As I wrote in last week’s post, the immortal saints of God “will reign in holiness, righteousness, justice, truth, firmness against sin and mercy for the poor.”1 They will do this in the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s perfect King!2 Scripture repeatedly informs us of His perfect nature, character and demeanor as the unique God-Man.3 While God has favored some kings over the millennia for their attributes--David for example, was ‘“a man after’” His ‘“own heart,’” only Jesus did He “decree” and later affirm: ‘“You are My Son, today I have begotten You;’” inviting His request for the nations to rule as an inheritance and promised “seed” of David (Psalm 2:7-9; Mark 1:11; Acts 13:21-25, NKJV)!
The first man, Adam, was created in the image and likeness of God to rule in nature, character and demeanor as God does (Genesis 1:26). But he sinned in disobedience to God’s direct command bringing ruin and death upon the creation, himself and his progeny (Genesis 3:6-11, 17-19). Jesus Christ, the second and last Adam, came from Heaven into the world as the “express image of God” by way of a virgin to redeem willing fallen mankind and reign as the perfect King over us as foretold and fulfilled to date (Isaiah 7:10-14, 9:6-7; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-14; 1 Corinthians 15:45-47; Colossians 1:15-18; Hebrews 1:1-14, NKJV). He was perfected in character through suffering (Hebrews 5:7-9).4
Of Jesus Christ, God’s elect King it is written: “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,” “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” Truly, “His delight is in the fear of the LORD,” (Isaiah 11:1-3a, NKJV). At His first coming we are privileged through the witness of the Gospel accounts to see the Holy Spirit come upon the Lord Jesus and encounter His perfect wisdom, knowledge and understanding by way of His teaching as He walked the dusty roads of Israel (Matthew 3:13-17, 22:15-46). We also see the display of His power, hear His perfect counsel and fear of His Father in love enough to endure the cross at His command (John 6:1-40, 8:26-30, 10:14-18, 12:27-33, 14:28-31).
King Jesus is not any different now, in nature (Galatians 5:22-23) and character (John 13:12-17; Acts 4:27-30; Philippians 2:3-8) seated at the right of His Father than He was when He came to Israel 2,000 years ago nor will He be at His return (Hebrews 13:8)! Just as He taught, He will judge “with righteousness” and “equity” for the “poor” and “meek” of the earth. But let every rebel watch out; He will use “the rod of His mouth” to “strike the earth” and with “His lips,” “slay the wicked” because His eternal character is “righteousness” and “faithfulness,” (Psalm 72; Isaiah 11:3b-5; John 7:21-24, NKJV). Indeed, for the surviving mortals blessed to live under His perfect rule, they will see the cry of the generations for true justice, righteousness and peace fulfilled (Isaiah 65:20-25; Amos 5:24)!
Nevertheless, not being born again, innumerable multitudes of these surviving mortals and their progeny that benefited from the righteous millennium reign of Jesus Christ, God’s perfect King, will rebel against Him through the instigation of Satan, “released from his prison” at its end (Ezekiel 38:1-13; Revelation 20:7-8, NKJV).5 Thoroughly deceived, these unregenerate souls assemble together from their nations to march on and surround “the camp of the saints” at Jerusalem only to be met by the fiery wrath of God poured out upon them, the whole earth and universe followed by the King’s judgment (Ezekiel 38:14-23; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:9-15, NKJV)!6 As it is written, “For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet,” (1 Corinthians 15:24-28, NKJV).
1 Read the November 6, 2022 post, No Election For Christ And His Saints, under the category, Glory To God!
2 Those professed Christians that mock and belittle this Ministry’s cause to restore men through preaching the biblical Gospel to them for salvation and teaching them the way
of Christ as the Strong Man of God asserting “it don’t require all that” among other standard lowering put downs, are clearly not reading or taking what the Bible plainly says
seriously or both. Aspiring strong men of God being “conformed to the image of” Christ now, during their earthly sojourns are among the saints perfected to rule in His
image forever (Romans 8:29-30, NKJV)!
3 As the Lord led me, I wrote about the nature, character and demeanor of aspiring strong men and great women of God in His image in my book, The Strong Man Of God:
Back To Basics. I also developed a curriculum drawn from it, the companion Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study and Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study for
the equipping of the saints in the home and churches. Get the Leader Kits that contain a Soft Cover Edition of my book, a respective Leader Guide and Participant Work-
book as well as CD-Roms featuring PowerPoint Teaching Assistance, Pledge Sheets and Evaluation Forms for both studies exclusively in the Strong Man Store.
4 See the three-part post that begins January 29, 2017, Jesus, Son Of Man, under the category, The Cause.
5 God allows this rebellion which among other things proves His superior wisdom in demonstrating that even under the administration of a perfect King and Kingdom, unre-
generate hearts ruled by sin do not change. He then is all the more magnified by us the redeemed in this epoch for His work to transform our hearts through new birth lead-
ing to perfection!
