2.1.4 No. 004 – The Davidic Throne

Among Protestants, there is no small amount of confusion concerning the Throne of David and the prophesied Reign of David. There are at least three areas of confusion.

The Davidic Dynasty. The first area of confusion concerns the concept of dynasty. Many prophetic references to the Reign of David in actuality speak of the Reign of Christ Jesus as the Son of David, seated upon the Throne of David. Some teachers, hopelessly confused on the matter, argue that David personally again shall reign.

The Perpetuity of the Davidic Dynasty. The second area of confusion arises from the mistaken belief that the Lord gave David an unconditional promise of continuity of reign. While the Lord did offer David an uninterrupted reign, every such offer is conditional upon obedience of the people. Teachers often cite an additional promise concerning uninterrupted rule, but the promise is made in a non-canonical document which clearly is a forgery.

The fall of the Throne of David is undeniable. In at least three separate passages, the Scripture declares that the Dynasty of David fell; and a fourth passage records the event.

The Occasion of the Fall. The Davidic Throne fell when Coniah was deposed by Nebuchadnezzar. Coniah, also called Jeconiah, occupied the Throne at the time the Chaldean army of Babylon threatened Jerusalem, circa 586 B. C. Through his prophets, the Lord commanded the Remnant in Jerusalem to submit to the Babylonians. After pledging submission to Nebuchadnezzar, Coniah treacherously sought an alliance with Egypt. When Nebuchadnezzar discovered the treachery, he deposed Coniah, replacing him with Zedekiah.

Concerning Zedekiah. The fact that Zedekiah was placed upon the Throne of Judah when Coniah was deposed often leads Protestants to assume that Zedekiah somehow is in the kingly line of David. But the genealogies of Scripture establish that the genetic line which conveys title to the Davidic Throne runs through Coniah, and not through Zedekiah.

And even if Zedekiah had been a descendant of David, the slaying of the sons of Zedekiah made it impossible for the kingly line to be transmitted through Zedekiah. When Zedekiah also proved treacherous, Nebuchadnezzar slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and then put out the eyes of Zedekiah. This slaying of the sons while the daughters of Zedekiah were allowed to live demonstrates that, at least in the eyes of the Babylonians, the kingly line is perpetuated exclusively through the male heirs.

Also, in Israel, there is no instance in which a woman in the office of Queen is regent of the Land. The nearest instance is Jezebel, but the evil perpetrated by that woman was accomplished under the aegis of her husband, King Ahab. These facts are pertinent to arguments concerning the legitimacy of the British Throne, from which women have reigned as Queen.

The Coniah Curse. Because of the disobedience and hypocrisy of Coniah, the Lord God pronounced upon Coniah a most curious curse. No descendant of Coniah was to prosper sitting on the Davidic Throne, ruling in Judah. Thus, the Curse denies Coniah and his descendants from assuming the Throne, despite the fact that title to the Throne is passed through their line of descent. The effect is to render Coniah childless.

The effect of the curse upon Coniah is seen vividly in the life of Joseph, legal father of Christ Jesus. Joseph held the title to the Throne of David, a fact well-known within the Remnant. Yet, because of the Curse, Joseph laboured as a carpenter, rather than reigning as King. And though Joseph could not exercise the title, he nonetheless could and did pass title to the Throne of David to Jesus.

Necessity of the Virgin Birth. The Protestant Pulpit makes great ado over the Virgin Birth, claiming it was necessarily primarily to inhibit transmission of a “sin nature” to the Incarnate Christ Jesus. Virtually never is the Coniah Curse mentioned; yet the curse upon Coniah is at the heart of the matter. Because of the Curse, Jesus could not have assumed the Throne of David, apart from the Virgin Birth.

The British Throne. A third area of confusion is the notion of many that the Dynasty of David is perpetuated in the contemporary British Throne. Though there may be no official claim, many point to Irish legend and to genealogies which trace the line of the British monarchs back though Ireland to the daughters of Zedekiah.

In the record of the Scripture, the daughters of Zedekiah last are seen in the company of the Prophet Jeremiah in the aftermath of the 586 B. C. destruction of Jerusalem. They and a small number of the poorest of the Land were allowed to remain in the Land, while the rest of the survivors of the siege were marched off captive to Babylon. It is not unlikely that, in accord with Irish legend, Jeremiah and the daughters of Zedekiah did make their way to Ireland, and the daughters became the source of a new line of royalty. However, as previously noted, any such royalty was not a perpetuation of the Throne of David.

Revival of the Davidic Throne. Contemporary Protestants, generally having embraced the Dispensational system of Scofield and the Scofield interpretation of the Book of Revelation, expect a yet-future return of Jesus in which Jesus assumes an earthly throne; many expect that throne to be the throne of the contemporary British monarch. But both expectations shall be dashed.

The Throne of David was revived as a heavenly throne. The Throne was revived when the resurrected Christ Jesus ascended into Heaven and began his everlasting reign as the Son of David.

The Resurrection. The next event on the prophetic timeline is the Resurrection Out From the Dead. Declared by the Scripture with phrases such as “the confidence of Israel,” the Resurrection is the ultimate deliverance for which all the Justified await, namely, deliverance from the Grave and the power of Death.

But the Resurrection is much more than an event which restores the Justified to life. By the Resurrection, the Justified are raised immortal and are given birth into the family of God, that they may serve for evermore as officers of the Kingdom of Heaven, ruling over the nations of the Earth.

The Resurrection is the occasion on which the many offices of the Kingdom of God are populated. Accordingly, the Resurrection is the occasion on which the Kingdom becomes fully operational, and thus, at which comprehensive government of the Earth begins.

Regrettably, most contemporary Protestants have cast away their confidence in the Resurrection, assigning it little or no importance. This is due on the one hand to widespread embrace of the absurd concept that the essence of man is an “Immortal Soul” which cannot die. On the other hand, many have been beguiled by the flimflam of the Dispensationalist concerning the “Rapture,” and therefore view the Resurrection as non-essential.

The Kingdom of God. When Jesus was seated on the revived Throne of David, the Kingdom of God became a reality. The Reign of the Christ, which began two thousand years ago, is an everlasting and comprehensive global reign.

The Protestant sees Kingdom of God simply as an entity over which Jesus rules; but this view is not correct. Seen correctly, the Kingdom of God is a government which rules the nations of the Earth. Every citizen of the Kingdom is a member of the Body of Christ; every citizen of the Kingdom is a officer of the government; every citizen of the Kingdom has been resurrected as an immortal being of the Spirit Realm; every citizen of the Kingdom, by the Resurrection, has been given birth into the family of God as a Son.

The Kingdom of God evermore shall rule over the nations of the Earth. Under the watchful eye of the King, Christ Jesus, and monitored by his government, endless generations of mortal men shall live to great age and shall have advantage of the manifold blessings of the Earth. Under governance of the Kingdom, men shall enjoy the fruit of their labours, free from fear of crime, injustice, and oppression.

(2021.11.24 1915gmt)