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 One has only to recall the Lord’s Prayer to understand the mission of Jesus; he prayed for the kingdom: “Your kingdom come.” 

Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not bring us to the time of trial,

but rescue us from the evil one.

One can hardly pray this prayer without a heavenward look, a sweep of the hands heavenward in “hallowed be your name.”  The emphasis continues heavenward with “Your will be done,” but note, the downward turn “on earth as it is in heaven.”  Jesus prays now  for those things physical: bread, forgiveness of debts, freedom from trial and evil. 

I Chronicles describes God’s kingdom as an earthly kingdom where all on earth is God's:

I Chronicles 29:11-13

Yours, O Lord, are the greatness,

the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty;

for all that is in the earth is yours;

yours is the kingdom, O Lord,

and you are exalted as head above all.

Riches and honor come from you,

and you rule over all.

In your hand are power and might;

and it is in your hand to make great

and to give strength to all.

And now, our God, we give thanks to you

And praise your glorious name.

All that is on earth is rightfully God’s, for God’s is the kingdom, and God is the exalted head; God holds within his hand the power and might to make great and to give strength, and it remains with humankind to give thanks and praise his glorious name.

See Kingdom.