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The Establishment Of God's Kingdom
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Of Godís Kingdom
The Seed Promise
Throughout the scriptures there is reference to a coming Seed
12:1-3; 26:1-5; 28:10-14).
Paul identifies this "Seed" as being Christ
(Jacob) reveals that Christ would come from the tribe of Judah and bear the
title of "Shiloh"
The context makes it clear that
is intended to be the title of a person: "...and to HIM shall be the
obedience of the people." The form of this word (Shiloh) is related to the
word for peace, and may mean the "Prince of Peace"
(Cp. Isaiah 9:6). The "Prince
of Peace" is shown forth as a ruler or KING to whom "shall be the
obedience of the people"
7:12-17; Zechariah 9:9).
speak of God's Kingdom being
established in the "latter days." Daniel says that it is during
the time of the fourth world empire that God would set up His kingdom.
Daniel identifies the Babylonian empire as the first
2:37-44). Historians identify the succeeding
empires as being the Medo-Persian, Macedonian, and the
Roman Empire. It would be during the rule of this fourth kingdom that God
would set up His kingdom. The Roman empire, then, represented the furthest
point, the point which lies on the outermost limits of the speaker's horizon,
the latter days.
"...that the mountain of the Lord's
house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted
above the hills..."
The word mountain signifies a government
(Jeremiah 51:25). God's
government would be established and exalted above all others. It is to this
mountain that Christians have come
These verses make it clear that God's Kingdom was to be spiritual in nature
"...and all nations shall flow to
it. Many people shall come and say, `Come, and let us go up to the mountain of
the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob...'"
The "many people" here are the equivalent to the "all nations"
of verse two. Men and women of all nations would flow to the new
"He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths"
Instead of the deafness and rebellion that characterized the people of
Isaiah's day, there would be readiness to hear and a willingness to walk in
"For out of
Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of
the Lord from
This was fulfilled in a literal sense, for it was in Jerusalem that the first
gospel sermon was preached
God Is At Hand"
Old Testament prophets speak of the establishment of God's Kingdom as being "in
the latter days." In the New Testament, the message of John the
Jesus, and the apostles is "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
(Matthew 3:2; 4:17; 10:6-7). The words at hand
mean NEAR. Jesus Himself further narrows the time frame when He said to some
of the disciples, right there with Him, that they would not die until they
saw the Kingdom of God present with power
The Kingdom Of God Established
Compare the following Kingdom prophecies with the events in
Established in the last days
(Isaiah 2:1; Acts 2:16-17),
(Isaiah 2:1; Acts 1:8-2:1),
during Roman rule
(Daniel 2:44; Acts 11:28; 25:25),
in the lifetime of Jesus' disciples
(Mark 9:1; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4),
and as a Kingdom for all nations
(Isaiah 2:2-3; Acts 2:5-7).
And the word of the Lord was to go forth from
(Isaiah 2:3; Acts 1:8; 2:14-38).
The establishment of the church and the establishment of the Kingdom were the
same event! Consider the following points:
"Many people shall come and say, `Come,
and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of
the God of Jacob"
The word mountain
is a reference to the
of God, which is also called the "house of the God of Jacob." The
Kingdom and the house of God are used interchangeably. Paul equates
the house of God with the church
The Kingdom Of God Now Present
After Acts 2 the Kingdom is spoken of as being in existence!
(Colossians 1:13; Revelation 1:9).
The prophets foretold that God's Kingdom would be established in the last
days. John, Jesus, and the apostles preached that its establishment was
imminent. All the prophecies concerning the establishment of God's Kingdom
are fulfilled in
the Kingdom is spoken of in the present tense. When Jesus comes again He will
deliver the Kingdom to the Father
To whom does the "Seed"
2. What Old Testament
scriptures show that Jesus is to be King?
3. How does the word
relate to Jesus?
4. To what time period does
the term "latter days" refer?
5. Define the word mountain
as used in
6. Name the four successive
kingdoms of which Daniel speaks and say when God would set up His Kingdom?
7. What do the following
scriptures tell us about the nature of God's Kingdom?
(Isaiah 2:1-4; Luke
17:20-21; John 18:36; Hebrews 12:18-22).
8.What did John, Jesus, and
the apostles preach concerning the
Kingdom of God?
9. When was the
Kingdom of God established?
10.Will Jesus set up a Kingdom
when He returns?
(1 Corinthians 15:21-24).
We look forward to receiving your answers.