This book consists primarily of Bible surveys presented at Tioga Heights Christian Church in Philadelphia on fifth Sundays from September 2007 through August 2009.
These surveys attempt to provide a big picture of the book of scripture or partial book being studied using an in-context, literal method of interpretation; and giving weight to both the spiritual aspects of salvation, like justification and sanctification, and the physical aspects of salvation, like our future glorification and inheritance. Topics include salvation, justification, sanctification, glorification, resurrection, Israel, the Messianic Kingdom, Ezekiel’s temple, the physical and spiritual realms, the headcovering and Lord’s Supper church meeting ordinances, the roles of men and women, authority, submission, faith, love, joy, eternal life, eternal security, principles of Biblical interpretation, Dispensationalism, amoral things, Jerusalem, how to know the will of God, the Trinity, predestination, Catholicism, eschatology, the second coming, and over it all, Yeshua Messiah.
The scripture doesn’t say ‘he that is good,’ or ‘he that goes to church,’ but rather “he that believeth on the Son” has everlasting life.
God says in the Bible, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life,” John 3:36, and God cannot lie.
Some men may have many sins, but if all their sins are forgiven through faith in Christ, they are counted righteous and have eternal life.
Then to learn more, read the Gospel of John and notice how many times the word, “believe” is used, because that gospel was “written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name,” John 20:31. This is a survey of the gospel of Matthew and it is called, “The Change in Jesus’ Ministry.” Is anybody missing the handout?
Before we begin looking at the change in Jesus’ ministry, let’s consider the theme and main proposition of the book in verse 1. The theme of Matthew is God’s salvation in the physical realm, and the setting up of the Messianic Kingdom on earth.
The Davidic covenant said that King David would have a descendant that would establish his house (dynasty), kingdom, and throne forever. And the Davidic covenant, in turn, is an amplification of one part, the nation part, of the Abrahamic covenant.
These four covenants, the Abrahamic, the Land, the Davidic, and the New, together make up the four unconditional Jewish covenants. But the main proposition of the book of Matthew, is that Jesus will fulfill the Davidic covenant as Messiah and future king, and he will fulfill the nation aspect of the Abrahamic covenant, by establishing the kingdom, wherein he will rule over Israel, and Israel will rule over the Gentile nations. Now we are ready to look at Jesus’ ministry, and first we will look at his ministry before the turning point, as described in chapters 1 through 10.
Now we are going to look at those three parts of Jesus’ ministry before the turning point in more detail in chapters 1 to 10.
The phrase “kingdom of heaven,” comes from Daniel chapter 2, about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of an image made of gold, silver, brass, and iron, where God says that after the Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman empires, in the time of 10 kings, he is going to set up a kingdom. And this is a political kingdom that will be set up on earth, just like the other 4 kingdoms that were talked about in Daniel chapter 2, the Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman kingdoms. If Jesus was going to offer a different kind of kingdom than what the people were expecting, this would have been the place for him to say so, right here, but he gives no explanation of what the kingdom is, because he knew they already knew about the kingdom. The good news was not that a new, unexpected kind of kingdom would be set up; but that the one they had been waiting for, for hundreds of years, was finally ready to be set up. Now usually he taught in the synagogues, but even when he taught on the mountain here, he still taught about the law. And the purpose of this healing ministry is given in the next verse, verse 17, “That [in order that] it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” So Jesus did these miracles of healing in order to identify himself with the Servant of Jehovah in the book of Isaiah, who would be the one to bring in the kingdom.
The kingdom was prophesied to be a time of the absence of sickness and hunger; and Jesus proved he could heal all sickness, and miraculously provide food when needed. Now we have the turning point, which we could also call, “The Rejection of Jesus’ Ministry,” because all three parts of Jesus’ ministry are rejected in chapters 11 and 12 by that generation of the nation of Israel.
So you have probably heard that that generation of Israel rejected the kingdom because they were expecting a physical kingdom, but Jesus was offering a spiritual kingdom. They rejected Jesus’ teaching about the law, especially about the Sabbath, and disagreed with him about the validity of the tradition of the elders. And he healed him, and in verse 23, “All the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?” Now that was exactly the purpose of the miracles.
