Luke 17:20 "The kingdom does not come with observation... the kingdom of God is within you"
This is perhaps the most commonly misused passage by Amillennialists. It is used to teach the Kingdom is "only spiritual" thus incapable of being observed, and "within you" as in a spiritual manner, thus it is not an actual kingdom which pertains to this earth. Here is the passage in context:
"Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, 'The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!' For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.' And He said to the disciples, 'The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, 'Look there! Look here!' Do not go away, and do not run after them. For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.'" - Luke 17:20-25
First, it should be noted that Christ compares the coming of the Kingdom to a bolt of lightning shooting across the sky, which is easily recognizable and understood by all who see, so the Amillennial abuse of the passage is immediately refuted. For goodness sake, they teach the Kingdom was established around 30 A.D. without any of the ancient Christians happening to notice it! Christ explicitly states in the passage that his disciples will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but will not see it. So the amillennialists' favorite "proof-text" turns out to be one of the strongest passages against their doctrine.
But, what does the passage mean? As with some of the other passages in the list of commonly wrested Scriptures, this passage likewise plays into the Messianic Offer issue. When Christ says "the kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed," he is refuting the wishes held by many of the day that the Kingdom would suddenly appear and Jews happily enter in, parallel to Luke 19:11. And, when Christ says "the kingdom of God is in your midst," it means that Messiah is in their presence, offering the Messianic Kingdom to the nation Israel. It does not mean the Kingdom of God is a spiritual reality shared among the Pharisees.
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