The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

Introduction

   ALL THE PROPHETS and the apostles, as well as the Lord in His kingdom parables, spoke of the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, as a way of life which was to be established and come into manifestation here on earth.

   The prophets and the apostles also taught, just as did the Lord, that the Kingdom of Heaven on earth would become manifest on earth in the last days.
 
   These inspired writers also taught that in the “last days" the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, on earth would be the greatest and the most exalted kingdom or nation on earth.

   Since our study of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth will be largely limited to what the Lord taught, we shall cite but few passages from the Old Scriptures. At this juncture we want to call your attention to Micah 4:1: “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.”

   The word “mountain,” as every Bible student knows, symbolizes kingdom, and “hills” symbolize nations.

   Therefore Micah 4:1 could be paraphrased to read, “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the kingdom nation of the house of the Lord shall be established at the top of the kingdoms, and it shall be exalted above the nations..."

   In order to clearly and firmly establish in our minds the fact that God's great ultimate purpose throughout the ages has been, and still is, the Kingdom of God on earth, we shall quote a few scriptures and list others.

   While it was left largely to the prophets to set forth God's ultimate and long-range purpose for this earth, this purpose is clearly indicated throughout all the Scriptures.

   One such scripture is Numbers 14:20-21 where we read, "And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord."

   Psalm 72 sets forth God's final purpose for this earth, so we shall note a number of verses from this beautiful prophecy that will soon be a reality.

   "Give the king thy judgments, 0 God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

   "He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

   "He shall come down like rain upon tile mown grass: as showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust...

   “Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy...

   "His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be' filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen."

   Rather than quoting here more scriptures revealing God's ultimate purpose for this earth, please read at your leisure Isaiah, chapters 2, 11, 32, 35 and 66.

   The prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Micah, Zephaniah and others all prophesied that God's ultimate purpose for the earth is the Kingdom of God on earth, when the will of God shall be done in earth as it is in heaven. For this reason this Kingdom of God on earth is often spoken of as the Kingdom of Heaven because it is of heavenly origin.

   With this summation in mind of what the Old Scriptures teach concerning the Kingdom of God on earth, we shall consider what the Lord taught relative to the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, on earth.

   In Matthew 6:9,10 Jesus exhorted His disciples to make the Kingdom of God their first petition. In these verses we read, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." The church has prayed this prayer for 1,900 years and now, according to prophecy and the Lord's parables, the time has come for this prayer to be answered.

   One of the first references in the New Scriptures to the Kingdom of Heaven on earth is Matthew 8:11,12: “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. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

   Here we learn that the Kingdom of Heaven on earth will be the fulfillment of the promise of a great nation that was given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

   The first recorded promise God made to Abraham is found in Genesis 12:2 where we read, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing." Subsequent prophecy makes it clear that this nation was to come into being in the “last days" as we have shown in our book, "The United States in Bible Prophecy.

   From the Lord's statement in Matthew 8:11 we would expect most of the people who enter this kingdom or nation to come from, or enter from, the east and the west rather than from the north and the south. The expression “sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” means that the people who are fortunate enough to enter this nation would enjoy and take part in the national and material blessing God promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

   In verse 12 Jesus makes a statement which He repeats and emphasizes in great detail in other kingdom parables, namely, that this kingdom of God would be cleansed, and even the children of the kingdom who defy kingdom laws and principles will eventually be removed from this nation. This would cause weeping and gnashing of teeth - loud protests and anger.

   Matthew 13 opens as follows: "The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables."

   There are seven parables in this one chapter of fifty-eight verses, and six are kingdom parables. The first parable is the parable of the Sower and the Seed. And it apparently is an introduction to the other parables on the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
 

 

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