When? And Why? Were Matthew, Mark, Luke And John Written?
By Dan Billingsly
One of the strangest facts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- before the cross -- (MMLJ/BC), and one ofthe most mystifying myths about the life and death of Christ revealed in these four books, is the teaching ofMMLJ/BC and other Scripture that confirms these four books really belong to the Old -- not the New Testament.In one of the sneakiest operations of the Roman Catholic church during the “dark ages,” was the move of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the Old to the New Testament in 1486 AD. This enterprise was under taken during the heat of the battle with the Protestant “reformation” movement in Europe, when the Roman Catholics were battling for their very survival and existence.
Now, in this 21st century, when the searchlight of God’s historical truth is shining directly on this issue, wehave Catholics, Protestants and many members of churches of Christ attempting to justify and support this Roman Catholic manipulation of the books in the Bible to support their false doctrines based on MMLJ/BC.They make the argument that the very fact that MMLJ/BC were not written until late in the 1st century (circa 65-75), proves that these four books belong to the New Testament. Wrong, wrong, wrong! They are in doctrinal error -- big-time!
When? Were Matthew, Mark, Luke And John Written?
First, because all books of the Bible were written after the events written in each book had already occurred,the when or why each book was written makes no difference in the doctrine found in each book. When a book was written did not change the reality of the events described or the revelation of old or new covenant doctrine found in each book. MMLJ/BC describe the last thirty-three years of the Old Testament “age.”
1. A time when MMLJ/BC describes the Old Testament law of Moses was still in force in Israel.
2. A time when MMLJ/BC describe when Christ lived during the Old Testament “age” and when he taught only the Old Testament law of Moses to the last generation in Israel.
3. A time when Christ was the Messiah of God sent as the old covenant Savior to only “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 1:21-22; 15:24; 10:5-6; Lk. 19:10). Jesus did not become the New Testament Savior until after his death, burial and resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4).
4. A time when Christ taught only the Old Covenant law of Moses to Israel -- the “last generation” of God’sold covenant people (Matt., chapters 5-7). In Acts 2 through Revelation 22, Jesus never preached the NewTestament “gospel” in this New Testament “age.”