Who Will Sit On David’s Throne?

John Ankerberg Show. Dr. John Ankerberg, (M. Div., D. Min.), Dr. Jimmy DeYoung (M. Div., Ph. D., 1940-2021).

I. There are widespread opinions as to the nature of “The Kingdom” (thy Kingdom come, Matt 6:10). Also, does the Kingdom enter God’s people, or do God’s people enter the Kingdom? What exactly is the Kingdom? In this article, we will address these, and other questions that relate to the Kingdom. We will also include an article that was written by the Middletown Bible Church, of Middletown, CT. The Middletown article is in agreement with several of my most highly respected pastors, theologians, authors and seminary professors, such as Drs. Jimmy DeYoung, Ed Hindson, Mark Hitchcock, David Hocking, David Jeremiah, Tim LaHaye, J. Dwight Pentecost, Ron Rhodes, Michael Rydelnik, and many others of their understanding of end times prophecy.

II. Let’s start with an answer to the question about the Kingdom. There is a universal kingdom, where God’s keeps Jupiter from bumping into Mars (Psalm 103:19). There is also a theocratic Kingdom, where God rules the inhabitants of the Earth through a theocratic administrator. Such theocratic administrators were, beginning with Adam (Gen 1:26-28), until he fell (Gen 3:6, 17-19. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:23), and Satan became the ruler of the world (Luke 4:5-8; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1 John 5:19).

III. In review, the universal kingdom is eternal, comprehensive, under God’s direct rule, and always in existence. By contrast, the theocratic kingdom is futuristic, earthly, under God’s indirect rule, and conditional.

IV. What is the storyline of the Bible?” It is how the office of theocratic administrator is restored through the messianic Kingdom. God originally intended to indirectly govern through the physical world through the first Adam; He will, one day, govern the world through the Last Adam, or God the Son.

V. The restoration of the physical kingdom, or office of Theocratic Administrator, as the dominant theme of the Bible, has long been recognized by numerous theologians. Note Charles Ryrie’s explanation (VI.)

VI. “Why is an earthly kingdom necessary? Did He (Jesus) not receive His inheritance when He was raised and exalted in heaven? Why does there need to to be an earthly kingdom? Because, He must be triumphant “in the same arena” where He was seemingly defeated. His rejection by the rulers of this world was on earth (1 Cor 2:8). His exaltation must also be on this earth. And, so it shall be when He comes again to rule this world in righteousness. He has waited long for His inheritance; soon, He shall receive it.” (Note of Dr. Charles Ryrie).

VII. After the Fall in Eden (Gen 3), the theocratic kingdom left the earth. This departure left the world without the benefit of the office of Theocratic Administrator, until the time of Moses. Because this is the first reference to the term “kingdom,” in relation to God’s kingdoms in all of the Bible, it is reasonable to conclude that the office of Theocratic Administrator was restored to the earth, at least in a limited sense, at Sinai (Exodus 19:5- 6), “you shall be a “kingdom” of priests to me, a “kingdom” of priests and a holy nation. Just as God governed indirectly through Adam in Eden, God now began to rule indirectly over Israel through His Theocratic Administrator, Moses. This theocratic arrangement covered most of Old Testament history, as God, even after the time of Moses, governed the world through Joshua, and then various judges, and finally Israel’s various kings.

VIII. Let us now consider key aspects of the theocratic kingdom, such as, “do we enter the kingdom, or does the kingdom enter us?” Consider the discourse between Jesus and Nicodemus. The discussion is quick, and to the point:

John 3:3, Jesus said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

IX. Let’s consider other discussions of Jesus and the subject of the kingdom:

A. Matthew 5:20, “unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

B. Matthew 7:21, ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,”

C. Matthew 18:3, “and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

D. Matthew 19:23, And Jesus said “it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

E. Matthew 25:34, “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (The King is Jesus).

F. Let’s consider a verse that is often taken out of context, Luke 17:21. I will show different translations:

1.KJV/NKJ: “the kingdom of God is within you.”

2. CSB/NASB/NET/NIV “the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

3. The context of the passage is shown, as follows” Luke 17:20-21 (NASB 1995)

20 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

a. Comment (Mine): The Pharisees hardly were people who had been born again (John 3:3), or who had the Kingdom within them.

b. Comment (Ryrie Study Bible): The necessary elements of the kingdom were present, and needed only to be recognized. It can not mean “within you,” for the kingdom certainly was unconnected with the Pharisees to whom Jesus was speaking.

4. It is evident that the kingdom is something where, “we enter into,” and not something which “enters into us.”

5. What is it that “enters into us?”

a. 1 Corinthians 6:19 “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God.”

b. Note (Moody Bible Commentary) ” believers belong to God who indwells them through the Spirit.”

c. The subject of the Gospel of Matthew is the offer of the Kingdom to nation Israel. Consider the following three verses:

(1) Matthew 3:2, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 10:6-7, but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Consider Luke 10:1, the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him. 10:2, And He was saying to them, 10:9, The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

(2) In each case notice that no explanation of the kingdom was given, or was asked. The reason is that Jews had already been taught abut the kingdom. Consider such a teaching from 2 Samuel 7:8-16, concerning God’s covenant with David. Consider the note from the MacArthur Study Bible.

d. In the verses about the offer of the kingdom, the kingdom was said to be, “near, but not here.” In order for the kingdom to have been “here,” Israel must have necessarily received Jesus as God’s choice of king, per Deuteronomy 17:15.

e. These verses state the promises the Lord gave to David. Verses 8–11a give the promises to be realized during David’s lifetime. Verses 11b–16 state the promises that would be fulfilled after David’s death. During David’s lifetime, the Lord: 1) gave David “a great name” (see note on Gen. 12:2); 2) appointed a place for Israel; and 3) gave David “rest” from all his enemies. After David’s death, the Lord gave David: 1) a son to sit on his national throne, whom the Lord would oversee as a father with necessary chastening, discipline, and mercy (Solomon); and 2) a Son who would rule a kingdom that will be established forever (Messiah). This prophecy referred in its immediacy to Solomon and to the temporal kingdom of David’s family in the land. But in a larger and more sublime sense, it refers to David’s greater Son of another nature, Jesus Christ (cf. Heb. 1:8).

6. In the Davidic Covenant, we see promises from God to David of “Land, seed, and blessing,” which was stated in the Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12:2. The offer of the kingdom was taken off the table when Israel rejected Jesus in Matthew 12:24. From Matthew 13, forward, Jesus began teaching his disciples “privately”

a. Matthew 13:10-11, 10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.

b. Matthew 24:3 “As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

7. Jesus taught the disciples “privately,” about the Kingdom (Matt 13), and about the tribulation (Matt 24). The kingdom had not come. The tribulation had not yet come, which must precede the kingdom, with the Antichrist breaking a covenant with Israel, midway through the tribulation (Dan 9:24-27).

8. After the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, our Lord spent forty days with His disciples, concerning the things concerning the kingdom (Acts 1:3). Prior to our Lord’s ascension to heaven, his disciples asked Him if the kingdom was going to be restored to Israel, per 2 Sam 7:8-16, “at this time” (Acts 1:6). The kingdom “had not come.” Jesus said that The Father had determined such a time, which had not come (Matt 6:9-10).

9. There is no kingdom now; as there is no king (Jesus) on the throne in Jerusalem. Preceding the kingdom, will be tribulation (Matt 24:4-28), followed by the second coming of Christ from heaven to earth with His saints and angels (Matt 24:29-30; Zech 14:1-5, 9; Rev 19:11-21), followed by Judgment of those who were left behind, or were born in the tribulation (Matt 25:31-34) followed by the blessings of the millennial age of the kingdom (Matt 25:46b; Rev 20:6).

10. Middletown Bible Church, of Middletown, CT provides the following information.

a. Please note:  Progressive Dispensationalists teach that when Christ ascended to the right hand of God, He sat down on the throne of David.  Thus they teach that 1) Christ is now sitting on David’s throne, the Davidic kingdom having been already inaugurated;  2)  David’s throne is now located in the third heaven.  

b. Let us now search the Scriptures to see what God says about David’s throne, where it is located and when the Messiah will sit on it.

1) “The LORD hath sworn in truth unto DAVID; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon THY (DAVID’S) THRONE. If thy children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon THY THRONE for evermore” (Psalm 132:11-12).

a) The passage above speaks of David’s throne. Where will David’s throne be located? “For the LORD hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation….There will I make the HORN OF DAVID to bud: I have ordained a lamp for Mine anointed (Psalm 132:13,17).

b) David’s throne will be located in Zion (Jerusalem), not in the third heaven. It is there in Zion that God will cause the horn of David to spring up.

2)  “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the THRONE OF DAVID, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:7).

What will conditions be like when the Messiah sits on the throne of David? At that time the earth’s government will be upon His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6) and the earth will enjoy peace as the Prince of Peace sits upon David’s throne. Such conditions are certainly not found during this present church age.

3) “Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the THRONE OF DAVID, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of JERUSALEM: and this city shall remain for ever” (Jeremiah 17:25).

The only way to get to David’s throne is by way of the gates of the city of Jerusalem (see also verses 19-24).

4) “And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the THRONE OF DAVID, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates: For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the THRONE OF DAVID, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people” (Jeremiah 22:2,4).

a) “Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, SITTING UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID, and ruling any more in Judah” (Jeremiah 22:30).

b) David’s throne is in Jerusalem of Judah, on earth, not in heaven.

5) “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto DAVID a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice IN THE EARTH. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 23:5-6).

When will the Messiah be upon David’s throne? This will take place when Messiah the King reigns and executes justice IN THE EARTH. At this time Israel will dwell safely. This can only mean that Christ will sit on David’s throne during His millennial reign and not before.

6) “In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up UNTO DAVID; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness IN THE LAND” (Jeremiah 33:15).

a) “In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16).

b) The TIME when the Messiah will assume the throne of David is here pinpointed, as well as the PLACE. The TIME: the millennial reign of Christ when righteousness will characterize the earth and when peace and safety will characterize Jerusalem. The PLACE: “in the land,” that is ON THE EARTH, in the city of Jerusalem.

7) “Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before Me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually….Then may also My covenant be broken with DAVID My servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon HIS THRONE; and WITH THE LEVITES the priests, My ministers (Jeremiah 33:18,21).

The throne of David is here associated with Levitical priests. Christ cannot be upon the throne of David apart from an association with Levitical priests. During this present age there are no functioning Levitical priests. During the millennium Levitical/Zadokian priests will be associated with Christ and serving in the millennial temple (Ezekiel 40:46; 43:19; 44:15; 48:11).

8) “And DAVID My servant shall be KING over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell IN THE LAND that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and My servant DAVID shall be their PRINCE for ever” (Ezekiel 37:24-25).

a) The resurrected David, who is called both KING and PRINCE, will be directly involved in the millennial government, serving under Christ: “Directly under Christ, having authority over all Israel, will be the resurrected David, who is given both titles of king and prince. He will be king because he will rule over Israel, but he will be a prince in that he will be under the authority of Christ” (Arnold Fruchtenbaum, The Footprints of the Messiah, page 282). See Jeremiah 30:9; Ezekiel 34:23-24 and Hosea 3:5.

b) These passages are often explained in a non-literal way as referring not to David himself, but to David’s greater Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, though the literal interpretation is to be preferred. But regardless of this, during this present church age we are never told that David is reigning as King or as Prince. David the future king/prince is only mentioned in a millennial, earthly, Jewish context.

9) “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and DAVID their king; and shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days” (Hosea 3:4-5).

Today Israel is without a king and Christ is not ruling on the throne of David. In the future Israel will return and seek the Lord. At that time they will not be without a King. Their King will be on David’s throne in Jerusalem.

10) “In that day will I raise up the TABERNACLE OF DAVID that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by My Name, saith the LORD that doeth this. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God” (Amos 9:11-15).

The raising up of the fallen booth of David is associated with the restoration of Israel (v.14) when God will “plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land” (v.15). This implies that prior to the millennium the tabernacle of David was in a fallen condition. Christ, therefore, did not restore the throne and tabernacle of David when He sat down at the right hand of the Father. The tabernacle of David has not yet been restored, but it will be in the future when Christ assumes His millennial throne.

11) “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33).

Notice that His sitting on the throne of David is clearly linked with His reign over the house of Jacob (Israel). Today Christ is Head over the Church which is His body. It is not until the future millennium that Christ will rule over the house of Jacob. It is then that the kingdom will be restored again to Israel.

12) “When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt Thou at this time RESTORE AGAIN THE KINGDOM TO ISRAEL? And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:6-8).

