In Proposition 37, George Peters states:
“The Kingdom, thus predicted and promised, was not in existence when the Forerunner of Jesus appeared.”
What Peters is proposing here is that the church did not replace Israel or take the place of the Davidic Kingdom. He is of course correct and such a notion, while unfortunately promoted by some theologians, pastors, and church folk, is wildly incorrect. Peters suggest that such a perspective is based on a sole passage of Scripture. He does not mention in his proposition what that verse is nor does he note the verse in his immediate comments. Something tells me he will be sharing it soon.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 37 is the following:
“This same Kingdom was promised in its restored form to a certain descendant of David. He was to be its Restorer. Now it is folly to hold, that the Kingdom existed just before His appearance. His Advent and the Kingdom are inseparably linked together, so that the offspring of David, the long promised Son, must first appear, and then the Kingdom. This is the order laid down by the Prophets. The Kingdom is promised to the Son of Man, and He must first come as man.”
In this observation, Peters elaborates a bit further on the connection of the Advents and the singular Kingdom he proposed in earlier propositions. The throne of David was promised to the Messiah, the Son of David. Thus, in the period until the coming of the Son of David as the Son of Man (i.e. First Advent), the kingdom was yet a future promise, at least this stage of the coming of the kingdom. The Prophets declared the coming of the Messiah and when he arrived, it was preached, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”, thus ushering in the kingdom and the final movement if you will towards the future and final establishment for all eternity of the Kingdom at the Second Advent.