Saturday, November 12, 2016

PROPHETS ARE USUALLY THOUGHT OF AS BEING LIKE ELIJAH OR THE PROPHET NATHAN WHO WAS SENT BY GOD TO REBUKE DAVID FOR HIS SIN. King David Of Israel Was Also A Prophet. Except most people see him as the King of Israel and do not regard him as a prophet.

Harry Riches
Happy Riches · Answer requested by Jamar Grimsley

This chapter pertains to how God relates to men. The chapter begins by stating that the Lord God had given King David rest from his struggle among those who were his enemies. King David loved God and thought that he ought to do something to repay the Lord of Heaven and Earth for the favor that he had received. So he thought to build a house for the Lord of Heaven and Earth.
Even though King David thought to express his appreciation for God by building him a place to reside, because he genuinely loved Him, in doing so, he unwittingly overlooked Who the Creator of Heaven and Earth was in relation to himself. For the Creator of Heaven and Earth was the One who appointed the son of Jesse to be king over Israel and who enabled him to overcome his enemies, and who established His purpose among men by creating the nation Israel. Yet, being human, David projected upon the Almighty God his own image, rather than acknowledging that he was dependent upon his Creator for all that pertains for life.
God informs David that He loves him and will make his name great. For He will establish the kingdom of one of his descendants for ever, and in that Kingdom, God’s Own Name will be exalted. Even though God spoke to David about Solomon, He also spoke of Lord Jesus Christ, who was to come. Solomon committed iniquity (verse 15) and his kingdom was divided, whereas that of Lord Jesus Christ, who anthropomorphically was to be born of his seed (Mary, when a virgin), would be established forever. For we read the prophetic words embedded in the message given to David:
  • When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for everI will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men; but I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever. (2 Samuel 7:13–16)
The Bible has prophecy embedded within what are otherwise messages that are pertinent to the time of the individual(s) for whom they are given. For us to perceive what the hidden texts say, this does not require some esoteric understanding, rather an illumination of the Holy Spirit to enlighten us of the significance of key sentences and words that do not fit the context of what has happened. For we know, in this case, that King Solomon’s kingdom was divided and not established forever.
Those of us who have come to know Lord Jesus Christ, and have received the Holy Spirit, recognize that the Kingdom of God is that which is spoken of here. This is the Kingdom of which the Son of God said:
  • I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (Luke 7:28)
The Kingdom of God, of which God’s Son Jesus spoke, began at Pentecost. This Kingdom has been growing in size since then because of the increasing number of subjects electing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. Lord Jesus Christ is Lord of all who seek Him out and desire to be a subject within His Kingdom. Upon His return to Earth, those who know Him and have died will be resurrected, and those who are alive will be given everlasting bodies as Lord Jesus Christ assumes His rightful throne as King of Kings.
David acknowledged this eternal relationship when he said to God:
  • And what more can David say to thee? For thou knowest thy servant, O Lord God! Because of thy promise, and according to thy own heart, thou hast wrought all this greatness, to make thy servant know it. Therefore thou art great, O Lord God; for there is none like thee, and there is no God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. What other nation on earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name, and doing for them great and terrible things, by driving out before his people a nation and its gods? And thou didst establish for thyself thy people Israel to be thy people for ever; and thou, O Lord, didst become their God (2 Samuel 7:20–24)
The Kingdom of God is an eternal kingdom of which King David was promised someone who would come from his anthropomorphic seed would be King (Romans 1:1–5). When Mary brought forth from her womb the body (Hebrews 10:5) that the Son of God entered at birth, the Word became flesh, and those who were enlightened at the time, beheld the glory of the only begotten Son of God in human form (John 1:14). Yet even today, to as many who receive Him, He gives the power to become subjects of righteousness and live forever in His Eternal Kingdom (John 1:12–13).

Second Samuel, chapter seven, deals with David’s own situation, but also contains a prophecy regarding the purpose of God for the fullness of time. And this prophecy is being fulfilled today. This prophecy will attain its final fulfillment at the return of Lord Jesus Christ, when He descends from Heaven at the sounding of the last trumpet (Revelation 10:7; 1 Corinthians 15:52) to reign in righteousness on Earth (Psalm 33:5). After a thousand years, the nations and everyone who rejects Lord Jesus Christ will be judged (Revelation 20:5-15) and then a new Earth and new Heavens will be created (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-3)

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