and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Bible other translations

“he will reign over the house of Jacob forever,” This verse is a good example that just because something in scripture is said to last forever, doesn’t mean it starts immediately. Likewise, even though we have eternal life (John 3:15-16, 36), it does not mean it comes into effect immediately; because if the Lord tarries we will still die and need to be resurrected into that eternal life: “Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40, NIV).

Saying, “the house of Jacob” points back to Jacob and all 12 of his sons, so the Messiah was not just a king over the Judeans, but over all Israel, and then by extension over the whole world.

Commentary for: Luke 1:33