As we ladies of the harem strive for a more authentic relationship with our Lord and King. There are many things in the traditions of men that have made that journey more onerous that it needs to be. One of them is the seemingly unimportant detail of naming the present age the “Church Age”. This trivial matter has led to a false impression that the Kingdom is yet to come. When in fact it is here.
If we had listened to John the Baptist and our Lord and King Himself, and called it the “Kingdom Age” then a great deal of confusion could have been avoided concerning when and where the Kingdom is.
Both John and Messiah declared that the Kingdom was “at hand” in the first century.
John the Baptist
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt. 3:2
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt. 4:17
and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15
but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” Luke 4:43
They both called the age “The Kingdom”. The Kingdom was present in the first century but it was spiritual and not physical. There is coming a fuller realization of this kingdom as it will be imposed upon the nations, but for now it is a spiritual kingdom. In the present it is seen and unseen i.e. hidden treasure, and its appearance and reality are yet future. The idea that the Kingdom is something future to us is not taught in the Scriptures. Rather the Kingdom is here in our midst but it is not of this world
Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.” John 18:36
During the triumphal entry Messiah showed to the common people that He was indeed their King and His Kingdom had come [Matt 21]. He sent His Spirit [John 20:22]. We became the temple the dwelling of David [Act 15:12-21]. All that was ritual and physical became spiritual.
As a lover and the favorite in the harem, we should be about the business of our Beloved’s Kingdom [Song 7:4]. If it were an obvious kingdom why would He have instructed us to SEEK it?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Matt. 6:33
As long as we are looking for some perfect kingdom of the future we will not attain the understanding of our Beloved’s business. That intimate close relationship with our King comes from understanding His plans and purposes. While looking to a fictionalized fantastic future kingdom we do not seen the great treasure we already have. An indwelling Spirit, where we are the temple and can approach God at any time in any place.
In the “Mosaic Age” The Kingdom was symbolic and ritual. In the present “Kingdom Age” all is spiritual where the physical temple is replace by our bodies. Where the circumcision is of the heart not the foreskin. It is only in this realization that we are already in the Kingdom that we can begin to understand God’s plans and purposes. And only in this understanding can we begin to serve our Beloved as His helpmate. Only as we work for the common goals of His Kingdom do we see Him, “Face to Face”.