Q. What is meant by “The Kingdom of God is here or at hand”? I never heard Jesus mention this, what does that mean? Also, Jesus was always living in the kingdom of God on earth, are there lessons for us to learn or how do we relate the kingdom of God to those examples whereby he healed the sick and feed the thousands?
A. The phrase “Kingdom of God” appears 54 times in the gospels. This Kingdom consists of two phases. First is the invisible Kingdom, the body of believers who are in the world but not of it. It was established at the first coming. The second phase is the one we call the Millennium, where the Lord comes back to assume authority over all the world.
The actual phrase “the Kingdom of God is here” does not appear , but in Matt. 12:28 Jesus said that His miracles were evidence that the Kingdom of God had come upon them, and in Luke 21:31 He said that the end times events are signs that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
The examples of miraculous healing and feeding were meant to confirm His promise in Matt. 6:33 that if we seek His Kingdom and His righteousness He will provide for all our needs.