The house of David received Jehovah’s promise, and it was a family that received Jehovah’s inheritance. It was originally one of the tribes of Israel and belonged to the chosen people. At the time, Jehovah decreed a law for the Israelites that all of the Jewish people who belonged to the house of David, all those who were born into that house would receive His inheritance. They would receive a hundredfold and gain the status of the firstborn sons. At the time, they were the most elevated among all Israelites—they had the highest position among all the families of Israel, and they directly served Jehovah in the temple, wearing priestly robes and crowns. At the time, He called them faithful and saintly servants and they gained the esteem of all other tribes of Israel. Thus, at the time they were all respectfully referred to as lords—this was the work of Jehovah in the Age of Law. Today they are still serving Jehovah in this way in the temple, so they will always be kings appointed by Jehovah. No one can take away their crown, and no one can alter their service because they belonged to the house of David from the start; this is what Jehovah bestowed upon them. The reason that you don’t belong to the house of David is that you are not from Israel, but you belong to the house from outside of Israel. Also, your nature is not to worship Jehovah, but it is to resist Him, so you do not have the same identity as those from the house of David and you are not one of those who will receive My inheritance. You particularly are not those who will receive a hundredfold.
In Israel at that time there were many different houses and many different tribes, but they were all the chosen people. However, what is different from other countries is that in Israel people are categorized, their positions in front of Jehovah are differentiated, and each person’s realm is laid out according to their different tribes. In countries other than Israel, people can’t just casually refer to themselves as belonging to the houses of David, Jacob, or Moses. This would be contrary to fact—the names of[a] the tribes of Israel cannot be casually misused in other countries. People frequently misuse the names of David, Abraham, Esau, etc., or they say: “We have now accepted God, so we are of the house of Jacob.” Saying these things is nothing but baseless human reasoning and does not come directly from Jehovah, nor does it come from My own ideas. It is purely human nonsense! Just like an orator that confuses right and wrong, people groundlessly think of themselves as the descendants of David or part of the family of Jacob, and they believe that they are worthy of that. Do people not know that those of the house of David were long ago ordained by Jehovah, and it was not David that appointed himself as king? However, there are many who shamelessly claim to be the descendants of the house of David—people are so ignorant! The truth is that the matters of Israel have nothing to do with the Gentiles—they are two different things, and are completely unrelated. The matters of Israel can only be spoken of to the people of Israel, but the Gentiles are totally uninvolved, and the work currently done among the Gentiles has nothing to do with the people of Israel. What is said about the Gentiles is determined by what I am currently saying, and the work done in Israel cannot act as a type of the work among the Gentiles. Wouldn’t that show that God is too stupid, too conservative? Only when the work begins to spread among the Gentiles will what is said about them, or their outcome be revealed, so people’s words of the past, “We are the descendants of David,” or “Jesus is the son of David,” are even more preposterous things to say. My work is compartmentalized. I would not refer to a deer as a horse; rather, the work is differentiated according to its sequence.
a. The original text omits “the names of.”