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What Is The Kingdom Of Heaven

What is the kingdom of Heaven? Kingdom of God? Are they the same? Are they present now or just in the future?

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Have you never heard my friend of
that CHRIST SAID He was going away to
prepare for us?A supernatural dwelling place?THE NEW HEAVEN? Where there shall be no more tears,nor pain,nor sorrow,nor
any material things.No evil nor nerativity.
A spiritual world.Even now,the seed is growing.
---Jack_8773 on 1/6/08

The KOH and KOG are the same. It is here now (Dan 2) as the rock cut out w/o hands at the time of the ten toes. Dan. 8:14 gives us a time when it will be set up (1843-44). Mat.25, ten virgins are what this group will be like at just before the coming like a thief (not the same as in the clouds) Jesus talked about the KOH all the time, but only one time He told us what the KOH would be at the end. This group is now sleeping (spiritually) and do not know who they are.
---Dr._Rich on 1/4/08

the kingdom of Heaven,the Kingdom of God,these are the same.They are other titles for THE Church.
---donald on 1/2/08

What is a kingdom. it is an area under the influence or direction of a king. the kingdom of Heaven or God is the same thing, and it is now and in the future. Why, because God influences us. Anyone that is mindful of the ways of God and are under His leadership and direction are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. But this kingdom is not land, or anything like that because it is a kingdom that is not bound by boarders, it is a kingdom of ideas, philosophy, theology, faith, and love.
---Jared on 12/23/07

Well said Duke. Indeed, the Kingdom of Heaven / God is a mindset / mentality. It means actively living out God's principles / statutes / percepts which invariably manifests godly results in the physical realm. Believers and unbelievers will know that you are a citizen of the Kingdom of heaven / God by the way you think and behave. More importantly, they will know by the RESULTS it produces in your life. It is real and it is here.
---Nicolette on 12/19/07

The Kingdom of Heaven is the mindset that perceives reality. To be connected to the Great Spirit, our Father in heaven.
---duke on 12/18/07

(II.)We have enjoyed the "Spiritual kingdom", now the "Physical Kingdom" is coming(The Kingdom of Heaven will be coming down and will have dominion over ALL THE EARTH) This is known as the 1,000 year reign of Christ. Some say that man will usher this in,or some say they will " help Jesus" usher in His Physical Kingdom, THAT'S NONSENSE! Jesus don't need anyone to "help Him" usher in His Physical Kingdom, He will do the ushering in! God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/29/07

Morgan, Let me say I do agree with so much of what you right. I am in agreement with obedience to Christ also, but not as a means for our salvation, but as a result of the work of the Holy Spirit in a believers life. So you see I do agree with alot of what you bring to others. I don't believe in a person being without sin, or that the blood of Jesus flows through every believer. No Scripture for those points. Sanctification is a life long process, and glorification comes after we die.
---lisa on 11/10/06

2. We won't always agree, so we just move on, and praise God, for it is for His glory.
---lisa on 11/10/06

lisa , We agreed on something, Amen! Lisa, The Spiritual part of God's Kingdom is what has established, strengthen and grounded God's People, Now we are about to "move on in", to the Physical part, it thrills my soul! God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/10/06

2. Romans 14:17, "For the Kingdom of God is not eating drinking but "righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." The kingdom of Heaven is the sphere of salvation where God rules in the hearts of those He has saved (Acts 1:3; 1 Cor. 6:9). My opinion from scripture is that Morgan is correct in her answer. The Old Testament pointed to the Kingdom as coming in the future. The New T. opens with the annoucement of John the Baptist that "kingdom of heaven is at hand"
---lisa on 11/10/06

3. The accent of Jesus' own preaching also falls on the announcement of the gospel of the kingdom, He declared that the kingdom has come with power and is in the midst of His people. Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God. He has already been enthroned in heaven. But it is as though He is king in exile with few loyal subjects. At His return He will fully consumate His reign.
---lisa on 11/10/06

