You’ve probably heard of the One Thousand Year Reign doctrine taught by many related to the end of the world. It’s about prophecies tied with the book of Revelation and a supposed reign of Jesus on earth for 1000 years. The most common doctrine states that Jesus will return to earth someday soon and sit on David’s Throne in Israel. He will rule the world for 1000 years and there will be peace and prosperity throughout. What does the Bible say about this popular doctrine?

ROBERT >> Today on The Truth In Love we continue our study of Bible prophecy and the last days, examining popular end-time teachings with the Bible. And today we ask the question, Will Jesus come to reign on earth for a thousand years?

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> There are some that teach that Jesus will establish an earthly kingdom, ruling from David’s throne in the city of Jerusalem, that will last for a thousand years. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about Christ’s kingdom, particularly the beginning of that kingdom; and let’s notice that it would begin in Jerusalem in the latter or last days when the word of the Lord would go forth.

Turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Isaiah, and we’re going to take a look at the 2nd chapter, verse 2 and verse 3. Here’s what Isaiah wrote: “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow into it. Many people shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

So Isaiah saw a day when all the people would hear the word come forth from Jerusalem, that those of every nation would come into his house, it would be established there in those days.

Micah 2:1-2 tell us the very same thing, and Zechariah 1:16 specifically says that God will build his house in Jerusalem. And so when we think about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom, let’s remember we’re talking about God’s house established in Jerusalem in the last days when the word of the Lord would go forth.

Now, Daniel helps us a little bit more in understanding the beginning of this kingdom. Look in Daniel chapter 2. In Daniel 2:44, let’s see what Daniel has to say. Here he writes,” And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”

So Daniel also saw into the future to the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. He saw a kingdom that would be established in the days of these kings, he says. But he had just been talking about the kings of the fourth kingdom from the kingdom of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar had had a dream about four kingdoms, and now we see Daniel interpreting that dream in Daniel chapter 2, and we read about the Babylonian kingdom and how it fell to the Medo-Persian kingdom, and how it fell to the Grecian kingdom, and finally to a fourth kingdom unnamed in Daniel that we know as the Roman kingdom. That’s the history that we read of in the book of Daniel. It would be during the days of these kings of the fourth kingdom, the Roman kings, that God would establish his kingdom, his everlasting kingdom.

Now let’s also notice that this kingdom would begin at the ascension of Christ, when Christ would leave the earth and go back to heaven after his resurrection.

Turn with me to Daniel the 7th chapter, and let’s read verse 13 and 14, another vision of this prophet. “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”

So this kingdom that would be established in the days of Roman kings in Jerusalem when the word went forth, this kingdom was a kingdom of all nations, it was Christ’s kingdom that he would receive when he came through the clouds to the Ancient of Days, his Father in heaven. That’s the vision of Daniel 7:13-14. And so we’re learning that the beginning of the kingdom of Christ is not some moment at the very end of time, but we see it during the days of the Roman kings in the city of Jerusalem at the ascension of Jesus Christ associated with his first coming, not his second coming at all. Let’s go a little bit further, and let’s notice what Joel the prophet has to say about the beginning of this kingdom.

In Joel chapter 2, let’s read beginning verse 28. “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My manservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.”

Joel also looked to that day when God would establish his kingdom. And it would come with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.

“The Holy Spirit would be poured out, and whoever would call on the name of the Lord would be saved” according to Joel 2:28-32.

So all the Old Testament prophets are helping us to understand something about Christ’s kingdom. And as we come into the New Testament, we learn a little bit more about this kingdom, because here in the book of Matthew we find that kingdom being announced. The prophets had said it was coming, and now with John the baptizer and Jesus and his apostles, they’re announcing that the kingdom is about to begin, that it was at hand.

Look at Matthew 3:1-2. “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

That’s right. God’s kingdom was about to come. The kingdom of Christ was at hand during the days of John the baptizer.

Look at it in Matthew chapter 4, and look at verse 17. From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom is at hand. Jesus preached the same thing that John did, that the kingdom was just upon them.”

And then we look in Matthew 10:7. “And as you go preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Here we see when Jesus sent out his twelve apostles they also were to preach and to announce the coming of the kingdom.

