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The following comments are in reply to some questions concerning the subject of the “kingdoms” found in the New Testament. While this issue may be of some interest to genuine Bible believers (and might be of some help in “rightly dividing the word of truth”), it is not a principle (or major) doctrine that is necessary for Christian fellowship (Please See: “THE BIBLICAL BASIS OF OUR FELLOWSHIP” – Parts I, II, III). I can fellowship with brethren who disagree with me on this doctrine as long as they do not make it a bone of contention between us.

 

The subject of the “kingdom” is one of the major themes (possibly the main theme) of the Bible. Alongside of the Grace of God, the subject of the “kingdom” is central in God’s plan for the ages; and its importance should never be underestimated. The study of the subject of the “kingdom” (or “kingdoms”) in the Holy Scriptures is also one of the most difficult of all the studies in the Bible to undertake and the undertaking of such a study should be done with caution and carefulness because a spiritual “mystery” [Matthew 13:11; Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10] is involved; which simply means that the understanding of the subject must come from God Himself and not from some school, or some commentator, or some book – other than the Holy Bible.

 

In regards to the subject of “kingdoms” in the Bible, the Scriptures clearly reveal WHEREthe kingdoms of the world” are – i.e. inthe world”; and they plainly define WHAT they are – i.e. the kingdoms: “of men”; “of nations”; and “of the heathen”, etc.

 

And although the Bible declares “the kingdom of God” to be a “mystery”; the Scriptures clearly state, without a doubt, WHEREthe kingdom of God” is – i.e. in the “third Heaven” and within each and every born again child of God, and definitely “NOT OF THIS WORLD”; and a reading of the 69 verses in the New Testament regarding WHATthe kingdom of God” is reveals much about its nature – i.e. the kingdom of God”:cometh not with observation”; “is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”; “is not in word, but in power; “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”; etc.  Bible believers recognize that no one can know all there is to know about the nature of “the kingdom of God” simply because it is one of “the mysteries of God”.

 

But just exactly WHAT is “the kingdom of heaven”; and WHERE and HOW does “the kingdom of heavenFIT into the scheme of things?

 

SOME QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

 

Which “heaven” is being spoken of in the phrase “the kingdom of heaven”?

 

1. The “heaven” wherein the birds fly {i.e. our atmosphere}?

 

[Deuteronomy 30:4; Job 35:11; Genesis 27:28; Deuteronomy 11:11; 2Samuel 21:10; Jeremiah 49:36; Ezekiel 31:6]

 

2. The “heaven” wherein resides the Sun the Moon and the Stars (the Universe)?

     

[Deuteronomy 4:19; Isaiah 13:10; Genesis 26:4; Exodus 32:23; Deuteronomy 1:10; 10:22; Jeremiah 8:2]

 

3. The third heaven” spoken of by the Apostle Paul wherein Almighty God resides? {HEAVEN}

 

[2Corinthians 12:2; Job 22:12]

 

4. Is “the kingdom of heaven” equal to, or the same as, “all the kingdoms of the world”?

 

5. Are “all the kingdoms of the world” a partthe kingdom of heaven”? Or is “the kingdom of heaven” a part of “all the kingdoms of the world”?

 

6. Is “the kingdom of heavendifferent (i.e. separate) from “all the kingdoms of the world”?

 

7. Is “the kingdom of heaven” the same as “the kingdom of God”?

 

8. Is “the kingdom of heaven” a part of the “the kingdom of God”?

 

9. Are “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of Goddifferent (i.e. separate) from each other?

As you can see this subject is extremely complex; and the answers to these questions must come solely from Scripture and not from the commentators.

 

{NOTICE: When dealing with the subject of the “kingdom” in the Holy Scriptures most Bible commentators engage in a great deal of speculation, hypothesis, and theories as they attempt to figure out a workable solution to the issue that will make some kind of sense to them.}

 

The first mention of the word “kingdom” in the Holy Bible is found in Genesis 10:8-10 which follows the Great Flood and the establishment of human government amongst men [Genesis 9:5-6].

 

{It should be noted that the lawful taking of a man’s life (for legitimate offenses – Genesis 9:5-6) by other men represents the ultimate authority of government, upon which all other authority in regards to life, liberty, and property rests.}

 

FIRST MENTION OF A KINGDOM IN SCRIPTURE

 

Genesis 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was
Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

 

This is the first recorded “kingdom” in the Scriptures (NOTE: There is no mention of a “kingdom” before the Flood) and it is typical of all of the “kingdoms of the world” [Isaiah 23:17; Jeremiah 25:26; Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5] that have followed it right up to the present day (i.e. Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, etc., etc., etc.). Since the first mention of a kingdom in the Bible [Genesis 10:8-10], historically all of the kingdoms of the world which have followed operate with God’s permission and consent but not necessarily with His approval or endorsement. In other words these “kingdoms” have been allowed or permitted to exist as long as they serve God’s purpose, and they are brought down when they cease to do so.  

 

GOD’S POWER OVER THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD

 

2 Chronicles 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

 

Psalms 103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. [John 19:11]

Daniel 4:25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. [John 19:11]

Daniel 4:32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. [John 19:11]

Daniel 5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. [John 19:11]

John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

 

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

 

 

 

SATAN’S POWER OVER THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD

 

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

 

Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

THE FINAL END OF “ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD”

 

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

 

In an attempt to discern what kind of “kingdom” the Lord Jesus Christ was presenting or offering to the nation of Israel during His earthly ministry it is necessary to review all of the verses of Scripture concerning the “kingdom” (or “kingdoms”) prior to John the Baptist’s and the Lord’s proclamation of the coming “kingdom” [Matthew 3:2; 4:17]. The following is a list of the words “kingdom” or “kingdoms” as they appear in the Bible in an approximate Chronological order – excluding the specific individual kingdoms of men.

