The First Sign of the End: The Gospel of Jesus Returns!

Is Christianity proclaiming the same gospel Jesus did, the "good news of the kingdom," fulfilling the only precursor sign of the end that Jesus gave (Mt 24:14)? Christians assume so, but when pressed can’t even explain what the kingdom of God is. (It’s not "within you" or Heaven). Discover what the kingdom of God is, what its good news is mainly about (it's not Jesus' death!), and how to recognize it when this earliest sign of the end happens so you know when the good times are ending.

Matthew 24:14 - The One Positive End Time Sign

In Matthew 24:14 Jesus gives us a perplexing end time sign. It's self-contained in a single verse in the middle of his "Olivet Discourse." That's the talk Jesus gave to his disciples after they asked him what would signal the "end of the age" (Mt 24; Mk 13; Lk 21):

Matthew 24:14 (KJV) - 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.

This is the most profound end time sign ever, as you'll see. Unlike popular theories imagined by Christian prophecy experts or even the end time signs in the Bible, it is a wholly positive event prediction. It's literally good news; the good news of the kingdom that will be proclaimed worldwide.

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34 comments
Leonard Feenan - October 22, 2016

Oh Tim!!! What is the gospel/good news of the Kingdom? I just finished reading it to my girlfriend. I didn’t just read it to her we studied it, followed the scripture links, discussed it and recognized several comparisons in our lives and I can truly tell you it has blessed us this day. I feel extremely blessed beyond words and am grateful for this message…that has been right there all along! It is rewarding to know what the good news is as apposed to what I thought it was, and broken pieces of it at that. This messaged reached Tammy and I in many ways. It reminded me of when I first met her and recognized that it was like she was actually living in the Kingdom doing His will by her ongoing acts of kindness and the way in which she behaves and treats her fellow humans. She reached me by her actions of leading by example of what Jesus was trying to teach us all along. Your explanation of the obvious message was masterful and revealing although it was not hidden from my eyes. I am excited now to think of the many applications I can dream of helping to do my part in spreading and teaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God to others. To bring awareness and clarification to an otherwise major blunder on the Christian front. We need to remedy this! I will continue now to saturate myself with this teaching and all surrounding supporting scriptures connected to it as you have until it is embedded on my heart. I also look forward to reading your next article for members (Depart from me/I never knew you). That has always had a major impact on my spirit to think of it happening to me! What if? It is terrifying to think. What is it to know Jesus and He know you…what it means. Anyhow I am excited to hear about your next book! I want to know what your vision for this book is but apparently it is not posted? I want to be the first also to read chapters as you release them. In summary, Tim today Yahway, Elohim our Father has communicated to me thru His word! Thanks to your gift He has blessed you with. My spirits ears are hearing ringing sounds of truth today and I am inspired. Thank you brother and keep spreading the gospel. The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His face on you and give (you and your family) peace.

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Keri Hui - November 1, 2016

My favorite part is surely this,

“* Note: Christianity summarizes the good news as “Christ came and died for your sins.” But this forgets that people don’t go around worrying “who is going to pay for my sins when I die?” (At least not until they come into contact with Christianity telling them they’re going to Hell for their sins.) No, people universally worry about getting what they need in life: food, drink, clothing, etc. (Mt 6:31). Therefore telling a person, “Good news! Christ paid for your sins” does not qualify as good news because it solves a problem they are not even aware of or worrying about.”

I agree that for many the gospel has been watered down to a gospel of salvation only – I personally do not like the preaching of hell to begin with a lot, saying that Jesus has come to save us from hell…as if we are created for that. The Bible begins with creation how God has created us according to His image; it doesn’t begin with the fall.

In my experience I would say there are some who call themselves christians but you can tell right away they label themselves as that because of culture or family, etc but yet really don’t know the Lord – to be frank they haven’t started a new life in the Lord. Then there are a lot of Christians that I know, who try very hard to “bear fruit” and “keep the commandant”, I was like that, but it does not work because the source is wrong – it is motivated and driven by self, not by the Spirit. We are distracted by Christian work but not attracted to Christ Himself in the very first place – so the fruit/work doesn’t last long as the source is not from Christ our real life. And like you said, it can cause to a lot of pride as well.

My take is that the gospel is the good news of the “unsearchable riches of Christ” which also includes and consummates to the Kingdom :). Truly the Lord is infinitely rich! Keep it up Tim and blessings!

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Sam Miller - November 2, 2016

Absolutely wonderful, Tim! I’m so blessed to have the honor of being your friend. Your wisdom and knowledge about the good news along with your easy to understand writing style keeps me coming back daily. I’m so excited about your new book. Your blessings are my blessings!

