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The Eternal Throne Of David

 

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end He will reign on David's throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever " (Isaiah 9:6-7)

 

The general consensus is that King David ruled the tribe of Judah from 1010 B. C. to 1003 B. C., and then ruled all of Israel from 1003 B. C. to around 970 to 965  B. C..  Two hundred plus years later the prophet Isaiah predicted that an Israeli Messiah would establish an eternal kingdom and rule from David's throne again.  Judaism thus adopted a Messianic theology that looked forward to the day when their Messiah would free Israel from Gentile domination.  Christians understand this Messiah to be the Lord Jesus Christ.  Orthodox Jews agree with liberal scholars when they claim Jesus was just one of many messianic zealots who dotted the Galilean landscape in the first century.  Orthodox Jews are still waiting for their Messiah.  Liberals aren't waiting for anyone.    

 

An angel sent from God to Mary confirmed the Christian belief when he proclaimed that she would give birth to a son.  " the Lord God will give Him (Mary's son) the throne of His father David and He would reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever; His kingdom will never end". (Luke 1:32-33)   

 

Some people confuse "David's throne" with the throne Jesus presently sits on in heaven.  They're not the same throne.  David's throne was a literal earthly throne in the literal city of Jerusalem, not in heaven.  It's on this earthly throne in Jerusalem that the angel told Mary Jesus would some day rule from.  That's just one reason why Jerusalem is important in Biblical prophecy.    

 

Further to the fact that Jesus would rule on David's throne, both Isaiah and the angel, predicted that the Messiah's rule would have "no end".  His kingdom would be eternal.  This tells me that Jesus' rule on David's throne will not end after what Prophetic Futurists call "the thousand year rule of Christ". 

 

Revelation 21:1 to 3 sheds a bit of light on this issue.  "I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God I heard a loud voice from the throne (heavenly throne, not David's throne) saying, 'Now the dwelling place of God is with men' "  Along with a new heaven, a new earth, there will be a new Jerusalem, where I believe Jesus will rule from David's throne.    

 

Something that many of us miss concerning the new earth is seen in Revelation 21:24 to 26.  "The nations will walk by its (New Jerusalem's) light and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it the glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it".  The word "it" refers to the New Jerusalem.  The word "nations" is translated from the Greek word "ethnos", meaning, "a group of similar people who are distinguished from other groups of people".  According to this passage, there will be distinguishable nations of ethnic peoples on the new earth.  These nations will be governed by kings, not by elected officials.  I believe these kings will be appointed by Jesus from those of us who are now a "nation of kings and priests". (Revelation 5:10, 1 Peter 2:9)  These kings will bring the splendor of their nations into the New Jerusalem, which I believe is a form of worship to King Jesus. 

 

The eternal government of Jesus predicted in Isaiah 9:6 and 7 finds it's final fulfillment on the new earth where   Jesus will govern Israel and all nations on earth. (Romans 15:12)  The "eternal nationhood of Israel" predicted throughout the Old Testament will also find its fulfillment on the new earth as well.  Israel's distinctiveness among the nations, with Jesus sitting on the throne of David, will exist throughout eternity. 

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