As promised in Luke 1:26-33, is Christ's eternal kingdom today on earth?
This question was posed by Dr. David Reagan to his Christmas special panel of guest Bible prophecy teachers: Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries, Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries, and Don Perkins of According to Prophecy Ministries.
"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph of the descendants of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, hail, favored one, the Lord is with you. But she was greatly troubled at this statement and kept pondering what kind of salutation this might be. And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great, and He will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end." - Luke 1:26-33
Dr. Reagan: What about this third seemingly unfulfilled prophecy, that there would be no end to His kingdom? This seems to me to raise a major problem for those who say this is talking about the Church, because I believe the Bible teaches the Church Age is going to come to an end. And yet, this says there will be no end to His kingdom.
Don McGee: The Church Age is going to come to an end because the Church is not in and of itself going to win this entire world to Jesus Christ. Now, when you go to Daniel, the "small stone cut out without hands that fills the whole earth" is the kingdom that He's talking about right here.
Don Perkins: That's right. Yes.
Dr. Reagan: The Church Age is coming to an end when the Rapture occurs.
Don Perkins/Don McGee: That's right!
Dr. Reagan: We're going to be taken out of here, and the kingdom that's going to fill the whole world is the one when Jesus Christ comes back to reign.
Don McGee: Yes, Jesus is going to smash all other kingdoms and He will then be reigning supreme.
Dr. Reagan: But, isn't He supposed to be reigning now?
Don McGee: If He's reigning now, we're in bad shape.
Dr. Reagan: And, Christ's doing a very bad job of it, because it says that when He reigns none of the nations will be in revolt.
Don McGee: Well, if we're supposed to reign with Him, what am I supposed to be doing now? I don't see me reigning anywhere. It's tough enough reigning in my own home!
In the next segment of this "Forgotten Promises of Christmas" series, we'll look at how the Amillennial view sees the millennial promises made in Luke 1:26-33.