In the Bible, individuals, rulers, and kingdoms are at times represented by trees Photo Credit: Flickr
Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?—Acts 1:6
BEFORE Jesus ascended to heaven, his apostles asked the above. When would God’s Kingdom start ruling? But Jesus’ answer showed clearly that that was not the time for him to come as heavenly King to rule in heaven. When would that time thus be?
First, there was an important task for his disciples to accomplish at present: they have to focus on the witnessing work that they needed to do. (Acts 1:7,8) But Jesus taught his disciples also to look forward to the coming of the above mentioned Kingdom.
Is this teaching regarding the coming of Jesus Yes. Christians since then prayed for it to come. When that time drawed close, Jesus’ Father, Jehovah, helped his modern day disciples to understand the timing of events. In 1876, Charles Taze Russell, one of the founders of the then so called ‘Bible Students’, as the Jehovah’s Witnesses were then called, published in the magazine Bible Examiner an article (“Gentile Times: When Do They End?“) that pointed to 1914 as a significant year. It bound the ‘seven times’ of Daniel’s prophecy with ‘the appointed times of the nations’ mentioned by Jesus.—Dan. 4:16; Luke 21:24