A Look into the Kingdom of Heaven and Kingdom of God Differences

A Look into the Kingdom of Heaven and Kingdom of God Differences.

The Lord Jesus Christ came to His own and preached a dualistic message. To the Jews, the heirs of the promised political Kingdom, the Lord preached the Gospel of the “Kingdom of Heaven” – a literal physical Kingdom soon to come:

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt. 4:17 KJV

To the Jews and the entire Gentile world, He preached the coming “Kingdom of God” – righteousness and holiness:

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14 KJV

Because the Lord used the terms “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Kingdom of God” interchangeably in places in the four Gospels, most Christians think they are one and the same. They will be, but not until the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ when He rules the world for a thousand years on the throne of His father David (His father in the flesh, His human side) at Jerusalem. Again:

“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” John 18:36 KJV

If you rightly divide the Bible, you will see that Jesus was preaching about two (2) components of the Kingdom. He preached that the political kingdom (Kingdom of Heaven) was coming, and if the Jews had accepted Him after His death and resurrection, He would have come back and established it after seven years of tribulation, as foretold in the prophecies:

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:24-27 KJV

In fact, when Stephen was preaching to the Pharisees as they were stoning him, the Lord Jesus was standing up from His seat in the third heaven ready to come back, save the Jews, and establish the Kingdom:

“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56 KJV

To show by the Scriptures the difference between the terms “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Kingdom of God,” the Holy Spirit has put this little nugget of truth within the Gospel of Matthew:

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matt. 11:12 KJV

Ask yourself this question: If the “Kingdom of God” is within you, and if the “Kingdom of God” and “Kingdom of Heaven” are one and the same, how could anyone take it out of you by violence? And if that righteousness, i.e. the Kingdom of God within you, could not possibly be there until after the cross and the resurrection, what is Jesus saying to the Jews here BEFORE the cross and the resurrection? The answer is the Kingdom of Israel, which is God’s people and Jerusalem, the Lord’s chosen place from which to rule:

“But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.” Matt. 5:34-35 KJV

Israel rejected their King when He came the first time. In the two millenniums since then, His Kingdom has been in a MYSTERY form; the Lord Jesus Christ reigning in the heart of the believer and yet seated on the right hand of the Father in the third heaven…

“[Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:26-27 KJV

…while Satan still holds the physical throne over this present world:

“And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” Luke 4:6-7 KJV

Although Satan has now lost the war, the final battle for physical possession is yet to come. This is the present status of the Kingdom of Heaven.

In the two millenniums since His own people rejected His salvation, God has been chastising Israel, while blessings and salvation have gone out to the Gentiles. However, God is not finished with Israel, but He is just about finished with the Gentiles. The Gentiles’ time is running out. The Apostle Paul said this:

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” Romans 11:25-26 KJV

We are living in the last days of the blessing to the Gentiles. The Jews are back in the land of Israel (although the Arab world does not recognize it as “Israel” but insists on calling it “Palestine”). Regardless of the name, it is still the land that God promised to Abraham and his seed through Isaac and Jacob, not through the line of Ishmael. That is the ancient root of contention still festering today over the issue of the land.

The Jews have returned to the land as prophesied in the Scriptures, but they are still mostly in unbelief about Jesus. Although they are the enemies of the Gospel of Grace by the Lord Jesus Christ, they are still God’s people and He will use the present evil world to chastise them, open their eyes to the truth they rejected, and bring them again to Him.

“As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:” Romans 11:28-30 KJV

That is the truth of the matter – a truth that is bitterly denied by the whole world. Jerusalem and the Middle East is the crucible and iron furnace that will soon wax hotter as the prophecies unfold before us.

These things are future and yet to be fulfilled, but they will come to pass. The Holy Bible says so. Believe it!

The gospel of the kingdom is a Jewish gospel preached to Jews that accompany literal signs, miracles, and wonders to lead the Jewish nation of Israel to the promise land or to give revelation from God to the Jews.


