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Parousia

[ Editor: ] Parousia ( παρουσι ́ α ) at its base means “ personal presence, ” and is used for the official presence of Christ on Earth as manifest during the Millennial Kingdom. The Parousia is initiated by Christ’s Second Advent. Thus, it is translated: “ c oming ” ( KJV ), “ arrival ” ( Moffatt; Analytical-Literal ), and “ presence” ( Concordant; Diaglott; Rotherham; Young ). The Parousia is central to the Messianic prophecies and Israel’s ultimate hope. However, the Parousia is not the hope of the One Body, and therefore the word “ parousia” is not found in Ephesians or Colossians, the epistles of the Secret Administration. Our hope is our joint-appearing with Christ in Glory, “ far above all Heavens ” (i.e., among the Celestials in the Super-Heavens – Colossians 3:1-4; c.f., Ephesians 4:10).   “When we think of the Lord Jesus Christ returning to this Earth, we think of it as Him  Coming  to take His place as King. The normal word ( Greek, erchomai ) just means ‘to come,’

Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

[ Editor :] Daniel’s Seventy Weeks is a part of Israel’s prophecy that remains yet unfulfilled. All of it, in its entirety , awaits a future fulfillment. For more information on this theme see, -           “The Seventy Sevens of Daniel,” J.G.H. Steedman (-1968), Part 1, Bible Student’s Notebook 754 ; Part 2, Bible Student’s Notebook 755 ; -           “The Fulfillment of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Is Yet Future,” André Sneidar, Bible Student’s Notebook 898 ; -           “All Daniel’s Prophecy Remains Unfulfilled” (Tidbits of Truth #25), Tom L. Ballinger, Bible Student’s Notebook 895 ; -           “Daniel’s 70 Weeks Are Future,” M.B. Hammond, Bible Student’s Notebook 741 .

Fall of Israel in the Book of Acts

[ Editor :]   In the book of Acts there was a threefold digression of Israel’s apostasy, which in turn resulted in the threefold progression of Paul’s ministry   – turning, going, sending: “ we turn to the Gentiles ” “ henceforth I will go to the Gentiles ” “ the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles .” Notice these three stages unfolded in their contexts: “… seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles ” (Acts 13:46). “… when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles ” (Acts 18:6).  “… And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,  s aying , ‘ Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not

Philippians

[ Editor: ] Most who came to see the Secret Administration included Philippians in with Ephesians and Colossians. It is easy to understand why they did so. Yet, rather than being a part of the Secret Administration, Philippians stood on the threshold of the grand Ephesian-Colossian writings. It was the gateway epistle to the Celestial writings of Paul. For a look at the unique nature of Philippians, see: –   “Philippians: Paul’s Pivotal Letter Pressing Toward the Mystery,” Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr., Bible Student's Notebook #788 .

Gentiles During the Book of Acts

[ Editor :] For a look at Gentiles during the Acts Period, see: –   “A Dispensational Consideration of Paul's “Acts” Ministry,” Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr., Bible Student’s Notebook #791 ; –   “Gentiles During the Acts Period,” David Tavender, Bible Student’s Notebook #733 ; –   “Gentile Inclusion Before Acts 28,” Brian R. Kelson, Bible Student’s Notebook #746 ; –   " The Acts Period and the Acts Period Epistles ," Tom L. Ballinger, Bible Student’s Notebook #604 .

Hope of Israel

[ Editor: ] “ The Hope of Israel ” concerns the coming physical, literal kingdom reign of Jesus the Messiah over a resurrected Israel (nation), in fulfillment of the prophesied Davidic (king) and Palestinian (land) covenants. This is yet future and is foretold throughout the Old Testament, the Gospels, Acts, New Testament Jewish Epistles, and the Book of Revelation. By contrast, our hope today, under the Secret Administration is a joint-appearing with Christ in Glory, “ far above all Heavens ” (i.e., among the Celestials in the Super-Heavens – Colossians 3:1-4; c.f., Ephesians 4:10). For more information, see: –   Hope , Charles H. Welch, on the order form under “Welch.” –   The Hope of Paul’s Acts Epistles , Tom L. Ballinger, on the order form under “Ballinger.” And by contrast see, –   The Believer’s Hope Today , Tom Ballinger, also on the order form under “Ballinger.”

Paul’s Gospel

[ Editor: ] Paul’s “my gospel” is the premier evangel concerning Christ’s grand work at Calvary. It is a glorious revelation that began being declared at his divine separation in Acts 13. This gospel continues to this day. Thus, Paul’s gospel spans both a portion of the Pentecostal Administration (from Acts 13-28) and all of the Secret Administration. Additionally, Paul’s gospel – “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) – will ultimately be the future basis of God’s worldwide judgement (Romans 2:16), which will be the setting of all things right – the correction of everything. It must be remembered that “gospels” and “administrations” are not the same thing, so it should almost go without saying that there is a difference between Paul’s Gospel and the Secret Administration – one is a gospel; the other is an administration. Some of the most advanced students of Scripture have failed to make this clear distinction. This failure to “ rightly divide ” between the two has resulted