The Berean Expositor
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#12.  The N.T. fulfillment.
Acts, and the hope of Israel.
pp. 61 - 64
The testimony of the Acts of the Apostles to the second coming of the Lord is found at
the very opening of the book. As a result of forty days' instruction, opened Scriptures,
and opened understanding, the apostles asked: "Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again
the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1: 6).
While the actual time and season were not matters of revelation, the restoration of the
kingdom to Israel was a very real scriptural hope of Israel, as the testimony of the O.T.
and of the N.T. proves. At the ascension of the Lord the disciples are found steadfastly
looking toward heaven, and two men in white apparel, evidently angels, say to them:--
"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is
taken up from you into heaven, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER as ye have seen
Him go into heaven" (Acts 1: 11).
This ascension took place from the mount of Olives (verse 12), and the words of the
angels are a direct reference to Zech. 14: 4, Dan. 7: and Matt. 24: 30. The words,
"shall so come in like manner" spoken on the occasion, in the place, and circumstances
detailed, compel us to understand that the Lord's coming, as referred to here, will be
In connection with the restoration of the kingdom to Israel.
With the clouds of heaven.
Accompanied by angels (the men in white).
To the mount of Olives, near Jerusalem.
If these accompaniments are legitimately included in the words "so come" and "like
manner", we have but added to the kingdom passages and O.T. references, and have
introduced no feature that can be distinctly called "church truth", unless it be the elective
character of the company that witnessed the ascension. As there was not a single Gentile
in the company, this exclusiveness cannot be made to indicate the church.
Between the opening reference to the second coming and the next statement in
Acts 3: 19-26  comes Pentecost, and if the statement that "the church began at
Pentecost" is true, we may find a very distinct development in doctrine. It will be found
that Peter addresses "men of Israel", and speaks of God as "the God of Abraham, and of
Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers" (Acts 3: 12, 13).
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out" (Acts 3: 19).