"The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof", (Matthew 21:43).
In reality, Israel had no kingdom when Jesus came; they were merely "heirs" to one. Three things are necessary to constitute a kingdom: a king, a citizenry, and a territory or sphere of rule. At the time of Jesus' coming Israel had no king and no territory that was actually their own.
There had been a time when Israel WAS a kingdom. But the diadem had long been cast down, (Ezek. 2l 26-27); there had now, however, been no king to sit on David's throne for almost 500 years. The Jews were subjects of Roman tyranny and were longing for the restoration of the kingdom (Acts 1:6-7).
Conscious of the nation's unwillingness to be RULED BY GOD, Jesus prophesied its continuing desolation, (Matt. 23:38; comp. I Kings 9:6-9; Jer. 7:4-15; 22:5; Ezek. 15). This was no after-thought, or momentary reaction on the part of God. The nation could have easily known the consequences of its rebellion. God had clearly set before them the ways of LIFE and DEATH -- urging