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Teri Crandall - November 3, 2016

I knew Jesus’s message of the kingdom of God was more than “believe on Jesus’s ” etc…and you will be saved…we will have adversity but God will provide, stop thinking you have to do everything, that’s very hard…but we must do it…

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    Tim McHyde - November 3, 2016

    Yes, Teri it always felt like something was missing, right?

    It is very hard! But as you said we don’t do it on our strength alone. Yes we must actively think about our behaviors and compare them to Jesus’ example and instructions and basically, “what would love do here?”

    This is why Jesus trained his disciples for 62 weeks before he left them. They learned the gospel and how to live the gospel. We need that training too, or it takes a lifetime.

    My goal is to develop that training so that the hard thing becomes doable because you have modern day examples and strategies to employ. Plus support with true like-minded believers.

    Thank you for being on the support team. Please post any questions or feedback you have to let me help you and improve the materials.

    Thank you for taking part in my support team and know that you will

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Sarah Hindmon - November 18, 2016

Took me two days to fully read this because was going slowly and digesting as I read. To me this is your best article yet . I wish I could share it but I’ll just have to wait and buy everyone a copy of your book. 😀 Since you aren’t for regular church, I’m curious about your thoughts on what part tithing plays in the Kingdom. Do you have any articles about that?

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    Tim McHyde - November 18, 2016

    Thanks, Sarah. I agree it’s my best prophecy article, although I like the “Depart From Me” article and what it explains a whole lot, too. It’s a long article as you noticed, but that’s what it takes to explain this topic. I’ve wanted to understand the real Gospel (of the kingdom) for years—ever since I noticed it was not what Christianity taught. But I could find no explanation, even online. So needless to say I’m proud of this article and glad others are finding it as thrilling as I am.

    You’re not the first person to say they want to share this. I am thinking it may make the most sense to use this article as a free example article to show people the value of the support team content. What do you think?

    Oh, I know it’s easy for people to misunderstand me, but I’m actually not for or against regular church. It’s up to each person if they can find a church that they find worthwhile. I think the odds are stacked against that because of the issues with Christianity that this article exposes, but even I had a great experience when I belonged to an awesome church in the 1990s in Hartford. Then it changed radically and I could see at last that church was not teaching from the Bible and I quit depending on church for my spirituality but took it into my own hands.

    Tithing was a national responsibility for ancient Israel to support the Levites, a priestly professional class that benefited the nation greatly (think: doctors, lawyers, engineers). It is not commanded on anyone today.

    Nevertheless, as it was for them, for us today to obtain personal salvation requires love which is expressed in many ways including by giving freely and cheerfully to others in no set amount. Paul also states that it is appropriate to give materially to those who teach you spiritually/the Gospel (1Co 9:11, 14).

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Geoff - January 2, 2017

Tim, This is very powerful teaching. You continue to open my eyes to the misdirection I followed for too many years by allowing myself to believe the teachings of various Christian pastors/leaders.

Thank you.

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Zachary Miller - February 24, 2017

Is it at all possible that the “Good News” will be broadcast by the ‘Elijah’ character of Revelation? I’m having difficulty imagining other possible scenarios where this message would be that obvious to everyone on the planet (outside of a Prophet).

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    Tim McHyde - February 25, 2017

    Zachary, that’s a definitely possibility. I refrained in this article from stating who will get the good news out so that people focus more on how to recognize it, regardless of who does it. It could be Elijah drives it, but it could be more organic like I described, God using a non-prophet holy man to release it and let people decide for themselves off its own merit. Either way, I’m sure a team of people called by God ultimately will be needed for it to have the quality and reach to impact the world that it needs to have.

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      Zachary Miller - April 5, 2017

      Thanks Tim. The prophet angle (at this point) seems to make the most sense to me at this point but it could certainly also come in the way that you mentioned. In either case I’m guessing this “message” will come PRIOR TO the beginning of sorrows (start of the Tribulation/70th week of Daniel).

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        Tim McHyde - April 6, 2017

        Zachary, ‘zactly =). If the Mt 24:14 good news does not come before the sorrows (WWIII/Wormwood) then people won’t know to flee. I say that because I’m convinced that the good news about repentance for the kingdom also comes along with the warning of what’s coming, and what is required of you to escape. These are huge messages for the end time and I can’t see them coming from different sources or at different times even.

