The Kingdom Rule of Messiah
We will kick-off our research with a comparison of various translations of Jeremiah 33:17 and a closer consideration of the original Hebrew script.
Jeremiah 33:17 “For YHVH says this: ‘David shall never lack a male descendant to sit on the Throne of the House of Israel. And the Levitical priests will never lack a male descendant to stand in My Presence and offer holocaust, to burn the oblation and to sacrifice every day.”
Note the underlined words which have implanted the concept of ‘uninterrupted Rule‘ in the minds of non-Hebrew Messianic interpreters.
The “Complete Jewish Bible” of David Stern renders it as follows:
“There will never be cut off from David a man to occupy the throne of the House of Israel, nor will there ever be cut off from the Cohanim who are Livinim (Levites) a man before Me to offer burnt Offerings and Sacrifice every day…”
The answer to our search also revolves round the question: “Are we in the Kingdom era” right now?” Messiah taught Messianics to pray “… Let Thy Kingdom come…” Would we be praying thus, if we were already in the Kingdom? It would be entirely superfluous to repeat all the Scriptural statements here, which describe His Coming on the clouds, His Judgment and then only, afterwards, the setting up of His Kingdom. Many believers do not believe that His Kingdom will be established on earth – in Jerusalem – Scripture however is emphatic about an earthly Kingdom! All we then have to do, is ask ourselves: “Where is His Kingdom on earth today?”
Scripture is also emphatic that His Kingdom will be a Kingdom of Peace. “Where is this Peace to be found among the nations today?” This Kingdom will rule over all the nations. “Where is that happening?”
Clearly the Kingdom has not been established yet. It is in preparation, sure! Souls are being spiritually moulded and prepared to rule with Him in His Kingdom – they are not doing so yet.
Psalm 110:1 confirms: “Sit Thou at My Right Hand until I have made Thine enemies Thy footstool.” He is not ruling over His enemies yet!
Then, there is the Marriage of the Lamb – the King taking His Bride – which will only happen at His Coming.
It is no less than an insult to His Integrity and Royal Stature, to insinuate that He is ruling today! We are clearly still in a dispensation of His delegating His authority. Question is: “To Who, if not to Judah?” – as Gen. 49:10 determines, “until Shiloh (the One to Whom the Sceptre Rule belongs) comes?”
Why did He, from way back, delegate His authority in the first instance? Because He is not to be found for consultation by mankind – even Moses had to be shielded to communicate with Him. Where is Messiah to be communicated today for resolving the queries and questions of His followers, if He is ruling, as Messianics claim He does? It again amounts to gross insult to His Integrity!
He has set up a ‘System’ from Mosaic Days, and it is still solidly and unbrokenly in place to this day. He has elected Judah as His “Marshal’s baton” Ps. 60:7 (Jerusalem Bible), (alt. ‘Scepter’ (D. Stern), ‘Lawgiver’ (KJV) . He has kept Judah as “His Portion” Zech 2: 12 (or 16). He has set Judah up as caretakers of His Oracles (Rom. 3:2) until He will come as King to Rule in His Kingdom from Jerusalem in Israel. And He has instructed His followers to abide by the rulings and guidance of those from whom the Scepter has not yet departed – the ‘Scribes and the Pharisees’, i.e. Rabbinic authority of today, as we read in:
Math. 23:2 “YAHU’SHUAH said: ‘The Scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say.”
Messianics claim that they are no longer under the Sceptre of Judah but under the rule of Messiah. However, they differ from congregation to congregation on what the Kingdom Rules entail and overall, they differ with Judaism and its Rabbinic authority. Some have set up their own Beth Din (House of Law) but again, these differ from group to group, often vehemently so. Certainly not the unity one would expect from the Kingdom Rule. The accusation inherent in this way of reasoning, is that Messiah has turned against the Scepter Rule of Judah, overthrown it, and replaced it with this labyrinthine set of contradicting Messianic rules – a serious indictment if it were not founded!
