The Promises of God - Lesson 11 To Establish His Kingdom - 2
1. In this lesson we are continuing our study of "God's promise to establish His kingdom." 2. Previously, we pointed out from a key prophecy in Daniel 2:44-45 that God's kingdom: a. would be established when the kings of the 4th world empire ruled b. would last forever -- it will never be destroyed c. would be like a stone that became a great mountain and filled the earth. 3. The Old and New Testaments contain additional prophecies relating to this promise that deserve our careful attention.
I. OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES
A. Isaiah 2:2-4 1. Isaiah did not specifically use the word "kingdom." 2. However, he did mention: a. something that would occur "in the last days" b. "the mountain of the Lord's house" being established c. the Lord's Word going forth "from Jerusalem." B. Micah 4:1-3 1. Notice how similar this prophecy is to Isaiah's. 2. What was this prophecy about? (see Micah 4:6-8) C. Joel 2:28-32 1. Joel did not specifically use the word "kingdom." 2. However, he did mention: a. something that would occur at a later time b. God's Spirit being poured out upon all flesh c. deliverance being found in Jerusalem by those who would call on the Lord's name.
II. NEW TESTAMENT PROPHECIES
A. Matthew 3:1-2 1. John announced that the kingdom was near. 2. (Luke 3:1-2) When John made this announcement, Tiberius Caesar was ruling as the head of the Roman Empire [the 4th world empire]. B. Matthew 4:17 1. Jesus preached the same message that John preached. 2. As Jesus sent His apostles out on the limited commission, He instructed them to preach the same message (Matthew 10:7). C. Matthew 16:13-19 1. (vs.18) Jesus said: a. that He would build His church on a "rock" [the fact the He is the Christ, the Son of the living God] b. that "the gates of Hades" would not prevent His church from being built. 2. (vs.19) Jesus: a. spoke about His "church" and "the kingdom of heaven" interchangeably b. said that "the keys of the kingdom" would be given to Peter. D. Matthew 16:28 1. The Lord's kingdom would come during the lifetimes of some of the people present on that occasion. 2. (Mark 9:1) God's kingdom would also come with "power."