Michael Boling – Thoughts from the Theocratic Kingdom (Vol. 2): Proposition 159


In Proposition 159, George Peters states:

“This Theocratic Kingdom of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, will never come to an end.”

What a comfort for the believer to have confidence in the reality that the Kingdom of our Lord will never end. The sheer finality of the end to evil and the enemies of God and the believer provides us with a great hope in this life. Despite the seeming triumph of evil over the righteous in this age, as believers, we know this current construct of sin, death, and decay will come to an end and replaced with the Theocratic Kingdom and a new heavens and a new earth. Evil will never again rise up to try and usurp the throne of the King. Come quickly Lord!

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 159 is the following:

“While the words “eternal,” “everlasting,” “forever,” are sometimes employed to denote limited duration (i.e. duration adapted to the nature of the thing of which it is affirmed), yet such words applied to the Kingdom of Jesus Christ cannot be thus restricted, because an unending duration intended by them is stated in explanatory phraseology (as e.g. Luke 1:32 “of His Kingdom there shall be no end,” etc.). The thousand years are specifically mentioned as the period of Satan’s binding and of the time existing between the two resurrections, and of this era it is also asserted that Christ and His saints reign. the declaration of their reigning during this period does not limit the reign of it, but is added to indicate that the reign is already commenced and extends through this Millenary age. Jesus is not merely the king of “an age” but of “the ages” (1 Tim. 1:17 Greek), and His Kingdom is united, not merely to “an age,” but to “the age of ages” or “eternal ages,” thus indicating its extension onward through the vast succession of time in unending series. Hence the perpetuity of the Kingdom is freely declared in 2 Sam. 7:16; Heb. 1:8; Luke 1:32-33; Rev. 11:15; Is. 9:7; 2 Pet. 1:11, etc., and this is explained, Dan. 2:44, to be “a Kingdom that shall never be destroyed,” and in Dan. 7:14,” His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Indeed, so expressive are these and kindred passages that even thsoe who advocate a transfer of the Kingdom to the Father and some kind of an ending of the Kingdom, are still forced, by their weight and concurrence, unhesitatingly to acknowledge, in some form (as Barnes, etc.) “the perpetuity of Christ’s Kingdom and His eternal reign.” Hence this reign, beginning at the Millennial era, is not terminated by the close of the thousand years. The idea of the perpetuity of Christ’s reign was so generally diffused in the early Church, that we even find it in the Sibylline Oracles (B. 3) “the Holy King of all the earth shall come, who shall wield the sceptre during all the ages of swiftly moving time,” etc.”

The sheer volume of the biblical message regarding the eternality of the coming Kingdom is such that it is impossible to find any traction upon which to pose even the smallest argument against it. As Peters aptly notes, words such as eternal, everlasting, and forever can at times have a limited timeframe attached to them. Descriptions related to the Theocratic Kingdom do not have any element or sense of a limited duration. When Scripture says something will never end, well quite frankly it will never end. No ifs, ands, or buts about it as they say. As I noted above, this provides a great deal of confidence to the believer. Evil will be dealt an eternal blow. No longer will evil try and rear its ugly head. The King of King and Lord of Lords will reign forever. It sends goosebumps up my arms just thinking about that day!

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