In Luke 10:9 and 11 they were also preaching that the kingdom was near. It was going to come with power while some of the twelve apostles were still alive.

I look into Mark’s account of the gospel in Mark 9:1, and we see that Mark also said something about the coming of the kingdom and when it was going to begin. Here he said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.´

So the kingdom would come with power, and it would come while some of these twelve apostles were still alive. You see the same thing in other passages like Matthew 16:28 and Luke 9:27. You see, during the days of Jesus, while he was on this earth, it was time for the coming of the kingdom.

Let me back up to Mark 1:15, and notice how Mark illustrates this for us here in Mark the 1st chapter. Verse 15, the Bible says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

As we continue reading in the gospel accounts, we can pinpoint even closer when the coming of the kingdom would take place if we go to the end of the book of Luke, Luke chapter 24 beginning in verse 46. “After Jesus had died and was raised, he soon would ascend into heaven.”

And here in Luke 24:46 we see the instructions that Jesus gave his apostles. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

You see, it was time for the kingdom. Jesus Christ had been raised. He was about to ascend into heaven. He told his apostles, you wait in Jerusalem. There you’re going to receive power from the Holy Spirit. You’ll preach repentance and the remission of sins in the name of Jesus Christ in the city of Jerusalem.

I turn my Bible a little further, and we go to Acts the 1st chapter when Jesus had been raised and he was speaking with his apostles about the kingdom, and I notice what he said in verse 5 of Acts chapter 1. “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. So not many days from this point we see the kingdom would be established with the power of the Holy Spirit.”

They went on to Jerusalem after Jesus ascended into heaven according to Acts chapter 1. When we turn our Bibles to Acts the 2nd chapter, here’s where we begin to read about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. Here’s where the beginning of the kingdom was recorded, in Acts chapter 2. And it was just as it had been prophesied, just as it had been announced by John and by Jesus and by his apostles. It began in the days of the Roman kings about ten days after the ascension of Christ. In chapter 2 verse 1, “When the day of Pentecost had fully come.”

So you see, it was on the day of Pentecost, which would have been the first day of the week, according to Leviticus 23, because the day of Pentecost always fell upon the first day of the week, fifty days after the Sabbath following the Passover. This would have been about ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven. He was on earth for forty days according to Acts 1:3 after his resurrection. He had then ascended into heaven, and ten days later here on the day of Pentecost we see during the days of the Roman kings we begin to hear about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom.

It began while eleven of the original twelve apostles were still alive, just as you remember we had read from Mark 9:1. It says here in chapter 2, verse 1, at the end of that verse, “They were all with one accord in one place.”

The “they” are the eleven apostles along with Matthias, who had recently been appointed to take Judas’ place that we read about in the last verse of chapter 1. And so just as the prophets had declared, just as it had been announced, the kingdom was established during the days of the Roman kings, and we see here some of the apostles still alive, eleven of those original apostles, and it began at Jerusalem. This was the one place here of Acts 2:1 where they were all gathered.

You look back in Acts 1:12, and we see, “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.”

And so they were waiting in Jerusalem for the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. And here in Acts chapter 2 we see this begin. It began when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles, they received power to speak the word of the Lord, to bear witness to Christ.

Look with me in Acts 2:2. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. So the Holy Spirit came just as Joel said, it was poured out on these apostles, they spoke the word of the Lord just as the prophets had said the word of the Lord would go out from Jerusalem. They were bearing witness to Christ.”

You can read more about this as you go on through. For example, notice at the end of verse 11 of Acts chapter 2 how it says that they were speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. And of course this amazed all of the people. But let’s notice a little bit further here in Acts chapter 2 that this was in fact the beginning of the last days, when whoever calls on the name of the Lord would be saved, just as Joel had prophesied.

Look with me beginning in verse 14. “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel.”

Here we see that Peter tries to explain what’s going on this day by pointing to Joel’s prophecy we read earlier in Joel chapter 2. He quotes it here in verses 17 through 21. It was the last days, he says. The last days is not some time at the very end, but it is in fact the last period of history. The last days refers to the day of the gospel, the day of the Spirit, the day of the church. And it’s having its beginning right here in Acts chapter 2 with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.

