163:7.1 The next few days were busy times
camp; preparations for the
mission were being completed. Jesus and his associates were about to enter upon their last mission, the three months' tour of all Perea, which
terminated only upon the Master's entering
for his final labors on earth. Throughout this period the headquarters of Jesus and the twelve
apostles was maintained here at the Pella camp.
163:7.2 It was no longer necessary for Jesus to go
abroad to teach the people. They now came to him in increasing numbers each week and from all parts, not only from
but from the whole
and from the
Although the Master participated with the seventy in the tour of Perea, he spent much of his time at the Pella camp, teaching the multitude and
instructing the twelve. Throughout this three months' period at least ten of the
remained with Jesus.
163:7.3 The women's corps also prepared to go out, two
and two, with the seventy to labor in the larger cities of Perea. This original group of twelve women had recently trained a larger corps of fifty
women in the work of home visitation and in the art of ministering to the sick and the afflicted. Perpetua,
wife, became a member of this new division of the women's corps and was intrusted with the leadership of the enlarged women's work under Abner. After
she remained with her illustrious husband, accompanying him on all of his missionary tours; and on the day Peter was crucified in Rome, she was fed to
the wild beasts in the arena. This new women's corps also had as members the wives of
Matthew and the mother of James and John.
163:7.4 The work of the kingdom now prepared to enter
upon its terminal phase under the personal leadership of Jesus. And this present phase was one of spiritual depth in contrast with the miracle-minded
and wonder-seeking multitudes who followed after the Master during the former days of popularity in
However, there were still any number of his followers who were material-minded, and who failed to grasp the truth that the
kingdom of heaven
is the spiritual brotherhood of man founded on the eternal fact of the universal
fatherhood of God.
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