Jesus is Already King!

The doctrines of premillenialism are a confusing lot because they are not based upon accurate application of Scripture. Sadly, this man-made teaching is prevalent in nearly all of the denominations that follow John Calvin. It is a dangerous doctrine because it assumes a few things that are diametrically opposed to plain Bible teaching. In fact, if a person believes in premillenialism he will have to believe that God and Christ did not accomplish what they intended to at the first coming of Jesus. Basically, they are saying the Almighty God failed. Certainly, no one wants to be guilty of believing or teaching such blasphemy. Let us take a moment to zero in on one facet of this teaching that proves it to be 100% wrong.

Jesus is King over His Kingdom right now and has been since He ascended to David’s throne after His death and resurrection. In fact John 18:37 we learn that Jesus came to earth to be crowned king.

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:37 (ESV)

Jesus met every one of the qualifications to be crowned King – He had a territory (Dan 7:113-14; Phil 2:9-11), He had subjects (Col 1:20; John 18:36), He conquered His foe (Rev 3:21).

Notice carefully that Luke records these telling words…

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,  “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand…” (Acts 2:29-34 ESV)

Paul agrees…

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:20–28 ESV).

Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father until the end

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high… 13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,  “Sit at my right hand  until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? (Hebrews 1:3; 13 ESV)

“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. (Hebrews 10:12–13 ESV)

Jesus is now King “And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. (Colossians 1:18 ESV)…“But Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. (Hebrews 3:6 ESV).

If Jesus is not the King we are still in the power of darkness “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son (Colossians 1:13 ESV).

Our Lord and Savior is right now seated upon David’s throne. Premillenial doctrine states that Jesus will come back to sit on David’s physical throne in earthly Jerusalem. However, that cannot be. Jesus is the seed of Jeconiah (Coniah) legally through Joseph (Matt 1:12, 16) and physically through Mary (via Shealtiel, Luke 3:27). According to Jeremiah 22:24-30, Jesus would never reign on David’s throne on earth and prosper.

“As I live, declares the Lord, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off 25 and give you into the hand of those who seek your life, into the hand of those of whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 I will hurl you and the mother who bore you into another country, where you were not born, and there you shall die. 27 But to the land to which they will long to return, there they shall not return.”  28  Is this man Coniah a despised, broken pot,  a vessel no one cares for?  Why are he and his children hurled and cast  into a land that they do not know?  29  O land, land, land,  hear the word of the Lord!  30  Thus says the Lord:  “Write this man down as childless,  a man who shall not succeed in his days,  for none of his offspring shall succeed  in sitting on the throne of David  and ruling again in Judah.” (Jeremiah 22:24–30 ESV).

The throne of David is a spiritual throne not a physical one.

Jesus Himself claims He has ALL Authority (Matt 28:18). Those who obey Jesus will are added to the church which is Christ’s Kingdom. It is important to remember that Jesus said that there were some living during His earthly ministry, who would not taste death until the Kingdom came with power (Mark 9:1). The Kingdom did come with power on the first Pentecost Sunday after His resurrection recorded in Acts 2. That Kingdom could not exist without a King to rule over it. John told us in the revelation that he was in the Kingdom as well as those who were reading his letter (Revelation 1:6)

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