But in verse 24, “When the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” Now the Pharisees couldn’t deny that a miracle had taken place. And the next morning they got up, and they put on their armor, and they said, “You know what? In the same way, when the generation of Israel of Jesus’ day rejected this miracle of triple healing, that was the final rejection for them.
This is the kind of organized, national repentance that was required of the nation of Israel. And it will be very organized because it says that the house of David will mourn apart, and their wives apart. So the disciples could hear Jesus’ teaching and understand it, but the crowds wouldn’t know what he was talking about. Before he was doing the miracles to prove he was the Messiah, the Servant of Jehovah spoken of by Isaiah, to get the nation to accept him, so he could set up the kingdom.
And, in addition to beginning to announce his death and resurrection, he also began to announce his return. Finally, when Yeshua was being tried by Caiaphas and the council, he said, “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven,” Mt26:64. Now we finish up Matthew with this reference to Daniel chapter 7, where the Babylonian king Belshazzar had a dream about 4 animals, that represented the same 4 world empires, before the Messianic Kingdom, when “one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. If you are going to preach like Jesus, are you going to preach like Jesus did during the first half of his ministry, or like Jesus did during the second half of his ministry?
We have to interpret each verse of scripture in the context of the passage it is in, and each passage in the context of the book it is in. God often deals with physical nations, such as Israel, as a group; but for spiritual things, he has to deal with us as individuals.
The question often arises as to what would have happened if that generation had accepted Yeshua as Messiah; where would the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins come in?
So, if that generation of Israel had accepted Jesus as Messiah and king, Judas would have betrayed Jesus to the Romans, the Romans would have crucified Jesus for insurrection, Jesus would have risen from the dead and ascended to heaven, the Antichrist would have arisen, the nations would have attacked Jerusalem and destroyed the temple, Jesus would have returned and saved the remaining people, and he would have set up the kingdom back then during that generation. What sense would the book of Matthew be if we ‘spiritualized’ Israel to be the church here, like many Bible teachers do for Israel in the Old Testament scriptures?
Jesus would not have had to change his ministry if he had offered, and then gone on to provide, a ‘spiritual’ kingdom. The book of Revelation spends almost 19 chapters talking about the relatively short 7-year tribulation period, and then the only thing it says about the long kingdom period is that it lasts 1000 years. Matthew 25:21 tells us a few things about the kingdom that we can use to encourage and motivate ourselves. And also it says, “Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” The kingdom will be a time of great joy.
So the “children of the kingdom” are Jewish people, and the people that “come from the east and west” are Gentiles. So we definitely want to have a part in that, and be there in the kingdom with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all those that put their faith in God and Christ. The pictures in this chapter were taken from a video tour of a computer-generated model of the future Messianic Kingdom temple. As Picture #1 shows, we are currently in the bottom left part labeled “Current Period.” A “7-Year Tribulation Period” is probably going to begin very soon.
Then, after the kingdom, there will be a “New Heaven” and “New Earth,” as shown on the right side of the diagram. Since we are going to be spending so much time in the kingdom, we should learn about it; and the new earth is going to have a lot of similarities to the kingdom, although there are some differences. This site does not store any files on its server.We only index and link to content provided by other sites. The Ezekiel 40-48 survey was presented as a video tour of a computer-designed model, pictures from which are included herein. Some audience content has been retained to preserve the context of the original presentations. The sections that emphasize our spiritual salvation are Romans 1-4, 5b-8a, & 12-16 and 1 John. It is not a sign of humility to think he won’t give you eternal life for believing on the Son; it is to doubt his word and to call him a liar.
Some men may have few sins, but if their few sins are not all forgiven through faith in Christ, they are under condemnation and will perish. Believe on the Son, that his substitutionary death is sufficient for you to be counted as righteous before God.


This survey is called “The Change in Jesus’ Ministry,” because there was a change in Jesus’ ministry in chapters 11 and 12 of Matthew, and it is important to know that to understand the gospel of Matthew.
Whenever you study scripture, always give special attention to the first few verses of each book or passage, because the topic is usually stated in the first few verses, and that will help you interpret the rest of the book or passage.
