Michael Boling – Thoughts from the Theocratic Kingdom (Vol. 2): Proposition 115

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In Proposition 115, George Peters states:

“The Kingdom is not established without a period of violence or war.”

I think it can easily be asserted that we live in a world where their exists a conflict between God and those who oppose Him. If the establishment of a future Kingdom is in order, which we are affirming as clearly outlined in Scripture, it is then a reality that the forces of evil will oppose any hint of this Kingdom coming to fruition. Thus, preceding the future and eternal establishment of the Kingdom of God will come a period of violence and war against the people of God. Now we typically think of this as persecution of the people of God in total. What Peters is specifically noting is the coming against Israel, meaning the nation of Israel in whatever form it exists at the time, to prevent the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 115 is the following:

“This, in the nature of the conflict described, and the results that follow, indicates a prior, partial restoration of Jews to Jerusalem, as many writers have observed. This is not the restoration under Christ, but one that will be effected under the auspices of some nation. At least one thing is certain, that the nation, as such, is at this very time represented at Jerusalem in such numerical force that prophets predict a gathering of the nations against the Jews. With one voice nearly all of them allude to this gathering, and describe the condition of the Jews as one of great trouble and misery. This gathering, too, is purposely allowed by God. In some predictions the nations are said to do this; in others that God, “He shall gather them.” In Rev. 16:14, “the spirits of devils shall gather them;” in another place (Rev. 13:5-18), the last head of the beast and the false prophet shall assemble them; and then again God will do it, as in Zeph. 3:8,” Therefore wait ye upon me saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey, for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them my indignation, even all my fierce anger,” etc. This is reconcilable with the permissive Providence of God, and with the fact that the results of the free agency of these nations falls in with the fact that the results of the free agency of these nations falls in with the contemplated design of God to employ the very period of their gathering and anticipated triumph for their terrible punishment. By wilfully closing their eyes to “the counsel” of God, to His plain Word, they are led ito the position of unbelief, etc., and God orders all thigns in such a manner that their purpose of gathering shall be fully carried out. Nothing shall intervene to frustrate the daring plans laid by them until the decisive moment arrives. They shall agree among themselves, and be prospered until God is ready to pour out His vengeance; and the gathering itself on a gigantic scale with the eyes of the world fixed upon it, will make the punishment the more signal and overwhelming. God employs their design as a vehicle for the accomplishment of His own; and therefore, with the power to prevent it at any time, it is correctly, although the direct result of creature agencies, attributed to Him.”

Peters saliently notes that this period of violence and war against Israel is part of God’s divine plan. This may seem odd to some. Why would God allow His people to be attacked by the nations of the earth? Why would He gather the “spirits of devils” against His people? The answer to this valid question is found in passages such as Zeph. 3:8 which notes God as declaring He will assemble these nations in order to “pour upon them my indignation, even all my fierce anger.” This declaration is in keeping with God’s promises made through the prophets long ago, namely that even though God used the nations to bring judgment on Israel for their disobedience, judgment would eventually come upon those same nations for their evil.

God will protect His people, will destroy the pagan nations who will array themselves against His people, and will establish His Kingdom as covenanted. This is all part of God’s divine plan, one that will be executed to perfection.

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