38 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 2 - Book 4 - Abraham, Lot, and Melchizedek

38: Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 4 – Abraham, Lot, and Melchizedek: Genesis 12-14

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 2 * BOOK 4

ABRAHAM, LOT AND MELCHIZEDEK

Genesis 12-14

We are on a trek through the Scriptures from Genesis all the way through (if The Lord tarries), Revelation. We are presently in the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis Chapter 12), which is divided dormantly (they don’t all come out at once) into the promise of a nation; the promise of the land; and now we’re in the process of looking at that third part – the promise of a government or a King who will be the Son of God. We’ll find those references in Isaiah. Isaiah Chapter 9 verse 6, is a verse that is always well-known, especially at Christmas-time, but it’s a prophetic utterance given to the Nation of Israel. I’m certainly not the first nor the last Bible teacher who emphasizes that as you study your Bible, you should always determine to whom a particular portion was addressed. It is evident that most of the Old Testament is addressed to the Nation of Israel. Isaiah the Prophet is addressing the nation and says:

Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The mighty God: Here again, many theologians are trying to tell us that Jesus never claimed to be God. That He was not Deity. That He was not the pre-existent Creator/God. But He is, and He was, and He always will be. So He shall be called The mighty God. These are all terms associated with this coming King, the Messiah, the Son of God to Whom we will be introduced in the New Testament as Jesus The Christ. These are His terms of Deity. The everlasting Father. I didn’t see this next part until just a few years ago. I have always taught from John 14 where Jesus told Philip:

John 14:9a

“Jesus saith unto him, `Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;…'”

Here Isaiah says the same thing, and I had never caught it. I was teaching one night and it just hit me. How did I skim over this for years and not see it! This is the beauty of the Scriptures. They are just like an artesian well which never runs dry. Every time you read the Scriptures, every time you study them, you are going to see something you never saw before. Here it is. One of His names shall be “The everlasting Father.” Note it is capitalized. The Prince of Peace: I know the Psalms instruct us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. You knew that. That is what Jerusalem means: the City of Peace. But it hasn’t been a city of peace for thousands of years, and it isn’t tonight. We are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and do you know why? Because Jerusalem will know no peace until the Prince of Peace returns. When you pray for the peace of Jerusalem you are praying for the return of Christ, which is very appropriate.

Isaiah 9:7a

“Of the increase of his government (this King who is going to come in fruition of the Abrahamic Covenant) and peace there shall be no end,…”

It is going to be a government without corruption, without turmoil, without war; it is going to be a perfect, righteous, peaceful, government. Where is He going to rule? On the throne of David. We read in II Samuel Chapter 7 – that His throne and His family would be a continuing one all the way into eternity.’ Now, here it comes. See how beautifully Scripture falls into place:

Isaiah 9:7b

“…upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

It’s going to be the Almighty, Eternal, Infinite God Who is going to bring this all about; this King Who is coming, Who came and was rejected but is coming again. Turn to Jeremiah, Chapter 23. We are not exhausting all these references by any means. We are just picking out the ones that are easiest to understand; the ones that are most appropriate for this kind of a study.

Jeremiah 23:5

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord (remember the word LORD in capitals is always `Jehovah’), that I will raise unto David (see that it goes back to king David again) a righteous Branch (the word Branch is capitalized so it is a title; it is a name concerning Deity), and a King (capitalized) shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice (not in Heaven, but where?)in the earth.”

Now do you see how plainly all this comes through? This is the promised kingdom that is also going to go right on into eternity. Where is it? On the earth! Few people have any concept of that. They think of Heaven as some place way out there. Well, yes – the Throne Room of God, the very Paradise we think of as Heaven – is `up there’ someplace. But the Heaven you and I are pointing to, the Heaven you and I are going to be intrinsically involved in, if we are a believer, is going to be on this earth. Christ will rule and reign upon the earth from the City of Jerusalem, the City of Peace.

