In a world of nonstop crises, uncertainty, fear—and ever-worsening bad news!—people long for good news. I do have good news—in fact, the very best news you could ever hear! No one is telling you about it, nor could you discover it on your own.
The truth of the gospel—God’s astonishing purpose for man—has been withheld from the world. It explains why you were born. The real gospel involves incredible knowledge that will leave you dumbfounded! This amazing understanding has been revealed—along with the cover-up to suppress it!
Billions are now deceived. Previous billions have been. Even you have been lied to. A complete seduction has taken place, and all the world’s religions have played a part in it. Knowledge of your incredible future—your awesome potential—has been kept from you!
Many wonder and worry about the unknown—and what their future holds. Others fear they do not even have a future. Still others fear that civilization has no future. You need never again be in doubt about your future—or of mankind’s.
If only humanity knew what God has in store for it! Yet a deliberate suppression of the truth has withheld this knowledge from all but a few. You can be an exception—one of the few who is not deceived!
The world has believed a false gospel for 2,000 years. It has generally supposed that Jesus Christ is the gospel rather than the Messenger of it. The message—the centerpiece—of the gospel is not Christ. By focusing on Him—the Messenger—religious deceivers have been able to successfully suppress and cover up the message He brought!
The vital knowledge of how man could have solved his problems and understood God’s Supreme Purpose has been withheld from the world, keeping it in darkness. Man does not know what he is or his reason for being. He does not know the way to abundance, peace, happiness and all the good things of life. The gospel would have shown mankind the solution to its most insoluble problems.
And yet, except for the apostle John, all the original apostles were martyred for teaching the truth of God’s incredible purpose. Jesus was crucified because people did not want to hear His message!
A correct understanding of the true gospel reveals crucial knowledge. It contains a dimension that cannot be discovered by scientific inquiry. Again, every supposed “great religion” of the world has helped suppress it. Their theologians neither comprehend nor are willing to teach it.
Both Jesus Christ and the apostles preached the gospel! Jesus commanded in Mark 1:15, “Repent you, and believe the gospel.” But exactly what is it that we—YOU—are supposed to believe? Just what is the true gospel? Do you know? Are you certain? Be careful of assumptions. For instance, did Jesus teach the same gospel that Paul preached to the Gentiles? And what does the word “gospel” mean?
The vast majority of professing Christians do not know the vital—all-important—answers to these most basic questions, and many others related to the true gospel of the Bible!
Jesus, at His First Coming, came as a first-century newscaster, bringing advance good news of staggering events to occur just beyond the horizon, and all the bad news occurring throughout today’s world. This climactic news involves you—and eventually every human being on Earth.
Six new books on religion are published every day in America! And there are over 2,000 separate religions in America! Yet there has never been more confusion and disagreement about the answers to humanity’s problems! Troubles, woes, evils and human difficulties of every kind are multiplying. World peace is more elusive than ever. Why?
Why is there so much knowledge available to mankind, yet so much ignorance of the truth of the answers to life’s BIG questions?
All of this has everything to do with the gospel!
Revelation 12:9 reveals this: “Satan…deceives the whole world.” This is a staggering statement! Do you believe it? If this verse is true, then it would certainly apply to the truth of a matter so crucial as the meaning and correct understanding of the gospel message Jesus brought!
Almost everyone believes that the gospel is about the Person of Jesus Christ. Certainly, Christ plays an extremely important and central role to Christianity, but He is not the gospel. The Bible shows that Jesus is preached in conjunction with the gospel. Again, His role is enormous. But He is not the gospel.
Some proclaim a “gospel of salvation,” others a “gospel of grace.” Still others believe a “gospel of miracles” or a “social gospel.” Yet others think of the “gospel of foods” or of “healing” or of “faith” or of “tongues.” And there are some who merely think of “gospel music” when they hear this word. These manmade ideas all ignore the truth of the Bible!
Here is more of Mark’s account: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God” (1:14). This is the gospel Jesus preached. It was in this very same context that He said, “Repent you, and believe the gospel” (vs. 15). Which gospel?…of the “kingdom of God.”
Verse 1 in Mark 1 refers to this message, when it states, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The gospel of Jesus Christ was about the kingdom of God—not something else! One must believe that gospel—not a humanly devised counterfeit or substitute.
This subject is so important that God inspired the apostle Paul to warn the Galatians then and us now: “I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. [Understand. The gospel—Christ’s message—can be perverted!] But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed” (1:6-9).
This is a blunt statement—and a strong warning to all who will heed! Tragically, almost all have not heeded.
A little later, in chapter 2, verse 5, Paul stressed his hope that the “truth of the gospel might continue with you.” So there is one true gospel—with all others false! I did not say that! God did, through Jesus and Paul.
Although some assert that Paul taught a different or additional gospel, it is plain that he never did. Ironically, God used Paul to warn against ever allowing such false teaching by pronouncing a curse on any man or angel who violates this command. Remember, “But though we [apostles]…preach any other gospel…let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8).
