THE KINGDOM IS COMING
One of the main teaching of the New Testament is the soon, imminent return of Jesus (Rev 22:16, 20; 1 Thes 4:13-15). Along with the coming of the king is the coming of the kingdom (Luke 22:17- 18).
The disciples hoped they would see the kingdom come (Acts 1:6)…but Jesus never made any promise about a specific day or hour (Acts 1:7-8).
One the troubling aspects of the return of Jesus and the restoration of his kingdom is the accompanying Great Tribulation that would precede (Matt 24:21-22; Rev 6:15-17).
Some people hope they will escape this terrible time when Jesus swoops them up in what is called The Rapture (1 Thes 4:16-18). Some people envision a day of separation…sheep vs goats… good vs bad… The wrath of God swallowing up all those who are evil and the grace of God poured out on all who are good.
But deep in the nature of God is desire to bring all people to salvation (1 Tim 2:1-4). The more we marginalize one group as we exalt ourselves, the greater condemnation we actually bring upon ourselves (Matt 7:1-2).
But when that judgmental spirit becomes compassion, grace and forgiveness… then kingdom of God breaks on through.
The kingdom of God is coming…it is perpetually coming… and someday, it will be fully coming!