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Jesus sent forth His twelve disciples ‘"to the lost sheep of the house of Israel"’ to ‘"proclaim the good news, "The kingdom of heaven has come near"’" (Matt 10:6–7 NRSV). They were to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. They were to give what they received without payment. They were to take no gold, silver, copper; no bag; no spare clothing, ‘"for laborers deserve their food"’ (v. 10). And Jesus concludes His instructions to the Twelve with: ‘"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple--truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward’" (vv. 40–42).
Jesus sending forth the Twelve to the lost sheep of Israel constitutes the shadow of the glorified Christ sending forth endtime disciples to the spiritually lost sheep of spiritual Israel. These endtime disciples are to deliver a message, and to do a work, and to be supported by those who receive them. And those who receive them share their spiritual reward.
The Twelve were to enter a town, seek who was worthy, and greet that household, staying there until leaving the town, with the promise that they "‘will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes’" (v. 23). When, after showing Jesus the temple, His disciples asked for a sign of His coming and of the end of the age, Jesus gave only one, the one that precedes not having gone through all of the towns of Israel: Jesus said, "‘But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come’" (Matt 24:13–14 compare with Matt 10:22). So when the good news that those who endure to the end will be saved is delivered to all nations, but not yet to all of the spiritual cities of Israel, the end of the age will come. These spiritual cities are denominations and fellowships of believers.
"Christ" has been preached to the world. The mighty deeds of the Son of Man have been proclaimed. The good news of His soon-coming millennial reign has been delivered. And any number of accursed gospels have been proclaimed, including the one presently taught that would have the Church raptured into heaven prior to the beginning of the Tribulation.
The Philadelphia Church, commissioned by Christ as manifest by the spiritual understanding the association presents to spiritual Israel, is to take the unadorned gospel of the kingdom of heaven is near, and the person who endures to the end shall be saved to the world. Any and all who wish to assist in this work are sincerely welcomed, and will receive the spiritual reward of this work. Your financial contributions will quicken the delivery of this message to the world.
Tithes are paid to one’s local fellowship. Moneys contributed to The Philadelphia Church should be offerings. However, if a person doesn’t have a local fellowship of believers, The Philadelphia Church is a spiritually lawful recipient of tithes.
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