Understanding The Old Testament "Age" And "Doctrine"Of

Matthew, Mark, Luke And John – Before The Cross


By Dan Billingsly


If we are to understand the Bible, especially the teaching of Christ in the four Old Testament books  of  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John -- before the cross (MMLJ/BC), we must place these four books in their scriptural and  historical Old Testament "age" as did the Christ, the Holy Spirit and inspired new covenant "apostles." We must not let them remain in this New Testament "age" as modern denominational Roman Catholic translators and Protestant commercial publishers of the Bible did in 1486AD.   In our study of MMLJ/BC we must understand that Jesus was a Jew, an Old Testament "Israelite" who was born, lived, taught and died under the old Mosaical covenant. Jesus was not a New Testament "Christian" who lived, taught and worshipped with the New Testament "church" in this NT "age."

 

In MMLJ/BC, Jesus taught only the Old Testament law of Moses to Israel and practiced the Jews' old covenant religion during the closing thirty-three years of the Old Testament Mosaical "age."  We must also understand that even though Jesus "prophesied" and spoke in "parables" of some new covenant teaching to come in this New Testament "age," he did not  reveal  New Testament  "truth" and "doctrine" in his teaching to Israel in MMLJ/BC to be believed and practiced before the cross and “end” of the law of Moses.

  

It is critical for all to understand that MMLJ/BC follow --  some 400 years after the book of Malachi -- in describing the "last" thirty-three years of  the Old Testament Mosaical "age"  -- not the "beginning" of the New Testament "age."  It is also important to understand that the teaching of the Old Testament law of Moses in MMLJ/BC by John the baptizer and Jesus the Messiah -- the last two old covenant "prophets" that God sent to Israel (Isa. 40:3; Mal. 4:5; Deut. 18:15-18), describe how God first "fulfilled" and then "abolished" the old Mosaical covenant between Jehovah and Israel by the  death of Christ on the cross (Matt. 5:17-18; Lk. 24:44). It is essential to remember that  MMLJ/BC describe the final thirty- three years of the Old Testament Mosaical "age  and not the  "beginning" of the New Testament "kingdom" and  new covenant  "age."  


John And Jesus Were Sent To Israel As Old Testament Mosaical "Prophets"

--  Not As New Testament "Evangelists" To The Alien World


In the closing thirty-three years of the Old Testament Mosaical "age" described in MMLJ/BC, both John and Jesus served God as Mosaical "prophets" to Israel just as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Malachi and all of the other Mosaical prophets before them.  Isaiah prophesied that the purpose of John and Jesus coming to Israel was to "restore"  unfaithful Jews" in God's Old Testament nation (Isa. 40:3; 49:6). Both Christ and Luke confirmed the "fulfillment" of these "prophecies" (Matt. 17:9-13; Lk. 1:67-80).  Moses prophesied that Christ would come as the "last prophet" to the "last generation" of old covenant Israel --  just as he (Moses) had been God's "first prophet" to the "first generation' of old  covenant Israel.

         "The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken. . . I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them  all that I shall command him" (Deut. 18:15- 18).

Not only did Moses and the prophets of Israel declare that Christ would be an Old Testament "prophet" sent only  to Israel, but on numerous occasions Christ himself acknowledged that God had sent him as his "last prophet" to  old covenant Israel.

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      "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matt. 15:24; see also Jn. 5:23-37; 6:29-57; 8:16-42; 12:44-49; 15:21; 17:3-25).




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