Isn’t Jesus supposed to reign over Israel?

Question: How is it that the following verses define the church as the kingdom of Christ when it specifically states the kingdom of heaven? “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I…

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The Kingdom of God Was Established in Acts 2

by Terry Wane Benton Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of four consecutive world empires (Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, and Roman) and in the days of the fourth kingdom on earth (Roman) God would “set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed” (Daniel 2:44) and “it shall stand forever.” Jesus Reigns as King Daniel had another vision…

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When and how long does Christ reign?

Question: Good Morning Brother Hamilton, Thank you for your amazing website! It’s been a fundamental part of my Christian walk. Can you please clarify this for me? When does Christ reign?  Now – I Corinthians 15:23-26 Christ reigns until death is abolished, then the kingdom is returned to the Father. In other words, the judgment is…

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What is the difference between seeing the kingdom and entering the kingdom?

Question: In John 3:3-5 Jesus first answered Nicodemus by saying no one could not see the kingdom unless being born in John 3:4. In John 3:5 Jesus said one could not enter the kingdom unless being born again. I understand what “enter the kingdom” means. I do not understand what “see the kingdom” means. How…

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Citizenship

by Raymond Gonzalez Sr. Sentry Magazine, June 2002 In 1950, a decree went out from the modem state of Israel, granting automatic citizenship to “Jews” in all the world. The purpose was to get as many of the scattered Israelites (Diaspora) back on Holy Ground. Many Jews from Europe, Africa, and the Americas flocked to…

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The Only Eternal Kingdom

by Doy Moyer There is only one kingdom that is eternal. Only one that stretches across time, physical boundaries, nations, tongues, and earthly rulers. Only one that is not dependent in any way upon kingdoms of the world. Only one that does not advance through the shedding of blood or carnal warfare. Nor is its…

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Can we pray “Your kingdom come” today?

Question: As a member of the Lord’s church, I have taken the position that today, we should not pray for “Thy kingdom come” as Jesus taught his disciples on how they should pray.  The reason being is because today, the kingdom has already been established (Colossians 1:13). At the present time, I have an ongoing…

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The Glory and Kingdom of the Son

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 16:21-28; Mark 8:31-9:1; Luke 9:21-27 To the dismay of his disciples, Jesus began to speak of his pending death. Peter and the other disciples did not realize the importance of that death in God’s plans. Peter went so far as to declare that God would never allow such a…

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Receiving the Kingdom

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Receiving-the-Kingdom.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Hebrews 12:25-29   I.         Sometimes terminology can interfere with our understanding             A.        When you’ve been a part of something for a while, we develop jargon. But newcomers don’t understand the jargon             B.        It happens in business, but it also happens in the church.                         1.         There are different terms for the church: body, kingdom,…

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