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      ROY KING - July 15, 2017

      Tim, I too grew up knowing something was not right with the organized “Church”. I have attended church almost all my life and still believe it is a good institution for serving others and helping the community. I will admit it was difficult at times to find one that was more concerned with helping in the community than with membership and numbers. A few years back I put a study together that changed my outlook on the Church. It brought into focus what Jesus came to teach us. An extremely small part of it is what is taught in Church. Jesus had much more that he said and I found it when I wrote “The Rest of the Bible” (http://www.newbookinc.com/UNCANNONED%20SCRIPTURES.htm) Your comments will be appreciated. Thanks for making it clear how the Church has missed the bull’s eye on Jesus’ teachings. I am afraid this was not an error or accident. It is easier to control people if they are dependent on you for entrance to the kingdom than if they are responsible for their actions and education. Ask the first century rabbi. Jesus did.

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OnTay Johnson - February 27, 2017

This article is so on point and confirming!!

It’s confirming because I stopped going to the traditional church and have been treating my household like the church then I started thinking this is what the first century church must’ve been like. I find this and it is like music to the soul. No acrobatic scripture play. No overemotional play on people’s ignorance–just pure and clear teaching. Good stuff.

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    Tim McHyde - February 27, 2017

    OnTay, thanks for joining the team and sharing how this first article impacted you. I am encouraged by how God is gathering more people here prepared (like you testify) to receive the radical truth in Yeshua’s words and repent of religion.

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Zachary Miller - March 6, 2017

Two quick questions:

1) Why is the “First Sign” you mention in this article not mentioned on your timeline? (reference: https://escapeallthesethings.com/2017-prophecies/)—and is also in your book. Where would this even fit into your timeline? (assuming I’m not missing it somehow)

2) Is there any correlation between the “First Sign” and the appearance of the “Elijah” person (ie: proclaiming that message)? I’m having difficulty imagining any other way in which this would be fulfilled (outside of a prophet—which would be obvious)

Thus far your articles have been great—unfortunately, they seem to create many more questions which I have yet to resolve.

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Bryan Coffey - March 19, 2017

Wow Tim, I can’t tell you how much this teaching means to me. This really makes everything come together. 1) The world will know we are his disciples if we love one another. 2) By loving one another, we glorify and lift up Jesus. 3) If He be lifted up, He will draw all men to Himself.

My struggle has always been: How do I love God with all my heart and all my mind? Well, I am ashamed now! That’s because I got saved in 1983 when I saw a glimpse of the kingdom: “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul – neither said any of them that the things which he possessed was his own; but that they had all things common. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and distribution was made to every man according to his need.” Acts 4:32, 34-35 (paraphrased). That was enough to convince this sinner that what he was reading was Truth. The answer to my question was in these very verses that brought me to my knees 34 yrs ago! We should love one another, this is what pleases God. I believe I can have peace now, because I know where I need to be focused. Thanks so much for your diligence.

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    Tim McHyde - April 1, 2017

    Bryan, thanks for being on the support team and sharing your excitement at the simplicity of Yeshua’s commands. Christianity has failed to live up to the first century believers because unlike them Christians have not been taught “the doctrine of the apostles” (Acts 2:42) but rather traditions of men that displace them (Mark 7:8).

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Debra Webb - April 24, 2017

Tim and Katrina-

I was compelled to join your support team this evening because for years I have credited you for keeping me close to YHVH. I have read everything you have put out and every time you guide me to review scripture again or to new insights( the ted talk you recommend to another supporter was generous and warmly eye opening) I know that God has connected us and I give thanks for that. I wish you all the best on your new book and can’t wait to read it- as always!

Kindest blessings
Debra

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    Tim McHyde - April 24, 2017

    Debra, thank you for your comment and generous support. I’m glad to have impacted your walk with Yehovah which is really the best fruit in gathering Bible understanding. Blessings!

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Debra Webb - April 24, 2017

Tim-

What would you say to a Jehovah’s Witness who claims to be spreading the news of the kingdom and who believed when they are done they will have fulfilled this scripture? This is their great commission correct? Don’t they have Kingdom Halls? The ones I’ve heard sure tell about it as if they have been working diligently throughout their existence.
Just a thought that occurred to me today.
Thx!

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    Tim McHyde - April 26, 2017

    Debra, Jevovah’s Witnesses are not much different than Christians who think they are fulfilling Mt 24:14 by global mission work, as my article covered. Even if they name their churches Kingdom Hall, they still don’t know what the Kingdom is nor the Good News of the Kingdom, right? They are known for bothering people, not for their love (John 13:35).

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Carolyn Rudek - April 29, 2017

Thanks, Tim. This is a great article. I shared this with one of my friends who happens to be a preterist and thinks Christ returned in 70 A.D. He made the following comment: “According to Paul, the gospel had already been preached to every creature under heaven while he was still alive in the first century. Colossians 1:23. Compare Acts 1:8 and 1Tim. 3:16.” How do I respond to his comment.