 

First mention of the word “kingdom” in Scripture = Nimrod’s kingdom [Genesis 10:8-10]

 

The word “kingdoms” (“kingdom”) – in relation to men, nations, or the world

 

the kingdoms of the earth  [Deuteronomy 28:25; 2Kings 19:15, 19; 1Chronicles 29:30; 2Chronicles 12:8; 17:10; 20:6, 29; 36:23; Ezra 1:2; Psalms 68:32; 135:11; Isaiah 10:10; 13:4; 23:17; 37:16,20; Jeremiah 1:15; 15:4; 24:9; 25:26; 28:8; 29:18; 34:1,17; 49:28; 51:27; Haggai 2:22; Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5; Revelation 11:15]

 

the kingdoms of the heathen[2Chronicles 20:6; Haggai 2:22]

 

the kingdom of men [Daniel 4:17, 25, 32; Daniel 5:21]

 

the kingdoms of nations[Isaiah 13:4]

 

the kingdoms of the north[Jeremiah 1:15]

 

the kingdoms of the world [Isaiah 23:17; Jeremiah 25:26; Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5]

 

the kingdoms of this world [Revelation 11:15]

The word “kingdom” – in relation to Israel only

 

the kingdom of Israel [1Samuel 15:28; 24:20; 1Kings 21:7]

 

the kingdom of the house of Israel [Hosea 1:4]

 

the kingdom of our father David [Mark 11:0]

 

the kingdom of the LORD[1Chronicles 28:5; 2Chronicles 13:8]

 

The word “kingdom” – in relation to heaven in the New Testament

 

the kingdom of heaven

 

[Matthew 3:2; 4:17; 5:3, 10,19-20; 7:21; 8:11; 10:7; 11:11-12; 13:11, 24, 31, 33, 44-45, 47, 52; 16:19; 18:1,  3-4, 23; 19:12, 14, 23; 20:1; 22:2; 23:13; 25:1, 14]

 

The word “kingdom” – in relation to God in the New Testament

 

the kingdom of God

 

[Matthew 6:33; 12:28; 19:24; 21:31, 43; Mark 1:14-15; 4:11, 26, 30; 9:1, 47; 10:14-15, 23-25; 12:34; 14:25; 15:43; Luke 4:43; 6:20; 7:28; 8:1, 10; 9:2, 11, 27, 60, 62; 10:9,11; 11:20; 12:31; 13:18, 20, 28-29; 14:15; 16:16; 17:20-21; 18:16-17, 24-25, 29; 19:11; 21:31; 22:16,18; 23:51; John 3:3, 5; Acts 1:3; 8:12; 14:22; 19:8; 20:25; 28:23,31; Romans 14:17; 1Corinthians 4:20; 6:9-10; 15:50; Galatians 5:21; Colossians 4:11; 2Thessalonians 1:5]

 

The word “kingdom” – in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament

 

the kingdom of Christ and of God [Ephesians 5:5]

 

the kingdom of his dear Son [Colossians 1:13]

 

the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” [2Peter 1:11]

 

the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ[Revelation 11:15]

 

In the entire Old Testament the word “kingdom” is mentioned 184 times in 166 verses; while the word “kingdoms” shows up 52 times in 51 verses. Out of all of the verses in the Old Testament dealing with the “kingdom” (or “kingdoms”), the following are some of the most prominent or significant Scriptural statements of fact in determining the kind of “kingdom” which was being offered (or presented) by John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Christ to the nation of Israel.

 

SCRIPTURAL FACT: THE LORD IS “THE GOD” (ALONE) OF “ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH”

 

2 Kings 19:15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

 

Isaiah 37:16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.

 

Jeremiah 10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. [Jeremiah 10:10]

 

FIRST TIME MENTIONED IN RELATION TO THE LORD GOD & HIS RULE OVER ALL THE “KINGDOMS

 

2 Chronicles 20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

FIRST MENTION OF THE WORD “kingdom(in chronological order) in the Holy Bible

 

Genesis 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was
Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded
Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
12 And Resen between
Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

 

FIRST MENTION OF THE WORD “kingdom (in chronological order) IN RELATION TO ISRAEL

 

Exodus 19:3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;
4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.
5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of
Israel.

 

FIRST MENTION OF THE WORD “kingdoms (in chronological order) IN RELATION TO ISRAEL

 

1 Chronicles 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer,
30 With all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.  

 

David reigned over Israel plus “all the kingdoms of the countries”.

 

FIRST MENTION OF THE WORD “kingdoms (in order of succession) IN RELATION TO ISRAEL

 

1 Kings 4:21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.

 

Solomon reigned over Israel plus “all kingdoms” (location described in verse). 

 

GOD’S PROMISE TO ISRAEL CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF THE NATION (i.e. the “kingdom”)

 

Ezekiel 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
22
And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
24 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.
25 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. [
Matthew 21:9-15; 22:41-45; Mark 11:7-10; 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44]
26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify
Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

 

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

 

This is the “kingdom” that the Lord Jesus Christ came to RULE [Micah 5:2 - Matthew 2:6]. And this is the “kingdom” that the Jews (Hebrews/Israelites) were expecting when Christ came upon the scene. [Matthew 21:9-15; 22:41-45; Mark 11:7-10; 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44]

 

Mark 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

 

When the Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem (as King of the Jews – Zechariah 9:9) the people of Israel (Hebrews/Israelites/Jews) expected a “kingdom” on their own terms and according to their own desires – but the Lord had other ideas (See Matthew Chapters 5, 6, & 7).

 

Questions concerning the issue of “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” have baffled, perplexed, and mystified sincere Bible students for well over 100 years; and to be truthful, I do not profess to know all of the answers to all of the questions (concerning this issue) which have eluded most Bible scholars and commentators also.

 

The main reason for the confusion concerning this issue is that it is declared to be a “mystery” (i.e. one of the “mysteries of God”); and the understanding of the mystery is only given by God to those to whom He chooses to reveal it to. {For the record: I only know what I know about this subject from what I have gleaned from my personal study in searching the Scriptures; and I do not profess to have any special “revelation” from God concerning the issue.}

 

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

 

Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

 

Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

 

Concerning the “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” I believe that there are:

 

ONLY THREE POSSIBILITIES

 

#1. The “kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” are ONE and the SAME “kingdom”.

