In Part 1 we looked at WHAT the kingdom of God is, and WHY it is coming, using two of Kipling’s ‘honest serving men’.
In Part 2 we studied the scriptures regarding WHEN this will take place and HOW it will be brought about.
In this study we will continue and examine what the bible teaches about WHERE this will happen and WHO will be involved.
WHERE will the kingdom of God be?
Did Jesus teach his disciples (and by extension us) to pray to the Father for His kingdom to come? Was it to come to earth and involve our Father’s will being done here on earth ‘as it is in heaven’?
Matthew 6:10 NRSV
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Will Christ arrive on the Mount of Olives just outside Jerusalem, to set up God’s government starting from here – on the earth?
Zechariah 14:1-4 WEB
Behold, a day of Yahweh comes, when your spoil will be divided in your midst.
14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city will be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. half of the city will go out into captivity, and the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.
14:3 Then Yahweh will go out and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
14:4 His feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in two, from east to west, making a very great valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Were the apostles told that Christ would return in the same way as he had gone (into the clouds on the Mount of Olives, out of the clouds arriving on the Mount of Olives) – back to the earth?
Acts 1:11-12 NRSV
They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.
Will God’s kingdom and government be established and flow out of Jerusalem – on the earth?
Isaiah 2:2-3 WEB
It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be raised above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
2:3 Many peoples shall go and say, “Come, let’s 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 the law shall go forth, And the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
Did Jesus say the inheritance of the meek was to be the earth?
Matthew 5:5 NRSV
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Was the promise to Abraham and his descendents to inherit the world?
Romans 4:13 NRSV
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
Are the saints to rule the earth?
1 Corinthians 6:2 NRSV
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
Is it the earth that will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh?
Isaiah 11:9 WEB
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.
This is supported throughout the prophetic writings:
Habakkuk 2:14 WEB
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.
Psalms 96:9-13 WEB
Worship Yahweh in holy array. Tremble before him, all the earth.
96:10 Say among the nations, “Yahweh reigns.” The world is also established. It can’t be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.
96:11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. Let the sea roar, and it’s fullness!
96:12 Let the field and all that is in it exult! Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy
96:13 Before Yahweh; for he comes, For he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, The peoples with his truth.
Does Christ instruct us to be ready for his return to the earth?
Luke 21:34-36 NRSV
“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly,
35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.
36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
For further evidence see also Joel 3:1-3, Obadiah 15-21, Micah 4:1-4, Isaiah 9, 11, 25, 35, 60, 61, 66, Daniel 2 and 7.
So it is evident that Christ returns to the earth and establishes the kingdom of God here on earth.
Let us now see who is involved in the kingdom of God that is to be set up and ruled over by Messiah Jesus.
WHO should we expect to be involved in the kingdom of God?
First of all, as we have seen it is the kingdom belonging to Yahweh God our Father, it is His rule and government that He administers through Jesus as Messiah king here on earth.
Daniel 7:13 WEB
I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Matthew 19:28 NRSV
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Luke 22:28-29 NRSV
“You are those who have stood by me in my trials;
29 and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom,
Matthew 25:31 NRSV
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
Revelation 11:15 NRSV
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.”
Luke 1:31-33 NRSV
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Will Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, together with all the prophets be in the kingdom?
Luke 13:28 NRSV
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out.
Can ‘flesh and blood’ inherit the kingdom of God?
John 3:5-6 NRSV
Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:50 NRSV
What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
But will we who are Christ’s at his return be changed so we can inherit the kingdom with him?
1 Corinthians 15:51-55 NRSV
Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed,
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53 For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
54 When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
Will the saints of the Most High receive the kingdom?
Daniel 7:18 WEB
But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.
Daniel 7:27 WEB
The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole the sky, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Luke 12:32 NRSV
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
2 Peter 1:11 NRSV
For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.
Will we rule over the earth with Christ?
Revelation 2:26-27 NRSV
To everyone who conquers and continues to do my works to the end, I will give authority over the nations;
27 to rule them with an iron rod, as when clay pots are shattered—
Revelation 3:21 NRSV
To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Who will not inherit a part in the kingdom?
Galatians 5:19-21 NRSV
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions,
21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:5 NRSV
Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NRSV
Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites,
10 thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.
The goods news is that we don’t have to remain like that! Look at verse 11 if you wish to be an inheritor of the kingdom of God:
1 Corinthians 6:11 NRSV
And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
2 Thessalonians 1:5 NRSV
This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, and is intended to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering
Will Satan and his influence be taken out of the picture?
Revelation 20:1-3 NRSV
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain.
2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
3 and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while.
So we see that the kingdom belongs to the Father but He is delighted to place His dearly beloved son Jesus on the throne to rule over the earth as king.
It is also His good pleasure to grant us His children a part in the kingdom as our inheritance, ruling with and under Christ the king.
As many scriptures detail, this is a wonderful righteous and just government for the benefit of all the earth’s inhabitants, ushering in universal peace, abundance and joy – living the way our God planned it from the very beginning.
All will be free from the bondage of Satan that currently besets mankind