You do not need to be a prophet to see that we are in the times that the apostles and prophets spoke of when the kingdoms of this world would be collapsing and the Kingdom of God growing. However, even many Christians who see how shaky the governments of this world are becoming do not yet see the signs of the coming Kingdom. To understand the times, we must become increasingly discerning of these two kingdoms. Now there is one more factor we must consider as a basis for this study, which is declared in Revelation 11:15:
Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in Heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever."
This indicates a transition, a "becoming." Though the kingdoms of man are now collapsing, we have this and other prophecies which indicate that some of the kingdoms, or governments, of this world will not utterly crumble, but will transition into becoming part of the Kingdom of God. We should discern these too so that we can, if possible, help them. Discerning them begins with understanding how this transition will take place for those nations that embrace the Kingdom.
The Lord compared the Kingdom to leaven that is sown into a lump of dough and spreads throughout the dough (see Matthew 13:33). The Lord uses many ways to sow His Kingdom principles into governments and nations. These will spread and be a foundation for His coming Kingdom. He is using His people to do this.
In one parable, the Lord said that when He returns, He is going to separate the nations into two groups—sheep and goats. He gives the distinguishing characteristics of both. As we are called to be salt and light in this world, both watchmen and shepherds, we should care deeply that whatever nation we have been born into, or sent to, becomes a "sheep nation" and not a "goat nation."
Once we start to see the Kingdom of God, even the greatest works of men begin to look boring and insignificant. I understand why some who begin seeing the Kingdom lose all interest and hope in the governments and ways of men. This is why Abraham, who was obviously a member of the aristocracy of the greatest nation and culture of the time, left it all in pursuit of the city that God is building.
In leaving everything to join with what God is building, Abraham became a blessing to all the families on the face of the earth. The primary way that we too will become the greatest blessing to the earth is by pursuing our calling to be a part of what God is building.
When we see what God is doing, nothing man has done will ever compare. Even so, although it may be boring, our job is to help the nations we have been sent to. We are to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and help them in any way we can to become "sheep nations" and not "goat nations." It is our job to give them hope. We have been given the greatest message of hope the world has ever, or will ever, hear—the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Therefore, along with this study of how we can see the coming Kingdom, we know that we must, in practical ways, be preparing the way for it. We also need the deepest understanding and strongest grip possible on the message we have been given—the Gospel of the Kingdom.