1.  The departed saints dwell in the Kingdom of God OR in a place called heaven

Jesus commonly painted pictures in which He used heaven as a synonym for the Kingdom of God .  In so doing, He taught us that only the righteous will enter the Kingdom of God/Heaven, that departed saints live there, that it is immortal since flesh and blood cannot enter.

Jesus also revealed that people sit down and eat in the Kingdom of God. Heaven is a real world:

  • There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out – Luke 16: 28.
  • And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God – Luke 13: 29.
  • And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God – Luke 14: 15.
  • And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire – Matthew 9: 47.
  • Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God – Acts 14: 22.
  • Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind – 1 Corinthians 6: 9.
  • Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God – 1 Corinthians 15: 50.
  • All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering – 2 Timothy 1: 5.

2. The kingdoms of earth are contained within geographic regions, have a well-defined political structure and are ruled by royalty

 Let us refer to one example of an earthly kingdom in order to better understand the caption, “The Kingdom of God Is A Place Called Heaven.”
This is because earth to some extent, patterns itself after heaven, although imperfectly. Did not our Lord teach us that truth when He said, “thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6: 10).
Example  – A kingdom is contained within a geographic region
Established in 1707, the United Kingdom (UK)/Kingdom of Great Britain/Britain is located in northwestern Europe.   The United Kingdom consists of  England, WalesScotland, Northeastern Ireland and some other smaller islands  (The United Kingdom 2014, Encyclopedia Britannia 2014).
While we do not know the geographic location of  The Kingdom of God or heaven, we know that it is above.
Example – a kingdom is governed by a well-defined political structure and a King or Queen
Encyclopedia Britannia (2014) explains that the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. In a constitutional monarchy, a monarch shares power with a constitutionally organized government. The constitution allocates the rest of the government’s power to the legislature and judiciary.
In the British Monarchy, the Queen is the head of state  while the Prime Minister is the elected head of government. The Parliament is composed of the Monarch, House of Lords and elected representatives of the House of Commons.

The Kingdom of God or heaven is ruled by three people who carry the name God. The Kingdom of God is further defined by a constitution of godliness, righteousness and power which are revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures.