Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted July 19, 2021. Updated September 2, 2021.
A great many scriptures are misinterpreted because many do not understand that the Kingdom of God is NOW and is 100% spiritual. God’s Kingdom is the hearts and minds of men, our physical bodies are His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19), and He causes us to sit with Him in heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6).
This misunderstanding is so detrimental to Jesus believers who have not pursued the knowledge within God’s Word. How differently would “Christians” behave if they realized the Kingdom of Heaven is here, right now, within them, and they are currently reigning as priests and kings in Jesus’ Kingdom at this very moment?
Jesus tells us where the kingdom of God is
In Matthew 12:28, Jesus explains that if he “cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” It’s very clear in this verse that where the Holy Spirit is, there also is the kingdom of God.
In Luke 17:20-21, the Pharisees were demanding that Jesus tell them when the Kingdom of God would come. Jesus answered “the kingdom of God cometh not with observation…(because) the kingdom of God is within you.”
There it is. Jesus specifically explained in such a clear way that we cannot see the kingdom of God come because it is inside of us.
Apostasy is rampant in our church houses
The apostate teachers have a terrible time getting Luke 17:20-21 to fit their false narrative, so they changed the biblical translation to read the kingdom “is in your midst;” but the original translation of an event that cannot be observed is properly translated “within you.”
There are around 380 apostate bibles, among them are the NIV, ESV, NAS, New Living Translation, Complete Jewish Bible, and many, many others that have changed “within you” to “in your midst.”
Many preachers and teachers who push false doctrine are claiming that the Kingdom of God will come at Jesus’ Second Coming when we will then reign as priests and kings with Christ in a “Millennial Reign” (this is a misinterpretation of Revelation 20 which I will write an article on soon). What we will see at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be observable by every eye on earth (Revelation 1:7), so this is a CLEAR contradiction to what Jesus said in Luke 17:20. The Kingdom of God comes not with observation.
Matthew 23:13 says “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” We are warned in this verse that apostate preachers are literally closing the door for people to enter the kingdom of heaven. They do not enter and they stop others who are trying to enter. Please do not become one who is misled by false teachings…. go through God’s door.
There aren’t two kingdoms of God
Misguided teachers will tell us that because the kingdom of heaven IS the kingdom of God, then there is no way we are in the Kingdom of God/Heaven now. They reason that the kingdom of heaven is in the third heaven only, or that it is to come at a future date. Not true.
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are one and the same. In Matthew 19:23-24, Jesus uses both phrases in the same metaphor: “a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven” and “…than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
We know the kingdom of heaven is within us. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that God “hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Where the Holy Spirit resides, there the kingdom of heaven is also (Matthew 12:28).
There is not a kingdom of God now and a spiritual kingdom of heaven to come later. There is only one kingdom that is now, future, always and forever. If one does not enter the spiritual kingdom of heaven while on this earth (by receiving the Holy Spirit), then they will not go on to the kingdom of heaven that will be on the New Earth.
Jesus is not coming later to establish His kingdom
Jesus’ kingdom has already been established.
Many scriptures tell us that the kingdom is now in existence and has been for over 2,000 years.
Daniel 2:44 states, “And in the days of these kings (the kings of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
The kingdom of God was “officially” established during Roman times with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
See also these verses:
- Mark 1:15
- Mark 9:1
- Acts 8:1
- Acts 2:47
- Colossians 1:13
- Revelation 2:9
The kingdom of heaven is established and is here. Jesus is reigning in His kingdom from the throne room at the right hand of God the Father. Are you aware that you are presently reigning with Him?
The physical and the spiritual become one in Christ
We need to see things as God sees them in order to understand His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
While physically alive, we are spiritually dead without Christ.
We go from death to life when redeemed by the blood of Jesus — in this new life, we die to sin. We die, but not a physical death.
This new life for us is spiritual and we enter into the spiritual kingdom of God at the moment of salvation when we receive the Holy Spirit.
God instructs us not to be of this world even while we are still in it (Romans 12:2, John 17:16, John 15:19) — God desires us to remain in the spiritual realm with the Holy Spirit while we are walking on this physical earth. This is why God refers to us as a “peculiar people” (Titus 2:14, 1 Peter 2:9) — we are to be a shining beacon of light in a very dark world (Matthew 5:16)…. very different from the world.
Jesus’ reign ends at His Second Coming
Our body is God’s temple and we are acting as priests and kings in God’s Kingdom right now, sharing the gospel with others. The Holy Spirit is the heavenly Kingdom that has come into us while we are still in this physical realm. It’s works which are within us, will follow us from here to the eternal heavenly kingdom.
The reign of Jesus Christ is NOW, so do not lose your time acting as priests/teachers in His kingdom. There simply is no Millennial Reign after His Second Coming. He tells us His reign will end on the last day when His enemies have been defeated (1 Corinthians 15:25-26), so there will be no reigning with Him after the Second Coming.
The greatest deception of all is the teaching that reigning as priests and kings with Jesus will come at a later time. That false teaching is taking away the power of those who are unaware that they are currently priests in the kingdom of God RIGHT NOW. They have been incorrectly taught that their reign with Christ will occur after the Second Coming during a “Millennial Reign.” The Thousand Years in Revelation 20 is The Church Age and it is NOW — Satan was bound in the pit when Jesus died on the cross and has already been defeated by Jesus. He will be loosed for a season to take on human flesh as the antichrist and will reign for 42 months (the same length of time as Jesus’ earthly ministry) — for more on this subject, see the upcoming article “The Millennial Reign.”
Jesus doesn’t desire an earthly reign
Reigning with Jesus is not lording over others at a later date…. it is humbly leading the unsaved to Christ TODAY and everyday while we walk on this earth, just as Jesus humbly led His earthly ministry.
Jesus had his chance to reign on this earth, but he ran from it. John 6:15 tells us Jesus perceived the people would come and take him by force to make Him a king, so He departed from them.
In John 18:36, Jesus said His kingdom is not of this world, and if it were, then His people would fight to save Him from the Jews; but His kingdom is not from here, so His blood was shed as payment for our sins.
We are reigning from spiritual Zion
Those redeemed by the blood of Jesus were all born again in Zion.
I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. 5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. 6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.Psalms 87:4-6
God tells us to reign amongst our enemies.
The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!Psalms 110:2
We are preaching the gospel from spiritual Zion, our birthplace where we are brought from spiritual death unto eternal life. This is our kingdom where we are reigning with Jesus Christ and God the Father.
After the Second Coming, the New Heaven and the New Earth will be brought down from heaven with the New Jerusalem. The New Earth is the reward for those who are of the kingdom of God / those redeemed who have the Holy Spirit residing inside them. Sinners will NEVER reside in the New Earth — there will be no teaching the lost or the confused at a later date. The time to teach them is NOW. Do not allow your years of kingdom service to expire without diligently working for your Father. Earn your crowns while you are still able.
We have the spirit of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” ~1 Peter 2:9
Joy to the World!
The carol written by Isaac Watts is truly beautiful and worth a closer read.
Joy to the World; the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.
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