“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV

The gospel of the kingdom as preached by Jesus Christ and the Apostles and the gospel of the grace of God as revealed by Jesus Christ to the Apostle Paul are not the same. In fact, they’re not even close to being identical. They are two completely different gospels preached to two completely different groups of people with two completely different messages, that is why some have said “What Did Jesus Say”, or “THE MORE we know what JESUS SAID in the 4 GOSPELS the less others can mislead us with their RELIGIOUS OPINIONS made by those trying to gain followers”, and “FOR 350yrs after JESUS all Christians kept the Sabbath (7th Day) HOLY until manmade religion outlawed it, using Paul’s words to explaining away!”. The scripture is very plain and direct concerning this. This foundational doctrinal truth is not difficult to comprehend or understand, you’ve simply must believe the Bible. If you are a new born babe in Christ and this is your first-time hearing this, you’d do well to follow the example of the Bereans:

“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10-11 (KJV)

People who reject this doctrinal truth of the differences between the two gospels do so because they are either too lazy to run the references or heretical blasphemers, (by calling it manmade). Most of the ones that I have dealt with personally have been lazy. They would rather submit themselves to their emotions combined with how they were raised to believe what their religion teaches before they submit themselves to simply believing God’s words, and God’s Sovereignty.

“Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.” Proverbs 13:13 (KJV)


“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Matthew 4:23 (KJV)

To gain full clarity on the gospel of the kingdom, you must first heed God’s promises to the Jewish Nation of Israel in the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic Covenant.


The promise of LITERAL land – (Genesis 12:1). God called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees to a land that He promised to give him. This promise is once again reiterated in Genesis 13:14–18. The land aspect of the Abrahamic Covenant is expanded in Deuteronomy 30:1–10, which is also the Palestinian Covenant. What is especially critical to note is that the land grant God promised to Abraham and to his seed was also promised to be an EVERLASTING COVENANT:

“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:7-8 (KJV)

The promise of kingly descendants – (Genesis 12:2). God promised Abraham that He would make a great nation out of him. Abraham, who was old and childless (Genesis 12:4), was promised many descendants. This promise is amplified in Genesis 17:6 where God promised that nations and kings would descend from Abraham. This promise (which is expanded in the Davidic Covenant of 2 Samuel 7:12–16) would eventuate in the Davidic throne with Messiah’s kingdom rule over the Jewish Nation of Israel.


In Deuteronomy 28, God gives Moses along with the Jewish Nation of Israel the commandments, statues, and judgements for staying alive, wealthy, safe, and healthy in the land. God also gives them the horror of what will happen when they disobey God’s commandments, statues, and judgements in the land. BUT what is critical and often overlooked in the Mosaic Covenant is what God introduces to the Jewish Nation of Israel through Moses in Exodus chapter 4:

“And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.  And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first SIGN, that they will believe the voice of the latter SIGN. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two SIGNS, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.” Exodus 4:1-9 (KJV)


1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

From Exodus chapter 4 through the rest of the entire Bible, God gives the Jewish nation of Israel LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY, SIGNS, to lead or guide them to their promised LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY, LAND, to fulfil the prophecy of the LITERAL, PHYSICAL, PROMISED, JEWISH MESSIAH, reigning from a LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY THRONE, in LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY JERUSALEM from where He will establish his LITERAL, PHYSICAL, EARTHLY KINGDOM.

Are you beginning to understand now why the gospel of the kingdom is titled the gospel of THE KINGDOM??


“And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee. And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.  I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.” 2 Samuel 7:1-17 (KJV)

God promised David that the promised Jewish Messiah would come through his seed and that his throne would be established forever. This is why Christ is often referred to as the son of David.

The Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic, Jewish Covenants God established with his people encapsulate the gospel of the kingdom:

“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”Matthew 10:5-8 (KJV)


NOTICE: So far, nowhere in the gospel of the kingdom is belief in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection for sinners mentioned or preached. NOWHERE in the gospel of the kingdom is the mystery of Jew and gentile in one body mentioned or preached. NOWHERE in the gospel of the kingdom is ‘walk by faith, not by sight’ mentioned or preached. NOWHERE in the gospel of the kingdom is salvation by grace through faith mentioned or preached. The gospel of the kingdom is a Jewish gospel preached to Jews that accompany literal signs, miracles, and wonders to lead the Jewish nation of Israel to the promise land or to give revelation from God to the JEWS.


“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24 (KJV)

The gospel of the grace of God was revealed to the Apostle Paul neither from men or Old Testament prophets. The gospel of the grace of God was revealed to the Apostle Paul by revelation from the ascended Lord Jesus Christ:

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:11-12 (KJV)

What exactly is the gospel of the grace of God? Does it have to do with Christians spreading a Jewish earthly kingdom? No. Does the gospel of the grace of God have anything to do with Christians doing signs, miracles, and wonders for unbelieving Jews to lead them to the promise land? No. Does the gospel of the grace of God have to do with Christians walking by SIGHT and not by FAITH? NO. Does the gospel of the grace of God have anything to do with Christians keeping God’s commandments, statues, and judgments to receive eternal life? No. Does the gospel of the grace of God have anything to do with water baptismal regeneration? No. Well then what exactly is the gospel of the grace of God that the Apostle Paul preached?

