Jesus taught his followers to pray: “Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. In short, the Kingdom of God is the central theme of Jesus’ teaching and the fundamental message of the Church founded by Him through His disciples. This one will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and Jehovah God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule as King over the house of Jacob forever, and there will be no end to his Kingdom.” Get the latest blog posts from Life, Hope & Truth straight to your inbox. THE WATCHTOWER The Search for Truth, Audio download options They’re OK. They’re Christians.” As you can imagine, I said, “Thank you, Lord.” This man understood something about the kingdom of God—that our first place of citizenship is in the kingdom of God. My crisis came the next week, when one of the elders, who was a veteran, came to me and said, “Reverend, you’ve got it all wrong there on the chancel.” I asked, “What’s the matter?” He said: “Well, the law of our land requires that any time any flag is displayed with the American flag, it must be placed in a subordinate position to the American flag. Speaking of this time, God says, “And it shall come to pass … from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me” (Isaiah 66:23). In the Baháʼí teachings, the kingdom of God is seen both as a state of individual being, and the state of the world. Megiddo, located to the north of Jerusalem, will be the staging area for the armies before they move south to Jerusalem, where they will be defeated by Christ (Revelation 19:11, 19-21). I would have expected Him to say, “How many times do I have to tell you, I’m not going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” But that’s not what He said; He gave a patient and gentle answer. Have a happy and fulfilling life because of being “conscious of their spiritual need.”​—MATTHEW 5:3. What does it do? As Mark explains in his Gospel account, “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Jun 07, 2019 – Albert Schweitzer, Answering life's difficult faith questions. Drawing on Old Testament teachings, the Christian characterization of the relationship between God and humanity inherently involves the notion of the Kingship of God. What was He getting at? Consider why God’s government is superior to all other governments. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he taught about God’s Kingdom more than any other subject. The officer said: “What this? There is a logic that runs like a ribbon through the Lord’s Prayer. Never miss a post! The Kingdom was the central theme of Jesus’ preaching. I didn’t want to violate the law of the United States and I didn’t want to communicate that the kingdom of God is subordinate to a human government. People will want to learn God’s ways because they will see the many benefits of doing so. The Kingdom of God is not a physical kingdom. Since Jesus came preaching that the Kingdom was “at hand” (Mark 1:15), some think it is literally here on earth via the Church or figuratively in our hearts. Something to remember is that God and His Kingdom are “not of this world” (see John 18:36) and so they must be embraced by faith because they don’t resemble anything we know on earth. As Zechariah notes, “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16). Yet the Scripture points to something yet to come in the kingdom’s future. Photo: AVRAM GRAICER [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]. Your task is to learn what God’s laws are and then to begin living in accordance with the rules of His Kingdom. Since we understand that God is the Creator of all things, the extent of His realm must be the whole world. Photo: AVRAM GRAICER [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] Used by permission. in all its fullness to as many people as possible. This excerpt is adapted from The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Jesus taught the Kingdom of God as a new way of living and thinking, not as a physical kingdom with walls and castle. Today, those who belong to God are a part of his kingdom. TERMS OF USE The concept of a Kingdom of God is not primarily one of space, territory, or politics, as in a national kingdom, but rather one of kingly rule, reign, and sovereign control. THE WATCHTOWER The Search for Truth, Share The Kingdom of God will thus replace the governments of this earth.Acknowledging the difficulty in understanding His message regarding the Kingdom of God, Jesus termed it a “mystery.”. In 1990, I was invited into Eastern Europe to do a series of lectures in three countries, first in Czechoslovakia, then in Hungary, and finally in Romania. We experience this conflict of kingdoms when Jesus tells us to pray, “Your kingdom come.” What does this mean? (Luke 17:20-21). In His kingdom, the first shall be last, the broken are blessed, we look out for our neighbour and we rejoice when the lost are found. An insightful overview of Christ’s rule in the coming Kingdom of God is found in Isaiah 2:2-4: “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Yes—for now. Matthew 24:14: “And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:7–8). I can easily imagine that Jesus might have been somewhat frustrated by this question. … And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives” (Zechariah 14:1, 4). For example, subjects of the Kingdom. We’ve put together a small package of music, teachings, devotionals and more. Rulers. But as I listened to this elder speak, I asked myself, how can the Christian flag be subordinate to any national flag? He defied earthly limitations and restrictions by multiplying the 5 loaves and 2 fishes provided by a boy to feed the crowd of five thousand. The kingdom of God refers to God’s reign on earth and consequently, in our hearts. More importantly, Christ’s rule on earth will offer all humans the opportunity to receive God’s Spirit and have a relationship with Him leading to eternal life (Jeremiah 31:31-34). The Kingdom of God (and its related form the Kingdom of Heaven in the Gospel of Matthew) is one of the key elements of the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.