ISAIAH 2, and, DANIEL 2 -- THE COMING KINGDOM / CHURCH
Isaiah and Daniel both prophesied of the coming kingdom / church.
Isaiah proclaimed: "And it shall come to pass in the latter days, that
the mountain of Jehovah's house shall be established on top of the
mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall
flow unto it. (Isaiah 2:1-4)
First, it was to be established in the Last Days (Isaiah 2:1-2). Second, it was to be established as the Lord's House (Isaiah 2:2). "Mountain" can
denote government (Psalms 4; Isaiah. 11:9; Jeremiah. 51:25; Daniel 2:35).
God's house was to be exalted above the governments of the world
(Daniel 2:44). Thirdly, it was to be established for all heavy-laden souls
(Isaiah 2:2-3). All nations would flow into it. The gospel would be for all so that any nationality might choose to become one of the peculiar people of God (Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9).
Just as Isaiah prophesied, the law or word of the Lord went forth from
Jerusalem in Acts 2 and Luke 24:47 as the gospel was first preached.
The kingdom / church was established as a result. (Acts 2:14-47).
The King was reigning on His throne (Acts 2:33). Isaiah described the
character of that kingdom / church to which we are to come (Hebrews
Some of the magnificent truths contained in this Old Testament prophecy are what, when, where, who, why, and how.
What is under consideration in this Old Testament prophecy?
The reference is not to a earthly "temple," supposedly constructed for the "millennial reign" of Christ, as some religionists allege. Rather, the oracle concerns the establishment of the Lord's church under the figure of the "house" of God.
When was this house to be established? "
In the last days. This depicts the final dispensation of time, i.e., the Christian age. It represents that era from the day of Pentecost until the ultimate return of the Lord. On Pentecost Sunday, the apostle Peter, who was inspired in his sermon, announced: "but this is that which has been spoken through the prophet Joel: And it shall be in the last days" (Acts 2:16-17)
Where was the church to be established?
The prophet indicates that the location was to be in Jerusalem, which is where the apostles were when they proclaimed the facts of the gospel, and a multitude obeyed the truth (Luke 24:47-49; Acts 1:4-5; 2-1)
Who is to enter into the "house of God?"
Under the Old Testament only priestly Jews could enter the "house of God." Paul, symbolically alluding to the wall that separated the court of the Gentiles from the sacred enclosure, called the Law of Moses a "middle wall of partition" that separated the Jews and Gentiles. (Ephesians 2:14)
Why was this new system to be inaugurated?
So that men might "walk in his [God's] paths." Until a person is able to rid himself of his arrogance, and submit to the will of God, there is no hope of redemption.
How does one access the "house of God?"
He must exercise personal initiative to know the will of God. Everyone that has heard from the Father, and has learned, comes unto me." (John 6:45)
On the day of Pentecost, that which the prophets had foretold became a
blessed reality. The blood of the Cross purchased the church (Acts 20:28). The King and His Kingdom are inseparably linked. What is a king without a kingdom? Christ has been made King of kings and Lord of lords, and as Christians we are privileged to be citizens in His kingdom.
Some in this world believe that the kingdom is yet future and that the
church was instituted as a contingency because of the rejection of Christ
by the Jews until such time as the kingdom will be set up by the Lord at the second coming of Christ. This is FALSE. The kingdom of Christ HAS come. It came when the church came. Most of the time the word kingdom is used in the New Testament, it is used synonymously with the word church. Example: (Matthew 16:18-19) "And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it. 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." If the church and the kingdom are not the same, Peter and the
other apostles would have had no right to use the keys of the kingdom on the
church. If the kingdom has not yet been established, as some falsely
teach, Peter and the other apostles never had the privilege of using the keys. Why, then, should the keys have been given to them? The church or kingdom was established on the first Pentecost following the resurrection.
On that day the keys were used, and about three thousand persons were
added to the church of Christ (Acts 2:47).
In the parable of the sower Jesus spoke of the seed being the word of God
(Luke 8:11). In Matthew 13:19 it is called "word of the kingdom." Since the word of God is the seed of the kingdom, and everywhere that seed was planted, the establishment of the church resulted. Therefore, one seed
produced the church or kingdom. If the church and the kingdom are not the
same, then we have one seed producing two different kinds of plants.
