Interregnums or Co-Regencies?
There are many versions of the chronology of the Kings of Judah and Israel . Some advocate that there were interregnums in the chronology of the Kings of Judah. This means that there were times when there was no king sitting on the throne of Judah . This is not Biblical. The book JUDAH'S SCEPTRE AND JOSEPH'S BIRTHRIGHT , An Analysis of the Prophecies of the Scriptures in regard to the Royal Family of Judah and the Many Nations of Israel, the Lost Ten Tribes By REV. J. H. ALLEN Originally published, 1902, clearly explains that since the time of King David to the present day that there has always been a king sitting on David's throne. The following is excerpted from Allen's book:
PART SECOND, THE SCEPTRE; OR, THE PROMISE OF A PERPETUATED HOUSE, THRONE, AND KINGDOM TO DAVID, CHAPTER I, THE SCEPTRE, AND THE DAVIDIC COVENANT.
When the Sceptre covenant was confirmed to David, the Lord gave the message through Nathan the prophet in these words: "When thy days be fufilIed, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men. But my mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thy house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee: Thy throne shall be established forever," (2 Sam. 7:12 -16).
David was so impressed with the magnitude of this prophecy and with the period of time which it covered that he went in and sat before the Lord, pondering over it, until in wonderment he exclaimed: "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God [i.e., the present power, glory and prestige of David's house, throne and kingdom]: but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God?" (2 Sam. 7:18,19). No. It is not the manner of man to prophesy concerning things "for a great while to come." But it is the manner of God. Yes, and it is the manner of God to make good that which he has spoken. David understood this; so he prayed, "And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it forever, and do as thou hast said."
The Bible itself clearly refutes any interregnum theory.
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