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    Tim McHyde - April 30, 2017

    Carolyn, for completeness, I’ve updated the article to cover the Preterist objection. Thanks for the comment!

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Deb Sbarra - May 1, 2017

Tim, this is such an enlightening article. Thank you for putting it together. I have been to the worship services of just about every denomination of church and nothing has given me more insight than reading your articles. When I read them, it feels “true”. Church services are ok, but they always left me feeling somewhat empty so, as a result, I always felt like I was unable to “join the party” and I was always an outsider looking in. Through reading your insights, I know now that I was looking for guidance. The message of love is simple, but it is indeed the hardest. I don’t attend church these days. The last church I joined was the Catholic church and that was only because I was at a low point in my life and the music and ritual (not so much these days) made me feel that there was indeed something/someone “greater” in existence. I have been searching for a greater relationship with God and I no longer feel like I need a church to be a middle man, I just need teaching. Thank you again.

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    Tim McHyde - May 1, 2017

    Deb, thank you for joining support team and commenting! I love seeing the excitement of other Bereans finally understanding things they should have been taught in church (Jesus words) but were not because they favor tradition to truth. Stay on the support team and we have more content planned to help you not get that confident relationship with God that Jesus’ words bring when you have the “wisdom of the just” (Luke 1:17) needed to do them.

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      Deb Sbarra - May 1, 2017

      I will! Thank you!

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Jacques De Bruin - June 10, 2017

Hi Tim,

Great article confirming my understanding … I have a friend who asked the question: If we are not going to Heaven then why did Yeshua say in Matt 14:2,3 that He is going to prepare “many mantions” in His Father’s house and He will return to take us there… My gut feel is that he was using a Hebrew idiom with his Hebrew speaking disciples but I have not been able to find an explanation for such an idiom…
The parable of Lazarus and the rich man in hell can be explained as a parable and not reality… I think…
The criminal to whom Yeshua said you will be in paradise with me today is another one I cannot explain… any thoughts you have on these?

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Patricia Abel - June 10, 2017

I have known, way down keep in my spirit, that showing love by your deeds and actions has more impact than declaring your love. In fact I had just such an encounter with my grant-son. He said, I love you Grandma, but I’m not going to try and prove it. My response to him was, you prove your love by your actions and the way you treat me. Saying you love me means nothing.

There is a lot on this site, including the emails from others, that have also put my mind to rest. After reading all of the links I know that I am a different person. My suspicions are confirmed and it lifts a huge load off of my conscience. God Bless you.

I shall await every succeeding article. I am sure I will be supporting your efforts financially. I can do that by not supporting the wrong places. God Bless, I am an 81 year old, married woman, mother of 3 (all of whom are on Social Security), who is striving to become like Jesus in every way).

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    Thomas Garza - June 10, 2017

    Excellent post !

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Soni - June 19, 2017

To Jehovah be the glory! He is certainly using you my brother.

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Denise Ballings - June 24, 2017

I have spent all day today reading supporter articles. I had to put on sunglasses due to all the light bulbs going off (joke). Christianity (attended many denominations and nondenominations) could never answer my questions. The kingdom of God finally makes sense! I am studying my Bible with “a clean slate” now and the kingdom of God makes perfect sense.

Thank you for your time, research and articles. They really mean a lot to me and saved me hours of my own research and years in my spiritual growth. One thing leads to another, and another…and it all clicks into place.

Thank you again!

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mauricio malagon - July 6, 2017

Hello

Just found your blog and I haven’t stopped reading the many articles. You have great insight.
Another person that was teaching the real Gospel is Ray Smith, who is now dead as of 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rozQU2cPCFc

His website:
https://bible-truths.com/

He teaches pretty much everything you do except that he says that God will save everyone. Pretty much the Lake of Fire is an instrument to clean people that will not repent in their resurrected state after the resurrection of the dead (second resurrection). He states that Psalms 87 states that all the nations will be recorded in the register of the peoples (Book of Life). He claims that God has to save everyone because of such scriptures such as 1 Tim 4:10 “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach because we trust in the living
God, Who is the Saviour of all men, especially of those that believe”

The Lake of Fire is brimstone to cleanse and purify until the person is ready to come out.

Anyway, lots of good insight there as well. You can’t throw out the baby with the bath water I say. I’m like you, and look for nuggets everywhere

Ron Wyatt
Michael Rood
Nehmia Gordon
Etc

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