“But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.” — Matthew 12:28
God has revealed that He has a purpose for the human race which He has chosen to carry out through Israel. Thus the prophets announced a day when people will live together in peace.
The Lord will mediate between nations
and will settle international disputes.
They will hammer their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will no longer fight against nation,
nor train for war anymore. – Isaiah 2:4
Not only shall the problems of human society be solved, but the evils of our physical environment shall be no more.
In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;
the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.
The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,
and a little child will lead them all. – Isaiah 11:6
Peace, safety, security — all this promised for the happy future.
Then came Jesus of Nazareth with this announcement –
“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” – Matthew 4:17
This theme of the coming of the Kingdom of God was central in His mission. His teaching was designed to show people how they might enter the Kingdom of God. His mighty works intended to prove that the Kingdom of God had come upon them. His parables illustrated to His disciples the truth about the Kingdom of God. When He taught His followers to pray, at the heart of their petition were the words –
“May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.” – Mathew 6:10
On the eve of His death, He assured His disciples that He would yet share with them the happiness and the fellowship of the Kingdom. He promised that He would appear again on the earth in glory to bring the blessedness of the Kingdom to those for whom it’s prepared.