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- The Coming Kingdom Of God

What is the good news of the "gospel?" I was always taught that the gospel was that Jesus died for our sins. And while that is good news, is that the gospel of the Kingdom of God that Jesus and the apostles taught? In the book of Acts, the message of Jesus was taught (along side) the gospel of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is the government of God that is soon coming to this earth to reign over mankind. The oppression of Satan's current kingdoms of this world will be overthrown. Satan will no longer make this world a place of suffering and pain. God will restore the earth to its intended purpose and the sons of God will reign with Christ in God's kingdom. This is wonderful news to everyone here on earth that needs to be heard. We are to teach the message of Jesus along side this gospel. The soon coming Kingdom of God was the good news taught by not only Jesus and the disciples, but also all the prophets of old. This is the central theme of all of scripture and is wonderful news. Spread this good news into all the world.

What Is The Gospel Of The Coming Kingdom Of God?

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, Counsellor, 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 (The gospel of the kingdom of God is the government of Christ on earth forever.)

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jer. 23:5-6 (Christ will be a King that reigns on the earth.)

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all thingswhich God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3:19-21 (A time of refreshing and restitution of all things. This certainly sounds like good news for everyone.)

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, Jude 1:14-15 (Enoch, who was before Noah, preached the same message of Christ’s 2nd coming to establish his kingdom, the kingdom of God.)

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abrahamsaying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Gal. 3:8 (God preached the gospel to Abraham. And all nations will be blessed because of this gospel. And the gospel is about the kingdom of God being established on earth by Christ and his saints.)

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. Dan. 2:44 (God reveals his plans to Daniel, to set up his kingdom forever in the earth. This is the gospel.)

But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Dan. 7:18

Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Dan. 7:22

And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. Dan. 7:27

This Is Important
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Gal. 1:6-8 (There is clearly only 1 true gospel. But this verse also shows that there are other false gospels among us. And anyone that preaches the wrong gospel is cursed. It is serious then that we know the true gospel amongst the false gospels.)

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. II Cor. 11:4 (Be sure you accept the right Jesus, the right spirit, and the right gospel. There are obviously false, counterfeits of all of these that we must be aware of.)

But Isn't The Gospel About Jesus Dying For Our Sins?

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. Mal. 3:1 (Jesus was “the messenger of the covenant.” But was this message about himself or something else?)

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: I Cor. 15:1-4 (Paul delivered “first” the message of Christ. And “moreover” they then “also received” the gospel. So this scripture IS consistent with the others that differentiate between Christ and the gospel. This is the verse most often used to suggest that Christ himself is the gospel, but with close examination, that's actually not what it says. And please do not think that I am downplaying the importance of who Jesus is and what he did for us, that is not at all the case.)

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. Acts 28:30-31 (Paul differentiates the kingdom of God and “those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.”)

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12 (Philip differentiates the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.)

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and every sickness and every disease among the people. Matt. 9:35 (Jesus taught the gospel of the kingdom. This gospel was not about himself, but about his government on earth at his 2nd coming.)

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. John 18:36 (Jesus’ kingdom comes from Heaven to earth at his 2nd coming. Jesus is talking about HIS kingdom, so IF the gospel of the kingdom of God has to do with Christ himself, this verse doesn’t make any sense.)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 (Many people not born again saw Jesus, therefore Jesus is not the kingdom of God.)

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. I Cor. 15:50 (The kingdom of God is something that is inherited. We do not inherit Jesus, therefore Jesus is not the kingdom of God.)

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: Hebrew 4:2 (The context of this verse is that the Israelites that Moses lead were in fact preached the gospel. IF the gospel was about Christ dying for our sins, how did this gospel exist before Christ had even arrived to die for our sins? The answer can only be that Christ is not the gospel. The gospel is about God’s kingdom soon coming to earth.)

The Message Of Paul And The Apostles 

And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. Acts 19:8 (Paul preached about the kingdom of God.)

And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Acts 20:25 (Paul obviously preached the kingdom of God.)

For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. II Peter 1:11 (Peter also preached about the kingdom.)

