Many days without a king
In the 9th of his 15 arguments against the idea that Christ now reigns upon the throne of David, in this article, George Zeller applies a prophecy of Hosea, that Israel would “abide many days without a king” to ethnic Jews, and so concludes that Christ can not now be reigning on the throne of David. Zeller wrote:
“For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and DAVID their king; and shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days” (Hosea 3:4-5).
Today Israel is without a king and Christ is not ruling on the throne of David. In the future Israel will return and seek the Lord. At that time they will not be without a King. Their King will be on David’s throne in Jerusalem.
This argument would only makes sense to dispensationalists, who deny that the Gentile believers are included in the seed of Abraham by faith in Christ, and in God’s promises and covenants that pertain to Israel. But the prophecy of Isaiah in Isaiah 2:2 said the mountain of the Lord’s house would be established in the tops of the mountains, and exulted above the hills, and this was fulfilled, I think, when Jesus was raised up to heaven, to the throne of God, as described in Acts 1 and 2. With Jesus, the Jerusalem to which the prophecies apply was raised up, above the hills, to heaven. Isaiah’s prophecy establishes the continuity of the Old Testament Israel and Jerusalem with the New Testament church. This mystery was hidden from John N. Darby and his followers.
In Athens, Paul was accused by the philosophers there of preaching that Jesus reigns as king, a teaching which which they considered threatening to Caesar.
These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
Paul wrote that believers have been “translated” into Christ’s kingdom.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
John referred to himself as our brother and companion in the kingdom of Christ.
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ…
Peter gave a list of instructions how we may be certain that we may enter into Christ’s everlasting kingdom.
2 Peter 1:10-11
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The author of Hebrews said we have no continuing city here on earth, but we seek one to come. He wrote, “let us go unto him without the camp,” alluding to the fact that Jesus died outside Jerusalem.
Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
The earthly Jerusalem was not a “continuing city,” but the heavenly one is. [Psalm 125:1; Isaiah 33:20; Micah 4:7] The earthly Jerusalem was about to be destroyed.
Christians who were once dispensationalists, but abandoned that theory, represent a possible fulfillment of Hosea’s prophecy. Many an exposé of dispensationalism has been written by former dispensationalists; e.g., A. W. Pink, Kim Riddlebarger, William Cox, Nathan Pitchford, Rev. Stephen Sizer and many others. Hosea’s prophecy suggests there will be many more, who will turn from their error, and seek the Christ who now reigns upon the throne of David.