TheKingdom in History and Prophecy
TheKingdom in History and Prophecy
Inthe first chapter, Chafer talks about the revelation of the Bibleregarding the Kingdom. Biblical revelation in this case is a finalrealization and a process of the divine administration on earth.Worth noting is the fact that the revelation of the kingdom ishighlighted in both the Old and the New Testament. Its study hints tosome suppositions regarding the significance of the church the twoadvents of Christ, the contemporary period of elegance and theforthcoming of both the Gentiles and the Jews. For that reason, it isimportant that people understand the significant values fromconditions central to the study of the kingdom of truth.
First,one thing that comes out is that the interpretation of the Biblecannot be completed without studying the kingdom of truth. This isbecause some parts of the Bible are in prophetic form while a hugepart addresses the nation that is promised the kingdom. Therefore,any study that avoids talking about the prophecy is deemed misleadingand subject to ordinary human assumptions (Williams, 1989). As aresult, knowledge regarding the truth of prophecy succeeds allintellectual Christian service and life. A cautious student who iscapable of discerning the diverse purposes of God has come tounderstand that there is a unique rule of existence for service inthe contemporary world that cannot be confused with what has gonebefore and what will come.
However,the prophetic truths and the Kingdom are now being deceptivelyrepresented by the millennial dawn that is also referred to asRussellism. There is an advanced rate of misrepresentation regardingthe entire God’s revelation. This revelation can only be accountedfor in the discontented appetite for individuals who need visionaryparts of the scriptures. In the end, it has led to unfulfilledprophecy being credible (Blaising, 1986). As it is, no person willquery that belief is being burdened in the learning of prophecy thanhistory. In most cases, it is not hard to have faith in what takesplace. It is also another thing to believe positively thatunprecedented proceedings will take place on mere predictions of thescripture.
However,some prophecies are embedded in figurative language. The parts thathint the future of the kingdom in the world are immensely freed fromtroubles that are offered by such allegory (Kromminga, 1945). As aresult, most ambiguous and forceful liberty with the writing has atlast found a productive soil to propagate the allegories. It,therefore, calls for plain interpretation of words to make because noprogress can be reached in the study of the kingdom (Williams, 1989).To assume any meaning regarding the kingdom of God, all words thathave been borrowed must be judged faithfully and in any wayabandoned.
TheScripture should be divided and applied in the right way because allthe Scriptures are for all of us. The right separation andapplication of the scriptures require that part of the worldly lifeof Jesus is acknowledged as a portion of the divine covenants.Ultimately, there can only be one proper system of clarification, andit requires that only the faithful students can discover forthemselves. When the postmillennialism and premillennialism co-existas a system of interpretation, they pose a grim task against thepurpose and dignity of the Bible (Kromminga, 1945).
Itis also important that a person who is not approved as a workershould not be used in dividing the word of truth because besides thepreconceived conclusions and prejudice an individual might not bewilling to move to the exact words of revelation. Also, there is alot of guilt and failure for withholding the mighty transformationthemes from one another.
InChapter two, the Bible instructs that God will at the end of the daytriumph over all the rebellion and sins of the earth. Variouspassages talk about this victory, and therefore the divine recordenvisions the rebuilding of the world to its prehistoric sanctityunder the unopposed Gods power when Christ will have conjured everypower and banished all enemies. This victory as it is chronicled inthe Bible appears in different phases leading to the conviction ofthe Immeasurable to the magnificent consummation.
Therejuvenation of Gods power is first talked about in the book ofGenesis where it indicates that the woman’s seed will injure Satanwho is the leader of confusion in Gods authority. In the process,there are various degrees and successive methods for the divineadministration on earth that will lead to the eternal kingdom thatwas made by David (Blaising, 1986). According to the manner that isstated in the Bible, the established covenant will last forever, andJehovah Oath did not accustom the component of eternity in the kinglyrule. Peter also reveals during his sermon on the Pentecost that itis the everlasting component in the covenant that the Lord that madeDavid forecast the Lord continually before his face and to request inhis belief that the oath of God should not fail.
Fromthat point, the antiquity of the kings beginning from David withnation’s sin is too conversant to be reintroduced. Theircomprehensive apostasy concluded in chastisement that they were takenoff from the land and distributed amongst the nations, leading to anend of the line of kings. All these are occurrences that wereinitially prophesized by Moses several years ago. As a result,several scriptures relating to the study of Israel has been literaryfulfilled and therefore there is no more miraculous explanationregarding the nation than what has already been covered in variousscriptures.