Please observe what the Lord did not say. He did not say this: “In not many days I will sit down on David’s throne and the kingdom will be re-established!” No, the kingdom would be restored to Israel, but not yet. God’s new program, the church, was about to begin. When God restores the kingdom to Israel, Jerusalem will be the CENTER POINT. In God’s new program, the church, Jersalem is merely the STARTING POINT as Christ’s witnesses go forth to the uttermost part of the earth.

13) “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch DAVID, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ TO SIT ON HIS THRONE; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, UNTIL I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:29-36).

a) This passage is used by Progressive Dispensationalists in their attempt to prove that Christ sat down on the throne of David when He sat at the right hand of God. However, the passage does not say that Christ is now seated upon the throne of David. It does say (v.30) that God raised up Christ to sit on David’s throne. It is obvious that the resurrection was a prerequisite for Christ to sit on David’s throne. How could a dead Messiah sit on David’s throne? Compare John 12:32-34 where the Jews were perplexed by the problem of how a dead Messiah could reign forever and ever.

b) The kingdom promised to David does not begin with Christ’s exaltation and session in heaven. It begins with Christ’s return to earth. This is made clear in Acts 2:34-35. The key word is “UNTIL.” Christ will not return to earth and will not sit upon David’s throne until His enemies are made His footstool.

14) “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive UNTIL the times of restitution [restoration] of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).

a) In the early chapters of the book of Acts the nation Israel was given opportunity to REPENT. Had they repented, the Lord Jesus would have left His heavenly throne and would have come to His earthly throne, thus restoring the kingdom to Israel. Notice again our key word, “UNTIL.” Christ sits at the right hand of the Father and heaven receives Him UNTIL the right time comes to SEND JESUS back to the earth. It is only then that the restitution/restoration of all things will take place and the kingdom will be restored to Israel. It is then, and only then, that Christ will sit on the throne of David, on earth, in Jerusalem.

b) For a fascinating study of God’s offer of the kingdom to the Jews in the book of Acts, see The Strategic Grasp of the Bible by J. Sidlow Baxter (Zondervan).

15) “Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His Name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My Name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things” (Acts 15:14-17).

This passage so very clearly sets forth God’s time schedule as it relates to His present program (the Church which is His body) and His future program (the kingdom as promised to Israel). First we have God’s present program which involves God visiting the nations (the Gentiles), taking out of them a people for His Name. The Church is God’s called-out assembly, made up of saved Jews and saved Gentiles united together in one body, sharing a common LIFE and LORD. “AFTER THIS” (after God’s “church” program has been completed) Christ will return and the tabernacle of David will be built again and set up. The kingdom will be restored to Israel as Christ sits upon the throne of David, all in fulfillment of the Davidic covenant.

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The Coming Kingdom, Dr. Andrew M Woods. Th.M., J.D., Ph.D.

Has The Kingdom Come?

I. Video. What will happen during the war described in Ezekiel 38?

II. Video Data.  John Ankerberg Show. Dr. John Ankerberg,  (M. Div., D. Min.), (Dr. Jimmy DeYoung (M. Div., Ph. D., 1940-2021).

III. Introduction. * relates to information contained in “The Coming Kingdom,” Dr. Andrew M. Woods, Th. M., J.D., Ph. D.

A. There are widespread opinions as to the nature of “The Kingdom” (thy Kingdom come, Matt 6:10). Also, does the Kingdom enter God’s people, or do God’s people enter the Kingdom? What exactly is the Kingdom? We will address these, and other questions that relate to the Kingdom.

B. Let’s start with an answer to the question about the Kingdom. There is a universal kingdom, where God keeps Jupiter from bumping into Mars (Psalm 103:19). There is also a theocratic Kingdom, where God rules the inhabitants of the Earth through a theocratic administrator. Such theocratic administrators began with Adam (Gen 1:26-28), until he fell (Gen 3:6, 17-19. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:23), and Satan became the ruler of the world (Luke 4:5-8; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1 John 5:19). *

C. In review, the universal kingdom is eternal, comprehensive, under God’s direct rule, and always in existence. By contrast, the theocratic kingdom is futuristic, earthly, under God’s indirect rule, and conditional. *

IV. Bible Storyline.

A. What is the storyline of the Bible?” It is how this office is restored through the messianic Kingdom. God originally intended to indirectly govern the physical world through the first Adam; He will, one day, govern the world through the Last Adam, or God the Son. *

B. The restoration of the physical kingdom, or office of Theocratic Administrator as the dominant theme of the Bible, has long been recognized by numerous theologians. Note Charles Ryrie’s explanation: *

Ryrie Note: “Why is an earthly kingdom necessary? Did He (Jesus) not receive His inheritance when He was raised and exalted in heaven? Why does there need to to be an earthly kingdom? Because, He must be triumphant “in the same arena” where He was seemingly defeated. His rejection by the rulers of this world was on earth (1 Cor 2:8). His exaltation must also be on this earth. And, so it shall be when He comes again to rule this world in righteousness. He has waited long for His inheritance; soon, He shall receive it.” *

V. Theocratic Administrators Of The Earth.

After the Fall in Eden (Gen 3), the theocratic kingdom left the earth. This departure left the world without the benefit of the office of Theocratic Administrator, until the time of Moses. Because this is the first reference to the term “kingdom,” in relation to God’s kingdoms in all of the Bible, it is reasonable to conclude that the office of Theocratic Administrator was restored to the earth, at least in a limited sense, at Sinai (Exodus 19:5- 6), “you shall be a ‘kingdom’ of priests to me, a ‘kingdom’ of priests and a holy nation.” Just as God governed indirectly through Adam in Eden, God now began to rule indirectly over Israel through His Theocratic Administrator, Moses. This theocratic arrangement covered most of Old Testament history, as God, even after the time of Moses, governed the world through Joshua, and then various judges, and finally Israel’s various kings. *

VI. Theocratic Kingdom Access.

A. Let us now consider key aspects of the theocratic kingdom, such as, “do we enter the kingdom, or does the kingdom enter us?” Consider the discourse between Jesus and Nicodemus. The discussion is quick, and to the point.

John 3:3, Jesus said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

B. Let’s consider other discussions of Jesus and the subject of the kingdom:

1. Matthew 5:20, “unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

2. Matthew 7:21, ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,”

3. Matthew 18:3, “and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

4. Matthew 19:23, And Jesus said “it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

5. Matthew 25:34, “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (The King is Jesus).

C. Let’s consider a verse that is often taken out of context, Luke 17:21. I will show different translations:

1. KJV/NKJ: “the kingdom of God is within you.”

2. CSB/NASB/NET/NIV “the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

D. The context of the passage is shown, as follows” Luke 17:20-21 (NASB 1995)

20 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

1. Comment: (Mine) The Pharisees hardly were people who had been born again (John 3:3).

2. Comment (Ryrie Study Bible) The necessary elements of the kingdom were present, and needed only to be recognized. It can not mean “within you,” for the kingdom certainly was unconnected with the Pharisees to whom Jesus was speaking.

E. It is evident that the kingdom is something where, “we enter into,” and not something which “enters into us.”

F. What is it that which “enters into us?”

1 Corinthians 6:19 “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God.”

Note (Moody Bible Commentary) ” believers belong to God who indwells them through the Spirit.”

VII. The Offer and Rejection of the Davidic Kingdom.

A. The subject of the Gospel of Matthew is the offer of the Kingdom to nation Israel, and her refusal of the offer of the kingdom. Upon the rejection of Israel, Jesus begins private conversations with His disciples, to prepare them for the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). Consider the following verses:

1. Matthew 3:2, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 10:6-7, but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Consider Luke 10:1, the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him. 10:2, And He was saying to them, 10:9, The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

2. In the verses of the offer of the kingdom, the kingdom was said to be, “near, but not here.” In order for the kingdom to have been “here,” Israel would have had to receive Jesus as God’s choice of king, per Deuteronomy 17:15.

3. Notice that the offer of the kingdom was made only to Israel. Also, “Repent” in Matthew 10:6 does not relate to individual salvation, but to the offer of the kingdom, and the requirement of Israel to accept God’s offer of Jesus as His choice to be the King of Israel (Deuteronomy 17:15).

4. In each case of the offer of the kingdom to Israel, notice that no explanation of the kingdom was given, or was asked. The reason is that Jews had been taught abut the kingdom in synagogue; consider such a teaching from 2 Samuel 7:8-16, concerning God’s covenant with David. Consider the note from the MacArthur Study Bible:

These verses state the promises the Lord gave to David. Verses 8–11a give the promises to be realized during David’s lifetime. Verses 11b–16 state the promises that would be fulfilled after David’s death. During David’s lifetime, the Lord: 1) gave David “a great name” (see note on Gen. 12:2); 2) appointed a place for Israel; and 3) gave David “rest” from all his enemies. After David’s death, the Lord gave David: 1) a son to sit on his national throne, whom the Lord would oversee as a father with necessary chastening, discipline, and mercy (Solomon); and 2) a Son who would rule a kingdom that will be established forever (Messiah). This prophecy referred in its immediacy to Solomon and to the temporal kingdom of David’s family in the land. But in a larger and more sublime sense, it refers to David’s greater Son of another nature, Jesus Christ (cf. Heb. 1:8).

5. In the Davidic Covenant, we see promises from God to David of “Land, seed, and blessing,” which was stated in the Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12:2. The offer of the kingdom was taken off the table when Israel rejected Jesus in Matthew 12:24. From Matthew 13, forward, Jesus began teaching his disciples “privately.”

A. Jesus taught the disciples “privately,” about the Kingdom (Matt 13), and about the tribulation (Matt 24). The kingdom had not come. The tribulation had not yet come, which must precede the kingdom, with the Antichrist breaking a covenant with Israel, midway through the tribulation (Dan 9:24-27).

1. Matthew 13:10-11, 10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.

2. Matthew 24:3 “As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

B. The offer of the kingdom will be made again to Israel during the tribulation (Matt 24:14). The offer of the kingdom was not taken away by Jesus following their rejection of Jesus in Matt 12:24, but was put in a state of postponement. Israel will accept Jesus as God’s choice for their king, when they are at the point of decimation in the tribulation, and will call on Jesus “in belief” to save them (Zech 12:10). Jesus will respond to the Jews’ call for salvation from the attacking forces on Israel (Zech 12:3), and will return to earth from heaven with His saints and angels with Him, and the kingdom age will begin (Zech 14:1-6, 9). The life, soul and spirit of each Jew will be saved at the end of the tribulation through their calling on Jesus in faith.

VIII. Kingdom Question and Answer.

A. After the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, our Lord spent forty days with His disciples, speaking things concerning the kingdom (Acts 1:3). Prior to our Lord’s ascension to heaven in Acts 1:9, his disciples asked Him if the kingdom was going to be restored to Israel, per 2 Sam 7:8-16, “at this time” (Acts 1:6). The kingdom “had not come.” Jesus said that The Father had determined such a time, which had not yet come (Matt 6:9-10).

B. There is no kingdom now; as there is no king (Jesus) on the throne in Jerusalem. Preceding the kingdom will be the tribulation (Matt 24:4-28), followed by the second coming of Christ from heaven to earth with His saints and angels (Matt 24:29-30; Zech 14:1-5, 9; Rev 19:11-21), followed by the Judgment of those who were left behind from the rapture, or were born during the tribulation (Matt 25:31-34), followed by the blessings of the millennial age of the kingdom (Matt 25:46b; Rev 20:6).

IX. Conclusion. The Kingdom has not yet come, and will not come until at the end of the tribulation when Jesus will rule from the throne in Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:1-4; 9:6b-7; 11:1-5; Zechariah 14:9).

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Kingdom Prophecies: Psalms 83-91

I. Video. Marty Goetz – Oh, Lord, Our Lord.

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III. Kingdom Prophecies.. Scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway. Unless otherwise noted, notes are from the Ryrie Study Bible (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D.; 1925-2016) 

A. Psalm 83:4-5.

Verses. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” 5  For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant. 

Note. Ringed by their enemies, the psalmist pleads with God for help (v 1-4), pictures the confederacy (vv 5-8), and prays for vengeance (vv 9-18). 

My Note. War is coming to Israel. Psalm 83 tells about a future day when Israel is savaged by her Arab enemies, and emerges victorious in a great Islamic purging. See my article on The Psalm 83 War, “The Road To Tribulation 5 – The Psalm 83 War, in the following link. There are a total of fourteen articles that address the road to tribulation, and should be studied https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/road-to-tribulation-5-the-psalm-83-war/

B. Psalm 84:9.

Verse. Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed.

