Q. I love your writings and follow your views 100% but recently I have come across another person’s teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven and/or the Kingdom of God as being now. The church age. I have always seen it as the time of His second coming and the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth. But I have to say now that I have heard this guys teaching, and now that I am reading through the 4 gospels chronologically I have been very confused. I am starting to wonder about when is this Kingdom of Heaven and/or Kingdom of God?
A. The Kingdom of God/Heaven comes in two phases. The first one is what we call the Church. It consists of all the born again believers in the world. You can’t see it because it neither looks nor acts like an ordinary kingdom. It doesn’t have borders or a capitol city or any of the other characteristics of an earthly kingdom. In Luke 17:21 (KJV) the Lord said, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” He was speaking of the first phase.
The second phase is the one we call the Millennium, where Jesus comes to rule on Earth (Matt. 25:31). Everyone will be able to see the second phase of the Kingdom because in many ways it will be like other kingdoms in the past. It will have a king , a capitol city, there will be a government to administer it by seeing that its laws are kept, and those who try to conquer it will be defeated (Rev. 20:7-10).