 

#2. The “kingdom of heaven” is part of, and/or subordinate to, the greater “kingdom of God”.

 

#3. The two “kingdoms” are different and separate from each other.

 

THE PHRASE: “the kingdom heaven” as found in the Book of Matthew only

 

* = No Clear Definition

 

* = Peculiar or unique to only the “kingdom of heaven”

 

* = Similar to or the same as “the kingdom of God

 

*Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

*Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

*Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. {Luke 6:20? – not clear}

 

*Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

*Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. {The phrase “the kingdom of heaven” is used twice.}

*Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

*Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

*Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. [Luke 13:28-29]

*Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. [Mark 1:15]

*Matthew 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. [Luke 7:28]

*Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

*Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [Mark 4:11-12; Luke 8:10]

*Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

*Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: [Mark 4:30; Luke 13:18]

*Matthew 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. [Luke 13:20-21]

*Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

*Matthew 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

*Matthew 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

*Matthew 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

*Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

*Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? [Matthew 18:1-6 <> Mark 9:34-37; Luke 9:46-48; no mention of a “kingdom” or “the kingdom of God]

*Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

*Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

*Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

*Matthew 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

*Matthew 19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. [Luke 18:15-17]

*Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. [Mark 10:24-25; Luke 18:24-25]

*Matthew 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

*Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

*Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

*Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

*Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

 

Matthew 3:2; 4:17; 5:3; 5:10; 5:19; 5:20; 7:21; 8:11; 10:7; 11:11; 11:12; 13:11; 13:24; 13:31; 13:33; 13:44; 13:45; 13:47; 13:52; 16:19; 18:1; 18:3; 18:4; 18:23; 19:12; 19:13; 19:23; 20:1; 22:2; 23:13; 25:1; 25:14

 

TOTAL NUMBERS FOR THE PHRASE “the kingdom of heaven”: {33 Times in 32 verses}

 

* 4 verses with no clear definition.

 

* 8 verses similar to or the same as “the kingdom of God”.

 

* 20 verses with an aspect or condition peculiar or unique to only the “the kingdom of heaven”.

 

Scriptural similarities between the kingdom of heaven” & “the kingdom of God

 

The following is a list of Scriptures demonstrating the similarities between the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God.

 

EXAMPLE NUMBER 1 {Not clear – but possibly the same.}

 

Mathew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

 

EXAMPLE NUMBER 2

 

Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Luke 13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

EXAMPLE NUMBER 3 {Not the same – Two different occasions/Two different people}

 

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel.

7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the
kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

 

{NOTE: The word “gospel” is never mentioned in connection with “the kingdom of heaven”.}

 

EXAMPLE NUMBER 4

 

Matthew 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

 

Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

EXAMPLE NUMBER 5

 

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

 

Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

 

Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

 

EXAMPLE NUMBER 6

 

Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

 

Mark 4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

 

Luke 13:18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?
19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

 

EXAMPLE NUMBER 7

 

Matthew 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

 

Luke 13:20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?
21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

 

EXAMPLE NUMBER 8

 

Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the
kingdom of God.

 

Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
25
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Luke 18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25
For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

 

Scriptures comparing the kingdom of heaven with the kingdom of God

 

The following is a list of Scriptures demonstrating the similarities between the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God.

 

{Note: Since the phrases “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God” are not mentioned in the verses, the verses in brackets are supplied for Scriptural “context”.}

 

#1 {Context: “kingdom of heaven” = Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20 – “kingdom of God” = Luke 12:31}

 

Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

 

Luke 12:58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.

 

#2 {Context: “kingdom of heaven” = Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20}

 

Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 

Mark 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

 

#3 {Context: “kingdom of heaven” = Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20 – “kingdom of God” = Mark 9:1, 47}

 

Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 

Mark 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

 

#4 {Context: “kingdom of heaven” = Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20 – “kingdom of God” = Mark 10::14, 15}

 

Matthew 5: 31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. 

 

Mark 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

 

#5 {Context: “kingdom of heaven” = Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20 – “kingdom of God” = Luke 6:20}

 

Matthew 5: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

 

Luke 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

 

#6 {Context: “kingdom of heaven” = Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20 – “kingdom of God” = Luke 6:20}

 

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 

Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

#7 {Context: “kingdom of heaven” = Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20 – “kingdom of God” = Luke 6:20}

 

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

 

Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

 

#8 {Context: “kingdom of heaven” = Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20 – “kingdom of God” = Luke 6:20}

 

Matthew 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

 

Luke 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

 

Based on the aforementioned Scriptures (and there may be more) a person might come to the conclusion that “the kingdom heaven” and the “kingdom of God” are the SAME; but it is a dangerous practice to determine sound doctrine based on a partial examination of the Holy Scriptures – especially when there is a “mystery” involved, and where there are total of 150 verses in the New Testament (alone) where the word “kingdom” is found.  

 

SOME FACTS {CONCERNING “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God”}

 

·     The phrase “kingdom of heaven” can not be found in the Old Testament.

 

·     The phrase “kingdom of God” can not be found in the Old Testament.

 

·     The phrase “kingdom of heaven” is found only in the Book of Matthew.

 

 

Neither the phrase “the kingdom of heaven” nor the phrase “the kingdom of God” can be found in the entire Old Testament. This does not mean that they did not exist until the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ; it simply means that God chose not reveal their existence to the nation of Israel – that is, not until Christ shows up (which is why they are said to be “mysteries” [Matthew 13:11; Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10].

 

The number of times the phrase “kingdom of heaven”; “kingdom of God”; or the word “kingdom” are found in the entire New Testament:

 

The phrase or word:

·     kingdom of heaven” = 33 times in 32 verses. {Phrase found only in the Gospel of Matthew}

·     kingdom of God” = 70 times in 69 verses.

·     kingdom” (without a definition) = approximately 55 times in 49 verses.

