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The Kingdom in the Prophets (Continued)

Jerusalem has been under the control of the Gentiles since the time of Daniel, as illustrated by his visions of the successive Gentile empires. But a time will come when it will be trodden underfoot, and Israel will turn back to God, at which time the Gentile kingdoms will be subdued by God’s Kingdom.

Matthew 23:
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Many groups do not see a need to peel back the layers of tradition in order to discover what the original apostolic faith of the first century was. Rather, they are content to hold fast to the beliefs and practices that the church has bequeathed to them regardless of whether or not they were held to by the early Christians. That is not the sort of Christian I am. Instead, I am a restorationist—someone who wants to understand and align my practice of Christianity as closely as possible with the earliest Christians. Unfortunately, many times people who belong to restorationist groups, like us, oversimplify what early Christianity looked like. We imagine that everyone got along and agreed on doctrines, that there were no major schisms or controversies until much later. Some of us probably even believe that until the fourth century when the trinitarian controversy occurred, everything was serene and unified. But, this picture, no matter how much we might want for it to be true, is simply not accurate in light of the facts.