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Old Testament Kingdom Prophecies. Literally or spiritually understood?

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Daniel said the Kingdom of God would appear during the times of the ancient Roman Empire. And Jesus confirmed this. He preached the Kingdom was at hand. It already had been suffering violence. And that he casting out demons was proof it arrived. But he threw a huge curveball to everyone by saying so.

“And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:2 (KJV 1900)

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12 (KJV 1900)

“But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.” Luke 11:20 (KJV 1900)

Everyone expected a literal physical kingdom similar to David’s that would rid the land of the Romans and do all the Old Testament prophets said it would do.

But here’s what happened. Jesus continued preaching the gospel of the Kingdom describing it as present, invisible, and also as spiritual. A kingdom only the born again could see. Later he said his kingdom is not of this world and comes not with observation. And that the kingdom is within you.

In contrast, the Pharisees taught a literal physical millennial kingdom based on a literal interpretation of Old Testament Kingdom Prophecies. So naturally, they rejected Jesus’ gospel of the kingdom in favor of theirs. Also many followers looking for a physical millennial kingdom did too, even today. The disciples did not understand the nature of the kingdom still questioning its whereabouts leading up to Pentecost until Peter preached the same gospel of the kingdom Jesus preached.

And so, here’s where the split begins. Do we side with Jesus, Peter and Daniel, thinking the kingdom came, and it is spiritual? Or do we side with the Pharisees and other millennialists thinking Jesus, Peter and Daniel were wrong? Because the physical kingdom described by the prophets didn’t show when it was supposed to?

Since Jesus preached the gospel of the present spiritual kingdom, it means this. If Jesus and Daniel were right, all the Old Testament Kingdom Prophecies were symbols of the spiritual Kingdom, not to be taken literally. And the kingdom came on time during the ancient Roman Empire and we have been living in it ever since.

“And when thy days [David] be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” 2 Samuel 7:12–13 (KJV 1900)


So Jesus would rule from David’s Throne in heaven while David remains dead and buried. That is before the resurrection on the last day. That is now. While we wait for our resurrection, the resurrection of David and all believers on earth’s last day.

Jesus is Ezekiel’s Temple if you look at it this way. God’s Temple made without hands. Only God can build Ezekiel’s Temple because of its incomplete measurements. You would need to add to God’s word in order to build it with human hands. Also, because it calls for a return to animal sacrifices, if taken literally, it would involve you in unforgivable sin according to Hebrews 6. An unforgivable return to animal sacrifices.

Jesus is Ezekiel’s Temple, the Temple made without hands, along with the Church in whom God dwells.

Please consider the spiritual nature of the Kingdom:

“And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2) (KJV 1900)

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12) (KJV 1900)

“Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16:28) (KJV 1900)

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” (1 Corinthians 15:50)

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) (KJV 1900)

“Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36) (KJV 1900)

“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:” (Luke 17:20) (KJV 1900)

“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) (KJV 1900)

“But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you.” (Luke 11:20)

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” Luke 16:16 (KJV 1900)

“because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

“Now when the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus performed, they began to say to one another, “This is certainly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Then Jesus, because he knew they were going to come and seize him by force to make him king, withdrew again up the mountainside alone.” (John 6:14–15)

“He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves,” (Colossians 1:13)

“When Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to question Him any longer.” (Mark 12:34) (HCSB)

“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) (HCSB)

“I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” Revelation 1:9 (NASB95)

“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12 (KJV 1900)

“That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:12 (KJV 1900)

“And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.” Acts 19:8 (KJV 1900)

“And when thy days [David] be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” 2 Samuel 7:12–13 (KJV 1900)

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