The Bible tells us that just before His ascension, the disciples came to Jesus and asked: “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) All of their lives they had heard of a coming kingdom in which the Messiah would reign. In addition, Jesus had often spoken of His kingdom and He had instructed them to pray daily – “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”(see Mt 6:10) Therefore it was only natural that they would long for the kingdom and be curious about its coming. “Lord, is it time now for the kingdom?”
Many of us long for the kingdom as well. In each of us there is the desire to live in a perfect world. In the perfect world there is no sickness or suffering. In the perfect world there is no sorrow or sadness. In the perfect world there is no sin. In the perfect world everyone is happy and God reigns.
God has promised to His children the opportunity to one day live in a perfect world. The Bible tells us:
Revelation 21:2 And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” NLT
One day we will live in a perfect world, but that day is not today. Today it is God’s will for us to live in an imperfect world. Why? Peter tells us why:
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” ESV
God’s delay of establishing His earthly kingdom is not because of His indifference towards sin or our suffering. God’s delay is because of His desire for all men to be saved.
It is not wrong for us to long for the kingdom. However, in doing so we must not lose sight of God’s purpose for today. The Bible says – “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (see 2 Cor 6:2) Recently I read that just in China alone, an estimated 3,000 people will come to Christ today.