Saturday, November 30, 2013


The Contingency of the Mediatorial Kingdom

I take the risk of entitling this third study of the Kingdom, “The Contingency of the Mediatorial
Kingdom." But I am fully aware that the title will incite protest on the part of some and they will vigorously contest its validity. It will be insisted that this is begging the question. It is assuming the thing that is to be proven. To this charge I give my hearty approval. In answer I merely respond by saying that I am writing the conclusion of the study as the opening paragraph of this monograph. And we shall consider a number of things in explanation in the following articles.


The Mediatorial Kingdom will constitute the golden age of all civilization

From the point of its inauguration, and through a thousand years, as the Messianic King brings every enemy into subjection to His rule, the divine program for the earth will be progressively realized.
1. His ministry will be immediate, irresistible, and invincible (Isa. 11:3-5). His program will be marked by expanding dimensions in an atmosphere of peace. Where men have had to use war as an artificial stimulus for the economy, this King will accomplish this feat in an atmosphere of peace.
2. The Mediatorial Kingdom will be spiritual in operation. This does not mean that this kingdom will be immaterial. It does mean that it will be under the control and direction of the Spirit. The apostle Paul did not mean by his statement in Romans that there is nothing material about the Kingdom. He did mean that those who center their attention on the material to the exclusion of the control of the Spirit have missed the central idea of the Kingdom (Rom. 14:17). It is impossible to describe all that is involved. So I call just four things to your attention. 1) The great promoter of evil will be incarcerated in the bottomless pit for the entire length of this kingdom (Rev. 20:1-3). 2). The knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth like the waters cover the sea. Every nook, and cranny, and crevice, of the human heart and mind will be filled with this truth (Isa. 11:9). 3). There will be just one supreme object of worship, the Lord Jesus Christ. Religious freedom will be done away. All nations will be compelled to come to Jerusalem to worship (Zech. 14:16). 4). And holiness will be the atmosphere permeating every facet of the operation of this kingdom (Zech. 14:20-21).
3. The Mediatorial Kingdom will have a perfect political structure. There will be four levels of authority. At the apex is the Lord Jesus Christ. All other areas of political power flow into and derive their authority from Him (Isa. 2:2). Immediately under the Lord there is the spiritual nobility made up of three companies of perfected people, glorified and transformed. At the highest point is the Church, the bride of Christ, and the Queen (1 Cor. 6:2; Rev. 5:10; 20:6). There is next the Old Testament saints (Dan. 7:18, 22, 27; Rev. 20:6). Then comes the tribulation martyrs (Rev, 20:4, 6). From this we can be certain that there will be no inefficiency or corruption in government. But there is also a third level. The saved nation of Israel living in the earth will at last be subject to its King and perform that function for which it was called into existence (Isa. 60:1-3, 12; 61:6). Last of all are the saved Gentile nations, organized and functioning in submission to the great King (Isa.19:23-25).
4. The Mediatorial Kingdom will possess an ideal citizenry. The solid foundation of this kingdom is made up of saved people, both Jews and Gentiles. They were saved during the tribulation period and protected from physical harm. Then they went living into the kingdom (Matt. 13:41-43; 25:34). Strict control will be exercised over those who are born physically into the Kingdom. The population explosion will result in millions who are unregenerate. Thus it is said that Christ will rule with a rod of iron (Rev. 12:5; 19:15; 2:26-27). In this respect, He will have the able assistance of the spiritual nobility. To provide for spiritual renewal of the population, a prolonged evangelistic campaign will be carried on, spearheaded by the Jews (Isa. 52:7-10). To promote agreement and common consent, a pure language will be restored to the people. The effects of Babel will be reversed now that the Kingdom is under reliable control (Zeph. 3:9). All of these things will bring about a warless world, the international differences being arbitrated and enforced by divine power (Mic. 4:2-4).
5. The Mediatorial Kingdom will experience material prosperity within a transformed physical environment. Every aspect of the physical environment will experience such sweeping and radical changes that Isaiah refers to the change as "a new earth" (Isa. 65:17). There will be climatic changes of amazing character. The moon will give light like the sun, and the light of the sun will be amplified sevenfold (Isa. 30:26). The fertility of the soil increases to the point that the desert becomes a fertile field and the ordinary field produces crops that look like a forest (Isa, 32:15). The harvest will be so abundant that the reapers cannot get the abundance out of the field in time for the planters to start the next cycle of farming (Amos 9:13). Changes will take place in the nature of wild animals so that at last they will contribute to the welfare of mankind as was originally intended (Isa. 11:6-8). Disease and deformity will disappear from the physical experience of mankind. No one will again say I am sick (Isa. 35:3-6; Isa. 33:24). Poverty and destitution will disappear from society. Every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree (Mic. 4:4). The distribution of the benefits of labor will finally be effected. What a man produces he can enjoy, and inflation will not eat away at his savings until they are gone before old age (Isa. 65:21-24). All these things will provide the most favorable environment the world has ever known, and this will result in a population explosion. Today we make reference to such, but the increase is something less than two per cent a year. But during the kingdom, it will reach a thousand per cent (Isa. 60:22).
            As you contemplate the breadth and beneficence of this kingdom, can anyone doubt the wisdom of Christ's instruction in the Sermon on the Mount: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33). The writer of Hebrews made practical application of this truth to the saints: "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear" (Heb. 12:28). The Lord Jesus made application of this great truth to the sinner: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:5).

