"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom." Matt. 4:23.
2. How extensively did He say this should be preached?
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a
witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matt. 24:14.
3. What shows that it has always been God's purpose that all the world should hear
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy
kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: and I will make
of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be
a blessing: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Gen.
"And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached
before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed." Gal.
4. How did God warn Israel against formalism?
"Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips
do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is
taught by the precept of men: therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work
among this people: . . . for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the
understanding of their prudent men shall be hid." Isa. 29:13,14.
5. What shows that they had substituted the ritual service of the temple for heart
"Thus saith the Lord, . . . Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you
to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words, Baying, The temple of the Lord,
The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these." Jer. 7:3,4
6. What national disaster did they bring upon themselves by their apostasy from God?
"So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they were written in the
book of the kings of Israel and Judah, who were carried away to Babylon for their
transgression." 1 Chron. 9:1.
NOTE.-From the earliest times it has been God's purpose that those who receive the
gospel should make it known to others. For this purpose He chose a special people and
established them in Palestine, in the highway of the nations; but they shut up the
revelation of the truth to themselves, and so lost it. A few, like Daniel and his
companions, maintained a personal connection with God, although surrounded by spiritual
declension and dry formalism, and so were chosen by God to carry out His plan that the
gospel of the kingdom should be preached in Babylon. They were tested and trained m
Babylon, as shown m the first chapter of Darnel, and then, being ready to make known the
gospel, the way providentially opened for them by the dream of Nebuchadnezzar.
7. In interpreting Nebuchadnezzar's dream, what kingdom did Daniel say would follow
the four world empires?
"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which
shall never be destroyed." Dan. 2:44.
8. What was this kingdom to do to the other kingdoms?
"The kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces
and consume all these kingdoms." Same verse.
9. How long is this kingdom to continue?
"And it shall stand forever." Same verse, last clause.
10. What words of Christ imply the gospel's final triumph?
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My
church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matt. 16:18.
NOTE.-Anciently the gates to cities were places for holding courts, transacting
business, and deliberating on public matters. The word gates, therefore, is used for
counsels, designs, machinations, and evil purposes. The gates of hell mean the plottings,
stratagems, and designs of Satan to overthrow the church. But none of these are to
11. What promises to David will thus be fulfilled?
"Thine house and thy kingdom shall be established forever: . . . thy throne shall
be established forever." 2 Sam. 7:16.
NOTE.-By uniting His divinity with humanity in becoming the Son of David, Christ laid
the foundation upon which He built His church, and thus established the house of David
forever. The kingdom of God, the house of David, and the church of Christ are so
inseparably connected in this prophecy that the establishment of either involves the
establishment of the other two.
12. Through whom are these promises to be fulfilled?
"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the
Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the
house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end." Luke 1:32,33.
13. In order to fulfil these promises, whose son did the Son of God become?
"The son of David." Matt. 22:42.
14. What is this union of divinity and humanity called?
"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was
manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the
Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." 1 Tim. 3:16.
15. What did Jesus call this same mystery?
"And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom
of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables."
16. In what confession did the wise men of Babylon deny any knowledge of this
essential doctrine of Christianity?
"And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can
show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh." Dan.
NOTE.-The union of the divine and human in the person of Christ is "the mystery of
godliness," or "the mystery of the kingdom of God." In the case of the seed
which is sown in the field, this same principle is illustrated by the union of the
reproducing power with the material form. As the seed is thus capable of multiplying
itself, so Christ reproduces His own character in believers, by making them partakers of
the divine nature. At His coming He bestows upon the subjects of the kingdom the gift of
immortality (1 Cor. 15:51-53), and so the kingdom will stand forever. It is quite likely
that the wise men of Babylon did not understand about the incarnation of God in the flesh
in the coming Messiah, but in their statement that the dwelling of the gods was not with
flesh they announced the fundamental error of Babylon, both ancient and modern, and really
denied the vital principle of Christianity. This was the essential secret, or mystery, of
the kingdom of God, which needed to be known in Babylon, and which is still to be
proclaimed throughout the world.
17. Concerning what did Daniel and his companions pray?
"Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and
Azariah, his companions: that they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning
this secret." Verses 17,18.
18. What would have been the result of failure on their part to obtain a knowledge
of this mystery?
"That Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of
Babylon." Verse 18, last part.
19. How was the secret concerning the king's dream revealed, and thus the mystery of
the kingdom of God made known in Babylon?
"Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel
blessed the God of heaven." Verse 19.
NOTE.-The most vital truth of the gospel of the kingdom of God was denied in the
religion of Babylon. This made it necessary that this very truth should be preached in
Babylon. This mystery of the kingdom of God was the real and essential secret which the
wise men of Babylon could not make known to the king, and which could be learned only by
revelation. This is the mystery which "from the beginning of the world hath been hid
in God" (Eph. 3:9); and the "riches of the glory of this mystery" is
"Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27), or "the mystery of the
gospel " (Eph. 6:19).
20. How did Nebuchadnezzar acknowledge God as the revealer, and thus Daniel's
intimate fellowship with Him?
"The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a
God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal
this secret." Verse 47.
21. When the gospel of the kingdom has been fully preached, and Christ appears as
King, what invitation will be extended to those who have learned "the mystery of the
"When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him,
then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all
nations. . . . Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of
My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you .from the foundation of the world." Matt.