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Why is our position on the timing of Christ’s return in relation to the millennium important? The reason is because our understanding of God’s plan of salvation drastically changes depending on the position we hold to. Is it a “salvation issue?” No, most things are not in my view. But our understanding and knowledge of God’s plan for the future being correct and biblical keeps us grounded and protects us from deception. There are 4 primary positions in which each have small variations within them. Historic Premillennialism is the position held here as the truth of scripture. The other 3 positions are not considered to have everything wrong in their teachings. They all have truths in them, but their ultimate conclusion is wrong. Dispensational Premillennialism, Amillennialism, and Postmillennialism are the other views we will discuss. 

What Happens When We Die? - Do we go straight to Heaven or Hell as tradition suggests? Is there a purgatory as Catholics suggest? Is there even consciousness at all when we die? There is no need to fear the unknown on this matter. The scriptures reveal more than you may have been led to believe on this matter.

Is Hell A Place Of Eternal Torture? Tradition suggests that Hell is a place where bad people go, there is fire, Satan, demons, and eternal torture and torment. Is this really how the scriptures describe "hell?"

Is Heaven The Reward Of The Saved? - Does the bible say that the saved go to Heaven? Are you sure or is that your tradition talking? 

Does Everyone Receive The Same Reward In "Heaven?" - Were you taught that everyone that makes it into "Heaven" will receive the same reward? Is this what the bible teaches? 

The 1000 Year Reign, And The New Heavens And New Earth? - You will be shocked by the plethora of scripture that speaks of the afterlife. It's been in our bible's all this time, but sometimes our spiritual eyes need to be opened.


1 resurrection - Amil, Postmil
2 resurrections - Premil





Is The Kingdom Physical? Spiritual? Or Both?

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. Acts 1:6-7


Revelation 20

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. Rev. 20:1-8


Postmillennialism

Postmil simply stated says the return of Christ is after(post) the millennium. Like most positions, it has a mixed bag of nuanced beliefs within it. So it is sometimes hard to completely generalize successfully because there are usually exceptions to those generalizations. Most Postmils will say that the millennium began in the 1st century, and some will say it is not yet, but either way it must come first before Christ comes back. They believe it is an earthly kingdom just as Premils believe, not a heavenly intermediate state as Amils believe. It has re-emerged popularity in the 20th century. But instead of wading through the tangled web of mixed beliefs within Postmil, let’s just address why NONE of them are true. 

The Presuppositional Argument - This is my favorite because it cuts straight to the crux of the matter. Postmil presupposes at least 1 of 2 things to be true in order to be a CONSISTENT Postmil TODAY. Today, in order to be consistent, you MUST either be a Calvinist or a charismatic, or both. I am neither, therefore I am disqualified to consistently hold to a Postmil position today. I say “consistent” because there is always an extremely small minority that will say they are an exception. And that’s fine they can say they are Postmil, but they don’t hold a consistent view. I say “today” because some of the reformers held to Postmil and fit outside this profile. But that was a different set of circumstances back in the 16th and 17th century that no longer exists today. The reformers were full of hope as they pulled away from the Roman Catholic Church. They believed that their movement, if successful, would bring in the millennium. But their success was only partial, and was not complete. Today that momentum no longer exists and if anything we are going in the opposite direction. 

Why is the presuppositional argument effective? - Because when you dive into the various differences between the different views of eschatology(ie. Postmil, Premil, Amil), all views make a biblical case for their view. The problem is that we are biased and favor our view and often times demand that it is the only possible understanding of a particular verse. I think it is important to understand that biblical texts can be read with different understandings depending on the presuppositions we bring to the text. The key is in making sure our presuppositions are correct. If we declare our understanding of a text as the only possible one, we are being shortsighted and biased. Yes some answers to objections are stronger than others, but we have to pick and choose our battles to only the ones we know we can win. 

The Calvinist camp - If Calvinism were true, which I don’t believe it is, they can at least make a biblical case for Postmil. And when I say “biblical case,” I don’t necessarily mean a strong one, but they can account for all verses in some way to consistently hold a Postmil position. This camp believes that the sovereignty of God(their definition of it) will consummate the kingdom of God on earth despite the lack of momentum in that direction in our world today. They are Monergists rather than Synergists. So God does not need to contend with the free will of man since they do not have free will. If man does have free will, then there lacks any kind of path for mankind to reverse course and successfully consummate the kingdom prior to Christ’s return. That is unless, you belong to the next camp who espouse the continuation of spiritual gifts. 

The Charismatic camp - This camp can also include Calvinists, so Calvinists will make up a big part of the overall Postmil camp. But charismatics, or those that believe in the continuation of the spiritual gifts, can be of Arminian persuasion and still be Postmil. The spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues, gift of healing, or prophecy is seen as evidence that we are in the millennium today. These gifts can be increased in power by God to convert the masses and consummate the kingdom prior to Christ returning. So they also can make a biblical case for Postmil with a consistent understanding of how the masses can be converted to Christ before he returns despite there being momentum in the opposite direction.

