The First Testament states that those who descend from King David shall always be King of Israel (2 Samuel 7:12-16, 2 Chronicles 13:5, Psalm 89:20-37). These people descended from David’s line:
- King Solomon (First Testament)
- Jesus Christ (Second Testament)
- Muhammed (Third Testament)
On this basis all of these people could be Kings of Israel, in a theological context. Lets take a look at some parts of the Bible about the line of King David. King David is quoted as saying in Psalm 110:1 and Matthew 22:44;
The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”
I interpet ‘my Lord’ in this context to refer to the “son of David,” which in this case is King Solomon, the first son of David, chosen to be King by David himself (1 Kings 1:43-48). From King Solomon descended Christ and Muhammed who also have the right to the title ‘Lord’ on this basis as not only are they equal to God who is The Lord but they are of not only David’s line but King Solomon’s also.
1 Kings 2:44-45 says:
The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wrong you did to my father David. Now the Lord will repay you for your wrongdoing. But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will remain secure before the Lord forever.”
This is why in a theological context I think King David referred to King Solomon as ‘my Lord’ as Solomon was his son and as King of Kings, Solomon was greater than King David himself.
1 Kings 1:49-51 says:
At this, all Adonijah’s guests rose in alarm and dispersed. But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar. Then Solomon was told, “Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’”
1 Kings 2 23:25 says:
Then King Solomon swore by the Lord: “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if Adonijah does not pay with his life for this request! 24 And now, as surely as the Lord lives—he who has established me securely on the throne of my father David and has founded a dynasty for me as he promised —Adonijah shall be put to death today!” So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died.
I interpret these to mean that God (i.e. the Lord) put King Solomon to his right hand until the day David died when Adonijah was the enemy under Solomon’s feet, who was then put to death. This thus makes Solomon the Messiah of the First Testament, in a theological sense. The test for a Messiah is thus that they sit at the right hand of God (i.e. the Lord) until he puts enemies at their feet, which is when they are confirmed as Messiah:
- In this case of King Solomon this was Adonijah, who refused to accept Solomon as King, whose death with the authority of God confirmed Solomon as Messiah and a Son (i.e. Mashiach ben David I).
- In this case of Jesus Christ this was the disenting Jews below his Cross, whom called for his death, confirming him as Messiah and Son (i.e. Mashiach ben David II)
- In the case of Muhammed this was the Hindus Idols worshippers, who made his feet bleed, plunging him into a depression, which led to his confirmation by God that he was Messiah and Son (Mashiach ben David III)
Unlike Christ and Muhammed, Solomon was also King. This makes him therefore the Desire of Nations. Equally, the person prophesied in Revelations will be of David’s line, and will be at the right-hand of the Lord until the day their enemies are below their feet when they will be confirmed by God (i.e. the Lord) as Messiah and Son (i.e. Mashiach ben David IV). If they manage to become King, they will also become Desire of Nations, a title lost by King Solomon, when he ceased to be King. Again, in a theological sense.