Rev. 20:4, “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
Is there going to be a physical restoration of the kingdom in Israel for Christ to reign in His Second Coming?
To answer the above question we will look again into scriptures. The disciples asked Jesus a question after His resurrection and speaking to them about the kingdom for forty days walking the earth with a glorified body.
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?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
From the above, one wonders if the Disciples truly understood Jesus teaching them for forty days on the things of the kingdom on earth. For their old mindset of what the kingdom should be and it being a prerogative of natural Israel was still troubling them.
For that is what ought to install Jesus as king in their thinking, since to them Jesus is coming in to rule in the dynasty of the most prosperous King David and should not have died.
Look at this; Mark 11:9,
“And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest,” ( Ps. 118:25-26). Matt. 9: 27¶, “And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.”
So that He died brought in their confusion just like it is to the average believer today making His rule only when He comes a second time.
Now Jesus didn’t answer them as to a “yes” or “no” but rather asked them to wait for the promise of the Father.
Meaning the promise of the Father which is the Holy Spirit is what carries the kingdom they were looking for. For we are told;
AMP., Matt. 12:28, “But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it].
AMP., Luke 17:20, “Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display, 21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].”
AMP., Rom. 14:17, “[After all] the kingdom of God (the reign of God) is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
The above scriptures therefore revealed the fact that the kingdom is a spiritual kingdom.
Therefore we are told;
Acts 2:29, “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne 31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ…”
So what brought Him to the throne of rulership was His resurrection and not His second coming.
Hence we read;
MSG., Eph.1:20, “God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, 21 in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. 22 He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. 23 The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.”
We can therefore see that Christ’ physical appearance (birth), death and resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is what brought Him to the throne (kingdom, Col. 1:13) even now and not through His supposed second coming.
The good news is, Christ wants to rule through the Church universally and not a second coming in Palestine. Wake up son!
To be continued…