What is the kingdom of heaven according to the bible? Where is the kingdom of heaven? When is the kingdom of heaven? These three questions are perhaps the essence of the discussion about bible prophecy of how the kingdom of heaven is revealed and manifested upon the earth. We will examine these questions in the hope of understanding the what, where, and when of the kingdom of heaven for a greater appreciation of the hope that we have.
The what is biblical (Bible) Kingdom of heaven is described in scripture. The bible kingdom of heaven is where God and his heritage dwells. It is the place of the New Creation. All the angels are there and all the saved are there. The creation is renewed forever and rests in eternal glory and all the works of God are finished. The old creation is passed away. The world of darkness and death is passed away, and there is only light. We enter into the creation through Christ and without him no one can enter. He is the door and the narrow way.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Mat_8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
The kingdom of heaven is the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of his Father where all are made the children of God through Christ. We enter into the kingdom through Christ.
Where is the kingdom of heaven? The kingdom of heaven is in heaven where Christ is and on earth where we are. The Lord has given us the authority by the gospel to advance the kingdom of heaven and the gospel that is preached on the earth is the gateway to the kingdom in heaven.
Mat_16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
The kingdom of heaven is in heaven and earth.
When is the kingdom of heaven? You probably can surmise from the previous question that the kingdom of heaven is now. That is true. However, the kingdom of heaven is presently as our Lord is:
Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
That is to say the kingdom of heaven is that which is, which was and which is to come. The kingdom began advancing at the Lord’s first coming and then came with power as prophesied by the Lord on the day of Pentecost. The power enabled the disciples to spread the gospel throughout the world. It presently resides in all believers and the whole world is made subject to it for it is by the gospel of the kingdom the world shall be judged. The kingdom of heaven is given by Christ and all take hold of it make war with the principalities of this world thereby possessing the kingdom by force.
(KJV) Mat_11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
(KJV) Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
(KJV) Mar 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
(KJV)Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
(KJV) Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
(KJV) 1Co_6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?
As the six preceding verses indicate the kingdom of heaven has already came and is present. Now lets look at the kingdom of heaven to come.
(KJV) Mat_25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
(KJV)Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
(KJV) Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
The kingdom of heaven is revealed through Christ and he is the key to understanding the end times.