People of different backgrounds are all praying for the Kingdom of God to come. What Is the Kingdom of God? Would you say it is…?
- Something within your heart?
- A figure of speech?
- A government in heaven?
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
“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” (Daniel 2:44). “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, Upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, To order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice From henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
WHAT THAT CAN MEAN FOR YOU
A righteous government that can benefit you personally.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
In a coming new world, life in perfect health and happiness.
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”—Revelation 21:3-4
CAN WE REALLY BELIEVE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS?
Yes, for at least two reasons:
Jesus showed what God’s Kingdom will accomplish.
Jesus taught his followers to pray for God’s Kingdom to come and for God’s will to be done on earth. (Matthew 6:9, 10) Jesus demonstrated how that prayer will be answered. While on earth, Jesus fed the hungry, healed the sick, and restored life to the dead! (Matthew 15:29-38; John 11:38-44) As the future Ruler of God’s Kingdom, Jesus provided a beautiful preview of what that Kingdom will do for its subjects (Revelation 11:15.)
World conditions confirm that God’s Kingdom will soon come.
Jesus foretold that just before the Kingdom brings peace to the earth, our world would be plagued with wars, famines, and earthquakes (Matthew 24:3-7). We see those very conditions today. So, we can be confident that God’s Kingdom will bring an end to all such problems for 1000 years (Revelation 20:3-4). After which, God will create a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1).
TO THINK ABOUT
- What will life be like under the rule of God’s Kingdom?
- The Bible answers that question at PSALM 37:29 and ISAIAH 65:21-23.