Posted On March 10, 2016

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 66

by | Mar 10, 2016 | Apologetics, Biblical Worldview, Contending

In Proposition 66, George Peters states:

“The Kingdom that was nigh at one time (viz.: at the First Advent) to the Jewish nation, is now removed to the close of its tribulation, and of “the times of the Gentiles.”

It is quite clear (just look at the world around us on any given day) that the Kingdom has not yet been fully established. The Kingdom was nigh and to a partial extent is currently at hand; however, the complete fulfillment and ramifications of the Kingdom such as the physical reign of the Messiah on earth are still a future construct. As Scripture notes, there are events that must first take place before the Kingdom will be revealed in its full and final extent.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 66 is the following:

“Let us again refer to Luke 21:31, in which it is stated “when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand.” Now among “these things” which are first to happen are the Jewish tribulation and “the times of the Gentiles” (v. 24), and when these come to pass, and Jerusalem is no longer under Gentile dominion, and the Advent (v. 27) of the Savior is witnessed, then the Kingdom will be established. So long as “the city of the great King,” and so long as His land, His by inheritance (Prop. 116), as David’s Son, is under Gentile dominion, it is simply impossible for the Kingdom to exist; and it is folly to argue, with the light of the Davidic covenant and prophetic announcements relating to it, that the Messianic Kingdom has been set up. This Jewish tribulation, these times of the Gentiles, this gathering out of an elect, the nonfulfillment of “these things” – these, and a multitude (in following Propositions), of considerations, show that it is thus postponed.”

There are a number of important words to pay attention to when it comes to prophecy. Examples of such words are “after”, “when”, “then” and their various cognate forms. They are important markers on the prophetic timeline as they identify events that must first take place before subsequent events can occur. When it comes to the establishment of the Theocratic-Davidic Kingdom, there are numerous “after”, “when”, and “then” statements that precede and which must take place before the Messiah literally rules and reigns on earth. It is important we recognize those events so we are not tempted to put the proverbial cart before the horse when it comes to God’s timeline of events.

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