King David and Jesus
In the Bible, there are many prophecies that depict the life of God when He comes into the world for the salvation of mankind. Then of the many people born into this world, how can we recognize God?
John 5:39-40 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
Here, the Scriptures Jesus referred to is the Old Testament. It is because the Old Testament was the only part of the Bible that was written and available at that time. Meaning, there was no New Testament for us to believe in Christ.
So technically, the only way to recognize Jesus as God was by studying the Old Testament.
Among the many prophecies in the Bible, let’s see what relationship there is with Jesus and King David.
Jesus and King David
Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne … The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
The prophet Isaiah prophesied that God Almighty will be born as a “son.” The way to recognize God when He is born into this world is written in verse 7, “He will reign on David’s throne.”
Although this was written 700 years before Jesus was born, He was the one who fulfilled this prophecy. Let’s confirm this through the birth of Jesus.
Luke 1:31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.
The Bible explains that when Jesus was born, God gave him the throne of His father David. Therefore fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah where He will reign on David’s throne.
But during the life of Jesus, did He actually sit down and reign on a throne? No.
Then what specifically is the throne of David and how did Jesus fulfill it?
Life of King David
In order to understand the prophecy, we need to examine the life of King David and find the prophetical points during his reign that Jesus would fulfill.
2 Samuel 5:3-4 … and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when became king, and he reigned forty years.
David became king over Israel at the age of 30 and he ruled for 40 years. This is known as the reign of King David.
It is certain that there is a prophetical relationship between David and Jesus. Since Jesus came to reign on David’s throne, let’s compare this work of David with the period of Jesus’ ministry on earth.
Luke 3:21-23 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too … Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry.
Not many Christians know that Jesus was baptized at 30 years old. But of the very few that do know, not many of them know why.
Then why was Jesus baptized at 30 years old?
Why didn’t Jesus get baptized as a baby like most Christians? Why wasn’t Jesus baptized when He was younger? Many scholars tend to come up with explanations or theories of why they believe He got baptized at the age of 30.
Everything that God does while walking this earth is not in vain and without purpose. God does everything for a reason. There is no need to look for an explanation but only look for the prophecies that Christ needs to fulfill.
Jesus could have gotten baptized at a younger age and started His ministry earlier, but why did He get baptized at 30? It is because just as King David was anointed at the age of 30 and began to reign, so Jesus was spiritually anointed through baptism at the age of thirty and began to preach.
Now let me ask you a question, if King David began his reign at the age of thirty and it lasted for forty years, then isn’t Jesus supposed to carry out His ministry for forty years as well? Jesus only preached the gospel for three years 2,000 years ago.
Meaning, the prophecy of Christ fulfilling the prophecy of the reign of King David was left unfulfilled.
Then, will Christ leave this one prophecy unfulfilled? What is God’s plan?
Christ will appear a second time
Let us take a look at another prophecy in the Bible.
Hosea 3:5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.
This prophecy in the book of Hosea was written 200-300 years after the death of the physical King David. The David referred to here is not the physical King David but about Christ who appears as the prophetical King David.
This means that there will come a time when this prophecy will be fulfilled and the people of God must seek Kind David. If we absolutely believe in the Bible, then we must take this prophecy to heart and seek David in these last days that the prophecy is referring about. Without meeting David in these last days, it is clear that we won’t receive salvation.
To fulfill this prophecy in Hosea as well as the remaining 37 years of King David’s reign, Jesus must appear a second time.
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
The Bible clearly testifies that second Coming Christ will appear a second time to bring salvation. Christ must appear to complete the reign of King David by preaching the remaining 37 years that was left unfulfilled at His first coming.
For this reason, the prophet Hosea prophesied that we can receive the blessings of salvation only when we seek and find Second Coming Christ who comes as King David in these last days.
If Jesus does not appear a second time, then the prophecy will be left unfulfilled.
Just like how Jesus was baptized at the age of 30, the second coming Jesus must also be baptized at the age of 30 and complete the rest of the 37 years by preaching the gospel. The reason He has to preach for 37 years is because David reigned on the throne for 40 years, but Jesus only preached for three years. So Second Coming Christ must preach for 37 years to complete the 40-year reign.
Then who fulfilled this prophecy? Stay tuned for my next post.