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Dear Christian Friend:

I am thankful to the Lord for providing me the gifts and calling to research and write for his kingdom glory. Over the years I have been able to produce a number of books and articles that have proved useful for Reformed Christians and their spiritual growth. I am grateful for all those who have bought my materials, whether books, articles, mp3 messages, or DVDs. Thank you so much!

Olivet Discourse Re-visited

I am now working on a commentary on Matthew 21–25, a discrete unit in Matthew’s Gospel. This is the narrative setting of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus’ climactic discourse of the five around which Matthew’s Gospel is constructed.

This literary unit is clearly marked off by Christ’s important movements (along with other editorial markers which I will present in my study): It opens with his coming (Gk.: erchomai, Matt. 21:1, 9) into Jerusalem (recorded for the only time in Matthew) to declare the judgment of the nation of Israel (Matt. 23:37–24:34). It closes with his coming (Gk.: erchomai, Matt. 25:31) to the world (in his Second Advent) to execute the judgment of all the nations (Matt. 25:31–46).

Thus, this distinct section in Matthew opens with prophecies about the conclusion of Israel’s special role in the history of the world (as the old covenant typological work ends). And it closes with the conclusion of world history itself (as the new covenant redemptive work is completed). All that is in between in Matthew 21–25 is designed to affirm his authority to do so — both over the nation of Israel and the nations of the world.

Thus, as Matthew presents these crucial scenes: Jesus comes into Jerusalem in the presence of the Jewish crowds (Matt. 21:9) as the Messiah who will be rejected. Then at the end of this section, he comes to the world and gathers all nations before him, as the Lord who will judge all men, saving the elect and judging the non-elect. In this section, the transition from the AD 70 judgment of Israel to that which it pictures, the Second Advent at history’s end, occurs in Matt. 24:34-36.

As one important feature of my commentary on Matthew 21–25, I will more fully draw out the transition occurring in Matthew 24:34–36 than in my The Olivet Discourse Made Easy. This is crucial for showing that Jesus is not simply a Jewish sage, interested only in the destiny of Israel and functioning as another John the Baptist, as it were. Rather, he is the universal Lord with all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18–19), determining the destiny of all men while functioning as the Lord of lords and king of kings.

The commentary will not be as large as the Revelation commentary. Nor will it be as small as The Olivet Discourse Made Easy. It will be “just right” — you might say, if you are a Goldilocks fan (as I am sure all of you are). I am aiming at somewhere around 250 or so pages. It will be semi-technical, but quite accessible.

Thus, this commentary will be a relatively thorough exegesis of this climactic section in Matthew’s Gospel. I will complete it by the end of 2019. This will not drag out like my Revelation commentary, virtually consuming the thousand year reign of Christ.

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If you would like to give toward my ministry, I would welcome your support and encouragement. GoodBirth Ministries has been set up to provide the opportunity for tax-deductible giving. If you give through this site (KennethGentry.com), I will receive the benefit, but you will not be able to claim a deduction since this is a commercial site. However, if you would like to receive a tax-deduction for your donation (for American citizens only), I would welcome you to give directly to my GoodBirth Ministries.

Again, thanks so much for your support over the years! May God bless as you labor in his kingdom!

In Christ's service, I am

Faithfully yours,

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Author, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation 
Director, GoodBirth Ministries

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