The Bible says : Proverbs 14:34
(NIV)34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.
Look at the condition of our Nation, crime, violence , corruption, murder etc. This nation is far away from God. Moses told the people of Israel what would happen to them if they rebelled against the teaching of God. John the Baptist cried out to the Nation of Israel for the people to Repent. In verse 1 of Matthew chapter 3 it says, “Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea saying, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus Christ the Son of God also preached the good news of the Kingdom.
Jesus Begins His Ministry
Matthew 4:16-17 …16″THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.”
From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
What is God’s Kingdom? The gospel or good news of the Kingdom of God was the heart and core of Jesus Christ’s message. What did Jesus mean when He talked about the Kingdom of God? The word translated “kingdom” throughout the New Testament is the Greek word basileia, which denotes “sovereignty, royal power, [and] dominion” . A careful examination of the Bible reveals that the next phase of the Kingdom of God is nothing short of a world-ruling monarchy that God will establish on this earth.
Daniel explains that in the days of the fourth empire (which is our present time) God will replace these human kingdoms with the Kingdom of God.” 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” (Daniel:2:44).
Unlike human governments, which come and go, God’s Kingdom “will never be brought to ruin.”—Daniel 2:44.
Anyone who does what God requires can be a subject of God’s Kingdom.—Acts 10:34, 35.
• Laws. The laws (or commandments) of God’s Kingdom do more than just prohibit wrong behavior. They raise the moral character of its subjects. For example, the Bible says: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.
The second, like it, is this, ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39) Love of God and neighbor moves subjects of the Kingdom to act in the best interests of others.
Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God
Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:33). The verse’s meaning is as direct as it sounds. We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world. Jesus stated, “Repent you, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). But just what is the gospel? Most never concern themselves with this question. The truth of the gospel has remained hidden from view to the vast majority of professing Christians. Most believe that the gospel is about the Person of Jesus Christ. Certainly, Christ’s role is enormous, but He is not the gospel. Others proclaim a “gospel of salvation” or “gospel of grace.” Still others believe a “gospel of miracles” or a “social gospel” or of “healing” or “faith.” There are also those who merely think of “gospel music” when the word gospel comes to mind. These are all man-made ideas that are not what the Bible says! “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.”
That is the gospel Jesus preached. It was in this context that He had said, “Repent you, and believe the gospel.”
What gospel?—of the “kingdom of god.” Christ came to make an announcement about a complete change in the way the world would one day be governed. With this change would come unprecedented world peace, unity, equality, justice, happiness, harmony, universal health , no more sorrow, no pain or no death, the bad things of the past will not be remembered and the presence of God will be with us.
3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Everywhere He went, Christ spoke about the kingdom of God. It was the subject of most of His parables. When He commissioned His twelve apostles and sent them to preach, the instruction was to preach about the kingdom of God (Luke 9:1-2). When He later sent out His seventy disciples (Luke 10:1), He also commanded them to preach the kingdom of God (vs. 9).
The Kingdom of God is Certain
The Bible speaks with absolute certainty of the coming of the Kingdom. From beginning to end it is packed full of promises that the Kingdom will be established.
Genesis 3:15. Even at the time of the fall, God warned Satan that one day he would be destroyed by the seed of the woman.
Genesis 22:17,18 gives a promise that the whole world will be blessed through Abraham’s descendants.
Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your descendants, offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.
Numbers 14:21 speaks of the day when the whole world will be filled with the glory of the Lord(The Shekinah – God’s physical presence of Light). God is Light. 1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Repentance was an important element in the preaching of the Kingdom. Israel was commanded to repent, and later were rebuked for NOT REPENTING.
Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
The day of the Lord would be a day of Judgment. Israel is commanded to remember the law of Moses. In other words they are being called back to covenant. Judgment was about to fall upon the nation for covenant violations, or as Daniel states, “to finish the transgression, ” (Daniel 9:24). In other words, Israel’s transgressions were about to end in judgment, the fulfilling of the law, and the establishment of the New Covenant.
Those in Israel who repented would be able to enter the kingdom, and escape the coming judgment. This would be the REMNANT that would be saved according to Joel’s prophecy.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the REMNANT whom the LORD shall call.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: John told Israel that fire was coming.
Fire represents judgment. God was about to come in fire and judgment upon the nation. He was coming in VENGEANCE for the blood of his servants the prophets.
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Isaiah 2:2-4. In the latter days the mountain of the Lord will be chief among the mountains. The mountains represent the nations and the mountain of the Lord is the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God will be greater than all the nations. All nations will stream into the Kingdom, and begin to walk in the ways of the Lord.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 declares that God will establish a new covenant with the people of Israel. The law of the Lord will be written on their hearts. The Lord declares that all people from the least to the greatest will know the Lord, and have their sins forgiven.
Joel 2:28,29,32. In the last days the Spirit will be poured out on all people. They will all experience the gifts of the Spirit. All who call on the Lord will be saved. This promise has not yet been fully fulfilled, as the majority of people on the earth have not experienced such a powerful moving of the Holy Spirit.
We can look forward to a time when the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all the people of the earth. This will have a tremendous impact on the way people live.
Micah 4:3,4. The prophet Micah spoke of the glory(Light) of the kingdom of God. He described it as a time of great blessing.
They will beat their swords into plough shares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
The coming of the Kingdom of Zion (Light)will bring peace to the whole earth. Men will not even need to prepare or plan for war. Every person will have an abundance of the fruit of the earth. No one will be poor, and there will be no need to fear. This will truly be a golden age, a time of great blessing on the earth-“the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven or the Kingdom of Light right here on earth.