Consider The King

an article based on a sermon

by Jon Bowles

given FOT 13 Oct 2006

Psalm 45 is a truly profound Psalm. In it we find someone called, "The King." But as we will see, this is no ordinary human king:

Psalm 45:1 To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves. My heart is inditing [thinking of] a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

In other words, "I am thinking about this King, and I am going to speak to you and tell you something as if I am writing it down -- rather than singing it."

Psalm 45:2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

As you read through this psalm it becomes very clear that this is actually talking about the Divine Christ -- the Messiah:

Psalm 45:3-4 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. (4) And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

There are certain things this King is going to have to do at the beginning of the Millennium that will indeed be terrible -- in the sense that many will be filled with terror.

Psalm 45:5-6 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. (6) Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

His throne is forever and ever -- the everlasting Kingdom of God. That is the reason He is going to put the nations into subjection. They will all come under His righteous direction and rule -- a profoundly righteous sceptre.

Psalm 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

This King is also the King of Kings.

Psalm 45:8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

When God changes His people into spirit beings, not only will our faces be as bright as the sun; but it seems to indicate here that we will have a fragrant odor. As we are to be made "like unto His glorious body" (Phil 3:21), when we come into a room, it appears our garments will also probably emit a sweet smell in the same way as is described here.

Notice again in verse 1: "To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves. My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."

"My heart is stirring when I think about this Sovereign Ruler of all the Earth during the Millennium."

Isaiah 32:1 "Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment." Behold! Look! A King is going to reign, and He is going to reign a certain way. God's people need to behold, to consider this King, because the Kingdom of God and the entire millennial rule, throughout eternity, is going to flow from this King and how He thinks and directs.

So let us consider now this King under whom we will serve for the Millennium and throughout eternity. The points we will cover concerning Him are:

Before His Human Birth

In looking at the time before this King's human birth, we will start at the beginning in John 1. This is the beginning section of scripture because it talks about a time of prehistory, before anything physical was in existence.

John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word [the Logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God.

Before anything that is physical existed, there were two Individuals. We can see from John 1:14 that there were two Individuals because this Word, this Logos, was made flesh. John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The Word became the Christ, so the Word was a separate Individual from God, who became the Father. The concept of the Trinity, where you supposedly have this one Being, this "one God," who is some kind of composite, a hypostases of bits that supposedly fit together is absurd. How do you get a "bit" of God and make it flesh when God is still in heaven?

After Mr. Armstrong died, the Trinity doctrine was introduced. Some people tried to explain it by saying that when Christ was on the Earth as a human, the Word (with God, the Father) was still in heaven, but the Word had a kind of projection (a hypostasis) on earth. Those people were saying that the Word did not really become flesh. But the Bible clearly says that He did! (John 1:14). And the apostle John even aludes to this specific heresy as he talks of false prophets that deny that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh in I John 4.

We also see the same in the gospel of John: "In the beginning was the Logos." The Logos was a separate Individual from God, who became the Father. When He, as the Christ, prayed to God the Father, "Not my will but yours be done," there were very clearly two separate wills. You must have two separate individuals to have two wills. This Individual was an individual in His own right, inhabiting eternity before anything existed. He existed with God, who became the Father. He had always existed.

When we consider this King, this Being who has no beginning, our minds cannot comprehend it. How can you comprehend a Being with no beginning? But that is the King, the One who will dwell with us into eternity, and whom we will actually serve.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

This King is full of grace and truth. John 3:34 says that He has God's Holy Spirit without measure.

John 1:16 And of his fulness [the One who is full of grace and truth] have all we received, and grace for grace.

In other words, we collectively have of His fullness and grace for grace. God's Holy Spirit dwells in us individually; but we are not all separate, individual temples. We are collectively the spiritual temple of God. We collectively form the temple. Each of us does not have the full measure of God's Holy Spirit that Christ had. He was the Anointed One who had the spirit without measure. We collectively are His "other half," His queen (Psalm 45:9).

As we read in John 1:3, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." He is the Creator. He was the Spokesman who "spoke and it was done." In considering this King under whom we will serve, we are looking at God. Yes, the Father is above Him; and, yes, we pray to the Father, but this Individual is very God. This is the King who will be there governing in the Kingdom of God.

