Kingdom of God on Earth
It comes as a surprise to many who suddenly take an interest in the Bible, to discover that there was a Kingdom of God on the earth in former years and that Kingdom was ruled over by mortal rulers.
When the Children of Israel were led out of Egypt by Moses, the Father promised them that, if they obeyed His will..."The Lord thy God will set thee above all nations of the earth.......the Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself." (Deut.
28:1,9). That the Father kept His promise is well borne out by Scripture and history, and Israel became the Kingdom of God, as the following passages of Scripture clearly show.....
1 Chronicles 29:23...."Then Solomon sat on the THRONE OF THE LORD AS KING
instead of David his father......."
2 Chronicles 9:8........."Blessed be the Lord thy God which delighteth in thee (Solomon) TO
SET THEE ON HIS THRONE, TO BE KING FOR THE LORD."
That Kingdom came to an end in BC588, because of wickedness, when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, took it's last King captive, killed his sons in front of him and plucked out his eyes.
THE KINGDOM IS TO BE RE-ESTABLISHED:
Because there has already been a Kingdom of God on the earth, men of faith in our days are convinced from such prophetic words as those of Jeremiah
3:17..."At that time they shall call JERUSALEM THE THRONE OF THE LORD", that the Father will re-establish His Kingdom on the earth, just as He promised to Daniel...."In the days of these kings (the latter days) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed......it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." (Dan
2:44). The Lord Jesus was very particular to confirm the promise to the Prophet Daniel, for He instructed the Apostle John to prophetically
write.. "The kingdoms of THIS WORLD are become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ". (Rev
11:15). That the Jews of Israel, in the days of the Lord Jesus knew that the Kingdom was to be re-established, there can be no doubt, for the disciples questioned the Lord Jesus on that point , by asking...." Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts
A KINGDOM ON EARTH OR IN HEAVEN?
No where in the Bible is there any promise of the re-established kingdom of God being in heaven. Instead, the Lord Jesus Christ is emphatic in declaring that the Kingdom will be on the earth. On one occasion He instructed the Apostle John to write a word picture of the 'redeemed' in Revelation
5:10..."And (thou) hast made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth." The "we" are the same people the Prophet Daniel spoke of in Dan
7:27 in which he also speaks of the redeemed...."And the kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdom, UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN, shall be given unto the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and all dominions shall serve and obey him." Not only so, Jesus was careful to teach .."Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matt
5:5). Scripture leaves us in no doubt that the future kingdom is on earth.
WHICH CITY SHALL BE ITS CAPITAL?
Mankind's famous cities have been Babylon, Rome, London, New York and Moscow, but the Bible does not mention these as being the important cities of the future. Instead, the only significant city mentioned as the future source of all ruling power and might, is Jerusalem.. The Prophet Micah wrote by Divine inspiration..."The kingdom shall come to the daughter of Zion." (Mic.
4:8) and in the same chapter Micah writes of the future saying...."In the last days ........Many nations shall come and say, Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord....for the law shall go forth of Zion and the word of the Lord from JERUSALEM". (Mic.
4:1-2). The Prophet Ezekiel confirms the words of Micah for he wrote on instruction from the Lord..." Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the Children of Israel for ever." When Ezekiel wrote those words he was speaking of the House of prayer for all nations, to be built in Jerusalem.
The Prophet Isaiah, writing 700 years before the days of the Lord Jesus, foresaw a time when the iniquity of Israel was at an end and he writes...."The Lord of Hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem........"(Is.24:23). With such overwhelming evidence as the foregoing, there can be no doubt that the coming re-established Kingdom of God on the earth, will be centred in Israel, with the returned Lord Jesus reigning from the world's future and new capital, Jerusalem. Jeremiah writes of Jerusalem..."All nations shall be gathered unto it", and King David wrote..."This is the hill (Mount Zion) God desireth to dwell in". (Psalm
68:16), whilst the Prophet Joel writes...."For in Mount Zion and Jerusalem shall be deliverance". (Joel
2:32). The Prophet Zechariah adds ..."Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem."
WHEN WILL THIS ALL HAPPEN?
When the Disciples asked this question of the Lord Jesus, His answer was..."It is not for you to know the times or the seasons , which the Father hath put in his own power." (Acts
1:7). In another place the Lord Jesus assures us that not even He knows the date and time of the re-establishment of the Kingdom (Matt
24:36)...BUT, the Prophet Amos assures his readers that the Lord would DO NOTHING without revealing "His secret unto his servants the
prophets." (Amos 3:7)
We are assured therefore that there are certain indications in the Bible, of the times of the fulfilment of all the Father's promises. One thing we have to remember is that there can be NO Kingdom of God on the earth until the Lord Jesus returns to establish it and it is no co-incidence that King David, the Psalmist wrote...."When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory".
(Ps.102:16). We are seeing this happen before our eyes as God's people, the Jews, return to their land to rebuild and replant the Land. The first step has started and soon the Lord (Jesus) will " descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel" (1 Thess
The 'building up of Zion' has necessitated the return of Israel from the four corners of the world, and in the last 100 years, over four million Jews have been led to return to their ancient land, in preparation for the re-establishment of the Kingdom of God on the earth.
All men and women are invited to be a part of the future Kingdom, which will 'break in pieces and consume all kingdoms' ..................The promise of the Bible is eternal life in a world renewed. How foolish we would be to ignore it when it's offered freely.