 

The number of times the phrase “kingdom of heaven”; “kingdom of God”; or the word “kingdom” are found in just the Four Gospels:

 

The phrase or word:

·     kingdom of heaven” = 33 times in 32 verses. {Phrase found only in the Gospel of Matthew}

·     kingdom of God” = 55 times in 54 verses.

·     kingdom” (without a definition) = 39 times in 33 verses.

 

To sum up: The word “kingdom” shows up approximately 158 times in 150 verses in the entire New Testament. While in the Four Gospels the word “kingdom” is used 127 times in 119 verses. Notice: 80% of the time the word “kingdom” shows up in the New Testament is in the Four Gospels alone! WHY is that?

 

 

Just for comparison’s sake:

 

The word “gospel” as found in the Four Gospels:

·     “gospel of the kingdom” = 3 times in 3 verses. {Phrase found only in the Gospel of Matthew}

·     “gospel of the kingdom of God” = 1 time in 1 verse {Mark 1:14}

·     “gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” = 1 time in 1 verse. {Mark 1:1}

·     “gospel” (without a definition) = 12 times in 12 verses.

 

In the Four Gospels the word “gospel” (either alone, or with the word “kingdom”, or with the name “Jesus Christ”) is used only 17 times in 17 verses.

 

Now WHY do you suppose that in the Four Gospels the Scriptures emphasized the “kingdom” far more than the “gospel” when it came to the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ? In the Four Gospels the word “kingdom” is used 127 times while the word “gospel” is used only 17 times – that is 7.5 to 1. And four of the verses with the word “gospel” in them are in reference to the “gospel of the kingdom” [Matthew 4:23; 9:35; 24:14; Mark 1:14-15].

 

In plainer terms – in the Four Gospels the Bible emphasizes the “kingdom” seven and a half times more than it does the “gospel”. WHY do you “suppose” that is? Could it possibly be that when the Lord Jesus Christ was conducting His earthly ministry (which was exclusive to the nation of Israel – Matthew 10:5-6; 15:24) that He was “preaching” and “teaching” about the “kingdom”; and the “gospel” (i.e. the “good news”) that He referred to was the “gospel” (i.e. the “good news”) of the coming “kingdom” and NOT “the Gospel of the Grace of God” {i.e. Paul’s “Gospel”}?

 

On the other hand – The word “kingdom” is only used 26 times in 26 verses from Acts through Jude, as compared to the word “gospel” which is used 86 times in 80 verses from Acts through Jude (better than 3 to 1).

 

{It may be of interest to note that the word “gospel” is NOT used in the Book of Acts until Acts 8:25 (not until AFTER the nation of Israel REJECTED the Holy Spirit in Acts Chapter Seven); and that in the Book of Revelation the word “kingdom” (or “kingdoms”) shows up 7 times in 6 verses while the word “gospel” shows up only ONCE, in reference to “the everlasting gospel” – which clearly is NOT “the Gospel of the Grace of God”. Lord willing, I will post some articles on the Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” [Matthew 10:5-6; 15:24] and the different “gospels” that are found in the New Testament at a later time.}

 

WHY is the phrase "the kingdom of heaven" found only in the Book of Matthew and no where's else in the entire Bible? And then there is the phrase "the kingdom of God", which also is not found in the Old Testament, but is found in all of the Gospels (five times in Matthew), the Book of Acts, and some of Paul's Epistles; but it can not be found in the Apostle Paul’s Pastoral Letters, or the Book of Hebrews, or the General Epistles (i.e. James, Peter, John, & Jude), or in the Book of Revelation. Is “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” the same? If the words "heaven" and “God” are not the same – can the two kingdoms be the same?

 

If we are to make any "sense" of the Bible – we MUST rightly divide the word of truth (keeping the Jew; the Gentile; and the church separate1 Corinthians 10:32), and we MUST rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to us. Genuine Bible study should not be just an academic exercise or a mere intellectual pursuit. Instead, true Bible study should be an honest and sincere search for THE TRUTH. We should always be asking – “What saith the Scriptures?”

 

First mention of “the kingdom of heaven” - by John the Baptist

 

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

{NOTE: John the Baptist only announced “the kingdom of heaven” (and only in the Book of Matthew); he never mentioned “the kingdom of God” once – WHY is that?}

 

 

Second mention of “the kingdom of heaven- by the Lord Jesus Christ

 

Matthew 4:12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

Third mention - by the Lord Jesus Christ in the so-called “sermon on the mount”

{* An asterisk before a verse = an aspect or condition peculiar to “the kingdom of heaven” only.}

 

Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

 

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

 

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Luke 6:20]

 

*4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 

*5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

*6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

*7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

 

*8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

*9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

*10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

*11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

 

*12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 

*13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

 

*14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

 

*16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

*17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 

*18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 

*19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

 

*20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 

*21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

 

*22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

 

*23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

 

*24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

 

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. [Luke 12:58-59]

 

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

 

*27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

 

*28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

 

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. [Mark 9:47]

 

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. [Mark 9:43]

 

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: [Mark 10:11]

 

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.  [Mark 10:11]

 

*33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

 

*34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:

 

*35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

 

*36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

 

*37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. \

 

*38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

 

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.  [Luke 6:29]

 

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. [Luke 6:29]

 

*41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

 

*42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

 

*43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

 

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; [Luke 6:27-28]

 

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. [Luke 6:35]

 

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? [Luke 6:32]

 

*47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

 

*48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. [Luke 6:36?]

 

WHERE are “CHRISTIANS” in the context of the Lord Jesus Christ’s entire discourse in Matthew 5:1-48 concerning “the kingdom heaven”? HOW can any of these verses be APPLIED TO CHRISTIANS – if there aren’t any “Christians” in existence yet? [Acts 11:26] If none of these verses can be applied doctrinally to Christians – then just exactly what is a Christian’s relationship to “the kingdom heaven”?