Note. “shield.” Speaks of protection. “anointed.” Refers immediately to the Davidic King (though ultimately to Christ.

C. Psalm 85:9-11.

Verses. 9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land. 10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11  Truth springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven.


Note. When the “glory” (presence) of God reigns in the land, the people will experience the characteristics of verses 10-11 (fully so in the Millennium).


D. Psalm 87:4. 

Verse. “I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: ‘This one was born there.’”


Note. “Rahab” stands for Egypt. See note on Isa 51:9 (“Rahab.” The chaos monster of mythology symbolizing Egypt [as in 30:7, mistranslated “strength.”]) In the millennium, all will be citizens (born there) of the kingdom. 


E. Psalm 89:29.


Verse.  “So I will establish his descendants forever, And his throne as the days of heaven.


Note. Messiah is the one who ultimately fulfills the Davidic covenant by reigning on the “throne” of David on the earth. Christ is not now on David’s throne in heaven.


F. Psalm 91:10.


Verse. No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.

Note. This psalm of trust may be outlined as follows: the bases of security found in the character  (vv 1-2) and care (vv 3-8) of God; and the blessings of security — His protection (vv 9-13) and His love (vv 14-16).

My note. As with the twenty-third psalm, and other Old Testament scriptures, this ninety-first psalm must also be understood  in their proper context, as follows: 

Psalm 147:19: “He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.” (My note: Other Scriptures in the Old Testament also point to Israel, as follows. (Ryrie note: His word commands the forces of nature (vv 15-18), but particularly communicated His laws to Israel, thus distinguishing her from all other nations (vv 19-20).

Exodus 16:29: “the Lord has given you the sabbath” (My note: The Sabbath was a gift from God to Jews).  Exodus 31:12-13: 12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying 13 But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. (Ryrie note: The Sabbath was made a “sign” of God’s unique relationship with Israel as His own people. The importance of this sign is seen in the insistence of later prophets that Sabbath-keeping was an indication of the spiritual keeping of the people (Jer 17:19-27; Ezek 20:12-24). (Ryrie note: Ex 20:8-11: The church made Sunday her day of worship (Acts 20:7), commemorating the resurrection of Christ ).

Exodus 19:17: “And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.” (Ryrie note: Israel at Sinai. The giving of the Law. The rest of this book, and the first 10 chapters of Numbers contain the block of teaching known as the Mosaic Law.) (My note: Only Jews were present in this verse.)

Exodus 20:22: “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven.” (My note: Moses gave these Words of God to Jews. Only Jews were present.)

Leviticus 1:1-2:  1 Then the Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2 Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them….” (Ryrie note: Though the book (Leviticus) is a manual for the priests, many of its laws pertain all the Israelites). (My note: Only Jews are addressed, as the Book of Leviticus is opened.) 

Leviticus 26:46: These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the Lord established between Himself and the sons of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai. Leviticus 27:34: These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai. (My note: From the first words of Leviticus, through the last words of Leviticus, God is speaking only to Jews. )

2 Kings 24-25. In the years of 605-586 B.C., during three invasions of Israel by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, many Jews were taken captive to Babylon where they remained captive for 70 years (Note Ezra 3:8), and the Temple and every great house were burned with fire, and the walls of the city were broken down (2 Kings 24-25). Jeremiah 52:28-30, and Ryrie note: 4,600 adult male Jews were taken to Babylon . The total number of captive Jews was estimated to be 14,000 to 18,000 (New World Encyclopedia). 

The fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. When the Roman legions destroyed Judea and Jerusalem in A.D. 70, Josephus says that more than 1,100,000 Jews perished and nearly 100,000 taken captive. 

Holocaust. Six million Jews were murdered by Hitler’s Nazi Party during the time period of 1941-1945.

Revelation 6-19. During the Tribulation many Jews and Gentiles who are left behind from the Rapture (1 Thes 4:13-18) will be killed.  Zechariah 13:8-9 says that two-thirds of Jews will be killed. Of Jews and Gentiles, Revelation 6:8 says that one-fourth of the world’s population will be killed; Revelation 9:18 says that one-third of remaining mankind will be killed.

Isaiah 9:6. For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; (the first advent of Christ). And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (The second advent of Christ).

Isaiah 2:1-4. vs 4: And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.

Isaiah 11:6-9. vs 6: And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them.

Isaiah 65:20. “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days;

There is teaching that physical protection is guaranteed in our world now, in such writings as in the twenty-third and ninety-first psalms. However, the perfection and protection that are written in those psalms, and other writings, will not be present until the perfection of Christ’s rule takes place during the millennial Kingdom Age. We have to be honest with our thoughts and recognize that horrible things happen to God’s people, and will continue to happen to God’s people as long as we are alive in this time of world history. If the physical protections that are addressed in the twenty-third and ninety-first psalms are available for some of God’s people, now, they must be available for all of God’s people, now, which is not the case at this time in God’s timeline. Consider the environment of righteousness that will possess the world when Jesus sits on His throne in Jerusalem during the millennial age of the Kingdom: Isaiah 2:1-4; 11:4-9; 65:19-24; Zechariah 14:1-5, 9. It will only be when Christ rules over the world as “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16) that the perfection of the twenty-third and ninety-first psalms will be provided to all of God’s people.

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Kingdom Prophecies: Psalms 22-72.

I. Video Data. Paul Wilbur Shalom Jerusalem.

II. Video related  comment and Scriptures. The song relates to the Jewish people returning to their promised land, leading to and, during the millennial kingdom age. The song does not relate to the Rapture of the Church (1 Thes 4:13-18).

A.. isaiah 14:1-2.

1 When the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and again choose Israel, and settle them in their own land, then strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob. 2 The peoples will take them along and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them as an inheritance in the land of the Lord as male servants and female servants; and they will take their captors captive and will rule over their oppressors. 

Comment. When God brings eschatological relief to Israel, they will look back upon those who once oppressed them (The Moody Bible Commentary). 

B. Zechariah 2:12.

“The Lord will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem”

Comment: Verses 10-13 describe millennial blessings for the nations, Israel, and Jerusalem.  The holy land is Israel.

C. Ezekiel 37:11-14.

11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’

12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.

13 Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people

14 I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.’”

Comment. Ezekiel 37:11-14. The bones represent hopeless and helpless Israel. The “graves” speak of her political demise. The “Spirit” is the Holy Spirit, who will effect the regeneration of the people. The vision does not depict the physical resurrection of individuals, but the political (prior to the second coming of Christ) and spiritual (at the second coming of Christ) revivals of Israel. 

III. Kingdom Prophecies: Psalm 22-72.

The following Scriptures depict the millennial kingdom age, during which time Christ will reign, and not until then. Scriptures come from the New American Standard Bible 1995. Unless otherwise noted, comments come from The Ryrie Study Bible (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D.; 1925-2016).

A. Psalm 22:27-31:

27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nations will worship before You.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s And He rules over the nations.
29 All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.
30 Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation.
31They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it

Comment: A description of millennial blessings. On the feast of verse 29, see note on Isaiah 25:6: 

25:6: “The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine.”


Note: “this mountain.” I.e., Zion, the center of millennial government (cf 2:2-31). “choice pieces…refined, aged wine.” The choice luxuries of an Eastern banquet. The wine described is that in which the sediment has been allowed to remain and is particularly good wine up to a certain point in time.  


B. Psalm 45:6-7:

6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
7 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy above Your fellows.

Comment: An eternal throne was promised to the house of David (2 Sam 7:16), Jesus being the final and eternal occupant of it (Luke 1:32-33).1:32-33: 

Luke 1:32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 

C. Psalm 46:8:

“Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations in the earth.”

Comment: Ultimately, only King Messiah can do such things, during His future millennial reign (See notes on Isa 2:2-4 and 11:6-9).

Isa 2:2-4 note: As in Mic 4:1-5, a description of the millennial kingdom. God’s government (mountain) will be established over all the kingdoms of this world; Gentiles (nations) and Jews (peoples) will do the will of God; justice and peace will reign.

Isa 11:6-9 note:  Messiah’s reign in the yet future millennial kingdom will be characterized by harmony in the whole creation (Rom 8:18-23). 

D. Psalm 47:7: 

“For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm.”

Comment: “Ultimately, Jesus Christ will be the one who rules over all the earth.” See Ryrie note on Rev 19:15.

Rev 19:15 “He will rule them with a rod of iron.” note. Christ will be a shepherding autocrat. 

E. Psalm 48:1-3:

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain.
2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King.
3 God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold.

Comment: In this song of Zion, the psalmist praises God and Zion (Jerusalem), His dwelling place.

F. Psalm 53:6: 

“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores his captive people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”

Comment: David longs for the establishing of the righteous kingdom of the Lord on earth. 

G. Psalm 69:34-35.

34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them.

35 For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it.

Comment: These verses anticipate millennial conditions of a rebuilt and repopulated Judah, when all the earth will praise God.

H. Psalm 72:8.

“May he also rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.”

Comment: This psalm is Messianic, having its ultimate fulfillment in the ideal King, Jesus Christ, and will not be fulfilled until the time of the millennial reign of Christ (see also vv 11 and 17). 

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Kingdom Prophecies – Psalms: Introduction And Psalms 2-14

Video Data. All The Glory – Terry MacAlmon

KINGDOM PROPHECIES – PSALMS: INTRODUCTION AND PSALMS 2-14

I. Introduction. References.

A. All Scripture is for us, but not all Scripture is about us. The Psalms cover a period of time of the nation of Israel from their exodus from Egypt (Ps 66:2, re: Ex 14:21) to Israel in the eternal state (Ps 46:4, Re: Rev 21:12; 22:1). Gentiles will come under the blessings and judgments of Israel, as Gentiles may be in the presence of Jews when God’s blessings, and judgments, are poured out on Israel. During the Tribulation, unsaved Jews and Gentiles will come under the same Tribulation Judgments ( Jer 30:7; Rev 3:9-10). During the millennial Kingdom age, saved Gentiles will be grafted into the fulfilled blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant on Israel (Rom 11:17-24), with Jews being grafted “back in” after they come to belief in Christ at the end of the Tribulation (Zech 12:10). (All Scripture references are provided by the Ryrie Study Bible).


B. As we enter into this study of the Book of Psalms, one key factor of understanding will surface, which is “context.” Many people read the psalms in times of sorrow and grief. However, there are “comfort psalms” that are actually promises of God to Israel that relate to the effects of the holiness that will overshadow the entire world, and everyone in the world, during the future millennial Kingdom age. Such Kingdom blessings will be clearly present and evident to all of whom will be alive during the “yet future” earthly reign of Jesus, when God’s unconditional covenant with Abraham comes to fruition (Genesis 12:2-3). The Abrahamic Covenant is an unconditional covenant because “neither nothing, nor nobody” can thwart God’s promises to Abraham which will be realized through the covenant seed of Isaac, Jacob, and Judah (Gen 15:5, 18-21; 17:5-8; 22:15-18; 26:1-4; 28:13-15; 35:9-12; 49:10). 


C. This is not an exhaustive study of the psalms. In this study, “of the Psalms in the Kingdom” there will be included psalms that relate to the Kingdom, such as Messianic psalms, and psalms that relate to the Tribulation. Such inclusion of Messianic and Tribulation psalms will identify factors of “the end times” (Isa 2:2), and “the day of the Lord” (Joel 1:15), which relate to Israel and were made known to Israel through Jewish prophets. The “last days,” as was taught by New Testament writers (2 Timothy 3:1; 1 Tim 1:4-5; James 5:3; 2 Pet 3:3), relate to the church age, being the whole period between the Apostles’ writings and the Lord’s return. (2 Tim 3:1; 1 Tim 4:1-5). 


D. It is important to understand, as it relates to Biblical prophecy, that the return of the Lord in the Rapture of the Church (1 Cor 15:50-54) was not included in Old Testament prophecy, as it was a mystery to the Jewish prophets  (1 Cor 15:50-54 shows that such a “mystery” was unknown in the Old Testament, but became known in New Testament writings, e.g., Rom 11:25, 16:25; 1 Cor 2:7; 15:50- 51; Eph 1:9; 3:3-4, 9; 5:32; 6:19; Col 1:26-27; 2:2; 4:3; 2 Thes 2:7; 1 Tim 3:9, 16;). “Mystery” was not related to confusion, but to revelation that was only revealed by God’s Holy Spirit at such a time of God’s choosing (which took place during the church age).

