In this article, George Zeller discusses 15 prophecies referring to the throne of David, and attempts to show that none of them apply to the present reign of Christ in his church. Zeller is the assistant pastor at the church, and the author of most of the articles at the site.
His 11th argument states:
“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33).
Notice that His sitting on the throne of David is clearly linked with His reign over the house of Jacob (Israel). Today Christ is Head over the Church which is His body. It is not until the future millennium that Christ will rule over the house of Jacob. It is then that the kingdom will be restored again to Israel.
The throne of David is linked to Christ’s reign over Israel because David was king of the twelve tribes of Israel, in Jerusalem, and Christ’s reign in his church is also over the twelve tribes of Israel, in the heavenly Jerusalem, the Gentile saints being grafted in. [Romans 11:17] The twelve tribes are depicted in Revelation 7:4-8, where 12,000 are sealed from each of twelve tribes. This is an ideal, and highly figurative description of the sealing of the church with the Spirit. [2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30]
David’s rule in the earthly Jerusalem was a type of the reign of Christ in the heavenly city. It was not a type of a future king who will reign in the earthly city, as in the types and figures of prophecy, earthly things foreshadow spiritual, eternal things, not a repetition of the earthly event. The reign of David does not foreshadow the reign of a future king in the earthly Jerusalem; rather, it foreshadows and typifies the reign of Christ during the whole age of the church.
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