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Recently a Jehovahís Witness came to my door, telling me that the kingdom of God was established on earth in the year 1914 AD.  Two things amaze about these folks.  First, I am amazed at their zeal. Secondly, I am amazed at the distortions and deceptions they have accepted and are now propagating.  This study is about time, specifically the time of the establishment of the kingdom on earth.


What is the kingdom on earth?

 The kingdom is the establishment of the rule of God and the reign of His Christ in the hearts and minds of the people of this earth as it is in heaven.  (Matthew 6: 10)


When was the kingdom to be established according to prophecy and in general terms?

 There are several prophecies and statements in the Scripture concerning the time of establishment of the kingdom on earth.


What are the four time periods relative to the kingdom?

 The time periods are:


From John the Baptist to Pentecost- the kingdom was at hand




After Pentecost- the kingdom is an established fact, Jesus is reigning





The Inheritance


Conclusion: At the resurrection our bodies of flesh and blood will be changed to a spiritual body.  The perishable will put on the imperishable.  Death is swallowed up in victory.  The entrance into the eternal kingdom will be abundantly supplied.  (2 Peter 1: 11)


The End of the Reign of Christ

 Conclusion: God will be all in all.  (1 Corinthians 15: 28)



 Blessed and holy is the one who has part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.  (Revelations 20: 6)

 Some having taken this passage from a highly figurative book and have come to some fanciful ideas, ignoring scores of plain teaching about the kingdom.  Their ideas can be shown false by several considerations,

 What is the first resurrection?  The first resurrection is a figurative resurrection of those who had been martyred for Christ and the souls of those who had not worshipped the beast and his image and had not received his mark upon their forehead or hand.  In other words, those who have died in the Lord now find their souls alive in heaven as priests and reigning with Christ.  This is the first resurrection.

 But when did the saints  become priests unto God?  Peter called those to whom he was writing in the first century, a chose race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people for Godís own possession.  All who are in the Lord are priests.  (1 Peter 2: 9, 10)

 But when did Jesus begin to reign?  Jesus was declared to be both Lord and Christ at Pentecost and was said to be reigning when 1 Corinthians was written.  Christ has been reigning on earth for almost 2, 000 years already.  (1 Corinthians 15: 25, 26)

 But doesnít the passage say Christ will reign a thousand years?  Yes, but donít let this highly figurative book deceive you.  The thousand years number is not any more a literal number than the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50: 10) means a literal thousand hills.  It means the totality of cattle belong to the Lord.  Similarly the thousand year reign of Christ refers to the totality of Christís reign.

Christ is reigning now and will continue to reign until death is vanquished when He comes again.  He must reign until the last enemy, death, is made to serve Him as His footstool.


God bless

Arland  Pafford  


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