The four Gospels show that the Kingdom of Heaven was presented to Isreal during the earthly ministry of Christ. The four Gospels show the Kingdom of Heaven message was rejected by Israel. Due to the rejection of the Messiahship of Christ by Israel God postoned this Kingdom until after the Rapture of the Church. After the death of a Saviour both the Rapture of the Church and Christ’s return in Divine Judgement to set up His Kingdom in Israel are taught in the Epistles.
The difference between the Rapture of the Church and the Kingdom of Heaven given to Israel is: The Rapture is the Churches escape from Wrath and Judgement that’s to come upon Earth before the seven year Tribulation. The Kingdom of Heaven (after the Rapture) is Christ’s return in Divine Judgement to set up His promised Kingdom that was postponed during His Earthly ministry. This Kingdom shown in the Epistles is prophesied in the words of the Apostle Paul when he exhorts Timothy;
2 Tim 4:…I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Again, in Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica he warns;
2 Thess 1:7-9…when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power
1 Thess 3:13…at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
Christ is to come in judgment. He is to come with all His mighty angels. He is to come with all the saints. He is to come in the clouds of glory. He is to come in flaming fire. He is to come to judge the world. Matthew 25 reveals He is to come to judge the nations. He is to reign the earth and rule in righteousness.
Matt 25:31…When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Matt 25:34…Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matt 25:41..Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
In Revelation 19 the Bible reveals Christ is coming back with an army from heaven. The army from heaven is dressed in fine linen, clean and white. The linen, clean and white, represents the righteousness of the saints. The same chapter shows the kings of earth preparing to make war against Christ, who is coming back to bring judgment into the world.
Rev 19:7-8…Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 19:19…And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army
In Revelation 20, Jesus begins His millennial reign on earth. These records make it clear God not only promised the restoration of the earth but also that Jesus Christ is going to restore the Hebrew nation.
Rev 20:6…Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
*This prophecy must be fulfilled and will be fulfilled, in spite of the fact that some claim that they are “building” the kingdom now. This is a misguided, misinterpreted, and unscriptural statement. The Kingdom is not the work of man; the Kingdom is the work of God. Both the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are strictly the work of the, King Jesus Christ. The Bible says so! Don’t mix it up the facts, that Christ is the builder of both Kingdoms…not man. Glory to Christ!