The Coming of the Kingdom, by faith or fact?
Lk17.20Â Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said,Â â€œThe kingdom of God does not come with observation;Â 21Â nor will they say, â€˜SeeÂ here!â€™ or â€˜SeeÂ there!â€™[a]Â For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.â€
22Â Then He said to the disciples,Â â€œThe days will come (like today) whenyou will desire toÂ seeÂ one of the days of the Son of Man, andÂ you will not seeÂ it.Â 23Â And they will say to you, â€˜LookÂ here!â€™ or â€˜Lookthere!â€™[b]Â Do not go afterÂ themÂ or followÂ them.
John 19.36Â 36Â Jesus answered,Â â€œMy kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but nowÂ My kingdom is not from here.â€
Christ clearly states that His Kingdom is of a different make up. He indicates that with the temple too when He said He would rebuild the it in 3 days.Â He was talking about His body.Â SubsequentlyÂ we see the brick temple of that day ripped from top to bottom to where â€œthe earth quaked, and the rocks were splitâ€. Mt 27.51. Totally condemned and put outÂ of business. Any structure of our day with that damage would notÂ allow access but tear it down. But He rose victorious. And of that old age of a physical kingdom being Jerusalem, in Mt 11.13 that â€œall the law and the prophets were until Johnâ€ the baptist. Meaning that all the pictures that were played out through the feasts and the sacrifices in the tabernacle/temple,Â were pictures of the eternal reality, the invisible kingdom,Â but not the kingdom itself. So when Christ kept saying â€œthe Kingdom of God/Heaven is at handâ€ He meant right here right now!Â The whole old order had expired as seen as the main theme in the book of Hebrews. 8.1 NowÂ this isÂ the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, whoÂ isseated at the right hand of the throne of the MajestyÂ in the heavens,Â 2Â a Minister of the sanctuary and of theÂ true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.Â And again in Heb 8Â 13Â In that He says, â€œA newÂ covenant,â€Â He has made the first obsolete.(mosaic) Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (the city the temple and the sacrifices up to 70 a.d.by Titus) So then the law, the sacrifices, the temple, the city, and the land have all expired as having had only temporary, pictorial meaning to describe the eternal. Eye has not seen nor cannot see theÂ kingdom of God, nor ever will.Â But it is revealed by the spirit. So ChristÂ trulyÂ set up the Kingdom to those born of the spirit, even as Paul said in Galatians thatÂ we areÂ born from above, heavenly Jerusalem. So it is from that place that we are ofÂ the new creation, as Paul said in 2 CorÂ Â 17Â Therefore, if anyoneÂ isÂ in Christ,Â he isÂ a new creation; old thingsÂ haveÂ passed away; behold, all thingsÂ haveÂ become new.Â Â So flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom. I Cor 15.50Â Â Once again in John 4 whenÂ ChristÂ was talking to the lady at the well,Â 21Â Jesus said to her,Â â€œWoman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain,Â nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.23Â But the hour is coming, andÂ now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.Â 24Â GodÂ isÂ Spirit, and those who worship Him must worshipÂ in spiritÂ and truth.â€Â I plead with you not to follow the seekers of a kingdom on earth. Or even as Paul pleaded in Cor 5.20 â€œbe yeÂ reconciledâ€ 6.2Â 2Â For He says:
â€œIn an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.â€[a]
Behold, nowÂ isÂ the accepted time; behold, nowÂ isÂ the day of salvation.
Too many people are looking over there when it is right here, â€œat handâ€
Is Christ really coming down in this age to sit on some silly chair in a temple made by men?
Look atÂ what YHWH told Ezekiel when he was taken up in visions to see somethingÂ likeÂ the structure of a city. Ez 40.2. After anÂ in-depth examination of that city in that heavenly vision he was instructed to â€œdescribe the temple to the people of Israel that they may be ashamed. Ez 43.10
Ashamed of what? At the notion that YHWH dwells in buildings made in this age by masons. Acts 17.24, Ex 20.25
This may be hard toÂ receiveÂ but that whole thing going on in modern day Israel is anti-Christ. Not only is Christ the Temple, but the true city is a timeless eternal one (Heb 12.22, Mt 25.34) Anything else is aÂ counterfeit.Â And we can say this also of â€œthe landâ€. Let me demonstrate from scripture.
In Ex 4.22 the Lord said â€œIsrael is my son, my firstbornâ€œÂ Â Well we know Christ really is, but Israel is a picture of Christ. And we know they divided up the inheritance in Joshua andÂ Israel became a land, hence â€œThe promised landâ€. ButÂ Christ is the true son and the true land.Â That is why the â€œpromised landâ€ is not mentioned once in the New Testament, because those who are trulyÂ in the land, areÂ in Christ, areÂ in the firstborn, areÂ in HisÂ Son, areÂ in the spirit, andÂ livingin His promises they are born from above and of that kingdom.
So since we areÂ hid in HimÂ (Col 3.1) let us seek the things that areÂ in HimÂ and not in the world. Keeping our eyesÂ on HimÂ andÂ His kingdomthat is â€œnot like this worldâ€. Let us now enjoy the things He reveals to us by the spirit and the fruits of that Kingdom, looking for the blessed hope of being revealed with the One of whom we now enjoy being in His presenceÂ .