Posted On March 18, 2016

In Proposition 74, George Peters states:

“The belief in the speedy Advent of Christ, entertained both by the Apostles and the churches under them, indicates what Kingdom was believed in and taught by the first Christians.”

The very fact that there was an expectation of a quick return by the Messiah at the Second Advent, further supports Peters’ assertion that the Apostles did not teach the full existence of the Kingdom at that time, nor did they teach anything other than the covenant promise of the establishment of said Kingdom at the Second Advent.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 74 is the following:

“Let any one, for a moment, consider the covenanted and prophetic portrayal of the Messianic Kingdom here on earth – its extension, universality, blessing, etc. – and then regard the comparative brief period (in expectancy), allowed for the Advent by the Primitive church, and it becomes absurd to crowd the fulfillment of covenant and prophecy respecting the Kingdom into the supposed brief period of time. Take it for granted even, as we will show, that the apostles anticipated a longer time than their successors did to intervene; yet the very language, expressive of shortness of time, used by them still amply sustains our position. This expectancy of the Second Advent indicates (1) that they had no idea of an existing Messianic Kingdom; (2) that they looked for such a Kingdom to follow the anticipated Advent; (3) that they did not regard the church as the covenanted Kingdom, but as simply provisionary.”

The point Peters is making is not rooted specifically in discussing a timetable or expected timetable for the Second Advent. The reason he brings this expectation up for a future Kingdom at the Second Advent is again to drive home the point that the Apostles did not teach the existence of the Kingdom during their day, nor did they teach as is apparently purported by some in Peters’ day and like still today, that the church is the covenanted Kingdom. Their expectation was future, albeit many believe the return to be soon which if anything, provides the needed sense of preparedness we all should have for the Messiah’s return.

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