A Question I Was Asked:

Surely There Must be a Literal Millenium in View of Christ Taking up His Throne on Earth as was Promised?

Surely there must be a literal Millennium in view of Christ taking up His throne on Earth as was promised? Otherwise, when will He be crowned?

UK Apologetics Reply:

But Christ has already taken up His throne!

Jesus fulfilled the Davidic covenant (2 Samuel 7:12-17) when He ascended to Heaven to take His seat at the right hand of God the Father. Peter's Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:29-36) teaches that the Davidic promises were fulfilled when Christ was resurrected, ascended into heaven and became seated at God's right hand. Yes, a descendant of David - Jesus Himself - was now on the throne just as promised, and forever. Carefully check out these verses:

29. "Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, "'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand 35. until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."' 36. "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah." (Acts 2:29-36).

Notice here how careful Peter was to point out that Christ ascended to David's throne at the time of His resurrection - especially note verse 30 and the first part of verse 31.

We may also look at Daniel 7:13-14 as a prophecy about Christ's ascension. In v. 13, the Son of Man goes up to the Ancient of Days and is presented before Him, as fulfilled in Acts 1:9. Then, v. 14 tells us what happened after Christ ascended to the Father:

And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:14).

So Christ's investiture as King of kings commenced from His ascension to God's right hand. Will He come again? Of course, but all of the above power and glory has already been granted to Him. Nothing anywhere here requires a "millenium" for Jesus to be crowned, it has already happened. But notice also how Revelation 19, describing the splendour of Christ's return to earth, shows Christ as already having been crowned:

Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. (Revelation 19:15-16).

It is true, of course, that the world will not actually see Christ as an all-conquering King until His dramatic Second Coming when He will return in power and splendour and declare war on those who have attacked Christianity, but we may rest assured that Jesus is already "King of kings and Lord of lords."

Robin A. Brace. May 23rd, 2016.