What Is The Heavenly Kingdom That Jesus Said To Pray For?
Jesus told us to pray for the Kingdom. We are not only to pray for it but to seek it. (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 6:33) . In order to seek the kingdom we need to know what it is.
As with any kingdom there must be a ruler. Who would this be? The scriptures reveal this person to be Christ. (Revelation 11:15, Luke 1:32,33 and Acts 2:32-36). Most people already know this, but do you know there will be others ruling with him. Who are they?
The others that rule with him will be those anointed by God. They will be loyal ones that Jesus bought from the earth. The number of them is 144,000. We know that this is a specific number because right after that another group is named and they are a great crowd. (Revelation 7:4, Revelation 5:9-10, Revelation 14:1, Matthew 19:28). Now if there are kings there has to be someone to rule over. Who would they be?
Rule Over The Earth.
Revelations 7:9 mentions a great crowd. Who are the great crowd? If you noticed in the previous scriptures that the 144,000 would rule over the earth. Jesus also mentioned the other sheep. (John 10:16).
The Bible says the meek will inherit the earth. (Psalm 37:11) We are also told that the earth is established forever. (Psalm 78:69). So there will be people on the earth who will need guidance. So the other sheep are ones who will remain on the earth.
Signs of Jesus Return
Since Jesus return is in a spiritual kingdom we will not be able to see his return. So how will we know Jesus is taking action and has begin to take action?
One of the first things Jesus would do is throw satan and the demons out of Heaven. The bible states that he will be angry because he knows that he has a short period of time left. So we know things will get worse on earth. (Revelation 12:7-12) Some other signs like earthquakes, wars, food shortages, are mentioned in Matthew 24:3-7 . People may say these things have always happened, but not on a global scale like they do now. There are people starving to death in nations that are considered wealthy.
Most historians say that the world changed in 1914. Whoever heard of world wars before that? The fruits of false religion would start to show. The bible says they would have a form of Godly devotion but prove false to it’s power. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
Another signed mentioned is that people are expecting Jesus to make a physical appearance, because they can’t see him they would be ridiculer’s. (2 Peter 3:34)
Another sign is that true worship would be revived. (Malachi 3:1-3, Micah 4:1-4). We might ask, didn’t Jesus already fulfil this prophecy? To a degree but notice it was to take place in the final part of the days.
Remember the good news of the Kingdom would be preached in all the inhabited earth and then the end would come. (Matthew 24:14)
The Bible says that the great apostasy would come first and then be revealed. (2 Thessalonians 2:2:1-3) . So God would expose false religion and the sins of false religion. I will not get into apostasy now that is another study, but some of the things mentioned is that they would teach forbidding of marriage, commanding to abstain from foods that God created. (1 Timothy 4:1-3) They are called teachings of demons.
The Bible says there is a time when they will not put up with healthful teachings, but would gather teachers to tickle their ears. (2 Timothy 4:3)
What The Heavenly Kingdom Under Jesus Rule Would Bring.
One of the things mentioned would be a New Heaven and a New Earth. (Revelation 21:1-4) We know there will be people who make it through the Great Tribulation. The bible says the meek will inherit the earth. (Psalm 37:11) . The earth will not be made to totter to time indefinite. (Psalm 104:5) So the destruction on the earth will be a destruction of the wicked and the righteous will remain, like in Noah’s day. (Matthew 24:37)
The Heavenly Kingdom will crush all other kingdoms. (Daniel 2:44). The only kingdom that will remain is the Heavenly Kingdom. There are many other things that the kingdom will accomplish, and when Jesus work is done he will hand the kingdom over to Jehovah God. (1 Corinthians 15:24)
If you want to learn more go to wol.jw.org and do a search on 144,000, faithful and discreet slave, heavenly kingdom, apostasy. Your eyes will be opened and you will see Christ presence in the Kingdom and believe unlike the others who are looking for a physical appearance and ridiculing those who believe.