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Thy Kingdom Come... On Earth, As it is in Heaven

There are some individuals who think that this earth will not be totally destroyed when the 1000 year reign of Christ is over. They think that it, instead, will be renovated. Their reasoning is that the Bible says, "...the God of heaven (shall) set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:..." (Dan. 2: 44). Thus they think that if the kingdom, which is on earth, is not going to be destroyed then it has to remain forever. It cannot be totally destroyed. Otherwise, God would be destroying His kingdom which the Bible tells us shall last forever.

I feel sure that if this present earth, which will need to be repaired at the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ, were going to remain forever, as some think, God would not have told us that this period, which is the kingdom of God on earth, will only last for 1000 years. (Read Rev. 20: 1 - 6.).

Jesus' kingdom will last forever. His kingdom will be on earth for 1000 years and then, it will continue for all eternity in the new Eternal State called Heaven. (Read Rev. 21 and 22: 1 - 5.). That's the New Heavens, and the New Earth about which the Bible speaks (II Pet. 3: 13, Rev. 21: 1). This earth which will be renewed (repaired) at the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ, will be destroyed shortly after the 1000 year reign of Christ. This is recorded in Revelation 20: 11, 12 - 15. (See also II Pet. 3: 7.). This "kingdom", which is made up of all the saints (believers) of all times (Ages), will not be destroyed. It, instead, will be taken to the third Heaven, the home of God. That is where "the New Jerusalem" is now. (Read Gal. 4: 26, Heb. 12: 22, Rev. 21: 2.). Then those saints who are a part of this kingdom will enter this new earth that God (Jesus) will make (II Pet. 3: 13, Rev. 21: 1, 27). Those saints who are alive at the end of the Millennium, who are a part of this kingdom, will enter the New Earth when the New Jerusalem comes down out of the third Heaven unto the New Earth. It is my belief that they are in the New Jerusalem as it comes down out of heaven. The Old and New Testament saints are in the New Jerusalem as well. We will have entered heaven and the New Jerusalem right before the heaven(s) and earth are destroyed.

Here are some similar Scriptures that have to do with the kingdom of God, Jesus' kingdom, and which tell us that it will not be destroyed.

"And in the days of these 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 for ever." (Dan. 2: 44)

Some other verses are given below which are similar.

"And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7: 14)

"But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever." (Dan. 7: 18)

"And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him." (Dan. 7: 27)

"And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end." (Luke 1: 33)

There are two physical kingdoms. The one will last for 1000 years here on earth. The other will remain forever in the New Heaven(s), and on the New Earth (the Eternal State called Heaven).

There is a physical kingdom, but there is a spiritual kingdom involved as well (Matt. 6: 10). There will be a physical kingdom on earth, and there is a spiritual kingdom in Heaven. But remember, the saints who return with Jesus in the Revelation/Second Coming will reign here on earth with Him. They will be in their new glorified heavenly bodies. They too are a part of this physical kingdom, as well as the spiritual kingdom. The saints who live here on earth during the Millennium, who will receive their new heavenly bodies, along with those who are already in their glorified bodies, will enter the New Heaven(s) and the New Earth shortly after God (Jesus) creates them. However, the heaven(s) and the earth, which we now know in our present day, will be repaired at the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Christ. (See Revelation 20.). Then, the heaven(s) and the earth will be destroyed (Read II Pet. 3, Rev. 20: 11, 21: 1.) after Satan's final rebellion (Rev. 20: 1 - 3, 7 - 10).

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in (on) earth, as it is in heaven." (Matt. 6: 10)

By the way, if you happen to believe that this present earth will not be destroyed because the Scripture tells us that "it (Jesus' kingdom) will last forever" then you have created a problem. You see, this present heaven and earth, which will be repaired at the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Christ, is going to be burnt up, they will be destroyed, in one way or another no matter what view you believe in. (See II Pet. 3: 7, 10 - 12, Rev. 20: 11.). If the surface of the earth were burnt up it would be destroyed, or if the whole thing is burnt up it would be destroyed. In either case the outcome would be the same. All the people (saints) will have to be taken out (removed) from off the earth. Otherwise, they too will be destroyed with the earth. However, this does not mean that Jesus' kingdom is destroyed. It will continue in the New Heaven and on the New Earth. (See II Pet. 3: 7, 10, 13, Rev. 20: 11, 21: 1 - 2.). The raptured saints in their glorified bodies and the millennial saints in their earthly bodies will remain on earth after Jesus returns to earth. So the earth cannot be burnt up at the time that Jesus reigns on earth during the Millennium which begins on the same day that He comes back to earth (Matt. 25: 34).

Isaiah, in his book, writes about the new heavens and the new earth which God will make (Isaiah 66: 22). Peter tells us that God will create new heavens and a new earth (II Pet. 3: 13). John mentions this as well (Rev. 21: 1). The reason that God is going to make new heavens and earth is because He will destroy the old ones. (See II Pet. 3: 7, 10, Rev. 20: 11, 21: 1.). To do that God would have to remove all the people that are on earth. The Scriptures teach that the Jews, including the 144,000 of Revelation 7, and some Gentiles, will repopulate the earth (have families, they are still human beings). The unsaved who are in the heart of the earth will remain inside this present earth, in Hades/Hell, until the final judgment. See also "The End of the World" and "The New Heavens and the New Earth". So this present earth cannot be destroyed by fire in the manner that Peter says it will be until the 1000 years are over (Rev. 20: 11).

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