In their lifetime!!! Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven? – 3F1-2 of 4


The future, what does it hold? Will I be rich and famous? Will I move to the Caribbean and live on an island? What amazing things will happen in my lifetime? Those are question that haunt us. Look at the insurance companies how much money they make off us!!! Then you understand; that we live in fear what might happen next. The movies like “Judgement Day” and “Armageddon” give us but a grimpse what that end day may be.  Yes and we have lived past judgement day ( smile).

What type of legacy will you leave behind? Like is tough and we always live ourselves into movies. Will your life have a spiritual significance an eternal value? Or do you live for the here and now, without faith?

Verses for today:

And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” – Mark 9:1

So if you look closely, Jesus was talking to the disciples. What is He saying here? That the kingdom will come before all of them taste death, or die. So that means the kingdom will come in their lifetime. It will not be a heavenly kingdom, because they will be able to see it (sorry for you if you were thinking it was a heavenly kingdom).

Now, let see who died before the kingdom came. Remember Jesus said some will taste death before the kingdom come.

18 (With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) – Acts 1:18-19

Ahh here the prophesy / clue is fulfilled. Judas commits suicide. 

And we know from the previous studies that the kingdom came just after this on pentecost day.

So in closing. Are you yet living for and in God’s kingdom here on earth?

Prayer for Today:

Lord I love you word. It fits amazingly together because that is how You orchestrated it. So the disciple saw the kingdom come, how amazing that would have been to live in that time and with Jesus. Most probably scary as well and challenging. Lord help me to build your kingdom and live a life of purpose building an eternal legacy. Amen.

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It is near!!! – Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven? – 3E1-3 of 4

Near : A short time away in the future.

That word can evoke many emotions. Of suspense if you are writing an exam tomorrow or excitement if you are going on holiday tomorrow. You feel like jumping up and down, say the “yes” word repeatedly or looking for the nearest tree to drive into; not to go write that test.

Now when two prophets say the same thing it might feel like conspiracy theories.

First John the Baptist and then his cousin Jesus.

Lets have a look at that again.

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” – Mat 3:1-2

Are you feeling it yet?

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” – Mat 4:17

Now why would Jesus and John say you need to repent? It might be that there is an expectation from God; be right with Him before you enter to the Kingdom.

It is like a wedding. You hear of the engagement. Then everybody wants to know what date the wedding is because no one wants to miss the big fancy dress up party. Many time there is flights and accommodation; finding out and organize to hang with friends.

Now the day is finally there!!! Now if you were to sit at the wedding waiting for the bride to come down the isle. Suddenly a friend enters wearing his shorts and slops for the wedding you will be appalled.

You will feel like Gibbs in NCIS, slapping Tony. The words “hellooo, anybody in there!!!” comes to mind.

I think that is what Jesus would expect of us.

Prayer for Today:

Lord, morning. Thank you for your kingdom. Thank you that if was near at that time already. Thank you that we can get married to You. Help me to change for the better of me. You are an amaizing God. You want us to be part of your kingdom. What an amazing thought!!! Help me to have an great day, doing things that will have an eternal impact!!! Amen.

An Eternal Kingdom – Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven? – 3D1-2 of 4


Eternity!!! Who of us did not want to be part of something greater. Maybe it is a great company you want to work for. Or being part of that country club where you will be respected and treated with honor. How about having that for eternity, quite a motivation!!!

Verse for Today:

Lets first look at the clue / prophesy.

44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. – Dan 2:44

So God in 700 BC or even before that; had a vision of an eternal kingdom. How about being part of a kingdom that will crush all other. How is that being part of a winning team? We love our sport and like to be on the winning side. Nobudy wants to cheer for the loser. I am thinking of the movie “Meet the Parents – Fockers” where his dad boast about his 6 th place in sports I think. We laugh about it and think it is very silly.

 The question is; are we on the winning side or not?

Will we endure forever?

Back to the study. If the kingdom has come as we established in our previous 3 clues being fulfilled. What is this kingdom all about, how can I be part of the winning team?

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Here Peter is preaching. The kingdom that came was the first church that was started on the day of pentecost. Here the first 3000 disciples / church is formed. The church is still with us today. 

