Does Jesus sit on the throne of David today as was promised Him in Luke 1:26-33?
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: Let's refresh for a moment what the last three promises from Luke 1:26-33 are that appear to be unfulfilled. Those prophecies are that:
- He will be given the throne of David.
- He will reign over the house of Jacob forever.
- There will be no end to His Kingdom.
Have they already been fulfilled spiritually in the life of the Church?
Don Perkins: I would say no. These are literal prophecies. As the first four prophecies were literally fulfilled, I would say the last three have to be literally fulfilled as well.
Dr. Reagan: You know that makes a lot of sense. It's just as logical as it can be, isn't it? The first four were literal, why aren't the last three literal?
Don Perkins: Yes.
Dr. Reagan: And yet, we have the majority of Christian leaders on the planet earth today saying those last three are being fulfilled figuratively, symbolically, right now in the Church. What do you think about that?
Don McGee: My question to anyone who would take that stand would be this, "What law, what rule of hermeneutics or Bible interpretation, do you apply to this?" It doesn't apply to any other aspect of New Testament scripture. Where this comes from, I don't know. I know why it's there. It's because they are trying to take a concept, a Scripture, and cut it and mold it and fashion it into a predisposed theological viewpoint.
Dr. Reagan: And that's where you get in trouble.
Don McGee: Anytime you do that, you're in trouble.
Dr. Reagan: Even the Scriptures themselves, I think, can be used to prove that these are not being fulfilled symbolically. For example, what throne is Jesus sitting on right now?
Don McGee: Jesus is not on a throne right now. He's at the right hand of the Father.
Dr. Reagan: He's sharing the Father's throne, but He says in Revelation that one day He's going to come back and take the throne of David.
Don Perkins: Yes.
Dr. Reagan: What does this prophecy say? This prophecy says He will be given the throne of David. He is not on the throne of David right now.
Don Perkins: That's right.
Dr. Reagan: He is at His Father's right hand in Heaven. And, it even says that when He comes back and takes His throne that we will be able to share His throne just as He is sharing His Father's throne.
Don McGee: And, not only that, if you go back to the Old Testament and to Jeremiah particularly, in Jeremiah 3 and 17, it says that the name of Jerusalem will be changed to what? "The Throne of the Lord." I think that's very significant when you consider the Matthew 25 and 19 passages about the throne of David being in Jerusalem.
In the next segment of this "Forgotten Promises of Christmas" series, we'll look deeper at the second of the three unfulfilled promises in Luke 1:26-33 concerning Jesus reigning over the house of Jacob forever.