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Olivet Discourse: Has the Kingdom of God Arrived?

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Olivet Discourse: Has the Kingdom of God Arrived? Matthew, Mark and Luke, all record the Olivet Discourse. However, only one explicitly mention the coming of the kingdom of God. While all gospels speak of the coming kingdom, only Luke connected it with Jesus’ address on the Mount of Olives.

The kingdom is the reign of God in men’s hearts. Luke recorded Jesus’ words that during the Roman conflagration of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, the kingdom would be near. “So likewise you, when you see all these things, know that the kingdom of God has drawn near.”

The question we ask is did Jesus speak of the coming of the kingdom in Matthew or Mark or both? The importance of this question centers on the fact that Luke’s account is admittedly a reference to Jesus’ coming in the clouds during Jerusalem’s fall in the first century. Thus, to show a connection between Matthew and Luke demonstrates they both taught the soon arrival of the kingdom.

In order to establish that connection, let us consider a statement Jesus makes elsewhere in Luke concerning his kingdom. When the Pharisees asked when the kingdom would come, Jesus replied that the kingdom does not come with observation, but is within you…” (Luke 17:20-23. That means it is not visible to the physical eye. It is spiritual in nature.

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For this reason, Jesus warned his disciples not to follow those who say “Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’, and thus do not go after them or follow them. This, he called one of the days of the Son of Man. Now several points must be observed. First, since this text refers to the “days” of the Son of Man, we are not speaking of a planet-ending event. In most eschatological paradigms, there is only one last day of the Son of Man.

Secondly, the association of this text with the Son of Man connects the coming of the kingdom with the coming of the Son of Man. Why? It is because Christ comes in his kingdom. Now as we have observed that the kingdom does not come with observation but is within you, it must follow that if Christ comes in his kingdom, he:

  1. Does not come with observation
  2. Comes to be within us

A quick glance at Colossians 1:27, shows that the hope of the gospel was Christ “in you” the hope of glory. That means that the concept of the kingdom/Christ dwelling within you applies to the second coming of Christ. But more on that later.

An important text is Luke 21:24, which says, “For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven ashines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of man will be in His day.”

Olivet Discourse: Has the Kingdom Arrived?

Now Matthew records the same exhortation and admonition. Only he omits the kingdom in the verses, Matt. 24:23-27. By connecting these verses with those of Luke 17:20-23, it then is undeniable that the coming of the Son of Man in Matthew equals the coming of the kingdom in Luke.

Therefore Jesus taught that the kingdom/coming of the Son of Man had drawn in near, that both would be fulfilled before Jerusalem fell. Once one sees that Luke and Matthew speak of the same event, then it is clear that they both refer to 70 A.D. Equally true is that the kingdom of God arrived.

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  1. paul bortolazzo
    6 years ago

    The events in the Revelation of Jesus Christ are still future. Trying to fit them into 70 AD is pure heresy. This earth is going to burn up during the day of the Lord. Obviously, this didn't happen in 70 A.D. Preterism is an heretical doctrine setting up many to not recognize the Beast (Antichrist) and receive his mark.

    • ATF
      6 years ago

      Well, it's clear that you've impaled your own teaching by bringing up the subject of the antichrist. Here's what John wrote about it. ""Little children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that the Antichrst is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they thad been of us, they would have continue with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us."

      First, John said it is the last hour. He wrote that in the 1st century not the 21st century. If they were in the last hour of time, that last hour lasted longer than the entire Jewish age of 1500 years! How much sense does that make.

      Secondly, John said the proof that it was the last hour was the presence of the Antichrist who already had come. That's how they knew it was the last hour.

      Thirdly, the antichrists went out from among the church. They could not go out from among them had they not been with them. You can't leave or go out of your house unless you are in it. That shows all of these events were first century events. That means that a view which places the antichrists in the 21st century is a heretical view because John never says, the antichrist went out from the 21st century church. Nor was John ever in the 21st century church on earth. See also 2:22; 4:2-3; 2 John 2:7. See my latest posts on the "End of the world" to understand meaning of the "earth being burned up."

  2. paul bortolazzo
    6 years ago

    For almost two thousand years, ministers have vainly taught the second coming of Christ as a singular visitation. Tragically, many teachers have jammed the coming of the Son of Man (Mat. 24:29-31, John 5:28-29, Rev. 7:9-14), the physical return of the Messiah (Deliverer) (Dan. 9:24-25, Rom 11:25-27, Rev. 10:7), the appearing of the Word of God (Rev. 16:14-16; 19:11-21), and the descent of the Lamb of God (Rev. 21:9-10) into one event. Yet these four distinct events, take place at different times, for different reasons, each having different results. His coming has a beginning and an ending. It begins with the resurrection of the elect at the coming of the Son of Man (Mark 13:26-27). It ends when the bride returns with the Lamb of God inside the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:9-10).

    • ATF
      6 years ago

      You have made the assertion but you offered no proof. Jesus never said, he would come again, and again, and again. He said he would go away and come again. One going, for one coming. Since you did not make an argument here but only an assertion, (thus, we have to take your word for it), then it only needs to be met with another assertion, namely, all those texts you mentioned refer to one and the same coming. Now, if you'll offer proof of your assertion, I will demonstrate the fallacy of it in my reply.

