Before Jesus ascended into heaven He spent 40 Days talking to people about the kingdom of God. Imagine that! 40 days of listening to the resurrected Christ talk about His kingdom.
One of the greatest hindrances to the kingdom advancing is the idea that it hasn’t come yet. People who believe this usually say that in order to believe the kingdom has fully arrived you have to spiritualize everything. The problem with that argument is that when you read the New Testament you find that everything has been spiritualized. Here are some verses that show us that just about everything in the Kingdom is invisible and spiritual:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:21-22
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19
even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… Ephesians 2:5-6
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
These are just a few verses that show that the kingdom of God is spiritual and invisible. The whole book of Revelation is like this. Some scholars believe that Revelation is John’s version of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple (mentioned in Matt 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21).
Trying to interpret Revelation literally will cause you to interject things from our time period, when it was written to people who lived in the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago and the cultural background is people with Old Testament Jewish roots, so the imagery is full of things Old Testament Jews would be familiar with.
If you interpret Revelation literally you’ll think that the New Jerusalem is some magical place that is way out in the future somewhere. When it’s actually a spiritual picture (an allegory) of life in the New Covenant with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Grace and peace multiplied 2u.