Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Throne of David

Scripture: 1 Kings 9 v 1 - 5
Revelation 20 v 4: "And I saw thrones, and they that sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years."

King David was a man after God's own heart who knew he wasn't perfect. He confessed his sins often and freely repented of them. He had a wonderful relationship with the Lord, and God promised him that his Throne or dynasty would last forever.

On both sides of the genealogy of Jesus ie through his mother Mary and father Joseph, David is an ancestor. Jesus had to be born before AD70 when the Roman General Titus destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem.

Jesus had to be able to prove His lineage as recorded in Matthew 1. All the tribes and descendants from Adam were recorded on the walls of the Temple. So once it was destroyed Jesus would not have been able to trace His origins. 

The Millenium, which is the 1000 years of Peace after Jesus returns to Earth, is also known as the Throne of David. Jesus will ascend the Throne of David and rule the nations from Jerusalem during the 1000 years of restoration of the Earth. The Earth will be returned to the Creator's original perfection.

The names of David's immediate forefathers is enlightening. Boaz - his name means "In him is strength" bore Obed which means "Serve" who begat Jesse meaning "Wealth" who begat David which is "Beloved". Therefore in Jesus Christ is power and strength to deliver wealth to His beloved servant.  Ruth 4 v 21-22.

The apple of God's eye is Israel (Zechariah 2 v 7-8) and He will always bless her. No less will He bless us who are in the Body of Jesus for He has an everlasting covenant with us. We will be raptured (caught up) to meet Him in the sky and return to Earth to rule with Him on the Throne of David after the terrible Battle of Armageddon.

The outworking of God's plan is clearly stated. People will either be clamouring for the destruction of Israel or be part of her rescue. Those attacking will be destroyed and spend eternity in hell; those rescuing her will enter Heaven. (Matthew 25).

Israel is the Bride of Christ, the Lamb's wife, as stated in Revelation 21 v 9 - 12. The New Jerusalem is made up of the twelve tribes of Israel. The twelve gates of the city are made of pearl. For many years the teaching was that the church is the bride of Christ. I never queried it until Jesus showed me the verses in Rev 21.

He showed me that He is the Head of the Church, which is His body. Head and Body make up the Bridegroom. (John 3 v 29). These two come together after the rapture of the Body to meet Jesus in the sky. The Bridegroom is completed to fight the battle of Armageddon and finally rescue Israel, His Bride, from the Antichrist and his hordes that want to destroy all Christians and Jews. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father the rise of fanatical Islamists and Interfaith tell us how close we are to the end of this age. We long for the Rapture to join the true born again believers to Jesus before coming to defeat satan and his followers in the battle of Armageddon. Then we will reign with Jesus for 1000 years of peace on the Throne of David. In Jesus' name. Amen.