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The social engineers had developed a plan that was based upon the best social theories. It was a grand social experiment to restore the people to a place of preeminence. The master-plan was presented to the public so that everyone could envision the fulfillment of the projected plan.
Since this new social community was not to be in the form of an autocracy with dictatorial impositions, the plan required the acceptance of the people. The populace would have to concur with the plan, and accept it. The planners deemed it reasonable to expect that the people would do so, since it served to their benefit and was aligned with their racial, national and religious heritage.
The plan, however, was not in accord with the expectations of the people. Their desires were for a different form of government. So they rejected the proposed state of affairs and the candidate who would have become the royal head.
There was nothing that the social scientists could do, but to postpone the implementation of their grand plan. They determined to put it "on hold," with the express intent to reintroduce the idea at a later date.
Meanwhile, they decided to offer another group of people the opportunity to accept this community plan. These people, who were of another race, would be encouraged to accept the plan in a modified version Plan "B." Many of the features of the original plan would not be implemented literally, but a figurative and spiritual interpretation of the details would suffice to convince these people that they were participating in the original plan.
The social engineers still look forward to the implementation of their original plan. Though presently stymied by the people's rejection, they firmly believe that the day will soon come when they can develop the ideal and utopian social community on earth.
The Scottish poet, Robbie Burns, once noted that "the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray." Such is not true, however, when we are referring to God.
It is a strange theology indeed that indicates that God's plan for a particular race of people was thwarted by their non-participation. Surprised by this turn of events, God is said to have reverted to Plan "B," to offer a modified version of His plan to Gentiles. The implementation of this Plan "B" is known as Christianity, according to this theory. God's deepest desire, they tell us, is to implement His original plan for His "chosen people" after the parenthetical interim of the Church Age. They anticipate such will be established in a millennial kingdom when Jesus Christ returns to implement what He failed to accomplish the first time.
This dispensational form of pre-millennial theology postulates a God who is not sovereign; a God who is a failure. It explains the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a second option employed and enacted to implement Plan "B," rather than God's intent from the beginning.
God accomplished what He intended to do by His Son Jesus Christ (John 17:4). Jesus exclaimed, "It is finished" (John 19:30). There is no Plan "B." There is no reason to expect that God is still waiting to implement Plan "A" for a particular race of people.