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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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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