Question: Your February 2003 article was wrong about Christ reigning in Jerusalem. His throne will not be there (Acts:2:22, 25-28). David sees Him sitting at the right hand of the Father (Acts:2:30-35). The Jews are scattered even today (Deuteronomy:28:64). We are in the church age...believers have been born into the kingdom....All authority has been given to Him, not will be given.
Answer: This grievous error denies hundreds of scriptures promising full restoration of Israel in her land, with Christ reigning on David’s throne over Israel and the world (see Ezk 35-39, for example, and many others). Israel is the earthly people and kingdom; the church is the heavenly. Don’t confuse them (see 1 Cor:10:32).
The bias and special intent of Randy Blackaby in the article you enclosed from Truth Magazine is self-evident. He points to Luke:3:27 to find the name Shealtiel (actually Salathiel in KJV). But instead of accepting that his father was Neri, he goes to 1 Chronicles:3:17 to show that Shealtiel’s father was Jeconiah. But Shealtiel of 1 Chronicles:3:17 is not the Salathiel of Luke:3:27, whose father is clearly stated to be Neri!
Blackaby doesn’t seem to realize why the genealogy in Matthew is different from that in Luke. The former is through Joseph, the latter through Joseph’s father-in-law (i.e., Mary), as the margin notes. He disregards the fact that Jesus, as “the second man” (1 Cor:15:47), was created by God in the womb of a virgin (as Adam was from dust). “The only begotten Son of God” did not “inherit” sinful “genes”!
Blackaby then contradicts himself by saying that Jesus “was the Son of David—the true king.” Yet he tries to “prove” that Jesus was “precluded from ever being a king in Judah.” But David was King of Judah and over all of Israel. Mary was promised that Jesus would “reign over the house of Jacob [Israel] for ever...on the throne of his father David” (Lk 1:32,33).
David’s throne was not in heaven but in Jerusalem. David never ruled from heaven, nor will Christ rule over Israel restored to her land from heaven, but from earth. In heaven He is the groom and the church His bride. He does not rule over His bride as king.
If the kingdom of God is already on earth, we must be in the slums! Do you think the prayer for God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven is already answered?