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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

In Prophecy, the L-RD must be King of the Jews. In history, Jesus was de facto the King of the Jews

Deuteronomy 17:

14 When thou art come unto the land which the L-RD thy G-D giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the L-RD thy G-D shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the L-RD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the L-RD his G-D, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.


In Deuteronomy 17:14-20, we examine some of the characteristics that a King of Israel is required by Mosaic Covenant to fulfill / complete:

1) He must be a brother, and may not be a stranger or alien grafted in (v. 15)

a) Jesus was adopted or grafted into the Tribe of Judah, and direct Davidic
lineage of Kings, through adoption as the son of Joseph.
b) Jesus was virgin born to Mary, who also was a descendant of Judah, and of
the Davidic line.

2) He may not multiply horses to himself, so as to set himself apart from the
people of Israel (v.16).

a) Jesus had no horses. He sat on a borrowed animal never sat upon in His
special proclamation entry into Jerusalem.
b) Jesus never separated Himself from the common Israeli except for periods
of rest and to pray. At most, these periods of separations were a matter of
days. In comparison, dictators might use horses to help separate
themselves from the common folk for many years.

3) He may not cause his people to return to, or subject themselves under

The Pharisees were attempting to bring about this exact abomination in the first centuries B.C. and A.D. The Sadducees attempted to polarize the country in the opposite direction, under Syrian rule, working in conjunction with Roman government. This, too, is forbidden.

4) He may not trust in the flesh of horses or the means of “war toys”
(such as chariots – or high end weaponry) to rule in strength and honor.

5) He may not take too many wives (i.e., he is forbidden concubines – v.17).

6) He may not multiply silver and gold to himself.

The implication of increase is under a conservative restraint, and only to be used for the proper and fair ministration of government.

7) He will have two written copies of Torah, one that he himself will memorize, and one that will be accounted to the priests as witness, to perform and do Torah correctly. He is therefore accounted as a priest himself in this regard (vv.18-20).

8) He may not set his heart above his brethren and must rule within the confines of proper interpretation of Torah (the Law), as according to what is right and to their best interests (v.20).

The L-RD is making allowances for an Earthly king, but as we shall see below, I Samuel 8:7 and 12:12 states that the L-RD (read the tetragrammaton Name each time the hyphenated L-RD appears) was the One and True King.

Since the True King of Israel is the L-RD...collectively, this demands an incarnation of the Almighty in Old Testament Scripture to take up His rulership as dwelling (in some future day) amongst mankind.

Exodus 15:18 - The L-RD shall reign for ever and ever.

Numbers 23:21 - He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the L-RD his G-D is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.

I Samuel 8:7 - And the L-RD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected ME, that I should not reign over them.

I Samuel 12:12 - And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the L-RD your G-D was your King.

I Chronicles 16:31 - Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The L-RD reigneth.

Psalm 5:2 - Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my G-D: for unto thee will I pray.

Psalm 10:16 - The L-RD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

Psalm 22:28 - For the kingdom is the L-RD's: and he is the governor among the nations.

Psalm 24:7-10 - Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The L-RD strong and mighty, the L-RD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The L-RD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.

Psalm 44:4 - Thou art my King, O G-D: command deliverances for Jacob.

Psalm 47:2, 6-8 -
2 For the L-RD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
6 Sing praises to G-D, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
7 For G-D is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
8 G-D reigneth over the heathen: G-D sitteth upon the throne of His holiness.

Psalm 48:2 - Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Psalm 74:12 - For G-D is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Psalm 84:3 - Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O L-RD of hosts, my King, and my G-D.

Psalm 93:1-2 -
1 The L-RD reigneth, He is clothed with majesty; the L-RD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
2 Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

Psalm 95:3 - For the L-RD is a great G-D, and a great King above all gods.

Psalm 96:10 - Say among the heathen that the L-RD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: He shall judge the people righteously.

Psalm 97:1 - The L-RD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

Psalm 98:6 - With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the L-RD, the King.

Psalm 99:1, 4
1 The L-RD reigneth; let the people tremble: He sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
4 The King's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

Psalm 145:1 - I will extol thee, my G-D, O King; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Psalm 146:10 - The L-RD shall reign for ever, even thy G-D, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the L-RD.

Psalm 149:1-2 -
1 Praise ye the L-RD. Sing unto the L-RD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Isaiah 6:5 - Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the L-RD of hosts.

Isaiah 24:23 - Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the L-RD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Isaiah 33:22 - For the L-RD is our judge, the L-RD is our lawgiver, the L-RD is our King; he will save us.

Isaiah 41:21 - Produce your cause, saith the L-RD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

Isaiah 43:15 - I am the L-RD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

Isaiah 44:6 - Thus saith the L-RD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the L-RD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no G-D.

Isaiah 52:7 - ...saith unto Zion, Thy G-D reigneth!

Jeremiah 8:19 - Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the L-RD in Zion? is not her King in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?

