Life in the Millennium (Part 2)- The King

Any believer when asked would agree that Jesus is King. He is given the title King many times throughout scripture. I believe the Lord would call the corporate body of Christ to some understanding of what His Kingship entails. For while we  nobly attribute the title “King” to our Lord Christ, many times we fall short in seeing the manifold implications of this Kingship beyond our own hearts. Christ is ruling in our hearts (Col 3:15), yet if we only look to the here and now (salvation), we miss the majority of the prophetic millennial theme (Christ’s inheritance).  Here, we could shift into the various view concerning the nature of reign this King will execute, but I’m choosing to put that on hold for now and steer toward the beginnings of this Kingly mandate.

David, one of my favorite people in the bible, was given some of the most dramatic revelation concerning this King and His kingdom. What makes David’s Messianic revelation unique is that 1) The Messianic Seed would come though David’s own line; 2) David received his divine inspiration in the context of worship, song, and prayer; 3) David several times overheard heavenly conversations happening between the Father and Son; 4) Further, we see David as a “type” of Christ – involved in the affairs of both kingly and priestly offices (possibly he is one of the clearest pictures).

In Psalm 2:3 David is shown the age old sin of mankind- pride. The heartbeat of this pride promulgates the vow, “We do not want this man [Jesus]  to reign over us.” Man was given the authority of the earth and has turned that authority into greed and wicked ambition culminating not in atheism, as many think, but in war against Christ himself. Man’s audacious declaration of war against heaven receives laughing scorn from the One who sits on creation’s throne (2:4). The Lord will distress them in His wrath, not because He has forsaken His mercy, but because He has given them every reason to hate Him and they have zealously embraced the opportunity. He has exposed their hearts for what they truly are apart from His blessed salvation – wicked, lustful, and envious.

God’s plan of redemption starts not with blessing of the cross but with an eternal zeal to dwell with man forever. Only Almighty God could so faithfully and flawlessly orchestrate the events of human history, not violate the freewill of man, and redeem an innumerable company of saints that would witness His eternal glory forever. God knew that man would fail. The work of atonement was a revelation of the eternal humility and unconditional love of the Godhead, not a scrambling backup plan due to unforeseen human shortcomings. For this Lamb was, in divine nature, already slain before any man hung Him on a tree.

Messianic Mandate – Psalm 2:6

While man was sinful, selfish, and evil, the Son was sinless, selfless, and righteous – all the attributes necessary for ordering a kingdom in the likeness of the Father’s. He declares to these hardened men that He has chosen another and will set Him on the holy hill of Zion (2:6). David is a witness to Jesus being named “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. Moreover, David is told that this King will rule from his throne forever:

2Sa 7:12-13 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Where is David’s throne? It is none other than in Zion – the city of David (1 Kings 8:1). Beloved saints, the throne of David is not in your heart or in mine. David did not sit on an spiritual throne in the hearts of people. His throne was located in the city of David, in Jerusalem, on the earth. Christ has been given this throne and is waiting to receive His inheritance (Heb. 10:12, 13). This Davidic covenant is the stigma to every king, nation, people of the earth because the message of the Messianic Kingdom is more than salvation from sin but invasion from heaven! Isaiah is shown God’s zeal that the word is sure:

Isa 9:7  Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

The angel re-affirmed this to Mary:

Luk 1:32, 33  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.”

The apostles gave testimony of the  Davidic covenant to show that Christ had indeed been resurrected – for the dead cannot inherit the living. The resurrection was a vital part of God’s covenant to David. (see also Acts 13:21-41)

Act 2:30  Therefore, {David} being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up {resurrect} the Christ to sit on his {David’s} throne,

Jesus will come again, fulfill the Messianic Mandate, sit on David’s throne, and rule the nations of the earth from Jerusalem with  uncompromising righteousness. Creation is groaning and waiting until this kingdom is established and restored. This King will answer every groan, every tear, every malcontent, every injustice, every wrong, every plea, and every cause. This King is what every man, both wicked and just, truly desire. All will come to the Desire of All Nations.

4 thoughts on “Life in the Millennium (Part 2)- The King

  • JOHN V!! Says:
    April 4, 2009 at 7:22 pm edit

    Isaac,

    It still amazes me that men interpret the meaning of these words in (2 Sam. 7) toward their own and only understanding. Not always by anointing but through the tutelage of men. This is not to say that the Christ is not here revealed, but God’s Word eventually seeks to teach and ask questions and reveal answers and feed to nourish. Isaac, I will only seek answers to questions, please provide me nourishment.