The Kingdom of Heaven is been in the presence of Christ. When a person is "in Christ" he is in His kingdom. Morgan gave two passages, the first was to show that the rich man refused or rejected the invitation of the Kingdom (be with Christ) because he did not want to give his riches away. That is in Matthew 19:23-24. In the other passage she gave it points out what the Kingdom is,
---lisa on 11/10/06

As far as I`m aware, when the gospel writers use these terms, 2 are writing to the Jews and 2 are largely writing to the gentiles.
Matthew and mark speak of the lingdom of heaven, because as devout jews they would ot speak the name of God or write. You see this today still with the "G-d" usage.
Luke andf John were writing to mostly gentiles, and did not have this fear of the use of the word God.
---mike8384 on 11/5/06

jason, (Matthew 19:23-24)proves that BOTH Kingdoms are from God,the same source.The Church has been partaking in the "Spiritual part" of God's Kingdom(Romans 14:17)for some 2,000 years now, but soon God's obedient people will ALSO enjoy the "Physical part" of the Lord's Kingdom(when the Kingdom of Heaven establishes dominion over ALL of the earth), the Word makes that very clear,when taken as a "WHOLE". God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/5/06

Jason I think you are on to it. the Kingdom is here now. because The King Jesus has influence over his people today. that is what Kingdom means the extent of influence. John said repent the kingdom is near, because the king was coming and we need ot come to him. Jesus said the same thing, because we can be part of the kingdom today.
---Jared on 11/4/06

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Mrs. Morgan, how do you interpret Matthew 19:23-24?
---jason on 11/4/06

Jare, One thing you must first settle is the reason Jesus came to Earth. Before any Prophisied His Death and ressurrection, they foretold the Messiah coming to establish His Kingdom. When John the Baptist said Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, he spoke about Messiah coming to establish His Kingdom. Who was to repent? The jews of their fallen ways. They rejected Christ and His Kingdom so Christ prolonged it to be for He and His Bride, which He then died for.
---jason on 11/4/06

Repent because the kingdom of heaven is near, isn't this usually the phrase used by Jesus when he spoke of the kingdom (my understanding is Kingdom of God and Heaven are the same thing the only excepting is who wrote the Gospel) and my understanding of Near means "at Hand" which is present now and forever. So we live in the kingdom right. (we don't see the fullness of the kingdom because many are still trying to rebel against the king)
---Jared on 11/4/06

Brother Jason, we will have to just wait and see about the "free-will" issue, we are almost there, First 7 glorious years in Heaven with our Lord Jesus, then back down to a purified earth with our Lord for 1,000 years! That will only be the BEGINNING , We can only imagine what our Lord has in store for us! Even if we didn't walk down streets of gold, and have our own heavenly mansion, All we need is to gaze into our Lord's Eyes, bow down before Him, that would be enough! God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/3/06

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(II.)Jason about the Kingdoms being interchangeable, both Kingdoms are from the same source, but it is good to understand that one is Spiritual and one is Physical, some Christian's outright deny the Physical one, they don't believe that Christ will physically reign on earth, they say that is "symbolic only", there are some things in the Bible that are symbolic, but this isnt the case! God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/3/06

Mrs. Morgan, According to Jesus, The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are interchangeable terms both refering to His literal Reign on Earth. (Matthew 19:23 & 24). Notice after making His statement, he says, and AGAIN I say unto you, then He gives the other name for His Kingdom.
---jason on 11/3/06

Mrs. Morgan, I also must add that I believe that there must be at least a Season of FreeWill in the Kingdom because some will choose to join ranks with Satan before Gog and Magog.
---jason on 11/3/06

(I.)josef, "The Kingdom of God is the reign of His Spirit within His called out ones presently.The kingdom of Heaven is the reign of Jesus on earth during the millennium. Future" Yes! The very NEAR FUTURE! Presently, the one's who are truly born-again have Jesus reigning IN THEM, in their hearts, but very soon, the WHOLE EARTH , ALL the Nations will be under His rule, for some this will be a rule of LOVE, for other's a rule of IRON.
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/3/06

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(II.)josef,The sinner's that live during the time of Jesus' 1,000 year reign on earth, MUST bow down to Him, OBEY Him, they won't have any other choice(at this present time "free-will" exists,people can make a CHOICE, including Christian's, many are making the wrong choices) on the other hand God's "Truly Redeemed" will lovingly follow Jesus, Obey Him(this is nothing new for them)because He truly reigns in their HEARTS. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/3/06

The Kingdom of God is the reign of His Spirit within His called out ones presently.

