Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
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Jesus Christ had focused His disciples’ minds on the Kingdom of God, so it is no wonder they were eager to know when it would come. But Jesus told them, and us, that we can’t know the day or the hour of His return (Matthew 24:36). Instead of focusing on the exact timing, we need to be doing the job He has given us.
Being a witness to Jesus Christ includes not just preaching His role as Savior through His first coming, but His role as King of Kings—announcing His second coming. Both aspects are part of the good news of the Kingdom of God that Jesus and the New Testament Church proclaimed (Mark 1:14-15; Acts 28:31; see “What Is the Mission of the Church?”).
Read more of the inspiring good news of the Kingdom of God in our booklet The Mystery of the Kingdom.