John 18:36 "My kingdom is not of this world"

   This passage is used by Amillennialists to teach that the Messianic Kingdom will not take place upon this earth. Here is the passage in context:

"Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, 'Are You the King of the Jews?' Jesus answered, 'Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?' Pilate answered, 'I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?' Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.' Therefore Pilate said to Him, 'So You are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.'" - John 18:33-37

    In this passage, Christ is saying that the Messianic Kingdom will be established by divine intervention, an act of God, and not by the efforts of men. This passage causes no problem for Premillennialism, and actually, is more a problem for those who embrace the doctrine of Theonomy and/or "Christian Reconstructionism."

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