In Proposition 87, George Peters states:
“The postponement of the Kingdom is the key to the understanding of the meaning of this dispensation.”
To understand where we presently are in salvation history, it is always vital to look back in time and to the future, focusing on what God has done and what God promises He yet will do. As we continue to work through the doctrine of the Kingdom, we have to admit the fullness of the Kingdom is not yet a present reality. Thus, it remains a future construct, something not yet enjoyed. It is postponed as Peters notes to a future period of history when the King returns to sit on His throne.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 87 is the following:
“Among the things which the postponement of the Kingdom effectually removes, is the prevailing opinion that the Church is the promised Kingdom of the Messiah. Admit the postponement, and it will be impossible to make the church, as present constituted, said Kingdom. For, if postponed, how could it be in existence? This prevents us from giving the church in its present fighting and struggling condition those exaggerated eulogistic praises which only pertain to it in the dispensation still future. This leads us carefully to discriminate what things appertain to past dispensations, what to the present dispensation, what to the church as now constituted, what to the church as she shall finally be manifested in glory with the King, what to the Kingdom itself, what to the future dispensation, and what to the eternal ages. The importance of such a position cannot be too highly urged, since upon it largely depend the views we take of numerous prophecies and promises.”
Given the postponement of the Kingdom to a future period of history is factual, understanding that reality will in turn greatly impact how we understand our present. As Peters aptly notes, a serious of questions can then properly be answered from a more appropriate starting point. The ekklesia (church) is not the promised Davidic Theocratic Kingdom. Anyone who presents such a suggestion must reassess their understanding of this issue. So knowing the Kingdom is still future is one of the important keys to understanding this entire doctrine and how it should be applied.