Prayer for Today:

Wow Lord, an eternal kingdom!!! How exciting!!! To spend eternity with you, what a thought!!! Lord I am excited to be part of your kingdom. You said we can have life to the full with a godly purpose. Help me to find your kingdom here on earth, Your church. I pray to live a life that has a purpose for eternity. Amen

Jerusalem – Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven? – 3C1-2 of 4


Have you ever wanted to go on holiday to that favourite city? Like London, Paris, Orlando (Florida) or Los Angeles (Hollywood). You were quite excited and could not wait. Well today we have something of the sort.

The Jews were waiting for the coming of the kingdom for millenia’s.

Let’s first look at the clue / prophesy:

Verse for Today:

Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. – Is 2:3

The clue / prophesy said that the Kingdom will start in Jerusalem.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. – Acts 2:5

So here in verse one to four the Holy Spirit is poured out and we know that the Kingdom has come when that happens.

We know that the lasts days was when Jesus and the Kingdom came according to our previos clue / prophesy.

Now they are in Jerusalem, which was also predicted where the Kingdom will come.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” – Luk 24:44-49

Here Jesus reminds the disciples what He has preached earlier. He also direct them to what the signs was; that the Kingdom will come; beginning at Jerusalem. So when you read the heading it is after Jesus was crusified and risen from the dead. The Kingdom clearly did not yet come when Jesus died on the cross and has risen to life. But to understand this scripture we have to understand the significance of the time period that Jesus was saying this clue / prophesy.

Jesus here was speaking in the time period after He was crucified and before He assended into heaven. This has bearance on yje next scripture.

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 1:1-5

Here it was a period of fourty days when He talked on??? No kidding, the Kingdom of God. 

And what did He say in the previous passage??? In verse 46 He told us that He had to suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, that happen at this point when He was talking to them. 

Next He said that repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached, this has not happened yet at this point. It was another clue about the coming of the Kingdom. 

Jesus also said it will start in Jerusalem, fulfilling what the clue / prophesy said. 

Then in verse 49 He prophesied that they will be clothed with power from on high; which we know was the Holy Spirit and has happened at this point in verse 4.

In verse 5, Jesus also prophesied that they will be baptised by the Holy Spirit, that happened here. 

I hope you get the just of it. A lot of point forward and going back to see what was prophesied. 

Prayer for Today:

Lord you predicted and Isaish prophesied that the Kingdom will start in Jerusalem, which it did. There is now so many clues / prophesies that has come true that it is overwhelming and amazing at the same time. When I start putting things together it all makes sense. It is like planning my wedding; and then on the day it all starts coming together. You normally are excited and stressed at the same time, real mixed emotions. Help me to be exited about your kingdom the way you want me to be, because then I understand the reality of it. Amen.

Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven? All nations – 3B1-2 of 4


Verses for Today:

Let’s look at the prophesy / clue:

In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. – Isaiah 2:2

The clue no.2 was that all nations will be present.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. – Acts 2:5

So here just before this verse the Holy Spirit was poured out in Jerusalem and we know the Kingdom started when that happened. Here we have Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
47 “…and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem – Luk 24:47

Here repentance and forgiveness was preached to all nations. This is where Peter started preaching in verse 14 of Acts 2, just after the Holy Spirit has been poured out.

So we know that representatives from all nations was there when the Kingdom started just as predicted in Isaiah 700 BC.

Prayer for Today:

Lord your timing is perfect even if we do not believe it. Here a prophesy came true 700 years before it happened. Lord you know what the future hold and have our best interests at heart; wanting us to spend eternity in heaven. Help me to believe that when I face hardships and difficult situations. Amen.

Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven? The Last Days Fulfilled – 3A1 of 4


Verse for Today:

2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. – Is 2:2

So first the clues: 

1. The Kingdom will be established in the last days.
Now the fulfillment of the prophesy:

7 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” – Acts 2:17

 If you read the heading of Acts 2 you will know that the Holy Spirit is poured out at Pentecost. Now God says here in Isaiah (700 BC) in the last day, the Spirit will be poured out. 

So it means that the last days were really at Pentecost in +- 33 AD. 

Also that God’s kingdom was established in the last days.

Amaizing, I always thought it was when the world was ending. And you?

Prayer for Today:

Lord thank you that your kingdom has come already and it is here with us. Help me to become part of the kingdom. Help me to understand what the kingdom is. Amen

Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven? Change your Mind, receives Forgiveness – 2B8 of 4


Verse for Today:

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” – Luk 24:44-49

Have you ever had a enlightened experience that totally changed your mind? 