This is contrary to both nature and revelation.
In Luke 22:29-30 Jesus said the Lord's Supper would be in the kingdom.
Yet, I Corinthians 11:23-30 shows it to be in the church. The Corinthians had the Lord's Supper. Therefore, they were in the kingdom. The church of Colossae was told in Colossians 1:12 that God "hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."
They were in the church and also in the kingdom at the same time. The
church is the kingdom of God on earth today.
False teachings regarding the kingdom, which is the church, have caused
much confusion in faith and hope.
The "kingdom" of Daniel 2:44 is the "house" of Isaiah 2:2, and the "church" is the "house" of God (1 Timothy 3:15) The kingdom was the church of which Paul and the Colossians were members. (Col. 1:13,18) The kingdom, or church, was (and is) composed of "faithful brethren in Christ" (Col. 1:7). The same is true today.
Jesus taught the apostles that the kingdom would come in their lifetime.
(Mark 9:1). Therefore, the kingdom is the church, because seed produces
after its kind. The word (seed) of the kingdom produced the church (Matthew 13:19; Luke 8:11 and Acts 2:47).
The Bible uses "kingdom" and "church" to designate the same institution (Matthew 16:18,19; 1 Thess. 1:1; 2:12).
The kingdom, which has been received (Hebrews 12:28), is called the church
in the same chapter of Hebrews (Hebrews 12:23).
John the Apostle, a member of the church (Ephesians 2:2), was in the
kingdom (Revelation 1:9).
Members of the church (Colossians 1:18) had been translated into the
kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
Jesus purchased the institution with his blood. It is the blood-purchased
"church" (Acts 20:28) and the blood-purchased "kingdom" (Revelation 5:10).
And, the blood-purchased will make up the eternal kingdom according to
The "church" (1 Corinthians 1:2) is the kingdom that will be delivered up to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:24). At Christ's second coming, the earthly phase of the kingdom will end and the eternal kingdom will be forever (11 Peter 1:11).
The law of Christ determined the nature of the kingdom. Paul said, "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost "(Romans 14:17).
The prophet Daniel foretold of the coming of the kingdom / church. As
Christians today, we are part of that everlasting, indestructible kingdom which was symbolically seen in king Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Daniel makes this important prophetic statement. "And in the days of these kings (the Roman kings) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever" (Daniel 2:44).
It would be while the kings of this fourth great kingdom or empire as described in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, the Roman Empire, were ruling that
God would set up His eternal kingdom. Daniel's prophecy had to do with the establishment of the kingdom of God, the church of Jesus Christ, the
fulfillment of which is recorded in the book of Acts. Within Daniel 2:44 there are a number of remarkable truths regarding this coming kingdom /church. First, the phrase "in the days of these kings" reveals that the kingdom would be first century in its establishment. When the Roman kings were ruling, John the Baptist made the announcement to the multitude that the "kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:2). In Mark 9:1 Jesus said, "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." The kingdom came when the power came on the day of Pentecost.
It is, therefore, irresistible to reach a conclusion that the kingdom came in Acts 2, in the lifetime of those to whom Jesus spoke in Mark 9:1, and during the days of the Roman kings (Daniel 2:44). To say that the Kingdom of Christ has not yet been established is to make a liar out of our Lord.
The phrase "shall the God of heaven set up" reveals that the kingdom would
be divine in its origin. The phrase "a kingdom" reveals that the kingdom
would be monarchial in government.
Christ would be King over His kingdom (Acts 17:7; 2:22-36; Rev. 19:16).
The phrase "it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms" reveals that the kingdom would be universal in scope (Isaiah 2:1-3; Micah 4:1-3; Matt. 28:19). This is the blessed kingdom of which Christians are members today.
It should be obvious from a study of Acts that the kingdom of God is in
existence and that it must continue to be preached today.
The kingdom / church will be perfected. I Corinthians 15:24 states, "Then
cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even
the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." When the end of this world comes and the kingdom is delivered up to God, we must be a part of that blessed kingdom.
How can one enter the kingdom?
I beg of you to read the "Salvation Plan" at this Website.