Jeremiah 23:6

“In his days (the days when Christ will be ruling from Jerusalem) Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

In some of the translations the words `The Lord Our Righteousness’ are also capitalized, and in some they are not. In the Hebrew this is `Jehovah Tsidkenu’ which, simply translated, means: `The Lord is our Righteousness.’ I like that because in Genesis 2, the very name Jehovah derives from the `I Am.’ You are all acquainted with: `I Am that I Am.’ This very title of the coming King is the `I Am.’ The Almighty `I Am’ of creation is going to be The Lord Of Righteousness. He’ll be the same God. There will be no sin. There will be no corruption. It will be a perfect government. Oh, how the world longs for that. I have read, and maybe some of you have known it for years, power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Isn’t that true? Go back through history. It has always been true that whenever a king or an emperor gets absolute power, he ends up with the most corrupt government on earth. The same is within our democracy. You get an individual who is corrupt and it isn’t long until he is corrupt absolutely. It is just human nature. That is not going to be the case here. It is going to be a kingdom of righteousness. Now read on:

Jeremiah 23:7

“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;”

This is being fulfilled before our very eyes. The Jews are coming back to the land from Russia and from Albania. In the last Jerusalem Post I read, there were only 100 or 200 Jews left in Albania. They have all emigrated to Israel. Recently 14,000 or 15,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted from Addis Ababa to Israel in 33 hours! The average American never got that. In 33 hours the Israel Air Force airlifted 14,000 Jews! We’re going to read the verse that explains it explicitly. During the airlift, several babies were born. Scripture says it would happen. Let’s read on:

Jeremiah 23:8a

“But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country (Russia, which is due north of Jerusalem), and from all countries whither(what’s the next pronoun?) I had driven them;…”

Why did the Jews end up outside of their Promised Land for the last 2000 years? Not because they left voluntarily. God took them out. Again, it was a disciplinary thing, because they rejected everything that was offered at His first coming. They crucified Him. They did not repent of that. After the 40 years of the Book of Acts, God’s patience finally ran out. He let the Temple be destroyed by Titus, and the Jew was dispersed into the nations of the world by a Sovereign act of God. The land was left empty, to be taken over by anyone. Now God is ready to bring His people back. The usurpers are going to have to be moved out. They don’t like that, but it is still a fact of Scripture, and God is Sovereign.

Jeremiah 23:8b

“…and they shall dwell (where?) in their own land.”

This is the land God promised in Genesis 15. Now, almost 4000 years later, it is coming to pass; the Word of Genesis is coming true. Turn to Jeremiah 31. Even though it is a repetition, remember that Scripture has the same rule of thumb which we have in our everyday conversation. If you want to emphasize something to someone, you repeat it! That’s what Scripture does. When you see something repeated two or three times within a book, or within a chapter, take notice. God is making an emphatic point. Here is a good one:

Jeremiah 31:8

“Behold, I will bring them from the north country (this is the third time this is spoken in the Book of Jeremiah), and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.”

Part of that just took place a few weeks ago. But the end isn’t yet. They are going to keep coming in from the four corners of the world. How to assimilate all of these Jews is a big headache for the Israeli government. Most of them can’t speak the Hebrew language. The Russian Jews are having a hard time amalgamating because of the language barrier. The first thing the Israeli government does is put all these people into a language school so they can function within the society. It is mind-boggling to find apartments for them. Many are living two and three families in a small apartment. The economy has to absorb them. How do you suppose the native Israelis feel about their job security? Many of these Jews, especially those coming from Russia, are highly educated. Israel now has the lowest ratio of people per doctor of any nation on earth because so many of these Russian Jews are medical doctors; they are scientists, engineers. The Sovereign God is behind this otherwise impossible task. Turn to Zechariah Chapter 14: We’ll take a glimpse of the whole chapter. I don’t like to treat the Word of God lightly, so in your spare study-time, I trust you will read all of these verses carefully. Let’s go to the verse dealing with the King:

Zechariah 14:1,2

“BEHOLD, the day of the Lord cometh (His Second Coming), and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.” Zechariah, just like Isaiah, is writing to Israel – the Jew.

“For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle (Armageddon as we know it from the Book of Revelation); and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.”

In other words, it looks like there is no hope for the Jews in the area of Jerusalem and Judea because of the multitudes of Gentile armies surrounding them. We got a preview of that in Desert Storm; it was not Armageddon. It wasn’t even close to it, but it was a preview of how quickly the nations of the world can bring their armies to the Middle East. It’s going to happen on a full-scale some day; we don’t know when. But this is what this Scripture refers to:

Zechariah 14:3,4a

“Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” Back in Israel’s history, how many times did God undertake on behalf of the little nation against her mortal enemies?