 

We know that when a person believesthe gospel of the grace of God” [Acts 20:24; 1Corinthians 15:1-4] and receives the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour that they are born again and that they enter into the “the kingdom of God” the moment they are regenerated [John 3:3-8]. At that moment they become a son of God [John 1:12-13], and are “therefore . . . . no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” [Ephesians 2:19]; but there is no mention (from the Book of Acts through to the end of the Book of Revelation) of a Christian entering (or having anything to do with) “the kingdom of heaven” – Why is that?

 

{NOTE: Of the 48 verses in Matthew Chapter Five, 36 verses (marked by an *) are unique and peculiar to only “the kingdom of heaven”; while 12 verses (with no *) appear to be connected to “the kingdom of God” – as found in either the Books of Mark or Luke. CONCLUSION: There are some aspects of “the kingdom of heaven” that are in common with “the kingdom of God”, while there are other (more numerous) aspects that are peculiar to just the kingdom of heaven” alone.}

 

Scriptures indicatingthe kingdom of heavenis different thanthe kingdom of God

 

Remember what the Lord Jesus Christ said to the Pharisees about “the kingdom of God”.

 

Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 

And again, what the Lord testified about His kingdom before Pilate:

 

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is NOT of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

 

Remember what the Lord said to the Jews back in John 8:23?

 

John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

 

I believe the Scriptures teach that “the kingdom of heaven” is a visible “kingdom” (of heaven) which will be located and physically exist here on earth; and over which the Lord Jesus Christ will RULE one day in the future (i.e. in the Millennium). Whereas “the kingdom of God” is a spiritual “kingdom” (of God) which can not be seen (or observed); and which is located and exists in Heaven and also within each born again child of God; and which is ruled today by “the KING of heaven” [Daniel 4:37], i.e. the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ was (and still is) a King; a KING of “the kingdom of God”. IF the kingdom of Godis not of this world”; and “cometh not with observation”; and “is within you”, how is it possible for it to suffer “violence”; or for “the violent” to “take it by force”? Christians can suffer violence (and even be killed), but “the violent” can not “take” the kingdom of God “by force” because – No. 1: It is “not of this world”. And No. 2: It is “within” us! On the other hand, the Lord Jesus Christ testified that “the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force”.

 

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.  {Remember what a “king” did to John the Baptist !!!}

 

It is only AFTER John the Baptist is put in prison that the Lord Jesus Christ first mentions “the kingdom of God” – WHY is that? What does the timing of John the Baptist’s imprisonment have to do with the introduction of “the kingdom of God”? Could it be that up until the time John was cast into prison (a rejection of “the kingdom of heaven” by the civil authorities of the nation of Israel) that only “the kingdom of heaven” was being offered to the nation of Israel (i.e. the Jews)? While after John’s imprisonment both “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” were being offered to the Jews by the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

Matthew 4:12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

 

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

 

Luke 3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

 

Luke 4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

 

HOW can the two “kingdoms” be the same when it is impossible for “the kingdom of God” to “suffer violence” and just as impossible for “the violent” to “take it by force”? {Note: we (Christians) are not “the kingdom of God” – the “kingdom of God” is “within” us.} In the entire Bible there are no Scriptures that would indicate that “the kingdom of God” (which “is not of this world”) is susceptible to being taken “by force”; {WHO is it that has the power to wrest, or take control (i.e. the RULE) of “the kingdom of God away from the Lord Jesus Christ? – Matthew 28:18; 1Corinthians 1:24} yet Christ’s testimony is crystal clear: “the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force”.

 

After reading the Lord Jesus Christ’s testimony concerning the nature of “the kingdom of God”, would it have been possible for the Pharisees to have “shut up the kingdom of Godagainst men” in the same way that the Lord clearly testified that the scribes and the Phariseesshut up the kingdom of heaven against men” (and actually physically prevented them from entering into it)?  

 

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

 

How is it possible for anyone to “shut up” the kingdom of Godagainst men” if the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom within believers, which is entered into through the new birth (i.e. by being born of the Holy Spirit)? Men can prevent other men from hearing (or reading) the Gospel of the grace of God, but they can notshut up” the kingdom of Godagainst men” like the Pharisees physicallyshut up the kingdom of heaven against men” – and “neither suffer (allowed or permitted) ye them that are entering to go in during Christ’s earthly ministry. [John 9:22; 12:42; 16:2]

 

If a person IGNORES the “historical context” of Scripture, they will end up applying verses of Scripture to Christians – that have NO business being applied to Christians. They will end up taking verses of Scripture in the Book of Matthew (concerning “the kingdom of heaven”) that doctrinally apply exclusively to the Jews (of Christ’s time) and wresting those Scriptures out of their “context” and applying them to born again children of God – who are under a “NEW” (and different) COVENANT, and in a completely different DISPENSATION!

 

“Rightly dividing the word of truth” is of paramount importance for Christians in order for them to know and embrace “SOUND DOCTRINE”.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

God commands us to “rightly divide” His Holy Word:

 

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

Please notice: This not a REQUEST – It’s a COMMANDMENT!
 

God has “divisions” in his word:
 

1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

 

{God views all of the people in the world as either: Jews; Gentiles; or the church of God}

From the beginning of the church of God up until today, every single person who has ever lived on the earth has always fallen under one of these categories (with no exceptions!). You are either a Jew; or a Gentile; or a saint (a member of the body of Christ – i.e. the church). There are divisions in the word of God, whether anyone recognizes them or not.

 

There are 27 verses in the New Testament with the words “mystery” or “mysteries” in them (There are none in the Old Testament), one each in Matthew, Mark, and Luke (3); and four in Revelation (4+3=7); the rest of the verses (20) are in the Apostle Paul’s Epistles. God revealed to the Apostle Paul some “mysteries” that He didn’t reveal to any of the other Apostles – that is not until after His revelation to Paul first.

