Coming in His Kingdom
Arlen L. Chitwood
Chapter 1: Significance of Matthew 16:28-17:5
Chapter 2: Christís Greatest Regal Magnificence
Chapter 3: Moses and Elijah in that Day (1)
Chapter 4: Moses and Elijah in that Day (2)
Two Men at the Empty Tomb
The Seven Jewish Festivals
To properly understand Scripture, one must not only have an appreciation and understanding of how Scripture is structured but also an appreciation and understanding of what Scripture is about.
Scripture opens after a certain fashion in the first thirty-four verses of Genesis ó providing a skeletal format, set forth in a God-designed structure ó that relates the complete story of Scripture. Then, in line with the way Scripture opens, along with revealing 4,000 years of human history exactly as God would have man to understand events during this time, the Old Testament is fraught with spiritual meaning, seen within types, metaphors, symbolic language, and other forms of communication.
The New Testament simply continues, opening the same way as the Old Testament (though the gospel of John should open the New Testament, not the gospel of Matthew [ref. Chapter 1, ďGenesis and John,Ē in the authorís book, Moses and John]). Beyond that, along with relating the next 2,000 years of human history exactly as God would have man to understand events during this time, the language of the New Testament, in all aspects (spiritual meaning, seen within parables, signs, metaphors, symbolic language, etc.), is simply an outgrowth of that which is seen in the Old.
And all material in both Testaments moves toward the same point ó the seventh day, the seventh millennium, the seventh 1,000-year period of a septenary structure of millennia, the Messianic Era, as set forth in an unchangeable fashion in the opening thirty-four verses of Genesis.
Manís creation in the beginning had to do with regality. Manís creation had to do with his ruling the earth in the stead of Satan and his angels (the incumbent powers and authorities), a rule to occur during that time which is foreshadowed by the seventh day (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:1-3).
Manís fall had to do with Satan bringing about his disqualification to occupy the throne, allowing the incumbent rulers to continue occupying the throne (Genesis 3:1ff).
And, by and through any sound method of biblical interpretation, God effecting manís salvation could only have to do with man ultimately being brought back into a position where he could one day realize the purpose for his creation in the beginning, which has to do with ruling the earth during a seventh millennium in the stead of Satan and his angels (Genesis 3:21ff).
And by the manner in which God had previously established matters during 6,000 years of redemptive work (foreshadowed by the six days of restorative work involving a ruined creation in Genesis 1:2b-25), this rule for Christians will be as co-heirs with Godís Son.
(For a more complete picture of the latter, refer to the authorís book, Godís Firstborn Sons.)
Then, beyond the 7,000 years (which had been foreshadowed in Genesis 1:1-2:3 by the complete picture of Creation, Ruin, and Restoration throughout six days, followed by Rest on the seventh day), one finds a new heavens and new earth. God, His Son, and redeemed man will dwell on this new earth; and Godís continued universal rule will emanate, not from heaven as we know it today, but from the new earth. The ďthrone of God and of the LambĒ will rest on the new earth, and God with His Son will rule from this throne, with redeemed man exercising regality from this throne as well (Revelation 21, 22).
During the Millennium, manís rule will have to do with the earth; but during the succeeding eternal ages, manís rule will evidently have to do with the universe itself.
In this respect, one can easily see a major problem with much of the preaching and teaching so prevalent in Christendom today ó that saved man is destined to spend eternity in heaven with God. Such a teaching, being completely non-biblical, can only serve to hide and do away with not only the reason for manís very existence but that toward which all Scripture moves.
The truth of the matter is set forth at the beginning of Scripture, in the five books of Moses; and this is equally what the five parallel books of John are about (again, refer to the authorís book, Moses and John).
And, as well, this is what any other part of Scripture can only be about, for all subsequent Scripture must be completely in line with the way matters are set forth at the beginning, in that which is revealed through Moses.