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6) Necessity


David Hill (27 Sep 2003) "The Theocratic Covenant (8)"

Being a critique of George Peters' Book The Theocratic Kingdom

N E C E S S I T Y :

"In turning back to the fountain head from whence this doctrine, this faith in a Messianic Kingdom proceeds, we only reiterate what others have most aptly stated when we invite for the covenants an absorbing interest in view of their living fundamental connection with final salvation in Christ's Kingdom...Indeed, it is universally admitted, however explained afterward, that the covenants are the proper basis of future Revelation, and that they contain in epitomized form the substance of God's purpose in reference to man's salvation, the Messiah's Kingdom and Glory, and the perfected Redemption from the curse. Hence, men of all shades of opinion agreeing in this matter, it is essential for anyone who desires to become a real student of God's word to make himself familiar with these covenants, seeing, that, in the nature of the case, all things following must correspond fully with these previously given pledges and guides. While the covenants are necessarily primary in a proper conception of the Divine Plan relating to Redemption, presenting a central idea, the reader will observe that they are Scripturally based and grammatically founded on direct oath-bound promises." (Vol 1, pg 285)

It need not be understated that the blessings of all the covenants will come to us through Y'shua Messiah who submitted Himself to the Spiritual Law of the Mosaic Covenant so as to righteously "fulfill" them and thus legally purchase our salvation. More on this will be said in the section (13) on the New Covenant, but one should deeply ponder this; that our salvation is intimately (not typically - as he proves Vol 1, pg 290-5) tied eternally to the Mosaic Covenant. In fact, the very title Messiah is proof of this for it means anointed and, "the very title implies faith and hope in the Fulfillment of the covenants" (Vol 1, pg 385), which anointing (of Kings and Priests) is a direct result of the Mosaic covenant, and not the Abrahamic or Davidic (see also Vol 2, Pgs 556-7 etc).

The ordinance of the Lord's supper alone proves this, drawn, as it is, from the Passover Supper (1 Cor 5:7); as does the reception of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2 - Jer 31) which occurred on Pentecost - The Feast of Weeks (Lev 23) - both of which are a result of the Exodus and the Mosaic Covenant and not the other two. These Holy Days for the Church, together, prove the perpetuity - forever - of the Mosaic System regardless of any changes that may, eventually, occur in the Sacrificial system itself ("I will drink this anew with you in the Kingdom").

"Approaching the covenants and seeing how they form great central points around which revelations cluster - yea, the foundation stones upon which the Christological structure is erected - we are not surprised at the efforts made to undermine their force, either by separating the Old from the New, as antiquated, or by elevating the New far above the Old as only worthy of reception, or by a rejection of the Old as not authentic, etc." (Vol 1, pg 286)

The author does not realize that, in so far as he undermines the Mosaic Covenant, he also undermines the entire Old Testament and its covenants including the New Covenant.

"God is jealous of His Covenanted Word, and after having confirmed it by oath, by the sending of His Son, etc., He presents it in a form, through additional revelation, admirably adapted to test the faith of His people. Much of it, the most precious portion of it, the distinctive features of it, still belong to the future and are dependent upon the Sec. Advent of Jesus the Messiah." (Vol 1, pg 338)

The fact that there are contained in the Mosaic Covenant, prophecies that are yet unfulfilled (The Restoration Dt 32, The blessings of the tribes Dt 33, The prophet like Moses to be fulfilled perfectly by Y'shua at the reinauguration Dt 18 etc - Vol 3, pg 28, 426 etc), requires a restoration of the Mosaic economy to do so (as with the unfulfilled prophecies of the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants), which is specifically stated throughout the Word (The Covenant Dan 11, The Temple Ez 40, The Priesthood Mal 3 etc). The author's unfortunate rejection of this feature is addressed by himself in reference to those who reject the other two covenants.

"One reason why so many Messianic predictions in the Old Test., especially in the Psalms, are explained away as relating to David, Solomon, Hezekiah, etc., arises from the fact that the prophecies do not agree with the writer's preconceived notions of the covenants and of a spiritual kingdom. The covenanted foundation of the predictions is overlooked or perverted, and, of course, the superstructure is correspondingly untenable. Thus valuable Scripture is given up to unbelief. Even pious and able writers, who recognize such passages as Messianic, under the influence of the idea formed of the covenants and Kingdom, will call the very words given (as they admit) by God very "one sided"...because they seem to them too earthly or too Jewish, forgetting that the Theocracy proclaimed pertains both to this earth and to the Jewish Nation." (Vol 1, pg 340)

This is exactly the case with Peters' treatment of the restoration of the sacrificial system during the Mill as recorded in the closing chapters of Ezekiel. Because of his view of Christ's atoning sacrifice, he renders these sacrifices irrelevant, spiritualizes them to the Church, then works back to the Mosaic Covenant and deems it null and void. A proper view, however, of these sacrifices (taking the prophecy literally as he admonishes in several of his propositions - 4, 48 etc) will rectify any perceived contradictions or difficulties and restore the Mosaic Covenant back to its original, vital, position in the Covenant chain.

"The knowledge of the future is an essential element to a correct apprehension of the Plan of Salvation. The Covenants themselves, in their most precious aspects, relate to the future, and now for any additional information respecting them, we are dependent upon that class of men to whom God by His Spirit vouchsafed a knowledge of the future...for it is a communication from God, a prehistoric record of Divine purpose, and if properly linked together forms a continuous chain of evidence, evincing the unity of the Divine Plan in establishing the Kingdom. To perceive this unity, so confirmatory to faith, a knowledge of the future is indispensably necessary; hence it is graciously given, that we may, beholding the future as present, see the unfolding of covenanted grace, realize the evidences of a prevailing sovereignty of the Most High, and have excited in us faith, childlike trust, hope, and love." (Vol 1, pg 340)


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