Your Kingdom Come! - 16

The previous review has shown that Old Testament prophecy concerning the future restoration of the throne of David is well-defined and unambiguous. But surely the New Testament provides the true defining of what they actually mean. Do the sayings of Jesus or the later writings of the apostles and others enhance or even change their message? What do they say?

We begin with the words of Gabriel to Mary, announcing the coming birth of Jesus - “You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” - Luke 1:31. The angel informed Mary that -

•   the promised child would be the son of God,

•   he will rule in the dynasty of David in his kingdom over Israel, which will never be superseded

So, to properly understand what the angel was saying, we need to know the facts about the throne of David. We learn from the Old Testament record that David was chosen by God to rule over the twelve tribes of Israel. He was famous as a courageous warrior, a highly spiritual prophet and poet.

David was ancestor of Jesus in fulfilment of God’s promise to him that his dynasty would endure, as Peter announced to Israel on the day of Pentecost, “Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his (David’s) body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throneActs 2:30.

This clearly shows that there is a connection between the mission of Christ (Messiah) and David’s throne, which forms a fundamental element of the Gospel. That being the case, Jesus cannot be at this time actually in possession of that throne.

Nothing that David ever ruled over was in heaven. David himself is not there now, for Peter said in his address on the day of Pentecost, “David did not ascend into the heavens” - Acts 2:34. But when the time arrives, the throne of David will be set up again in the earth; and Jesus will share it with his faithful ones -

•    To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne - on earth at his return, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne - in heaven now” - Rev 3:21.

•    “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; 12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom - on earth, and all the Gentiles” - Amos 9:11.

Jesus said of that time, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, THEN He will sit on the throne of His glory” - Matthew 25:31. The last king to rule on David’s throne was the worldly and ungodly Zedekiah. God sent Ezekiel to proclaim of that king,

“...Remove the crown... I will make it - the throne - a ruin!.. It will not be restored until he comes to whom it rightfully belongs; to him I will give it” - Ezekiel 21:25-27, and so fulfil the words of Gabriel - “the Lord God will give Him THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID”.