 

If you try to HARMONIZE the Scriptures, instead of RIGHTLY DIVIDE them you will (at some point) have to change God’s words or else make them say (or mean) something other than what they truly say. It seems that Christians have at least as many ways to read and study the Bible as there are Sects and Denominations. That is why it is so important for those of us who sincerely want to know the Truth of God (from "the scripture of truth" – Daniel 10:21) to study the Bible according to God's dictates and not according to our own personal preferences.

 

There are only three verses in the entire Holy Bible with the word "study" in them; and there is only one verse [2Timothy 2:15] that actually commands us to study, and then reveals the Biblical method (i.e. “rightly dividing the word of truth”) as to how to go about our studies.

 

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

{As you probably already know – this verse is changed in such a way as to remove all reference to "study" in almost all of the modern per-versions – "interesting" isn't it?}

 

So how do we go about "rightly dividing the word of truth"?
 

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

There it is: The above verses in Isaiah tell us HOW to rightly divide “the word of truth”; which, in the context, can only mean the entire Bible – i.e. the whole truth – the Holy Scriptures. NOT simply by dividing the Old & New Testaments; and NOT only by dividing the Books of the Bible; and NOT by taking individual verses out of context to prove a private interpretation. You will notice that God has set the whole thing up so that if a person is "inclined" (heart motive), they will “fall backward”; “be broken”; and be “snared and taken” if they don't do it right – that is according to God’s words!

 

Remember: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” [Hebrews 4:12]

This reveals the main "problem" with almost all of the so-called "Christian" or "Bible" schools, colleges, and seminaries. The word of God is aimed at the "heart" – while the curriculum and course of study in those schools is aimed at the "mind". David did NOT say: "Thy word have I hid in mine mind that I might not sin against thee"! He said "Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee" [Psalms 119:11]. Bible or "Christian" Schools, colleges, and seminaries can teach "knowledge" and maybe some "discernment", but they can not teach genuine spiritual "understanding" or "wisdom" that's the Holy Spirit's job, and He can only do it when we study the Holy Scriptures (on our own), without "outside influence".

 

I am against Hyper or Ultra Dispensationalism (E. W. Bullinger, Cornelius Stam, Charles F. Baker, J. C. O’Hair, etc., etc.) where the Bible is "chopped up into little pieces". All of the Hyper or Ultra Dispensationalist's that I have ever met (or read) emphasized the "intellect" and had very little concern about matters of the heart. However, God is not impressed with our "intellect", or our "education", or our “schooling”. God is looking for “faithful men” [2Timothy 2:2; 1Corinthians 4:2], notwise men”, or “mighty men”, or “noble men” [1Corinthians 1:26], who will worship Him in “Spirit and in Truth” [John 4:23-24]; and who will obey Him according to the truth [Psalms 33:4; Galatians 3:1; 5:7].

 

NOTE: God is a Person and heaven is a place. IF God and heaven are NOT the same – then how can the two kingdoms be the same? A thorough study of the Holy Scriptures demonstrates (over, and over, and over again) that the words “God” and “heaven” are not interchangeable.

 

Genesis 24:3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:

 

Genesis 24:7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

 

2 Chronicles 36:23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

 

Ezra 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

 

Ezra 5:11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.
12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon.

 

Ezra 7:11 Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.

12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.

 

Ezra 7:21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,

22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.

23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?

 

Psalms 136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

Daniel 2:18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

 

Daniel 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

 

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

 

Jonah 1:9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

 

Daniel 5:22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;
23 But hast lifted up thyself against
the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

 

Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

 

According to the Bible: “The LORD, {is} the God {& the King} of heaven”. If, in the Scriptures, the words “God” and “heaven” are not interchangeableHow can “the kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of heaven” be interchangeable?

 

The following are just a few examples (from the Holy Bible) of things that appear to be the same, but which, upon close examination, clearly are not.

 

GOD’S PEOPLE LIKENED UNTO THE LORD – “THE LIGHT”

 

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

 

The Lord’s Jesus Christ’s disciples were not the same as Christ Himself. And yet the Lord spoke of them as being alike – as if they were the same; but they were not the same. It is obvious that they had some things in common; but it is just as obvious that they clearly were not the same.

 

“A LIGHT”

 

Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

 

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

 

We (Christians) are to “shine as lights in the world”; just like the Lord Jesus Christ was “a light” in “the world” – and yet we are not the same as He.

 

THE WRITTEN WORD IS LIKENED UNTO THE LORD

 

A LIGHT

 

Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.         

 

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

 

The written word of God is “a light unto my path” just as the Lord Jesus Christ is “a light”, so that “whosoever believeth on me (i.e. Jesus Christ) should not abide in darkness”. The written word and Christ are said to be alike in this instance but they certainly are not the same.

 

THE TRUTH IS LIKENED UNTO THE LORD

 

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.         

 

Psalms 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

 

Psalms 119:43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.

 

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.   

 

John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ said “I am - the truth”; and He also said “thy word is truth”. Are there contradictions in the Bible? I trow not! While it is true that both the Lord Jesus Christ and His written “word” is “the truth” [John 14:6 & John 17:19], it is obvious that they both can not be the same, although they share some of the same characteristics or attributes.

 

One of the main purposes of the word of God is to instruct us in the DIFFERENCES between things in order that we might be able to clearly DISCERN and DISTINGUISH:

 

·     Between that which is TRUE & that which is FALSE

·     Between that which is GOOD & that which is EVIL

·     Between that which is HOLY & that which is PROFANE

·     Between that which is truly SPIRITUAL & that which is FLESHLY, CARNAL, & WORLDLY

·     Between WHO is a JEW, a GENTILE, & a genuine SON OF GOD (i.e. the CHURCH OF GOD)

·     Between the HEART & the MIND and between the SOUL & the SPIRIT of mankind

 

We are commanded to RIGHTLY DIVIDE the word of truth; we are never told to HARMONIZE it.

