The Person of Christ - 36 - The Throne of the King

 

Chapter 36 - The Millennial Reign of Christ

The Throne of The King

John Stubbs

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ has not yet come to His own throne. He is not yet known as King. Solomon. as we learn from I Kings 1:48 and 2:12. was associated with two thrones, that of his father David and then later his own throne (I Kings 10:18). Similarly the Lord Jesus is associated with two thrones. In Revelation 3:21 we read, ?To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me on My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father in His throne.? Thus, the Lord Jesus is presently exalted on His Father?s throne. It is called the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16), whereas in the future millennial kingdom on earth, the throne that will be His is called ?the throne of His glory? (Matt. 25:3 1).

 

The Lord Jesus, according to the prophetic Word, will surely come to this earth and set up the throne of His rule and authority. What will happen when He comes to the earth? First, we see the sword in His hand to smite and conquer the enemy (Psalm 45:3; Rev. 19:11-16). Note here that He is described as the King of kings. Next we see the

ckle in His hand to reap the harvest of the earth (Rev. 14:14-16). If we compare this with Joel 3:12-14, we conclude that the scene applies to the judgment of the living nations, when the Lord will sit upon the throne of His glory separating between those who have accepted or rejected the Gospel o4? the kingdom (Matt. 25:31-46). This will occur almost immediately after Christ has descended to earth and jiEf pi~vious to the inauguration of the kingdom. Note our Lard kuzs for the first and only time refers to Himself as the King (v.34)! Finally we see the sceptre in His hand (Psalm 45:6), a symbol of rule and authority, when He will commence to reign in His millennial kingdom.

 

The rebel sword is sheathed! the spear is flung aside;

The vanquished hosts disband, and scatter far and wide.

Man?s blood no longer stains the river?s crystal tide;

The skies no longer ring with shouts of human pride:

?us universal peace, won by the Lamb that died.

 

It is recorded by Luke that God shall give to the Lord Jesus ?The throne of His father David? (Luke 1:32). We must take this wonderful promise of God through Gabriel in its literal sense. Our Lord Jesus will then be the King who will ?reign in righteousness? (Isa. 32:1). When Jeremiah speaks of the same great period of millennial reign he says, ?A King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth? (Jer. 23:5). In the past, all kings have failed. David is conscious of the failure of his own reign and the blemish on his own life when in his last words he says, ?He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God, and He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds? (II Sam. 23:3,4). What a wonderful new age will dawn for this world when the righteous King sits upon His own throne! Jerusalem will then be called ?The throne of the Lord? (Jer. 3:17). It will be the centre and seat of Messiah?s universal government. (cp. Isa. 2:3,4).

 

Old Testament saints and saints of this age as well as tribulation saints will have an interest in the kingdom of the Messiah (Psalm 149:5-9; II Tim. 2:12 and Rev. 20:4). It would appear from Scripture, that although our Lord?s throne is on earth, He will not continually and physically occupy it. It would appear from many passages that the millennial earth will not be the home of Christ and His church, but that Christ will dwell with His bride in the heavenlies (Rev. 21:22-27). There will be perfect communication between heaven and earth as our Lord said (John 1:51). Therefore, it may be that saints with varying kingdom responsibilities will frequently visit the earth, as indeed our Lord Himself will do. However, there will be many things on earth that will require His personal presence. The new temple, for example, will be built under His supervision, and for the first time there will be combined in His Person the role of King and Priest (Zech. 6:13). International questions will be decided in His perfect wisdom as Judge (Isa. 2:4). Referring to Messiah?s reign. Psalm 72:12,13 requires the Lord?s presence on earth as the Saviour and Sympathizer for the needy throughout the course of the millennium. Since there will be sickness and disease during the millennium He will be the great Healer (Isa. 35:5.6). Again, we learn that our Lord shall function as a Shepherd (Isa. 40:11) and throughout the millennium He will be manifested as God?s ideal and perfect King.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ speaks of His own throne in Matthew 19:28 when He promises to the disciples the reward of sitting upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. In this passage the term ?regeneration? is used in regard to the coming millennial reign when our blessed Lord will personally appear and rid the earth from its present bondage of corruption. This word means a ?beginning over again.? This is what will actually happen when the Lord comes to earth. Not only does Scripture clearly predict a millennial throne for the Messiah, but the work of Calvary demands it (Heb. 10:12,13). We utterly reject as false those who teach there will be no millennial kingdom on earth.

We conclude these comments by reminding our hearts of the solemn fact that our lives of faithfulness and Christlike character now, will be rewarded by kingdom responsibilities then. Let us not forget that in reigning with Christ we shall then ?judge the world? (I Cor. 6:2). This puts a very serious light upon our present conduct in the scene of Christ?s rejection. May God help us to keep that age in view. God?s grace assures my participation in the rapture of the church to Heaven, but my personal faithfulness will determine my place in the kingdom.