Friday, November 29, 2013


The Mediatorial Kingdom will be inaugurated by supernatural events

            It must be admitted that at this point that the details of this divine undertaking are so numerous and packed so tightly into such a short space of time that it is impossible to list them all and give adequate description. Therefore, some of the outstanding features will be discussed. And I bring five to your attention.

1. In preparation for this event a throne is unveiled in heaven. Both Daniel the prophet and the Apostle John make reference to this throne (Dan. 7:9-14; Rev. 4-5). The description is intended to point to arrangements in heaven for administration in the earth. Seated upon the throne is the Ancient of Days arrayed in garments of white like the light. Myriads of angelic servants are present to discharge the decrees that issue from the throne. Round about the throne were twenty-four thrones of lesser authority, but vitally associated with the central throne. These are occupied by elders representing the risen and glorified Church (Acts 20:17, 28). The sharp color of redness like the sardine stone depicts penal judgment. And the lightning’s and thundering’s issuing from the throne refers to the law of God from Mount Sinai now to be vindicated in the earth.
            There are books present at this throne, and they are now opened. This can only mean that a careful record has been kept of all the details relating to mankind. But there is one book in the hands of Him who sits on the throne. It is a seven-sealed book, indicating that it is an official document. Many believe this book is the title deed to the earth (Jer. 32:6-15). Only the owner and redeemer of the property therein described has the right and authority to tear away the seals and take possession of the property. One is found who qualifies for this function. It is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb of God, who has prevailed to open the book. At that moment when He steps to the throne and takes that book in firm grasp, the most dramatic moment of the future will be experienced. From within the throne, and in ever-widening circles, until it includes all creation, spontaneous praise breaks out. It is that moment when the Lord of Heaven Who also is the King of the Earth takes to Himself His right an authority to enter upon that reign in the earth which has been projected from all eternity.

2. The outstanding feature of this throne is the penal judgments that issue from it. The King of the North with his allies, invading the land long since promised to the children of Israel, will suffer complete annihilation on the mountains of Israel at the hands of God (Ezek. 38:21 to 39:6). Israel, herself, will not escape. For her rebellion persisting into the end of the age, there will come upon them the time of Jacob's trouble (Jer. 30:7). The Gentile nations that have long persisted in the sins of pride and false religion, and have vented their disdain upon God's chosen people will at last be brought to judgment. The Lord will come out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity (Isa. 26:21). When at last a coalition of nations under the leadership of Antichrist converge on the city of Jerusalem to deliver the final blow to the existence of this nation, "Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle" (Zech. 14:3).
            This will issue in the Battle of Armageddon. The heavens will cleave asunder, and One riding a white charge will descend the meadows of heaven to the center of conflict about the city of Jerusalem. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14), perhaps to the number of four hundred million or more. God has permitted the wrath of man to gather them here for the final confrontation with heaven. In the valley of Jehoshaphat the Lord will sit to judge all the nations (Joel 3:12). There He will treat the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of almighty God. With one sweep of that sword from His mouth, His almighty word, He shall smite the nations and their leader, and he shall come to his end, and none shall help him (Rev. 19:11-21; Dan. 11:45).

3. But an essential element of the throne is the promotion of God's redemptive program. About that throne is a rainbow, the predominating color of which is green (Rev. 4:3). From its inception that rainbow speaks of promise and hope. It develops as the light breaks through the raindrops and is broken up into its constituent colors and thrown on the dark background of the clouds. This description is to assure the readers of the Book of Revelation that there will be salvation in the midst of judgment. In fact, the greatest period of salvation in the history of the world will take place under the most adverse conditions.
            In the midst of the dramatic and sensational picture of judgment that prevails, this feature is lost to view. But it must not be forgotten that the revelatory and redemptive program of God proceeds unabated through this period and on to the end of the Mediatorial Kingdom. Inasmuch as the Church has been translated to heaven, and only lost people remain on earth, it has puzzled many who will preach the Gospel. But God never outlines a program that He cannot implement.
       So before the great and terrible day of the Lord, He will send Elijah (Matt. 4:5-6). In fact, He will send two witnesses for this period whose ministry will doubtless be centered among Jews, though Gentiles too will get the benefit of overflow (Rev. 11:3-12). During the first three and one-half years of the seventieth week of Daniel they will reach at least one company of Jews to the number of 144,000 (Rev. 7:1-8), perhaps other companies also.
            This special company will in some way become the missionaries to the far-flung borders of the earth so that the gospel will be preached in every nation (Matt. 24:14; Mark 13:10) A vast company of saved Gentiles will suffer martyrdom (Rev. 7:9-17), but another company, perhaps even greater, will be spared. These are the sheep that enter the Kingdom at its inauguration along with saved Jews (Matt. 25:34). Thus God makes provision for the population of His kingdom at its outset.

