The Throne of David
I Will Not Lie Unto David
From the very beginning the throne of David and the Davidic kingdom were both earthly in nature, as witnessed by the following words:
"Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly" (1 Ki. 2:12).
Solomon sat upon the throne of David on the earth and his kingdom which was established was one which was earthly.Now let us look at the Lord's promises made to David in regard to that throne and kingdom:
"I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever...And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever" (2 Sam.7:12-13).
Since the throne and the kingdom were both "earthly" in nature then we can know that God established the earthly throne and the earthly kingdom FOR EVER. God also said that He would not "alter" the promises which He made to David:
"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant...Nevertheless my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David" (Ps.89:3,33-35).
The preterists say that God did "alter" His promise to David because the "throne of David" was changed from an earthly throne into a heavenly one.
According to them God did lie when He promised David that He would not "alter" his promises because the teaching of some Christians is based on the idea that God changed the throne from an earthly one into a heavenly one.
"My Throne" or the "Father's Throne"?
Gary DeMar says: "Jesus told His disciples that they would see a sign that proved He was in heaven, sitting at His Father's right hand (Acts 2:30-36)...He now occupies David's throne in the heavenly Jerusalem" [emphasis mine] (DeMar, Last Days Madness, 165).
In regard to "David's throne" we read that Gabriel told Mary the following: "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end" (Lk.1:32,33).
Since Gabriel says that God will give the Lord Jesus the throne of David then that can only mean that David's throne represents "Jesus' throne," a throne that will belong exclusively to Him. However, the following words of the Lord Jesus demonstrate that He is not now sitting in His own throne:
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne" (Rev.3:21).
The Lord Jesus is not now sitting in His own throne,the "throne of David," but instead is sitting in His Father's throne!
Reign on the Earth
This verse speaks of when the Lord Jesus will reign on the earth:
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth" (Jer.23:5).
The Lord Jesus will reign in Jerusalem when He reigns from David's throne:
"Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously" (Isa.24:23).
Here we see that when He reigns in Jerusalem "the moon shall be confounded and the sun ashamed." This could not possibly be referring to "heavenly Jerusalem" because there will be no need of the light of the sun there:
"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev.22:5).
Besides that, the Lord Jesus made it plain that He will sit upon His throne when He returns to earth:
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory" (Mt.25:31).
The following words of Job demonstrate that the Lord Jesus will stand on the earth in the latter day:
"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God" (Job 19:25-26).
Indeed, the following passage foretells of the time when the Lord will stand upon the earth:
"Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem" (Zech.14:3-4).
Then in the same chapter we read this about the Lord Jesus:
"And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one" (Zech.14:9).
When He will be reigning on the earth His saints will sit with Him in His throne and will reign with Him:
"And hast made us unto our God a kingdom of priests: and we shall reign on the earth" (Rev.5:10).
Since the Christian will reign with Him on the earth and sit with Him on His throne, then it is certain that His throne will be on the earth.
Jerusalem--The Throne of the Lord
The following verse demonstrates that the Lord Jesus will rule from David's Throne in Jerusalem: "At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem" (Jer.3:17).
The prophet Ezekiel says that the Lord brought him to the "land of Israel (Ez.40:2) and was placed on a high mountain where he saw a structure like a city on the south. Then he was brought to a "temple" (41:1) and its "inner court" (43:5) where the Lord spoke to him:
"And He said unto me, son of man, the place of My throne, and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places" (Ez.43:7).
Here the Lord Jesus says that He will "dwell in the midst of the children of Israel". That fits perfectly with another prophecy from the same book of Ezekiel:
"And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore" (Ez.37:25,26).
Zechariah next defines the dimensions of the city which he saw, and then says: "It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there" (Ez.48:35).
In the Kingdom men will go to Jerusalem to worship Him: "And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one...And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain" (Zech.14:9,17).
Gary DeMar writes,"To be sure, dispensationalism is one of the many 'modern systems of divinity' in vogue today. And as we will see in our study of Matthew 24:14, dispensationalist commentators do not place themselves in the position of the sacred writers" (DeMar,The Gospel Preached to All the World, Part 1).
As we have shown, Gary DeMar is the one who does not place himself in the position of the sacred writers in regard to the location of the Throne of David....He cannot distinguish the throne of the Father from the throne of David. According to his theology God lied to David because He altered the promises which He made to David that the earthly throne of David was established for ever.