King Zedekiah Blinded
God promised King David that the Messianic Kingdom
should come through his line, and for several centuries no king reigned in
Jerusalem except David's posterity. The last was King Zedekiah. Of him God
declared through the Prophet (Ezekiel 21:25-27), "O thou profane and
wicked prince, whose time is come that iniquity should have an end! Take
off the diadem, remove the crown; this shall not be the same. I will
overturn, overturn, overturn it, until He come whose right it is, and I
will give it to Him." This was another way of saying that there would
be no more kings of David's line until Messiah. This has been fulfilled
during the long period of 2519 years from then until now. All later kings
were tributary, and none of David's line.
When God took His Kingdom from Zedekiah, He told him
through one of the Prophets that he would be carried prisoner by
Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon; and by another Prophet that he would never see
Babylon. Both prophecies came true, for Nebuchadnezzar caused his eyes to
be put out when a prisoner, and in that condition he went to Babylon.
But God's promise to David, "Of the fruit of thy
loins shall a king sit upon thy throne forever," was not broken. The
message to Zedekiah merely indicates that the throne ceased to be
recognized of the Lord, and would thus remain until Messiah's Kingdom.
But the First Advent of Jesus did not fulfil this
prophecy; for, although Jesus is the Messiah, He has not yet entered upon
His Kingly office. Jesus began His service as a Priest-- "He offered
up Himself." His offering continues these nineteen hundred years.
Since Pentecost He has been accepting and offering as His members such as
present their bodies living sacrifices. (Romans 12:1.) These joint-sacrificers
are promised, as "members of the Body of Christ," a share in the
Messianic reign of a thousand years, for the blessing of Israel and the
whole world.--Revelation 20:6.
"Thy Word Is Truth"