We have covered the first 4 divisions that make up the 8 divisions of Scripture’s picture: The pattern of the kingdom, The perished kingdom, The promised kingdom, and The partial kingdom. Here we continue with the fifth division which is the last of the Old Testament partitions.
The prophesied kingdom:
The prophets were God’s covenant enforcers, and they constantly called God’s people to return to Him. The prophets spoke at various times and in various places bringing both judgment and hope:
• Judgment: God’s people deserved their punishment for violating God’s covenant.
• Hope: God remained faithful to His promises to build the perfect kingdom despite the sinfulness of His people.
The pattern still holds:
• A remnant of God’s people will be brought out of exile into their land (Isa. 10:20-21). A Servant will rescue them and bring in the nations (Isa. 49:6; 53:5-6).
• A new temple and new creation will be God’s land (Isa. 65:17-18).
• A new covenant and king will represent God’s rule and blessing (Isa. 9:6-7; Jer. 31:31).
But God will not rebuild the partial kingdom, He will establish that to which it pointed, the perfect kingdom: God’s people in God’s place, under God’s rule and enjoying his blessing.
Therefore, Philippians 2:9-11 says: God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.