 

THE SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD OF GOD AND THE INCARNATE WORD OF GOD

 

According to the Bible “the word of God” are the words “that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” [Matthew 4:4] – both spoken [Acts 4:31; 13:46; Hebrews 13:7] and written [1John 2:14; 2Corinthians 4:2; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25]; while at the same time the Lord Jesus Christ is also called “The Word of God” [Revelation 19:13]. Although they both are described by the same phrase, they obviously are not the same; and to make them the same would be a grievous error.

{I.e. “Neo-Orthodoxy”}  

 

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

 

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

 

Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

I do not believe nor do I suggest that the Bible and God are “equal”, but if a person will compare what the word is and what the word does with the Lord God Almighty Himself, the only possible conclusion that any reasonable person could reach is that, just as God and life are INSEPARABLE, GOD and HIS HOLY WORD are INSEPARABLE ALSO!

 

the “bread of heaven” (‘ANGELS’ FOOD’) COMPARED TO THE “BREAD OF GOD”

 

The “bread of heaven” = manna [Psalms 105:40 – Exodus 16:4; Nehemiah 9:15]

 

Psalms 105:40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

 

The “bread of God” = The Lord Jesus Christ (THE LORD OF GLORY)

 

John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

 

Notice: In John 6:28-51 the Lord Jesus Christ made a clear distinction between “the bread of heaven” (i.e. manna) and “the bread of God” (i.e. the Lord Jesus Christ):

 

John 6:48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
[Read all of John 6:28-51]

 

Manna (“the bread of heaven”) came from heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ (“the bread of God”) came from heaven; but that’s where the similarity ends (manna sustained life while the Lord Jesus Christ not only sustains life – He gives life). Manna is “angels food” [i.e. “the corn of heaven” Psalms 78:24-25]; while Jesus Christ is THE LORD OF GLORY [1Corinthians 2:8]! Clearly “the bread of heaven” and “the bread of God” are NOT THE SAME. The one “bread” (“of heaven” – i.e. manna) was something that the Israelites physically ate, and which came from a PLACE (“heaven”); while the other “bread” (the Lord Jesus Christ) is “of God” and although He came from heaven also – He  is a PERSON. WHY would “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” be the same when “heaven” and “God” are NOT THE SAME? Heaven is a place and God is a person. The words “God” and “heaven” are not interchangeable!

 

The “bread of God” = The Lord Jesus Christ [John 6:33]

 

The “bread of life”” = The Lord Jesus Christ [John 6:35, 48]

 

The “living bread” = The Lord Jesus Christ [John 6:51]

 

Please Notice:the bread of God”, “the bread of life”, & “the living bread” are all the same person (i.e. the Lord Jesus Christ). All life proceeds from God; and without God there is no life. God and life can not be separated, or to put it another way – God and life are INSEPARABLE; while God and heaven are clearly separate entities which can be separated.

 

NOTE: “the kingdom of heaven” was only offered to the nation of Israel (i.e. the Jews). It was never offered to the Gentiles (or the Samaritans).

 

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel.

 

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

 

NOTE: Please notice the Lord Jesus Christ’s reference to “my kingdom” and its specific relationship to “the twelve tribes of Israel”.

 

Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 

NOTE: Please notice WHO is going to “rule” and WHAT “kingdom” (i.e. Israel) is going to be ruled.

 

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

 

Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

NOTE: After having been with the Lord Jesus Christ for the 3 1/2 years of His earthly ministry; and after having personally witnessed His death, burial, and resurrection; please notice that, just before Christ’s “ascension” into heaven, Christ’s disciples were still occupied and concerned with the “kingdom” in relation to the nation of Israel.

 

Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

 

At that moment in time, WHAT “kingdom” were they thinking of or referring to if not “the kingdom of heaven”?

 

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

 

Read the so-called "sermon" (actually the “teaching”) on the mount [Matthew Chapters 5, 6, & 7]; the Lord is referring to an earthly, visible, physical, fleshly, kingdom that some one could see, hear, touch, and feel – a "kingdom" in which, it is obvious that, some people (i.e. Jews) were already residing in (here on earth), and other people (the Pharisees) were preventing people (i.e. Jews) from entering into. Is it possible to prevent someone from entering into “the kingdom of God” – IF the kingdom of God is “not of this world”, but rather it “is within you”?

 

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

This is certainly NOT true about “the kingdom of God”!
 

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

 

How was it possible for the "scribes" and the "Pharisees" to "shut up the kingdom of heaven against men" – IF it is the same as “the Kingdom of God” (which is located in Heaven and “within” each and every child of God, but is not physically here – yet)?

 

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God.

 

Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you.

 

1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

 

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

 

I believe that the “kingdom of God” is a spiritual kingdom located in Heaven and also within those of us who are born into it (saved by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ). It was never said that one had to be "born again" to enter into “the kingdom of heaven”.

 

I believe that while the Lord Jesus Christ was present here on earth that there were two kingdoms present at the same time. #1:the kingdom of heaven": which is an earthly, visible, physical kingdom; and #2: “the kingdom of God”: that is not yet of this world, but is “within” those of us who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour.

When John the Baptist first began his ministry to the nation of Israel and later when the Lord Jesus Christ also began His ministry to the nation of Israel they both began by saying:

 

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

Just exactly what kind of a “kingdom” were they talking about? Were they offering a “kingdom” to the nation of Israel like all “the kingdoms of the earth” [Deuteronomy 28:25; Psalms 68:32; Isaiah 10:10; Jeremiah 1:15; Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5; Revelation 11:15]; or the same as “all the kingdoms of the world” [Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5]; or which was a part of “all the kingdoms of the heathen [2 Chronicles 20:6] – i.e. like the “kingdoms” of the Gentile nations which had conquered them and which had ruled over them for hundreds of years [Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:42-45; Luke 22:25-26]? Was that possible?