The kingdom of Heaven is the reign of Jesus on earth during the millennium. Future

However both can be considered synonymously as both express or imply the same idea, the reign of Christ. One is simply in Spirit only & the other in both body & Spirit. When He returns He will rule with a "Rod Of Iron" (Complete unmitigated authority). Bringing all things under subjection to Himself.
---josef on 11/3/06

Jared. The kingdom of heaven refers to the royal power, rule or reign of God. This phrase occurs only in Matthew (33 times); the other Gospels use the expression "kingdom of God". Most Jews avoided using the name of God, so the book of Matthew, written to Jews, used this phrase.

Jesus probably used both phrases interchangeably and synonymously.
---Ramon on 11/2/06

Jared. #2. The kingdom of God (or heaven) carries the idea of God coming into the world to assert His power, glory, and rights against Satan's dominion and the present course of this world. It is both a present and future event.

The kingdom is primarily an assertion of God's power in action. God is beginning His spiritual rule on earth in the hearts of and among His people (John 14;23; 20:22). He comes into the world with power (Is 64:1; Mark 9:1; 1 Cor 4:20).
---Ramon on 11/2/06

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Jared.#3. We must not conceive of this power as material or political, but as spiritual. The kingdom is not a religio-political theocracy; it is not a matter of social or political dominion over the kingdoms of this world (John 18:36). God's rule by direct judgment and force will occur only at the end of this age (Rev 19:11-21).

An essential evidence that one is experiencing God's kingdom is a life of "righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost" (Rom 14:17).
---Ramon on 11/2/06

Jared.#4. This reality of God's power breaking into the world involves: a) spiritual authority over Satan's rule and dominion (Mat 12:28; John 18:36); the coming of the kingdom marks the beginning of the destruction of Satan's rule (John 12:31; 16:11) and of humanity's deliverance from the demonic (Mark 1:34, 39; 3:14-15; Acts 26:18) and from sin (Rom 6).

b) Power to work miracles and to heal the sick (Mat 4:23; 9:35; Acts 4:30; 8:7).
---Ramon on 11/2/06

Jared.#5 c)The preaching of the gospel, accompanied by conviction with regard to sin, righteousness and judgment (Mat 11:5; John 16:8-11); d) the savation and sanctification of those who repent and believe the gospel (John 3:3; 17:17; Acts 2:38-40; 2 Cor 6:14-18)

And e) the baptism in the Holy Spirit for power to witness for Christ (Acts 1:8). Note:Baptism in the Holy Spirit and receiving the Holy Spirit at conversion is two different things.
---Ramon on 11/2/06

Jared.#6. The kingdom has both a present and a future aspect. It is a present reality in the world today (Mark 1:15; Luke 18:16-17; Col 1:13; Heb 12:28), yet God's rule and power are not completely realized. The work and influence of Satan and evil people will continue until the end of the age (1 Tim 4:1; 2 Tim 3:1-5; Rev 19:19-20:10).

The future manifestation of God's glory, power, and kingdom will occur when Jesus returns to judge the world (Mat 24:30; Luke 21:27; Rev 19:11-20; 20:1-6).
---Ramon on 11/2/06

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Jared.#7 This ultimate fulfillment of the Kingdom comes when Christ finally triumphs over evil and opposition, and hands over the kingdom to God the Father (1 Cor 15:24-28; Rev 20:7-21:8).

The necessary and fundamental condition of entry into God's kingdom is "Repent ye, and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15).
---Ramon on 11/2/06

(I.)These are 2 different Kingdoms, one Spiritual(the Kingdom of God) and the other Physical(the Kingdom of Heaven). Jesus said the Kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU(Luke 17:20-21)which is: Peace,joy, righteousness in the Holy Ghost(Romans 14:17).
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/2/06

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