Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled Part 5

King David

King David

One of the most important prophecies concerning Israel’s Messiah was given to King David, His ancestor:

“Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. 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. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 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: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” (2nd Samuel 7:11b-16)

“Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house. And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee: But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.” (1st Chronicles 17:10b-14)

To help us understand the fulfillment of this prophecy given to King David I will quote some portions from George B. Fletcher’s work “The Millenium : What it is Not”:

“The original promise in covenant concerning David’s throne is found in II Sam. 7:11-17 and I Chron. 17:9-15. This is the oath which God swore by His holiness to David (Psa. 89:3,4,35,36) the covenant which He made with him respecting the perpetuity of his royal seed and kingdom–the word upon which He caused him to hope (Psa. 119-.49), and which is afterwards so much insisted on throughout the Psalms, and by the succeeding prophets. This promise, like that made to Abraham, has a two-fold aspect. One to David’s fleshly seed and temporal kingdom, the other to the Messiah and the kingdom of Heaven and it respected the former only as types and pledges of the latter so that those who saw it accomplished in what respected David’s temporal house, had a proof that the lord spoke by the prophet. In this they also had a pledge that He would also in due time fulfill the spiritual part of it by raising up the Messiah to sit forever on His throne, which is the main thing intended in the promise, as the Scriptures abundantly testify.”

“That it had a respect to David’s natural seed who were to succeed him on the throne of Israel, is evident from David’s application of it to his son Solomon, in whom the temporal part of it had begun accomplishment (I Chron. 22:6-11; 28:5-8). The Lord Himself also applies it unto Solomon when He appeared unto him (II Chron. 7:7,18). It contains a threatening against such of David’s children as should commit iniquity (II Sam. 7:14; Psa. 89:30-33), which was verified on his royal posterity who succeeded him on the throne, whom the Lord punished for their transgressions, as sacred history sufficiently shows. It was to fulfill the temporal part of this promise that the Lord continued the house of David so long on the throne of Judah, notwithstanding all their rebellion against him (I Kings 11:36; II Kings 8:19; II Chron. 21:7), and it was frequently pleaded by the Jews when the judgments inflicted upon David’s temporal house and kingdom seemed to make it void (Psa. 89:38-52; Psa. 132).”

“But how then, was the promise made good, that David’s seed should sit forever on his throne? The spiritual and eternal part of this promise respected only the Messiah, who was to come of the seed of David according to the flesh, and to be raised up from the dead to sit forever on His heavenly throne This promise, as it respected the Messiah was absolute, and in Him it had its full accomplishment. That David understood it in this sense, appears from his last words in II Sam. 7:16; 23:5.”

“We are not left, however, to our conjectures on this subject. Peter, by the infallible inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us expressly how David understood this promise. After having cited his prophecy of Christ’s resurrection from Psa.16, he adds, “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne, HE SEEING THIS BEFORE spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption” (Acts 2:25-32). From these words, it is evident that David understood from this promise, not only that the Messiah was to come of his seed, but that He was to be raised up from the dead to sit on His throne. OBSERVE THAT AT THE VERY TIME THIS KINGDOM AND THRONE OF DAVID WAS TO BE ESTABLISHED FOREVER, IT WAS SAID OF DAVID HIMSELF, “THOU SHALT SLEEP WITH THY FATHERS” (II Sam. 7:12). SO INSTEAD OF CHRIST’S SITTING ON DAVID’S THRONE AFTER THE RESURRECTION OF THE RIGHTEOUS, THIS TEXT PROVES THAT IT WOULD TAKE PLACE WHILE DAVID WAS STILL SLEEPING WITH HIS FATHERS (Acts 2:29,30; Psa. 132:11).”

“In confirmation of this Heb. 10:12,13 declares Christ is reigning now, while His enemies are being subdued, and that–while David sleeps with his fathers. Finally, I Cor. 15:22-28 gives five facts relative to Christ’s reign now on David’s throne, which He transferred to Heaven, just as David transferred his from Hebron to Mount Zion (II Sam. 5:1-7); (1) there will be a resurrection of the dead (v. 22); (2) it will take place at the Second Advent (v. 23) (3) then the end (v. 24), meaning of time, of salvation, of the world. There is no difference between probation after death and probation AFTER the Second Advent. It is un-Biblical to offer salvation to men after the Second Advent (II Cor. 6:2). (4) With the resurrection of the dead the last enemy, death, shall be destroyed. The destruction of death is put at the end of His mediatorial reign, and not at its beginning (v. 26). (5) Hence, Christ’s reign is before the resurrection of the dead, and not after it, and it is while His enemies are being subjected and not after their subjugation. “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may all in all” (v. 28).”

George B. Fletcher’s document “The Millenium : What it is Not” can be read in its entirety here:

See also :

Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled Part 4

Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled Part 3

Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled Part 2

Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled Part 1

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