II. Prophecy In The Psalms. Overview.


A. Every Prophecy Of The Bible. 


1. Though the Book of Psalms recorded the worship, prayers, and experiences of the psalmists, it was only natural that faith in God would anticipate the prophetic future. Prominent in the expectation of the Lord’s people was the future care and faithfulness of God (1:1-3), the reward of the righteousness judgment on the wicked (1:4-7; Rev 20:11-15), the expectation of the coming Messiah, the hope of the reign of Christ in His future kingdom (Ps 2), and confirmation of the Abrahamic (105:8-11) and Davidic (89:11-37) Covenants. These prophecies are all fulfilled in history and prophecy. (P 72)

2. In addition to Scriptures that were specifically prophetic of a future situation were many passages that are in the present tense which anticipated a future situation. Whether or not these passages are classified as prophecy, they, nevertheless, provided support and illustration of the joyous hope of the saints for a glorious future. (P 73).

3. Messianic Prophecy And The Kingdom. Messianic prophecy usually included the psalms that are specifically messianic, such as Psalms 2, 16, 22, 40, 45, 69, 72, 89, and 118. Some psalms are not included formally in the messianic psalms, nevertheless they refer to Christ. Among these are the eschatological palms, 96-99, which refer to the enthronement of the King. (P 80)

B. Christ In The Scriptures. 

Finding Jesus in the Book of Job is a bit more of a challenge than finding references to Him in the Psalms. The Psalms are replete with allusions to Him! The coming King is a frequently repeated theme of these ancient Hebrew worship songs. Many specifically anticipate the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the One who came centuries later as the promised Messiah. One kind of messianic psalm, called the enthronement psalm, anticipates the day when Yahweh (God) will consummate His kingdom in the person of the Messiah. The psalmists may not have understood what they were writing, but they wrote with both eyes focused on eternity (see Ps 96-99).

C. DiscoveringThe Psalms. The Psalms as you see them now in the Old Testament, were purposefully placed in order. In Israelite history, someone took those divinely inspired songs and ordered them into five books. And eventually, these five books came to reveal the history and the future of Israel, the bright future for Israel. (The following links come from a study of the Psalms by Friends Of Israel. This opening statement comes from the Oct 12, 2019 program).

III. Prophecy In The Psalms. Verses from NASB 1995.

Psalm 2:1-2 

1 Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed,…

“His anointed.” The Davidic king and ultimately Jesus Christ (RSB).

Psalm 2:6

“But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

“installed” into office as king. “Zion.” Jerusalem, where Messiah will reign during the Millennium (Isa 2:3) (RSB).

Psalm 2:7

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.

“My Son.” The legitimate Davidic king (2 Sam 7:14). “Today I have begotten You.” The day of coronation. The NT relates this to Christ’s resurrection  (Acts 13:33-34; Rom 1:4; Heb 1:5; 5:5) (RSB).

Psalm 2:9‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

Messiah will “break” and “shatter them” when He comes again to this earth (Rev 2:27; 19:15) (RSB).

Psalm 5:7

But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.

“lovingkindness.” The word reflects David’s understanding of God’s loving choice of him as the vehicle for the Davidic covenant that includes the future coming of David’s supreme son, the Messiah (2 Sam 7:16) which will come about through God’s faithfulness (MBC).

Psalm 6:4-5

4 Return, O Lord, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness.
5 For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?


David is not discussing the question of whether there is consciousness after death; he is simply stating that only the living can publicly give thanks to God here on earth. Re Sheol: Gen 37:35 note: “Sheol.” Used 65 times in the OT, Sheol often means the grave, where the body is placed at death (cf. Num 16:30, 33; Ps 16:10). It can also refer to the place of the departed spirits, of both the righteous (as here) and the wicked (cf. Prov 9:18) (RSB). 

Psalm 6:8 

Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.

David speaks as a king purging his kingdom of evildoers. Christ quoted the verse in a similar way (Matt 7:23) (RSB).

Psalm 8:4-5)

4 What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!


“God.” The Hebrew word “Elohim” is usually translated here as “God.” The psalmist views man, created in God’s image, as a little lower than “God.” In Heb 2:6-8, the passage is applied to Christ as Son of Man (RSB).

Psalms 8:6-8

6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.


Man was given the high position of ruling over the earth but forfeited it when he sinned. Yet, he will regain that position in Christ, who will subject all things to Himself when He comes again (RSB).

Psalm 9:10

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

“The expression, “those who seek you,” is applied in the OT to Israelites and proselytes [cf. Ex 18:15; Ezra 4:2] (MBC).


Psalms 9:17 

The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.

The wicked go to Sheol (meaning “the grave.”) Re: Gen 37:35 note: “Sheol.” Used 65 times in the OT, Sheol often means the grave, where the body is placed at death (cf. Num 16:30, 33; Ps 16:10). It can also refer to the place of the departed spirits, of both the righteous (as here) and the wicked (RSB).

Psalm 11:4

The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.

“The Lord is in His holy temple,” that is, heaven,” of which the earthly temple was only “a copy and shadow” (Heb 8:5). This point is further driven home by the parallel statement, “the Lord’s throne is in heaven.” This indicates God’s dual role, embodied and eternally fulfilled in the Anointed One, the Son of God, as both king (His throne) and priest (His being in the holy temple), a combination of offices otherwise forbidden among the Israelites (MBC).

Psalms 14:7 

Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.

David longs for the establishing of the messianic kingdom on earth (cf. Isa 59:20-21; Rom 11:26-27). “Zion.” Jerusalem, which will be the capital of the kingdom (Isa 2:3) (RSB).

IV. References, by paragraphs above.

I. Ryrie Study Bible. Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. M., Th. D., Ph., D., 1925-2016.

II. A. Dr. John F. Walvoord (Th. B., Th. M., Th. D., 1910-2002). II. B. Holman Christian Standard Bible, Dr. Kevin R. Warstler (Th. M., Ph. D.). II. C. Friends Of Israel

III. A. Ryrie Study Bible. Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. M., Th. D., Ph., D., 1925-2016.  B. Moody Bible Commentary. Multiple Faculty Contributors.

V. Bucket List.

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Kingdom Prophecies – Job

Video Data. 

Paul Wilbur -Baruch Haba Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord.

Matthew 23:39, For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

Zechariah 12:10, I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

Matthew 24:29-30: 29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.

Malachi 4:2, Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

I. Kingdom Prophecies: Job     

Job 1:1. (New American Standard Bible 1995)

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.

My note: Throughout this article, you will notice that the kingdom will be earthly and physical. This fulfillment of prophecy about the Davidic Kingdom will not be a spiritual kingdom. The focus of the kingdom is on Israel being restored and living in the land of God’s promise to Abraham in the Abrahamic Covenant (2 Samuel 7:8-13; Genesis 15:18-21; 17:7) which will take place during the Kingdom Age, which will follow the Tribulation (Matt 24:29-31; 25:31-34). The “elect” are Jews (Deu 7:6; 14:2; 26:19; Ex 19:6; I Kings 3:8; Isa 41:8-9; Ezek 20:5; Amos 3:2; Rom 9:4-5).

II. Kingdom Prophecies: Job Introduction. 1520 B.C. 

Job is in form a dramatic poem. It is probably the oldest of the Bible books, and was certainly written before the giving of the law. It would have been impossible, in a discussion covering the whole field of sin, of the providential government of God, and man’s relation to Him, to avoid all reference to the law if the law had then been known. Job was a veritable personage (Ezekiel 14:20; James 5:11), and the events are historical. The book sheds a remarkable light on the philosophic breadth and intellectual culture of the patriarchal age. The problem is, Why do the godly suffer? Job is in seven parts: 1. Prologue, 1:1-2:8. 2. Job and his wife, 2:9,10. 3. Job and his three friends, 2:11-31:40. 4. Job and Elihu, 32:1-37:24. 5. Jehovah and Job, 38:1-41:34. 6. Job’s final answer, 42:1-6. 7. Epilogue, 42:7-17. The events recorded in Job cover a period within 1 year.   

III. Kingdom Prophecy Scripture. 

Job 19:25-27 (New American Standard Bible 1995)

25 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
“26 Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
27 Whom I myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
My heart faints within me! Job himself gave utterance

IV. Verse Comment. 

Job himself gave utterance to one of the great prophecies of the Old Testament. It was remarkable that Job, living in a time before any Scripture was written, nevertheless had firmly in mind the prophetic truth that his Redeemer was living at that time and that He would someday stand upon the earth. Job declared his faith that even though his body would be destroyed, he would see God when Job himself would be resurrected. 

V. Christ In The Scriptures. 

Although Jesus is not named in the Book of Job, He is the only Redeemer Job could have been referring to when he says, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth” (19:25) . No one else can be called our Redeemer who came to earth as a human being to die for us. No other book in the Bible includes such graphic detail of the problems and questions that believers wrestle with and skeptics ask. In this book are found the wide range of human hurts that Jesus identified with in His earthly life, as well as the ones He empathizes with as He intercedes for us in heaven (Heb 4:15).  

VI. Author And Date.

There is no consensus about who wrote the Book of Job or when it was written. Suggestions for an author include Job, Elihu, Solomon, and even Moses.

VII. Book Of Job. Introduction. 

This is considered the oldest book in the Bible (the books in the Old Testament are not ordered chronologically, but thematically). There are indications in the book that Job lived during the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Also, the events in the book are real events; it is not a parable or a myth. Actually, it is an autobiography where the author refers to himself usually in the third person, a practice which was not unusual in ancient literature (for example, Moses’ account about his personal life in Exodus to Deuteronomy). After his suffering was completed, Job lived 140 years and had enough time to ponder all the events of his life and write down his own story (Job 42:16).  

VIII. Book Of Job. Date. 

The date of the events in the book and the date of the writing of the book are two different matters. The events may have taken place in a patriarchal society in the second millennium B.C., around the time of Abraham. Several facts support this dating: (1) Job lived more than 140 years (42:16), a not uncommon life span during the patriarchal period; (2) the economy of Job’s day, in which wealth was measured in terms of livestock (1:3), was the type that existed in this period; (3) like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Job was the priest of his family (1:5); (4) the absence of any reference to the nation Israel or the Mosaic Law suggests a pre-Mosaic date (before 1500 B.C.).

Three principal views exist concerning the date of writing: (1) in the patriarchal age, shortly after the events happened; (2) in the time of Solomon (950 B.C.); (3) at the time of the Exile or after, though the mention of Job by Ezekiel (Ezek 14:14) negates such a late date. The detailed report of the speeches of Job and his friends seems to argue for the book’s being written shortly after the events occurred. On the other hand, the book shares characteristics of other wisdom literature (e.g.,  Ps 88, 89) written during the Solomonic age and should be regarded as a dramatic poem describing real events, rather than a verbatim report.

IX. References, by paragraphs above.

II. Schofields Reference Bible Notes (1917). Dr. C.I. Scofield, D.D.,1843-1921. 

III/IV. Every Prophecy Of The Bible. Dr. John F. Walvoord, Th. B., Th. M., Th. D., 1910-2002.

V/VI. Holman Christian Standard Bible.Dr. Richard D. Patterson, M. Div., Th. M., Ph. D.

VII. Bible.Org. Dr. Immanuel Christian. Th. M., Ph. D.

VIII. Ryrie Study Bible. Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. M., Th. D., Ph., D., 1925-2016.  

X. Bucket List.

My Bucket List shows the references, of people and documents, that I use when I write my articles.

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The Result Of Israel’s Rejection Of The Kingdom.

Video Data: Terry MacAlmon – We Glorify The Lamb 

The Result Of Israel’s Rejection Of The Kingdom

I. Subject Discussion.

A. The Gospel of Matthew is the Gospel which presents the Lord Jesus Christ as God’s King and Israel’s Messiah. It unfolds the presentation of the Messiah to Israel. Now that Israel has rejected the offered kingdom, the question naturally arises, “What will happen to God’s kingdom now that the kingdom has been rejected and the King is to be absent?” (Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (Th. B., Th., D., 1915-2014) Things To Come, pp 140, 141). 

