Theses for the Kingdom
Jesus has completed his ministry on earth. His work is finished
(John 19:30). He has some everything he had to do and could to establish
Jesus death and resurrection earned him authority over heaven and
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matt 28:18).
He now reigns as king of heaven and earth, so he does not need to
return to establish his Kingdom.
Jesus gave authority over the earth to all his disciples him and
commissioned them to go forth and receive his kingdom (Matt 28:19-20).
The Church does not build the Kingdom. We receive the Kingdom, as
the Holy Spirit works
The Holy Spirit has all the fullness of God. The devil is a fallen
angel who is constrained by time and can only be in one place at time.
Only one third of the angels fell from grace, so two thirds of the angels
are still working for Jesus. The spiritual forces working for Jesus far
outnumber those working for evil.
The Devil was totally defeated by the cross.
Jesus can accomplish far more in the present age through the Holy
Spirit, than he ever could by returning to Jerusalem. Whereas Jesus is
confined by place and time, the Holy Spirit is omnipotent and omnipresent.
That is why Jesus said it was better for him to go away, so the Holy
Spirit could come (John 16:7). Working through the Spirit, Jesus can
extend his power and influence throughout the entire earth.
The Holy Spirit is the kingdom builder. He will work in the church
to bring all things into submission to Jesus.
The Holy Spirit hears what Jesus is saying and reveals it to his
people. When most of the people on earth obey the voice of the Spirit,
they will be doing Jesus will. God’s will would be being done on earth,
so his kingdom would have come.
Sin is an obstacle to the Kingdom, but the Spirit is able to
convict the world of sin and teach people to obey Jesus (John 16:8).
The Holy Spirit has not yet given Kingdom building his best shot,
because he is restrained until the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled
The last obstacles to the Kingdom will be removed during a Season
The second-last obstacle to the kingdom that must be removed is
faith in human government. For the last few centuries, political leaders
have promised to solve every problem on earth. The people of the world
have fallen for these false promises and put their faith in human
Human government has reached a climax in the emergence of
democratic nationalism, but this will prove to be a false hope.
During the Season of
Distress, human government will collapse and
political rulers will flee and hide. Faith in human government will be
destroyed forever, opening the way for the government of God.
The last obstacle to the Kingdom will be removed by the Calling of
the Jews. During the Times of the Gentiles, Satan has authority to hassle
and hound the Jewish people. Whenever he wants to work evil on earth, he
stirs up people against the Jews and then he has power to do evil. Hitler
is one example.
The state of Israel has been a humanistic project, founded on
political manipulation and military power. Many Christians have fallen for
the clever propaganda that surrounds it. The rottenness at the heart of
the nation will be exposed during the Season of Distress.
The Season of Distress will really get underway, when violent men
in Israel take actions to fulfil a despicable vision for their nation.
They will fail badly (Dan 11:14). Most Christians will be disillusioned
with Israel, and the nations will turn against it with a vengeance, which
will culminate in Palestine being invaded by the United States.
The next big event on earth is the Calling of the Jews. The people
of Israel will come to faith in Jesus by having their spiritual eyes
opened, not by Jesus returning to Jerusalem.
When the nation of Israel reaches rock bottom and confidence in
military power is broken in fulfilment of judgement, the nation will be
rescued by Christian prophets announcing judgement against the nations
that have attacked it out of spite. This event will trigger the worldwide
collapse of human government.
The Holy Spirit will move in the hearts of the Jewish people during
the climatic time to produce a create flood of repentance. He will remove
the blindness that has hardened their hearts to Jesus. A Christian remnant
will preach the gospel with love and boldness, and most of Israel will
come to faith in a very short season.
With the last obstacles removed, the Holy Spirit will be free to
advance the Kingdom powerfully. The knowledge of the glory of the Lord
will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
The Kingdom of God is a voluntary kingdom that is totally different
from the kingdoms of the world. Coercion and force have no place in it
(Matt 26:53). Jesus established the Kingdom by submitting to the political
powers and freely dying on the cross, a totally different way of doing
kingdom. It will not be established by military power and political
coercion, but by suffering and service.
