The Mystery in the Lord’s Prayer: Is the Kingdom of God Really in Heaven?

Is the Kingdom of God in Heaven or on Earth?

At meetings, I often hear my pastor say, “In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2–3), “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God…. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass” (Revelation 21:10, 21), and similar passages from the Scripture to tell us that the Lord has gone to prepare a place for us, and that when He returns, we will all directly be raptured up to heaven to enjoy the pearls and gold of heaven, and that we should soberly await and pray often to avoid being left behind when the Lord returns …

It Turns Out That the Kingdom of God Is on Earth

One day, one of my coworkers brought me to join a small group, and a sister there fellowshiped very clearly on the Bible, which was very illuminating for me. I thought, “This is a rare opportunity, so why not seek answers to my confusion with this sister?” So I asked her, “Every day our pastor tells us to wait soberly, and that when the Lord returns He will rapture us up into heaven. But in the Lord’s Prayer, the Lord clearly tells us to pray that God’s kingdom come on earth, which conflicts with the pastor’s statement that we should wait to be raptured up to heaven when the Lord comes. So, is God’s kingdom in heaven or on earth?”

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