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Apr 20th 2009, 11:11 PM


For 40 days after His resurrection, the Lord had opened the disciples' understanding of the O.T. scriptures (Luke 24:45) and taught them, "speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." The question asked by the disciples ("wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?") makes it clear they had been receiving instructions pertaining to the literal, physical, earthly reign of Christ called the millennium or the kingdom age.
The Lord's response to their question is of great significance.

Acts 1:7
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
The Lord instructed His disciples for 40 days regarding the "kingdom of God" so that they would be equipped to minister this message during the Acts period. In His foreknowledge, He knew Israel would reject this ministry. To answer their question in the negative would remove all incentive to minister the kingdom message. To answer in the affirmative would have been a lie. The Lord answered with the only proper response for that time.

The disciples were admonished to remain in Jerusalem to await the "promise of the Father," of which the Lord had informed them in John 14:16-17, 26. The Lord drew a contrast between the water baptism of John and the promised Holy Spirit baptism. This contrast had been preached earlier by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11).
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:11 was to "gather the wheat into the garner" or kingdom (see page 3 of next lesson for other O.T. scriptures regarding the outpouring of the Holy Spirit). However, the Lord in His foreknowledge knew Israel, as a nation, would reject the Messiah and thereby their kingdom hope preached to them during the Book of Acts period. He instead caused the Holy Spirit baptism to be used at this time to add saved people to His church (1Corinthians 12:13).


In verses 11 and 12 the disciples were informed the Lord would return "in like manner as ye have seen Him go." The catching away of the church (1Thess 4:13-18) was not in view at this time, however, the return of the Lord to establish His kingdom on earth was a well know fact of O.T. Bible prophecy. One of these prophesies speaks of the Lord's return to be at the Mount of Olives, the very mount from which His disciples watched Him ascend!
Zechariah 14:4
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

The balance of the chapter deals with the replacement of the traitor Judas, by Mathias, who was thus added to the other 11 apostles of the Lord. It is significant that the one chosen had to have been with the disciples from the baptism of John. Such a man would be familiar with the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus and thus able to witness to His presence, deeds, kingdom ministry and resurrection.
Some contend that Judas is an example of a saved man who lost his salvation. A verse in this first chapter of Acts, along with others, refutes this error:

Acts 1:25
That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
John 6:70
Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
John 18:9
That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.