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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," November Edition 2007

The Day God Overturns

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is, and I will give it him.” (Ezek. 21:27).

This prophecy was directed to Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. In it God warned that the Davidic monarchy would end with the destruction of Jerusalem, and the subsequent Babylonian captivity of 586 B.C. Henceforth no more kings of Judah would sit upon David’s throne, until the Messiah came, in whom the Davidic covenant was to find its perfect fulfillment.

The Jewish Messiah did indeed appear on earth a little over five-hundred years later. Through His life, death, and resurrection God’s plan of redemption was fully realized, not only for the Jewish people, but EQUALLY for all mankind, as well.

So we find Peter declaring on the Day of Pentecost that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ God had “raised up” David’s promised heir to sit upon his everlasting messianic throne (Acts 2:25-36; cf. 13:22-41).

Modern dispensational premillennialists overturn the primitive Christian revelation at this point by DENYING that Jesus now sits on old King David’s monarchial throne. They teach, instead, that Jesus is coming back a second time to fulfill certain Old Testament prophecies--prophecies which NON-Christian Jews thought must related to the messiah’s sitting upon his throne in a carnal sense--never mind how Jesus or His apostles interpreted the Old Testament!

Now who is right, NON-Christian Jewish rabbis and modern dispensational premillennial teachers, or Peter, the apostle of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who openly declared that the inaugural kingship event of the Messiah’s revelation was subsumed in His resurrection and ascension on high? Does Jesus really and truly “reign” on His Davidic messianic throne now, or does He not?

Friends we cannot have it both ways, because the expansive apex of what is implied is mutually exhaustive. It will not do to create a metaphysical dichotomy here between the spiritual and material realms, as if to say that Jesus reigns “only in a spiritual sense” now, but must still reign “physically on earth” later on. Reality is that there is only ONE Messiah, and He is Lord of both heaven and earth NOW. Jesus reigns, messianically, over the whole realm of God’s creation NOW (Matt. 28.18; I Pet. 3:22). This we must either affirm or deny.

So now, there are no longer Jews or Gentiles, but believers and unbelievers--”the brethren,” and “them that are without.”

The present messianic reign of Christ on earth is manifested in and through REDEMPTION. What degree of redemption from sin is available to the whole world now, in this present age, through the atonement of the Cross?

Here is where the Wesleyan Holiness movement, with its historical emphasis on “full salvation free for all,” must forever part company with the modern antinomian sinning-religionist hyper-Calvinistic dispensational premillennial “speculative” end-time Bible prophecy theorists, with their false doctrine (“carnal conceptions”) of the postponed kingdom and the future Jewish millennial reign.

We are talking here about two vastly different and opposing religious systems. The one affirms the possibility for total world redemptions in this present age through the power of the Cross and the messianic gift of the Holy Spirit. That is New Testament Christianity, which exalts a present reigning Saviour, and proclaims the realized kingdom of His messiahship on earth.

The other system of “messianic kingdom postponement” (called dispensationalism) is apostasy from the historic Christian faith.

Israel’s sin brought judgment. Our apostasy will bring judgment, as well. Never forget, sin deceives and hardens the heart!

God is in the business of “overturning” the mentality and world-order of the sin-deceived.

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