As promised in Luke 1:26-33, is Jesus reigning over the house of Jacob forever?
This question was posed by Dr. David Reagan to his Christmas special panel of guest Bible prophecy teachers: Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries, Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries, and Don Perkins of According to Prophecy Ministries.
"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph of the descendants of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, hail, favored one, the Lord is with you. But she was greatly troubled at this statement and kept pondering what kind of salutation this might be. And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great, and He will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end." - Luke 1:26-33
Dr. Reagan: The second seemingly unfulfilled prophecy to Mary in Luke 1:26-33 says that Jesus will reign over the house of Jacob forever. Some people say that the house of Jacob is referring to the Church. Is that the Church?
Dennis Pollock: Well, no, the house of Jacob is the house of Jacob. I think where people miss this is that there are parallels between Israel and the Church. For example, Israel was circumcised; the males in Israel were circumcised. Well, in the Church, in Christ, we're circumcised of heart. So, there are parallels, but that doesn't negate the realities of the promises to Israel.
In Ezekiel 36, God says, "I'm going to give them a new heart, put a new spirit within them." We've often grabbed that promise that it applies to what happens when you are born again, and it is. But, that doesn't negate the fact that God said to Israel, "I'm going to do that for you." And so here, whatever other spiritual application you may want to make, and maybe we'll get to Heaven and find out there were some, the truth is this was said about Israel, "He would reign over the house of Jacob." God means what He says and He says what He means.
Dr. Reagan: Is Jacob the Church?
Don Perkins: No, no. Jesus understood it so well. In the Book of John, after He did the miracle of feeding the 5,000, the Bible says that the people looked to Him and they would have made Him King. The Bible said that Jesus perceived that they would make Him king and so He hid Himself from them, from Israel. What happened? He would not allow them to make Him the king over Israel before the time. He came first to die for the world, and then later based on these prophecies He will physically come back to fulfill that prophecy.
Dr. Reagan: Any other comments about Jacob being the Church?
Don McGee: I see a terrible inconsistency with people who say that this is the Church. They like to argue that we are all children of Abraham by faith, and that's true. But, if we were spiritual Israel, then it would not be the house of Jacob. It would be called instead "the house of Abraham" that would be mentioned here.
In the next segment of this "Forgotten Promises of Christmas" series, we'll look deeper at the third of the three unfulfilled promises in Luke 1:26-33 concerning there being no end to Christ's Kingdom.