6 Please note the word “camp” is used to describe the headquarters and residence of the saints. A camp is purposely intended to be temporary. This means neither the cur-
rent heavenly city nor the millennium quarters of the saints on this present earth were intended to be permanent, but only “the holy city, New Jerusalem” on “a new earth,”
For those content in the conclusion democracy is flawed, but the best we have, faithful born again Christians with thanks and praise to God offer the biblical hope our best now, does not mean it is all there will ever be! Indeed, for God Almighty has ordained His Kingdom shall reign over men and all creation; giving this assignment to His Son who already reigns and is at His Father’s “right hand” in Heaven (Psalm 110:1-2; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 28:16-18; Acts 7:54-56, 9:1-9; Ephesians 1:15-23, NKJV). As the Lord led me to declare in last week’s post, He is coming again to gather His saints to Himself first, then, He and they “shall reign on the earth,” (Revelation 1:4-6, 5:8-10, NKJV)!1
Like the sunrise that spreads over the horizon and scatters the morning darkness, the Lord Jesus Christ will come in a divine display of glorious, blazing light and power never before seen by mortal eyes (Malachi 4:2a; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-28; 1 Timothy 6:13-16; Revelation 1:7-8). He calls His saints to Himself in the sky at the ear piercing blowing of a trumpet so they may be and reign with Him (1 Corinthians 15:50-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12). After this, the Lord successfully wages war against all Kingdom enemies beginning with the Antichrist, the armies of earth’s kings, the false prophet and finally, Satan (Revelation 19:11-20:3).
Then the King with His saints will stand triumphant on His “holy hill;” Jerusalem, the “Holy Mountain” where they shall headquarter and reign over the earth for a thousand years (Psalms 2:6, 48:1-8; Zechariah 8:1-3, 14:5b-11, 16; Revelation 20:4-6, NKJV).2 The Lord Jesus comes not by the will or election of those mortals who have survived by His grace, but the express will and election of His Father (Psalms 2:7-12, 8:1-9; Isaiah 42:1-4, 49:7; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:1-14, 2:5-10). Not elected to His office of King by sinful mortals, Christ will be beholden to none. But He will bring His Kingdom to the world and reign (Psalm 96:7-13; Isaiah 2:1-4, 11:6-10)!
As with the Lord, not having had to campaign, secure support and funding or be elected, the saints will not owe their reign to any mortal or pay anyone back either. Like Him too, in their spiritual, moral and ethical perfection they will not be corruptible by bribe or threat of bodily harm since they are immortal as well as imbued with divine power to govern with a “rod of iron,” (Psalm 149:5-9; Revelation 2:26-29, NKJV)! They will reign in holiness, righteousness, justice, truth, firmness against sin and mercy for the poor.3 Many secularists and professed Christians will not admit it for pride, but this is the kind of government and leaders we all wish existed now, in our nation (Proverbs 29:2).
Instead today, the leading democratic nation on earth is on the verge of collapse in its chaos! This is because democracy to work even close to the Kingdom of God must have citizens who at least share the same worldview drawn from the Judeo-Christian values of the Bible informing their morality and ethics that was once nearly the case with our nation from its founding until mid last century. Now, willfully unmoored from such values, elections--the heart of democracy--are being trampled by political vitriol and violence; many candidates slander and tear each other down, are profane, selfishly ambitious and devoid of scruples. Also, official voting misconduct is all too frequent with voter fatigue and I am among them. Still, I vote waiting for my King and His Kingdom to come!
1 Read the October 30, 2022 post, With The Lord Forever!, under the category, Encouragement.
2 Note in Revelation 20:4 specific mention is made of the saints that overcame the Antichrist during the great tribulation among those conferred thrones and the right of
judgment. This completes the Lord’s theme of encouragement and assurance in His Revelation that He will fully vindicate those who are martyred during that dark
time (Daniel 7:25-27; Revelation 6:9-11, 7:9-17, 14:9-13, 15:1-4). Truly, Revelation 20:4-6 for all of the saints is yet another display of God’s justice and turnabout
for His people seen throughout Scripture such as in the instance of Haman’s hatred and edict against the Jewish people that was miraculously reversed in the days
of Esther and Mordecai (Esther 7:1-9:25).
3 The Lord is going to severely judge those within professing Christianity that are attacking His biblically anchored call through me and others for Christian men and wo-
men to be taught and helped to grow in His character (2 Peter 1:1-11). As the Lord led me, I wrote about the character in His image of aspiring strong men and great
women of God in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics and developed a curriculum drawn from it, the companion Strong Man Of God Men’s Group
Study and Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study for the equipping of the saints in the home and churches. These can be purchased in the Strong Man Store,
at your favorite internet bookseller or brick and mortar bookstore.
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