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

He had life inherent within Himself. He had eternal life, and He gave up that existence, gave up that eternal life inherent within Himself, to become a human being in order to die.

Philippians 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Here we see two God beings. The Word who became Christ was God, not an angel who was given higher status, as some religions believe.

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant [slave], and was made in the likeness of men:

This Being had eternal life in Himself, but became flesh, mortal, like you and me.

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Not only did He become a mortal man, but He died for you and me. Though He was without sin, through His crucifixion, He suffered great pain.

In reminding ourselves who this Being was before His human birth, notice what He said when He was about to return to God the Father: John 17:4-5 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (5) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Christ knew the glory He had before His human birth. This glorious Being is the One we will serve under during the Millennium and throughout eternity.

John 17:22-24 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: (23) I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (24) Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Before the foundation, the start of the world, there were two Beings. Both of them were God; and they existed in love, in outgoing concern one towards the other. The One who became the Father was the head, the leader. The One who became Jesus Christ was God as well, also having eternal life within Himself. These two God beings want to share that life, that existence, with you and me, His church, His collective Bride, the queen, as Psalm 45 talks about.

I Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

The word "ye" is plural in the Greek. We collectively become the temple of the living God. We collectively become the bride of Christ.

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands...

Christ had fully qualified to have the position as "The King," the King we are now considering.

.and that he was come from God...

Christ understood His pre-existence. He knew exactly who He was.

.and went to God;

He knew He was going to be sitting at the right hand of God until He make His enemies His footstool (Psalm 110:1).

John 13:4-5 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. (5) After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Here was Christ with the position that He holds, having a pre-existence from eternity, being willing to wash feet as an example for you and me to follow.

As a Man

We just saw the example of footwashing, but we will delve a little further in considering the King as a human.

Luke 1:30-32 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS [Joshua]. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

Here is the King, and the throne that was being promised is the throne of King David

Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

This King will rule over the house of Jacob, all of Israel; and He will also replace Satan as well and will rule over the entire world.

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

It was not wintertime, not December 25th. It was around autumn time (the fall Holy Day season). It could well have been the Day of Trumpets.

Luke 2:9-10 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. (10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings [good news] of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Not only will He sit on David's throne, but He will replace Satan as well. The "good news" is for all people.

Luke 2:11-14 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour [a Rescuer], which is Christ [the Messiah, the Anointed. The word carries the inference of King] the Lord. (12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, (14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men [better translated, "peace toward men of good will"].

This Being is described to the shepherds as the Anointed One, the Rescuer. He was the King for whom the Jews were waiting, that the Old Testament spoke of, who would come and would rule.

Luke 2:25-30 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. (26) And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ [the Lord's Anointed, the Lord's Messiah]. (27) And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law; [He was to be circumcised] (28) Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, (29) Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: (30) For mine eyes have seen thy salvation [your rescue].

This baby that Simeon was holding was the One who was the Christ. "The Christ" is not just the airy-fairy image that the world has from Protestantism today. This was the Christ whom the Jews understood from the Old Testament, was their conquering hero, the One who was going to lead Israel.

Luke 2:31-32 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; (32) A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Christ is not going to rule over just Israel, the throne of David, but over all people, having taken the throne from Satan.

Luke 2:33 And Joseph and his [Christ's] mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

Mary and Joseph were amazed at what was being said, even though the angel had appeared to Mary previously.

Matthew 2 is the account that the world considers part of the "Christmas story." This part of the story did not happen at the time of Christ's birth, but sometime later on, when He was about one or two years old. The family was then living in the area of Bethlehem, where Joseph was from. They had been in Galilee and travelled down to Bethlehem for the census, which would have been held about 2 years before during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. But they must have also had a house in that area, as it says in verse 11, "And when they were come into the house." There was no manger at this point in the story. They were in a house; and they had a very young child, who was Jesus Christ.

Matthew 2:1-2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, (2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Whether it was a literal star or an angel, we do not know. Probably it was an angel. The wise men had set off from the east and had traveled westward.

Matthew 2:3-6 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (4) And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ [the Messiah] should be born. (5) And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, (6) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

The chief priests and scribes knew this prophecy, and they knew that the end of the 70-weeks' prophecy in Daniel 9 was drawing near. People were looking for the King to come who would rule Israel and the rest of the Earth.

