5. A time when all Jews were members of God’s old covenant “kingdom” in Israel (Matt. 5:3; 7:1). John and Jesus only “prophesied” of the coming of the New Testament “kingdom” -- it was “at hand” but not here on earth. The New Covenant “kingdom” was established on earth by Christ through the preaching of the apostles in Acts 2 (Acts 2:47).
6. A time when more than 100 times in MMLJ/BC, Jesus declared that he was teaching the Old Testament “law and prophets” (Matt. 5:12). Not once in MMLJBC did Jesus ever declare he was teaching New Testament doctrine.
7. A time when not once in MMLJ/BC did Jesus ever state or even hint that he was teaching New Testament doctrine or the new covenant “gospel” (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Christ stated emphatically that the New Testament age and kingdom/church would “begin” in Jerusalem (Lk. 24:47). No one could have preached the New Testament “gospel” of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection - until it became a reality at the cross!
8.A time when not once in MMLJ.BC, did Jesus or anyone else ever state or declare that they were teaching New Testament doctrine. Hundreds of times in MMLJBC, Jesus and his Jewish disciples describe him teaching the law of Moses and practicing the Jew’s Old Testament religion and the “righteousness” of the law. More than forty (40) times Jesus quoted the law of Moses in MMLJ/BC.
9. A time when Jesus used the words “disciple” and “brethren” to refer to the Old Testament children of God in the Mosaical covenant -- the children of God in Israel. Not once did Jesus use these words in MMLJ/BC to refer to New Testament “Christians” -- members of the New Testament kingdom/church.
10. A time when Jesus taught the Old Testament “plan of salvation” in the law of Moses for Jews in Israel (Matt. 19:16-22). Jesus did not preach the New Testament “plan of salvation” in MMLJ/BC (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2).
11. A time when Jesus commanded his old covenant Jewish disciples in MMLJ/BC to “follow” him as he taught the Old Testament law of Moses to Israel, kept the faith of Israel and practiced the religion of Israel. This command to “follow” Jesus applied only to Jesus old covenant disciples under the law, it does not apply to New Testament “Christians” today. While there are many reasons, here are just a few.
New Testament “Christians” cannot “follow” the Old Testament “religion” of Israel that Christ practiced in MMLJ/BC.
New Testament “Christians” cannot “follow” Christ as he worshiped God - according to the law of Moses - in the Jerusalem temple (Jn. 2:12-25), or the Jewish synagogues in Israel (Matt. 4:23).
New Testament “Christians” cannot “follow” Christ and teach the Old Testament law of Moses as did Christ in MMLJ/BC (Matt. 7:12).
New Testament “Christians” cannot “follow” Christ as he “fulfills” all of the promises and prophecies in the law of Moses, for he completed that mission in MMLJ/BC (Matt. 5:17-18).