In the 10th of his 15 arguments against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, in this article, George Zeller commented on the prophecy of Amos 9:11-15, which James applied to the church in Acts 15:16. Zeller wrote:
"In that day will I raise up the TABERNACLE OF DAVID that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by My Name, saith the LORD that doeth this. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God" (Amos 9:11-15).
The raising up of the fallen booth of David is associated with the restoration of Israel (v.14) when God will "plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land" (v.15). This implies that prior to the millennium the tabernacle of David was in a fallen condition. Christ, therefore, did not restore the throne and tabernacle of David when He sat down at the right hand of the Father. The tabernacle of David has not yet been restored, but it will be in the future when Christ assumes His millennial throne.
The throne of David was cast down when the sons of Zedekiah were killed in front of him, and then his eyes were gouged out, and he was taken to Babylon in chains. [2 Kings 25:6-7]
The throne of David was restored, and established, when Christ was resurrected, and became head of the church, which is the Jerusalem above.
Christ rules over all things, and he is reigning over his church. In Zechariah 12 and 14, his enemies are smitten with blindness; this is a spiritual kind of blindness, like the blindness of the Jewish Pharisees, who did not recognize him as their promised Messiah and king, but delivered him up to be crucified.
In the law, the Levites received no inheritance of land, but the Lord was their inheritance, in lieu of land. And in prophecy, land is a figure or a symbol of invisible, spiritual things, that Christians inherit, because “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” [Hebrews 11:1]
The prophecy, "I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them" in Amos 9:15 must be understood as a spiritual, and eternal promise, the land representing the spiritual inheritance of the saints, which is supported by the interpretation of James when he applied the prophecy to the church in Acts 15:16.
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