I. Title. Thy Kingdom Come – The Davidic Covenant (Part 3).
II. Article References.
Lewis Sperry Chafer, Th. D. (1871-1952). Charles C. Ryrie, Ph. D.(1925-2016). Merrill F. Unger, Ph. D. (1909-1980). John F. Walvoord, Th. D. (1910-2002). Harold W. Hoehner, Ph. D. (1935-2009). Stanley D. Toussaint, Th. D. (1928-2017). Edward E. Hindson, Ph. D. (1944-2022). Robert L. Thomas, Th. D. (1928-2017). J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D. (1915-2014). Robert P. Lightner, Th. D. (1931-2018). Charles L. Feinberg, Ph. D. (1909-1995). J. Vernon McGee, Th. D. (1904-1988).
III. Article Narrative. The Eschatological Implications Of The Davidic Covenant.
A. Because of an anticipated future literal fulfillment, certain facts present themselves concerning Israel’s future.
1. The covenanted Davidic throne and Kingdom, allied as it is with the Jewish
nation necessarily requires a preservation of the nation. This has been done;
and today we see that nation wonderfully continued down to the present,
More powerful enemies, including the strongest nations and most powerful empires, have perished.
2. None of this is chance work; for, if our position is correct, this is
demanded, seeing that without a restoration of the nation it is impossible to
restore the Davidic Kingdom. The covenant language, the oath of God, the
confirmation of promise by the blood of Jesus, the prophetic utterances, all
notwithstanding the nations’ unbelief, requires its perpetuation, that through it finally God’s promises and faithfulness may be vindicated. God so provides that His Word may be fulfilled. Every Jew, if we will but ponder the matter, that we meet on our streets is a living evidence that the Messiah will yet some day reign gloriously on David’s throne and over His Kingdom, from which to extend a worldwide dominion.
3. The fulfilment of the covenant promises implies, in view of this restored
Davidic throne and Kingdom, that the Messianic Kingdom is a visible, external
Kingdom, not merely spiritual, although embracing spiritual and divine things. Its visibility, and a corresponding acknowledgement of the same, is a feature
inseparable from the language of promise. Therefore the following is necessary to take place.
(a) Israel must be preserved as a nation.
(b) Israel must have a national existence, and be brought back into the land of her inheritance. Since David’s kingdom had definite geographical boundaries and those boundaries were made a feature of the promise to David concerning his son’s reign, the land must be given to this nation as the site of their national homeland.
(c) David’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, must return to the earth, bodily and literally, in order to reign over David’s covenanted kingdom. The allegation that Christ is seated on the Father’s throne reigning over a spiritual kingdom, the church, simply does not fulfill the promises of the covenant.
(d) A literal earthly kingdom must be constituted over which the returned Messiah reigns. The fulfilment of the covenant promises implies, in view of this restored Davidic throne and Kingdom, that the Messianic Kingdom is a visible, external Kingdom, not merely spiritual, although embracing spiritual and divine things. Its visibility, and a corresponding acknowledgement of the same, is a feature inseparable from the language of promise.
(e) This kingdom must become an eternal kingdom. Since the “throne,” “house,” and “kingdom” were all promised to David in perpetuity, there must be no end to Messiah’s reign over David’s kingdom from David’s throne.
B. It thus becomes evident that the Davidic covenant is of vital importance to the understanding of future events.
IV. Article Considerations.
A. One of the most difficult and most important factors of writing an article is related to sources of information. A writer must ensure that such sources have a high degree of knowledge on the subjects that are being written, and also must have a high degree of respect from other writers. A second factor that must be considered relates to how to lawfully use material of other writers. In this web site, copyright statutes are not violated. Also, “public domain,” is to be considered. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain
B. In this article, I have chosen theologians whom have proven themselves to be highly respected by others in the Biblical doctrine of eschatology (the study of what Scripture teaches about the end times), and other doctrines of scripture. All of the references in this article have a connection with Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) as graduate or instructor.
C. For education and other supporting data for each source of information in this article, please refer to my Page, “About My References.” The following links show information about Dallas Theological Seminary. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Seminary. It is important to understand that DTS is not a denominational seminary, and is totally independent of such.
D. About Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS).
1. General Info. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_Theological_Seminary
2. Doctrinal Statement. https://www.dts.edu/about/doctrinal-statement/