Posted On March 11, 2016

In Proposition 67, George Peters states:

“The Kingdom could not therefore have been set up at that time, viz.: at the First Advent.”

Peters has noted this proposition before, but as with many statements, this bears repeating at this juncture in his argument. There are too many events that must still take place for the Kingdom to be established in its fullness in accordance with what we read in Scripture.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 67 is the following:

“The Kingdom could not be set up, because it required (according to the Theocratic ordering and the Davidic covenant accepting and incorporating it) a nation, and that one the Jewish nation (to whom alone it is covenanted), before it could be re-established in a most glorious form under the Messiah. Nationally rejected for a time – yet to continue the seed of Abraham recourse is had to adopting individuals out of all nations – until the repeal of this rejection and of the punishment pertaining to it, it is simply impossible to fulfill the covenant promises as written. To spiritualize those covenants as some do – to make them conditional as others do – to ignore them as many do, is to make the most sacred of all the Divine Record unreliable, and the oath of God, as well as the faith of believing Jews, of little value. If the covenants teach any truth clearly, it is this: that the Jewish nation and the Kingdom are inseparably connected; – that during the period of national rejection and punishment (i.e. during “the times of the Gentiles,” and “the treading down of Jerusalem”), imposed on account of sinfulness, the Kingdom cannot be in existence.”

As Peters rightly observes, a Kingdom requires a people. The people are the elect, specifically the Jewish nation as well as those who are and will be grafted into that nation. Given this is a requirement and the Kingdom that will be established will be a literal Kingdom, any attempt to spiritualize the Kingdom, to place undue conditions not found in Scripture, or to ignore the clear construct found in Scripture should all be avoided and should be viewed as wholly incorrect. Those who go that route do damage to sound biblical exegesis in their attempt to support systems over biblical truth. Important events must still take place before the Kingdom will be ushered in.

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