B. Jesus taught the Jews facts that related to the kingdom, of which “would come,” immediately, if they would accept Him as “God’s chosen King (Deu 17:15).” Christ’s teaching to the Jews about the kingdom continued until their rejection of Him in Matt 12. Per, Dr. Andrew M. Woods (Th. M., J.D., Ph. D.) “The Coming Kingdom,” p 64, 65: [The Gospels carefully reveal Israel’s rejection of the kingdom offer. The turning point is found in Matt 12:24. When the Pharisees were unable to explain away one of Christ’s many miracles, they instead attributed the miracle’s performance to Satanic powers. At that point, the expression “Repent for the kingdom of heaven” is at hand (Matt 3:2, 4:17, 10:5-7) virtually disappears from Matthew’s Gospel. The concept does not resurface until the offer is re-extended to a distant generation of Jews during the future Tribulation period (Matt 24:14). Such an absence signifies that God took the kingdom off the table when the Pharisees demonstrated unbelief when confronted by Christ’s miracles. This rejection of the offer was ratified at Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as well as by the nation’s decision to hand over Christ to the Romans for crucifixion (Matt 21-23; 26-27). Israel’s rejection of the kingdom offer is also represented in the following statement by the nation’s religious leaders to Pilate: “Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar'” (John 19:15). In the parable of the Minas (Luke 19:11-27), “Israel’s rejection of the Lord is seen in the words of the citizenry, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us (19:14).” Consequently, John well summarizes the nation’s posture toward their own king: “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). The kingdom was no longer near; Israel’s tragic decision had been made much earlier. Clearly, then, the coming of the kingdom was conditioned on Israel’s response to Jesus. Because Israel rejected the offer of the kingdom, the messianic kingdom was not established at Christ’s first advent. Instead of inheriting His rightful kingdom, Christ never became king over the nation and consequently was “cut off” and inherited “nothing” (Daniel 9:26a). While the unconditional Abrahamic Covenant prevents Israel from forfeiting “ownership” of the covenanted promises, first-century Israel’s lack of response to the offer of the kingdom prevented the nation from “possessing” these blessings. From the time of Christ up to the present hour Israel remains only the owner, rather than the possessor of the covenanted promises. Although not “cancelled,” the messianic kingdom remains in a state of “postponement.”]

C.  Christ’s encouragement for the Jews to pray for the kingdom to come (Matt 6:10, “Thy kingdom come, on earth”), tells us a lot about the context of the teaching that Jesus had to Israel. Considering that the kingdom promises will not come until “Thy kingdom ‘comes,'” the promises of kingdom blessings must be seen in such a context, and that those blessings were not a promise that was made to, “other than Jews.” Consider the words of Jesus in Matt 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  In the church age, we are not told to seek the kingdom; we are told to believe in Jesus “(Acts 16:30-31). The kingdom promises of Jesus to Israel are found fulfilled in the kingdom verses of my prior article (The Kingdom And The Gospel); they relate to life that is not polluted by the sin of the world but, in stead, relate to the righteousness of life that will come through Christ’s rule over the entire world. Consider the sermon on the mount, Mt 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” It is clear to us that Jesus does not lie, and that these kingdom promises are not “hard and fast” in today’s world. However, such promises will be true for the kingdom age, of which Israel rejected. In the “Kingdom, which will come,” the kingdom promises of Jesus will be realized (per the kingdom verses of my prior article). 

D. The kingdom has “not yet come;” neither have the blessings of the kingdom, although the spiritual blessing of the “new covenant,” “I will put My Spirit within you” (Ezek 36:27), have become a reality for those who believe in Jesus (John 14:16-18; John 16:13-14). But, what can we say about the remaining kingdom blessings? 

1. Jesus made it clear to Israel of His return to set up His kingdom in Matt 23:39: “The stipulation for the return of Christ rests in the hands of Israel.”

“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 

 2. Per the stipulation for the return of Christ resting in the hands of Israel, the Church has nothing to do with the return of Jesus to set up His kingdom. Until Israel calls on Jesus, in faith, He will not return to earth to set up His earthly kingdom. Such a response of Israel will not come until the end of the Tribulation, when the Jews are about to be decimated by the forces of the anti-Christ and Satan per Zech 12:10:  

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

  3. Christ will return to earth with His saints at the end of the Tribulation,and will establish His earthly kingdom in Matt 24:29-30.  During the kingdom, those of the church age will be grafted into the kingdom blessings, and Jews who come to belief in Christ will be “grafted back into” the kingdom blessings” (Rom 11:17-24). This teaching of the kingdom is that anyone who is present in the kingdom will find fulfillment in the righteous kingdom teachings of Jesus, as well as all of the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant of: “land” (Gen 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:1-21); “seed” (Gen 15:4-5; 22:17); and “blessing” (Gen 15:1). (The Coming Kingdom, pp 13-14). 

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The Kingdom And The Gospel

Video Data: The Hoppers: Jerusalem.

The Use Of The Term, “Kingdom.”.

I. Introduction.

A. In the course of this study of “Thy Kingdom Come,” we will discuss the millennial Davidic kingdom. The millennial kingdom is declared to be a literal, earthly kingdom over which Christ rules from David’s throne in fulfillment of the Davidic covenant (2 Sam 7:8-17; Matt 1:1; Luke 1:32). The kingdom is the subject of Old Testament prophecy (2 Sam 7:8-17; Isa 9:6-7; 11:1-6; Jer 23:23:5; 33:14-17; Ezek 34:23; 37:24; Micah 4:6-8; 5:2; Zech 2:10-12; 8:20-23; Psalm 2;6, 8-10; 72:11; Mal 3:1-14). This kingdom was proclaimed as being “at hand” at Christ’s first advent (Matt 3:2; 4:17; 10:5-7); but was rejected by Israel and therefore postponed (Matt 23:37-39). It will again be announced to Israel in the tribulation period (Matt 24:14). It will be received by Israel and set up at the second advent of Christ (Isa 28:23; Rev 19:11-16; 20:1-6). (Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (Th. B., Th., D., 1915-2) P 142.) 

B. In regard to the terms “kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of the heavens” it is to be observed that, while not synonymous, they are used interchangeably. What distinctions there are, are no inherent in the words themselves, but in their usage in the context. Both of these terms are used to designate the millennial kingdom. While we recognize the distinctions between the earthly and the eternal aspects of the kingdom program, we must guard against making the terms “kingdom of God” and the “kingdom of the heavens” absolute. Only the context can determine the meaning intended to be conveyed by the terms. (Things To Come, P 144.)

C. In the Gospel according to Matthew this kingdom is designated in the main as the kingdom of heaven, whereas the Kingdom of God is mentioned but a few times . Matthew was writing to the Jews who had a peculiar reverence for the name “God.” — mark this, in spite of their most lack of perception of the true nature of the kingdom — and would easily understand the meaning of “the kingdom of heaven.” Mark and Luke, on the other hand, are writing to Gentiles, so they use the phrase “kingdom of God’ rather than the other. The kingdom is characterized as the kingdom of heaven because it is patterned after heaven and its perfection. Reference is also made in this name to the eternal and lasting value of this dominion. Furthermore, there is involved the thought of the heavenly origin and source of the kingdom, the God of heaven being He who will set it up. The name “kingdom of God” is employed because it points to the spiritual character of the reign and dominion. The glory of God is its chief and sole object. Christ’s work in which He seeks only to glorify His Father is complete when God is glorified. This is  the aim and the purpose of the kingdom of God. (Things To Come, P434.)

II. Subject Basis.

With the understanding that the Jews who lived prior to, and during the life of Christ, had been taught Scriptures that relate to the Kingdom, we will discuss some of the Old Testament Scriptures that were made known to these people who are known as “God’s Chosen People” (Deuteronomy 14:2). We will focus on the prophecies of Isaiah for this study. The following Isaiah information comes from notes of Dr. Andy Woods, Th. M., J. D., Ph. D., in a discussion that was recorded at Duluth Bible Church, Minnesota. The date of the recording was November 1, 2020. The title of the discussion is: 06-The Kingdom In Isaiah. Dr. Woods is one of my most trusted theologians.Consider Andy’s bio. https://slbc.org/about/pastoral-staff/

III. Scriptures for consideration. 2 Timothy 3:16.

.A. “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”

B. Here is a key to remember. All scripture is for us, but not all scripture is about us. We must consider context.

IV. The Doctrine Of The Kingdom. The Kingdom In Isaiah. Comments from Ryrie Study Bible. (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., 1925-2016).

A. Isaiah 2:1-4 – The Glory Of The Future Kingdom. 

1. 2:1. The context is God, Isaiah, Judah and Jerusalem.

2. 2:2-4. As in Micah 4:1-5, a description of the millennial kingdom. God’s government (mountain) will be established over all the kingdoms of the world; Gentiles (nations) and Jews (peoples) will do the will of God; justice and peace will reign. 

B. Isaiah 11:6-9 – Harmony In The Whole Creation. 

Messiah’s reign in the yet future millennial kingdom will be characterized by harmony in the whole creation (Romans 8:18-20).

C. Isa 65:17-25 – The Characteristics Of The Kingdom. 

A description of the millennial kingdom, which is preliminary to the “new heavens and a new earth” (v 17). Characteristics include Jerusalem being a joy instead of a burden (v 18; cf Zech 12:2-3), longevity  (v 20; notice that sin will be punished in the millennium), peace and security (vv 21-23), and removing of the animosity to nature (v 25; cf. 11:7-9). 

V. Old Testament Prophets Describe The Kingdom. Millennium is also used to mean “kingdom.” Comments come from the video discussion of Dr. Andy Woods.

A. Established by God. Isa 9:6-7).

B. Eternal (Isa 9:7). 

C. Christ’s direct rule (Isa 11:4). 

D. Earthly (Isa 11:4).

E. Israel’s restoration (Isa 27:13; Matt 24:31; Isa 11:11). This restoration will result in Jews returning to Israel in belief.

F. Israel’s preeminence (Isa 49:22-23; Isa 2:2-4; Isa 27:13). (My comment. Notice that the trumpet calls Jews to Jerusalem, which is not the same trumpet that calls believers to Heaven at the time of the rapture; 1 Cor 15:52; 1 Thes 4:16).

G. Millennial temple will have animal sacrifices (Isa 56:6-7). Children will be born in the millennium to those having unresurrected bodies, who will go from the tribulation into the millennium. Animal sacrifices will be used to teach unbelievers of the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for all of mankind (Isa 53:1-9). My comment follows: The immediate context is that of the spiritual healing of Israel. The extended context is that of the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of all who believe in Him. This passage does not relate to physical healing, of which the context does not allow. Consider all of the people of all of the years who never had a physical healing, or who died. In the millennium, all who enter in resurrected bodies will enter in eternal bodies having no flaw (1 Cor 15:50-54). The promise of Isa 53:1-9 is fulfilled in Rom 11:26, “all Israel will be saved.” But, there is no such promise for those who have physical ailments or death. Those who enter the millennium in mortal bodies, or who are born during the time of the millennium, will have “perishable bodies.” Prior to entry into the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2), all born again people in the millennium will be given resurrection/glorified/imperishable bodies, having eternal blessings, such as of  (Rev 21:4, no tears, or death, or mourning, or crying or pain). Those who enter the kingdom with Jesus will have been given resurrection bodies at the time of the rapture (1 Cor 15:50-54).

H. Righteousness (Isa 9:6-7).

I. Knowledge (Isa 11:6-9).

J. Curse curtailed. (Isa 65:20-22). My comments follow: The effects of the curse (Gen 3:14-19) will felt at the end of the Millennium when the unsaved people of the kingdom age join the forces of Satan at the time of the Battle of Gog and Magog (Rev 20:7-9) in a final, unsuccessful, attack on God’s people. There will also be death among people who enter the millennium in mortal bodies, or who are born during the millennium (Isa 65:20). During the time of the eternal state, the curse will be reversed (there will be no curse, no death, per Rev 21:4; Rev 22:3). 

K. Peace (Isa 2:4; 11:6-9; 65:25).

L. Prosperity (Isa 65:22).

M. Topographical Changes (Isa 35:6-7, water will be in the desert). (Isa 30:26, the sun will be seven times brighter). (Isa 35:5-6, physical healing will abound).

N. Immediate answers to prayer (Isa 65:24). 

VI. The teaching of Jews in the Old Testament on the Kingdom.

A. Rabbis were Jewish religious teachers who taught and discussed interpretations of the Jewish law in the courtyards of the Temple (see Luke 2:46). Per my article on “The Offer Of the Kingdom to Israel,” Jesus and His disciples did not need to repeat the detailed teaching on the Kingdom that had already been taught to Jews by Rabbis and other Jewish leaders. 

