The Royal Sceptre: Throne of David Israel by admin - January 12, 20143 Many Christians today who have not been properly taught all of God’s Word, are not familiar with the True meaning of the Kingline of David as given in Scripture. We all know the Biblical story of how David slew the giant Goliath, and how he was anointed King over Israel. And supposedly that king line of Judah ended with Zedekiah during Jeremiah’s day. But God’s Message for That Kingline does not stop there by any means. No… that Message continues even down to our time today, and yet future, as Christ Jesus is Who That Throne is reserved for, forever and ever. Jesus Christ our Lord will be known as ‘KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.’ Many have read that Title of Christ from Revelation 19:16, but have not understood Its full meaning for us today. This is a beautiful Message from our Father’s Word, and it lets us know that our Salvation in Christ Jesus actually has ‘substance’ and real Value which we can relate to, even while this flesh time still exists. It shows that God’s Promises from His Holy Word are True and everlasting. Let’s discover more about that Eternal Throne, as we ask a Word of Wisdom from our Father, in Christ Jesus’ Name, Amen. On the topic outline page of these Lost Tribe Studies, you will find a reference to Genesis 49:10. It is one of many verses given to us in God’s Word about The Everlasting Throne of Christ: Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be. 11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: Genesis 49:10 is very specific that the Sceptre Rule would never depart from the tribe of Judah, nor would God’s Law ever depart from Judah’s responsibility of protecting It. Then we are given this big word ‘until‘, as a condition, and that it would all change, at Shiloh’s coming. That word ‘Shiloh’ is another figurative Title for Jesus Christ, and the geographical location of Shiloh was where the first Tabernacle worship was setup in the Holy Land in Israel (Joshua 18:1). Then we are also told in this verse that “…unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.” Just who might “the people” be in that verse? (Those of Rev.7). That ‘gathering’ is specifically what Paul was speaking of in 2 Thessalonians 2:1, and 1 Thess.4:17 (also see Matt.24:31; 25:32; Mark 13:27; Eph.1:10; Ps.50; Luke 19:11). God’s Heavenly Cube of Rev.21:16 will be established on earth, at Zion; not in the polluted state this earth is in now, but on a renewed earth (Rev.21:1; 2 Peter 3:13; Isaiah 65:17; 66:22). And all those in Christ will be ‘gathered’ to our Lord Jesus Christ there, to Zion, The New Jerusalem, on a rebuilt earth (see Zech.14). The Throne of David God established that Throne of Sceptre Royal Rule on earth, as an everlasting Covenant, the Promise being first given to Abraham (as ‘Abram‘; Gen.17). That Covenant originally included the Birthright Blessings of wealth and resources along with it, but eventually the Birthright ‘double-portion’ was given to the ‘sons of Joseph’ (1 Chronicles 5:1-2; Gen.48:22). But the Royal Sceptre of Ruler was to go to Judah. GOD gave His Promise of establishing that Throne to David, through God’s prophet Nathan: 2 Sam 7:8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto My servant David, ‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts, ‘I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My People, over Israel: 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for My People Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, God is telling David that He is going to establish a place for His People Israel, and David, a descendent of Judah, is given to rule over them, meaning all twelve tribes. The final fulfillment of verse 10 is not yet… as “the children of wickedness” still ‘afflict‘ God’s Israel even today, and the great tribulation is yet future to us, when Satan will cause the greatest affliction upon God’s Israel. So this prophetic event will be accomplished when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ reigns with His elect, over a returned People of Israel, to the land God first promised them (see Ezek.37; Zech.14). 2 Sam 7:11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over My People Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that He will make thee an house. 12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for My name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. David wanted to build God a House, i.e. Temple, but David’s son Solomon was to build It. Notice this last verse 13. Did you catch what God said here with, “and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever”? Just how long is “for ever”? Does ‘forever’ mean only when Christ returns to claim that Throne, and then eternally forward? Are there ‘any’ cessations of that Throne allowed in ‘forever’? What I mean by this is, that since there is no one from the tribe of Judah sitting on the Throne over in the Holy Land today, as ‘king’, then it appears that this Promise from God has pauses in it. And thus the majority interpret this verse of 2 Samuel 7:13 to mean, that Throne begins with Christ’s reign at His second Advent. But we are going to discover there are no pauses, nor has there ever been a pause in God’s establishing of that Throne of Royal Rule by one of Judah, “for ever”. It is still setup on earth, even today! (Whoops! I ‘let the cat out of the bag’!). 