Originally posted by RJHinds
So the prophecy was just a figure of speech and there is no throne of David today, right?
Remember, there is no Temple, either.
If the 'throne of David' is, as I said, the kingship of Israel, then it's true that no one sits on this throne even today, and certainly no descendant of Jehoiakim ever sat on it, meaning no descendant of Jehoiakim was ever king of Israel. It certainly does not mean that "the throne of David", or the kingship of Israel does not exist today. It just means that there is, right now
, no king of Israel.
As a physical "chair" of some sort, no, it probably doesn't physically exist, unless they managed to recover it and it's in a museum somewhere. But since there is question by some as to whether David ever actually existed, I'm guessing they don't have his actual throne anywhere either.
Do you really think the prophecy is about the actual, physical "chair" David sat in, or about the kingship of Israel? When it was written that no descendant of Jehoiakim would "sit upon the throne of David", they didn't mean that they would find it impossible to actually sit down on the throne (if such existed even then), what was meant was that no descendant of Jehoiakim would ever be king of Israel. Even RBHILL gets this in his OP. Why do you have issue with this? The meaning is well-known.
This is just one example of how literalists always miss the actual point of scripture.