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The Kingdom of God (3) Postponement Theory


Two preachings of this Gospel (the Gospel of the Kingdom) are mentioned, one past, beginning with the ministry of John the Baptist, continued by our Lord and his disciples, and ending with the Jewish rejection of the King. The other is yet future (Matthew 24:14) during the great tribulation, and immediately preceding the coming of the King in glory.  (C.I. Scofield: Scofield Reference Bible, p. 1343)

In the Gospels the Lord proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom. After the Church is taken out the Gospel of the Kingdom will again be proclaimed. (Harry Ironside: Lamp of Prophecy, p. 62)

The Gospel of the Kingdom is to be preached again during the tribulation period just before Christ returns to set up his kingdom. (John R. Rice: The Coming Kingdom of Christ, Sword of the Lord publishers, 1945)

The Gospel of the Kingdom is to be preached again after the rapture of the Church for a witness unto all nations. (Clarence Larkin: Rightly Dividing the Word, p. 53)

A remnant of the Jews will preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Today we preach the Gospel of Grace. (Herschel W. Ford: Seven Simple Sermons on the Second Coming, p. 46 Zondervan publishing)

The Gospel of the Kingdom is not to be preached now, God called another man, Paul, and revealed to him the Gospel of Grace. (Dwight Pentecost: Judgments, p. 49)

What do you think about the above statements?

If the postponement theory is biblically correct then why was Phillip “preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God” (Acts 8). Why was Paul preaching “the kingdom of God” at Ephesus (Acts 19:8). Why was Paul preaching “the Kingdom of God” when in Rome (Acts 28: 28-31)?

Author Ralph Woodrow writes,

Many references after Pentecost show that the disciples preached the Kingdom of God. They knew nothing of a postponed Gospel. When we hear talk of more then one Gospel, we are reminded of the words of Paul that there “is NOT another” and “though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1: 7,8). The Bible teaches there is ONE gospel, and that one Gospel “is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes” – whether Jew or Greek (Romans 1:16). The Bible does refer to the Gospel by different terms – ” the Gospel of the grace of God”, “the Gospel of God”, “the Gospel of Christ”, “the Gospel of our salvation”, “the Gospel of peace”, “the everlasting Gospel”, and “the Gospel of the Kingdom” – but this cannot mean there are this many different Gospels!  (Ralph Woodrow: His Truth is Marching On)

I’ll be editing this post later in order to add more, but wanted to post it now ‘as is’ to give anyone who desires an opportunity to respond.   

5 comments on “The Kingdom of God (3) Postponement Theory

  1. Wow, a John R. Rice sighting! I think we make much too much about specific wording on this issue. If it were as big a deal as some theoligians suggest, then why did Paul not address it? Many times when people separate the gospel of the kingdom from the gospel itself, it’s because they see the lost Jews as different from the lost Gemtiles.

  2. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
    17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

    For me knowing the experience I personally went through so many years ago to be set into His Righteousness by the citation from Romans 1:16-17 being delivered from my own filthy righteousness those citations you posted are like water beading on a duck’s back. They don’t sink into my being like the living waters and daily bread! We have after all been given the gift of eternal Life not a progressive sense of good over evil.

    Good is relative to the Presence of the Kingdom of God and evil is a permanent fixture of these present created heavens and earth. Evil will be destroyed when this present heavens and earth are with all tgat offend! What separates me from the evil binding to Him is a work He (the Father, Eph. 2:5-6) has begun and by promise will finish. My struggle is to cease my self righteous works for God’s entering into that Sabbath Rest that remains for the Children God has elected and chosen before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
    5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
    6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.).

  3. The reason for posting the quotes above is because like many Christians still today, i once believed them to be true. How could i not…it was all that was preached and taught in the church we attended.

    The gap theory (or postponement version) was “king”. Dispensational theology determined how we interpreted all scripture. The funny thing is, we didn’t know it was dispensationalism….we’d never heard of or used the term. We just believed it was the bible truth.

    Reading quotes now like that of Scofield’s…,

    Two preachings of this Gospel (the Gospel of the Kingdom) are mentioned, one past, beginning with the ministry of John the Baptist, continued by our Lord and his disciples, and ending with the Jewish rejection of the King. The other is yet future (Matthew 24:14) during the great tribulation, and immediately preceding the coming of the King in glory.

    ….reminds me of 1) how biblically ignorant i was and stayed for many years, and 2) how important it is to read and study the word for ourselves.

  4. I fully agree that the statements by Scofield, Ironside, Rice, Larkin, Ford, and Pentecost are Biblically incorrect. What Dwight Pentecost said is even shocking (that the gospel of the kingdom is not to be preached now). Excellent observations on how Philip and Paul preached concerning God’s kingdom in Acts 8, 19, and 28.

    There was no postponement, and John the Baptist and Jesus were not at all misinformed when they said that the kingdom of God was at hand during their time.

    I’m one who believes that God’s kingdom was set up and fully established in the first century, that it remains so among His people, and that His kingdom is everlasting and will never come to an end. I believe that this establishment had to take place at that time because of the following Scriptures, among others:

    [1] Jesus told His disciples that some of them would still be alive when He came (a) in His kingdom (b) in judgment (c) with His holy angels, and (d) in the glory of His Father: “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom” (Matthew 16:27-28).

    [2] Daniel declared that before the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman kingdoms had all expired, that God would set up His kingdom: “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44). Rome fell in 476 AD.

    [3] Jesus told His disciples that when they saw the signs take place which were to precede the fall of the temple and the passing of their generation, that they would “know that the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21, verse 31 in particular).

    • What Dwight Pentecost said is even shocking (that the gospel of the kingdom is not to be preached now).

      It is shocking! I’m still wrestling with how he or anyone else would ever come to that conclusion.

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