“And his feet shall stand in that day (the day of His Second Coming) upon the mount of Olives,…” In the Book of Acts, at the time of His ascension, what did the angel say?

Acts 1:11

“AND the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.”

In other words, He left from the Mount of Olives standing on His two feet and He went up. He’s going to come back to the Mount of Olives the same way He left. He is going to come down and stand on two feet. That’s the literal, physical Second Coming of Christ as we see it even here in Zechariah.

Zechariah 14:4

“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

Don’t spiritualize and say there must be a mountain in Heaven by that name. No, it’s the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Then He expresses some of the other things that are going to take place.

Zechariah 14:9

“And the Lord (Jehovah) shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.”

Jehovah in the Old Testament is Christ in the New Testament. Note that He shall be king not over Heaven, but over all the earth. That is plain English. There’s no way you can foul that up. Now verse 16:

Zechariah 14:16a

“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations (plural) which came against Jerusalem (the nations of the world)…”

All these things are going to come one right after the other. He is going to come down to the Mount of Olives; He’ll be setting up His Kingdom; and everything is going to start moving forward. There are going to be survivors. Someday we’ll study prophecy. We’ll show you particularly from the Scripture who the survivors are who will go into this earthly kingdom. I’m not talking about us because we are going to be translated before all this takes place. We’re going to come back in resurrected bodies. We’re not going to be flesh and blood as we know it, procreating, marrying and so forth. But there will be people in that category. They will be flesh and blood and partakers of the earthly kingdom. So it says those who have survived (the awful events of the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon) and who are believers, will go into the kingdom.

In Chapter 3 of John’s Gospel Jesus told Nicodemus as he was approached by him, “Except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven.” There’s the word kingdom, but it’s the same kingdom. The kingdom is the kingdom is the kingdom. It is this kingdom that is coming upon the earth. No unbeliever will go into that kingdom; flesh and blood or otherwise. So here we have the survivors of all the terrible events of the Tribulation. They have survived the Battle of Armageddon. Reading on:

Zechariah 14:16b

“…(They) shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

If they don’t, they will have no rain in their homeland. Whenever I see these stipulations I always think of other times in the past. For instance, when Israel was given the opportunity to leave Egypt did any of them stay behind? Not that we know of; they all came out. Had they stayed behind, what would have been their lot? Why, nothing! All through Scripture we have these kinds of settings where you have that opportunity, but it just doesn’t happen. So I don’t think there will be any problem in the Millennium with people not being obedient enough to come and worship the King as stipulated. In any event, there you see very plainly that when The Lord returns He is going to set up His kingdom here on the earth. Now go with me to Matthew Chapter 1.

For any of you who have had any Bible teaching at all, I think you realize that Matthew is the one of the Four Gospels that depicts Christ as the King. (Mark depicts Him as the Servant, John depicts Him as the Son of God, and Luke depicts Him as the Son of Man.) In order to be a King what do you have to have? … A genealogy. A king assumes royal throne by virtue of the royal family.

Matthew 1:1

“THE book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

Then what? Period! Now Abraham isn’t the beginning of the human race but that is where this genealogy stops. Why? Because His becoming the King is based upon that promise made to Abraham – not to anyone ahead of him. So, this genealogy will only go back as far as Abraham.

Turn to Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 3 where we have, what most people think is, the genealogy of Mary. (In Matthew it is the genealogy of Joseph.) You have to go all the way to the last verse to pick up the genealogy of Mary.

Luke 3:38

“Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God (or – is began with God).”

Now do you see the difference in those genealogies? Mary’s is the blood line of Christ. That goes all the way back to Adam, because we’re all sons of Adam. But with regard to His ascension to the royal throne, it only goes back to Abraham, because it is in the Abrahamic Covenant that we have the promise of a king. Do you see how beautifully and accurately Scripture keeps everything? We’ll pick this up in more detail in our next lesson, but for now I want you to remember promise of this king over this earthly kingdom all fits with the King of Kings, and The Lord of Lords. In Matthew, Chapter 2 we find that He is to be called by the wise men from the east, `The King.’