B. Jews would have been taught the details of the Davidic Kingdom 2 Samuel 7:12-16, (Ryrie comments) as follows:

This great covenant that God graciously made with David included the following provisions: (1) David would have a son who would succeed him and establish his kingdom (v 12); (2) that son (Solomon) rather than David, would build the Temple (v 13a); (3) the throne of Solomon’s kingdom would be established forever (v 13b); (4) though David’s sins justified chastening, God’s “lovingkindness” (Heb., “hesed;” steadfast love) would be forever (vv 14-15); (5) David’s house, kingdom, and throne would be established forever (v 16). The covenant did not guarantee uninterrupted rule by David’s family (and, in fact, the Babylonian Exile interrupted it), but it did promise that the right to rule would always remain with David’s dynasty. Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of these promises (Luke 1:31-33) and, although at this present time He is not ruling from the throne of David (Heb 12:2), at His second coming He will assume this throne (See Matt 1:11; 19:28; Acts 15:15).

C. Jews received received continuous family teaching on things of Israel (Deu 6:1-25): “when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and your gates” (vs 7-9).

D. It is important to understand that the Gospel of Matthew was written to a Jewish audience, per:

https://www.jesusfilm.org/blog-and-stories/gospel-of-matthew.html

It’s widely accepted that Matthew was written for a Jewish audience. While the book doesn’t say “to my Jewish friends,” a mountain of context clues tell us that Matthew really wanted his audience to see Christ in relationship to Jewish tradition—which would have had little relevance to a Gentile audience. 

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The Offer Of The Kingdom To Israel

Blow The Trumpet In Zion

I. Video Data. Gaither Vocal Band.

II. Introduction.

A. In this article we will discuss key aspects of the Kingdom. First of all, at the first advent of Christ, He did not bring the Kingdom to earth. Neither did the Kingdom come while Jesus was on earth, or at the time of His ascension to Heaven. nor did the Kingdom come at any time following His ascension to heaven. We are not in the Kingdom now. We are not Kingdom builders. We are not doing Kingdom work, and never will we do anything to make the earth ready for the Kingdom. We are not doing anything to “bring the Kingdom in.” No one other than Jesus will “bring the Kingdom in.” The Kingdom will not come until after Christ’s physical descent from heaven to earth from heaven in bodily form, which eliminates the rapture of the church as being the time and event for the Kingdom to come to earth. The Kingdom will only come at the time of the second advent of Christ, when He descends from Heaven to earth, with His saints following Him, at the end of the Tribulation.

B. As we begin this discussion on the Kingdom, it will be necessary to define the word, “Gospel.”  Per, the Unger Bible Dictionary (Merrill F. Unger, Th.M., Th.D., Ph. D., 1909-1980) the meaning of “Gospel,” is “good news,” the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4). Also, the “Gospel” of the Kingdom,” is the good news that God’s purpose is to establish an earthly mediatorial kingdom in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant (II Sam 7:16).  The following verses speak of the “Gospel of the Kingdom,” and the “Gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.” 

1. Matthew 24:14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.  

2. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8: “1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

III. Introduction. 

A. We will begin this discussion with the offer of the Kingdom of Jesus being made to Israel. Jesus and His disciples preached the Gospel of the Kingdom, only to Israel (Matthew 10:5-7). As will be discovered, the Kingdom was not offered to the Church. We will also discuss the Gospel of the “death, burial and resurrection” of Christ, which has been the message of Christians to the unbelieving world which began on the day of Pentecost, and continues to the day in which we now live (Acts 2:22-29). From the Day of Pentecost, forward, the focus of the ministry of believers in Christ, to unbelievers, has been “Christ, and Him crucified” (Acts 4:10; 1 Corinthians 1:23, 2:2). 

B. As you read the following verses in Matthew through Luke, the offer of the Kingdom to Israel will be clearly seen.  Comments will be added  to explain other uses of “Kingdom.” Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the synoptic gospels, as they tell the same story, which is of the offer of the Kingdom being made to Israel, with “repentance relating to the Jews,” and their need to change their minds about Jesus being “King Jesus,” which was a stipulation for Israel to accept God’s chosen King (Deuteronomy 17:15; Luke 13:5). Isaiah 7:14 stated that Christ would be “God with us,” with the reinforcement of Matthew 1:23-25.  The Kingdom was taken from Israel at the time of the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem in 586 B.C. (2 Chronicles 36:11-21). On the day that Jesus ascended to Heaven, His disciples asked Him, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6); it was clear to the disciples that the Kingdom had not yet come. The Gospel of John is related more to personal salvation, with “belief in Christ” being the requirement for individual salvation (John 3:16-18; 11:25-28; 20:31). The offer of the Kingdom was being made to Israel, as a nation, but with the stipulation of John 3:3, “the new birth,” occurring before anyone (Jew or Gentile) could enter into the Kingdom. See the following note, which shows the differences in the Gospel accounts: 10. “Kingdom Of God” versus “Eternal Life.”

C. The emphasis on the Kingdom of God found in the synoptics is largely missing in John (the phrase basileiva tou’ qeou’ occurs only twice in John’s Gospel (3:3, 5) and the noun basileiva only three times (all in 18:36). Instead we find John’s emphasis on ‘eternal life’ as a present reality (John 5:24 etc.). The emphasis on ‘eternal life’ in John’s Gospel is closer to the letters of Paul than to the synoptic gospels (W. Walt Harris, III, Th. M., Ph. D., https://bible.org/seriespage/2-major-differences-between-john-and-synoptic-gospels).

IV. Consider the following verses that relate to the Kingdom: A. Kingdom Verses: Matthew:

1. Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (The kingdom was at hand, but Israel had to repent of their ideas about Jesus, and receive Him as God’s chosen king for the kingdom to come (Deu 17:15).

2. Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (See Matt 3:2).

3. Matthew 4:23 Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people (Jesus taught the Jews about the kingdom).

4. Matthew 6:10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven (When the kingdom comes, conditions on earth will be as they are in heaven, which will be without sin). 

5. Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. (At the end of the Tribulation, when the Jews are about to be decimated, they will have to call on Jesus in faith, in order for them to physically be saved, and to enter the kingdom (Zech 12:10), which will be for them to be born again (John 3:3). This Matt 7:21 salvation requirement is not anything that we, in the church age, have to do to have eternal life with Christ life (John 3:16).

6. Matthew 9:35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness (Jesus was teaching the kingdom to Jews, which had not yet come). 

7. Matthew 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”[Peter was told he would be given authority from heaven to implement in the coming church age (Louis A. Barbieri, Jr., Th. M., Th. D., Bible Knowledge Commentary)].

8. Matthew 16:28“ Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”[The explanation is found in the transfiguration (Mt 17:1-8), (Barbieri); when the disciples witnessed the Transfiguration (Mt 17:1-8), which was, in miniature, a preview of the kingdom, with the Lord appearing in a state of glory (Dan 7:9-14.) (Ryrie Study Bible, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., 1925-2016), )].

9. Matt 19:28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel (In the kingdom, the apostles will rule over the other Jews who will be present during the kingdom, in Israel (Ezek 37:21; Matt 24:31), which shows that “the kingdom has not yet come).

10. Matthew 21:43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. [ I. e., taken from the Jews and given to the church, which is composed largely of Gentiles (1 Pet 2:9, Ryrie Study Bible). “The people” refers to the church (Rom 10:9, 1 Pet 2:9-10). “But the kingdom has not been completely taken away from Israel forever (Rom 11:15, 25). And, the church is not now inheriting the kingdom (Barbieri)]. 

11. Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in (The Pharisees were preventing others from entering the kingdom. Their failure to accept Jesus as Messiah had placed a stumbling block in the paths of their countrymen. For this they stood condemned (Barbieri)].

12. Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes [This will happen during the Tribulation (Ryrie Study Bible)].

13. Matthew 24:14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come [This will happen during the Tribulation. The Gospel of the Kingdom was preached while Christ was on earth, and will be preached again during the Tribulation. In the church age, we preach the Gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8)].

14. Matthew 26:29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” [This took place at the Passover Meal on the evening before Christ was crucified the next day, Friday (Luke 23:46, 49-56). During the Kingdom, the Passover will be observed (Ezek 45:21). Ryrie note: The disciples’ attention is directed toward their eventual reunion in the future millennial kingdom with its joy and fellowship)].

B. Kingdom verses: Mark:

1. Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” [(The rule of Messiah on earth, promised in the OT and earnestly longed for by the Jewish people was near, for the Messiah had now come. However, the people rejected rather than accepted Him, and the fulfillment of the kingdom promises had to be delayed until God’s purpose in saving Jews and Gentiles and forming His church was completed. Then, Christ will return and set up God’s kingdom on this earth (Acts 15:14-16; Rev 19:15) (Ryrie)].

2. Mark 14:25 Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”  [This took place at the Passover Meal, on the evening before Christ was crucified the next day, Friday (Luke 23:46, 49-56). During the Kingdom, the Passover will be observed (Ezek 45:21). Ryrie note: The disciples’ attention is directed toward their eventual reunion in the future millennial kingdom with its joy and fellowship)].

C. Kingdom verses: Luke:

1. Luke 1:33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” [As the Davidic Messiah, Jesus will reign over the house of Jacob (as well as the whole world), which will happen in the millennial kingdom. This promise is not now being fulfilled simply because Christ is at the right hand of the Father, which is never equated with the throne of David (Ryrie)].

2. Luke 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.” [Jesus had a ministry to the rest of the  nation of Israel (Dr. John A. Martin, Th. M., Th. D., Bible Knowledge Commentary)]. 

3. Luke 8:1-3 1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means [(The teaching of the Kingdom continued in other Jewish cities (Lk 7:1, 5, 17, 36)].

4. Luke 9:2 And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing [The teaching of the kingdom continued to the Jews (Martin)].

5. Luke 9:11 But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing (The teaching of the kingdom continued to the Jews).

6. Luke 10:9-11:  9 “and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near’” (The teaching of the kingdom continues to the Jews).

7. Luke 12:31-32: “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” [(These pre-Pentecost Jews were told to seek the kingdom. In the church age we are told to believe in Christ to be saved (Acts 16:30-31), which will allow us entry into Heaven, from where we will return to earth and enter the kingdom].

8. Luke 13:28-29: “28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out. 29 And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God.” [Only Godly Jews will be in the kingdom. Godly Gentiles will also be in the kingdom, which was a surprise to many Jews.) (Martin)].

9. Luke 14:15 When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” [A seemingly pious remark for the purpose of dulling the point of Christ’s teaching) (Ryrie)].

10. Luke 16:16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. [People were crowding to enter the kingdom by faith in Christ) (Dr. Merrill F. Unger, Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., 1909-1980, Unger’s Commentary On The Gospels)].

11. Luke 17:20-21: “20 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” [The point of Jesus was that He was standing right in their midst. All they needed to do was acknowledge that He was indeed the Messiah who would bring in the kingdom — then the kingdom would come (Martin). {The erroneous translation of “the kingdom is within you,” is flawed. (Mine)}. {For certainly the kingdom was completely unconnected with the Pharisees to whom Jesus was speaking (v 20) (Ryrie)]

12. Luke 19:11 While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. [The disciples still could not understand why they should not expect the political triumph of the messianic kingdom immediately (and without the cross) (Ryrie)].

13. Luke 21:10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, (These events will take place during the Tribulation) (Martin)].

14. Luke 21:31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. [When the Tribulation comes, people will know that the kingdom of God is near. His words refer to the generation at the time of the cosmological events that will just precede His second coming. That generation will actually see the founding of the kingdom of God — something every generation of Jewish citizens has longed for throughout the nation’s history) (Martin)].

15. Luke 22:15-18: “15 And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; 18 f or I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”(See Matthew 26:29 comment.)

16. Luke 22:29-30: “29 and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Per Matt 19:28, in the kingdom, the apostles will rule over the other Jews who will be present during the kingdom, in Israel (Ezek 37:21; Matt 24:31), which shows that “the kingdom had not yet come).

17. Luke 23:42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” [(Seeing Jesus dying on a cross  but believing that He would come into His kingdom shows the amazing faith of the thief (Ryrie). (This event shows that “the kingdom had not yet come (Mine)].

18. Luke 23:51 (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God; [This occurred at the time of the crucifixion of Christ. “waiting for the kingdom of God;” this event shows that the kingdom had not yet come (Mine)].

D. Kingdom verses: John:

1. John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” [(To be born again is to be born from above, which is a requirement for entering into the kingdom (Ryrie)].

2. John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. [In order to enter the kingdom, one needs to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. A fallen man can not regenerate himself; he needs a divine operation. Only God’s Holy Spirit can regenerate the human spirit. The work of the Spirit is invisible  and mysterious like the blowing of the wind; man controls neither ((Edwin A. Blum, Th. M., Th. D., D. Theol., Bible Knowledge Commentary). (Take “water” and “Spirit” closely together to give a meaning like “spiritual seed.” In this case, being born of “water and the Spirit” will not differ greatly from being born “of the Spirit.” We should take the passage to mean being born of ‘spiritual water,” and see this as another way of referring to being born “of the Spirit.” (Leon Morris, Th. M., Ph. D., 1914-2006, The New International Commentary On The New Testament)].