The Dangers of Postmil - Not every strand of Postmil belief is scary. Some of it is relatively harmless, but some is very dangerous. You have what is called Dominionism. Other names associated with this is Reconstructionism or Theonomy. These will 100% come from the reformed or Calvinist camps. It teaches that the millennium will be achieved by a political movement in which Christians will establish themselves in all areas of leadership in government and society. This infiltration from within will accomplish bringing in the kingdom of God on earth, the millennium. Or it will bring the kingdom of God to its consummation. Then Jesus will come back. Many hold to a hope of what is called theonomy or theocracy, which is a government run by Christians in which the law of God is imposed on society. This is an admirable goal as even in the Premil view, a government of God is established in the earth to rule with God’s law implemented to bring freedom and prosperity to the world. The difference in the Premil view, is that Jesus will have come back and this law will be implemented properly. The Postmil view has Jesus in heaven still. So while they claim to rule in God’s name, this is actually quite scary as many cults and false religious tyrannies have claimed the backing of God, but has only resulted in disaster. To be fair, there are nuanced views within this camp and some are very fanatical and some aren’t as bad. But you have to be a Calvinist to be in this camp because it necessitates God making it happen. Today

Either way, the Charismatic Movement and reformed Dominionism are both errors that can not lead to truth. These positions are refuted on the following pages on this site: Cessation Of Healing And TonguesSeparation Of Church And State, and Nowhere Else To Run. Now there are exceptions, not every Postmil believer fits perfectly in these 2 camps. Not every Postmil believer is a hardcore theonomist that wants to implement their false version of God’s law onto society. There are certainly some very dangerous paths a Postmil view can take you down.

Postmil also believes in one resurrection versus two. An argument can be made on both sides of this. Both sides can accuse the other of bias in their interpretation. So let’s instead see which aligns with the rest of scripture so as to allow scripture to interpret scripture. Also it is worth noting that very few Postmil will be futurists of any kind because it’s not really a consistent position to simultaneously hold to both views. They primarily will be Preterists or Historicists. 


Dispensational Premillennialism

Dispy Premil has one thing going for it, that is the Premil part. The Dispy part is where all the baggage is at. Unfortunately many will reject Premil because of all that Dispy baggage. Historic Premil gets forgotten about as an alternative option. But don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. There is a reason why Premil is split into 2 camps. Check out the following page that refutes the Dispy position: True Israel Today Is...

Dispy’s are futurists which goes against the biblical Historicist view of Revelation taught on the following page: Historicist View Of Revelation. They believe in 2 separate people of God. They believe the modern nation of Israel is central to understanding Bible prophecy. They consistently use the strawman argument of “replacement theology” to refute the biblical teaching that the one body of Christ now includes grafted in Gentiles who put their faith in Christ. 

Historic Premillennialism

Historic Premil was the primary position of the early church. It should be noted however that it was not a unanimous position. But in the 4th century under Constantine and the council of Nicaea, a big shift took place and Amil became the majority position. Augustine was the primary source from which this developed and it continued as the Roman Catholic Church came into power under the Papacy. 

Objection:  Premil requires a future rebuilt 3rd temple with animal sacrifices
Answer: Actually no, Dispy Premil requires that. And while some historic Premil advocates may believe that, many do not as it is not a required belief of historic Premil. The Bible teaches that the true 3rd temple is the body of believers. Another temple would be a rejection of the true temple being the body of believers in which God dwells. Animal sacrifices is also a rejection of the great sacrifice of Christ as the lamb of God. 

Objection: Historic Premil requires a literal or exact 1000 year millennium.
Answer: While some may believe that, it does not require it. I believe the 1000 years could be exact, but rather believe it to be a rough estimate. If you read the following page: God's 7000 Year Plan Of Redemption, we see that God does work in not exact 1000 year increments, but roughly. 

Objection: There is still death and sin in the millennium. Rev. 19 says all unbelievers are destroyed at Christ’s return.
Answer: Premils acknowledge this and see no issue with it. Rev. 19 does does not actually say that. That is being read into the text something that is not there.

Objection: Flesh and blood can not enter the kingdom of God.
Answer: Premils acknowledge and account for this as well. At the resurrection of believers they are given new bodies and believers still alive are changed at the twinkling of an eye as 1 Cor. 15 says.

Amillennialism

Amil does have some sound teachings, so while I reject the conclusion, I don’t reject all of its teachings. Amil correctly disputes dispensationalism. It correctly teaches that the kingdom was inaugurated in the 1st century. There are many teachings that can be attached to it without creating inconsistencies. 1st let’s address 2 teachings that create inconsistencies with Amil.

The 1st is the Historicist view of prophecy. While there may be a few people out there that hold to both Amil and Historicism at the same time, I believe it to be an inconsistent position to hold. Daniel 7 reveals that the saints received(vs18) and possessed(vs22) the kingdom AFTER the destruction of the little horn. In the Historicist view, the little horn is the Papacy. So if this possession or receiving of the kingdom is the start of the millennium, then the Amil teaching of the millennium starting in the 1st century can not be true. If the saints received and possessed the kingdom after the Papacy was destroyed, this means that before had they had not yet possessed or received the kingdom. How then could they be reigning with Christ in a kingdom they had not yet received or possessed? Historicism and Amil are incompatible positions to hold at the same time. 

The other incompatible position to hold with Amil is the doctrine of soul sleep, which stands in direct opposition to the traditional doctrine of the immortal soul. The Bible teaches not that we have a soul, but that we are a soul. And the soul can die. Read the following page to understand this further: What Happens When We Die?. Amil does not explicitly teach the immortal soul doctrine, but is does presuppose it. Amil teaches that when we die, we go to heaven(or hell) and reign with Christ and that that is the millennium. There are some variations, but none of which allow for soul sleep. It is 100% inconsistent to hold to both teachings at the same time. If soul sleep is true and the doctrine of the immortal soul is false, the Amil falls with it. 

Millennium on earth - Premil, Postmil
Millennium in heaven - Amil

Satan presently bound - Amil, Postmil
Satan presently not bound - Premil

One resurrection 





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

How Important Is This?

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.)

And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Luke 22:15-18