In Proposition 17, George Peters states:
“Without study of the prophecies, no adequate idea can be obtained of the kingdom.”
This is an important point Peters is proposing. He has previously noted the connection between the Old and New Testaments, some issues regarding the kingdom have been revealed somewhat obscurely, and that there remains a bit of mystery regarding the doctrine of the kingdom. If we look at prophecy in Scripture, we can see a number of things. First is the reality that many things prophesied have come to pass in regards to the kingdom. We can make note of that fact by reviewing prophesies made in the Old Testament and how they were fulfilled in the New Testament. We can also realize by studying prophecy that it is true some elements of this doctrine have yet to be fulfilled or revealed, thus providing the continued bit of mystery. It is also vital to understand prophecy within the parameters of Scripture, something of course that Peters has reiterated on more than one occasion thus far.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 17 is the following:
“Prophecy takes higher ground than that of merely being a prediction of the future, or a witness to the truth, or a message of hope. Whilst all of this, it is above all a Revelation of God’s Will and Purpose; and, therefore, while the preceding flow from it, a still grander result is attained when combining and linking together the predictions of God. Then we find, from first to last, that they publish a predetermined counsel of God, a great Redemptive Process, all centering in the predestined King and Kingdom.”
This is a truly valuable statement and I really appreciate how Peters centers this observation on the fact that the doctrine of the kingdom involves the outworking of a process, namely the process of redemption. Many theological systems center around covenants or dispensations. Perhaps the approach of Peters does as well, although I am not quite sure of his specific stance on those matters at this point in his treatise. With that said, understanding that the flow of Scripture is from the Garden to the Garden is essential. This is what the redemptive process is all about, the restoration of that which was lost due to sin. The coming of the kingdom is a process that reaches its finality with the return of the king. We can see this slowly but surely take place in Scripture and one of the means we can observe this process is through prophecy. Even in the prophetic judgment against His people, God notes the element of redemption. Each prophetic word moves the process a bit further along towards the final end, that of restoration of creation and relationship between God and those He has called to be His own.