In Proposition 164, George Peters states:
“This Kingdom ends the Gentile domination.”
In this final proposition of Volume 2, Peters notes the coming Theocratic Kingdom will bring to an end the Gentile domination. What exactly does he mean by Gentile? It seems in this case, Peters uses the term Gentile as a reference simply to those not in covenant relationship with God. I am not speaking of covenant theology, but rather the difference noted in Scripture of those in relationship with God (i.e. His people, those set apart by Him to be His) and the wicked who in this case are in the category of Gentile.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 164 is the following:
“It is a significant fact, fully attested by history, past, and present, that no Christian nation has ever existed among the Gentiles. No matter how largely the laws of Moses and the precepts of Christ have been incorporated, and no matter how men of a Christian spirit have endeavored at times to legislate and execute laws in a proper spirit, it still remains true that the design of this dispensation has never been to convert nations (Prop. 86, etc.), and that every nation, however professedly Christian, has been guilty of oppression, injustice, and wickedness. The spirit of self-interest, aggrandizement, earthly glory, etc., has led nations into paths of sin, violence and cruelty, and with the principles at work they are utterly unfitted to cooperate with a pure Theocratic Kingdom, and hence their domination must come to an end.”
This is an important observation by Peters. Throughout history and as noted by Scripture, we can assess this to be true of any future nation, there has never been a fully God fearing nation. Every nation has at one point, even despite a desire for pursuing righteousness at the outset, eventually degraded into a collection of depravity. One can certainly suggest this is in alignment with the doctrine of the depravity of man. Thankfully, God has declared these nations and this continual depravity found in both the leadership of Gentile nations and their people, will come to an end. This depravity will be replaced with the Theocratic Kingdom. Oppression, injustice, and wickedness will be no more as such things are the result of sin. This sin problem will be dealt its final blow. Can we all say, come quickly Lord? I know I can! It certainly gets old to turn on the news and see yet another report of corrupt government and man doing inhumanity to their fellow man. No amount of laws can be enacted to deal with man’s depravity. An ultimate solution needs to take place and that solution will arrive when our Lord returns.
This concludes our journey through Volume 2 of George Peter’s The Theocratic Kingdom. I am not yet sure when I will begin blogging through Volume 3, but I anticipate it will be sometime this Spring. Stay tuned!