with the Jews. Once again, signs will accompany God’s mes-
sage and messengers.
To understand more about signs and times, and to distin-
guish them from what is signless and timeless, we need to ex-
amine the difference between prophecy and mystery.
Prophecy vs. Mystery
The early Church, mostly Jewish, was living in expectation
of the coming Kingdom of Israel—thus they are known as the
“Kingdom Church.” Not all of the Jews repented as Peter had
instructed them to do (Acts 2:38). Miraculous signs and won-
ders continued, and Peter again instructed them to repent and
to receive the times of refreshing, with its revelation of Jesus
Christ (Acts 3:19-21).9
This “Kingdom Church” was looking for the revelation of
Christ onto the earth. By Acts 28, the Jews’ heart had become
calloused and God’s salvation was sent to the Gentiles (Acts
28:27-29). This great responsibility was given to Paul (Eph.
3:1-2). He spoke of the Jews rejection of the Gospel and how
he was the apostle to the Gentiles, to make the Jews envious
(Rom. 11:11-18). The new and distinct body of believers
formed through Paul is known as the “Mystery Church.” It is
Here we have restoration coming at the time of Christ. As we saw in great
detail in the previous chapters of this book, the end occurs at the revelation
of the End Himself. Again, the end will occur and restoration will begin, all
on that day when Christ is revealed.