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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 72

Posted On March 16, 2016

In Proposition 72, George Peters states:

“The doctrine of the Kingdom, as preached by the apostles, was received by the early churches.”

This is a simply yet important proposition. Since it has been established on a recurring and ever expanding basis by Peters that the hope of the Messianic kingdom was well known, if the message proclaimed by the Apostles differed from that well-known and understood hope, push back from the hearers would have taken place, most notably from the Jewish believers. Since we see no evidence of any push back, we can assert the message being taught and proclaimed was received because it was correct and perfectly aligned with God’s declared covenants.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 72 is the following:

“Let the careful reader answer the following question, and he will see how eminently consistent with fact is our doctrinal position. How could John, under Divine guidance, well knowing the Jewish views that were current (which our opponents fully admit as we has shown), pen down the portraiture of a Messianic reign (Rev. 20:1-6 and 11:15-18), which in its plain grammatical sense corresponds so accurately with the prevailing Jewish opinions, unless such a sense contains the truth? God would not, could not, take the dearest cherished Messianic hopes and parade them in such an expressed sense to deceive believers, when He intended sense to be placed upon the words. God does not undertake that which, if perpetrated by a man, we would unhesitatingly denounce as dishonest, disreputable, and cruel. (Comp. Props. 75, Obs. 5, and note).”

A great question posed by Peters. If for instance a divinely inspired author such as John proclaimed a future fulfilled Kingdom only when the Messiah returns, then either God is playing a nasty joke on us all, especially those who received and would have understood clearly the hope of the Kingdom, or John was deluded meaning his writing has to be taken into question as being inconsistent with the rest of Scripture. If either scenario is true, we have a much larger problem than a discussion about the nature and fulfillment of the Kingdom. We know God cannot and will not depart from His covenant promises and thus we know He did not undertake any such attempt at deceiving anyone. His word is consistent, the message proclaimed is consistent, and we can approach the doctrine and promise of the Kingdom under the umbrella of this consistency. In fact, we must or else we have serious issues in our understanding and exegesis.

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