Brother Roberts writes in this lecture: “That Christ is the future king of the world is
one of the most gladsome truths of revelation”. In this lecture he weaves together a
multitude of quotations from both the Old and New Testaments that bear upon this
subject. We would particularly urge those who compile lists of quotes on fundamental
doctrines to mark in their Bibles to read through this chapter, noting the quotations
listed in it.

Lecture 11

The Overall Objective

 To prove that Jesus Christ will return visibly and personally to earth to overthrow all human governments and establish God’s Kingdom over which he will rule universally.

Christ’s Future Role as King on Earth Disputed by the Church

  • The essential constituent of the Messiahship of Jesus Christ is his kingship.
  • Most church teaching regarding Christ’s kingship reduces his role to only a spiritual authority in heaven.
  • It is recognized that both the Jews and the disciples of Jesus expected the Messiah to appear on earth to establish himself as king over all nations, but this idea is labelled as being erroneous and carnal by most Churches.

Christ Will Return as Messiah and Will Sit on David’s Throne

  • The actual and visible return of Christ as prophesied in the Old Testament is endorsed by both Jesus himself and his disciples.
  • The prophets clearly spoke of the Messiah as a ruler exercising power and judgment. These scriptures create the expectation of the appearance of a future Messiah (Micah 5:2; Jer 23:5–6).
  • The New Testament builds on the writings of the prophets, reinforcing their message. It speaks of Jesus sitting upon the throne of David—a term signifying the ruling position of a monarch over their country (Luke 1:31–33). • Christ will return from heaven and re-establish the throne of David (Psa 132:11; Acts 2:30; Matt 25:31).
  • The prophet Ezekiel speaks of David’s throne remaining unoccupied from the days of Zedekiah “until he come whose right it is” (Ezek 21:25–27).
  • The birth of Jesus, and subsequent expectation of his kingship by the wise men was perceived as a real threat by Herod (Matt 2:2–3,5,16).

Jerusalem—The City of the Great King

  • Jerusalem is “the city of the great King”. However, it will remain trodden down until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”. Its emancipation into Jewish control will signal the imminent return of that King (Luke 21:24; Matt 23:37–39).
  • When Christ returns the Jewish nation will recognize and accept him as Saviour and King (Zech 12:10).
  • Jerusalem will be the spiritual and geographical capital of the earth (Zech 2:12; Isa 24:23; Jer 3:17; Mic 4:2–3; Isa 2:3; Zech 14:16–17).

New Testament Teaching and Experiences Point to Christ’s Kingship

  • During Jesus’ ministry, at the peak of his popularity, there was strong feeling among the people to make him their king, but ultimately they rejected him (John 6:15).
  • The parable of the vineyard portrays Jesus as the rightful heir to the house of Israel, even David’s throne (Luke 20:9–19).
  • The trial of Jesus before Pilot centred around the accusation that he claimed to be King of the Jews (John 19:19).
  • The preaching of the Apostles took up this claim to kingship (Acts 17:6–7, 30–31).
  • The New Testament teaches that Jesus is “the Christ” which means “the Anointed One”, foretold by the prophets to be the King of the World.

  Summary

 The return of Jesus Christ is the only hope for a world struggling on under the misrule of progressively worse human governments. At the appointed time God will send His Son to earth to deliver the righteous and establish an everlasting rule of peace and glory to God.