Kingdom Truth - What is the Kingdom of Heaven in the Bible?
Chapter 4, Introduction
The Kingdom in its Preparation in the Last Days
As mentioned in the previous chapter, the Kingdom in the preparation period was entrusted to the Israelites. However, other than those among them who were chosen, "the rest were hardened" (see Rom. 11:7). Later on, they even "sold and killed the righteous one"! In the end, their "house is left desolate" ("house" is singular and it refers to the temple) and "they will not leave one stone upon another" (Luke 13:35,19:44)! What God said in Hosea that "I will call those who were not My people, My people; and her who was not beloved, beloved" was fulfilled (quoted in Rom.9:25)! God's vineyard from this point on ''will be rent out to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons" or "given to a nation producing the fruit of it" (see Matt. 21:41, 43), which is the church. But did the church carry out the responsibilities of the Kingdom in its preparation period? Let us consider this in detail.