  3. paul bortolazzo
    6 years ago

    The Son of Man comes back for His elect between the 6th and 7th seals in Matthew 24:29-31, the Holy One (Messiah) comes for the salvation of Israel between the 6th and 7th trumpets in Rev. 10:1-7, the a the Word opf God appears in heaven after the 7th bowl to cast the Beast into the lake of fire (Rev. 19:11-21), and the Lamb of God desends with His bride inside the New Jerusalem on the first day of His 1000 year regin (Rev. 21:9-10) Obvoiusly these are four different events taking place at different times each having different results. To make them into one event shows your just following the traditions of men. You said I offered no proof? Are you joking? Preterism is a hereitical doctrine satan is sowing to deceive many Christians. Charles you need to look up the verses I gave you and offer proof they are one event. Thanks

    • ATF
      6 years ago

      You're starting out with the same premise as before which demonstrates that you're not paying attention to the replies. If Matthew 24:29-31 is the time between the 6th and 7th seal, then consider. The 7th seal is the time of the end, i.e. which would come to pass before the 1st century generation passed, (Matt. 24:34). The events of Matthew 24 happened in 70 A.D. when Jerusalem was defeated by Rome, Luke 21:20-22, 32. Therefore, the 7th seal occurred in A.D. 70. Since the events of Matthew 24:29-31 happened before and leading up to the time of the 7th seal, then they occurred in connection with Jerusalem's fall, all before that generation passed.

      Secondly, you site Rev 19:11-21. This event is the coming of the Lord which follows the wedding of Rev. 19:7-8. But the wedding of Matthew 19:7-8, follows the judgment upon the "great city" and harlot, i.e. upon Old Covenant Jerusalem, the city where the Lord was crucified which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt. Again, Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans who destroyed her flesh with fire, (Rev. 17:16-18, until the word of God was fulfilled, (same as in Matthew 24:34). See also in Mathew 22:1-7, where the marriage is made, men spurn it, until their city is burned and destroyed, after which comes the wedding. The same is seen in Matthew 24 and 24. After the city is destroyed per Matt. 24, the wedding follows in Matt. 25. See also Eph. 5 which speaks of the wedding of Christ, after the fight with beasts at Ephesus, (Eph. 6;11f).

      Now, are these all different weddings of Christ? How many times does he get married? How many brides does he have. You're claiming Christ is a polygamist if each of these end times wedding events describe a different coming. Yet, they're all associated with the destruction of the city, called the harlot and which answers to Jerusalem of the first century. Further only one wedding of Christ is taught in Scripture to consummate the end time. So I suggest you reread them again and set aside your literalism because it gets you into a tangled web of contradictions.

  4. paul bortolazzo
    6 years ago

    Preteists believe Nero was the Beast or Antichrist just before 70 A.D. They teaach his name is 666 and. the people worshipped him as God. In Rev. 19:20 the Beast is cast alive into the lake of fire at the supper of the great God, Armageddon. Nero commited suicide in 67 A.D. Obvoiusly, teaching Jesus came back in the first century is a destructive heresy being spread in the church by false teachers denying the Lord that once bought them by His blood. (2 Pet. 2:1) Beware saints, the Abomination of Desolation (Beast) is coming to take over the nations. (Rev. 13:7) Lets be ready to overcome (Rev. 3:5)

    • ATF
      6 years ago

      First, some Preterists teach Nero is the beast but not all of them do. Also, some Amillennialists and Postmillennialists do as well. Whether they do or don't does not change the time of Christ's coming from past to future. The abomination of desolation is associated with the temple which was destroyed in A.D. 70. See Mat. 24:15. That again was fulfilled, according to Matt. 24:34. So, no stretch of your imagination can make it future. Your brand of eschatology can only lead to war, bloodshed and death. You're trying to relive the past. It's gone. Let it go.

  5. Paul Bortolazzo
    6 years ago

    Mark this down and pray over it. Jesus never places the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the gathering up of believers from earth, before, in the middle, or at the end of the 70th week. Think of the countless hours of research, preaching, articles, and books by believers vainly trying to prove a pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or post-tribulation rapture. These interpretations are not in scripture. Let's remember, the 70th week of Daniel is never called the tribulation period (Dan. 9:24). When Jesus says 'after the tribulation of these days', He is referring to the first five seals on the outside of the heavenly scroll. Jesus will open the 4th seal in the middle of the 70th week (Rev. 6:7-8, Mat. 24:9-15). The Son of Man will come back after He opens the 6th seal (Mark 13:24-27). This proves the gathering up of the elect at His coming must happen sometime in the second half of the 70th week; no man knows the exact day or hour (Mat. 24:36).

    • ATF
      6 years ago

      Daniel 9:24 says "seventy weeks" are determined to…bring in everlasting righteousness. That is resurrection, for Paul taught in 1 Cor. 15, "awake to righteousness" and sin not. Further, Peter says righteousness is in the New Heavens and earth, 2 Pet. 3:13. That means the seventy weeks ended with resurrection into the New Heavens and new earth, which John said was at hand and came down out of heaven to be with men. The time was at hand and shortly to come to pass when John wrote Revelation (Rev. 1:1, 3, 22:10), therefore the fulfillment of the 70 weeks were at hand and shortly to come to pass in John's day, i.e. the first century.

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