Jesus rules in a totally different way from other kings. No threats! No
shouting! No Fear! No detailed regulations! No coercion! No force! No
security services seeking out opposition! No torture for opponents of the
Jesus whispers in our ears through the voice of the Spirit. He does not
force us to do things that we hate to do, so obeying his voice is freedom
and joy. Jesus Kingdom comes when most people in earth obey that voice,
because they love Jesus.
God is not stingy. He will not be satisfied with getting a couple
of billion people into heaven. It would be an insult to his grace. God’s
mercy and the enormous sacrifice of Jesus deserve a hundred billion people
To get hundreds of billions of people into the kingdom, life on earth
will have to go on for a good many more generations yet. God promised at
least five times that he is faithful to a thousand generation (Deut 7:9, 1
Chron 16:15, Ps 105:8). Some numbers in scriptures are used figuratively,
but if any number deserves to be taken literally, surely it is this one.
For God is to keep this promise covenant, a thousand generations of people
would have to live on earth subsequent to his promise. A new generation is
born on earth about every twenty years, so we have had about 500
generations since the time of Abraham. This means that we could have
another 500 generations on earth, or 10,000 years, to fulfil God’s
promise. That would be just about right to get the full number of people
that God wants into the kingdom.
When Jesus returns at the consumption of all things, he will
receive the kingdom that has been prepared for him by his church and the
Holy Spirit(1 Cor 15:25). He will hand it over to Father, who will be all
in all (1 Cor 15:24).
Who is best equipped to bring in the Kingdom of God?
b. The Holy Spirit
How long will the Kingdom of God last?
a. Thousand Years
b. Thousand Generations
What is Israel’s role in the Kingdom?
a. The centre from which the Kingdom is established
b. An obstacle to the Kingdom until the Holy Spirit opens their eyes.
Jesus report card?
a. Jesus must return and finish a half done job.
b. Jesus has finished his work
How will the world come to salvation?
a. Seeing Jesus when he returns
b. The Holy Spirit drawing people to Jesus.
The answer to all of these questions is b.
Jesus will not return as soon as Christians expect. The stream of
teaching that spreads this view has been wrong over and over again for
more than 200 years. The almost universal belief that second coming is
close at hand makes Christians pessimistic about the Kingdom of God.
Jesus Big Prophecy does not give signs of the second coming. Matt
24:1-35, Mark 13:1-31, Luke 21:5-36 describe events leading up to the
destruction of Jerusalem. These events have already taken place. Jesus was
answering the disciples question about when the temple would be smashed.
When Jesus goes onto the second question about signs of his parousia, he
states clearly that there will be no signs.
The Book of Revelation is not a description of the lead up to the
second coming. It describes the removal of the last two obstacles to the
Kingdom: the calling of the Jews and the collapse of human government.
The Last Days are finished. Most Christian find this hard to accept,
because they confuse the last days (plural) of the Jewish nation with the
last day (singular) when Jesus will return. The last days refer to the
period of time between the ministry of Jesus and the destruction of
Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
Looking for a Rapture has made Christians escapist.
The doctrine that Jesus will return to establish the Kingdom is
Satan’s best lie. He has used this lie to cripple the church, by fooling
us into believing that the church will not come during this season. He has
fooled us into believing that we can sit back and wait, because Jesus will
come and so it for us. Unfortunately, that is a false hope.
The Millennium is not a future event. This number 1000 is used to
indicate that God’s people are to reign throughout the present age, from
Pentecost to the Parousia. The use of such a large number also indicates
that this age will go on for a long time.
The Binding of Satan is not a future event, because he was destroyed
by the cross. The reason Satan still seems to be so active is that the
church has failed to realise the full extent of what Christ has achieved.
The church has the police power to enforce Jesus judicial victory over
Satan, so he will continue to act up until the church forces him to
recognise the sentence that was passed against him. He will not be bound
in some future event, but when the church begins using the authority that
Jesus has given us.
