FOUNDATIONS

Lessons designed to promote the integrity of scripture and church!

I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

 

THE BODY OF CHRIST

ADDITIONAL DESIGNATIONS FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST – ESTABLISHED KINGDOM vs. PREMILLENNIALISM – LESSON FOUR.

God’s Integrity Cannot Be Challenged!

Fact #2: The kingdom of heaven was never to be an earthly kingdom!!!

The Throne of David

God promised David that He would be the beneficiary of an eternal throne, note: 2 Samuel 7:12-17 “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. 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. 15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”’”

17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.”

The language of this prophetic promise of God to David is very unique; as such, we know that God could not be speaking of Solomon, who would come after David (or any of the other descendants of David, as we will note a little further down). The key is the word “forever”. This term is never used to describe any earthly kingdom, and we now that all the kingdoms of this earth would know corruption and destruction.

Isaiah would continue to speak to this unique kingdom and the King that would sit on its throne, note:

Isaiah 9:6-7For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 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.”

In both Nathan’s prophecy and that of Isaiah’s the throne of David is spoken of, and of a single King who would establish this promise “forever”. This King would also be known as God (just as Nathan’s prophecy spoke of Him as “My Son”); and unlike the kingdoms of men, this kingdom would know judgment and justice!

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this King would be Jesus!

Luke 1:31-33And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 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.””

Romans 1:1-5Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name”

Not only does God do everything He states, just as Jesus the Christ rules now until all enemies are made His footstool (1 Corinthians 15:25); God also stated that there would be an end to the earthly rule of the descendants of David!

Jeremiah 22:24-30As I live,” says the Lord, “though Coniah the son would pluck you off; 25 and I will give you into the hand of those who seek your life, and into the hand of those whose face you fear—the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 So I will cast you out, and your mother who bore you, into another country where you were not born; and there you shall die. 27 But to the land to which they desire to return, there they shall not return.

28 “Is this man Coniah a despised, broken idol—
A vessel in which is no pleasure?
Why are they cast out, he and his descendants,
And cast into a land which they do not know?
29 O earth, earth, earth,
Hear the word of the Lord!
30 Thus says the Lord:
‘Write this man down as childless,
A man who shall not prosper in his days;
For none of his descendants shall prosper,
Sitting on the throne of David,
And ruling anymore in Judah.’””

The major premise of this prophecy is that no man of the seed of Coniah (also known as Jehoiachin or Jechoniah) shall ever sit on the throne of David, or rule in Judah. The minor premise is that Jesus was born in the flesh as a man of the seed of Coniah (Matthew 1:11). The conclusion therefore is that Jesus would never reign on David’s throne in Judah (on earth), or God’s curse to Coniah was a lie! 

Priest and King

Zechariah would also prophecy concerning the coming of this great King and would add some details that would also make it impossible for the Christ of God to rule on earth.

Zechariah 6:12-13Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying:

“Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH!
From His place He shall branch out,
And He shall build the temple of the Lord;
13 Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord.
He shall bear the glory,
And shall sit and rule on His throne;
So He shall be a priest on His throne,
And the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”’”

The major premise once again is that Jesus (Branch) would be a Priest on His throne! The minor premise is that if Jesus were to reign on earth, He could not be a priest because He is of the wrong tribe (Judah instead of Levi).

Hebrews 8:4-5For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; 5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.””

The conclusion therefore is that Christ Jesus could not reign here on earth as a Priest and King, but in fact is reigning right now as both Priest and King after the order of Melchizedek (priest and king - Hebrews 7:11-19), and has built that great temple to God.

Hebrews 8:1-2Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.”

He is beyond a shadow of a doubt ruling on His throne right now as both Priest and King!

Acts 2:30-32Therefore, 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 the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.”

1 Timothy 6:13-15I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, 15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords 

The kingdom of the Messiah was never meant to be an earthly kingdom, but a majestic heavenly kingdom which all those who are children of God through Christ Jesus have been given citizenship (Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 12:22-24; Revelation 1:9).

Next: “What Jesus said about the Kingdom?”