 

The “kingdom” that John the Baptist and the Lord first offered to Israel in Matthew Chapters 3 & 4 was a “kingdom” which was promised only to the nation of Israel and which only the children of Israel were anticipating and expecting [Matthew 21:4-9; Mark 11:7-10; Luke 19:36-40; John 12:12-13]. This being the case, then “the kingdom of heaven” must be the samekingdom” that Almighty God gave to His servant David [1Samuel 28:17; 1Kings 9:5; Isaiah 9:6-7] – which is an exclusive Hebrew (i.e. Jewish) “kingdom” relating only to the nation of Israel and having nothing in common with all “the kingdoms of the earth”; or “all the kingdoms of the heathen; or all the kingdoms of the world”.

 

Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

 

If Adam (who was given dominionover every living thing that moveth upon the earth” by God – Genesis 1:26-28) lost the right to rule a “kingdom” when he sinned; and if those rights were passed on to Satan by default; then the devil (who is said to be “the god of this world” and all of its "kingdoms" – Matthew 4:8-9) has ruled (by permission – Luke 4:5-6) all the kingdoms of the world” [Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5] from the fall of Adam up to the present day, with the only possible exception being “the kingdom of heaven” over which God’s people (Hebrews, Israelites, Jews) ruled until the fall (sin) of Jehoiakim [Jeremiah 22:18-30; 36:28-31]; upon which (i.e. Jehoiakim’s sin & fall) the rights to the kingdom were forever forfeited to all of his heirs (after the flesh); then it was not until the Lord Jesus Christ (virgin-born) showed up on the scene that a legitimate heir to the “kingdom” was to be found. And again question arises: WHAT “kingdom” did John the Baptist and Christ first present to the nation of Israel?

 

Through His sinless life, and His shed blood, and His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus Christ established His right to rulethe kingdom of heaven”; however, because the people of Israel rejected their rightful King, the Lord has temporarily delayed his reign over “the kingdom of heaven” and He has taken His offer of “the kingdom of God” (to the nation of Israel) and “and given {it} to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof  (i.e. the Gentiles  - Matthew 21:42-43 & Acts 28:23-31).

 

Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
43 Therefore say I unto you, The
kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

 

Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the
kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

 

However, when “the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” [Romans 11:12, 25], and following the resurrection of the saints of God and the translation (i.e. rapture) of the living body of Christ on earth [1Corinthians 15:51-55], the Lord is going to re-establish His relationship with the nation of Israel. And following great Tribulation (“the time of Jacob’s trouble” – Jeremiah 30:7), He is going to return to the earth with His saints to take His rightful place as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS – “and of his kingdom there shall be no end”.

 

Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  

 

I repeat, this is not a "doctrine" that I base "fellowship" on; but I believe that it is true and that it is the result of "rightly dividing the word of truth."

 

I have acknowledged those verses that seem to indicate that the “kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” are the same and simply say that the Lord was citing two kingdoms, since he came to establish His right to rule and reign over the one (“the kingdom of heaven”) and brought the other (“the kingdom of God”) with Him. And I acknowledge that there are some verses that appear to make the two “kingdoms” the same; while I reiterate that I have presented verses that demonstrate that they clearly are not the same. The difference being, that while they only appear to be the same in some verses – they clearly can not be the same in the verses I cited in support of my convictions.

Does Satan (i.e. the devil) have “power” over the “kingdoms” of this world [Luke 4:6]? If he does, HOW did he obtain this “power” [Luke 4:6]?

 

Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

 

No where's in the Scriptures does it ever say (or intimate) that Satan only claimed that “the kingdoms of the world” are his. And on the contrary, the Lord never disputed his so-called "claim" to them. Just because Satan is the "father of lies", doesn't mean that everything that he says or claims is a lie. Remember what he said to Eve in the Garden? Was it ALL a lie? As matter of fact the devil even quoted Scripture to the Lord twice at His temptation. [Matthew 4:6; Luke 4:9-11]

 

If, at this time, “the kingdoms of this world” do not belong to the devil (Satan), who do they belong to? They haven’t “become the kingdoms of our Lord” – YET. But they will at His Second Coming!

 

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

 

The devil is temporarily in charge of the world system. How else can someone explain the world wide and universal disdain and hatred expressed by almost all the world governments (i.e. Communism, Totalitarian Dictatorships, Islamic Regimes, Monarchies, Socialism, Democracies, etc.); and nearly all Schools and Educational Institutions (Private or Government); and almost all of the Mainstream Media for the God of creation; and for His Holy word; and for His people (Jews & Christians)? Is this hatred (or disdain) just coincidental? Not hardly! Read the Book of Daniel – where God gives us a "peek" at how the spirit world works in conjunction with the physical world.

 

1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

How does someone explain the circumstances that have produced a near total "blackout" of the Holy word of God in nearly 4/5's of the world's present population? (I.e. China = 1 Billion+ people; India = 1 Billion+ people; Vietnam and most of the rest of Asia; all Muslim countries = 1 Billion+ people; and whole sections of Africa; plus strong resistance to His word in Russia; most of South America; the Island nations of Indonesia; and some parts of the Philippines.) Not to mention that the Holy Scriptures have been practically banned from the “public” schools; government; and the public square in most of the western world? If Satan is not in control of the world kingdoms – WHO is? WHO could possibly exercise this kind of perverse influence worldwide?

 
And this doesn't take in to account the lack of "faithful" translations of the word of God in those countries mentioned above and the proliferation of "corrupt" Bibles in the U.S.A. Does anyone "think" that all this has just come about "accidentally"? This is why I have posted the essays on Humanism and have encouraged people to check out the Humanist Manifestos I II & III to see for themselves’ how Satan has blinded the minds of people everywhere; and has perversely influenced world governments; and corrupted Christian churches throughout the Western world and in the U.S.A.

 

Isaiah 23:17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

Jeremiah 25:26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.

Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

 

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

At this moment in time, all “the kingdoms of this world” are not under the direct rule and control of God; however, there will come a time and a day when they will be. Until then Satan is in control of the world system and he is working overtime to destroy everything and everybody that is connected to God Almighty.

 

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

I am looking forward to that wonderful day; and the sooner it comes the better!
 

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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