The kingdom of God came when Jesus said it would: before the passing of the generation of which He was a part (Matthew 24:34). By our calendars, this means that the Second Coming occurred no later than the latter part of the 1st Century A.D.
The apostle Paul said that those worthy would be gathered together to the Lord at that time (2 Thessalonians 2:1). That is, the children of God would cease to have human overseers but would be gathered to the Lord Himself. The apostle Peter spoke also of this gathering when he told the human shepherds to work toward the day when the Chief Shepherd would assume control of the flock (1 Peter 5:4). No one on earth saw any difference but the chosen ones knew the Lord had come to them and was speaking to their hearts (Revelation 2:17; 3:20).
Of course, both apostles were speaking from the authority of the Lord and of the prophets, for Isaiah had spoken of the time when the Lord would come in judgment but also in mercy for His holy ones (Isaiah 40:10-11).
Since that time, the Lord Himself has nurtured the sheep that hear His voice (John 10:27). He knows those who are truly His (2 Timothy 2:19). His sheep care about righteousness (Hebrews 1:19; Matthew 7:21-23). And that’s what separated the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:21-46). This is still what separates them today, for the kingdom of God is eternal – it will never end. If you would hear His voice, do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:7-19).
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