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Mark

The Mark who wrote this book is the John mentioned in Acts 12 whose surname was Mark (Acts 12:12, 25). Mark was a Roman surname, his Hebrew name was John. He was the son of Mary (various Mary’s in NT) and cousin to Barnabas. He was a kingdom disciple in Jerusalem that later transitioned into Paul’s ministry (1 Pet. 5:12-13; Acts 12:25; 13:4-13; 15:36-41; Col. 4:10; 2 Tim. 4:11; Phile. 24). 
The Acts period was a unique period of time in which there were two different programs operating simultaneously while one was phasing out (kingdom) and the other phasing in (Body). Evidently some of the kingdom disciples transitioned into the Body of Christ (Barnabas, Mark, Silas) while most of them stayed in the kingdom program. I personally think that Mark probably wrote his gospel before Acts 13 but definitely before Acts 15. While I cannot prove that he did, no one can prove that he didn’t. 
Mark emphasizes Christ as the perfect servant (10:45). It is fitting that Mark wrote with that emphasis be…

Matthew

Matthew was a publican (tax collector) when Christ called him to be His disciple and then chose him to be one of the 12 apostles (Matt. 9:9; 10:1-7). He will be one of the 12 princes that will judge the 12 tribes of Israel in the Kingdom (Matt. 19:28). The book of Matthew was written by a Jewish apostle about a Jewish Christ and His Jewish Kingdom. 
There are 23 direct quotes of the OT and 76 references to it in 28 chapters. The phrase “that it might be fulfilled” occurs 10 times, “which was spoken” occurs 14 times, and there are other similar phrases. The church which is the Body of Christ was a mystery hid in God until revealed through the apostle Paul (Eph. 3) and has to do with His eternal purpose for the heavenly places. Therefore, the book of Matthew is not written to or about the Body of Christ (neither are the other 3 Gospels). The events recorded by Matthew transpired under the dispensation of the LAW (Matt. 5:17-20; 8:4; 19:17; 23:1-3; 24:20).
Matthew presents Christ as the pr…

Easter

This post is for all those who sincerely love truth over tradition. 
Matthew 15:7-9, 127 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
The word "Easter" is found one time in the Bible and it was a pagan king who observed it (Acts 12:1-4). The Bible critics claim this is a mistake in the King James Bible. They claim the text should say "Passover" and not "Easter." But a simple reading of the context shows that Herod observed Easter AFTER the Passover. The days of unleavened bread followed Passover (v.3; Lev. 23:4-8). 
The TRUTH is holidays like East…

The Four Gospels

The four Gospels contain the historical record of the earthly ministry of Christ to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt. 15:24). While there are some applications for us in the Gospels we must be very careful because their primary doctrinal setting concerns the prophetic kingdom program of Israel. Christ did not come to reveal the mysteries that He later did from heaven through Paul (Eph. 3), but to confirm what He already promised to the Jewish fathers (Rom. 15:8). 
Why four books? In the Bible four is the number of the earth and the fourfold picture of our Lord’s earthly ministry is the unveiling of a fourfold prophetic portrait of the greatest life ever spent on earth. The four Gospels present four different perspectives of the same Messiah. 
1) Matthew emphasizes Christ as King  a)Branch of David (Jer. 23:5) b)Behold thy King (Zech. 9:9)
2)Mark emphasizes Christ as the Servant a)my servant the BRANCH ( Zech. 3:8) b)Behold.. my servant (Zech. 3:8)
3)Luke emphasizes Christ as the So…

Overview of the New Testament

The New Testament contains 27 books, 260 chapters, 7,957 verses, and 180,751 words. 
A basic outline of the 27 books:  I.The Gospels (Matthew – John)  II.The Acts of the Apostles  III.The Pauline Epistles (Romans – Philemon) IV.The Hebrew Epistles (Hebrews – Jude) V.The Revelation 
It is important to understand that the books are not arranged chronologically but rather dispensationally. Times Past (Eph. 2:11-12) – Distinction, Gentiles blessed through rise and instrumentality of Israel But Now (Eph. 2:13-18) – No distinction, Gentiles blessed through the fall of Israel, MYSTERY Ages to Come (Eph. 2:4-7) – Distinction once again, Israel inherits the earth, Body of Christ the heavenly places 
I.Matthew – Acts = Times Past  – The prophesied King and His kingdom offered and rejected, transition away  II.Romans – Philemon = But Now – The revelation of the mystery  III.Hebrews – Revelation = Ages to Come – The resumption and consummation of the prophetic kingdom program of Israel