Michael Boling – Thoughts from the Theocratic Kingdom (Vol. 2): Proposition 154

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In Proposition 154, George Peters states:

“This Theocratic Kingdom includes the visible reign of the risen and glorified saints here on the earth.”

Peters again brings into play the importance of a physical establishment of the Kingdom on the earth, this time noting as well that the risen and glorified saints will be actively engaging in a visible reign in the Kingdom.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 154 is the following:

“The place where this reign is to be manifested is expressly stated: “We shall reign on (or as Stuart, over) the earth.” In the very nature of the case, if they inherit with David’s Son, the restored Theocratic-Davidic Kingdom, it must be a reign here on and over the earth. It is after the Coming of the Son of Man, after the rise and progress of the fourth beast, the ten horns and the little horns, and at the destruction of these Gentile and Antichristian powers (Dan. 7:22) that “the time came that the saints possessed the Kingdom, and that “the Kingdom, and dominion, and the greatness of the Kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.” It is taking an unwarranted liberty with covenant, prophecy, and promise to locate this Kingdom and reign in any other place than this earth; and yet multitudes venture to assume it, believing themselves, under a spiritual interpretation, not only justified, but that they are actually exalting the Word by so doing. Many who advocate a kind of reign here on the earth in this dispensation, also affirm that the ample, complete fulfillment is only realized in the third heaven, not seeing that the reigning is united with the Second Advent, the resurrection of the saints, the setting up of Christ’s Kingdom, the renewal of the earth, etc.: and that such a supposed reign is utterly antagonistic to the description given to us of the saints during this intermediate period, viz., a time of waiting, etc., until the blessed moment comes of inheriting, of being crowned, etc., at the Advent. The locality of reigning is so unmistakably indicated by the Kingdom that Christ reigns over (with whom they inherit), by the Pre-Millennial Advent and resurrection, by various propositions presented, that a mere mention of the fact is sufficient under this heading.”

I humbly admit the journey thus far through the works of George Peters has been quite instructive, especially it relates to mattes of timing of the Millennium and the Kingdom. For whatever reason, call it simple ignorance, I had long lumped all end times events into one giant event, essentially setting aside this Millennium thing for another day when I had time to figure it out. As I have began to study this subject in more detail, largely thanks to Peters’ work, it has become much clearer to me (well as clear as a not so much muddy river at this point) how things will transpire. What is clear is the Kingdom will be visible, it will be on a tangible, physical earth, and the risen, glorified saints will partake in a posture of reigning with the Messiah. Again, how all this unpacks itself is still a bit uncertain to me, but the physical nature of the Kingdom as opposed to just a spiritual non-physical Kingdom is quite clear.

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