About a century ago, some Americans postulated that Matthew 13 does not teach mysteries of, or about, the kingdom of heaven, but rather describes a ‘mystery kingdom’, or a ‘kingdom in mystery form’.
In 722-721 BC, the Assyrians took the northern kingdom of Israel captive. Are the ten tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel lost? Is Judah and Benjamin the only tribes of Israel that still exist?
What does it mean when the Bible refers to ‘the day of [Jesus] Christ’? Is this day different from the ‘day of the Lord’ and the ‘day of God’? Can it be said that ‘the day of Christ’ is a technical term, always meaning the same regardless of the context?
The Bible refers to ‘this age’ and the ‘age to come’ (cf. Luk 20:34; Eph 1:21; Heb 6:5). For example, Jesus tells the religious leaders of Israel that the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in ‘this age or in the age to come’ (Mt 12:32). What is meant by ‘this age’, when did it start, and how will it end? What is meant by the ‘age to come’?
Are we living in the ‘last days’? If so, can one say when the ‘last days’ started? Further, are we living in the ‘end times’? Old and New Testament references to these terms are considered, reconciled to each other and then we reach a conclusion.