What does ‘Apostolic’ mean?
Our fellowship is the same as that of the Apostles of Jesus Christ; i.e. we believe the same things as they did.
Do you believe that the earth will be destroyed?
No, because God has said (through Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1 v 4) “..the earth abideth for ever”, and to Noah (Genesis 8 v 22) “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
Do you hold any distinctive views to differentiate you from other churches?
We believe 1st century Christianity, wholly Biblical not allied to church teaching nor to their calendar
What are the Signs that the Coming of Christ is very near?
Looking for signs of the coming of God's Kingdom on earth is the disposition of those who are faithful to the words of Jesus. He said that just as men knew summer was near when the fig tree put forth its leaves, so they might know that the Kingdom of God was near when they saw "these things coming to pass" (Luke 21:29-31). He also said, "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28).
Among “these things” He spoke of are:
In figurative speech He told of signs to occur in the sun, moon and stars of men's social and political world -- the ruling powers of state and church. He describes the fear, distress and perplexity among nations resulting from the restless upheavals of men - like the roaring waves of the sea.
This is a clear sign given: "And they (i.e., the Jews) shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24). In harmony with other prophecies we understand this to mean that as those "times" drew to an end there would be a return from captivity of the Jews and a rising again of Jerusalem from her downtrodden state. Ezekiel chapter 38 foretells a last invasion of Israel from the North and describes Jewish colonists re-gathered and settled in the land.
Jesus also added that the generation that saw these things would not pass until all things were fulfilled.
What is Christ
coming to do?
He says of the man who truly believes in him, "I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:39, 41, 44, etc.). He also speaks of two classes coming forth from the graves: "They that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:29).
This is similar to the prophecy of Daniel: "Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Dan. 12:2).
"Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way" (Psa. 2:9-12).
"A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord" (Jer. 25:31). "The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake" (Joel 3:16).
Why do you refer to the Gospel of the Kingdom?
Jesus went through every city and village of Galilee "preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God" (Luke 8:1), or "the gospel of the kingdom" (Matt. 4:23; 9:35). He was telling good news about God's Kingdom on earth.
Jesus sent forth his disciples to teach the same message (Luke 9:2). This is in complete harmony with Old Testament writings. For example, we are told through Daniel, that in the latter days --
"The God of heaven shall 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, and it shall stand for ever" (Dan. 2:44.)
and "The Lord shall be king over all the earth" (Zech. 14:9)
The last book of the Bible says the same thing - "The kingdoms of this World ... become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 11:15).
- These show quite clearly that The Kingdom will be upon earth and will replace all the kingdoms of the
World that presently exist.
Is this Kingdom completely new?
No - The Kingdom to be set up will be the ancient kingdom of Israel restored.
The disciples asked Jesus "Wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6).
This was because He had previously told them: "I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me ... ye shall sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Luke 22:29, 30).
The Old Testament shows the same thing:
"In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen" (Amos 9:11).
"The kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem" (Micah 4:8).
"Saviours shall come up on Mount Zion . . and THE KINGDOM shall be the Lord's" (Obadiah 21).
"The Lord of hosts shall REIGN in Mount Zion . . . In this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things" (Isa. 24:23; 25:6).
Haven’t the Jews been discarded?
No – Rom 11:2 says: “God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.”
When the Kingdom is set up the Jews will be gathered from all nations and restored to their own land, which will then be the principal dominion of the kingdom of God.
"He that scattered Israel will gather him" (Jer. 31:10).
"He shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth" (Isa. 11:12).
"I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land" (Ezek. 37:21).
"THE KINGDOM shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem (Micah 4:8).
"Saviours shall come up on Mount Zion . . and THE KINGDOM shall be the Lord's" (Obadiah 21).
"The Lord of hosts shall REIGN On Mount Zion . . . In this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things" (Isa. 24:23; 25:6).
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. (Jer 33:14 )
Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days. (Hosea 3:5)
And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. (Eze 36:11)
Why do you say that Jerusalem will become the capital city of the whole earth?
"At that time shall they call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord" (Jer. 3:17).
"The Lord of Hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem" (Isa. 24:23).
"Then shall Jerusalem be holy" (Joel 3:17).
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psa 48:2)
“Swear not at all ……Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.” (Mat 5:35)
“He (Jesus) shall be great, and shall be called the Son of
the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father
David.” (Luke 1:32) (remember that Jerusalem was the
place of David’s throne)
Will Christ rule alone?
No - Those people accepted by Christ will inherit the kingdom and reign with him.
"I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me ... ye (the disciples) shall sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Luke 22:29, 30).
"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him" (2 Tim. 2:12).
"He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations, and he shall rule them" (Rev. 2:26).
"The saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever" (Dan. 7:18).
"And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him". (Dan. 7:27)
"Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom" (Matt. 25:34).
“And they sung a new song, saying, ….. thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:9, 10)
Who are The Saints?
The Saints are Jesus' servants who will assist Jesus in this work. It will be a time of rejoicing for them as the Word of God is taught throughout the whole world: "Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written this honour have all his saints" (Psalm 149:5-9).
The work of the saints under the direction of the Lord Jesus will be primarily to instruct the mortal population of the earth in God's laws. They will be teachers, leaders and rulers on Christ's behalf.
In one of His parables about the kingdom of God, Jesus spoke of a "certain nobleman" going into a far country to receive a kingdom, and then returning. On his return, he rewarded his faithful servants by giving them authority in his kingdom: "And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. " (Luke 19:17).
The nobleman represents Christ himself Who has left his servants to work for Him until His return.
Through this work of the saints Jesus' rule will be felt throughout the earth. Isaiah says: "And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. " (Isaiah 2:3,4)
The only way for nations to be truly at peace is if they accept common principles. God's law is designed to ensure peaceful and beneficial cooperation between peoples.
Under the rule of God's law, conditions will improve for everyone, but especially for those who previously have been oppressed or under-privileged in any way.
The Psalmist says: "Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers [that] water the earth.
In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and [him] that hath no helper.
He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. (Psalm 72:1-14)
What will be the benefits of the Kingdom?
Problems of famine and disease will diminish, for
"The wilderness …. shall be glad for them and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose ... Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert" (Isaiah 35:1,6).
Men and women will live longer: "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed." (Isaiah 65:20).
There will still be death during the thousand years. Jesus and the saints will be immortal, but the rest of the earth's population will be mortal, dying creatures, even though their life expectancy will dramatically increase.
The information given in the Bible about the thousand years describes a wonderful era of peace, safety contentment and health when Jesus is King. But it is still not a time of complete perfection. Death, and therefore sin too, will still exist.
The reign of death continues until the end of Millennium. (1 Cor. 15)