"The Fifth Kingdom"


In Daniel Chapter two Daniel expounds on the Great Image and on the first four kingdoms. Those four historic kingdoms were Babylon, Media-Persia, Greco-Macedonia, and Rome. The fifth Kingdom is mentioned in chapter two verse forty-four:

And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”

This fifth kingdom is God’s kingdom which all believers are presently a part of. In the New Testament the kingdom of God/The kingdom of Heaven (Hereafter referred to as God’s kingdom)is mentioned more than fifty times. Several times in the Gospels we are told that God’s kingdom is “at hand” in the first century. We will more closely examine several of those kingdom verses.

Jesus says in Matthew 12:28 “But if I cast out demons by the spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

In Luke 17:20-21 we read: “Now when he was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said The kingdom of God does not come with observation: Nor will they say see here! Or see there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The Pharisees were expecting a physical kingdom. They incorrectly believed the son of David would set up a visible throne, contrary to Acts 2:30-36, and reign personally from Jerusalem. Jesus corrected their wrong belief. For a more Biblical understanding of Jerusalem’s role in the New Covenant read John 4:21 and Galatians 4:21-31.

Moreover, Romans 14:17 reads “…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Again, God’s Word makes crystal clear this is not a visible physical kingdom, but a real spiritual kingdom. According to the Scripture God’s kingdom is fully in existence right now. Jesus is Lord! It is never described as being partially here, and partially in the future.

Why would God’s Word instruct us to seek His kingdom in Matt 6:33, if His kingdom was physical and non-existent? Why did Jesus say of His kingdom in John 18:36?