In Proposition 104, George Peters states:
“The Christian Church is not denoted by the predicted Kingdom of the Prophets.”
Peters dives a bit further into Scripture by noting the church is not denoted in the prophetic writings as the predicted, covenanted, promised Kingdom. We have already discussed Peters overarching position on this issue. In this proposition, Peters is simply noting in a more specific manner that if one is to appropriate the church as being the promised Kingdom, such a notion would have to be found in the prophetic writings that describe and predict the nature and timing of this future coming Kingdom. The church, again both visible and invisible, does not meet the description provided by the prophets regarding the Kingdom.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 104 is the following:
“Many of the predictions are so exalted in their nature, and promise such a continued and ever-abiding blessedness, that it is absurd to predicate them of the Church in this age. Besides this, the identical language, ideas, and blessings are incorporated by John with the crowning period of restitution here on earth, so that it is a violation of all propriety to extend them to any other time of manifestation. The reader will perceive this by comparing, e.g. Is. 60, with Rev. 21 and 22. Again, a fair interpretation must, as the connection requires, always link such predictions with a future restoration of the elect nation in its favored Theocratic position under the sublime reign of the predicted David’s Son. These are inseperable, as the covenant teaches, and these the Prophets always unite.”
As we investigate the actual descriptions provided by the Prophets of the coming Kingdom, it is quite clear it will be a time and place of perfect peace and harmony under the reign of the Messiah, the physical reign on earth might I add. This was the message of the Prophets in the Old Testament and the message found in Revelation in the New Testament. The prophetic messages are harmonious in their presentation. Any attempt to force a future coming Kingdom into the present state or any state prior to the return of the Messiah is as Peters aptly notes, in violation of sound biblical exegesis and application of the text.