"Restitution of All Things" and Psalms 2 & 110

"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works" (Mt.16:27).

As noted earlier, Gary DeMar says the following in regard to Matthew 16: 27: "Henry Alford states that this passage refers 'to the destruction of Jerusalem, and the full manifestation of the Kingdom of Christ by the annihilation of the Jewish polity' " (DeMar, Last Days Madness, 45).

Are we to believe that the "times of refreshing" are in reference to the "destruction" of Jerusalem? As mentioned earlier, on the day of Pentecost Peter said the following to the nation of Israel:

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, that the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ which before was preached unto you" (Acts 3:19,20).

If the nation would have repented then the Father would have sent back Jesus Christ so the Jews could have enjoyed the "presence" of the Lord Jesus and the "times of refreshing" would have been ushered in. However, the whole nation did not repent and therefore the "times of refreshing" was not brought in.

In regard to the events of the day of Pentecost Gary DeMar writes:

"Peter addresses the crowd at Pentecost as the 'men of Israel' (Acts 2:22). He expands his message to include 'all the house of Israel (2:36). The 'brethren'--Jewish brethren--want to know what they, as Jews, must do to be saved. Peter tells them, 'For the promise is for you and your children. . .' (2:39)." [emphasis mine] (DeMar,Answering the 'Replacement Theology' Critics, Part 4; http://www.americanvision.org/articlearchive/10-14-05.asp).

Gary DeMar is correct when he says that the words which Peter spoke were addressed to "all the house of Israel". However it is clear that all the house of Israel did not repent and turn to the Lord. Only three thousand Jews were added to the church. The ruling body of Israel told the Apostles "not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus" (Acts 4:18). Later the Apostles were put in prison (Acts 5:18).

Despite this Gary DeMar says:

"But Israel did repent: 'Now having heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do? And Peter said to them, Repent'...(2:37-38)"  (Ibid.).

There were some who repented, but only those who "gladly received his words" (Acts 2:41). As mentioned, only three thousand received the words of Peter. Is Gary DeMar under the impression that the nation of Israel included only three thousand people?

Gary DeMar thinks that Israel did repent and in return the Father sent back the Son to destroy Jerusalem in A.D.70! He believes that when Israel received the kingdom it was nothing more than the destruction of Jerusalem and the annihilation of the Jewish polity. To him that can somehow fulfill the words of Peter in regard to the "times of refreshing"!

Psalms 110

Gary DeMar says,"There is nothing in this chapter that indicates that the Abrahamic promises are not being fulfilled right then and there. Peter continues to preach to his countrymen by informing them that 'Jesus the Christ' was 'appointed for you' (3:20). The 'restoration of all things' (3:21) is the pre-ordained redemptive work of Jesus to fulfill what all the prophets have written" [emphasis mine](Ibid.).

If Gary DeMar is correct when he states the "restoration of all things" is the pre-ordained redemptive work of Jesus" then how does he explain the fact that the same verses reveal that the Lord Jesus will remain in heaven "until" the "restitution of all things"?:

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, that the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things" (Acts 3: 19-21).

Peter is saying that the Lord Jesus will remain in heaven "until" the times of restitution of all things. Then the Father will send the Lord Jesus to usher in those times through His "presence". And that is exactly what Psalms 110 says:

"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule Thou in the midst of thine enemies" (Ps.110:1,2).

The Lord Jesus will remain at the right hand of the Father until the Father makes the Lord Jesus' enemies his footstool. And in the same Psalms we are told exactly how the enemies of the Lord Jesus will be made His footstool:

"The Lord at Thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, He shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries" (Ps.110:5,6).

The Father will send the Son to strike through kings in the day of His wrath. The Father will send Jesus back to the earth so that He can "rule" in the "midst of" His enemies:

"The LORD shall send the rod of Thy strength out of Zion: rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies" (Ps.110:2).

One of the meanings of the Hebrew word (matteh) translated "rod" is "a rod, a staff...Specially used of the rod of a king, a sceptre, Ps.110:2".

The Lord Jesus will "rule" in "the midst" of His enemies. He cannot do that as long as He remains sitting at the right hand of the Father.

Psalms 2

After the Apostles were forbidden to preach in the name of the Lord Jesus they nonetheless continued to do just that. After they returned to the believers they quoted from Psalms 2, saying:

"Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ" (Acts 4:25,26).

The same Psalms thus quoted speaks of the "wrath" that will follow these things:

"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed�He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure"  (Ps. 2:1,2,4,5).

How will the Father "speak to them in His wrath"? The verses which follow tell us exactly how He will do this:

"Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel" (Ps.2:8,9).

The Lord Jesus will do this when the Father sends Him back, when He will rule in "the midst" of His enemies.

"The Day of His Wrath"

"The Lord at Thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, He shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries" (Ps.110:5,6).

Here we can see that the "day of His wrath" is in regard to a judgment on "kings" and the "heathen" and "many countries". The coming of this "day of His wrath" is described here:

"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Rev.6:15-17).

Here we can see that the "great day of His wrath" is not in regard to the nation of Israel but instead it is in regard to a world wide judgment--"the kings of the earth" and "every bondman" and "every free man".

Again, Gary DeMar denies the obvious and says that "the judgment visions of Revelation 4-19 apply 'to the historical turmoil which came to a head shortly after John wrote. The fulfillment of the majority of its prophecies would then apply to the very beginning of Christianity, rather to its conclusion' " (Ibid., 257).

Gary DeMar continues to turn his ears from the truth and can somehow trick his mind into believing that the words "heathen" and "many nations" can be in reference to the"Jews" and the "nation of Israel". He continues to mislead others into believing the fables created by the preterists.

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