that His kingdom today is a spiritual or heavenly one
that can only be discerned in spirit and that the kingdom of the world has not (as of today) become the kingdom of
our Lord and of His Christ in such a manner that the nations of the world actually acknowledge Jesus' kingdom and
lordship over the nations. The Mosaic age has ended, and the age of man's rule or man's day in which man rules
over the earth is about to come to an end. Consequently, there is no need to divide into camps over this question.
So, Jesus proceeded to answer His disciples' question by telling them of all the shaking, seemingly very bad news,
that was going to take place in the days leading up to His presence and the end of the age. In this context, He told
them: This gospel or good news of His Kingdom would be proclaimed throughout the whole inhabited to set the
evidence before all the nations , and then the end of the age will come .
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This begs for an answer to what was the good news of the kingdom? Most translations use the expression this
gospel, which implies that Jesus had proclaimed the gospel to them during His proclaiming woes to the scribes and
Pharisees, lamenting over Jerusalem, and ultimately sentencing their house to desolation and destruction. Where
was the good news of His kingdom in all this? Well, the good news was that the religious system of that day was
not only going to be shaken but its entire structure from top to bottom was going to crumble and that it was about
to be replaced with something entirely new and constituted on completely different ground out from an entirely
different realm. To be sure, the elite Jewish leaders didn't see any good news in that for it meant their whole corrupt
system of formalism and prejudice was about to be wasted and they would be left with no power or position over
the people. Simply, a new kingdom was coming that was not based on the temporal and the natural, selfish flesh of
men but one that was heavenly and based on the life of King Jesus and the very spirit of God. This kingdom didn't
require a physical temple. Of course, we have the hindsight of scripture that explains what Jesus meant, a lack of
which left the Jews of that day scratching their agitated heads in bewilderment.
The good news was God was no longer going to be in a physical temple. God's temple was and now is His Son. Jesus
said to the Jews: Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. But He was speaking of the temple of His
body (John 2:19, 21). The good news gets even better, for Paul tells us that the ecclesia, which is the body of Christ
(Ephesians 1:22-23; 4.12) is the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16). Do you not know that you are a temple
of God and that the spirit of God dwells in you? …. the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are (1 Corinthians
3:16-17). Jesus declared to His disciples that I will build My ecclesia and that is exactly what He has been doing for
the two millennia since His ascension in glory. God's current building project is a holy temple in the Lord, a dwelling
of God in spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22).
Back to proclaiming this gospel. Jesus declared it would be proclaimed to the whole inhabited, meaning the whole
earth. Contrary to much teaching on this verse, Jesus was not giving it so much as a command, but as a declaration,
a truth or fact that this would take place. It must and will go forth because Jesus is invested in it.
Now, most all translations state that this gospel will go forth as a testimony or witness before all the nations;
however, Weymouth states it will go forth to set the evidence before all the nations . In the Greek, the word for
testimony is maturion , which means "something evidential or evidence given." Thus, Weymouth's translation can
be substantiated, if not quite accurate, which fits like a glove with Jesus' declarative statement. Simply put, Jesus
said He would build, and at the end of the age, He alone is going to set the evidence of the impending manifestation
of His kingdom. But, how will He evidence His kingdom? Will His people be standing on every street corner yelling
that it is time to repent for the kingdom is coming? No! A thousand "nos." Then how? He is going to do it through
the anointing that is within all of His people; through the anointing John said is in us (1 John 2:20, 27), not something
that has to be poured out on us.
I received two words from the Lord, one on June 26, 2015 about the presence of the Lord, and another on July 3,
2016 about the anointing that is coming. Rather than explain them here, you are encouraged to follow these links:
Pray for the Anointing http://www.kingdomandglory.com/prophetic/p15.pdf
My Presence … Seismic Change is Coming http://www.kingdomandglory.com/prophetic/p14.pdf
A day is coming soon when the body of Christ will awaken to the anointing that has always dwelled within each and
every one of us. This anointing will well up from within us like a river of living water that gives life to whatever it
touches. In that day, as one united body, we will set the evidence before all the nations of the impending and soon
presence of King Jesus. Our very lives will set the evidence before all the nations of the true character and nature
of His kingdom. The anointing will not draw attention to ourselves but to Him. And then the end of the age will
come as we are transformed, being conforming to the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power He has to
subject all things to Himself (Philippians 3:21). Then the presence of King Jesus manifests for all to behold!