Bible Teaching About God’s Kingdom Part 2

Introduction

In part 1 we saw Israel was overturned because of disobedience to God’s commandments. We have seen too that the Bible teaches that Israel will one day be restored and that this restored nation of Israel will be the Kingdom of God

Every kingdom may be considered as consisting of: 

  • A king.

  • A government.

  • A people.

  • A land.

  • A capital city. 

The King

Remember how Ezekiel predicted that Israel would be overturned UNTIL he come whose right it is, and I will give it him” (Ezekiel 21:27). To know who this person is who has the right to the throne of Israel we must be aware of the covenant that God made with David: 

“And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father and he shall be my son...” (2 Samuel 7:12-14) 

From this we learn that: 

  • David would have a seed, or descendant.

  • God would be the Father of this son.

  • This seed would reign on David’s throne.

  • He would reign for ever.

 There can be no doubt that the promised seed of David is the Lord Jesus Christ who was Son of God, but son of David through his mother. This is proved conclusively by the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary: 

“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33. Also see Acts 2:30; Psalm 132:11)

THUS THE KING OF THE FUTURE KINGDOM WILL BE JESUS CHRIST. 

The Government

The disciples of Jesus, who learned about the Kingdom of God from the lips of the Son of God himself, looked for the restoration of Israel (Remember Acts 1:6?). Jesus had promised them: 

“Ye which have followed me, in the the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory; ye also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” 
(Matthew 19:28) 

The promise of Jesus to all his faithful followers is that they will share in the ruling of the Kingdom: 

“He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron...Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth”(Revelation 2:26,27; & 5:9,10) 

THUS THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE MADE UP OF THE FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS OF JESUS. They will be given eternal life when Jesus comes to claim his throne. More about this later. 

The People

Since the Kingdom of God is to be the kingdom of Israel restored, it follows that the people will be the Jews. 

“I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. And thou O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem”   (Micah 4:7-8) 

Great changes will have to take place in the attitude of the Jewish people towards Jesus but the apostle Paul, quoting from Isaiah, assures us that this will happen: 

“They (the Jews) also, if they abide not still in unbelief shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again......blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them when I shall take away their sins”      (Romans 11:23,25,26) 

But the influence of Jesus, reigning on David’s throne, will extend beyond the boundaries of the land of Israel. His rule will gradually spread to all the nations of the earth and they will come under his rulership: 

“Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him” (Psalm 72:11) 

“The kingdoms of this world are become the the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever”(Revelation 11:15) 

THUS THE PEOPLE WILL BE THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL but ultimately ALL NATIONS will become subject to Jesus. 

The Land

In the first instance, the land of Israel will be the territory of the Kingdom. This land that has been desolate because of the sins of the people of Israel (Remember Leviticus 26:33?) will be transformed into a land of great beauty. We shall consider this in detail in a later study when we consider the promises which God made to Abraham the father of the Jewish race. 

Although Israel will be the land where Jesus will establish his Kingdom, his rulership will gradually extend over the entire earth: 

“And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day there shall be one LORD, and his name one”  (Zechariah 14:9) 

We may say, then, that THE LAND WILL BE THE LAND OF ISRAEL BUT ULTIMATELY JESUS WILL ESTABLISH A WORLD-WIDE EMPIRE. 

The Capital City

Jesus is the heir to David’s throne which was in Jerusalem. This is where Jesus will reign as king:

 “At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart”  (Jeremiah 3:17) 

“And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Micah 4:2) 

THUS THE CAPITAL CITY WILL BE JERUSALEM 

Conclusion

From what we have seen so far, we may be absolutely sure that: 

  • The Kingdom of God is NOT in heaven.

  • The Kingdom of God is NOT the Church.

  • The Kingdom of God is NOT in mens’ hearts.

Rather, the Kingdom of God will be the kingdom of Israel restored with Jesus as King, the faithful believers as rulers with him, the Jews (and ultimately the other nations) as the people, the land of Israel (and ultimately the whole earth) as the territory of the Kingdom and Jerusalem as the capital city. 

This is what we pray for when we say the Lord’s Prayer: 

“THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH...

 

 

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