Is God’s Kingdom A Literal Kingdom?

Q. A verse in Isaiah says “of the increase of His government….there shall be no end”. I heard a preacher say this is basically about Jesus via the Holy Spirit dealing with us, and I just can’t agree with that interpretation. I have always thought it meant what it says. In other words, after our Lord Jesus has ruled during the Millenium, it won’t be over. His Kingdom will always be increasing, throughout eternity. Am I wrong?

A. I agree with you. It sounds like this preacher was “spiritualizing” a promise that’s meant to be taken literally. The Millennium is just the first 1,000 years of the eternal Kingdom of God. The phrase you quoted comes from Isaiah 9:7, which goes on to say, “He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom establishing it and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”

Daniel also said that at the end of the age the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people but will endure forever (Daniel 2:44) .

The angel Gabriel confirmed this to Mary when he told her she would give birth to the Son of God. He said, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord will give him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:32-33).

These verses all speak of a literal kingdom.

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