What a powerful scripture—and warning!
Paul explained that the apostles were entrusted by God to preserve the true gospel. Notice I Thessalonians 2:4: “But as we [apostles] were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.”
This is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. True ministers must always teach what God commands—not what pleases men (including Bible “scholars”). So any claim that Paul taught a different or second gospel (usually thought to be about Christ or some separate idea about “peace” or “grace”) is impossible. Had he done this, he would literally have been pronouncing a curse on himself!
Did you know that Jesus was foretold to bring the gospel? In the Old Testament, Jesus was prophesied to come as a messenger. Notice Malachi 3:1: “Behold, I will send My messenger [in this case, John the Baptist], and he shall prepare the way before Me [Christ]: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in…”
Christ was the “messenger” of the gospel—not the message itself.
Now compare the passage in Malachi with another: “The law and the prophets were until John [the Baptist—only Old Testament scriptures had been preached previously]: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man [who chooses] presses into it” (Luke 16:16). Remember that in Mark, Jesus preached the “kingdom of God,” and called it the gospel.
The word gospel comes from the Old English term “god-spell” or good news. The word kingdom also derives from an Old English term, and simply means “government.” Therefore, it is accurate to say Christ preached “the good news of the government of God.” You can know the who, what, where, when, why and how of this good news, and how it relates to the Bible’s very greatest prophecy.
The kingdom of God is the dominant theme of not only the New Testament, but also of the whole Bible. Incredibly, most know little or nothing of it. This world’s ministers are oblivious to this gospel, and never preach about it. Therefore, virtually the whole world stands in complete ignorance of the single greatest truth in God’s Word!
The book of Acts contains an extraordinary statement from the apostle Peter. Let’s read it: “Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution [or restoring] of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (3:19-21).
Notice that Peter refers to the coming of Christ (vs. 19) as “the presence of the Lord,” meaning He will be back on Earth. Verse 20 states that God “shall send Jesus Christ.” Verse 21 describes God’s kingdom as the “restitution of all things.” Peter stated that this “restitution” (Christ establishing His kingdom) is something “God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (vs. 21).
This is a stunning statement! But is it true?
Did God actually use all of His prophets to announce His kingdom? Bible scholars and religionists ignore this knowledge—and even reject it without examination.
Let’s review just a few examples. In fact, let’s start in the period before the Flood. The apostle Jude, Jesus’ brother, stated, “Enoch [Noah’s great-grandfather]…prophesied…saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all…” (vs. 14-15). These verses clearly refer to Christ coming to establish a world-ruling government under Himself and the saints.
The Bible calls Enoch a “preacher of righteousness” (II Pet. 2:5). Including Abel, there were six other men who previously held this role, with their lives spanning the entire period between Adam and the Flood.
All of them spoke the same message. Remember, Peter said, “…since the world began” (Acts 3:21).
Is there evidence the gospel was preached in the period following the Flood?
In Genesis 12:3, God said to Abraham, “…in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.” This verse is also referenced in Galatians 3:8, but is phrased a little differently: “…In you shall all nations be blessed.” This verse also states that the gospel was “preached…unto Abraham.” This is fascinating understanding! Not only did Abraham have the gospel preached to him (probably by Melchizedek), but it is also preached in Genesis, through the writings of Moses! Ask: how could all nations be blessed unless Christ establishes His government on Earth—where the nations are?
Moses was the first man God raised up to lead ancient Israel. As both a prophet and judge, he preached the gospel to Israel in the wilderness.
Acts 3:24 references Samuel, also a prophet, as having preached the gospel. Notice: “Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.”
These are powerful statements that cannot be glossed over. This verse says, “All God’s prophets…as many as have spoken…foretold of these days”!
King David preached the kingdom of God! He recorded, “…for You [God] shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth” (Psa. 67:4). This obviously refers to God’s coming supergovernment. Nations are on Earth, not in heaven!
Notice what the prophet Isaiah wrote: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever” (9:6-7).
This prophecy is so obvious it needs no explanation!
Now the prophet Jeremiah: “Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will raise unto David a Righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely [neither of these are happening now]: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jer. 23:5-6).
These verses also need no explanation.
Ezekiel wrote this of Israel’s descendants alive today: “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land” (36:24).
The next 10 verses describe a period of rebuilding and national prosperity that can only happen after Christ’s Return. They are unmistakably clear.
Did the prophet Daniel preach the kingdom of God? The Bible answers: “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms [of men], and it shall stand forever” (2:44).
All the so-called minor prophets also recorded the gospel of the kingdom of God in one way or another.
Remember, seeing the phrase “the gospel of the kingdom of God” is not the only proper way of describing this coming government!
Peter was right. “God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” until the “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21).
An important final point from this verse. It says, “God has spoken…” The gospel of the kingdom of God is a message from God. It should be clear that God speaks through whatever kind of servant He is using—prophet, patriarch, judge, deacon, preacher of righteousness, king, apostle or pastor!
