1. Introduction

The idea of a “Kingdom of God” is central to the message of Jesus recorded in the Bible. It is recorded in the Bible that this was his primary topic when he was teaching in the synagogues,

Matthew 4:23: Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. WEB

Even further than that, he urged his followers to seek the kingdom of God as the first thing in their lives, and to place it at a point of importance that was well above all other things.

Matthew 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV

In the context he was talking, it was against such basic things as finding food and clothing. So he was telling his followers to seek the kingdom ahead of seeking the basic necessities, and shows that he considered it to be of ultimate importance and value.

Given the importance attached to this kingdom in the message of Jesus, here we investigate some of the issues surrounding the concept of the Kingdom of God as presented in the Bible. This includes what the kingdom actually is, and when it was to occur.

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