To confess Jesus as the resurrected and reigning Lord of all is a sign of the Holy Spirit working God’s will within you. for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (7) There is no ground for identifying David’s throne and the Father’s throne. Luke 11:20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. In this covenant the promise of a king and a kingdom is narrowed to David’s seed. For this reason the implications of the provisions of the Davidic covenant can be determined only after ascertaining the interpretation placed upon this covenant by other Old Testament Scriptures. David resurrected from the dead will share this position of authority as a prince under Christ. The coming of our Lord Jesus fulfilled this primordial promise and ushered in a reversal of the effects of the Fall. Christianity.com is a member of the Salem Web Network of sites including: Copyright © 2020, Christianity.com. Further, it is declared that Mary’s Son would reign over the house of Jacob forever. “Nevertheless, facts are stubborn things. This tension was addressed decisively by Jesus on the cross, Jesus arisen from the grave, and Jesus ascended into heaven. The provisions of the covenant are given in II Samuel 7 beginning in verse 11: “Moreover Jehovah telleth thee that Jehovah will make thee a house. In the well-known prophecy concerning the birth of Christ given in Isaiah 9:6, 7 it is stated again that the throne of David is in view: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Christ's office as mediator comprehends three different "functions, viz., those of a prophet, priest, and king. According to Matthew 20:20-23, the mother of James and John came to Christ with a request concerning them: “Command that these my two sons may sit, one on thy right hand, and one on thy left, in thy kingdom.” She certainly was not asking that these disciples would share the Father’s throne in glory, but it is obvious that what she anticipated was that they would share the earthly rule of Christ in the kingdom promised to Israel. It is also promised in Amos 9:11 that the tabernacle of David would be restored in the latter days, apparently another reference to the revival of the political kingdom of Israel over which David was king. 1 Chronicles 29:11 worship strength almighty. The Kingdom of God is universal, taking in as subjects every creature and thing in the universe. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as the faithful witness in the sky” (Psalm 89:29-37). These two verses nicely encapsulate Daniel’s vision of an end-time “son of man” who will defeat all the enemies of God and of His people. Certainly it fits in beautifully with the idea that the Abrahamic covenant anticipates Israel continuing eternally as a nation and possessing the land forever. One of these is in the birth of Christ Himself who literally fulfilled many promises pertaining to David’s seed. In Jeremiah 23:5, 6 the reign of the king who is the son of David is described as coming to pass in a day when Judah and Israel shall be saved and dwell safely. Professor of Old Testament The Master’s Seminary God’s kingdom program is a major theme of both the Old Testament and New Testament. Such a situation does not prevail in this present age and is not related here or elsewhere to the reign of Christ from the throne of His Father in heaven. Dr. George Eldon Ladd of Fuller Theological Seminary wrote convincingly about the two natures of the Kingdom of God: its presence and its future state. This point of view is quite unacceptable to the amillenarian and therefore for them some interpretation of the Davidic covenant must be found other than that of a literal fulfillment. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993), 118. The beastly powers of this present evil age not only resist the rule of Jehovah, but actively conspire to undo His dominion. (9) The literal fulfillment is requisite to the display of God’s government in the earth, necessary to the restoration and exaltation of the Jewish nation and deliverance of the earth from the curse. To her it could mean only one thing and that is the descendants of Jacob, namely, the twelve tribes of Israel. The difficulties in interpretation come in examining the exact meaning of the term house as it pertains to David’s posterity and the words throne and kingdom. Despite the spurious denial of some (perhaps, well-meaning) liberal Biblical scholars, the Old Testament is replete with the truth of the Kingdom of God. Through this son of man, God will establish his dominion over all nations, a dominion that will never pass away or … Before turning, therefore, to some of the theological arguments in support of an eschatology for Israel, some of the New Testament evidence should be examined. As Christ returns from heaven, He descends to the Mount of Olives and delivers His persecuted people. Photo Credit: Thinkstock/SuzanaMarinkovic. Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around. And this was yet a small thing in thine eyes, O Lord Jehovah; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come; and this too after the manner of men, O Lord Jehovah!” David after recounting Israel’s history adds this word in verse 25: “And now, O Jehovah God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, confirm thou it for ever, and do as thou hast spoken.” In similar vein he concludes in verse 29: “Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord Jehovah, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.”. Part of these promises were fulfilled in Solomon in that Solomon was later born and ultimately built the temple. Orthodox Jews will apparently revive their ancient sacrifices and a temple will be provided. It is certainly extreme spiritualization to take the regathering of Israel as an equivalent of the outcalling of the church and the execution of “justice and righteousness in the land” as being a reference to the rule of Christ in heaven, as amillenarians would need to interpret the passage. The Kingdom of God is now moving through the lives of God’s people, one by one, and building an unstoppable roadway to a new, future, Kingdom that will express the fullness of the teaching of Jesus. Gone is the frosty winter, replaced by a world of cities of spring, where spring lasts all year. The consummating Scripture of course in the New Testament which puts the capstone on all these indications is found in Revelation 20 where it is stated plainly that Christ will rule for 1000 years. According to the book of Revelation, the majority of the earth’s population will be destroyed in these catastrophes. This is the eternal vision of Genesis 3:15, the “first Gospel: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”. According to this psalm the covenant concerns David, his physical seed, and the relationship of his rule to the children of Israel. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your father dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, they, and their children, and their children’s children, for ever: and David my servant shall be their prince for ever.” It should be obvious that in Ezekiel’s days David had been dead over four hundred years and that this is a prophecy that David will be raised from the dead prior to the millennial reign of Christ and share with Christ the rule of the people of Israel. In his proposition 52, he lists 21 arguments in favor of literal interpretation and includes other collateral material. 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