3. John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” [The kingdom comes not by rebellion, but by submission to God. Its source was not men’s acts of violence but from a new birth from heaven, which transferred a person out of Satan’s kingdom into God’s kingdom (cf Col 1:13; John 3:3) (Blum)].

E. Kingdom verses: Acts:

1. Acts 1:3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (A time is coming, commonly known as the millennium, when God will  burst into human history, in a spectacular way to establish His rule on earth. This is what is known by the term “kingdom of God” [(cf. Matt 3:2; 13:10-16). Though this topic was the subject of much of the Lord’s teaching and preaching before the Cross, He saw fit to discuss it further during His 40 days of post-resurrection ministry (Dr. Stanley D. Toussaint, Th. M., Th. D., 1928-2017)].

2. Acts 1:6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” (The disciples were looking for the kingdom to come, which had not occurred.)

E. Acts 8:12, 14:22, 19:8, 20:25, 28:23, 28:31: In these verses the terms, “kingdom, and kingdom of God,” include the death and resurrection of Christ as its basis but also looks ahead to Christ’s reign on earth (Toussaint).

V. The Kingdom: Looking Backward – Looking Forward.

A. Jews knew that God was in Heaven (Deuteronomy 3:24), but did not have a belief that they (Jews) would go to Heaven. The eternal hope of the Jews was to be in the kingdom, “on earth,” which is correct. Believers in Christ have an expectant hope of being caught up and taken from earth to Heaven by Jesus (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). Christians also know that they will spend eternity in the Kingdom, after they return to earth with Jesus after the end of the Tribulation (Matt 24:29-30; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:4-6). The thousand years of the Kingdom Age will lead to eternity in the “eternal state of the new heavens, new earth, and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-3).  Per Ryrie Study Bible note on Isaiah 66:22-24: “Like the eternal new heavens and new earth, Israel will endure forever (v 22); mankind will bow before the Lord forever (v 23); and the wicked will be punished forever (v 24)” [Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., 1925-2016), Ryrie Study Bible]. [The requirement for anyone to enter the Kingdom is to be born again (John 3:3)].

B. If the Jews of first century Israel had received Jesus as God’s chosen King (Deu 17:15), “the kingdom would have come, at that time.” “In the sermon on the mount, Jesus told the Jews to pray for the kingdom to come (Matt 6:10), “Thy kingdom come,” so that things on earth would be as they are in Heaven (Matt 6:10), “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

C. In all that has been written up to this point, there has been no explanation of what the kingdom actually is. None of the teachings of John the Baptist, Jesus, the disciples, or others, tell the meaning of the kingdom, or what it will be like in the kingdom. Many people have ill-contrived beliefs of what they think that the kingdom “was, is, or will be.” So, why were the Jews told about the kingdom, “which was near or at hand,” without providing a proper explanation of the kingdom? How would the Jews of first century Israel have known about the details of the kingdom? The answer to these questions will be provided in the next article on this website, “Thy Kingdom Come.”

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Biblical Covenants Overview


I. Video Data. Paul Wilbur. For Your Name Is Holy.

II. Israel’s Mourning Turned To Joy.


Jeremiah 31:1-4  (Christian Standard Bible)

1 “At that time”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.” 2 This is what the Lord says: The people who survived the sword found favor in the wilderness. When Israel went to find rest, 3  the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you. 4  Again I will build you so that you will be rebuilt, Virgin Israel. You will take up your tambourines again and go out in joyful dancing.


III. Text: Biblical Covenants Overview.


A. The covenants that are contained in the Bible are of key importance to anyone who is a student of Eschatology. God’s eschatological program is determined and prescribed by these covenants. A person’s eschatological system is determined and limited by the  understanding of these covenants. 


B. “The Scriptural use of the word covenant.” 


1. The word “covenant” occurs with frequency in both the Old and New Testaments. It is used of relationships between God and man, man and man, and nation and nation. It is used in things temporal and things eternal. There are references to minor and temporal covenants in Scripture. Covenants are made by individuals with other individuals (Gen 21:32; 1 Sam 18:3). Covenants may be made between an individual and a group of individuals (Gen 26:28; 1 Sam 11:1-2). Covenants may be made by one nation with another nation (Ex 23:32; 24:12, 15; Hos 12:1). There were covenants in the social realm (Prov 2:17; Mal 2:14). Certain natural laws were viewed as covenants (Jer 33:20, 25). With the exception of these last, which were established by God, all of the uses govern the relationships made between men.


2. The Bible also contains references to 5 major covenants, all of which were made by God with men: conditional and unconditional. 


a. Unconditional covenants. The 4 unconditional covenants, with the formula, ” I will,” are found in:

 
(1) Genesis 12:1-3, where the formula is found, either expressed or understood, 7 times. 
(2) Deuteronomy 30:1-10, where it is found, either expressed or understood 12 times. 
(3) II Samuel 7:10-16, where it is found 7 times
(4) Jeremiah 31:31-40, where it is found 7 times.


b. Conditional covenant. The conditional covenant, with the formula, ” If you will,” is found in Exodus 19:5, ff., also in Deuteronomy 28:1-68; vs 1-14, “iI  you will,” and vs 15-68, “If you will not.” 


3. It will be quite obvious that eschatological studies are not concerned with the minor covenants that were made by man with man, nor are they with the Mosaic covenant that was made by God with man, inasmuch as all these are temporary and not-determinative in respect to future things, but only with the four eternal covenants that were given by God, in which He has obligated Himself in relation to the prophetic program. 


C. “The definition of a covenant.” A covenant may be defined as follows:


1. A divine covenant is (1) a sovereign disposition of God, whereby He establishes an unconditional or declarative compact with man, obligating himself, in grace, by the untrammeled formula. “I will,” to bring to pass of himself definite blessings for the covenanted ones, or (2) a proposal of God, wherein He promises in a conditional or mutual compact with man, by the contingent formula, “if you will,” to grant special blessings to man provided he fulfills perfectly certain conditions, and to execute definite punishment in case of his failure.


2. It is to be observed that this definition does not depart from the customary definition and usage of the word as a legal contract into which one enters, and by which his course of action is bound.


D. “The kinds of covenants.”  


1. There are two kinds of covenants into which God entered with Israel: conditional and unconditional. In a conditional covenant, that which was covenanted depends for its fulfillment upon the recipient of the covenant, not upon the one making the covenant. Certain obligations, or conditions, must be fulfilled by the receiver of the covenant before the giver of the covenant is obligated to fulfill that which  was promised. It is a covenant with an “if” attached to it. The Mosaic covenant, made by God with Israel, is such a covenant. In an unconditional covenant, that which was covenanted depends upon the one making the covenant alone for its fulfillment. That which was promised is sovereignly given to the recipient of the covenant on the authority and integrity of the one making the covenant apart from the merit or response of the receiver. It is a covenant with no “if” attached to it whatsoever.


2. To safeguard thinking on this point, it should be observed that an unconditional covenant, which binds the one making the covenant to a certain course of action, may have blessings attached to that covenant that are conditioned upon the response of the recipient of the covenant, which blessings grow out of the original covenant, but these conditioned blessings do not change the unconditional character of that covenant. The failure to observe that an unconditional covenant may have certain conditional blessings attached to it had led many to the position that conditioned blessings necessitate a conditional covenant, thus perverting the essential nature of Israel’s determinative covenants.


E. “The nature of the covenants.” There are certain facts which are to be observed concerning the covenants into which God has entered.


1. First of all, these covenants are “literal” covenants, and are to be interpreted literally. 
2. In the second place, these covenants, according to the Scriptures,  are “eternal.”
3. In the third place, inasmuch as these covenants are literal and eternal, and depend solely upon the integrity of God for their fulfillment, they must be considered to be unconditional in character. 
4. Finally, these covenants were made with a “covenanted people,” Israel. In Romans 9:4, Paul states that the nation of Israel had received covenants from the Lord. In Ephesians 2:11-12, he states conversely that the Gentiles have not received any such covenants, and consequently do not enjoy covenant relationships with God. These two passages show us, negatively, that the Gentiles were without covenant relationships and, positively, that God had entered into covenant relationships with Israel.

IV. Source document for Biblical Covenants Overview: Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (Th. B., Th., D., 1915-2014) Things To Come, pp 65-68.

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A Glimpse Of The Coming Kingdom

In Your Presence – By Paul Wilbur


I. Zechariah’s Prophetic View (520-487 B.C., George L. Klein, Ph. D., The New American Commentary, p 72).

A. Zechariah boldly surveyed the boundaries of God’s coming Kingdom. While many might think that it is a remote possibility to envision a restored Judah, Zechariah proclaimed the message he had received from God. The Lord’s declaration far exceeded mere restoration. Israel would become a place of blessing, security, and spirituality beyond anything she had ever experienced. Moreover, Zechariah announced that the whole creation would rest under the dominion of its sovereign Lord, renewed into the new creation that was free from the groaning caused by the blight of sin (cf. Rom 8). At several points in the book, the prophet spoke of God’s dominion extending to the farthest corners of the world. For instance, 4:14 describes Judah’s God as “the Lord of all the earth.”

B. The coming kingdom will evidence several unique features. One of the most prominent characteristics of the eschatological kingdom will be peace. The Lord’s Kingdom will have no place for weaponry since God Himself will maintain the peace. The Lord even promises to remove the chariots and war horses from the land, symbolizing the most advanced weapons of the day (9:9).

C. This well-being will not belong to Israel along, however. The book of Zechariah emphatically extends God’s blessings to all the nations of the earth who will finally turn to the Lord in repentance and true faith. Zech 6 broadens this miraculous tranquility to the entire world by developing the extend of God’s dominion to the four corners of the globe. Chapter 8 promises that “many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat Him (v 22). The same chapter declares that people from all nations, speaking every language, will come to worship with God’s people (vv 20-23).

II. A view of Zechariah’s prophecy makes it clear that the prophecy of the Kingdom is focused on Israel. Furthermore, none of the aspects of the Kingdom are present in the world now. The Kingdom has not yet come, but will be self evident when the prophecy of Matthew 24:29-30 is fulfilled for the whole world to see.

III. This website will discuss the stops along the way to the Kingdom (2 Samuel 7:8-16; Matthew 6:10). Refer to the articles that are listed to discover facts about each category of the following stops that discuss the journey to the Kingdom that God has promised to His chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2).

A. When Jesus first came to earth, He didn’t bring the Kingdom with Him. In Matthew 3:2, John the Baptist said, “the Kingdom is at hand,” which meant that “the Kingdom was near,” (Luke 10:9), but was not here. Jesus told the Jews to pray for the Kingdom to Come (Matthew 6:10). When Jesus was about to ascend to heaven (Acts 1:6) the disciples Him if it was the time for the Kingdom to be restored to Israel; “not yet,” was in our Lord’s reply. In all of the preceding instances, the only way that “the Kingdom would have come to earth,” would have required Israel to accept Jesus as God’s chosen King (Deuteronomy 17:15), which did not happen. Therefore, the offer of the Kingdom to Israel was not rescinded, but was postponed (Matthew 23:39).

B. The Kingdom “is not” within us (Luke 17:21, KJV/NKJV). The proper translation is “the Kingdom is in your midst,” or “among you” (Luke 17:21, CSB, Darby, ESV, HCSB, NASB, NET, NIV, NLT, TLV). The Pharisees were in the midst of Jesus and His disciples. Jesus was giving those unbelieving Jews a glimpse of the Kingdom, where Jesus and the Disciples would be present. Also, the Kingdom provide the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant, which consists of Land, Seed and Blessing (Genesis 12:2-3). The Abrahamic Covenant is amplified in Genesis 15:18-21; 17:7-8. The Abrahamic Covenant is further amplified in Deuteronomy 29-30 (Land), 2 Samuel 7:12-16 (Seed), and Jeremiah 31:31-34 (Blessing); none of these examples of blessings can be contained “within anyone.” The Kingdom is further identified as being a time and place of perfection (Isaiah 2:1-4), which was lost in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1-2; 3:14-20). Consider the comment of Dr. Charles Ryrie, in the Ryrie Study Bible (Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., 1925-2016) on “in your midst:”

“the kingdom of God is in your midst.” The necessary elements of the Kingdom were present and needed only to be recognized. It can not mean “within you,” for the kingdom certainly was completely unconnected with the Pharisees to whom Jesus was speaking (v. 20).

