We now begin an extended analysis of Luke 17:20–21, which represents a key proof text utilized by “kingdom now” theologians seeking to scripturally prove a spiritually present manifestation of the kingdom. 1, 2. 20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! In Luke 17:21, the context makes it clear that the word means “among” or “in the midst of.” Almost all the modern, carefully vetted translations have abandoned the word “within” for this passage. Darby's English Translation 17:21 nor shall they say, Lo here, or, Lo there; for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. for lo, the kingdom of God is within you. Bible in Basic English 17:21 And men will not say, See, it is here! 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. Luke 17:1-10.OFFENSES--FAITH--HUMILITY. "No," is the virtual answer, "though it come to seventy times that number, if only he ask forgiveness in sincerity." A statement made by Christ conceivably arguing that the kingdom has already come in spiritual form is found in Luke 17:20–21. Jesus replied, "The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, 'Here it is', or 'There it is', because the kingdom of God is in your midst".