We are told by some that the Millennial kingdom is a Gospel unto itself for the Jews of Israel only. We are told by others that the Kingdom is eternal, and spiritual and is not to have anything to do with Earthly Israel. That it is Christ’s rule through the church in this the millennial age, some claim that the kingdom doesn’t even exists as a millennium at all. Some say it is yet to come through the church. So who is correct, are any completely correct? But whether or not it is viewed correctly or not, one aspect that must be understood is the Spiritual Rebirth connected to it.
Mark 10:24-27 The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus *answered again and *said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
NOW IT IS OBVIOUS THAT JESUS IS HERE SPEAKING OF a Future KINGDOM.
They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” Looking at them, Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
SO NOW WE HAVE SALVATION ENTERED HERE As being understood by the students of the one many called Rabi (the teacher) This salvation was part of this preaching of THIS KINGDOM. This is proven in Luke 17:21 where it basically says don’t look for it, “for behold the kingdom of God is in your midst”. IN OTHER WORDS IT’s SPIRITUAL. So to state that this preaching of the kingdom was strictly a gospel of a future Millennium is wrong.
NOW I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER ANOTHER PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE.
Paul preached the gospel of God as Jesus had done in Mark 1:14, listen.
Acts 28:28-31 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen.” When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves. And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered. The kingdom we can see was a prevalent teaching within the preaching of the gospel presented by Jesus to the disciples, as well as in that presented to and by Paul himself. It was not a different teaching from that of Jesus to the disciples. Does that negate a future earthly Kingdom of Messiah, certainly not. For It is also a prevalent teaching of Scripture. The Apostles asked Jesus about it in Acts chapter one. Jesus did not correct them, but He said:
Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. (KJV)
This was in answer to this question:
Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? (KJV)
It is obvious that these were expecting an earthly Messianic Kingdom for Israel, and again Jesus did not correct them, but this is not the gospel, that Jesus had taught them concerning an eternal kingdom. The Messianic kingdom begins eternity, but it is not an eternal kingdom. He eventually gives His rule over to the Father.
1 Corinthians 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (KJV)
So how do we get from Scripture an understanding that both kingdoms are taught within the parameters of the Gospel.
We are the church, but the church goes even beyond the bounds that we normally concluded. Old Testament saints are also this Ekklesia (church). Paul says that before we were “in Him” when we were outside looking in on the covenants and promises, and without hope there existed those saints who had gone before who we now “in Him” are one with (Ephesians 2). Paradise has “in Him”, been removed from earth where Jesus spent three days and nights into heaven. Paul further let’s us know this in first Corinthians 15, that these and even the saved of Israel who are to come certainly must be one with us in Christ, who is (their and our) Messiah, or else they could never make the resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so “in Christ” shall all be made alive. (KJV
His subject here is resurrection. This Ekklesia which already existed in Israel’s Remnant, and which remained in the Olive Tree (Romans11) to which we were grafted in, and thus we became one with them; so they are also within the body of the first resurrection in Christ. Not separate. So how does this effect the Messianic kingdom?
There is one body, one Messiah, one commonwealth of Israel, one bride, one new man, one people of God, all others are outside looking in.
We then are recipients with them (Israel) of the earthly covenant which is Christ’s rule in the millennial kingdom, as we are with them in the new covenant wherein is implanted in us a new heart. This is the eternal kingdom covenant.
We are no longer outside and estranged from these, but we “in Him” are recipients with them.