178: Isaiah 9:7b

COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 178

The Messiah will come to earth to establish a kingdom upon the throne of David.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 9:7b Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 1:33 “And He (Jesus) will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!

Application:

The Old Testament predicts that David’s house, kingdom, and throne will be established forever.

By the term house, this prophecy is referring to the household or family of David that will produce a line of descendants leading to the throne of the Messiah. David was promised a house, a continual generation which would rule forever. This promise made to David describes the coming Messiah as a descendant from his line who will rule His kingdom forever.

2 Samuel Chapter 7 begins with David at rest in his own house. He realizes that he lives in a beautiful home while the Lord dwells in a tent. David determines that he will build God a house; instead the Lord tells David, I will build you a house.

This chapter is widely accepted by many scholars, the Midrash and the Qumran, as Messianic.[1] With this in mind, it is certain that the house which God is going to build for David is a line of descendants that will result in the coming of the Messiah. We see an indication of this from the New Testament Gospel of Luke:

Luke 2:4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David

There are 16 Old Testament prophecies which describe the Messiah as coming from one of David’s descendants. The primary source for this promise comes from the Book of 2 Samuel Chapter 7.

2 Samuel 7:1-13 Now it came to pass when David was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around, 2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” 3 Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.” 4 But it happened that night that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, 5 “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: … 12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” ’ ”

The Lord is pleased by the desire of David’s heart; however, David will not be permitted to build the Lord a house because he has been a man of great bloodshed. The Old Testament records 17 battles that David fought during the 40 years of his reign as king. There are another 10 confrontations that David had with Saul and his men, in which many more men died (See Prophecy 151).

David prohibited:

Although David will not be permitted to build God a house, the Lord promises David that because of His love for the Lord, God will build him a house which will never end.

2 Samuel 7:16 “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.

The task of building the Lord’s house in Jerusalem will pass to David’s son, Solomon. David will assemble many of the materials which will be used in the construction of the Temple, but he will not be allowed to begin the actual building himself.

It was because David desired with all of his heart to build the Lord a house, that the Lord determined instead, to build David a house: Not a house of brick and mortar but one of flesh and blood; a line of offspring that would lead to the Messiah.

It is apparently very important to the Lord that the Messiah originate from the House of David. This is due to the fact that the Lord promised David, that the one who would come from His house would rule Israel forever.

2 Samuel 7:12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

2 Samuel 7:16 “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.

The future kingdom which was promised to David was established at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The physical manifestation of this kingdom, however, would be delayed until Jesus returns with His redeemed church, at the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period. See Prophecy 177 for the details of when the kingdom of the Messiah will begin.

Additional Old Testament prophecies which declare that the Messiah’s kingdom will be established under David:

Prophecy 51
2 Samuel 7:16 The Messiah’s kingdom established under David will continue forever.

Prophecy 56
1 Chronicles 17:12 The kingdom of the Messiah will be established under David and will continue forever.

Prophecy 130
Psalms 89:36-37 The kingdom of the Messiah shall be from David’s line and will last forever.

Prophecy 151
Psalms 132:11 The promise to David, that his descendant will be the Messiah and sit upon his throne forever.

Prophecy 152
Psalms 132:13-18 Jerusalem shall be the dwelling place of the Messiah from where He shall reign upon David’s throne over the whole earth forever.

Prophecy 178
Isaiah 9:6-7 The Messiah will come to earth to establish a kingdom upon the throne of David.


NOTES:
[1] Baldwin, p. 213; cf. also Gordon, I &II Samuel, p. 236; Brueggemann, First and Second Samuel, p. 257; Carlson, p. 127). Judging from 4QFlor (ilegium), a midrash on 7: 10b- 14a, the Qumran sectarians also detected clear messianic overtones in Nathan’s oracle. (Expositor’s Bible Commentary)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s