Session 8: A Case for Postrestorationalism
Christ has always had the power to rule this world. But after he was resurrected, he ascended to the Father’s right hand, where he waits on the Father to say it is time for Satan to be removed and for him to exercise his reign. With this regime change, Christ will then use his divine power to govern the world from his throne in heaven. He does not need to physically return to this earth to rule over his creation. Christ is currently Lord-elect of this world, waiting for his inauguration day at the beginning of the millennium.
The story of David waiting on God to remove King Saul so that he could begin his reign over Israel is a good illustration of this concept. David was anointed king over Israel by Samuel, but he did not begin his reign until God removed Saul. Likewise, Christ is the anointed king over this world, but he will not begin his reign until God removes Satan.
The Scriptures describe four applications of Christ “sitting on his throne” in heaven after his ascension:
1. He sits on his throne in heaven and waits on the Father to say when it is time for him to rule the world.
2. He sits on his throne in heaven to govern this world during his messianic kingdom when Satan is removed.
3. He sits on his throne in heaven to judge mankind, rewarding his people with eternal life and punishing unbelievers with eternal condemnation.
4. He sits on his throne in heaven to create the eternal new heavens and new earth.