What is required in order for Jesus to return? Did you know it has to do with the Davidic Covenant…and that happens to be our topic of discussion this week? If you missed yesterday’s lesson, I encourage you to scroll back to it before jumping into today’s lesson.
In Acts 1:6-8, the disciples were trying to understand what Jesus was teaching them about His return (and the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant). Jesus taught them “kingdom lessons” when He told them it wasn’t for them to know, since the kingdom they knew about would be destroyed in less than 40 years.
Today, we might ask the same question: “Lord, when will you restore Your kingdom?”
To get to that answer, recall the 3 great covenants we studied last week (Abrahamic, Mosaic and New). Those will culminate in one final great covenant: the Davidic Covenant. But there are 3 conditions needed to bring King Jesus home and fulfill that last great covenant:
- Israel must be back in her land.
- Israel’s historical mission (vehicle of world redemption) must not fail.
- Israel’s destiny must be national, not just spiritual.
Israel must be back in her land.
Jesus foretold destruction and dispersion of the land and the people prior to His return (Mathew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). How could Jesus possibly rule if no one is there? Scripture says the Jews will welcome Him home…not the Gentiles! Yet, for years, Gentiles ruled over Jerusalem. In fact, the battle still rages over control of the Holy City. However, on May 14, 1948, Israel was reborn and is now back in her land! That condition has been met almost before our very eyes!
Israel’s historical mission must not fail.
If Israel’s historical mission fails, then God is a liar! That will never be! When God told Abraham (Genesis 12:3) that through him all the families of the earth would be blessed, He was actually making Abraham and his physical descendants (Israel) the vehicle of world redemption! That is the blessing He had in mind!
God has not changed His mind…He has not replaced Israel…Israel’s role has never changed. God made a promise, and He intends to keep it! He does, however, use their unbelief to achieve His purpose! How so?
God loves Israel and wants to save her. Not because they are “better,” but because He desires that none should perish. But notice something:
- The OT prophets were saved by looking forward to the cross in faith. In that faith, they gave us the Scriptures!
- We are saved by looking back to the cross in faith. In Israel’s unbelief, God opened up a plan of salvation for the Gentiles. (Check out Romans 11 if you need reference.)
Israel is fulfilling her historical mission.
Israel’s destiny must be national, not just spiritual.
The Abrahamic Covenant guarantees a national destiny. Israel will have land and descendants of Abraham forever! God needed a physical nation from which to love the world, and He placed real, physical people in the real, physical land He gave them! One day, Romans 11:26 says, “All Israel will be saved!” It will be a national revival, not simply a spiritual one.
BTW – if for no other reason than that, the church cannot be the “new Israel,” as Replacement Theology would suggest.
So, those are the 3 conditions, and keep in mind that God’s call is irrevocable! His promises and His calling to Israel remain the same today as they have been throughout history.
I want to leave you with two passages that will set us up for tomorrow’s study. Take so time and just let these passages sink in:
- Isaiah 46:8-10 – God’s purpose is established and He will accomplish it!
- Ezekiel 37:24-28 – God’s people will live in the land and David will rule over it!
Intriguing! Come back tomorrow and let’s talk this out!