In Proposition 13, George Peters states:
“Some things pertaining to the kingdom, intentionally revealed somewhat obscurely.”
Peters again builds on what he has been stating over the past couple of propositions, here noting that not all things have been revealed regarding the kingdom. Even that which has been revealed through Scripture, while certainly presented in Holy Writ, remains yet to be fulfilled and thus there is an element of mystery that surrounds those future events. The unfolding of God’s divine plan will take place and what He desires to unveil from obscurity to clarity will be in keeping with His grand purposes. It is our continuous duty to study and to be observant, allowing Scripture to speak when God desires it to speak, and to not insert personal opinion or unfounded presuppositions in an attempt to unravel the mysteries by our own accord.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 13 is the following:
“In answer to the question, frequently asked, why the revelations respecting the Messiah’s Kingdom were at first so obscure, were so gradually unfolded, and that some things, to be fully understood, require additional light, it has been said, that God makes long and secret preparations for important events; that He adapts His revelations to the necessities and circumstances of particular times, etc. Reflection will teach us an additional reason, viz.: that the depravity of man, exhibited in the pursuit of selfishness, would, hitherto, have rejected a plainer revelation, or else would have made it the basis of a continuous cruel persecution. If everything relating to the Kingdom would have been clearly revealed, in a systematic order, we are confident that such would have been the hatred of earthly kingdoms toward it, that no believer in it would have been safe, and, in consequence, the work of gathering out the elect would have been seriously impeded. The existence of Gentile domination, especially the hostile and jealous Roman power, prevented (as we shall show in the proper place) a plainer statement of various particulars, lest it should unnecessarily excite unremitting persecution. This Kingdom will be better understood as the Primitive view is revived; its nature and the things pertaining to it will be better comprehended as the Scriptures are compared; and the result will be, as prophecy teaches us (e.g. Rev. 19, etc.), that the kings and the mighty of the earth will be arrayed against is re-establishment. God, foreseeing this antagonism as directed by “the god of this world”, does not unnecessarily excite it by a premature disclosure of all things, but gives us the truth in detached portions, some of it veiled under prophecy, others under symbolical language, etc., so that His preparations, patiently conducted, may go on to a successful completion, and the Kingdom be suddenly – unexpectedly to many – manifested. The history of the world in its rejection of the truth, is evidence to justify such a conclusion.”
There is a lot that Peters says here, but it can be condensed into the reality that God reveals to His people what He desires to reveal in accordance with His perfect timing. I appreciate his reference to the “Primitive view” being revived. One may wonder what that type of view describes. I believe he is referencing a return to understanding Scripture within the proper framework, devoid of the multitude of layers of man-made systems and philosophies that have negatively influenced how we approach and understand Scripture. Furthermore, given the movement towards the re-establishment of the Kingdom is truly a return to the beginning, namely that which was lost due to sin, it behooves us to take that Primitive view by building our foundational understanding of the doctrine of the Kingdom from the formative pages of Scripture, following the patterns and principles as they transform from a seed of truth into the blossoming tree that will be present to observe when all the mysteries are finally revealed by God.
There is such a desire to be the first to unpack all the mysteries. This is evidenced by the sheer number of prophecy books on the market that claim to have “the” handle on tying together current events, purporting to demonstrate how the author has figured out what will happen in the time of the end. Sheer guesswork and speculation for the most part. Let us instead of running to such works, instead root our perspective in Scripture, allowing God to reveal to us as He sees fit what will transpire, being ever diligent to remain faithful students and to be watchful of the times in which we live. After all, that is what God commanded us to do. We are to be out and about doing the business of the Kingdom, watching and waiting for the day when the King returns. May He find us faithful.