Michael Boling – Thoughts from the Theocratic Kingdom (Vol. 2): Proposition 149

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In Proposition 149, George Peters states:

“This Kingdom is preceded by the conflagration of 2 Pet. 3:10-13.”

For anyone not familiar with 2 Peter 3:10-13 (I admit I had to look it up), here are Peter’s words:

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”

In this passage, Peters notes in quite vividly description language, events that will take place in the heavens and the earth on the Day of the Lord. Most notable is the mention of fire. Students of the New Testament, especially as it relates to prophetic passages, should be aware that often the NT authors echo that which had previously been spoken by the OT prophets. Slight differences may be found in the NT echoes, but unless clear evidence exists to the contrary, the NT echoes typically relay the OT prophetic declarations. Peters expains in the below observation the OT passage Peter uses as a reference.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 149 is the following:

“If we refer to the promises acknowledged by Peter and given by Isaiah, we find this view strengthened by the context. Thus e.g. Is. 66:22 is preceded by “the Lord will come with fire and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames and fire. For by fire and by His sword will the Lord please with all flesh,” etc. While Is. 65:17 only mentions the sword as preceding, yet, if we take the prediction and turn to its strictly parallel mates, we find that fire also is connected with its ushering in, as evidenced by the same things being delineated as then taking place. Thus e.g. take Is. 51, and at the very time that God will “plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth,” that the redeemed return with singing and everlasting joy, the judgments of the Lord shall be poured upon the wocked and “the heavens shall vanish like smoke,” etc. At least one thing is apparent, that in the context of Millennial predictions (as Ps. 97:3; Joel 2:30; Mal. 4:1, etc.) there are sufficient intimations to warrant the Jewish belief that there would be, before Messiah’s Kingdom is established, an extraordinary manifestation of fire in some form, and that Peter in his prediction adopts this very belief by linking his prophecy with Isaiah’s.”

As noted above, in 2 Peter 3:10-13, Peter notes the heavens and the earth being detroyed and laid bare by fire on the Day of the Lord. Peters aptly notes this is a reference to OT prophecy, namely that of Isaiah who on a number of occasions, mentions the establishment by God of a new heavens and new earth. This prophetic language is echoed by Peter in 2 Peter 3:10-13. Such connections between OT and NT prophecy demonstrate a consistent biblical message about what will take place and when. Furthermore, these events are noted as preceding the coming of the Kingdom. What we can clearly observe from the 2 Peter and Isaiah passages is that fire will be used by God as a means of cleansing the heavens and the earth.

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