As we consider the theme of God’s heavenly rule coming down to establish its reign and glory on the earth in the kingdom preached by both John the Baptist and Jesus, we turn to the OT and discover that the this promised kingdom is a dominant one there! Once can count at least 15 streams, 15 main streams flowing into the theme of God’s kingdom coming to earth in the person and office and rule of the Messiah, the Son of David. In fact, the issue is so dominant that one has to say that a central theme of God’s revelation in the OT is a kingdom, centered in and fulfilling God’s promises to Israel, under the reign of Jesus Christ, spreading to all the earth from there, and that kingdom wiping all the defective and deficient political kingdoms of this earth away, along with the curse that God placed on the ground due to Adam’s fall. So profound is the kingdom message in the OT that we can only scratch the surface of it today to examine its wonders!
We call the first part or expression of this kingdom, “The Millennial Kingdom” from the references to it’s duration in Rev 20: 1,000 years. But that is just the first part of the kingdom on earth. Daniel the prophet tells us that it is a kingdom without chronological end – it is eternal. The Kingdom coming downfrom the God of heaven will destroy the preceding human kingdoms, but will itself endure forever. Daniel 2:44. The Son of Man will be given a world-wide kingdom that will never end. Daniel 7:14. The power and control of all kingdoms of secular man will be given to the holy people of the Most High, Who will rule all people eternally. Daniel 7:27