Joseph, the step-father of Jesus, had spiritual justification, which is the most important thing to have; but Caiaphas, the high priest, an evil man, was the only one who could enter the holy of holies in the temple, and that was because of his genealogy. God promised Abraham three things when he first announced the Abrahamic covenant: a land, a nation, and a blessing.
They are called unconditional, because God is going to do these things for Israel regardless of how badly Israel behaves. There are two key outline verses that describe Jesus’ ministry before the turning point, and which also help us understand the structure of the book, which is probably why it was repeated twice.
Part 1, teaching, he taught “in their synagogues.” That meant that he taught the law, because they didn’t let you teach in the synagogues unless you taught the law. It says that “in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed,” Dan2:44. Well, the full name would be “the kingdom of the God of heaven.” And that can be shortened.
And this is the kind of kingdom that the people of Israel were expecting, because there was so much detail about it provided by prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. They already had all that information through the prophets, and they were already expecting it. Now let’s look at their rejection of his teaching ministry in the first part of chapter 12.
Now let’s look at the rejection of Jesus’ healing ministry in the second part of chapter 12. In fact, all the miracles in the Bible are so obviously authentic, that no one in the Bible ever denies a miracle has taken place, unlike what we see on TV.
So when they said he did it through the power of the devil, they were calling the Holy Spirit the devil.
God brought them out of the land of Egypt, to the edge of Canaan, and then they refused to attack and go into the land. They had rejected his preaching ministry, they had rejected his teaching ministry, and now they had completely rejected his healing ministry, so there was no more offer of the kingdom for that generation. And this is the kind of organized, national repentance that Israel will provide at a future generation. He was speaking in parables so the people wouldn’t be able to understand what he was saying. So instead of just stopping his teaching ministry, as a judgment upon the nation, he continued to teach the nation, but in a way they couldn’t understand. But since there is no more possibility of the kingdom for that generation, it doesn’t make sense to try to prove you are the Messiah anymore. Because since the kingdom was rejected by that generation of Israel, he would have to return and set it up for a future generation of Israel.
But Jesus stopped preaching “Repent,” after that generation of the nation of Israel rejected his ministry in chapters 11 and 12.
Like Jesus preached before the rejection, or like he preached after the rejection; because he did not preach the same message before and after. He has given us justification of our spirits now, and he will give us glorification of our bodies and an inheritance in the kingdom in the future.
The manna that God provided for the children of Israel in the wilderness is called “spiritual food” in 1 Corinthians 10:3. God can judge a whole nation for the sins of some, or reward a whole nation for the obedience of some.
The change in Jesus’ ministry shows that there are changes and ages during the working out of God’s plan. The kingdom was ‘postponed’ because of the national rejection of Jesus by that generation of Israel, in the sense that it would not now be set up for that generation of Israel; but that does not mean that God did not know from all eternity past that this national rejection is exactly what he would use to accomplish his plans, and to demonstrate on a very large scale, the sinfulness of man. The only difference is that things would have happened earlier, and you and I would have been born during the kingdom, when prophecy says birth rates will be increased. There is enough scripture that is talking about purely spiritual things, and there is enough scripture that is talking about things we ought to do, to keep us busy, like 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice evermore. Using that method of interpretation, Jesus would have been offering justification (the ‘spiritualized’ kingdom of God) to those who are already in the church (the ‘spiritualized’ nation of Israel), who would have rejected Jesus and justification, when actually no one can be part of the church unless he has already accepted Jesus and justification. Jesus told his 12 apostles, which are specified by name in the chapter, not to take a suitcase, or change of clothes, or money with them when they travel; and not to preach the gospel to any of the Gentiles. Your view of Israel will have a large impact on your interpretation of scripture, because so much of the Bible is about Israel. The future kingdom will be a physical kingdom that will exist in the political, economic, educational, and other parts of the physical realm; but it will be spiritual because it will be set up by Christ, and ruled by Christ, in conformity to Christ. If Jesus had offered a ‘spiritualized’ kingdom, the national rejection would have made the kingdom even more “at hand,” Mt4:17, because it led to the cross and resurrection that supposedly established that kind of kingdom. We are supposed to use our knowledge about the future kingdom to encourage ourselves to persevere through suffering and to motivate ourselves to labor harder during this present time. That’s because the Old Testament, especially in books like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the minor prophets, and Psalms, already give us a wealth of information about the Kingdom; and we should study those books and teach them. So don’t be discouraged during the times of hardship and suffering we go through now, because we know about the joy that is coming in the kingdom. And if you haven’t already done so, call upon the Lord in your heart, and tell him that you trust him and what he has done for you. I wanted to prepare a Bible survey of these chapters, because this is one of the best passages I know of to validate, that as I presented to you in the survey of Matthew the last time I was here, the kingdom Yeshua offered to Israel is a physical kingdom like the one Israel was expecting because of the prophets, and Christ will set it up here on earth at his second coming. God took Ezekiel into the future through a vision and showed him the actual buildings of the kingdom. Before that time there will be a “Resurrection and Catching Away of Church Believers” who will wait out the tribulation in heaven and then “Return With Christ” at the end of the tribulation period.
