- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:09
ASPECTS OF THE KINGDOM
To what time do the references to the Kingdom belong in Matthew 26:29 (“My Father’s Kingdom”); Mark 14:25 (“the Kingdom of God”; see also Luke 22:16); and 2 Peter 1:11 (“the Everlasting Kingdom”)? Are these terms interchangeable?
It is evident that the expression, “My Father’s Kingdom” in Matthew 26: 29 refers to the same Kingdom as “the Kingdom of God” in Mark 14: 25, for the same occasion is referred to. It may be noticed that the Lord does not say “our Father’s Kingdom,” but “My Father’s Kingdom.” It reminds us of “My Father and your Father,” where there is a distinction with a difference. We might refer also to Matthew 13:43
“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.” The One whose Kingdom it is, will be in special relation to the redeemed—His own children—who will share in it; but as the Kingdom in its millennial aspect (which is specially in view here) will embrace in its scope many, who will not be children of God, born in the earth during its course, it is called also “the Kingdom of God.” He will be God of such, but not Father. Though the Millennial Kingdom is only the first stage of the Everlasting Kingdom, of 2 Peter 1:11 and though our Lord Jesus Christ will reign over both in the Father’s Name, the two are quite distinct. In the Millennial Kingdom, though Satan will be excluded, evil will still be present, and the reign will close with the last great rebellion under Satan, who will be liberated for a short space. Then will all the enemies of God and of His Christ be subdued for ever under His feet and judged, so that in the Everlasting Kingdom, in which Christ will continue to reign for ever, there will be no “evil concurrent,” no opposing will, and righteousness will no longer “reign” as in the Millennium, but “dwell.”