Psalm 2:6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.
Psalm 72:11 All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve Him.
Zechariah 14:16 In the end, the enemies of Jerusalem who survive the plague will go up to Jerusalem each year to worship the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and to celebrate the Festival of Shelters.
In Genesis 14:18-20, a mysterious “Melchizedek, King of Salem” appears briefly in the Biblical record. He blesses Abraham and remarkably, Abraham gives the King of Salem a tenth of all the spoils of the battle that had just occurred. Again rather mysteriously, in Psalm 110, God speaks through the words of the Psalm to His Son; whose enemies will become His footstool, whose reign and rod would come out of Zion (Jerusalem) and who would serve as a priest of the order of Melchizedek. In Hebrews 5-7, Jesus is explicitly the High Priest of the order of Melchizedek, worthy of worship, the only one who can save. Melchizedek in Genesis is a type-of-Christ figure, a priest-king, a king of “righteousness” (the meaning of the name Melchizedek) and a king of “peace” (the king of Salem or shalom meaning peace). Melchizedek was a priest whose ordination came before there were priests from the house of Levi, as there were throughout the Biblical history of the Jews. Melchizedek was God-ordained. Jesus is God’s ordained Priest and King.
In the most ancient history of Jerusalem (see the Salem in the name Jerusalem?) there was an amazing priest-king, full of righteousness and peace. The Old Testament prophets looked forward to a someday, a day when that Righteous King of Jerusalem would return to Zion, establish His throne and rule over all the world. It will be a Kingdom of Peace as all the world unites in worship of Jesus. When is this? This is the millennial Kingdom, the 1,000 year reign of Christ immediately after His Second Coming.
The King of Jerusalem is the King of Righteousness and the King of Peace. How does righteousness lead us to peace? Since we have a Righteous King, shouldn’t we be righteous? How do you feel, knowing that Jesus was before Abraham and will be King of Jerusalem someday? I’ll tell you how I feel! My King is a King of Righteousness and Peace and He is from forever to forever!