4. Important to the ushering in of the kingdom are the physical changes that will take place in its domain. From the beginning God has been fashioning the earth for the eternal habitation of His Son. That which was once without form and void, that is, yet unable to habitat man, and covered with water and darkness (Gen. 1:2), He molded in six days into shape for the habitation of mankind (Isa. 45:18). During the millenniums since, judgments have fallen upon the earth which made it necessary for God to intervene in such a way as to provide those conditions answering to the needs and comfort of mankind for his sojourn there. At this climactic point in this history of the earth, he will do so again.
            Universal disturbances will run its course throughout the entire fabric of nature (Rev. 6:12-17), Great earthquakes will rearrange the surface of the earth (Rev. 6:12, 14; 8:5; 11:13, 19; 16:18-19). Physical phenomena of this kind will announce the great day of Jehovah's wrath (Rev. 6:16-17). The bastions of tyranny will be leveled to the earth (Rev. 11:13). The seat of Satanic government, as well as the great cities of the earth, will be demolished (Rev. 16:18-19; 18:8-21). The civilization of sinful and rebellious mankind will be removed from the scene to make way for one designed to display the glory of God and minister to the good of mankind.
            It appears that some unusual geological changes will occur in and about Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives will cleave in the midst, creating a valley for waters to flow east and west (Zech. 14:4-8). And Jerusalem itself may very well be raised up as a plateau and enlarged so that there will be room for the building of the millennial temple to accommodate all the nations of the world (Zech. 14:10-11). The curse in many of its forms will be reduced, and in some cases, lifted.

5. The actual arrival of the King will be marked by unmistakable supernatural manifestation. Each one of the Synoptic Gospels give a rather elaborate description of this event.
            “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken: And then the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory . . . For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:29-30, 27).
It would appear that the blinding light from the Lord will take a devastating toll on the hosts gathered about Jerusalem.
            “In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness . . . . And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite alt the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth” (Zech. 12:4; 14:12).
            The final blow in the defeat of the Antichrist will be the effect of Christ's coming on his position of authority over the nations. The apostle Paul declares that this one "the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming" (2 Thess. 2:8).
            As fire changes the shape and usefulness of material substance, the coming of Christ will do to the Antichrist. By means of His almighty word, He will render this villain helpless. The very effulgence that streams from the face of Christ in volume and intensity will make abundantly clear to men under his control that they have been the victims of the greatest deception ever practiced on mankind. They will then desert him, thus rendering him inoperative, and none shall help him (Dan. 11:45).

Thursday, November 28, 2013


The Mediatorial Kingdom will be preceded by this and tribulation

            In those final hours before His passion, our blessed Lord gave instruction to His apostles and through them to the Church, what could be expected in His absence from them.
“A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father” (John 16:16).
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore, the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your's also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me” (John 15:16-21). The greatest practice was revealed in His last supper experience where love is shown by His own through the washing of the word performed through the symbolic act of feet washing shown by the Master Teacher. Born again (Happy) are those that follow His example! He warned them in ch. 14 what men would think of this example He left them. But love your btother as I have loved you to the end which is coming.
“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogue: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service . . . But now I go my way to him that sent me . . . These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:1-2, 5, 16).
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).
            The teaching of the apostles was in complete agreement with the instruction given by the Lord. Paul warned the churches in Asia Minor that they "must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). Peter admonished the Brethren: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings: that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Pet. 4:12-13). In greater detail the Lord described the course of the age.
            “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places . . . They shall deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake . . . All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matt. 24:6-7, 9, 8).
            But Christ was even more specific as to conditions that would immediately precede the setting up of the Mediatorial Kingdom. Unprecedented tribulation would overtake the entire world. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened” (Matt. 24:21-22). Ans we are being set up in our own country for this as conditions are made worse each day. Each country has their own Pharaoh.
            During this period of time a rider on a white horse appears among men, masquerading as the human solution to all the mounting problems of earth. But he is no sooner established on the throne of the revived Roman Empire, that all the smooth talk of peace and prosperity are turned into the most absolute and tyrannical dictatorship the world has ever known, and there follows progressively worldwide military operations, wholesale famine and impoverishment, and death on a scale so unprecedented that within the short space of a very few years, more than one half the population of the world is dead (Rev. 6:1-9; 9:15, 18).
            Running parallel to the depredations imposed on mankind by the Antichrist, there are the judgments of God being poured out upon nations of mankind. Six seals are torn away from the title deed of the earth by the Lord Jesus standing in heaven, and providential judgments are unloosed upon the earth (Rev. 6). The tearing away of the seventh seal brings the immediate judgments of God upon the earth under the symbols of seven angelic trumpets (Rev. 7:1; 8:1-9, 21; 11:14-19). So horrendous and awesome is the prospect that heaven itself is hushed into silence for the space of half an hour (Rev. 8:1). The blowing of the seventh trumpet announces that Christ is about to take over the throne of the Kingdom and reign when the seven last bowls of wrath have run their course. It is then that Christ breaks through the clouds of heaven and establishes His kingdom in the earth (Rev. 19:11-20:10).