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Old Testament Prophecy

The Government Will Rest Upon His Shoulders

The Prophecy - He Will Be A Leader Of The Nation Of Israel
Old Testament Prophecy
New Testament Fulfillment
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.(Isaiah 9:6-7)

John 19:19

Description Of Prophecy:

This Child to be born will also be a king. Several Old Testament Prophets talk about the Kingship of Messiah including Zechariah.


King-of-kings-3Some New Testament references to the Kingship of Messiah include Luke 1:31-33; Revelation 17:14 and 19:11-16. Also included are Hebrews 7:1 and 1 Timothy 6:15.

For those's who recognizes Jesus as their Lord and Saviour He also is their King. His kingdom was first established when He came the first time. While much of the world chooses not to recognize His authority, He is coming back. When He does, He will set up a throne in Jerusalem and rule as King of all Kings, recognized by the entire world. Being a part of this kingdom now, is available, for those who choose to put their faith in Him.

When the Messiah returns and rules here on earth it will be known as The Millennial Kingdom.


The miraculous birth of the child born in Isaiah 7:14 will also be the royal son of David. That will make him rightful heir to David's Throne, compassionately caring for His children, while inheriting the promise of the Davidic Covenant.(1) For more on the promise of the everlasting Davidic Throne read 2 Samuel 7:12-16.

King And Priest:

Though seldom recognized by Israel, her prophets predicted the duel role of preist-king. Speaking of the Messiah, Zechariah writes, "It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And their will be harmony between the two." ( Zechariah 6:13)

We are not told when God first considered Jerusalem to be His holy city, but He had a faithful king who was a faithful priest there even in the time of Abraham.(2)

Related Prophecies:


Zechariah tells of the Triumphal Entry Of Israel's King as a deliverer of Salvation, gently riding on a donkey (Zech. 9:9).

Zechariah also tells of this king coming as a conqueror, a mighty hero who fights on Israel's behalf. (The Second Coming Of King Messiah) (Zechariah 14:1-4).


Articles related to the Isaiah 9:6 prophecy include:

Articles related to our Messiah's birth include:

The Jewish commentator Rashi says this verse reflects upon "To the one who increases the Government of the Lord upon himself."(3)

In fulfillment of this passage (Isaiah 9:6-7) and Psalm 2:9, The Son will rule the Nations of the world. (Rev.2:27; 19:15) (1)

In an ancient Jewish text the Messiah is recognized as king in reference to a great mountain that Zechariah fore tells about in Zech 4:7.(4)

Messiahs' position as King of Kings is better than any other king that Israel ever had. One reason for this is His bloodline (His seed was planted directly by God in the Virgin Born Mary). Another reason would be the length of His reign as King (Everlasting and Eternal). Still yet another reason is that no other king is worshiped by Angels (1 Peter 3:22).

Hebrew 1:8 says it this way: But about the Son he says, Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.

God promises to once again live with us. "Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you," declares the LORD (Zechariah 2:10).

Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth (Psalm 74:12)


1). John MacArthur Study Bible p.968.

2). John MacArthur: Commentary on the Book of Hebrews - p.176.

3). Sonico Book of the Bible (Isaiah p.44).

4). Midrash Tanhuma, parasha Toldot.

Issues, Jews for Jesus. A Messianic Perspective. Volume 15:5

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