In Proposition 33, George Peters states:
“The Prophets, some even before the Captivity, foreseeing the overthrow of the Kingdom, both foretell its downfall and its final restoration.”
As Peters has noted in this proposition, God, through His prophets, not only foretold of the downfall of the kingdom in response to the people’s rampant disobedience and in accordance with the covenant promises, they also in their prophecies spoke of the time when the kingdom would be re-established. Subsumed within the judgment declarations was a promise of redemption and restoration, again in accordance with God’s covenant promises.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 33 is the following:
“Let the reader but pause and consider: God has had a veritable Kingdom here on earth; He was the earthly Ruler of the nation exhibited in and through this Kingdom; now is it conceivable that He, owing to unbelief and sin of the nation, will give up this Kingdom forever – that He will permit Himself to be defeated in the establishment of such an open, outward, manifested Theocracy? Men, the multitude, say such is the fact, but we do not read the Bible as asserting the same, for this would be dishonoring God, making Him to undertake a work that He is unable to accomplish, and this wold make the Prophets predict falsely, making them plainly to prophecy what shall never come to pass.”
What Peters is noting here is that even in the midst of what might seem a victory for the enemy, namely the expulsion of God’s people from the land due to rejecting their King, God is still in control. His divine will is never thwarted. His Kingdom is eternal and His covenant promises are true. God will accomplish what He has set out to do which includes the re-establishment of the Kingdom. If this were not true, then Scripture is untrustworthy. Since we know that to not be the case, we can affirm and must affirm the prophecies found in Scripture that declare the restoration of this Kingdom.