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7) Conditionality


David Hill (27 Sep 2003) "The Theocratic Covenant (9)"

Being a critique of George Peters' Book The Theocratic Kingdom

C O N D I T I O N A L I T Y :

"Its provisionary and initiatory character has already been noticed, while its conditional nature is evident from the blessings and curses pronounced by Moses in Lev. and Deut...While it was the bond under which the Kingdom of God, as an earnest, was bestowed, it embraced many things which were only temporary and provisionary." (Vol 1, pg 311)

The rejection (Doctrinally) of the Mosaic Covenant is based upon a misunderstanding of the provision of the Levitical sacrifices, which they must spiritualize away. But, to authorize this process they must, in turn, prove that the Mos. Cov. itself was only temporary and thus done away with. The only way that they can do this is to over-emphasis the conditional nature of the Mosaic Covenant.

A casual reading through his section devoted to the Mos. Cov. will prove this, for, if the Mos. Cov. was inferior and to be done away with, this is the section where Scriptural proof should have been set forth. In the mere two observations under this section, no Scriptural proof is given to this belief except one reference to Hebrews which the author does not develope. Thus, his whole argument on this point is summed up in the quote above. This alone should cause one to ponder the correctness of this view which is held by most, if not all, in the Church. This, more so, coming from a writer of Peters' caliber, from a work that is exhaustive, and considered by experts to be the classic of the premill faith. This error can be easily refuted by noting that the restoration of the blessings of the Mosaic Covenant in the Kingdom prove that the covenant has not been done away with.

"Nearly everyone, in this connection, point out two things: (1) That a return to God with full allegiance to Him in the Theocratic Order, would secure a return of God's blessing (thus showing God's purpose to be a continuous one), and (2) That upon such a return at some period, indefinitely stated, in the future, this Theocratic Rule - a special distinguishing privilege - is invariably connected with the nation, where God chose to place it." (Vol 1, pg 225)

And note that the "Theocratic Rule" is the Mosaic Covenant. Secondly, the fact that the Jews, to this day, are still suffering under the curses of the Mosaic covenant prove that it is still in effect. This point, actually, is not refutable. For, if the Mos. Cov. is now null and void, then the Jews would not receive either the blessings or the curses of the same. That the nation is currently suffering under the curses of the Mosaic Covenant Peters himself points out.

"Although the Jews are dispersed, under punishment for unbelief, yet there is something so distinguishing in their national relationship to the Divine Purpose that God, foreseeing all that has occurred in the past, still most graciously declares (Lev 26:44), "Yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God." Whether they believe it or not, mercy follows them for the sake of the covenant, and mercy will yet verify that covenant in the history of the nation, for "their God" has sworn it." (Vol 1, pg 288)

Note that, "That Covenant" is not the one he made with Abraham, but the one he made with "them" the nation of Israel at Mt. Sinai, which Peters, unknowingly, just stated had been sworn to by God. No further proof is necessary for this point.

"The preservation of the people is distinctly predicted, not in the possession of King, government, etc., characteristic of a nation properly organized but, in a dispersed and utterly disorganized condition, retaining national peculiarities, such as rites, practices, customs, doctrines, etc...dispersed among powerful nations, they continue to exist, while these nations disappear. Denied the privilege of living under their own magistrates, etc., debarred for centuries from all civil rights; suffering frequently the most terrible persecutions that ever afflicted a people; driven from country to country and made a "hissing," "by-word," etc., among nations not wise, but cruel; in brief, enduring, as history shows, what no other nation on earth has ever passed through, yet they still remain a peculiar, distinctive people...the same nation which experienced this heavy tribulation is also, to realize the blessings of restoration. There is nothing so sad and absurd in the interpretation of the Bible as that, alas! so prevalent with many, to give all the threatenings, curses, and afflictions to the Jews, and appropriate the promises and blessings to the Gentiles, or to the Church. It is not only wrong but dishonoring to the Word, and opens a wide field of arbitrary exposition. The threatenings and reverses have been literally fulfilled, even to the minutest particular, so also must the predicted blessings, standing as they do in the same connection with this scattered, etc., people." (Vol 2, pgs 56-7)

The fact that the Gentile world and Church have unanimously labeled the wandering Jew cursed of God, is an incredible and powerful statement to the fact that the Mos. Cov. is still in force for the nation; that the conditionality relates to the blessings and curses and not to the covenant itself; and that this conditionality was designed by God to keep the Jews a distinct people wherever they wandered, and in so doing, provided for Himself a permanent witness in the world to His own existence, which was the major reason for forming them into a nation in the first place. Thus, faithful or not the intended purpose of the Mosaic Covenant is fulfilled in the nation perpetually.


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