The Kingdom is at Hand!

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven”
(Matthew 6:10).

We are at the threshold of the most glorious time period Earth has ever known–the establishment of Christ's thousand-year Kingdom! It is the long awaited ‘Golden Age’ where peace on Earth are not just words that drop from our lips, but are the results or answer to our Lord’s prayer, thy Kingdom come thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Yes, mankind has cherished, hoped for, and prayed for peace on Earth and good will toward all. (Luke 2:14) We, who are people of faith, anticipate its arrival and long for its deliverance.

We believe that the scriptures teach that we are living in the dawning of that day, and will soon see it fully ushered in. The dark clouds are rolling in, however, we know that the silver lining, in these clouds, are the rich promises gleaned from God’s word. We’ve dreamed a dream and see its fruition in the prophetic testimony of God’s prophets. The scriptures declare the magnificence of God in the benefits that are about to be poured upon His children. (Joel 2:28)

We are living in the climax of God's Plan of the Ages. The order of that day will be peace and harmony. The results will be more wonderful, more glorious, more all-encompassing, than even the dreams of philosophers, poets and sages. The best, which noble men and women have dared imagine, will be surpassed by the wonders God has planned.

  • There will be world peace (Psalms 46:9).
  • All of humanity’s defects will be healed (Isaiah 35:5, 6).
  • Moral integrity will be planted in every heart (Jeremiah 31:33).
  • Sorrow, pain and death will come to an end (Isa. 11:9,
    Revelation 21:4).
  • The dead of past ages will be raised to life (Acts 24:15). 

Jesus spoke in Parables

Have you ever wondered why Jesus spoke in parables? He said, “so seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, lest at anytime they should be converted.” (Matt 13:15; Mark 4:12; Isa. 29:10; Acts 28:27) Why didn’t Jesus desire the conversion of the world? Why did he restrict his and the disciples preaching to only the nation of Israel? (Matt. 10:5,6; Matt. 15:24-26) Why does he limit His fellowship, during this age, to His followers alone? (1 Thess. 4:3-5;1 Cor 6:11) We believe he spoke in parables and limited his scope of preaching because God is seeking a small, “little flock” (Luke 12:32) a group of followers to become part of his spiritual family. (Matt. 18:20)

As we study the scriptures, we can see God’s plans and purposes unfold in a most stately manner. He first worked with the prophets of old, then only the nation of Israel, now he restricts his work to Christians or followers of Christ. This is the hidden beauty of His plan. It is just and yet not exclusive to ‘just us.’ Who is worthy! What a blessing to be at the Lord’s banquet table. We have been privileged to see the luster, the beauty, under the tarnish of the Dark Age Doctrines.

This banquet table that the Lord provided at the end of this age has given us greater understanding, we see the purpose of the Gospel Age. We more fully understand why Christians turn the other cheek, endure hardship, and experience trials of faith. They, like their master, Jesus, realize that our hardships and trials are ‘tailor-made’ or designed for the very purpose of developing a Christ-like character. (John 15:20; 1 Cor. 11:1) The Gospel age, for the Christian, is an age of opportunity, to become like him (1 John 3:2), to help fellow Christians that are seeking to walk in His footsteps, and to preach the good tidings from God’s word.

The key to understanding God’s Plan of the Ages

What will be the work of the church during the Day of Judgment? The scriptures tell us that we will judge men? (1Cor. 6:2) However, this is not the 24-Hour Day of dread, but a thousand-year day of righteousness. (Acts 17:31) Just how is the judgment of the world connected with the 1,000 year reign of Christ and His church? (Rev. 20:1-4; 22:17) We are told in Acts 17:31 that there will be a day, a thousand-year day, in which the world will learn righteousness. This day is the fulfillment or answer to our Lord’s Prayer, Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. At that time, under the assistance of Christ and His Bride, the world will learn righteousness. (Acts 17:31; Rev. 22:17) Thus the final part of God’s plan will be fulfilled in the restoration of all things. (Acts 3:21; Isa. 1:26; Hos. 6:2; Matt. 17:11; Acts 1:6; Acts 15:16; Amos 9:11)

Two Ages of Redemption

We can see that the scriptures clearly teach that there are two ages of redemption and two different callings. The present Gospel Age is for calling an elect "Bride" class to reign with Christ in heaven during the Millennial Kingdom. This surpassing privilege of the "High calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14), still remains open to all.

The second age of Redemption, the Millennial Age, will be for calling all the remainder of the world to everlasting life on earth. This is the key to understand God's Plan of the Ages—redemption across two ages. The scriptures become clear once we comprehend that the object of Christ’s thousand-year Kingdom is to afford ALL an opportunity for salvation.

  • “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22)

  • “He will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)

  • “…all the earth (evil social society) shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy, and then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.” (Zephaniah 3:8,9)

  • “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33,34 NIV)

Acts 15:16 “After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, so that the rest of mankind may seek the lord.

God’s Ultimate Plan for Mankind

God’s ultimate purpose in the creation of man was to have a human family that would love Him and one another in perfect happiness for all eternity. God knew that experience is the best teacher. Thus the path God chose to accomplish his end desire was to allow mankind to first experience the painful effects of disobedience caused by father Adam’s sin. (Romans 6:23) Then in God’s Kingdom all mankind will be awakened from the sleep of death. (John 11:11-13) They will be fully instructed of the need to transform their characters into those of loving, obedient sons of God. Those who comply will go on to experience countless blessings. The contrast of experiencing the effects of both evil and then good, will enable most of mankind to gradually transform their lives, pass their final test, and go on to live forever in perfect happiness.

The Secret of Finding God’s Truth

It is not by studying only verse by verse, but in topical Bible study. That is, an exhaustive study of each scripture that pertains to a given subject and then harmonizing them by determining what is literal and what is symbolic.