Therefore,the scripture of Deuteronomy covers a lot of information relating toIsrael and it highlights all the words of prophecy that have beenfulfilled up to date and they have to be collected as real thingsthough the chapter has scattered them in the virtue of the comingback of Christ.
Inchapter three, Chafer highlights that the importance of the OldTestament prophets who spoke mainly in a comparatively short period.It is primarily the period when Israel was reaching and the Nationalspreading under the humbling God’s Hand. It is considered thedarkest hour in history when these seers foretold the glorious futureof the nation. Some of the seers talked before the exile while someof them in the course of the exile while others foresaw remnants butnot the nation. Though spoke with individual style and purpose, theyalso condemned the sin of the nation and projected the coming ofpunishment.
Theprophets had foreseen judgments almost falling on the neighboringnations, but the gentile judgments were only viewed about Israel.They saw the blessings of their future the manner and form that areaccurately described by them to be misunderstood. The kingdom ofImmanuel was talked about in the book of Isaiah meaning God with us,and He was also described to be born of a virgin in Bethlehem. Theking was to be born from the throne of David, and his kingdom will bebased on earth where it will extend to various nations and centeredin Jerusalem.
However,the bottom line is that Immanuel’s Kingdom was prophesized to bespiritual. The kingdom was foreseen to be spiritual in a way that itwould be directly effective in all areas of conduct and thegovernment. The temporal, political kingdom would be carried out intrue holiness and perfect righteousness. The statements that might bereproduced on several occasions may serve to draw a framework of thevision of the prophet regarding earthly kingdom that David made thecovenant.
Thechapter highlights several passages that can be put together severaltimes to serve as an outline of the vision of the prophets togetherwith the earthly kingdom and it has been the only consolation for thewaiting of Christ.
Inchapter four, the separation amid the old and the New Testament takesplace at the introduction of Jesus rather than amid Mathew andMalachi. In the book of Mathew, Christ is portrayed as the king. Heis portrayed as the servant of Jehovah in Mark and as a perfect humanin Luke, while in the book of John he is portrayed as the son of God.Therefore, the outline of the divinely appointed king starts old andproceeds into the New Testament without any variation but the arrivalof the long-awaited king.
SinceJesus was the greatest son of David, it implies that the throne ofDavid shall not have an end. Though it does not seem to have theinterest of the Gentiles, the blessings of the gentiles willeventually flow from the kingdom. It would also be worth noting thatthe existence of Christ showed that the kingdom covenant that wasmade by David was finally achieved, and it was also the promise thatwas made to the fathers (Kellogg, 1923).
Inthe end, kingdom of heaven was utilized in Jesus ministry to refer tothe earthly, messianic and kingdom of David as it is viewed in theOld Testament. The Jewish preachers required no instruction in themessage details (Kellogg, 1923). It was their nation`s hope andtherefore addressed to the nation alone, and the kingdom of Israelwas offered to them to them by the initial appearance of their king.
TheKingdom Rejected and Postponed
Despitethe kingdom of God being associated with the kingdom of heaven andacknowledged by various people on the basis that they are synonymous.Chapter 5 points out that it has been found that the common groundbetween them is the fact that both of them have a particular divinegovernment or authority. Nonetheless, various readings state thatthere is a huge dissimilarity amid the kingdom of heaven and GodsKingdom. In most cases, Gods Kingdom is used when there is nothing toedge its authority in the whole universe while the kingdom of heavenis the divine government.
Thoughentry into the kingdom of God is by being born again, the kingdom ofheaven refers to the divine government on earth that goes throughvarious stages until each enemy has been defeated and it is lastlycompleted and merged into the comprehensive God’s Kingdom. Thediversity in using the term kingdom of heaven represents theprogressive stages by which God’s government goes through beforereaching the end.
Forthat reason, Israel’s earthly blessings were relocated to spiritualsanctifications of all nations when they denied and executed the kingwhen he first appeared. This makes someone forget a majority of OldTestament predictions together with the ordinary teachings andpromises of Jesus. Therefore, his plan has also not changed. Talkingabout the postponed kingdom is like looking into the perspective ofthe final glory of Israel. When the covenant, the oath, and Jehovahpromises cannot be trusted, then there is no assurance that can bereached from the spoken words.
