Reigning from Zion

According to the Psalmist, the anointed “Son” would reign “on Mount Zion… my holy mount.” As attested by the New Testament, that king is Jesus of Nazareth. His reign over the Earth began following his Resurrection and Ascension. Ever since he has been extending his sovereignty by sending his envoys to the “uttermost parts of the Earth” to announce his Gospel to the nations.

Two Psalms are used In the New Testament to portray him as the ideal king who was destined to sit on David’s Throne:

High Mountain - Photo by Matheus Bandoch on Unsplash
[Photo by Matheus Bandoch on Unsplash]

  • (Psalm 2:6-9) – “Yet I have installed my king, on Zion my holy mountain. Let me tell of a decree, Yahweh said to me: You are My son; I, this day, have begotten you. Ask of me and let me give nations as your inheritance and as your possession the ends of the Earth. You shall rule them with a scepter of iron, as a potter’s vessel shalt thou dash them in pieces.”
  • (Psalm 110:1) – “Yahweh said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.

God promised that his anointed king would reign on the Throne of David, which the New Testament applies to the present status of Jesus. The related passages place the commencement of his reign immediately after his Resurrection and Ascension.

Both Psalms are prominent in Hebrews. When contrasting the “Son” with angels, the Letter asks, “To which of the angels said he ever, YOU ARE MY SON, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN YOU?”

Already, the “son” has “achieved the purification of sin and therefore SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND of the Majesty on high.” As the “son” and designated king, he has inherited the name “more excellent than that of angels” – (Hebrews 1:3-65:5).

On the Day of Pentecost, Peter preached to a crowd of Jewish pilgrims after the disciples had received the Spirit, and he concluded by declaring:

  • God had sworn with an oath that of the fruit of David’s loins, he would set one upon his Throne. Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that neither was he left to Hades nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus did God raise up… Being, therefore, exalted by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured forth this that you see and hear. For David ascended not into the heavens, but he says, THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, SIT ON MY RIGHT-HAND UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. Let all Israel know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ” – (Acts 2:30-36).

Thus, the exaltation of Jesus to the Messianic Throne occurred because of his Death and Resurrection, and he therefore reigns as the Lord and “Messiah,” the anointed Son of God.

Likewise, Paul declared that God promised to raise up a king from David’s seed. This was fulfilled in the “Savior, Jesus.” Though the Temple leaders conspired to destroy him, “God raised him from the dead,” just as it is “written in the second psalm, YOU ARE MY SON, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN YOU.” God gave him “the holy and sure blessings of David.” Paul was explicit. The resurrection marked the start of his reign - (Acts 13:22-40, Romans 1:1-4).

ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION


In Ephesians, Paul reminded his audience how God “raised Jesus from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places… And PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” – (Ephesians 1:20-22).

Likewise, to the Corinthians, the Apostle declared that Jesus was raised from the dead and seated on David’s Throne, for “he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be abolished is death. For GOD PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET” – (1 Corinthians 15:20-26).

Jesus endured the cross, then he “SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD.” He achieved the “purification of sins,” and therefore, he now reigns, “angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him” – (1 Peter 3:22Hebrews 1:310:12-13, 12:2).

As for “Mount Zion,” the city of Jerusalem foreshadowed the Jerusalem that is “above.” Under the old covenant, the saints were seeking the “city which has the foundations, whose builder and maker is God… But they desired a better country, that is, a heavenly, wherefore God…has prepared for them a city.”

Rather than Mount Sinai in the wilderness, the Body of Christ is approaching “Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem.” Everlasting life and all the covenant promises are attained in “New Jerusalem” – (Hebrews 11:10-16, 12:22, 13:12-14, Revelation 21:1-8).

In the opening salutation of Revelation, Jesus is called the “RULER OF THE KINGS OF THE EARTH.” His high status is based on his Death and Resurrection, for he is “the Faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the Dead,” the Davidic King who “SHEPHERDS THE NATIONS.”

Thus, consistently in Revelation, his present reign is linked to his past Death and Resurrection – (Revelation 1:4-6, 2:26-273:21, 5:10).

He is the “Living one, and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore,” and therefore he has the “Keys of Death and of Hades.” He is the faithful one who holds the “Key of David, who opens, and no one closes, who closes, and no one opens” - Revelation 1:17, 3:7, 3:21).

He is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah,” but he fulfills that role as the sacrificial Lamb. All creation declared him “worthy to receive power… To him that sits on the Throne and to the Lamb be the dominion forever and ever” – (Revelation 1:18, 3:75:5-12, 12:5,22:16).

In Chapter 14, this same “Lamb” is seen standing with the priestly company of the 144,000 on “Mount Zion,” the “first fruits” of the greater harvest. They bear his name on their foreheads and stand on “Zion.” His reign from “Zion” is a present reality.

Matterhorn - Photo by Xavier von Erlach on Unsplash
[Photo by Xavier von Erlach on Unsplash]

The New Testament tells a consistent story. Jesus is reigning over the nations at the “
right hand of God.” He is the Messiah and Davidic king, the anointed “son” of Yahweh who reigns on the greater “Mount Zion.” His sovereignty is based on his obedience unto death on the Cross, and his subsequent resurrection from the dead.

The reign of the promised Messiah is not waiting for some future date or event before begins. It is a present reality. Nor is it limited to the ancient city of Jerusalem or to the limited territory of Palestine. Instead, Jesus of Nazareth reigns from the Throne of God over all nations, the Earth, indeed, over the entire Cosmos.



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  • His Present Reign - (The PRESENT reign of Jesus began with his exaltation to the messianic Throne following his death and resurrection – Psalms 110:1)
  • Servant and King - (Following his baptism in the Jordan, the voice from heaven identified Jesus as the Son of God and the Servant of Yahweh)

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