Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on Davidís throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.Since the promise of Genesis 3:15 there was an expected offspring, the Messiah, who would bring salvation. Notice the correlation between the titles here and how God revealed himself in the New Testament.
|Wonderful Counselor||John 15:26 When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.|
|Mighty God||Luke 22:69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.|
|Everlasting Father||2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever|
|Prince of Peace||Luke 19:38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"|
Jesus Christ is of course the fulfillment of this prophecy, but it has not yet come to pass. For as in much of Isaiah this speaks not simply of his first coming, but rather the emphasis is on his Messianic rule which is yet to take place. But what is incorporated in this hope?
Post-Millenial theology has produced disasterous results and has largely proven to be a failure. In my opinion, ever since Constantine, making Christianity the state religion has neither edified the Church nor has done little better than the effects we see in Islam as a state religion in various countries today. It resulted in the dark ages, the crusades, the persecution and murder of Christians who didn't subscribed to every theological conviction of the proud bloodthirsty religious elite, Christians murdering Christians and non-Christians for unjust reasons. The combination of church and state made roles of religious authority extremely powerful, and as such attracted corrupt ungodly leadership figures, hypocrites out to make something of themselves, not unlike the bloodthirsty Islamic clerics of today. And just as Paul applied to the Jews, so can it not also be said of such versions of Christianity "Godís name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." Rom 2:24
Luke 4:5,6 The devil led Jesus up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to."History has abundantly proven this point. But the Messianic hope is for a time when Satan will be overthrown and God reign on the earth in righteousness. Such is not the case yet. Just prior to the Messianic reign it is written, "He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years."Rev 20:2 But he will be released again briefly after the 1000 years. "When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison."Rev 20:7 And will deceive many briefly, but "the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Rev 20:10 And following this is the final judgment and the destruction and renewal of the heavens and earth, and the coming of the New Jerusalem.
John 14:30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. (The devil)
John 18:36 Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world."
1 John 5:19 "We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one."
The Pre-Millenial perspective is futuristic. We are waiting for Christ's return in which He will rule on earth. But the Post-Millenial perspective attempts to force Christ to rule on earth as a civil authority over non-Christians right now. But it is written, "Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself." John 6:15 The Post-Millenial perspective views everyone in the world as being in the kingdom of God, whereas the Pre-Millienial viewpoint has a more Biblical us versus them mentality, reckoning a difference between Christians who are in the kingdom and non-Christians who are not. "They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us." 1John 4:5,6 "We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one." 1John 5:19
See also The Dispensations of the Kingdom