The 5th of George Zeller's 15 arguments against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, in this article, is that Jesus cannot now be a king, since his reign is upon earth. Zeller wrote:
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto DAVID a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice IN THE EARTH. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jeremiah 23:5-6).
When will the Messiah be upon David's throne? This will take place when
Messiah the King reigns and executes justice IN THE EARTH. At this time
Israel will dwell safely. This can only mean that Christ will sit on
David's throne during His millennial reign and not before.
The one foretold in Jeremiah's prophecy is Jesus. What is meant by
the phrase "in his days"? The generation of Jesus began when he
was born. Matthew tells us he was born "King of the Jews."
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
When Peter acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ, the promised
Messiah, this implied he was the king of Israel, who inherited David's
throne. Jesus said that God had revealed this to Peter.
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Before he was crucified, Jesus wore a crown of thorns.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
On the cross, a label was posted, saying he was the king of the Jews.
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Since he rose from the grave, and remains alive, throughout the first century, and every century since, his generation, and his days continue. Jesus has been reigning over the Israel of God, on the throne of David, throughout the history of the church, confirming his covenant with those who love him.
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