C. The perfection of the Kingdom, which is present at the onset of the Kingdom , will be lost when those who are born during the Kingdom, but do not come to belief in Christ, revolt against God and His people at the Battle of God and Magog (Revelation 20:7-10). Perfection will be regained during the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-5).

IV. Neither the Church, nor the world, are now present in the Kingdom. The Church is not doing Kingdom work. The church can not do anything to bring in the Kingdom, which will be on planet Earth (2 Samuel 7:12-13, 16; Isaiah 2:1-4). No one in the Church will be present in the Kingdom until after Israel comes to belief in Jesus as Messiah, and calls on Him in faith to save them at the end of the Tribulation from utter decimation from the forces of Satan (Psalm 118:26, Matthew 23: 39, Zechariah 12:10).

V. The world and Church are now present in the Times of the Gentiles, (Luke 21:24). The times of the Gentiles have been present from the time that the last Jewish king (Zedekiah) was on the throne in Jerusalem in 586 B.C., until the day that Jesus takes possession of the throne, which will take place at His second coming to earth, at the end of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:29-30; 25:31). Consider the comment that is made in the MacArthur Study Bible (Dr. John MacArthur, M. Div., D. Div.):

A. This expression is unique to Luke. It identifies the era from Israel’s captivity (ca. 586 B.C. to Babylon; cf. 2 Kin. 25) to her restoration in the kingdom (Rev. 20:1–6). It has been a time during which, in accord with God’s purpose, Gentiles have dominated or threatened Jerusalem. The era has also been marked by vast spiritual privileges for the Gentile nations (cf. Is. 66:12Mal. 1:11Matt. 24:14Mark 13:10).

B. There is nothing that the church can do to “bring in the kingdom.” Regardless of the number of Gentiles who come to belief in Christ, it will only be when Israel comes to belief in Jesus as Messiah, that the Kingdom will begin. The kingdom will be on planet Earth, with Jerusalem being the capital of the Kingdom, from where Christ will reign (Isaiah 2:1-4; Zechariah 8:20-23; 14:16-19).

VI. The conditions that will be present in the Kingdom are stated in such Scriptures as Isaiah 2:1-4, 11:6-9, 65:17-25. The born-again believing Church will be grafted into the blessings that God has promised to Israel. God will graft unbelieving Jews back into those blessings, which are those Jews whom will come to belief in Christ during the Tribulation (Romans 11:11-24).

VII. “The Fullness Of The Gentiles” (Romans 11:25) must occur before the Rapture takes place. Until the point in time that “the fullness of the Gentiles comes in,” the Holy Spirit will be dealing with unbelieving Jews and Gentiles, drawing them to belief in Christ. When that “number of Gentiles” has been achieved, the church will be full, and will be taken to Heaven through the Rapture, “in eternal, undefiled bodies.” (1 Cor 15:50-54). At the time of the ascension of Christ to heaven after His death, burial, and resurrection, “Christ took the souls of the Old Testament Saints, with Him to Heaven, with many of them being united with their bodies (Ephesians 4:8-10; Ephesians Commentary, Dr. John Phillips, D. Min.,1927-2010). As will be the fate of unbelieving Jews, unbelieving Gentiles will be left behind on earth from the Rapture to come under the oppression of the Anti-Christ and the Judgments of God during the Tribulation; then, God will be drawing such unbelievers to belief in Christ as Messiah. God’s Holy Spirit will be calling unbelievers to belief in Christ during the church age (John 1:9-13); the church age will end, and the church will never be mentioned again in the Bible. The primary purpose of the Tribulation will be for God to deal with Israel (Jeremiah 30:7).

A. Consider the comment of Dr. John MacArthur, in the MacArthur Study Bible, which discusses “the fullness of the Gentiles.”

until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. “Until” refers to a specific point in time; “fullness” refers to completion; “has come in” translates a Gr. verb often used to speak of coming to salvation (cf. Matt. 5:20Mark 9:434547John 3:5Acts 14:22). Israel’s spiritual hardening (which began with rejecting Jesus as Messiah) will last until the complete number of elect Gentiles has come to salvation.

B. Consider the comment of Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., 1925-2016) in the Ryrie Study Bible, which discusses “the fullness of the Gentiles.”

“the fullness of the Gentiles.” I.e., the full number of Gentiles who will be saved (Acts 15:14). After that, God will turn again to the Jews and will save “all Israel” at the Lord’s return (v. 26).

C. Consider the comment of Dr. John A. Witmer (B.A., M.A., M.S.L.S., Th. M., Th. D.) in the Bible Knowledge Commentary, which discusses “fullness of the Gentiles”

There is a fullness for Israel (Rom. 11:12) and a fullness for the Gentiles. God is now “taking from the Gentiles a people for Himself” (Acts 15:14).

D. Consider the comment of Dr. Michael G. Vanlaningham (M. Div., Ph. D.) in The Moody Study Bible, which discusses the “fullness of the Gentiles.”

“Fullness of the Gentiles” refers to the “full number of Gentiles” who God has determined to be saved prior to Him lifting the hardening from Israel.

VIII. All born again people, whom are present with God in heaven during the Tribulation (Revelation 4-5) will return to Earth at the end of the Tribulation with Christ; they will rule and reign with Christ during the Kingdom Age (Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 14:1-5, 9; Daniel 12:1-3; Matthew 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:2). Jews who come to belief in Christ during the Tribulation will enter the Kingdom in mortal bodies (Matthew 24:30-31…this is not the rapture). Gentiles who come to belief in Christ during the Tribulation will also enter the Kingdom in mortal bodies (Matthew 25:31-34). Jews and Gentiles who come to belief in Christ during the Tribulation, and die during the Tribulation, will be resurrected at the time of the return of Christ (at the end of the Tribulation. At Christ’s second coming (to stand on planet Earth; Zech 14:1-5), these Tribulation saints will enter the Kingdom in eternal, resurrected bodies (Revelation 20:4).

IX. The Kingdom Age will last for 1,000 years, from which the term “millennium” is derived. Six times in Revelation Chapter 20, “thousand years” is used, which means that “thousand years” means “thousand years.” Incidentally, in the Bible, Israel means Israel, church means church, and Babylon means Babylon. Any believers in Christ, who are alive during the Kingdom, will be grafted into the blessings that have been promised by God to Israel. Those who enter the Kingdom in mortal bodies will have been born again, and will be able to produce children. Children which will be born during the Kingdom Age will be taught by Christ (Isaiah 2:2-3), and will have to come to belief in Christ in order for them to receive a resurrection body, which will allow them to enter the eternal state of Revelation 21-22 (Revelation 21:5-8, 27; 22:11-15). Those Kingdom born babies, who do not come to belief in Christ, will a part of the force of Satan who will mount an attack on God’s people in the Battle of God and Magog at the end of the Kingdom Age (Revelation 20:7-10). Everyone who enters the eternal state must enter in an eternal, resurrected body.

X. It is important to know that the word, “Israel” relates to the bloodline that flowed forth from Jacob (Genesis 32:28, 35:9-12). The word, “Jew,” is derived from the name of Jacob’s fourth son, Judah, from whom the Jewish bloodline led to the birth of Mary, and through Mary to Jesus. Therefore, in order to be “a Jew,” or an “Israelite,” a person must be of the bloodline of Jacob. A person who is a Gentile, and is proselytized into Judaism, is not a bloodline Jew. A person who is naturalized, and becomes a citizen of Israel, may not be an Israelite unless such a person is a bloodline Jew. A proper understanding of being a Jew enters into the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 19:28, as well as the truth that “Jews” will inherit the promised land of Israel, and that Gentiles will not rule and reign over Jews during the Kingdom Age. Gentile believers (such as the Church, and tribulation saints) will rule and reign with Christ, but beyond the boundaries of Israel. Consider the following discussion from Jewish Virtual Library about the word, “Jew.”

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/who-is-a-jew

A. The original name for the people we now call Jews was Hebrews. The word “Hebrew” (in Hebrew, “Ivri”) is first used in the Torah to describe Abraham (Gen. 14:13). The word is apparently derived from the name Eber, one of Abraham’s ancestors. Another tradition teaches that the word comes from the word “eyver,” which means “the other side,” referring to the fact that Abraham came from the other side of the Euphrates or referring to the fact Abraham was separated from the other nations morally and spiritually.

B. Another name used for the people is Children of Israel or Israelites, which refers to the fact that the people are descendants of Jacob, who was also called Israel.

C. The word “Jew” (in Hebrew, “Yehudi”) is derived from the name Judah, which was the name of one of Jacob’s twelve sons. Judah was the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel, which was named after him. Likewise, the word Judaism literally means “Judah-ism,” that is, the religion of the Yehudim.

XI. The condition of our world that is shown in the Isaiah 2:1-4, shows total perfection, no sin, which will come from Christ ruling and reigning from His throne in Jerusalem in the Kingdom Age. At present time, no such perfection can be found anywhere in our world. Many people teach that Christ is ruling from Heaven now. However, if that would be true, our Lord would be doing a horrible job of being “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16). So, “what gives?” Christ is presently not exercising his role of “King of Kings and Lord of Lords!” Such total and perfect rule, of our Lord Jesus, will not be exercised until He is present on earth, ruling from His throne in Jerusalem. The following verses show the perfection of our Lord’s rule when will He exercise such authority from Jerusalem in “the coming Kingdom,” Isaiah 2:1-4; 4:2-3; 9:6b-7; 11:4-9; 25:12; 27:6, 13; Ezekiel 34:11-17 (see sheep and goat judgment of Mt 25:31-33), Ezekiel 36:24-38; Matthew 19:28; 25:31; Philippians 2:11; Matthew 16:27; Jeremiah 23:5; 30:1-3; 7; 31:1-4; 33-34; 32:36-40; 33:7, 14-18.

XII. Consider the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant, that will come to Israel during the Kingdom Age, (from “Got Questions”), and in which Gentiles will be grafted into.

God promised many blessings to Israel in the book of Deuteronomy if they would obey His commands. Many important blessings are listed together in Deuteronomy 28:1–14. They include the following:

1. Prominence above other nations: “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1).

2. Successful cities and farming: “You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country” (Deuteronomy 28:3).

3. Blessings of children, food, and livestock: “The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks” (Deuteronomy 28:4).

4. Protection and power against enemies: “The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven” (Deuteronomy 28:7).

5. Bountiful harvest of food: “The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you” (Deuteronomy 28:8).

6. Set apart as God’s holy people: “The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him” (Deuteronomy 28:9).

7. Feared by other nations: “Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you” (Deuteronomy 28:10).

8. Prosperity regarding family, food, and farm livestock: “The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you” (Deuteronomy 28:11).

9. Appropriate rain and favorable blessing upon their work, including freedom from debt: “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none” (Deuteronomy 28:12).

10. Leadership among other people and nations: “The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom” (Deuteronomy 28:13).

XIII. Consider the course of this study of “Thy Kingdom Come,” as the following outline depicts:


Stop One: The Biblical Covenants And Eschatology


A. The Abrahamic Covenant

B. The Land Covenant.

C. The Davidic Covenant

D. The New Covenant

(more to come)

XIV. Recommended Reading: Ryrie Study Bible.

https://www.moodypublishers.com/authors/r/charles-ryrie/

About Thy Kingdom Come

Let The Weight Of Your Glory Fall – by Paul Wilbur

The Church is the Church, and Israel is Israel. The Church did not replace Israel, and is not spiritual Israel. In the New Testament, “church” and “Israel” are mentioned as being separate entities. In the New Testament “church” is mentioned 112 times; Israel is mentioned 79 times; both are mentioned as being separate entities The Kingdom “has not yet come,” and will not come until the Jewish bloodline of Israel accepts God’s chosen king (Deuteronomy 17:15), which will take place at the end of the Tribulation when the nation of Israel faces decimation and calls on Messiah, Christ, in faith, to save them (Zechariah 12:10). Individual salvation is of the Jews (John 4:22), and comes through Christ (John 14:6). Things are discussed in this website that relate to God’s creation, from “eternity to eternity,” and all that is addressed within those parameters. Consider Isaiah 43:13, “Even from eternity I am He, And there is no one who can rescue from My hand; I act, and who can reverse it?” The Moody Study Bible adds a comment: “God is the ruler of all, and there is nothing that can stand against Him. His will is irresistible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary adds this thought: “No one can reverse what God puts into action or thwart His plans.” The articles that are found in this site may relate to anything that is found in the Bible, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22.21, as well as anything else that may relate to the Bible.