    The word body in the Word (V.12 kjv) seems to be more correctly interpreted as bowels (which I understand to mean after the heart). If this be so, this man or another one hidden in the verse seems more after the heart of David, than his fleshly (bodly) Jewish lineage.

    It further states if he (the sinless Christ?) commit inquity, the Lord will chasten him with the rod of men and the stripes of the children of men; (children) symbolic of the last or latter generation in appearance of the age. I believe this is the prophetic meaning of the chastizement of that Job of the latter yrs. That man child (hidden) caught up to his seat (throne) (Rev.12:5). (Job.23:3) Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat (throne)!

    I do not see David recognizing at all, this servant who is being discussed . As a matter of fact David makes the profound statement and asks the question in (V.19 kjv) “And is this the manner of man, O Lord God?”. David did not know if this was a man or not, that he should be elevated to such height in God’s eternal kingdom. This is the same mystery that laid in the lack of the understanding of Balaam when he declares “what hath God wrought!” (Num.23:23,9; 24:4). Now, David recognized the Christ and prophecied of him many times throughout his life and sung songs and praises of his future appearance. Yet, David was so unsure of who this man (servant) was, who was revealed in the words of the prophecy, that he finally left it in the hands of the Lord God, who alone knew this future servant (V.20).

  • John V,

    Thank you for taking time to visit my blog and share your thoughts. The point of the article wasn’t the emphatically state that David knew Christ would inherit his throne. The point was that Christ received a divine mandate of Kingship from the Father and came through an earthly linage that happened to be a part of an eternal covenant – Davids.

    The Lord was speaking of David’s seed in immediate reference to Solomon. Solomon was not promised that his seed would be established forever, but that David’s would. It to Solomon the warning is given about the chastisement and blows of men – not Christ, for Christ was without sin.

    Bowels can be interpreted as

    H4578
    מעה
    meeh (588d); of unc. der.; internal organs, inward parts, belly: – abdomen (1), body (4), bowels (4), children *(1), feelings (1), heart (4), inward parts (1), offspring *(1), own (1), soul (2), spirit (2), stomach (4), stomachs (1), within (1), womb (1).

    To say that bowels only means heart thereby creates a symbolic interpretation of seed, and is doing exactly what you don’t like others to do when you said, “it still amazes me that men interpret the meaning of these words toward their own and only understanding.”

    To find the servant recognized we turn to the other passages that reveal His identity. Namely, as I mentioned Ps. 2, Ps. 89, Is. 9, Jer. 33:17, Lk 1:32. I believe it possible that David knew that Messiah would come from his lineage.

    David, in 2 Sam 7:20, wasn’t stating his “doubt” concerning the identity of an everlasting seed. He was simply in awe that God would make an everlasting covenant with him. David writes a song to remember the covenant God swore and fills with worship and wonder at the magnitude of such a promise.

    Check out the article Life in the Millennium Part 3 for more.

    Blessings,

    Isaac

  • F.B. Meyer Princes of the Sanctuary. 1 Chron. xxiv. 5 (R.V.). It is not enough for us to be in the sanctuary, we must be princes there. There must be the regal mien, which is a meek humility; the real largesse, which is peace and blessing; and the regal might, which is self-restraint and self-control. None can be princes of the sanctuary without two things: they must be priests, come of the priestly line; and kings, royal not because of deeds of war, but because they are related to the King Himself, and are regal in their holy and blameless character. There is only one power that can make us princes of the sanctuary — the hand of the exalted Lamb, who is Himself a Priest-King, after the order of Melchizedek. He it is who makes us kings and priests unto God his Father.
    He makes us priests. — This is your position, not now to offer propitiatory sacrifices, but to present yourselves a living sacrifice; to have compassion on the ignorant, and on those who are out of the way; to swing the censer of prayer between the living and the dead, so that plagues may be stayed; and to plead for the dark sad world, with its load of wretchedness, need, and sin. See that your garments are ever white and stainless.
    He makes us kings. — We reign with Him. Sin and Satan, the world and the flesh, are beneath our feet. Ours the life of overcoming power, of unbroken victory, of identification with Jesus in the glory that the Father has given Him. They that receive the abundance of his grace reign. It is there for us all, but many do not know, or knowing do not appreciate. It is on our reception by faith of God’s abundant grace, that we reign in this life, and the next.

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