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GODs Kingdom What is It When Will It Come

GODs Kingdom What is It When Will It Come

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s Kingdom: A Request Made Around the World - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site
s Kingdom
What Is It?When Will It Come?
In this series:
A Request MadeAround the World
Related topics:
A Request MadeAround the World
IMAGINE hundreds of millions, even billions, of people, all askingfor the same thing. They are asking the highest authority in theuniverse to fulfill a specific request. Yet, very few of them know just what it is that they are asking for. Could such a thing reallyhappen? In fact, it happens every day. What are all these peopleasking for? The coming of the Kingdom of God!By one estimate, there are some 37,000 religions that callthemselves Christian, claiming Jesus Christ as their Leader.There are well over two billion members of those faiths. Vastnumbers of them pray what is often called the Our Father or theLord
s Prayer. Do you know this prayer? As Jesus taught it to hisfollowers, it begins this way:
Our Father in the heavens, let yourname be sanctified. Let your kingdom come. Let your will takeplace, as in heaven, also upon earth.
Matthew 6:9, 10. For centuries now, worshippers have reverently repeated thosewords in churches. They have also recited them in family groupsand as individuals, in good times and in bad. They have spoken
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the words sincerely, even fervently. Many others have learnedthem by rote and utter them with little or no thought to themeaning. These members of Christendom are not the only oneswho have hoped and prayed for the coming of God
s Kingdom.
A Request That Crosses Religious Borders
A well-known prayer of the Jewish faith is the mourner
s Kaddish.Although it has little to do with death or grief, it is commonlyuttered in times of bereavement. The prayer asks:
May he [God]establish his Kingdom in your lifetime. . . even speedily.
* Another ancient synagogue prayer speaks of the hope for theKingdom of the Messiah from the house of David.Others of non-Christian faiths have found the idea of God
sKingdom appealing. According to
The Times of India,
aprominent 19th-century Indian religious leader, who wasinterested in bridging the Hindu, Muslim, and Christian faiths,said:
The true kingdom of God will not be realised unless theeast and west are joined together.
And the principal of anIslamic college in Strathfield, Australia, recently wrote to anewspaper:
Like all Muslims, I believe [that] Jesus will returnand establish the true Kingdom of God.
Without a doubt, those now hoping and asking for God
sKingdom number into the billions. But consider an interestingphenomenon.You likely know that we Jehovah
s Witnesses, who publish thismagazine, go from house to house in your community to engagepeople in discussions about the Bible. As of this writing, we aredoing this work all over the world, in 236 lands and in well over400 languages. The main theme of our preaching is the Kingdomof God. In fact, note that the full title of this magazine is
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah 
s Kingdom.
We often askpeople whether they pray for that Kingdom. A great many answeryes. However, when asked what that Kingdom is, most peopleanswer, in effect,
I don
t know,
or their answer is vague anduncertain.Why do so many ask for something they cannot define? Is itbecause the Kingdom of God is a complex, vague concept? No.The Kingdom is thoroughly and clearly explained in the Bible.
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What is more, the Bible
s message about the Kingdom can giveyou real hope in these dark times. In the following article, we willsee how the Bible explains that hope. Then we will see whenJesus
prayer for theKingdom to comewill be answered.
*Like the model prayer that Jesus gave, the mourner
s Kaddish also asks thatGod
s name be sanctified. While there is some debate on the question of whetherthe Kaddish dates back to the time of Christ or even earlier, we should not besurprised by any similarities. Jesus
prayer was not intended to be innovative orrevolutionary. Each request was solidly based on the Scriptures then available toall Jews. Jesus was encouraging his fellow Jews to pray for things they shouldhave been praying for all along.
Appeared in
The Watchtower 
January 1, 2008
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