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV)

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15 (KJV)

“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” Romans 4:4-8 (KJV)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” Romans 5:14-15 (KJV).

The gospel of the grace of God’s free gift of salvation by redemption in Christ death, burial, and resurrection to save sinners from Hell. It is the FINISHED blood atonement that imputes GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS to sinners.

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:24-26 (KJV)

BEFORE the Apostle Paul straightened out Peter’s doctrine in Acts 15, the Apostle Peter NEVER preached that Christ died for ANYBODY. From Acts chapter 1-14 the only thing that Peter preaches to the Jews is water-based baptismal repentance for KILLING THEIR MESSIAH:

“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:” Acts 2:22-23 (KJV)

“And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.” Acts 3:12-13 (KJV)

“But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” Acts 3:14-15 (KJV)

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.” Acts 4:8-10 (KJV)

“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.” Acts 5:27-30 (KJV)

Now I believe we’ve shown the difference between the two and that some want to hold on to the latter instead of taking hold of the new better covenant which a sovereign God has bestowed. Now my question to those that want to keep the latter is; Why do you not believe the Almighty God is also a sovereign God that Can, at His Will, Choose to Place Righteousness on a person without works, and not even deserving it, (as which He did if you remember with Abram,) Without Someone else’s affirmation, after all did God not choose the Jewish people out of all the people that God created to be the apple of His eye? Do you really believe the Jewish people deserved that recognition above ALL people, with what they did through the years with that recognition from God? Where were you when He did so, why do you not refute that He did this, and His sovereignty to do it. Did the Jewish people out of all the people God created, deserve to be the apple of His eye more so than any other people?

Some have said that Salvation can be taken from a person if they aren’t good. Well with All that the Jewish nation did, did God take away their Salvation for good, or only for a time? Please take a moment to meditate that point before telling others that their Salvation is lost. The gospel of the grace of God’s free gift of salvation by redemption in Christ death, burial, and resurrection to save sinners from Hell. It is the FINISHED blood atonement that IMPUTES GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS to sinners, not by what they do.

A Look into the Kingdom of Heaven and Kingdom of God Differences

No, He didn’t, as afore mentioned God would chastise them, not lost forever. So, because of His sovereignty, He chose the gospel of kingdom and the gospel of grace to show not only His love to humanity but also His sovereign right to do it. Don’t seek righteousness through the works of the law, but by faith.

“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Romans 9:21 (KJV)



gospel of kingdom – Jews (Matt 10:5 KJV)

gospel of grace – Jew and gentile (Rom 1:16 KJV)

Water baptismal requirement:

gospel of kingdom – MANDATORY (Mark 16:16 KJV)

gospel of grace –       NOT mandatory/required (1 Cor 1:17 KJV)

Walk with the Lord:

gospel of kingdom – by sight (Exodus 4 KJV)

gospel of grace -by faith (2 Cor 5:7 KJV)


gospel of kingdom – Physical/Carnal (Matt 11:12 KJV)

gospel of grace –       Spiritual/ non-carnal (2 Cor 10:4 KJV)

Promise for being obedient:


gospel of grace –       Persecution/ thorn in flesh (2 Tim 3:12 KJV)


gospel of kingdom – Individual righteousness (Eze 18 KJV)

gospel of grace –       God’s righteousness (Rom 10:3-4 KJV)

Assurance of salvation:

gospel of kingdom – None (Ezk 18 KJV)

gospel of grace –    Eternally secure in Christ (Eph 2:8-9 KJV)


gospel of kingdom – Jewish Nation of Israel ( Acts 2:36 KJV)

gospel of grace –       members in a body (body of Christ) (1 Cor 12:27 KJV)

Next immediate future prophecy:

gospel of kingdom – The time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jer 30:7 /Matt 24 KJV)

gospel of grace –       Pre-catching away of the body of Christ (aka pre-trib rapture) (1 Cor 15:51/ 1 Thess:4 16 KJV)


gospel of kingdom – fulfilment of covenant made with Abraham, Iaasc, Jacob, Moses, and David (see above)

gospel of grace –       fulfillment of covenant the Father made with Jesus Christ (John 1:12 KJV)

Final Judgement:

gospel of kingdom – The Great White Throne (Rev 20:11 KJV)

gospel of grace –       The Judgement Seat of Christ (works only) (1 Cor 3/ Rom 14:10 KJV)


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