Matthew 2:2a

“Saying, `Where is he that is born King of the Jews?…'”

37 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 1 - Book 4 - Abraham, Lot, and Melchizedek

37: Lesson 1 Part 1 Book 4 – Abraham, Lot, and Melchizedek: Genesis 12-14

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 1 * BOOK 4

ABRAHAM, LOT AND MELCHIZEDEK

Genesis 12-14

Turn to Genesis 12, where we left off in Book Three. We’ve been talking extensively on the Abrahamic Covenant. I have always maintained the reason we have so much confusion in Christendom today is that folks just cannot differentiate between what God has determined to do with the Nation of Israel and what He did after Israel rejected it. He then turned to the Gentiles aside from Israel. We cannot begin to put these things together clearly unless we understand the Abrahamic Covenant. So, I always spend a good deal of time on it. Genesis, Chapter 12 is where the Covenant is located. From there we’ll review what we covered in our last lesson, and then we’ll move on. Remember that a covenant is always from God to man. Man has nothing to do with the covenant whatsoever. He may break it, he may do all kinds of things with it, but that does not destroy the covenant. The covenant is from God and it is eternal. Nothing that man or even the Nation of Israel can do can change that. The covenant is forever. It is here where God says to Abram, before he becomes Abraham:

Genesis 12:2

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”

Previously, we looked at the references regarding Israel becoming a separated nation of people, different from all the other peoples.

Genesis 12:3a,b

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:” The all encompassing part of this Covenant is next:

“…and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

I’m afraid when I teach the unique Covenant role of Israel, people may get the idea I’m saying God has forgotten about the non-Israelites. That is not true! He will set aside the Nation of Israel, and deal with them. This is a good time to illustrate this as we have before, showing that all the way from Adam until we get to Genesis 12, God has been dealing with one race of people – One Race.

Adam Flood Babel Abram Jew only, with exceptions

One Race Gentiles – Eph. 2:11,12

4004 BC 2000 BC

At the Tower of Babel we had the confusion of the tongues, and the sorting into the various segments of the world population by virtue of Noah’s three sons. But at Genesis 12, God lets the main race of Adam continue on like a river. This will be what we now refer to as the Gentile people, or nations, who are going to continue on their way like a mass river. I like to associate it with the old Mississippi, as it finds its way all the way to the Gulf. Then, out of that polluted river of the one race of Adam, God is going to pull out this one man, Abram, and out of him will come the Nation of Israel – or as we know them, the Jew.

He is going to deal with this nation particularly, and usually I go so far as to put it as `Jew only, with exceptions.’ I put it that way because God is dealing with Israel all the way from Genesis 12 throughout the Old Testament, but there are exceptions. For example, He told Jonah to go to the Gentile city of Ninevah. Jonah didn’t want to go, did he? He did everything to keep from going because he was under the same impression that the God of Abraham was only dealing with the Jew! He didn’t recognize that a Sovereign God can make exceptions. So God told Jonah to go and minister to Ninevah. Jonah said, “They are our enemy. I don’t want to see Ninevah saved.” But God said, “I do.” Finally, He forced Jonah to Ninevah.

There was an exception with the Syrian General Naaman, who had leprosy. We’ll see that even in the ministry of Christ, that with a couple of exceptions it is `Jew only.’ Keep this in mind as we look at this Covenant process. As we leave Genesis 12, this Covenant is going to be a progressive revelation. Within that Abrahamic Covenant we have the promise of:

1) A nation of people

2) A geographical area of land

3) A government

That is implicit, but dormant in the Abrahamic Covenant. It will not all appear at once. The promises of God are so sure, however, that as we move through the Old Testament you’ll see all of God’s dealing with the Nation of Israel is to bring this Covenant into fruition, where the Nation of Israel will now be a nation of people who are unique, separated, and different from all other nations. God is going to put them into a land He will promise to them. As we move on into Chapter 15, we’ll see God actually deed that land promised to the man Abram … deed it according to Oriental custom. Then we’ll see His promise of a government. That government will be headed up in their King. We know Him as the Messiah, the Son of God. Now, a little review of the land:

Genesis 15:7

“And he said unto him, `I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.'” We’ll see where God deeds it in short order.

Turn to Joshua Chapter 1. This will be more in reference to our other references regarding the King. We have the same promises now, not given to Abram, not even to Moses, but given to Joshua.

Joshua 1:2-4

“Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” In verse 4 we find the geographical outline.

“From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.”

