In Proposition 56, George Peters states:
“The Kingdom was not established during the ministry of Christ.”
Peters noted earlier that the Kingdom was not established during the ministry of John the Baptist even though John declared the Kingdom was at hand. The Messiah came to declare that same message (and one of repentance); however, the Kingdom was still not fully established. His coming certainly kicked things off if you will and moved salvation history that much closer to its conclusion. With that said, the finality of the Kingdom is still in the future when he returns.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 56 is the following:
“The men who were the preachers of this very Kingdom, and who, above all others (especially modern theologians), ought to have known whether it was instituted or not, had no knowledge whatever of its being thus erected. These persons, preachers, and singled out to be witnesses to the truth, are more reliable, vastly more, in their belief and testimony, than theologians with their spiritualistic and philosophical conceits concerning the Kingdom and its “husk” envelope. Is it conceivable, can it be credited, that such special chosen ones, upon whose testimony the faith of others was to be founded, should, after their own preaching, after all their private and public instruction for several years, and after the particular “forty days” (Acts 1:3), “speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God,” be ignorant of the fact (if it be as alleged) that a promised Kingdom was (as eminent theologians now gravely inform us) actually in existence? No! Such a supposition is damaging, fatally so, to preachers and Teacher, and cannot possibly be entertained.”
This is another one of those very direct and excellent quotes that Peters likes to submit and I applaud him for his directness and forcefulness. It is amazing that some theologians (at least in Peters day and likely today) diminish the understanding of the disciples regarding the Kingdom. If we actually take the time to understand the context, timing, and actions in the Gospels and the early chapters of Acts, we can clearly see their is no such widespread ignorance of the doctrine under discussion as has been suggested. The testimony of Scripture and a bit of common sense reading declares otherwise.