44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. (Dan. 2:30-44)So sorry. I still have to slow it down. One step at a time. You said in post 640 the kingdom = the church (Mt 16:18-19) I am not concerned with if it is spiritual or physical. Mathew 16:18-19 simply says that Jesus established the church and gave Peter the keys to the kingdom. I do not see where this proves they are the same. You also said in the same post that people were placed into the kingdom (church). Acts does say many were baptized and added to the church. There is no mention of the kingdom. I cannot see how either of these two references prove that the kingdom is the church. I am a person who looks at each word and tries to understand its meaning. I see church mentioned in Acts 2 but not kingdom. That makes it hard for me to say they are the same. Hope you can help.
A kingdom was to be established according to (Dan.2:44).
Then we see the timeline for this kingdom to be established.
This image's head was of fine gold, (Babylon)
his breast and his arms of silver, (Medo Persia)
his belly and his thighs of brass, (Greece)
legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. (Rome)
In (Acts 2) we are located in Rome.
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jer.31:31-34) (Heb.8:6-13)
In (Jer.31:31-34) we see a NEW COVENANT was to be established with the house of Israel. It will be different from the OT Law. It will be a LAW placed in the hearts of men. This NEW LAW will have a provision for the forgiveness of sins (Heb.8:6-13).
So above we have the timeline for the establishment of THE KINGDOM and its provision for the forgiveness of sins (A LAW). (Acts 2:38,47)
Are you with me so far?
Thanks for asking very good questions.