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I don't typically post my articles here on mormondialogue.org; however, I took it upon myself to write an article that serves as an introduction to the Davidic Servant. The article serves as a foundation of who he is, why he is, and who he isn't. The Davidic Covenant serves as the core of understanding the Davidic Servant as does Isaiah chapter 11.
My blog is not monetized, and I care neither for subscribers or views for the sake of such. However, I do care deeply about this topic and want to spread awareness among my fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Why is awareness important? I have witnessed the tendency to shoehorn prophecies into that which is known and familiar which often translates to that which has transpired already or linking prophecies to known individuals. I understand why folks do this as the idea of an important, unknown end times servant causes much cognitive dissonance. The Davidic Servant is not Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, or John the Beloved. Perhaps the most interesting evidence for this is an excerpt from the Times and Seasons that demonstrates the early saints in fact believed in the Davidic Servant and stated he was none of these people (look for the large section of orange text - Times and Seasons excerpt is taken from Joseph Smith Papers project)
1 Chronicles 17 is a great synopsis of the Davidic Covenant:
1 Chronicles 17:11 ¶ And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.
13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:
14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.
15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
Zechariah 6 ties into the Davidic Covenant as well and provides a beautiful summary of who this man is and where he is on his eternal progression.
Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:
13 Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
We are anointed to become Priests and Kings in the Holy Temple. The Davidic Servant is a Priest becoming a King pure and simple. That is where he is on his eternal progression and the fact his ascension is such a big deal speaks to the process of how men become Gods.
Please feel free to read the article and chime in with thoughts, questions, and friendly debate. I will do my very best to not feed any trolls.