I know God wants us to learn about the kingdom, because he has told us so much about it in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the minor prophets, the psalms, and so forth. An exposition of 1 Corinthians 11, originally presented as a booklet in 1990, has also been incorporated into this publication.
The sections that emphasize our physical salvation are Matthew, Ezekiel 40-48, Romans 5a & 8b-11, and 1 Corinthians 11. When Jesus died on the cross for your sins, it really did satisfy the demands of God, the judge of the universe.
It is not presumption to think he will give you eternal life for believing; it is to honor him by acknowledging he keeps his word.
He’s known all about you, your sufferings, and fears, and hopes, through your childhood and your whole life. Revelation (also called the Apocalypse) will warn you of what’s going to happen on earth in the future. So the book of Matthew is primarily about physical things, because genealogies are part of the physical realm, and only affect the physical realm. And if you have a red letter edition, chapters 5 through 7 are all in red, because Jesus spoke these words. And then in verse 27, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery,” another of the 10 Commandments. For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” So Jesus was looking for a “sackcloth and ashes” kind of repentance.
And the Pharisees of that time had added a lot of extra rules to God’s Word about how to observe the Sabbath, which were called “the tradition of the elders.” And Jesus rejected the tradition of the elders. Of course, what they should have done, is to have accepted Jesus, and his teaching, and the word of God, and Jesus’ ministry as a prophet; and they should have thrown out the tradition of the elders. They couldn’t deny that a miracle had taken place, even though they were his enemies, and so all they could do was to deny the source of the miracle. But it is still only a sin for that generation; a later generation of their children will inherit the kingdom. It’s not that he didn’t do any more miracles at all, but he didn’t do any more publicly for the nation. The king made a decree, and all the people down to the lowest peasants put on sackcloth, and they even put it on the animals, and they fasted, and prayed, and were told by their leaders to repent from their evil ways.


This is described in the book of Zechariah where it says that in that day a fountain will be opened for the forgiveness of the sins of Israel, and they will look on him whom they pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for his only son. And she only had Solomon to teach her; but Solomon’s teacher, the creator of Solomon, came to them, and they rejected his teaching ministry.
So he stops announcing the kingdom and its requirement of repentance, because it is not going to be set up for that generation, and he starts announcing his death and resurrection. And it will be given to another nation of Israel, a future generation of Israel that will repent, and will bring forth the fruits thereof. But in the physical realm, it is appropriate that things change; even Jesus’ Messianic Kingdom ministry. But even in his person, first he was God, then he became God and mortal man at the incarnation, and then he became God and immortal man at the resurrection. These are mutually exclusive laws for different ages relating to things in the physical realm that are neither right nor wrong in themselves, like eating meat or not eating meat, that God changes from age to age.
The soldiers who crucified Christ accomplished God’s predetermined will; but they themselves are guilty because they crucified Christ. That’s why the Israelites gave Moses, and even God, as it were, such a hard time in the wilderness. And it would have been even more “at hand” after the rejection, than before, merely by the passage of time. But how can our hope of the kingdom be an effective motivating force in our lives, if we don’t even know what the kingdom is? It means that many of the children will be cast out, because being Jewish alone won’t get you into the kingdom. You can also download the computer model and the software to view it from Google SketchUp Warehouse, and walk through it yourself.
