There is a forgotten verse in the Bible that I stumbled across two weeks ago and it took me completely by surprise. I was reading my Swedish Bible when I came across a verse where Jesus sent His disciples out from the East to the West to complete the Great Commission. This westward movement is what the Chinese have been calling the Back to Jerusalem vision for centuries, but now I was reading it in my Swedish Bible.
Immediately, I looked for it in my English Bible and could not see the same verse. I reached for my electronic Bibles, where I have several different translations – and again, I did not find it.
I then looked at the original Greek version and there I found it.
For the last couple of years, I have been working on a dissertation regarding the BTJ vision. The Back to Jerusalem vision is not complicated to understand. It is the simple vision of the Chinese underground House Church to complete the Great Commission, moving from the east to the west, and see the return of Jesus Christ.
However, this simple vision of Back to Jerusalem is changing the world of missions forever. Currently, the Back to Jerusalem vision of the Chinese underground church is responsible for more missionaries deployed to unreached areas than all of the other nations in the world combined – and those numbers are only growing.
Unfortunately, the BTJ vision is not without its critics. There have been theologians and influential pastors that have publicly stated that there is no Biblical foundation for the BTJ vision at all.
After hearing respectful theologians and pastors say this, I have obsessively studied the Back to Jerusalem vision and have spent thousands of hours with hundreds of Chinese pastors to find out where the vision comes from and what the Biblical roots are.
I found a plethora of Bible verses throughout the Old and New Testament, Temple ceremonies, and even Levitical sacrifices that point to the east-west movement championed in the Back to Jerusalem vision. I have placed all of this material in a book that will be released at the beginning of next year, called China and End-Time Prophecy.
I finished my dissertation in May, have a book coming out about BTJ in February 2021 and thought that my studies regarding the BTJ vision were complete – until I found this verse.
This verse confirms all of the other verses that I have found in an amazing way.
I will talk about this verse and why it is in some English versions and not in others. I will also share why this verse is significant to the BTJ vision on our Saturday morning podcast tomorrow morning at 10AM NYC time.
This is an exciting podcast that you will not want to miss. You can listen live at www.backtojerusalem.com/live from 10AM New York City time.
Note: If you click on this link after it airs live it will not work. If you miss the live podcast, you will have to wait for it to be added to the podcast database at www.backtojerusalem.com/podcast