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. Luke 9:1-2 (The 12 disciples preached about the kingdom of God.)

The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. Luke 16:16

Is The Kingdom Of God Among Us Today?

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. I Cor. 15:50 (Well since we are flesh and blood, we cannot inherit the kingdom of God in our present form.)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:3-8 (Born of water is in reference to baptism. Born of the Spirit is in reference to our change from flesh and blood into spirit beings at the resurrection. Until both of these things take place, we have yet to enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus then compares being born of the Spirit to being like wind, or being invisible. So we aren’t born of Spirit at baptism, only born of water. I don’t know any baptized Christians that could be described like wind or being invisible. Being born of Spirit takes place at the resurrection at Christ’s return. It is not until then that God’s Kingdom is established and we are allowed to enter in.)

Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place." John 18:36

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. Luke 22:14-18 (Jesus has not eaten the bread or drank of the fruit of the vine since that day, therefore, the Kingdom of God has not yet come.)

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, Counsellor, 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 (We currently have endless war, not endless peace, therefore the Kingdom of God is not yet established. And notice who performs this establishing of the Kingdom. It is the zeal of the Lord of hosts, not us. It is not our job to establish God’s Kingdom on earth. God doesn’t need our help.)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph. 6:12 (Darkness of this world is described as “rulers.” Spiritual wickedness is described as being in “high places.” This could not be true if God’s Kingdom was established.)

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Luke 11:2 (It doesn’t say “thy kingdom spread” or “thy kingdom grow.” It says “thy kingdom come.” Why pray for thy kingdom to come if it’s already here?)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt. 6:33 (Why seek the kingdom of God if it is already here or within you?)

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. II Cor. 4:4 (Satan is described as “the god of this world.” If the kingdom of God is present today, this would not be the case.)

So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Luke 21:31 (The judgment of God was at hand. Or the fact that it was Jesus who orchestrated the events of the Roman army desolating the temple.)

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21 (Many will quote this verse to claim that the Kingdom of God is something that is within us and therefore present on earth today. Other translations use the phrase “among you” or “in your midst.” The NIV even has the footnote “among you” at the bottom. Jesus was referring to himself as the top representative and King of the Kingdom of God. It can’t possibly mean “within you,” because he was speaking to the Pharisees. Keeping in mind Jesus’ feelings toward the Pharisees, Jesus can’t be saying that the Kingdom of God is within the Pharisees. That wouldn’t make any sense and doesn’t line up with the rest of scripture. So referring to himself as the Kingdom of God or the representative of it will help explain some other verses. And since Jesus ascended to Heaven and is no longer present on earth today, the Kingdom is also not currently present on earth today.)

"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" Mark 1:15 (The Kingdom of God was “near” because Jesus was among them at that time. Today, he is in Heaven.)

Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.' ….Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.' Luke 10:9,11 (Again, Jesus was among them and performed miracles to announce his presence.  Today, he is in Heaven.)

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, Colossians 1:13 (Read verse 12 for the proper time context. Paul is speaking about when the saints inherit the Kingdom, and then that continues into verse 13. So Christ hasn’t yet rescued us from the dominion of darkness. This occurs at his return, and then at that point we are brought into the kingdom of the Son he loves. Yes, Jesus did conquer the penalty for sin and provided a path for us to receive eternal life. But the dominion of darkness is still present today, and the Kingdom of God is not yet established. The gospel is the good news of the coming Kingdom of God, Jesus was the messenger of it, and obviously plays a major roll in the overall plan of God.)

But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Matthew 12:28 (Jesus is again referring to himself. The Messiah was among them performing miracles. Today, Jesus is in Heaven, therefore the Kingdom of God is not currently among us.)

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, Hebrews 12:28 (Read the previous verses back to verse 18 for the proper time context. It is referencing a future time when God’s Kingdom is established on earth. At that time we will be thankful and worship God with reverence and awe because we will have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken. That Kingdom is not yet established.)

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. Matthew 11:12 (This is again referencing Jesus as the top representative and King of the Kingdom of God. He was at that time present among them. Today, Jesus is in Heaven, therefore the Kingdom of God is not currently among us.)

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