Jesus told his disciples that not one stone would be left standing on another. It would not be him, nor his disciples, who would "reign" from Jerusalem, not at least for some time. Instead, the Son of Man will come in a cloud with power and great glory. Then he will send his angels, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the earth to the other.
After this, there will be wars and rumors of wars. Nations will rise and fall. Leaders will lead their people into war or peace. Some will be saved, others will be lost.
Then comes the Great Day of Judgment when everyone will be judged according to what they have done. The good will go to heaven while the evil will go to hell. There will be no half measures on that day; everything will be revealed and nothing hidden.
After this, Jesus will return and reign forever and ever.
This is how the world will know that Jesus is the Christ: His coming and the transformation of the world.
He will come as a king, but not by force. He will judge but not condemn. He will give eternal life but only to those who love him first.
His coming is imminent.
Jesus and his followers were on their way to Jerusalem. Could they sit one on each side of Jesus as an honor when he began to rule his kingdom? James and John believed that a *kingdom will be established on Earth right now. They asked if it was time for Jesus to begin his reign - a question that offended his other disciples.
Jesus replied by asking them two questions: "Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" and "Will you be willing to lose your life for my sake?"
They answered him, "We are able" and "Yes, we will." Jesus told them both that he loved them and that they would perform great deeds before many people.
After this answer, Jesus once again turned toward his disciples and said, "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
He then continued on his journey to Jerusalem.
This story takes place around A.D. 30. Jesus has just finished his final trip to Jerusalem where he will be crucified by the Romans. At the time of this story, the Romans had taken over governing Israel, so Jesus could not officially start his reign until after he died at trial by Caesar and was raised from the dead.
Jesus was aware that his mission was nearing completion. As they headed to Jerusalem, Jesus forewarned His followers that he would be crucified shortly and resurrected three days later. As they approached Jerusalem, Jesus instructed two of his followers to go into a nearby town and bring a donkey that was waiting for them. He wanted them to bear his body back to Bethany, where his family lived.
This event has become known as the Anointing of Jesus' Body. It took place in the Holy City of Jerusalem. The Jewish leaders had placed their hands on Jesus' head to anoint him with oil during the Feast of Tabernacles. However, the oil they used was unsuitable for ceremonial purposes. Therefore, one of Jesus' followers went to a jar of olive oil and brought it to him. He rubbed the oil on Jesus' body and told him to feel free to enter Jerusalem bearing the Lord's body.
This act signified that Jesus won't be denied access to the city because of the nature of his mission. It also showed that he was now ready to undergo suffering and death at the hands of the Jews.
During this time, Peter felt compelled to ask Jesus about some of the prophecies concerning himself. He asked if it was really him who was to come back to life after being dead for three hours.
According to 4:5, Jesus and the disciples were gathered. He gathered them and told them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised. "Which you heard from Me," he continued, "because John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not long from now." 1:4 Acts (NASB)
Why did Jesus instruct his followers in Acts 1:4 not to leave Jerusalem after teaching for 40 days about the Kingdom of God? Seeking and Being Obeyed The Bible informs us in John 20:19 where you can locate Jesus before He appears to all of His followers. They were sheltering behind closed doors in a room.