Even the people who died a thousand years ago in the Lord, and their spirits are in heaven, their bodies are still with us here on earth.
And the benefit of learning about the kingdom, is that it will help you persevere through trials, and help you labor more fervently. Also to learn more, find a church that teaches salvation and eternal life are obtained by faith alone. And this discourse is often called “The Sermon on the Mount.” And this is a representative sample of Jesus’ teaching during this time.
So these were ‘messianic miracles’ to prove that he was the Messiah, and that he could bring in the kingdom he was announcing. And because of this disagreement that he had with the Pharisees, and that they had with him over his teaching about the law and the Sabbath, they rejected his teaching, and they rejected him.
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.” So they rejected his teaching ministry to such an extent that, at this point in the gospel of Matthew, they decided to kill Jesus. But the biblical reason as to why that generation of Israel rejected the kingdom is right here.
And God accepted their city-wide repentance, even though the repentance was certainly not genuine for every individual, and he didn’t destroy Nineveh. And I preach, “Repent!” After hearing this survey of Matthew, you know enough to identify why that statement is invalid.
After his resurrection, Jesus said, “handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. This was not unfair to Joshua and Caleb because they could still know and serve God despite this additional physical hardship. In every thing give thanks,” that we don’t also have to ‘spiritualize’ scriptures that are talking about physical things. Arnold Fruchtenbaum wrote a thesis entitled, “Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology,” because a right understanding of Israel is so crucial to rightly interpreting the Bible.
But Jesus stopped announcing the kingdom was “at hand” after the rejection in chapter 12, because the physical kingdom he offered in the book of Matthew was no longer at hand for that generation.
You have been faithful in a few things.” So the Lord has a lot of responsibilities that he wants to give out during the kingdom. But before we travel with Ezekiel into the future, let’s consider the timing of the kingdom and the temple, and the importance of studying them. And after the resurrection it is a very brief layover in heaven before returning to earth with Christ and entering the Messianic Kingdom. You can continue to trust in your own works and goodness, and fall short of God’s requirement of righteousness, or you can trust in Christ’s death in your place that satisfied the justice of God. He puts together, in these three chapters, a lot of different episodes of healing and miracles that Jesus did; the author puts them one after another. And this comes out in verses 38 through 45, where the term “generation” is mentioned four times. And the whole generation of Israel of Jesus’ day, including the apostles, missed out on having the kingdom set up during their lifetime, because of the decisions of their national leaders.
God could have accomplished his plan through others, who would have in turn been guilty, or through some means known only to him.
And then in the kingdom, we will enjoy the rewards of our faithfulness and sufferings during this present time.
But we don’t hear much teaching or singing or conversation about the Messianic Kingdom now days, unfortunately; and we are really short-changing ourselves, to put it mildly. But he can’t give you those responsibilities in the kingdom if you don’t show yourself faithful in the few things that we have been given to do during this present time. So we could use a lot less songs about walking around heaven with Jesus, and a lot more songs about what it is going to be like in the kingdom. Believe on him now in your heart, and call upon him in prayer, telling him that you believe on him for eternal life.
If a judge in our court system just let criminals go free, we would need to replace that judge.
Eternal life is a gift that costs us nothing, because it cost Christ everything: his death on the cross in our place. Even ‘spiritual’ gifts belong to the changeable, physical realm, because they are ‘manifestations’ of the Spirit in the physical realm.
But in the spiritual realm, every man must stand before God individually for salvation, for rewards, and for judgment. Even though it is not about us, or binding on us, we can learn from the example of the apostles’ faithfulness.
So of course they didn’t act like the church, whose members are all justified, regenerate, led of the Spirit, and who love righteousness by their nature as children of God. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. My elements were not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. And Paul says, “In that he saith, A new covenant [in Jeremiah], he hath made the first old,” Heb8:13.
And it would have taken the repentance of whole cities to bring in the kingdom for that generation. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. Teaching: He taught in parables about the postponement of the kingdom and his future return. But if you reject Christ as your substitute, then you will have to be judged for your own sins. So all three parts of his ministry changed because of the rejection that took place in chapters 11 and 12. Go ahead and call upon him in prayer to receive the gift of eternal life by faith in his promise now.



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