Charles Haddon Spurgeon is considered the “Prince of Preachers” by many in the last 100 years. He was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London for 38 years. As well known as he is among pastors, many would be surprised at the following quote of him;
“It would be easy to show that at our present rate of progress the kingdoms of this world never could become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. Indeed, many in the Church are giving up the idea of it except on the occasion of the advent of Christ, which, as it chimes in without own idleness, is likely to be a popular doctrine. I myself believe that King Jesus will reign, and the idols be utterly abolished. The Holy Ghost would never suffer the imputation to rest upon His holy name that He was not able to convert the world.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
A careful reading of this excerpt of his writings indicates that he had an optimistic view of the advance of Christ in this world, and that to think otherwise would be to demean God and the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 11:15 “the kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ” meant to Spurgeon apparently that the kingdoms of this world are now, in history, before the second coming of Christ at the end of history, becoming the Kingdom of God.