His servants always spoke the same message!
The word gospel is found over 100 times in the Bible. Sometimes it is found alone, and sometimes “of the kingdom” follows it. Other times, it includes “of the kingdom of God,” or the equivalent phrase “of the kingdom of heaven.”
Note that it says “of heaven,” not “in heaven.” It is heaven’s kingdom, and there is a big difference between the two. Just as kingdom of God means God’s kingdom—not the kingdom in God—the same is true of the kingdom of heaven or heaven’s kingdom.
Grasp this crucial point!
Throughout the New Testament, the word “kingdom” is found 27 times, “kingdom of God” 75 times, and “kingdom of heaven” 34 times. All are clearly one and the same.
Paul preached the kingdom of God to the Gentiles. Yet, some believe he preached to them a “different” gospel—again, unaware that it was Paul who pronounced a curse on anyone who did this. However, he did not neglect the subject of Christ’s role in the salvation process.
First, Acts 19:8 establishes which gospel he preached: “And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.” In many of his epistles, Paul taught the kingdom to Gentile congregations. His message was always the same. He continually preached, taught and referred to the kingdom of God.
Finally, let’s read this last recorded picture of Paul’s life: “And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, AND teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ…” (28:30-31).
Luke, who was the writer of Acts, differentiates between preaching about the kingdom of God and preaching about Jesus Christ! While both are vitally important, they are clearly two separate subjects!
The deacon Philip also preached both in Acts: “But when they believed Philip…concerning the kingdom of God, AND the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women” (8:12). Philip differentiated between the kingdom of God and Christ. Remember, the messenger is not the message.
Notice that these in Samaria were baptized only after “they believed” the right message—not some human idea about it. Also, Jesus’ name was taught as an all-important, but additional, understanding.
Jesus is not the gospel. However, He does stand directly alongside the true gospel and, as Head of God’s kingdom on Earth under the Father, will rule the entire earth—with the saints beside Him!—when He returns to establish it.
Do not lose sight of this!
The apostle Paul further distinguishes between the gospel and the person of Christ in this powerful warning: “For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached…or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him” (II Cor. 11:4). Paul wanted the Corinthians to reject false teachers and hold to what he had taught them. The point here is Paul distinguishes between the teaching of a false Jesus and that of a false gospel. These are—and always have been—separate errors.
Some get confused when reading I Corinthians 15:1-4, thinking Paul contradicts himself by stating that “the gospel…[is] how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day” (vs. 1, 3-4). Careful reading makes clear “the gospel” reference in verse 1 is not connected to Christ’s death for our sins and His burial, referenced in verses 3 and 4. When correctly understood, rather than saying Jesus is the gospel—which would contradict all other passages on the subject—this passage confirms the opposite, and supports all the scriptures we have covered!
Since Jesus preached “repent and believe the gospel,” it should now be clear why. His role must always be preached alongside the kingdom of God. One cannot enter the kingdom unless he understands and accepts that “Christ died for our sins”—and that person has repented of his sins.
What evidence is there that other New Testament writers preached the same message? A great deal!
The apostle Peter also preached the kingdom of God: “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 1:11). So did the apostle James: “Hearken, my beloved brethren, has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to them that love Him?” (2:5).
Matthew’s account mentions the phrase “gospel of the kingdom” three times. Notice one: “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (9:35). In most of His parables, Jesus taught the basics of the kingdom of God. Matthew alone makes over 50 references to it.
Luke records what Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples to preach: “Then He called His twelve disciples together...And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God…” (9:1-2). Soon after, He sent 70 others to preach, and they also carried the message of the “kingdom of God” (10:1, 9).
In the Matthew 24 and 25 Olivet Prophecy, Jesus was asked about those events that would be the signs of His Second Coming and of “the end of the world [age]” (24:3). He foretold certain trends and conditions that would occur first. In verse 14, He also stated, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
The true gospel was foretold to be preached until “the end come.” This means someone will be preaching it now—in our present age—because the end—close as it now is—has not yet come.
Only one Church is doing this!
Preaching the truth of the gospel to the world was restored by Herbert W. Armstrong beginning in 1934. God used this man to reach hundreds of millions with this message throughout a 52-year ministry that ended with his death in 1986. Mr. Armstrong taught me the true gospel and trained me to be able to take this same message to the world.
Make no mistake! Jesus Christ will soon return to Earth and establish His kingdom. It will reign over the entire earth—ALL nations—and the resurrected saints—those who have qualified to rule with Christ—shall share this reign with Him.
In just this brief Personal, you have learned more about the true gospel of the Bible than most will ever know.
Take time to read my vital booklet, Which Is the True Gospel? You will be left with no doubt. You may also wish to read my book The True Jesus Christ – Unknown to Christianity. It explains much more about how professing Christianity has twisted and misrepresented the truth about Christ and His teachings.