Where was the Kingdom Before?

kingdom-of-god.jpg.crop_displayNow in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Matthew 3:1-2  

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  Matthew 4:17

Both John the Baptist and Jesus referred to the Kingdom as approaching or drawing near.

Yet, David stated all the way back in the Psalms that “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.”  And Daniel says, “How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:3

So, before the Kingdom was drawing near, where was it? 

 

 

 

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  1. I’d say that a kingdom is the realm in which the King is obeyed. That’s the basic definition of ‘kingdom’. It’s a shortened form of ‘King’s domain’.

    So perhaps some other readers would like to expand on that. Where was the King of Kings ruling in David’s day? Where was he ruling when John the Baptist was preaching repentance? And where is he reigning right now?

    Great question, Miguel!

    • Maybe I’ll take a shot at answering my own questions now. Who will agree with me? Who will disagree?

      I think Miguel’s question is a very practical one, literally ‘down to earth’ in a sense.

      In David’s day I suggest the kingdom was far off, it was mostly in heaven. Here’s Miguel’s quote from Psalms… ‘The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all’. His throne was ‘in the heavens’.

      But in John the Baptist’s time, the kingdom had come very close because the King Himself had been living in Nazareth for thirty years and was now about to make himself known. (And no, the King is not Elvis, the King is Yahshua ha Mashiach, Jesus Christ.) But before the kingdom ‘drew near’ with the coming of the King, it was in heaven.

      And where is the King reigning right now? In the hearts of his people. If the church is his body, his temple of living stones, then he must rule both in heaven and in us. We no longer belong to the world even though for the moment we are still in it. But our home, that he has prepared for us in his Father’s house, is ‘in’ heaven. So our home is in the kingdom and we can begin to live there right now, today, in this particular moment.

      We’d better live in the kingdom for we have no other home. And it’s a spreading kingdom, in other words it’s about mission. So if we live in it, we will be a missional people. If we are not missional in our very nature, are we really part of the ‘missio Dei’ at all? It’s His mission. He (the Great I AM) is the mission. The Father sent the Son. The Son came. The Son sends us. We’d better go! We’d better go out into the world, taking the spreading kingdom with us.

      Does this make any sense? Am I going to far? (Or not far enough?)

  2. Deborah Chupp says:

    Oh very good question!!

    The kingdom of God is God! And when God incarnate came to earth, John the Baptist heralded/confirmed the coming kingdom & Jesus came saying it is here! It is Him! His kingdom is always at work as in creation, the moving upon men to do Gods will, the whole of history of mankind pointing toward Jesus coming and the incarnate reality of the kingdom, Jesus Himself.

    And then Jesus said that no one will be able to say the kingdom of God is here or there because it is within you! It is now the Spirit of God in us who believe! His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven!!

  3. Marshall says:

    the herald of Matthew 3:2 & 4:17 & 10:7… each identical from the scrolls… “You be repenting/rethinking for/as the Kingdom of the Heavens has drawn near.” The Kingdom that’s about to break in on earth’s scene in a big Way.
    The Prince, the Living Word, broke in with that Kingdom, heralding it while also bringing it. (In Him, we do likewise today.) Then, after the King completed the work His Father had given Him on earth, He gave His Spirit to others chosen in continuing the administration of the Kingdom of the heavens. A Kingdom which continues to overtake men in the world today. An expansion of the Kingdom of the Heavens, not a transfer.

  4. David Woods says:

    It was behind a veil in the Holy of Holies, and only accessible by properly prepared priests.

    However, when the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, he brought the kingdom with Him, as evidenced by the miracles that He did. Not only that, He made it available to us with the ripping of the veil, as evidenced by the miracles that the disciples did afterward. The kingdom came with him, and was given fully to us at pentacost.

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