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Christ’s Kingdom: Now Established or Yet To Come?

Christ's Kingdom Now Established or Yet To Come

Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-21

I. Prophecies concerning the kingdom

    A. Daniel 2:31-44
    B. Isaiah 2:2-3 (cf. Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 3:15)
    C. Joel 2:28-32

II. The establishment of the kingdom

    A. Acts 2:1-21 (cf. Acts 11:15)
    B. The nature of the kingdom (Acts 1:6; John 16:12-13; 18:36; 1 Samuel 8:1-7)

III. Modern misunderstanding of the nature of the kingdom: premillennialism and its consequences

    A. Makes God false to His promises (Mark 1:14-15; Deuteronomy 18:18, 22)
    B. Alternates Judaism and Christianity (Hebrews 8:13)
    C. Demotes Christ from His place at the right hand of God in heaven to the earth (Hebrews 1:3; 8:1)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 25/260: Read Acts 1

For three years, Jesus prepared His closest followers for the mission of taking His gospel all over the world. That mission was to begin in Jerusalem, but it was never meant to stay there. They were to preach the truth “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Two things absolutely necessary to accomplish this mission were unity with each other and communication with God. Luke tells us, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” Without unity with each other (“one accord”) and communication with God (“prayer and supplication”), these men could have never accomplished their mission.

We still need that unity and communication today. The will of God will be accomplished, but if we are to be involved (and all faithful Christians should desire involvement) then we need to be united in the truth and constant in prayer. These two fundamental facts are repeated throughout inspiration (Ephesians 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Do you endeavor for unity and peace among the brethren? Are you praying without ceasing?

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

Acts 1:11. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Pray

Pray that God will use you in His service; pray for unity in the local congregation and the brotherhood at large.

“Lord, Will You At This Time Restore The Kingdom To Israel?”

Acts 1:1-8

I. PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE KINGDOM

    A. Daniel 2:31-44
    B. Isaiah 2:2-3 (cf. Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 3:15)
    C. Joel 2:28-32

II. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM

    A. Acts 2:1-21 (cf. Acts 11:15)
    B. When they asked the question, the apostles didn’t fully understand the nature of the kingdom (John 16:12-13; 18:36; 1 Samuel 8:1-7)

III. MANY STILL MISUNDERSTAND TODAY: THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF PREMILLENNIALISM

    A. Recommended reading: God’s Prophetic Word by Foy E. Wallace Jr.
    B. Premillennialism “means that the second coming of the Lord will occur before the millennium begins…upon his return Christ will inaugurate the earthly kingdom referred to as the millennial reign” (Wallace 346)
    C. Consequences of premillennialism

      1. Makes God false to His promises (Mark 1:14-15; Deuteronomy 18:18, 22)
      2. Alternates Judaism and Christianity (Hebrews 8:13)
      3. Demotes Christ from His place at the right hand of God in heaven to the earth (Hebrews 1:3; 8:1)

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