The days of the Messiah’s reign, Jeremiah 23:6
The 4th of the 15 arguments by George Zeller against the idea that Christ now reigns upon the throne of David in this article was that Jesus will reign on earth, since the throne of David was on the earth at Jerusalem.
“And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the THRONE OF DAVID, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates: For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the THRONE OF DAVID, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people” (Jeremiah 22:2,4).
“Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, SITTING UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID, and ruling any more in Judah” (Jeremiah 22:30).
David’s throne is in Jerusalem of Judah, on earth, not in heaven.
The Jews who delivered up Jesus to be crucified were looking for a restoration of the temporal power of the kingdom of David, in this world. But Paul said that they had been made blind: “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.” [Romans 11:7]
What were the Jews seeking? Their Messiah, and promised king reigning on David’s throne. They did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah, and had him killed. But God raised him up from the grave, and he ascended to heaven. This is when the prophecy of Isaiah 2:2 was fulfilled. In Christ, the promised king of the line of David, the mountain of the Lord’s house, who was the true temple, mount Zion, and the holy city, were established in the “tops of the mountains” and exulted “above the hills,” in heaven. But, most are blind to this.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Many signs accompanied the fulfillment of the various prophecies about Jesus reigning on David’s throne. Miracles were performed by the apostles.
After Jesus ascended to heaven, the Jerusalem of prophecy was no longer the earthly city, but the heavenly one.
The 5th argument of Zeller’s article was similar; he said that the reign of Jesus can only occur in the millennium, and not before, because it is to be upon the 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 quoted above 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 the Father in heaven 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. In Daniel’s vision in chapter 7, Christ is called “the Ancient of days.” 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.