2 Sam 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be My son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15 But My mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.”” 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. Take a real good look at Verse 16. The phrase “and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee:” has a particular condition. “Before thee” means before David’s presence, and in presence of his seed after him, on earth! No? Still don’t believe it yet? Well, did David understand what God promised here in the same way, as a ‘continuous’ kingdom, everlasting, once it was first started long ago? 2 Sam 7:18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto? 19 And this was yet a small thing in Thy sight, O Lord GOD; but Thou hast spoken also of Thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD? That’s exactly how David understood this also, as a kingdom which would ‘never’ fail to end, and would continue even past Zedekiah, the last king of the ‘house of Judah’ in the Holy Land. (Notice I said ‘in the Holy Land’. That means it might still continue elsewhere outside of the land we call Israel today.) David well understood what our Father meant with ‘for ever’, because he even asked God how can this happen with man? David knew with all of man’s flesh ways, that Throne could never exist for long on earth. But with God, it’s a totally different story! Once God’s Temple was finished, Solomon then thanked our Father, and remembered God’s Promise to his father David, of establishing the throne of Israel everlasting: I Kings 8:25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with Thy servant David my father that Thou promisedst him, saying, ‘There shall not fail thee a man in My sight to sit on the throne of Israel;” so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before Me as thou hast walked before Me.’ Did you notice Solomon also understood God’s Promise to David, as our Heavenly Father said that ‘in My sight’, there should never fail a man to sit on the throne of Israel? Just how long is that then? The Kingdom of Israel was divided after Solomon’s days, with the ten tribes being taken away to Assyria, and never returned to the Holy Land as a people; all that we’ve covered in the past Lost Tribe studies. And even the ‘house of Judah’ went in captivity to Babylon about 130 years after the ‘house of Israel’, but a remnant of Judah did return to Jerusalem, to re-build a second Temple. That second Temple was destroyed by the Roman general Titus in 70 A.D., even while Judea (house of Judah) was held captive during the Roman Empire. So… the historians think the Nation of Israel just ended, and ceased as a Nation through all of that. What do you think? Moreover, what do you think our Heavenly Father thought about His Promise concerning that Throne? He just told us, right here in I Kings 8:25; He even gave us the clue of “in My sight”, meaning the throne of Israel would never cease to exist, and that there would never “fail thee a man” to sit on that Throne, in God’s Sight, not man’s sight. So just because the majority of the world has failed to understand that It did continue, and even still exists today on earth, our Father knows better, for He gave that Promise of the earthly Throne of Israel to David and his seed forever. The ‘evil one’ thinks he’s going to get that Throne, but he never will (2 Thess.2). The throne Satan and his workers will set up in Jerusalem in our near future, during the tribulation, will be a false throne. The ‘present‘ of Isaiah 18:7 is where Christ’s True Throne will be brought to Zion from. Do you remember the people ‘beyond the rivers of Ethiopia’? (see Isaiah 18). An Everlasting Kingdom Many have a difficult time grasping this, that the Throne of Israel has always been established, even upon earth; i.e. “as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2). And also, that Throne is the property of, and always has belonged, to God. That is the meaning of rule by Divine Decree when flesh kings and queens have sat on that Throne of Israel, because that Throne has ever been our LORD’s ownership, even as with all things: Ps 89:3 I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn unto David My servant, 4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah. ‘All generations’ means even to TODAY’s time. Remember back to Gen.49:10 which stated that one from Judah would always have that sceptre Rule of Divine Kingship of the Throne of Israel, all the way to Christ Jesus’ second coming? Our Lord Jesus Christ is very close to re-claiming His Everlasting Throne on earth. The word ‘Selah‘ is ‘Celah‘ in Hebrew, and means a ‘suspension (of music), i.e., pause’ (Strong’s no. 5542). It means to stop and think, ponder on what was just said! 2 Chr 21:7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that He had made with David, and as He promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever. Ps 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips. 35 Once have I sworn by My holiness that I will not lie unto David. 