Ps. 2:6, YHVH claiming “This is My King, installed by Me on Mt Zion, My Holy Mountain.” If this applies to Messiah over the last 2000 yrs since His Advent “to take away the Scepter from Judah” – why is it that for most of these 2000 years Jerusalem and the Holy Mount was under non-Jewish, even non-Christian jurisdiction? How come that at this very moment, the Temple Mount where the Temple of YHVH, the King is supposed to stand, there is the “Dome of the Rock” – a Muslim place of worship, where Jews are not allowed at all, and Christians are not allowed to pray?
The very theory of ‘forcing’ a Kingly replacement (Messiah) onto the throne of Israel for the dispensations since His Advent 2000 yrs ago, to maintain a line of kingship in order to “fulfill the Prophetic directive that there shall never be a time without a King for Israel” (one of our main topics of discussion here), is disproved by the Scriptures itself in:
Hosea 3:4-5, “. . . for the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek YHVH their God and David their king. They shall fear YHVH and His goodness in the latter days.”
This prophecy completely undermines the contention that Judaism is deficient because it lacks a Davidic king. The Jewish people are today without a king precisely as Hosea had foretold. Moreover, the Church’s claim to have such a King places an enormous strain on Christian and Messianic theology.
Missionaries and Messianics also use Genesis 49:10 to support their argument of unbroken Kingship Rule, by applying the Scepter Rule to the lacking presence of a king. They fail to realize that it refers in more particular to the religious Rule over His people – as was originally mandated to Moses, the Judges, later the Levitical priesthood, then the Pharisees and later and to this day, Rabbinic authority.
There is a great move in the world today, amongst serious Bible students, who are discovering their ‘Jewish or Hebraic Roots’. This awareness is the cause of a great restoration movement amongst Christians to reject the pagan customs of Christianity and to ‘return to’ the tenets of the Original One True Faith as espoused in the Bible. In the process they are drifting closer to Judaism all the time. There remains one great obstacle though for them in the process of a total Return, and that is the rejection by Judaism of the ‘Christian’ Messiah and the authority of the ‘legalistic’ Rabbis.
Simultaneously there is a massive evangelistic onslaught on Jews to bring them to acceptance of the ‘Christian’ Messiah. In the process, those increasing numbers of Jews who accept the Messiah, then join up with the anti-Rabbinic Messianic movements thereby rejecting their Jewish heritage.
While Prophetic Script predicts a re-uniting of these two estranged factions into “one nation” (Ezek. 37:15) the question arises whether this current communal middle field of opposition against the Scepter of Judah complies with the Prophetic stipulation of ‘one nation’, or whether Satan has already, ahead of time, prepared a distraction for those who follow the ancient line of ‘rebellion’ against the Will and Decrees of YHVH – which was initiated even in the Garden of Eden shortly after Creation.
It is the contention of BIBLE REVELATIONS, that the ‘Coming of Shiloh’ will only have been fulfilled when He Returns to set up His Kingdom and to rule over the world, from Jerusalem in Israel. Until that happens, His followers have to follow Him according to the tenets of the Original True Bible Faith. The authority and guidance over this Faith has been Divinely vested in Judah (Gen. 49:10, Rom. 3:2, Matt. 23:2) and true believers have to subject themselves to this ‘Scepter Rule’ until He comes. In this way, and in this way only, the Prophetic forecast of the restored unification into ‘one’ nation can possibly take place. Any other attempt at restoring the Original True Faith will simply extend the animosity between the 2 estranged houses of Israel and eternalize the division. Opposers of this Divine Purpose will raise every possible argument against this unification, as does the topic of Shiloh and the Scepter Rule discussed above.
The correct interpretation of this issue of ‘The Scepter Rule’ and one’s personal commitment thereto, is therefore a serious decision – one that could affect the inheritance of Eternal Life or not!