Jeremiah 10:7 10 -
7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
10 But the L-RD is the true G-D, he is the living G-D, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

Jeremiah 46:18, 48:15 - ... saith the King, whose name is the L-RD of hosts...

Jeremiah 51:57 - And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the L-RD of hosts.

Ezekiel 20:33 - As I live, saith the Lord G-D, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:

Obadiah 21 - And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the L-RD's.

Micah 4:7 - And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the L-RD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

Zephaniah 3:15 - The L-RD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even the L-RD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

Zechariah 14:9, 16-17 -
9 And the L-RD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one L-RD, and his name one.
16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the L-RD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the L-RD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

Malachi 1:14 - But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the L-RD a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the L-RD of hosts, and My Name is dreadful among the heathen.

In past posts I have shown Jesus is the incarnate L-RD of Hosts come unto man from G-D the Father. Further, He did so come according to a specific prophesied timeline and manner, geographical location, family lineage, and by signs and wonders, appearing clothed in flesh via the womb of a virgin, and born into the world (as by water and the Spirit). But...

Was Jesus ever given a Kingship or officially recognized in human or mortal government as a King over Israel while on Earth? The answer is: Yes.

The action of Pontius Pilate’s writing the statement of Jesus as being the “King of the Jews” in John 19:19-20 is an “official act of Roman recognition of the aforesaid office/title of Jesus”.

We see the example in Rome's Legal Precedent by Julius Caesar, in examples retained for us by the historian “Josephus”.

Twice, Caesar makes a ruling and has that inscribed in plates of brass, and that plate is written in Greek and in Latin (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 14.10.2. & .3).

De facto, then, Jesus was the Roman Government recognized rightful successor of the line of Judah, and officially recognized as the one and only “King of Judea” by the government of Rome for about 6 hours: and the signage was a genuine benevolent attempt by Pilate to arouse the sentiment of the people to plead for mercy, and to have them call to have their “King” taken down and spared. Instead, there was no public arousal.

Upon His resurrection 3 days later, Jesus still retained that right of rulership as Shiloh, since there was no succession after Him.

Jesus was indeed physically raised from the dead (John 20:19-25, 20:26-29, 21:14-15) as the pre-eminent one from before the birth of Creation. He was witnessed by, and his identity confirmed by, at least 120 men (Acts 1:15) at his post-resurrection Mount of Olives ascension, which happened with the visible eye (Acts 1:9-11).

Jesus was transformed into the an eternal Resurrection body that fulfills the requirement of Scripture for His appearance upon His return (Revelation 1:7; Zechariah 13:6, 12:10).

The words of Psalm 47:5 being fulfilled at the ascension, indicate the time of morning the ascension occurred.:
G-D is gone up with a shout,
HASHEM with the sound of the shofar.

Nowhere in ancient Jewish Literature is there any evidence that Jesus stayed dead. In fact, there was a passing of a dreadful fear that was passed on. In Jewish oral tradition centuries later, it was attributed to sorcery...perhaps not just meaning those miracles he did before death, but especially His miracle of conquering death, and rising again from the grave. Certainly, it would have been investigated by the Sanhedrin, and Jesus would have also been seen and confirmed also by these agents of Caiaphas the 44 or so days He was up and walking around following the Leviticus 23 festival Sunday after Passover called Firstfruits.

We see the confirmation in the silence of the high priest to the resurrection testimony in Acts 5:17-42.

We see the confirmation in the fact that the Disciples of Jesus were not stoned for blasphemy or burned at the stake for mass healing miracles they conducted at the Holy Temple.

We see the confirmation of the resurrection by passivity of the very generation of Jews that saw Jesus, who refused to promote in writing from that day to this that Jesus' resurrection was not true. Instead, on occasion, it was leaders obtaining writs of permission to pursue and kill Christians, they were using other legal technicalities for their persecutions...and could not punish them for simply saying Jesus rose from the dead. Why?

In testifying Jesus was raised from the dead, and ascended to Heaven, and then NOT prosecuting the disciples for that, there had to be Sanhedrin witnesses of at least 2 or 3 or more when the Acts 1:9-11 event occurred, probably watching in shame from the Temple. Only where Stephen said he saw Jesus at the Right Hand of Power, with the presumption that he saw G-D the Father (which is not what he technically said, and of proclaiming he saw into the Spirit Realm like one of the Holy Prophets --

"Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of G-D." (Acts 7:56)

-- only then was he stoned dead for his testimony. So even Judaism's then hostile passivity to deny the resurrection and ascension of Jesus in the First Century A.D. confirms the bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Upon His ascension to Heaven prior to Pentecost, Jesus took the right of rulership by succession (the spritual Scepter) with Him, as no one of the tribe of Judah came ever after Him. And still, to this day, even now, Jesus is still the living King of the Jews and of all Israel (as Yeshua, the Messhiach) lives and holds the right of rulership while awaiting a proper time to return, as written in the eschatology of the Bible (both Old and New Testaments).

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