36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before Me. God’s Word is sure, as He never goes back on His Covenant Promises; absolutely ‘never’. His may see punishment when getting out of line, but His Promises are True and stable, just as He is still in control today. Man can’t be that firmly established in himself; but our Father can. This Message here in Ps.89 is about Christ Jesus, our KING Who will rule upon that everlasting Throne. But it also includes the seed of David ‘until‘ Shiloh comes on the Second Advent of our Savior. I realize the great lengths I’ve gone to in trying to help others to understand the true meaning of this Throne everlasting, promised by God to David. Because of this Covenant Promise first given to Abraham all the way to David, the ‘house of David’ is still established upon the Throne of Israel, even today. Just because Its earthly manifestation is a little abased right now, does not mean It is no more. The Kenites have tried to totally exterminate It upon earth, and they think they’ve even succeeded today. But wait… all will see when The True Christ Jesus Messiah comes to claim that Throne everlasting, as many will be amazed to discover which land It departs, in order to go to Zion, The New Jerusalem! Jer 33:23 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 24 “Considerest thou not what this People have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off’? thus they have despised My People, that they should be no more a nation before them. Jeremiah the prophet was in prison when God spoke this matter to him. The last king of Judah, i.e. Zedekiah, would be thrown down during Jeremiah’s days, and Jeremiah being one of God’s prophets, knew it was coming. Also, he and the people were kind of worried about it. These ‘two families’ mean the ‘house of Judah’, and the ‘house of Israel'(ten tribes). The ‘house of Israel’ was already gone captive out of the Holy land to Assyria during Jeremiah’s day. And now, it appeared that it was the ‘house of Judah’s’ turn to be made a waste. Jer. 33:25 Thus saith the LORD; ‘If My covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; 26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.'” This is God swearing by Himself. What He said here was something like “if I didn’t set the sun and moon, and the laws of all things in motion and in perfect order, then My Covenant with the seed of David is meaningless.” And further, “if you don’t believe that I Jehovah created all things, and set them in motion, then you can believe I will break My Covenant with David’s seed, to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob until Christ comes.” Our Father is basically telling Jeremiah not to worry about the coming destruction and captivity of Jerusalem, and the ‘house of David’. It would be well established; even forever! Moreover, Jeremiah would soon have a hand in helping to maintain the establishing of the seed of David, but elsewhere, outside the Holy Land. Christ Jesus is The Son of David, and He is The Branch of David Who will reign Israel forever. So seeing David’s lineage in trouble was a big matter. That’s where many teachers of God’s Word have left off with the ‘house of David’. The majority are taught that Throne is gone on earth, and will not be established until Christ Jesus comes. It’s true, the Throne of David belongs to our Lord and Savior at His return, but don’t forget that the Promise by God to David, also includes that Royal lineage of Judah, sitting upon that Throne of Israel, all the way up to Shiloh’s return (Gen.49:10). Even though historically David’s earthly Throne ceased to exist in Judea, with Zedekiah being the last king of Judah there, God’s Word never says It totally ceased to exist on earth, meaning somewhere else on earth. Anyone who has ever read I and II Kings, surely they remember two kings in the Holy Land at the same time, one over the ‘house of Judah’ in Jerusalem, and one over the ‘house of Israel’ in Samaria (see I Kings 11>). These previous examples from God’s Word show the Throne of Israel still must be in effect today upon earth, otherwise what our Father promised David would not be True. One of the goals the children of iniquity have almost completely pulled off, is that of brainwashing the majority of the ‘house of Israel’ and the ‘house of Judah’ into thinking that Throne ended on earth long ago with Zedekiah. The attack against that Throne throughout centuries of war, lies, and propaganda, has removed much of its true meaning and history from people’s minds today. But never forget, as our Father YHVH did swear by Himself in Jeremiah 33:25-26, if one from the ‘house of David’ ever failed to sit upon that Throne of Israel, then God didn’t create the heavens and the earth. For those in Christ then, we know His Throne everlasting, is still here with us on earth, and our Lord Jesus Christ is coming to claim It. I’m well aware of Mark 16:19 where our Lord and Savior ascended to Heaven to take His Place on the Right Hand of GOD. Heb.10:12 gives a little more info, and it’s about how Christ while now on our Father’s Right Hand in Heaven, is “…henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.” Christ’s full Kingdom Rule is still ‘expecting‘, for He is not returned yet (see Rev.11:15). Because many of my confused Christian brethren have been listening to false prophets, instead of our Father’s Word, they think Christ has already come into His Kingdom, and they await to be ‘caught up’ to Heaven, thinking The Kingdom Everlasting to be a ‘cotton-candy’ floating ether space beyond the stars. Do you remember I said Christ’s future Kingdom on a renewed earth has ‘substance’? God’s Word declares it! (see the study How Does Christ Return?) The next study will follow the ‘overturns’ God prophesied through Jeremiah, of His earthly Throne being removed from Jerusalem, and then becoming established elsewhere. Peace be with you in Christ Jesus, Dave Ramey.