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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.

It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven".

After these testimonies there requires no further proof that David's family was constituted by a solemn covenant the Royal House of God's kingdom; and that that one of David's posterity whom God should acknowledge to be His son, should be its everlasting king.

The claims of Jesus to be David's seed and God's Son have been fully established by his resurrection from the dead; which is an assurance to all men, both Jews and Gentiles, that God hath appointed him as the Holy One of Israel their king; to rule the world in righteousness, and to establish truth and equity among the nations; as God sware to Moses, saying, "Truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord".

Let us then proceed now to some further inquiries about THE KINGDOM AND THRONE OF DAVID There are, as we have seen, two everlasting covenants of promise upon which the kingdom of God is based -- the one made with Abraham, and the other with David.

The former gives the land of Canaan to their Seed for ever; the latter, the kingdom and throne established upon it, as long as the moon endures.

They are called David's because his family alone can possess the kingdom.

David's kingdom, however, is also "the kingdom of God and of his Anointed," or Christ; for, whether David, or David's Son of the twenty-eighth generation after him, sit upon the throne, they are both the Lord's Anointed, and ruling as His representatives in His kingdom.

great difference between the two in regard to the anointing is, that David the First was anointed with holy material oil by the hand of Samuel; whereas Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit, at his emergence from the Jordan, direct from the excellent glory.

Hence, Jesus, who is David the Second as well as the second Adam, is Jehovah's Christ, or Anointed King, in a higher sense than "his father David".

The Lord Christ and king David are associated in several prophecies, because the everlasting covenant of promise made with the latter declares its mercies to them both, at one and the same time.

David is to witness the fulfilment of its promises; for the record is, "Thy house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever".

But when?

"Before thee".

From this it is evident, the everlasting establishment of his kingdom cannot take place under the circumstances which have obtained since the death of David until this present time; because, if it is to exist perpetually "before," or in the presence of, David, David must be raised to life for immortality; for, if mortal, he could not behold his throne occupied by Christ for ever.

But "David is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre," said Peter, "is with us until this day" -- "He is not ascended into the heavens".

If, then, he "is dead," and not "gone to heaven," as the phrase is, he is alive in no sense; and consequently the covenant promises are not fulfilled.

David must be alive when they are accomplished.

Christ, his divine son, has been manifested and glorified, and God has recognized him as His Son; but in no other particular has the covenant been fulfilled: for he has inherited neither the land of Canaan, nor the kingdom and throne of David once upon it.

But where are the kingdom and throne of David?

"In heaven, beyond the skies, where Christ is at the right hand of God, and where precious souls go when they die".

Such is the answer given by Gentile theology!

Need we wonder at Jews having such a contempt for what is called "christianity," when they hear its professors gravely affirm such absurd nonsense as this?