Let’s consider the “twin peaks perspective” of prophecy again. Let’s look specifically at the “mystery of the kingdom” and how this impacts our daily lives. The near view (historically) was seen through Jesus’ earthly ministry almost 2,000 years ago. Christ declared, “The kingdom of God has come upon you,” as He healed the sick and delivered people from demons.
He taught us in the Model Prayer (aka: The Lord’s Prayer) to declare, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” In Jesus’ end-time teaching recorded in Luke 21, He explained that the Church in the last days continues this kingdom of God experience on earth (verse 31). The sick are to be healed and the people delivered.
If we’re not careful, though, we’ll see this “near view” as the complete picture. We must not ignore the “future view,” especially since it is not that far off. If you have studied end-times doctrine, you probably know this “far view” as the Millennial Reign of Christ. Millennial is Latin for a thousand, so it refers to the 1,000-year reign of Christ. It is the literal and complete manifestation of the kingdom of God on the earth.
As a Leveler, you may know that this 1,000-year reign is also the Day of the Lord. Stay tuned to this blog for more details about God’s timetable and how we number the Days accordingly. For now, we need to see that there are two distinct mountain peaks that represent two distinct events in God’s timetable. They are separated by the “valley” known as the Church Age—the time from Jesus’ ascension to Heaven and the outpouring of God’s Spirit at Pentecost, until the Day Christ gathers His Body and Bride to Him at the rapture.