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child [not a baby. A different Greek word is used for "baby"] with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh [specific gifts given to honor a king].

At another time, in questioning this King while He was human, notice what it says when Pilate was talking to Him about His position shortly before He was to be crucified. John 18:33-36 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? (34) Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? (35) Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? (36) Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Christ's kingdom was not "of this world," not on the order of things of this world, of what He saw of the Roman Empire or what He saw of the Jewish nation. If His kingdom were of this world, the natural order of things would have been that His servants would fight. That is not what His kingdom is all about.

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world... [the reason for Christ's existence was that He was born to be the King. He is the same Being we read about in Psalm 45, the One being talked about when the psalm tells us to "consider the king". He is the One who had no pre-beginning. He is not just another person. He is the King] ..that I should bear witness unto the truth... [compare this with Psalm 45 where it says: "And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness"] ..Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. [Everyone that is of the truth, of the Church that is being prepared by God, is of the same mindset.]

John 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

John 19:19-22 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross [Greek: stauros, a stake]. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. (20) This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. (21) Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. (22) Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. [Pilate was obviously fed up with the various officials within the Jewish community.]

"To this end, to this Kingship was I born," Christ told Pilate. Christ was born to be the King!

The Prophecies Concerning Him

There are a number of prophecies concerning this King.

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. 1

This Individual is from eternity and will go forward into eternity. This is no ordinary human being. He was going to come out of Bethlehem, and this was the prophecy that the elders of Judea understood concerning where the Christ child was going to come from.

But notice the context of this verse in the previous chapter: Micah 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Eternal 2 of hosts hath spoken it.

This is the Word of God, the Eternal, speaking. He is saying that there will be a time of peace, and the world will be governed in such a way that none shall be afraid during the millennial rule.

Micah 4:5-7 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Eternal our God for ever and ever [going on for eternity]. (6) In that day, saith the Eternal, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; (7) And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Eternal shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

All the nations and peoples will come under this rulership, under this King, forever. Tying this up with what we just read in verse 2 about a ruler coming out of Bethlehem "whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting," here is this One from eternity who will rule over all people forever. This is the King that we are considering. He is not just an ordinary human being. You cannot live forever as a human being. This is God, the Logos, the One who has existed from eternity.

Psalm 110 is quoted several times in Hebrews and Acts and talks about this King, the Messiah (the Anointed One), the One anointed as this King

Psalm 110:1-2 A Psalm of David. The Eternal said unto my Lord [my Adonai], Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. (2) The Eternal shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

Zion is the Church and the "rod" of the King's strength is going to come out of the Church. When He returns to the earth as King, He will be in the midst of enemies.

Psalm 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

Here is this King, who is a bright, glorified Spirit Being, with Zion, likewise glorified Spirit Beings, as the Bride that is with Him.

Psalm 110:4 The Eternal hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

The book of Hebrews discusses the subject of the Order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was both a King and a Priest. The verse just quoted, "Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek," is not limiting Melchizedek to being just a Priest because He is King as well. Melchizedek was King of Salem (Hebrews 7:1), King of Peace, as we shall see.

In Hebrews 2:11, Paul talks about Christ as part "with His brethren," with you and me and in chapter 3 he says: Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren [those Christ is partaker with], partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle [The One sent in this case is Christ] and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. [Paul is saying, "Consider this Individual."]

In chapter 7 Paul speaks specifically about Melchizedek and refers back to Psalm 110 continually. Hebrews 7:1-3 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; (2) To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; (3) Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

When we "consider the King," He is eternal, of no descent. He did not come from a certain point in time. Where the prophecy speaks of "a priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek," this Melchizedek was undoubtedly Christ Himself because He did not have any descent. Christ is the High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek. He is the High Priest of king-priests. It says we will become kings and priests (Revelation 1:6) and serve under Him after that same order. The Church is of the Order of Melchizedek, the order of the priesthood that the Church will serve under.

In Revelation 19 the "Bride" of Christ is mentioned, the queen, the church collectively. Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

The bride, the church, the queen has made herself ready, is holy, clean, perfect, as God the Father is perfect.

Revelation 19:8-9 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Paul is alluding to Psalm 110:1 "The Eternal said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool."

Ephesians 1:21-22 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come [looking forward to the millennial rule]: (22) And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Both the words, "to be" and the word "things" are in italics and not in the original Greek. The end of verse 22 should therefore read: "and gave him -- the head over all -- to the church."

Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

We who are married physically have our "other half," because we are not complete by ourselves. We have another half, somebody who complements us. Christ, the King, also has another half, the church, the queen. Revelation 19 speaks of the marriage of the Lamb. His Bride, the church, His "other half," is what then fills Him, that "filleth all in all." It completes the picture.

Revelation 19:11-16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (12) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. (13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God [as we read in John 1]. (14) And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (15) And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (16) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Ruling With a "Rod of Iron" Contrasted With "Ruling with Love"

How can we equate this Being who washed His disciples' feet, whose nature is gentle and loving (God is love, I John 4:8, 16), with this same Being we just read about who "should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God" (Revelation 19:15)? How do we equate this "rod of iron" with the love of God?

The answer to this dilemma is in the verse we just read: "he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron" It is the nations that will be smitten. He will rule the nations with a rod of iron; but with individuals He will be gentle, as we will go on and see.

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. [Again, it is the nations that He will rule with a "rod of iron," not the individual.]

Speaking to the Thyatira era, Christ said, Revelation 2:26-27 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (27) And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Again, the nations will be ruled with this rod of iron. These New Testament scriptures are actually coming from Psalm 2. Psalm 2:1-2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Eternal, and against his anointed, saying, [These are nations that are opposing Christ, the ones He will rule with a rod of iron.] (3) Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us [rebelling against Christ's rulership]. (4) He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (5) Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. (6) Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

Zion is the church. But it is also a location as well. The church will be in Zion.

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the Eternal hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

In Romans 1:4 we see when this occurred: "And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" It was at the resurrection that He was declared to be the Son of God. In Acts 13:33 Paul quoted Psalm 2:7, and mentions it was in the second psalm: "God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee."

Psalm 2:8-9 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (9) Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. [This is the quotation used in Revelation where we read of "the rod of iron."]

Psalm 2:10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

Who are the kings? The kings are you and me, those in God's Church. We are told to "be wise." Who are the judges? Again, the judges are those in God's Church. "Don't you know that you will judge angels? Don't you know that the saints will judge the world?" (I Corinthians 6:2-4.)

Psalm 2:11 Serve the Eternal with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

We are to have respect for this Being. This Individual is not to be messed with. He is going to rule the nations, dashing them as a potter's vessel. He will rule them with a rod of iron. Remember it is the nations that He will do this to, not individually, as we shall see. Individually He acts with love, gentleness, the way this Being has always acted throughout eternity.

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Again, when we read in Revelation that Christ will "rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God," the quotation is coming from Psalm 2. This psalm is talking about nations that oppose Christ, particularly at the beginning of the Millennium.

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

The kingdom that will be set up by this King will break and consume all other kingdoms. He will rule over all.

Isaiah 60:11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces [wealth] of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

This King who will be ruling over the Earth during the Millennium will insist that the nations bring their representatives to Him and be in subjection to Him.

Isaiah 60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

Isaiah 60:12 is the fulfillment of Psalm 2. Any nation that will not serve the King, that opposes Christ, the Anointed One, will perish. Opposition will not be tolerated. Those nations that come against Him will cease to exist. Christ's rulership will be over the entire Earth. The millennial world has to be prepared, made ready, for the Last Great Day. Any nation that does not come under that rulership so that a utopia can be built will not succeed but "be utterly wasted."

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod [the symbolism of the rod of rulership] out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Notice what this Branch, this King, is going to be like. Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the Eternal 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 Eternal;

These qualities mentioned will go forth from the King down to the nations. The nations will then start to reflect these qualities of the King. When we "consider the King," we are considering the kind of environment that will be in the millennial rule. The millennial rule will produce utopia, ready for the Last Great Day.

Isaiah 11:2-5 And the spirit of the Eternal 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 Eternal; (3) And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Eternal: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: (4) But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. (5) And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Notice that the King will "reprove with equity," but will do so "for the meek of the Earth." The meek will get what they deserve and require, which is righteousness. The wicked will be slain. The rebels will be purged from Israel (Ezekiel 20:38). The King will be protecting the meek of the Earth.

What is the context of these verses? Note what is being discussed in the preceding chapter Isaiah 10:26: And the Eternal of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb [the time when Gideon fought against Midian]: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt [the time of Moses].

