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These crucial questions have perplexed people for centuries. Some, seeing so much suffering, conclude that God doesn’t exist. Paradoxically, some look at the same troubled world, yet they’re convinced that the Kingdom of God spoken of in the Bible exists now on earth in the form of one or more church organizations, or in the collective worldwide efforts of Bible believers, or in the hearts of men.

Thus the theme of this issue—what exactly is the Kingdom of God? What does the Bible really teach about this critical subject? And how can we become a part of it?

Few realize the real answer as to why our world suffers from so many intractable problems. Yet the answer is simple: In terms of human society this isn’t God’s world, it’s Satan’s.

This evil being is called “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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). He “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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). Jesus Christ calls him “the ruler of this world” (John 14:30 John 14:30Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.
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; 16:11). John tells us that “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19 1 John 5:19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
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). (To learn more, download or request our free booklet Is There Really a Devil? )

So no, this world is not the Kingdom of God. Jesus Himself said Christians are to pray that the Kingdom will come (Matthew 6:10 Matthew 6:10Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
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; Luke 11:2 Luke 11:2And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
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). It is to be our foremost goal (Matthew 6:33 Matthew 6:33But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
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). Flesh and blood cannot inherit it (1 Corinthians 15:50 1 Corinthians 15:50Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.
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So what is this Kingdom, and when does it come? At Christ’s return to the earth, the announcement will be made that “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
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, English Standard Version).

Many Bible passages reveal that this will be a literal Kingdom established on earth. Jesus told His 12 disciples that when He reigns on His throne in that Kingdom, they would reign with Him, “judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 1:28 Matthew 1:28
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). Daniel 7:14 Daniel 7:14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
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is a prophecy that in this everlasting Kingdom given to Jesus Christ, “all peoples, nations, and languages [will] serve Him.”

What will this Kingdom be like? Again, many prophecies tell us. Great miracles of healing will occur—the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame will walk and the mute will speak (Isaiah 35:5 Isaiah 35:5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
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- 6). The world’s desert areas will be transformed, made lush with streams and flowers (verses 1-2, 6-7). Agricultural areas will be astoundingly productive (Amos 9:13 Amos 9:13Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
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). Peace will break out across the globe, and people will no longer learn war (Isaiah 2:4 Isaiah 2:4And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
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All this is but a taste of the future. Yes, a new world is coming. It won’t be a world of merely human leaders, human government and human ideas about what works best. It will be a glorious world in which Jesus Christ will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

And the truly good news is that He wants you to have a part in it! “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom,” He tells us (Luke 12:32 Luke 12:32Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
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Learn more about that invitation in this issue. Are you willing to take Him up on His offer?