Christ’s reign of peace
In the 2nd of 15 arguments against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, in this article, George Zeller claims that the trouble and warfare in the present world means that Christ is not reigning, as his reign is to be a reign of peace. Zeller wrote:
“Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the THRONE OF DAVID, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:7).
What will conditions be like when the Messiah sits on the throne of David? At that time the earth’s government will be upon His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6) and the earth will enjoy peace as the Prince of Peace sits upon David’s throne. Such conditions are certainly not found during this present church age.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
This figure can be none other than Christ. And among his many crowns, there is one that represents his position as head of the church, and king of Israel, reigning in the heavenly Jerusalem, on the throne of David.
Jesus promised peace to the saints, but in the same verse, he promised they would have tribulation.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Those who are against the heavenly Jerusalem, the church of Christ, which is “the city of the great King,” and the light of the world, become blind like the blind horses in Zechariah 12:4.
In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
In Zechariah’s prophecy, the horses who are smitten with blindness are probably symbolic of those with no understanding. [Psalm 32:9] The house of Judah, like the house of David, stands for the people of God.
Jesus Christ has been given all power in heaven and earth. [Matthew 28:18] This must include the throne of David. But because of their spiritual blindness, many deny it.
The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Paul said that everything in heaven and earth will eventually be brought under Christ and reconciled to him. Those who are in Christ find rest, and have become a new creation.
Colossians 1:19-23 NIV
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.