The Kingdom of Christ in the Apocalypse

Robert L. Thomas | May 18, 2010

In spite of admitted limitations in knowledge about the future, a fairly good understanding of the kingdom of Christ as it is portrayed in the last book of the Bible is possible. Though allowance is made for a present aspect of the kingdom, the time of the kingdom in its ultimate form is clearly future. The location of the kingdom is fixed in the earthly sphere rather than a heavenly one. The nature of the kingdom is political and outward in the common understanding of the terms and not merely spiritual and hidden. This is seen from its OT roots, the means by which it is established, and the internal conditions with which it must cope. The span of the kingdom covers the period between Christ’s second coming and the creation of the new heavens and new earth, a period of one thousand years on earth as it is now known, and then an unlimited phase after the new creation.

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