My friends Bible mentions ” The Kingdom of God” and ” The Kingdom of Heaven”.

Psalm 47: 7-8

“For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.”

Yes God is the King of all the earth. HE is the King of Heaven and Earth and all its inhabitants.

 1 Samuel 12:12 says,

“When you saw that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, “No, but a king shall reign over us,” although the LORD your God was your king.

The people started searching for a king but GOD is the True King. It was initially not the intention of GOD but of people to set a King above them. GOD is the supreme Ruler of the Universe. HE always intended HIS people to have direct relationship with HIM THE FATHER, THE MASTER, THE POTTER, THE KING.

GOD is a GOD of Covenant. HE made Covenant with HIS people, the Israelite’s, they never wanted GOD as their King but preferred political King to rule, reign and guide them in their affairs. This we can clearly see when they rejected Prophet Samuel as their King chosen by GOD (who spoke face to face with GOD) but asked for Saul as the King. (1 Samuel 8). This was a carnal expectation from GOD. Even when JESUS was born , people and especially the disciples expected a worldly Kingdom and JESUS to be the ruler of the world. They expected HIM to be on a white horse but HE entered Jerusalem on a donkey. But JESUS came to manifest the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

Before Lord JESUS started preaching the Gospel, John the Baptist came first to the seen and started preaching the ‘Kingdom’.

 Matthew 3: 1-2

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

Prophet John the Baptist came preaching the kingdom of Heaven in order to prepare the way of the first coming of the Lord JESUS CHRIST. HE directly preached the Heavenly Kingdom i.e. the Spiritual Kingdom which is far more real and true than the worldly kingdom.

When Lord JESUS started preaching, what did HE preach about?

Matthew 4: 17 says,

“From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Mark 1: 14-15 says,

Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Luke 8:1 says,

“Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him…”

When Lord JESUS CHRIST sent the disciples to preach what was HIS command? Let us read Matthew 10:7, which says

And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

When we read the teachings of Lord JESUS CHRIST, in Matthew 13 HE specifically mentions seven parables of the Kingdom.

What are the features of the Kingdom of God and how is it different from the Kingdom of Heaven? We will meditate on a few points in this teaching and in other articles God willing.

1) Exodus 15:18

“The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”

Psalm 93:1 says,

“The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.”

 First of all, the Kingdom of Heaven is everlasting. It is from the ancient of times and it is an everlasting one and in it GOD reigns Supreme forever.
2) Psalm 103:19 says
“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.”
The Throne of our Heavenly Father is in Heaven but HE is the ruler of all, the sovereign ruler. Nobody in Heaven and on earth can even think of superseding or exceeding HIM. The devil who was an arch Angel thought of doing it but fell down for eternity.
Isaiah 37:16 says,
 “O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth You have made heaven and earth.”
GOD is above every Kingdom of the earth. As HE is the maker of Heaven and Earth and of every human being. It is in HIS power to make the Kingdoms of Earth rise and fall.
Psalm 145:11-13
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power; To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
HIS dominion endures from generation to generation with the same authority, power, honor, majesty and glory without any variation. Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. HE is an everlasting GOD and KING, Therefore HIS Kingdom is also everlasting. No king in any realm or sphere can ever stand before HIM without HIS approval and will. HE is Victorious over every Kingdom.
Daniel 4:34-35
“But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation. “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’
to be continued…