Inchapter six, all the realities that were not viewed by the OldTestament writers were unearthed in the process of the cross. Allthese are correlated with the truths, therefore, creating arevelation of truth and grace that accompanies the New Testament andJesus Christ. However, the new revelations do not imply the failureof the Old Testament, but it shows what God planned to be at thispoint. Christianity is a contradictory of Judaism, and any mix of thetwo must lead to the harm of all that is significant in the apparentstrategy for salvation.
Someof the fresh issues coming from the cross and challenging the Biblestudent are relative to God that was conferred to the saints of OldTestament, and they are not evidently revealed. The fresh start thatis acquired by the spirit is accessible in scriptures as the basisand the determining fact of a Christian. At this point, this newperson that has been created is formed by the powerful nature of God.
Worthnoting is that the old testament saint was not a member of Christbody but all this only happens in the new testament. Given aChristian is a new creature, each part within this new person alsobecomes supernatural. For a Christian, there is no going to thetemple and offering sacrifices like in the Old Testament but insteadit involves going out to the world and seeing how the sacrifice canbe fully accomplished. Christianity offers a new rule of life thatguides him through his normal life. They do not have legalimplications, but they are brought forward as beseeching and a way ofmaking a person is a saint. In the first place, it was given toIsrael when they had left Egypt (Kellogg, 1923).
However,God is not proposing a worldly kingdom or any one person, but thereis an ongoing process for selecting people. It does not also meanthat since the gospel is being preached to each person, every personwill get saved. In most cases, God is dealing with both the Gentilesand the Jews in everyday life and so each of these individuals has tobe changed to have the image of Christ.
TheChurch Which Is His Body
Inchapter seven, apparently, the work of God at this time appears to becalling out for heavenly individuals because they share the mysterykingdom but they are not associated with the earthly messianickingdom of Israel other than the fact that the king will related toIsrael in his reign. God does not also tell the Israelites that theirkingdom has been abandoned and combined into a spiritual subjugationof all the nations. He simply states that each capacity of God isstill whole but allocates them the instantaneous ministry of thecontemporary gospel.
Despiteall these signs, the Israelites failed to understand until Peterpreached to the Gentiles while Paul and Cornelius went back toJerusalem to tell them the same story. Several scriptures have beenwritten regarding the apparent purpose of Christ together with Godsplan with the people. In this case, God uses the term church to referto a few people who have been called out and it is seen to beidentical with contemporary age purpose of taking out people for hisname. In various scriptures the church refers to an assembly ofpeople but as it goes deeper it refers to the people who are bornagain
TheBride, the Lamb`s Wife
Everyfigure about the church suggests some distinctive, significantassociation between the people and Christ. Chapter eight highlightsthat since the church are like a sheep, it highly depends on theshepherd and they draw a lot of support from the vine, and they arealso highly dependent on each other. The church relies on each memberof the congregation and the direction of their shepherd.
Thestory of the bride and the bridegroom is still an anticipation thatis yet to be achieved and the wedding day represents the imminent daywhen he will come back. Later in the scriptures, it is clear that thechurch is the body of the Lord and that every Christian is a part.However, to the people of Israel, he is Immanuel the King and theMessiah, to the church he is the bridegroom and the Lord. Thedestinies and covenants of Israel are considered earthly, while thosethat belong to the church are heavenly.
TheMystery of Iniquity
Inchapter nine, it is outlined that the kingdom of heaven might be usedto refer to the great government on earth because historically, Godhas ruled through the kings, patriarchs, and judges of Israel. Butthe last king was capped with thorns whereby his crucifixion andrejection was the end of the historical regime and the beginning ofblessings. However, people should understand that the rejection ofthe King was planned by God. The modern world, therefore, is seen asa place where the kingdom of paradise is manifested in its anonymousprocedure and the divine that unfolds. The contemporary world,therefore, ought to be a manifestation of the apparent divine onearth.
TheMysteries of the Kingdom Of Heaven
InChapter ten Daniel is portrayed as a prophet from exile and thisperiod is spoken of “the times of the Gentiles.” The Gentilegovernments, which were to occupy the power and authority, areBabylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. The writers speak of thisperiod of an evil age since Jesus gave His life to deliver us fromour sins. The “seventy weeks” of revelation given to Danielaccounted for the time when Israel was to be deprived of its nationalblessings. These parables divinely present the course and moraldevelopment of this age and this together with seventy weeks ofDaniel finishes the exposé.
