The Kingdom: A
If we can believe anyone, surely we can believe the Lord Jesus Christ.
Surely we can believe John the Baptist, Peter and Paul the apostles, and
Daniel the Prophet. We may not believe a preacher, or a politician, or
even the President -- especially the President, but surely we can
believe the Son of God. Surely we can believe John the Baptist, of whom
Jesus said, “Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a
greater," Surely we can believe Peter who was the spokesman for the
church on the day of Pentecost, and devoted his life to the faith.
Surely we can believe Paul who wrote most of the New Testament letters,
and was beheaded for his Testimony. Surely we can believe Daniel who
received a revelation about the Kingdom that was SURE. Don’t take my
word for it, just believe the Scriptures.
The Kingdom of Christ (of God, of Heaven) is a spiritual dominion and
can only be “spiritually discerned," “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by
his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of
God," – “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of
God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.” (I
In order to spiritually understand the
Kingdom of Christ it is helpful to look at the Prophecy of WHEN it would
begin. Daniel wrote, “And in the days of these kings shall the God of
heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom
shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and
consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as
thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands,
and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver,
and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come
to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation
thereof sure.” (read
Dan. 2:31-45) And in the days of these kings is referring to
when the Roman Empire ruled the then know world at the time Christ, the
stone cut out without hands, came and the God of heaven set up a
I personally believe the kingdom of Christ, the Messiah, began when
Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matt.
Luke 3:21-23). Jesus was born the Prince of Peace, predestined to
sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom (Isa.
9:6-7) as the King of Kings (Matt.
2:2) which is what the title Christ or Messiah means (John
4:25). But his Baptism seems to be the time which fulfilled the
words of Daniel "unto the Messiah the Prince" (Dan.
9:25). Mark tells us, Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus
came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and
saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: -”
Mark 1:9-15). The words “the time is fulfilled” refers back to
Daniel’s prophecies. The words “at hand” means near or nigh - or about
There are some who teach that The Kingdom of Christ is a future blessing
for the Jewish Nation. They say it will be an earthly materialistic
physical reign, in the physically restored Temple, in the natural city
of Jerusalem, to be observed in literal time as man knows time, in
fulfillment to the promise made the Jewish Nation with regards to the
land of Canaan, and to king David, as recorded in
Psalms 132:11 and
Isa. 9:6-7, etc. etc.. However, Peter told “the house of Israel” on
the day of Pentecost, that promise was fulfilled in the resurrection of
Christ who IS now sitting at the right hand of the Majesty on High. (Acts
The question IS, did Jesus know what he was talking about when he said
"The time IS fulfilled, the kingdom of God IS at hand," The futurist say
Jesus offered himself to the Jews as their King, but because he was
rejected, God had to postpone the Kingdom, in order to fulfill the
promise. Thus this man-made theory of a Postponed or future Millennial
Kingdom, which according to time would have now been postponed two
thousand years, is derived from man’s inability to spiritually discern
the things of God. When man-made theories call into question the
credibility of the words of The Son of God and great servants of God, we
should be put on notice, and take heed, lest we be deceived.
In the New Testament the word "Kingdom" and the terms "Kingdom of
Heaven" and "Kingdom of God" are often synonymous and interchangeable.
Mark 1:14 says "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came
into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God".
Matthew 4:12 reads "Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into
prison, he departed into Galilee --".
Matt. 4:17 reads "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say
Repent for the kingdom of heaven IS at hand". These are the exact same
Matt 4:23 adds, "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom". Obviously both
Matthew and Mark are speaking of the same thing, but using different
terms. The terms are interchanged in
Matthew 19:23-24: Jesus says, "Verily I say unto you, that a rich
man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto
you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than
for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God". It is obvious that
Jesus is talking about the same kingdom, but as strange as it may be,
some preachers go to College to get some professor to help them to
The Gospel or Good News about The Kingdom was the first message the Jews
heard after what is understood to be a four hundred year period of
silence from God's prophets. That is the approximate time between the
last writings of the Prophet Malachi in the Old Testament and the
Message of John the Baptist, who was "the forerunner or Herald of the
King", as he came on the scene preaching "Repent ye, for the kingdom of
heaven IS at hand" (Matt
3:1-2). John the Baptist was ordained by God while yet in the womb
to "go before him (Christ) in the spirit and power of Elias - to make
ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Lk.
1:13-17). His message was clear "I am not the Christ -- I am the
voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord
-- And seeing Jesus coming unto him, he said "BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
WHICH TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD" (John
1:19-29). Are we to assume that John did not know what he was
talking about when he said The kingdom of heaven IS at hand. John knew
what IS meant!
The Gospel of the Kingdom was the first message Jesus preached after he
began his earthly ministry. Jesus was not ignorant when he began his
ministry. He knew he was to be about his Father’s business. After being
baptized at about thirty years old, the Spirit of God descended upon him
and his heavenly Father said "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well
3: 21-23) Jesus was then tempted by the Devil "in all points
like as we are, yet without sin." He overcame Satan by the word of
Heb 4:15) He went into the synagogue and read a Messianic prophecy
Isaiah 61:1-2, and then announced “This day IS this scripture
fulfilled in your ears.” (Luke
God does not leave us in darkness to depend upon man's theories or ideas
as to what is the Kingdom of God. God tells What the Kingdom of God IS!
Jesus said "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation -- for behold
the kingdom of God IS within you." (Luke
17:20-21) The word "observation" comes from the Greek word "parateresis"
and means "inspection or ocular evidence". This teaches that the Kingdom
of God can not be seen with the physical eye. Jesus said "BEHOLD the
kingdom of God IS within you." Jesus said, “My kingdom IS not of this
world," Are we to believe that Jesus did not know what the word IS
When Jesus had by himself purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand
of his Father on high, who said to the Son, “Thy throne, O God, is
forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy
1:8). Paul wrote, “For the kingdom of God IS NOT meat and drink (is
not that which can be observed with the eyes or touched physically) but
righteousness, and peace, and joy IN the Holy Ghost.” (Rom.
14:17) The kingdom of Christ IS His Spiritual Domain.