It is clearly put there that God is giving to this little nation a particular territory, a particular part of old terra firma. Most of you are aware of the following. Unfortunately, the hierarchy of many of our mainline denominations are, for the most part, saying that the present-day Jew in Israel has nothing to do with the Jew of the Old Testament. (Some 80% of the people in the pews are in opposition to such hierarchy.) You and I know better, but that is the problem when people become wise, as the Scripture says, in their own conceit. They lose sight of the very basic tenants of Scripture. The Jew in Israel today is the same Jew of the Bible. He hasn’t lost a thing. Over the years most of my class people have heard me put it, “a Jew is a Jew is a Jew”! He’s still a Jew, and after almost 3000 years of being out there amongst the non Jew people, a Jew is still a Jew!

Look at America! We’re just over 200 years old as a nation. How many Americans are still pure from their original nationality? Not many. We’ve all intermarried to where there is no longer a pure Englishman, or pure German, or a pure anything else. We’ve amalgamated and the Jew never did. This is what makes the Word of God particularly believable. As one has said, “If there is any proof that this is the Word of God it is the Jew, as all of the promises God gave to this nation back in Genesis 12, and through the Old Testament, are still valid promises as the Jew is still a Jew.” Now, had he lost his national identification, these promises couldn’t hold. The Jew would be gone. But he’s not. He is still a Jew. We pointed out in Book Three there are about 3.8 million Jews now living in Israel. Remember, they’ve been coming in at almost 1000 a day. There are still at least that many in Russia; somewhere between two and three million. There is another million or two scattered around the world. The largest Jewish community today is still in America; somewhere between five and six million! So there are still a lot of Jews who are going to have to find their way back to this Promised Land. But I want you to see that, over and over again, the Bible depicts it as the land that God gave to the Nation of Israel.

Another thing that is hard to comprehend, is how the nations of the world today can debate whether Israel has a right to exist. They’re actually debating whether Israel has a right to be where she is. There’s no room for debate. God has given it to them. Granted, God, in His sovereignty, more than once over the years took them out of the land; took the ten tribes of the north clear up into Assyria. Later on He took the two tribes of the south out to Babylon for seventy years. But they came back, rebuilt the Temple, and the Nation of Israel was on the scene for the coming of Christ the first time. Then, when they rejected The Christ, and continued to reject all the overtures that Peter and the eleven made toward them forty years after the Crucifixion, around 70 A.D., once again, God saw fit to take them out of the land, let their Temple be ruined, destroyed; and they were dispersed … But according to His promises, what is He doing? He’s bringing them back and they’re coming in from, you might say, the four corners of the world. Now turn to Ezekiel. We just have a couple more Scripture verses to look at with regard to God’s promising them the land. Then we’re going to look at the government – the promise of their King.

Ezekiel Chapter 37 is the account of the dry bones. We looked at it in Book Three. Ezekiel is given a vision of a valley full of dry bones. They have been there a long, long time and they are well-bleached. Ezekiel is told to prophesy on those bones and what happens? Suddenly they come together and there’s a great shaking and rattling before Ezekiel’s eyes. But remember, it’s a vision. It’s a symbolic picture that God is showing us. Then the flesh comes upon them, then the skin, and finally breath comes into them. He writes:

Ezekiel 37:10,11

“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, `Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.'”

Israel has been graves, which is how God refers to the Gentile nations. Israel out of the land is desolate. Remember, Israel out of the land is without a Temple, without a priesthood, without an altar. They are hopelessly out of touch with God when they are out of the Promised Land. So the Word of God refers to these habitations in the Gentile areas as graves. They are like a dead people insofar as God is concerned, but He is bringing them back to life. How? By bringing them back to their Promised Land.

Ezekiel 37:12

“Therefore prophesy and say unto them, `Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.'”

He’s going to bring them back to their homeland. Through the Chapter, He is going to make this very plain with the vision of two broken pieces of sticks. He tells Ezekiel: “Put them together end to end. The one stick will be for the Northern Kingdom, the ten tribes. The other stick will be for the Southern Kingdom, the two tribes.” He said, “put them together and it will become one stick.” He has now put the two sticks together and they have become one. Let’s pick it up in verse 21 where God tells Ezekiel to say to them:

Ezekiel 37:21a

“And say unto them,`Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen,…'”

Most of you know the word “heathen” in Scripture refers to the non-Jew. It doesn’t refer to a pagan or someone steeped in idolatry. A heathen is simply a non-Jew. We refer to them now as Gentiles.

