The Coming of God’s Kingdom: Finding the Right Metaphor

Interlocutors

I will begin with a verse from Revelation 11:

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.”

Whatever one might say about Christian eschatological expectation, the story ends with what this verse describes; the reigning powers of our world give way to the reigning power of the triune God. Different parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments, provide various descriptions of this happening.

What I find interesting, and perhaps a little troublesome, is how it is relatively easy to talk about the struggle of the present age, or how it is likewise relatively easy to describe the content of the age to come, but that language evades us (or, at least, me) when it comes to describing the transition from one age to the next. In Žižekian terms: we can talk about the drink…

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