He is the President of Faith for Living and the D. James Kennedy Institute a long-time Presbyterian minister, and Chaplain (Colonel) USA-R. Dr. Milton is the author of more than thirty books and a musician with five albums released. That Kingdom lived out through your life will begin to influence your family, other relationships, your choices, and your entire life. John Milton, Paradise Regained, (London: Baskerville, 1758). The new heaven and the new earth will be created. In a real sense, each time we pray, we are hastening the coming of the Lord. Premillenarians, on the other hand, believe that prophecy is not a special case requiring spiritualization any more than any other area of divine revelation and they believe also that prophecy should be interpreted normally—that is, in an ordinary, grammatical and literal sense unless the context or theology as a whole plainly indicates to the contrary. This is further confirmed by the final verse of Amos 9: “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them, saith Jehovah thy God.” In other words, the kingdom is related to the time when Israel will be regathered and be established in their ancient land. The Kingdom of God, therefore, will be a safe haven, a home for those who surrender to the rule of God in their own lives. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically, Bible Teaching Ideas: The Ten Commandments And Ten Fingers. Amillenarians, generally speaking, tend to spiritualize promises which would teach a future millennium, though they interpret literally prophecies which do not interfere with their system. It is interesting to note, however, that the people of Israel retain their identity as Israelites even as the Gentiles retain their identity as Gentiles in the eternal state. For God’s rule, which apparently had been reduced by the Fall (when our first parents sinned) and its all-pervasive evil influence in every sphere of life on earth, would eventually be recovered completely. In his proposition 52, he lists 21 arguments in favor of literal interpretation and includes other collateral material. One of these is in the birth of Christ Himself who literally fulfilled many promises pertaining to David’s seed. And this was yet a small thing in thine eyes, O Lord Jehovah; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come; and this too after the manner of men, O Lord Jehovah!” David after recounting Israel’s history adds this word in verse 25: “And now, O Jehovah God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, confirm thou it for ever, and do as thou hast spoken.” In similar vein he concludes in verse 29: “Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord Jehovah, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.”. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called: Jehovah our righteousness.” In the verses immediately following, this reign is linked with the regathering of the children of Israel and their occupation of their ancient lands. His rule is marked off by certain events which occur before and certain events which follow His millennial reign. Inasmuch as this would be the normal and natural understanding on the part of Mary in such a prophecy, it is almost unthinkable that God would have used this terminology if as a matter of fact the hope of Israel was a mistake and the prophecies given in the Old Testament were not intended to be understood literally. for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. God's kingly rule or sovereignty. Gone is the frosty winter, replaced by a world of cities of spring, where spring lasts all year. It seems quite clear that the disciples anticipated much the same kind of a literal fulfillment. When the Lord Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God being compared to a mustard seed that is the smallest of seeds that grows to a comparatively giant size, His listeners would have understood the folksy simile. The Kingdom has come. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as the faithful witness in the sky” (Psalm 89:29-37). During the thousand-year reign of Christ, the remnant nation Israel, surviving the great tribulation, will greatly increase as will the Gentile nations, and repopulate the earth and rebuild their cities. It is certainly extreme spiritualization to take the regathering of Israel as an equivalent of the outcalling of the church and the execution of “justice and righteousness in the land” as being a reference to the rule of Christ in heaven, as amillenarians would need to interpret the passage. This of course is not a contradiction of the fulfillment of the Davidic covenant, but is a part of the same picture. New Testament confirmation was found in such major passages as Luke 1:30-33; Matthew 19:28; 20:20-23; Luke 22:29, 30; Acts 1:6; 15:14-18; and the climactic prophecy of Revelation 20. 24 As the king began to do it, a man who owed him 10,000 bags of gold was brought to him. As late as Luke 22 on the night before His crucifixion, Christ said to His disciples in verses 29, 30: “I appoint unto you a kingdom, even as my Father appointed unto me, that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and ye shall sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Thus, late in His life after He had already been rejected by the people of Israel Christ repeats the same promises which had characterized the Old Testament, the announcement to Mary, and His conversation with His disciples on previous occasions. The Kingdom is coming in fullness. Though there are distinctions depending on their backgrounds, all alike enjoy the presence of the King of kings and the countless blessings that belong to the eternal state. If indeed the Old Testament prophecies were not intended to teach a rule of God from heaven over saints on earth, the language of this prediction would be misleading. The Definition of the word Kingdom of God. As in other promises of God, delay and postponement does not affect the certainty of the ultimate fulfillment. Luke 11:20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Jeremiah writes in Jeremiah 93:7, 8: “Therefore, behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that they shall no more say, As Jehovah liveth, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, As Jehovah liveth, who brought up and who led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all the countries whither I have driven them. In the covenant David is assured that his seed will reign forever, while Solomon is only promised that his throne will continue forever. Thus, His Kingdom, necessarily, cannot be bound by this world, though it is a Kingdom of love that is annexing all fallen things into the glorious redeemed life of Jesus. The kingdom on earth is consistently interpreted in a literal way and is not spiritualized in the narratives dealing with the subject in the gospels and Acts. To her it could mean only one thing and that is the descendants of Jacob, namely, the twelve tribes of Israel. Through this son of man, God will establish his dominion over all nations, a dominion that will never pass away or … Further, it is declared that Mary’s Son would reign over the house of Jacob forever. