Where was the throne of Jehovah, according to the Scriptures? King David answers: “Jehovah is in his holy temple. Jehovah is on his throne in heaven. His eyes observe. His eyes examine the children of men” (Ps. 11:4). Now the prophet Isaiah speaks: “Thus says Jehovah, ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool’” (Is. 66:1). Now David speaks again: “Jehovah has established his throne in the heavens. His kingdom rules over all” (Ps. 103:19).
Jehovah, however, makes an extraordinary revelation. He plans to change his throne from heaven down to the earth. Right after the people of Israel had been delivered from the Egyptian yoke and had gone through the Red Sea, Moses said in his song: “You shall bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance, the place, Jehovah, which you have made for yourself to dwell in; the sanctuary, Lord, which your hands have established. Jehovah shall reign forever and ever” (Ex. 15:17-18). Jehovah knew, though, since the fall of men in the Garden of Eden, that he could not trust any man. The Scriptures declare concerning man: “Jehovah looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who did understand, who did seek after God. They have all gone aside. They have together become corrupt. There is none who does good, no, not one” (Ps. 14:2-3).
Jehovah, then, looked and found a trustworthy man. This man was Abraham, of whom he said: “For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that Yahweh may bring on Abraham that which he has spoken of him” (Gen. 18:17-19). Jehovah watched the lineage of Abraham, which was fourteen generations until David (Matt. 1:17). David was a man according to the heart of Jehovah (1 Sam. 13-14). With David Jehovah made the oath about the eternal messianic throne: “Jehovah has sworn to David in truth. He will not turn from it: ‘I will set the fruit of your body on your throne’” (Ps. 132:11). In this project Jehovah would move from heaven down to the earth: “For Jehovah has chosen Zion. He has desired it for his habitation. This is my resting place forever. Here I will live, for I have desired it” (Ps. 132:13-14). And Jehovah declared: “I will not break my covenant, nor alter what my lips have uttered. Once have I sworn by my holiness, I will not lie to David. His seed will endure forever, his throne like the sun before me. It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky” (Ps. 89:34-37).
Jehovah believed in his project and moved down to the earth. Ezra, the scribe, said: “Some of the heads of fathers’ [houses], when they came to the house of Jehovah which is in Jerusalem, offered willingly for the house of God to set it up in its place” (Ezra 2:68). “Blessed be Jehovah from Zion, Who dwells at Jerusalem” (Ps. 135:21). Before coming into Canaan, Jehovah said: “You shall not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell: for I, Jehovah, dwell in the midst of the children of Israel” (Num. 35:34). Jehovah had already commanded the people, saying: “Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, and everyone who has an issue, and whoever is unclean by the dead. Both you shall put male and female outside of the camp; that they not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell” (Num. 5:2-3). Jehovah has his throne in Jerusalem (Jer. 3:17).
It is noteworthy that the throne of Satan is on the earth, for his empire is the empire of death, and Christ has never descended to the earth to destroy the empire of death. The text says: “Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in the same way partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might deliver all of them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb. 2:14-15). It is strange that Jehovah moved to the earth, to the middle of Satan’s empire, with no intention of destroying it, and having among his people lepers, men and women with venereal diseases, and other malignant diseases. Besides that, the people among which Jehovah lived, when they arrived in the Promised Land, mingled with the corrupt peoples, taking their daughters as wives to their sons, and giving their daughters to their sons, and, finally, serving their gods (Judges 3:1-8).
Jehovah, seeing that his plans were frustrated, divorced from Israel (Is. 50:1). He divided the kingdom in two because of the corruption of Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-12). After that, the very Jehovah brought Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, who led all Israel captive, and destroyed it (2 Kings 17:3-6; 19-23). Only the kingdom of Judah remained, where are the sanctuary of Jehovah, and the throne. One hundred and thirty years later Jehovah brought Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and drove the people of Judah into captivity. The words of Jehovah were: “I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city which I have chosen, even Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, ‘My name shall be there’” (2 Kings 23:27). And that was what Jehovah did by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, his servant. And Jehovah said, victorious: “The virgin of Israel has fallen; She shall rise no more” (Amos 5:2). “Jehovah said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘Behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel. I will not again pass by them any more’” (Amos 7:8). And, next, he said: “The end has come on my people Israel. I will not again pass by them any more” (Amos 8:2).
It has been 2,600 years since the end of the kingdom of Israel. And where has the throne of Judah gone? All has ended. Even the name of Jehovah does not show in the New Testament, not even a single time. And what about Jehovah? Where has he gone? Perhaps he is wandering by arid places, seeking rest and being unable to find any…
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira