1 Prophesied: This kingdom was prophesied: “The God of heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed … and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44). Isaiah called it “the house of the Lord” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Hundreds of years later John came preaching “the kingdom is at hand” (Matthew 3:1-2). Jesus and His disciples proclaimed the same good news.
2 Promised: The kingdom was promised in His prayer, “Thy kingdom come” and in the pledge to give Peter the “keys of the kingdom” (Matthew 16:19). Jesus was even more specific when He said, “There are some that stand by who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God come with power” (Mark 9:1). He promised it would come in their lifetime, so they eagerly expected it (Acts 1:6).
3 Provided: The kingdom prophesied and promised has now been by God! Paul wrote to Christians a few years later, informing them that they had been “translated INTO the kingdom” (Colossians 1:13) and the churches of Asia and the Hebrews had received the kingdom (Rev. 1:6; Heb. 12:28).
The precise day of the establishment of the kingdom is shown in Mark 9:1, Acts 1:8 and Acts 2:1-4. The kingdom (the church of Christ) came in AD 33 when the Spirit came in power! (More next week)