Is the Kingdom of God literal or figurative?
We saw in the previous article that the true gospel was about the soon coming kingdom of God to this earth, not just about what Jesus Christ did for all humanity!
Jesus termed it a “mystery.” Jesus said to His disciples, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that ‘seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them’ “ (Mark 4:11-12).
What did Jesus and the prophets of old prophesy or foretell and did His disciples understand what He was talking about?
The Kingdom of God is a literal kingdom. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a man with his head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze and legs of iron with feet mixed partly of iron and clay. Daniel through revelation of God told the king what this image was! This would be four world-ruling empires. And history has shown these empires to be the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greco-Macedonian and Roman empires.(Daniel 2:31-43)
Verse 44: “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
The Kingdom of God will replace all of the governments of this earth! And when Jesus returns the Kingdom of God will be established on this earth!
- Revelation 11:15: “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’”
When the kingdom is established, the twelve apostles will “sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel”
- Matthew 19:28: “And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
- Luke 22:30:“that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Who else will be ruling in that Kingdom?
- Rev. 20:4:” And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then [I saw] the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received [his] mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a [fn]thousand years.”
- Verse 6: “Blessed and holy [is] he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
Those who are resurrected in the first resurrection will be the kings and the priests who will be ruling with Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God over the earth for one thousand years!
That Kingdom of God is prophesied to come to this earth and that is the true gospel! God speed that day!
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