The last of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel came after the 69th week as
would be expected, which means that the prophecy was totally fulfilled
between the birth of Jesus and the destruction of Jerusalem. We do not
need to insert a huge unbiblical gap to twist this passage into giving
Satan authority for a seven-year tribulation (ditto for the Abomination of
The Tribulation is not the next big event. The world still has to
go through a Season of Distress, but the "greatest tribulation"
occurred, when Jerusalem was besieged and destroyed by the Roman armies in
AD 70. Jesus said that the desolation would be unequalled ever (Matt
24:20-22). On the other hand, tribulation is actually a normal part of the
Christian life (John 16:33, Acts 14:22).
The Antichrist is not a future ruler of the world sets himself up
to rule the world from a throne in the temple in Jerusalem. The word
antichrist is only used four times in the whole Bible, and each time in
the letters of John. He writes that many antichrists have already come and
explains that the title refers to any person who spreads false belief
The Beast of Revelation is not a person. It is a nation that
dominates the world, just as Rome, Greece, Persia, Babylon, Egypt and
Assyria did in the past. Giving the name “Antichrist” to the Beast of
Revelation and Daniel has no basis in the scriptures. Their beasts are
nations that dominate huge empires. Renaming the Beast turns a nation into
a person, which is misleading and wrong.
Most Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is a failure, and that
Jesus will have to return to do the job that the Holy Spirit could not get
Jesus return cannot achieve anything spiritual that would break the
forces of evil. Seeing Jesus will not be enough to cause the people of the
world to repent and obey him. Many people saw Jesus when he lived on
earth, but continued to reject him.
The Kingdom of God will not be established by force. The popular
idea of Jesus sitting in Jerusalem and using an “iron fist” to crush
all opposition is repulsive and contrary to the gospel. What is more, it
would not work. Jesus would not be able to eliminate evil by sitting on a
throne in Jerusalem. He could control those in the immediate vicinity, but
those further abroad would escape his power. His followers could track
evil people down and "zap" them, but that would just increase
their hostility to Jesus. He might be able to gain control of the world,
but it would not be very pleasant place to live.
For Jesus to rule the earth from Jerusalem, the church would have
to become a giant bureaucracy. The saints would take orders from Jerusalem
so there would not place for initiative and exercise their talents. Being
a cog in a giant bureaucracy does not sound like the hope to which we were
called. In a bureaucratic age, this idea appeals to men who do not wish to
take responsibility, but God would prefer men to be responsible, and
exercise authority in obedience to the Word and the Spirit. Unfortunately,
Christians still have the yearning for a messiah with a rocket launcher
who will “blow away” their enemies.
Israel is redundant, except as a place to live and serve God. In the
Old Testament, the activity of the Holy Spirit was sporadic, so God used
special places and special people. The Cross and Pentecost changed
God no longer has special people. The Holy Spirit has been poured
out on all flesh. Everyone who is called by his name can hear him speak.
Every believer is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is omnipresent, so we do not need to go to a special
place to meet with him. We can meet with our Comforter in a shopping mall
in New Orleans just as easily as in a church in Jerusalem. God he does not
need a temple as his dwelling place.
Jesus sacrifice on the cross was perfect and complete. God does not
want sacrifices re-instituted in Jerusalem, whether exemplary or memorial.
We are kingdom of priests, so God does not to re-establish the
levitic priesthood in Jerusalem.
The scriptures require Christians to bless Israel and pray for the
Jewish people (which is not the same as blessing the Israeli state). Some
Christians go further and develop a huge passion for Israel. Perhaps they
are descendants of Israel without knowing it, or called to share the
gospel with the Jewish people, or possibly both. This passion is not
mandatory and many Christians do not share it. They should not be
Jesus does not have to come back to Jerusalem to rule the world. He
is already reigning as King of Kings. If people would obey the voice of
the Spirit, his authority would be complete.
Israel is important for the gospel and the Kingdom, because the
fullness of the Jews removes the last obstacle to the victory of the