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Precious Promises

1st August 2016, hej

 

21) Promises to the Apostles

The disciples understood the Kingdom of the LORD, the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of heaven to be synonymous. The disciples ask Jesus regarding the time when Kingdom will be restored to Israel.

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? Acts 1:6

He did not say they were wrong, but rather that the time was in God's power. The apostles would be interested in the time as they were given a very personal promise.

That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Luke 22:30
Jesus said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel”. Matthew 19:28

Twice they are promised to sit on 12 thrones, judging over Israel. They are also promised some very literal things, such as eating and drinking at a table. We note that this is only to occur when Jesus himself sits on a throne. It was promised before Jesus' birth that he would sit on the throne of David. The Apostles are promised special places beside Jesus, 'in the regeneration' or restoration of the kingdom of Israel.

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