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.' to sit on the throne of the kingdom of Yahweh over Israel' (1 Chr. His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. With the destruction of the enemies of Christ and the establishment of the millennial kingdom, the process of Israel’s regathering and restoration will be completed. Jacob in his prophetic summary of the future of Israel prophesied concerning Judah: “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be.” Though the full significance of this passage has been debated by some scholars, it can hardly be disputed that it limits the throne to Judah and his descendants. It was difficult for the Jews to understand that for the time being the Gentiles should have a place of equality with Israel, in view of the many prophecies in the Old Testament which anticipated Israel’s pre-eminence and glory. There is no analog to His Kingdom authority. But my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. First, the unusual phrase, 'throne of the kingdom', indicating that the term 'throne' is a fixed symbol of a kingdom, and secondly, that God's kingdom is 'over Israel'. Jesus repeatedly said that His Kingdom was an otherworldly kingdom. It is a fact that the posterity of Abraham has never yet fully possessed and enjoyed the whole of the land so granted and that no son of David occupies David’s throne…The O. T. promises are all as certain of fulfillment in their O. T. sense and meaning and purpose to Israel, as are the N. T. promises certain of fulfillment to the Church.” A study of the Old and New Testament therefore seems to confirm a genuine eschatology for Israel involving their continuity as a nation, their regathering and restoration to their ancient land, and their enjoyment of a kingdom in which Christ will reign over them. Definition and Bible Meaning, Christmas Eve Prayers for You and Your Family, Our 50 Favorite Christmas Bible Verses for the Holiday Season. Jeremiah writes: “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will perform that good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah. This is happening that God might become “all in all” and that Christ may fulfill the eternal Covenant; handing over the Kingdom to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:28). (2) The temple which David desired to build would be constructed by this son. With the realignment of nations, Israel will enter into a covenant with the Gentile rulers of the Middle East, as anticipated in Daniel 9:26, 27. Jeremiah writes: “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism, Paul and the Rhetoric of Reversal in 1 Corinthians: The Impact of Paul’s Gospel on His Macro-Rhetoric, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Between the Testaments _____ GOSPELS; Kingdom in Gospels; Matthew Study Guide; Matthew Keys; Matthew outline & notes; Matthew 5–7; Matthew 7:24-27; Matthew 11:12; Matthew 13ff. or, lo there! One of the important passages in the New Testament bearing on this subject is found in Acts 15:14-18. To follow Christ is to become a subject of a Kingdom not of this world, yet, a Kingdom that is within you. The massive arguments for literal interpretation of these promises were presented as a proper basis for the fulfillment of this covenant in the future. Of the 59 references to David in the New Testament, there is not one connecting the Davidic throne with the present session of Christ. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. While the exact term is not found in the Old Testament, the existence of God’s Kingdom is expressed similarly in the Old Testament. Michael A. Milton, PhD (University of Wales; MPA, UNC Chapel Hill; MDiv, Knox Seminary), Dr. Milton is a retired seminary chancellor and currently serves as the James Ragsdale Chair of Missions at Erskine Theological Seminary. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. According to Hosea 3:4, 5, written long before the Babylonian captivity, it was predicted: “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king, and without prince, and without sacrifice, and without pillar, and without ephod or teraphim: afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek Jehovah their God, and David their king, and shall come with fear unto Jehovah and to his goodness in the latter days.” According to this passage, therefore, it can be assumed that God, while permitting the throne to be empty, nevertheless assured it to David and his seed prophesying Israel would return to the Lord, i.e., in the future millennial kingdom and resurrected David would be their king. This is confirmed by David’s own remarks in connection with the giving of the covenant. The difficulties in interpretation come in examining the exact meaning of the term house as it pertains to David’s posterity and the words throne and kingdom. But that which had been hidden (a mystery) was, in Jesus, being revealed and made plain. The term kingdom is probably the most difficult term to define, but it would seem quite clear to David that God was referring to his own rule over Israel in a political sense. 2.21; 4.31). A similar confirmation is found in Jeremiah 33:14-17 where the same particulars are spelled out in detail. (5) The Jews plainly expected a literal fulfillment. The force of the Hebrew, however, is that Israel will continue to possess the land perpetually, that is, until eternity begins. A major world war brings the period to a close. For thus saith Jehovah: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel.” The context concerns itself with Israel’s restoration and specifically speaks of the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. The earliest example of the title king being used of God is in the 8th century B.C., And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. Bible Verses about the Kingdom - Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of… But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and… The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:… And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that… Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory… David resurrected from the dead will share this position of authority as a prince under Christ. Revelation 21:1-4 - And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth … In this aspect of prophecy converge the other principal elements of Israel’s predicted future. The normal and natural exegesis of these passages therefore requires a future restoration to Israel and a future fulfillment of the kingdom promises. It should better be referred to as the Hebrew Scriptures, because there is more than the old covenant (i.e. However, it seems that “after these things I will return” refers to the return of Christ after the period of Gentile .prominence which began in 606 B.C. The victory of Jesus Christ has set the Church and the cosmos on an undeniable trajectory in which earthly kingdoms, powers, dominions, and opposition forces will also be enfolded, willingly or unwillingly, into the rule of the Lord. the Mosaic Law) in the Hebrew Scriptures. See Galatians 1:4. 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