Ezekiel 37:21b,22

“…whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:'” There is no room for argument.

“And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.” This should be enough references with regard to the promise of a land.

I trust you study on your own. The only reason I teach is to get you into the Book. Study it! It’s not that difficult. When studying, always establish the setting for a particular set of verses. Now to II Samuel, Chapter 7 for the third part of this Covenant, which is the promise of a government. Here we have God speaking to King David through the prophet Nathan. Beginning with verse 14, Nathan, as he addresses King David, says in the words of God:

II Samuel 7:14

“I will be his father,…” He is talking of Solomon, but it goes beyond Solomon. It’s about the whole Nation of Israel in her future role. Continuing He says:

“…and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:”

Note the conditions. In other words, God would use other nations to punish the Nation of Israel. The first word in verse 15 is “but” – the flip side. If they are disobedient, God is going to bring in other nations, downtrod them and maybe even disperse them. In spite of what God may have to do in disciplining Israel, watch the promise, “My mercy shall not depart from them.” There is a teaching amongst most of Christendom – Catholic and Protestant as well; that when Israel rejected their Messiah and crucified Him, God did away with all these promises to Israel and gave them to the new Israel – the Church. That is man’s idea. That is not what The Book teaches. The Book plainly states that regardless of what Israel does, God says, “My mercy shall not depart from him as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.” Saul is merely used here as an example. Verse 16 gives the promise of a government that is going to rule over this little nation within its geographical area. “Thy house,” that is, the Royal house, the Royal line, and “thy kingdom.”

Just as I do with the word “Jew,” I say, “the kingdom is the kingdom is the kingdom!” When you see the word “kingdom” in Scripture, unless the text definitely shows otherwise, it is referring to the kingdom that will come as the result of the Abrahamic Covenant. It is the kingdom that is going to basically be over the Nation of Israel, who is then in their Promised Land with the government all Scripture points to, when their Messiah will be their King. The Messiah has to be of the lineage of David. (We’ll look at that a little further down the line.) So He says, “Thy house.” That’s where we get the term “the House of David.” It’s a royal house. It’s a royal, kingly line out of which the King finally came. So, “Thy house and thy kingdom shall be established forever.” That is why we know God is looking further than just the little kingdom of Israel under David and under Solomon. This is the beginning of eternity’s promises. The other thing I want you to always remember is that even though this earthly kingdom is promised here to Israel, the Book of Revelation puts on a time limit of 1000 years. Consequently, we refer to it as the `Millennium.’

It is a definitive period of time, but the 1000-year reign of Christ is merely the introduction for the eternal setting. You get to Revelation, Chapter 21 and what do you have? … A new heaven and a new earth! This whole kingdom economy will move right on into eternity. That’s why I think most people, after they have been in my teaching for a little while, get what I think is a better concept of what Heaven is going to be. I told one of my classes the other night that when I was young it used to almost scare me to death that Heaven would get boring. My, who wants to just sit some place on a cloud and strum a harp, and do nothing but shout `hallelujah,’ or `holy, holy, holy;’ and that will certainly be a part of it. Eternity is going to be a viable exercise. Eternity is going to be a place of intense activity, albeit without all of the problems, tribulations, sorrows and the things that we have now. Don’t ever look at Heaven as I had looked at it – some place that is going to be boring and monotonous. It is going to be quite the opposite. This kingdom now promised to King David, and which Solomon would extend (although it would be interrupted) will, over a period of time, become a viable reality. God the Son, the Messiah, will become the King, and it is going to be a glorious kingdom! Turn to Psalm 89. I am trying to take these in chronological order so you can see. However, this is by no means all of the references; only a sampling. Drop down to verses 36 and 37. Here the psalmist writes:

Psalm 89:36,37

“His (David) seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.” How long is that? – forever! Then verse 37:

It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.”

That’s this coming kingdom! You might say, what has that to do with me? Well, Paul writes, and John writes in Revelation, that when this kingdom is finally set up, you and I, as Church Age believers are going to be a part and parcel of that kingdom by ruling and reigning with Him; that is, with Christ. So it is important that we understand this kingdom that is going to be coming.