Being a rampantly postmillennial sort of a guy, I am firmly persuaded that the Kingdom of God will grow throughout the centuries, until the world is fully Christianised. Could take hundreds of years. Could take thousands. I know this is a minority position. Even a tiny minority position. But it is, I believe, the biblical position, as this passage from 1 Corinthians chapter 15 demonstrates:
“But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
See the order? He doesn’t return in order to put all authority, rule and power under his subjection. He returns after he has already put all authority, rule and power under his subjection. And He reigns until he has put all his enemies under his feet, which according to many other passages, such as Hebrews 1:13, is right now:
“And to which of the angels has he ever said, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?'”
Of course dispensationalists don’t quite see it that way. They expect a rapture to take place soonish and for Christ to come back sometime after that not after he has put all authority, rule and power under his subjection, as stated in the passage above, but in order to put all authority, rule and power under his subjection, as is not stated in the passage above.
But could it be sooner than they think? I think I’ve found a verse for them. Funnily enough, it’s just a few lines downstream from the Corinthians passage quoted above:
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”