Did Christ come to set up an earthly kingdom? Did Jesus come to establish two kingdoms? Many of the Hebrews believed that Christ was to come to re-establish the earthly political kingdom of Israel. Many Judaic and Christian Zionists believe the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 is a precursor to the physical, millennial reign of the Judaic Messiah. However, the scriptures declare that the kingdom of God was “at hand” in the first century A.D.
Believers were told to repent and believe in the gospel “for the kingdom of God was at hand.” So did Christ bring the kingdom of God to his people? Are will there be a future physical millennial kingdom of Israel? Let’s explore what the scriptures reveal.
The Ancient Kingdom of Israel
Abraham’s children left Canaan for Egypt, but God promised Abraham that his seed would be regathered back to the promise land. Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt during the Exodus. Under Joshua’s leadership, the Israelites conquered Canaan and divided the land by lots of inheritance. Jacobs’s offspring established the Kingdom of Israel and proclaimed their kingdom in 1030 B.C.E. It endured until it fell to the Assyrian Empire (...)
What is the nature of the Kingdom of God? What do the scriptures reveal about the Kingdom of God? Are we to expect a physical Kingdom here on earth? Scripture has a lot to say about this subject. Jesus Christ manifested Himself to bring this Kingdom into reality. The phrase “Kingdom of God” appears sixty-nine (69) times in the King James Version Bible. That fact alone should give us a sense of the importance of the “Kingdom of God.” The phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” is found thirty-two (32) times in the KJV. Other phrases used by Jesus such as “my kingdom” are used five (5) times. In my opinion, the main message that Jesus and John the Baptist proclaimed was the arrival of the “Kingdom of God.” First, let’s look at how the Jews of the first century received that message.
A Conquering King?
The Jews of the first century, living under the heavy yoke of the Roman government, yearned for a conquering King that would throw off that yoke. But these first century Jews got the Kingdom of God all wrong as do many Christians today. Their misunderstanding of the nature of the Kingdom of God caused (...)
The following article was submitted by a Scripture Revealed reader Ken Klimaitis.
I wanted to share scriptural truths to help those seeking salvation. I have always wondered why some have accepted the doctrine of the Trinity when you cannot find this term in scriptures. The doctrine of Trinity teaches that there is one God in three persons. When you understand the principle of Aleph/Taw in Hebrew, it represents total completeness. It is hard for our minds to understand total completeness from the beginning to the end.
Spirit and in Truth
Yehweh revealed himself in the form of a quickening Spirit when he overshadowed Mary. The “Y-Chromosome Genome” of the Spirit was infused into Mary to manifest God in the flesh. The Mashiach was the Son of God from the Eternal Spirit of Yehweh, but He was the Son of Man from the flesh of Mary. As the Son of Man, he set the example of how we were to live a humble, holy and righteous life before our Creator. As the Son of God, He manifested the Kingdom of God by His selfless sacrifice of the Cross for our atonement. This duality (...)
I was born and raised in south Louisiana! In all my years living “way down south” I can’t remember having experienced even one earthquake. Hurricanes we have lots of but not earthquakes. However, when I lived on Hokkaido, Japan for a year I experienced my first of many small earth tremors. When that first earth tremor hit, I can remember thinking “what in the world was that?” Just a little earth tremor, nothing to worry about – no damage was done! I could just imagine what a real earthquake must feel like.
Years ago, in the early 80’s, while studying Bible prophecy, I remember reading a book entitled “We Are the Earthquake Generation” by Jeffery Goodman. You can still purchase a copy of the book on Amazon.com for 1 penny plus $3.99 shipping! Wow, the shipping costs more than the book. It predicted that California and much of the West coast of the United States would suffer massive earthquakes and fall into the ocean by 2000. Oops – didn’t happen did it? Today more
Today more “end time” prophets are still predicting the “end of the world” as we know it. Especially anytime there’s a (...)
Damascus is the capital of Syria. It’s the second largest city in Syria with a population of about 2.6 million. The country of Syria is a midst of a civil war. Some factions of Syria are trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, most Syrians support the more westernized Assad. Islamist factions led by the Muslim Brotherhood are fighting for control of the country. Syrian rebels, defecting military personnel and foreign jihadists are fighting the Syrian army near and in the city of Damascus.
There’s been a lot of news lately regarding the civil war that is currently raging in Syria. There’s renewed talk of sending additional American soldiers to Syria – “boots on the ground” as it is called. There is a prophecy regarding the destruction of the capital city of Syria, Damascus in Isaiah chapter 17. And because of the latest developments in Syria, prophecy teachers are coming worth pointing to the soon imminent fulfillment of the Isaiah 17 prophecy.
Isaiah 17:1-3 (KJV) – The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.2 The cities
1: the divine wisdom manifest in the creation, government, and redemption of the world and often identified with the second person of the Trinity
2: reason that in ancient Greek philosophy is the controlling principle in the universe
John 1:1-4 (KJV) – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:14 (KJV) – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The Gospel of John begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Here John clearly states that this “Word” was not only with God, but this “Word” was God. Then in verse 14 John states that this (...)
Part of the end time speculation is the rise of a world ruler. Many believe that this individual will first step on the world’s stage as a hero. Then he will show himself to be an evil villain. This world ruler is thought to be “the Antichrist” and “the Man of Sin” described in the Bible.
Christians across denominational lines anticipate the soon arrival of this individual. As the belief goes, this adversary will arise shortly before the return of Christ. Many prophecy teachers connect “the Antichrist” with “the Man of Sin”. For good measure, they lump in the “beast of the sea” mentioned in Revelation chapter 13.
Antichrist(s) – of the Bible
John, the Apostle, is the only one who uses the expression “antichrist”. John used the phrase just five times in four different verses. These are the ONLY scriptures that mention “antichrist”:
1 John 2:18 (KJV) “ye have heard that antichrist shall come.”
1 John 2:18 (KJV) ” even now are there many antichrists.“
1 John 2:22 (KJV) “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the
If you’ve ever attended a Christian Sunday school class perhaps you sang about “Father Abraham”. The song goes like this:
Father Abraham had many sons
Many sons had Father Abraham
I am one of them and so are you
So let’s all praise the Lord……..
Abraham is called the father of the faithful (Gal. 3:16-29; Rom. 4:11) and “the friend of God” (Jas. 2:23). He is an example to us in many ways, therefore, it is always good to study him and learn from that which the Bible reveals to us about him. The Biblical account of Abraham starts with God making the following promises to him:
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2-3)
Genesis 12:2-3(KJV) – “And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be
A friend from India recently shared with me that he and his family were “Saint Thomas Christians”. At the time I had not known that Saint Thomas had evangelized the nation of India. I had assumed (wrongfully) that all Indians followed the Hindu religion or were perhaps Muslims. The Saint Thomas Christians refer to themselves in this way because their tradition holds that their ancestors, who all came from the high castes of Hindu society, were converted by the Saint Thomas (the Apostle), who landed in India around 52 AD. History tells us that Saint Thomas died a martyr’s death in India. Pilgrimages to his tomb have always been an important element in the religious life of the St Thomas Christian community. So in the first century A.D., from its’ origin in Jerusalem, the gospel had reached the people living in far away India! Saint Thomas was doing his part to spread the gospel of the kingdom throughout the world of his day. Saint Thomas was fulfilling Jesus’ call to preach the gospelof the kingdom “in all the world for a (...)
I’m sure most Christians are familiar with the debate about whether Jesus Christ will return for His church before, during or after the seven years of tribulation. These three interpretations are referred to as the “pre-trib”, “mid-trib” and the “post-trib” views. For years, yours truly got caught up in this debate. During this entire period I never once asked the question “does the Bible teach that Daniel chapter 27 refers to a future seven-year period of tribulation” in the first place?
Well, guess what I found? Or should I say what I didn’t find? What I haven’t found is any specific Bible text that predicts a future seven-year tribulation period. Whether we are speaking of a “pre,” “mid” or “post” return of Christ for His church, the entire “theory” is based on an interpretation of one primary scripture, Daniel 9:27.
Here’s the Daniel 9:27 scripture:
Daniel 9:27 (KJV) – He shall confirm the covenant with many for oneweek: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease…
Many modern Bible prophecy teachers take great liberties in interpreting (...)