It is like falling in love, the world is never the same after that. When you fall in love you are willing to do anything to make that person happy. 

The word repentance come from the greek word “metanoia”, which means changing your mind. Wikipedia states it as: the process of experiencing a psychotic “breakdown” and subsequent, positive psychological re-building or “healing”. 

Well repentance is the exact representation of falling in love with God. You cannot see your way forward without cahanging and living for God. Then question is; have you fallen in love with God, that you are willing to change anyting and give up everything?

Clue no. 21 – Repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached first in Jerusalem to all nations. 

Prayer for Today:

Lord you are the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. You written your love letter to us in the form of the Bible. Why would we not change from the thinks that kill us spiritually? The only reason is we love the world more than you. Help us to keep our first love for you. Amen. 

Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven?  The Waiting game – 2B7 of 4


Verse for Today:

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. – Luk 23:50-52

The waiting game sometimes is agonizing. Whether it is for your wife to get ready or Christmas / holidays that you are looking forward to. It really test your patience and resolve. 

It is interesting that God sees patience as love. (1Cor 13:4) Sometimes we ask things of God and God either answers it immediately or we have to wait, the latter normally applies. Do we really trust God that he has our best interest at heart? He says He knew us before we were born, He saw our unformed body. (Ps 139:16-18) Do Ireally believe He is a loving God? The waiting game; test that faith. 

I think Joseph was also waiting in anticipation. It says that he was a good and upright man who was not a people pleaser but stood by his principles. 

Can you be characterized as someone who does what is right no matter the circumstances?

Well John the baptist said the kingdom is near, Jesus said the same thing. The kingdom did not come when Jesus arrived on the scene. Now Jesus has died and the kingdom is not here yet? Mmmmm. 

Clue no. 20 – Joseph of Arimathea was still waiting for the Kingdom when Jesus died.

Prayer for Today:

Lord I know you have my best spiritual interests at heart, not my comfort necessarily otherwise you would not say that I have to deny myself. Waiting in your books is love because love is patient. Help me to entrust myself to you and not look at the circumstances. Lord don’t let my pain make to stop believe in you. Amen.

Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven?  Keys to the Kingdom – 2B6 of 4


Verse for Today:

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Mat 6:13-19

Watching the movie Everest is quite a grueling experience. Few men taking on the mountain that is as high as a commercial airliner flies and you need oxygen to survive. Why are we so facinated by mountains? Maybe it is the will to overcome. Maybe it is to reach something men will respect you for and admire you. God also had a mountain in mind when He wanted to build his church.

Clue no.18 – God will build His church on the rock.

People mistakenly think God wants to build His church on Peter. If you look closer at the Greek translation of Peter you will know that it is “Petros” which mean pebble. The work rock here is “Petra” which means large bed rock. So I think God will build His church on thae large bed rock and not on the pebble.  

What was revealed to Peter that was not revealed to other people? That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I think Jesus is the rock this passage is referring to. 

Clue no.19 – Peter has the keys to the kingdom. 

Somwhat do you do with keys? You open things so that people can come in. So it seems that Peter will show us the way how to get into the kingdom. 

There seems to be a relationship between the church and the kingdom, interestinggg. 

Prayer for Today:

Lord this study is really getting exiting!!! Keys to the kingdom, things revealed that has not before, You building Your kingdom on a rock that is Jesus and hades will not overcome Your kingdom. Lord help me to seek your kingdom out. Help me to fully understand what it is. Help me to search for the key that was given to Peter and understand what it is so that I can unlock the kingdom for myself. Amen.

Coming of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven? It’s not inside!!! – 2B5 of 4


Verse for Today:

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” – Luk 17:20-21

Well dependant on your age; I don’t know if you remembered the Cremora add? They had this guy looking for the Cremora the coffee creamer in the freezer, his line was: “Bill: Anne there is no Cremora in the refrigerator!! Anne: It’s not inside it is on top. Bill: It’s not insideeee!!! It is onnn top”. Very funny and memorable. Now what has the kingdom to do with a coffee creamer. 

Well in this instance it is the other way around. It is not onnnnn top, it is insideeee!

Clue no.17 – The Kingdom of God is within you.

Mmm that is a bit confusing, I wonder what that is about?

Prayer for Today:

Lord this is a bit confusing. It is not here or there, it is inside you. So Lord what will be inside me and what does that mean? I am looking forward to find out. Amen.