But let’s notice further as we go on in Acts chapter 2 that this kingdom would begin when repentance and remission of sins was preached in Christ’s name. That’s the sermon that Peter preached. As you read beginning in verse 22, you see he speaks of Christ. “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know, Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”

Here we see the apostle Peter preaching about Christ, particularly about his death and about his resurrection. And when these people realized that the one they had crucified earlier was in fact their long-awaited Christ, their savior, their king, their deliverer, they were cut to the heart, and they wanted to know what to do.

Look what the Bible says here in chapter 2 verse 37 of the book of Acts. “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

It’s here then that Peter gives the way of salvation. And notice what his answer was to their question in verse 38. Peter said to them, “Repent, and be let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

So just as the prophets had said, just as it had been announced, we’re reading about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. The Spirit was poured out upon the apostles in Jerusalem in the days of the Roman kings. Repentance and remission of sins was preached in Christ’s name so that whoever calls on his name would be saved. They were told how to be saved, by turning away from their sins, by being baptized into Christ for the remission of those sins. And we’re going to see what happened. The people responded.

The Bible says here in verse 41, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

You might want to circle verse 41, because there we read of the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. It did not begin at some moment at the end times. It began when three thousand souls repented and were baptized for the remission of their sins here in the city of Jerusalem, when the word of the Lord went forth. It began in the last days. This is the beginning of the last days we’re reading about here in Acts 2, and it will continue until Christ comes again.

You see, the kingdom of Christ is the church of Christ he promised to build in Matthew 16:18-19. He said, “Upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

Indeed, even death could not keep Jesus from being raised up and establishing his church just as he has promised, and just as the prophets had prophesied.

We can say today, yes, the kingdom of Christ has come already. In fact, when we look in our New Testament in Colossians 1:13-14, we see the apostle Paul writing to the church of Christ there at Colosse. And he tells them what happened to them when they were saved by Jesus Christ.

He describes it this way, Colossians 1:13, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

You see, those who had been baptized into Christ had been taken out of the world, into the kingdom of Christ, a spiritual kingdom, his church. We see in Colossians 3:1 where the Bible says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”

Christ now rules and reigns as king in his kingdom. Those of us who have been raised up out of the waters of baptism with Jesus Christ, we’re now part of that kingdom.

In Hebrews the 1st chapter we see the very same thing. Beginning in verse 3 of Hebrews chapter 1, actually at the end of that verse, it speaks of, “When He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

And there are many other passages that we can look at in the book of Hebrews, but I especially want you to notice Hebrews 12:28-29. Here the Hebrew writer says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

Already in the first century the Christians were a part of Christ’s kingdom. It was being received by many nations, people all over the world.

In fact, in the Revelation, in Revelation 1:6, we see where John tells us about the existence of that kingdom. Here he says, “He has made us kings and priests who is God and Father. To him be glory and dominion forever and ever amen.”

And in verse 9 of Revelation 1, “I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom, and patience of Jesus Christ.”

John was in the kingdom along with his other fellow Christians in the first century. The kingdom is not something that’s coming at some moment at the end time. It came with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. We’re now living in the day of the kingdom of Christ, his church. And folks, Christ will continue to reign at God’s right hand as king in his kingdom until he comes again.

Are you ready for him to come?

Are you a Christian?

Are you a part of his church?

Are you a part of his kingdom?

If not, let us know how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> On Zion’s glorious summit stood
a numerous host redeemed by blood.
They hymned their king in strains divine.
I heard the song and strove to join.
I heard the song and strove to join.
While everlasting ages roll,
eternal love shall feast their soul.
And scenes of bliss forever new
rise in succession to their view,
rise in succession to their view.
Holy, holy,
holy Lord.
God of hosts on high adored.
Who like me thy praise should sing,
oh Almighty king?
Holy, holy,
holy Lord.
God of hosts on high adored.
Holy, holy,
holy.

SINGING>> All hail the power of Jesus’ name,
let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,

and crown him Lord of all.
Oh that with yonder sacred throng
we at his feet may fall.
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven,
sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me
it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly
and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary,
when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven,
sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.