After His resurrection Jesus spent forty days with his disciples, “speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).
At the end of this time the disciples “asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”. He did not tell them that their idea of the Kingdom was wrong, but said: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power” (vv 6,7).
Then Jesus ascended to heaven, and angels promised the disciples: “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (v 11). Later Peter said: “[God] shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:20,21).
Putting these passages together, the Kingdom of God is to do with: The restoration of what once existed The nation of Israel The return of Christ The teachings of the Old Testament That the Kingdom of God once existed is shown by some words of King David: “and of all my sons… [God] hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of Yahweh over Israel” (1Ch 28:5).
The future Kingdom The basis of the Kingdom which Jesus Christ is to set up at his return is the kingdom of Israel restored, but this Kingdom will have worldwide rule, centered in Israel. This is shown by considering the future Kingdom under the same five points: The King. Jesus Christ will rule Israel and the world as the descendant of King David: “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 for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luk 1:32,33).
The Ezekiel prophesies: “Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen… and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land… one king shall be king to them all… And David My servant shall be king over them” (Eze 37:21-24).
The Jews will be the subjects of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, who, as the Son (descendant) of David, will rule. His subjects will not be just Israel, however, but all the world: “all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him” (Psa 72:11).
Notice the emphasis on the land of Israel in Eze 37:21-24 quoted above: “I will… bring them into their own land… I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel”. The passage continues: “they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt” (v 25). However, the rule of Christ will extend to all the earth: “And Yahweh shall be king over all the earth” (Zec 14:9); “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth” (Psa 72:8).
The Jeremiah says: “At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of Yahweh; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of Yahweh, to Jerusalem” (Jer 3:17). The law. Isaiah, also speaking of Jerusalem as the capital of the worldwide Kingdom of God, says: “many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem” (Isa 2:3). When will the Kingdom be established? The Kingdom of God will be established when Christ returns in fulfillment of the promise to the disciples in Acts 1:11. Jesus Christ provides two indications of when this will occur: When Israel is restored: “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luk 21:24).
After nearly two thousand years, the Jews now control Jerusalem again. When the world is in trouble: “And there shall be… distress of nations, with perplexity… men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth” (vv 25,26). This situation has arisen in the twentieth century, especially in recent years. Following this situation: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (v 27); “when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand” (v 31). The Kingdom of God will soon be established. Now is the time to prepare for it.
The 12 Prophesies of Upcoming and Fulfilled About Kingdom Of God:
1.That God will set up a Kingdom in the earth, which will overthrow all others, and change them into “the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ.” Dan. 2:44; 7:13-14; Rev. 11:15; Isa. 32:1, 16; 2:3-4; 11:9-10.
2.That for this purpose God will send Jesus Christ personally to the earth at the close of the times of the Gentiles. Acts 3:20-21; Psa. 102:16, 21; 2 Tim. 4:1; Acts 1:9, 11; Dan. 7:13 Luke 21:24-27; Rom. 11:25-26].
3. That the Kingdom which he will establish will be the Kingdom of Israel restored, in the territory it formerly occupied, namely, the land promised for an everlasting possession to Abraham and his Seed (the Christ) by covenant. Mic. 4:6-8; Amos 9:11, 15; Eze. 37:21-22; Jer. 23:3, 8; Gen. 13:14-17; Heb. 11:8-9; Gal. 3:16; Lev. 26:42; Mic. 7:20.
4. That this restoration of the Kingdom again to Israel will involve the ingathering of God’s chosen but scattered nation, the Jews; their reinstatement in the land of their fathers, when it shall have been reclaimed from “the desolation of many generations”; the building again of Jerusalem to become “the throne of the Lord” and the metropolis of the whole earth. Isa. 11:12; Jer. 31:10; Zec. 8:8; Eze. 36:34-36; Isa. 5l:3; 60:15; 62:4; Jer. 3:17; Mic. 4:7-8; Joel 3:17; Isa. 24:23.
5. That the governing body of the Kingdom so established will be the brethren of Christ, of all generations, developed by resurrection and change, and constituting, with Christ as their head, the collective “Seed of Abraham,” in whom all nations will be blessed, and including “Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets,” and all in their age of like faithfulness. Dan. 12:2; Luke 13:28; Rev. 11:18; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; John 5:28-29; 6:39-40; Luke 14:14; Matt. 25:34, 46 [Publisher’s Note: additional passages: Rev. 5:9-10; Dan. 7:27].
6. That at the appearing of Christ prior to the establishment of the Kingdom, the responsible (namely, those who know the revealed will of God, and have been called upon to submit to it), dead and living — obedient and disobedient — will be summoned before his judgment seat “to be judged according to their works,” and “receive in body according to what they have done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Tim. 4:1; Rom. 2:5-6, 16; 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 4:5; Rev. 11:18.
7. That the unfaithful will be consigned to shame and “the second death,” and the faithful, invested with immortality, and exalted to reign with Jesus as joint heirs of the Kingdom, co-possessors of the earth, and joint administrators of God’s authority among men in everything. Matt. 7:26; 8:12; 25:20-30; Dan. 12:2; Gal. 6:8; 5:21; 2 Thess. 1:8; Heb. 10:26-31; 2 Pet. 2:12; Rev. 21:8; Mal. 4:1; Psa. 37:30-38; Prov. 10:25-29; 1 Cor. 15:51-55; 2 Cor. 5:1-4; James 1:12; Rom. 2:7; John 10:28; Matt. 5:5; Psa. 37:9, 22, 29; Rev. 5:9; Dan. 7:27; 1 Thess. 2:12; 2 Pet. 1:11; Rev. 3:21; 2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 5:10; Psa. 49:7-9; Luke 22:29-30.
8. That the Kingdom of God, thus constituted, will continue a thousand years, during which sin and death will continue among the earth’s subject inhabitants, though in a much milder degree than now. Rev. 20:4-9; 11:15; Isa. 65:20; Eze. 44:22, 25; 1 Cor. 15:24-28.
9. That a law will be established which shall go forth to the nations for their “instruction in righteousness,” resulting in the abolition of war to the ends of the earth, and the “filling of the earth with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh as the waters cover the sea.” Mic. 4:2; Isa. 42:4; 11:1-10; 2:4; Hab. 2:14.
10. That the mission of the Kingdom will be to subdue all enemies, and finally death itself, by opening up the way of life to the nations, which they will enter by faith, during the thousand years, and (in reality) at their close. 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 21:4; 20:12-15; Isa. 25:6-8.
11. That at the close of the thousand years, there will be a general resurrection and judgment, resulting in the final extinction of the wicked, and the immortalization of those who shall have established their title (under the grace of God) to eternal life during the thousand years. Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Cor. 15:24.
The responsible dead will be raised and, along with the responsible living, taken to the judgment seat. The responsible wicked will be punished with death, and the righteous given eternal life.The Judgment will also be given to the nations who resist Christ. The righteous will then rule over those people who are then alive, but who are not responsible to God; they will teach them the Gospel as “kings and priests” (Rev. 5:10). This will last for 1,000 years. During this time all the mortal people will hear the Gospel and therefore be responsible to God. These people will live much longer and happier lives. At the end of the 1,000 years there will be a rebellion against Christ and the saints, which God will put down (Rev. 20:8,9). At the end of the 1,000 years, all those who have died during that time will be resurrected and judged (Rev. 20:5,11-15). The wicked amongst them will be destroyed, and the righteous will join us in having eternal life.
12. That the government will then be delivered up by Jesus to the Father, Who will manifest Himself as the “All-in-All”; sin and death having been taken out of the way, and the race completely restored to the friendship of the Deity. 1 Cor. 15:28.