Michael Boling – Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 25

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In Proposition 25, George Peters states:

“The Theocracy was an earnest, introductory, or initiatory form of this Kingdom.”

What Peters means by the “Theocracy” is the nation of Israel to include the various legal regulations of that time. These included the ceremonial regulations and matters of dealing with civil issues that are outlined in the Old Testament corpus. This was merely the initial construct. The fulfillment or the maturation if you will of the kingdom would take place with the return of the King to establish his eternal kingdom. The nation of Israel was ruled by God. While certainly earthly kings came into the picture for Israel starting with Saul, as a people, Israel was His people and God being God is always in control. Ultimately, God will once again rule His people in His kingdom on earth when all things are made new.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 25 is the following:

“The blessings annexed to the Theocracy are numerous, and precisely such (e.g. Lev. 26, Deut. 28, 30, etc.) as a people here on the earth earnestly desire to attain. They culminate in the expression (Lev. 26:12): “I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people,” which is again reiterated (Rev. 21:3) at the restoration of the Theocracy.”

Peters once again hits on the flow of salvation history, namely the return to the Garden. Leviticus 26:12 reflects on the time when God walked with man in the Garden of Eden. The glory of that perfect physical and spiritual relationship that man experienced before sin was of course marred by sin. The movement of salvation history is one of a flow towards redemption and restoration. When the Theocracy is re-established, God will again walk with man in a place where sin and the wages of sin, that of death are no more. What a glorious day that will be and as the people of God who are part of His kingdom, we look forward to that time when the Theocracy is established once more. We have but a glimpse at this time in history of what that future time will be like. God dwelling with man in perfection. Come Lord Jesus!

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