Thesame event is said to have terminated each of the age characterizingmysteries. The preaches about the coming of the Messiah and thatthose who are not saved will be destroyed by His light. Those thatare saved are considered the children of God. He preaches about falseprophets who deceive people of God. He reveals that what Danielprophesied will come to pass in the present day generation becausegreat soul winners of the past generations had been given powers.
TheMystery of Iniquity
Inchapter eleven, Jesus delivered two discourses before His death,which culminated his teaching ministry. He speaks about the Olivetdiscourse, which only focused on Israel. He gives His instructions tothem about His coming and the events before that will follow that.These events will only fulfill what the prophets had spoken about.The second discourse talks about the blessings that people willreceive from His death. He refers to His disciples as His heavenlycompany and not Israel as a nation. John the Baptist refers to Jesusas the king. Those that are born again are referred to as citizens ofheaven. The return of Christ is emphasized more than any other eventin the scriptures. Those who did not follow the teachings of thescripture would not enter the kingdom of God. Those who follow theword of God will enter the Kingdom of God and this His promise to theworld. Those who interpret the scriptures falsely will ultimatelyfail at some point.
Thereturn of Jesus is put into two classes of passage. The first passagereveals that Jesus will not appear on earth but only His redeemedpeople. The sleeping saints will come forth to meet Him. The otherpassage states that his coming back on earth will be a return ofpower and glory to the judgment of the sinners and setting up Hiskingdom. The scripture teaches that we should deny ungodliness andworldly lusts to live soberly.
Rejectionof the King is presented throughout the scriptures as theincarceration of His forerunner and Jews taking counsel to kill theking. Preaching’s about repentance was rejected and those whopreached the word were sentenced to incarceration, and their messageswere banned. The “Olivet discourse” was a reply to the questionsHe was asked by His disciples.
Inthe opening of the sermon, Christ describes the personality of theentire time leading up to His glory. He emphasizes mostly on His endtime character as His disciples requested. He warns His disciplesthat many shall come in His name pretending to be Him, and they shalldeceive many people. He warns that war belongs plainly to the Kingdomof Satan and despite all the peaceful treaties that humanity sign allthese teachings will happen.
TheReturn of the King
Chapter13 talks about the return of the king and various passages have beenwritten to describe brides calling to meet with the groom in the air.Since the event had not been properly known to the people there is,therefore, the need to reinforce the faith of individuals whom itspoke to. All the scriptures that talk about the return of Christalso emphasize on the greater power and glory. All the scripturesfocus on the sufficiency of God to transform the world (Chafer,1915). All lines that talk about hope from the first undertaking oftriumph in Eden to the current hour are dedicated on the returning ofthe king by compassing each issue and vindicate Gods purpose.Starting from revelations, a full image of the coming back of Christin power for greater magnificence is preceded with sin and Satan thatmakes Christ come back and conquer.
Nonetheless,the most significant thing in this coming back of Christ is the factthat he comes back to win and take those who have followed in hiswork. When he appears, glory will also accompany him, and all hispeople shall be taken to rejoice with him.
Thecoming back of Christ as it is expected in the scriptures refers tothe consummation of the entire devotions of God. It is not easy totrace the enormous movements advanced in scriptures without coming toknow that the ultimate problem and realization depend on some eventsthat are connected with the coming of Christ. It is therefore hard toexpect that through the knowledge of the bible an insight will beachieved from the vital scriptures that the comings form.
Thestudy of the Bible is not just a habit that a person acquires througheducational courses, but a person has to fight with Satan to gainheavenly realities and association rather than earthly contentment.As a result, only a few individuals succeed in the process. Severalministers do not just study the bible for their gain but because theyare also supposed to teach other people. For that reason, trueservice and ministry must have a goal and an objective as amotivation in view. A kingdom of righteousness has to be establishedon earth, but that does not imply that the establishment will be thepresent purpose of God, or the saved people will be the subjects.
Therewill be no establishment of the worldly kingdom apart from thepresence and king and also awaiting the divine purpose in the age ofmystery. To be perceptively adjusted to the contemporary divineundertakings needs commitment to a special form of service and towork towards a unique goal than bringing the kingdom by partaking inthe universal conversion. In the coming back of Christ, the theory ofevil develops less and less until it vanishes from the earth and itis not a doctrine of the scriptures.
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