From this verse we see the way God caused the Midianites and the Egyptians to fall. This is the way the wicked will fall when the King deals with them.

Isaiah 10:27-28 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden [the Beast power] shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing [because of that Messiahship] (28) He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages:

This is the progression of the Beast power down toward Jerusalem. Remember that in the Valley of Hinnom, the blood will be up to the horses' bridles (Revelation 14:20).

Isaiah 10:29-30 They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled. (30) Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.

Anathoth is a village just as you come into Jerusalem. This is looking at the progression through villages as you are moving down from the north going south toward the height of Jerusalem.

Isaiah 10:31-34 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee. (32) As yet shall he remain at Nob [Nob overlooks Jerusalem] that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. (33) Behold, the Lord, the Eternal of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled. (34) And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one [Christ, the King].

This is the flow, the context, that leads up to the verses in chapter 11. This is the human power that is coming against the Christ.

Micah 6:6-8 Wherewith shall I come before the Eternal, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? (7) Will the Eternal be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? (8) He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Eternal require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

This is what the King is looking for on Earth -- people to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him and with the resurrected saints that are with Him as His bride in the millennial rule.

Micah 6:9 The Eternal's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

"You will listen - one way or another!" I used to say to my children when they were small, "If you sit down and listen to me, and I can talk to you, then I will talk. But if I can't, I will still talk to you; but it will be through your backside with a paddle! That's the way it works. I am going to talk to you one way or the other. Either you will listen to me, or you will listen to the rod, but you will be talked to."

God is no different. He will deal with the nations in a similar way. If they oppose Him, they will be destroyed. As we just read, "the Eternal's voice cries to the city" -- cries to the groups of people -- "and the man of wisdom shall see the name," shall know who is this King. This King is the Eternal. "Listen to the rod, and who has appointed it." Learn things by listening to Him and obeying, and you will not have to be punished. What is the King looking for? Again, He is looking for people who "will do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him" and with the resurrected saints in the millennial rule.

1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

This sums up the character of this King: God is love. Even when He destroys the nations, He will do it in love. The word for "love" in this verse (Greek: agape) is not just an emotion. Emotion plays a part in it, but that is not what the word means. It is not love as a mere emotion. Agape is a way of doing something, an outgoing attitude, a frame of mind, an outgoing way. This outgoing attitude of love then becomes a law. The law of God is a law of love, "the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by God's Holy Spirit" (Romans 5:5).

Agape love is the fundamental character of this King who will rule in the Millennium and will produce a utopia ready for the Last Great Day. This Being is summed up in three words: God is love. God the Father is love, and Christ is love. It is interchangeable, because Christ said, "If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father" (John 14:9).

I John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

The beginning of this verse is better translated: "And we have known and believed the love that God has in us." John repeats the fundamental character of God, and that is that God is love. You can see how this love is defined and applied in I Corinthians 13. This chapter lists the various points of what love is. In reading through it, you can see what this King is going to do.

The King will use a rod of iron on the nations that oppose Him, where an organized attempt has been made to undermine the very rule of the Kingdom of God, the administration of the way of God by that kingdom. He will stop the opposition in love, but He will stop it firmly with a rod of iron.

Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

This will happen. Judah will recognize the Messiah when He returns.

Isaiah 40:10-11 Behold, the Lord Eternal will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. (11) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

This is how the King will be dealing with individuals. He will deal with nations that oppose Him with a rod of iron and dash them like a potter's vessel. If they do not submit, they will be destroyed. With individuals, He will "feed his flock like a shepherd." The ones who do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly, who will listen to the rod, who will understand, "he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." The administration will be a loving one, which will flow down from this King.

This is why He got down and washed His disciples' feet as an example for us, because we are going to have to administer the way of God, the mindset of God, in this way. That is the rulership during the Millennium. We of the Philadelphia era of God's Church will not have to go out and fight. It appears Thyatira might well have to, because it says "you will rule the nations with a rod of iron" (Revelation 2:27). But for the majority of the Church members, that is not our job or purpose in the millennial rule. We will not have to go out and "destroy this, wipe that out." Yes, we will have to put people to death, if necessary, like Solomon did. Solomon's reign which is a type of the reign that will be in the Millennium, was a peaceful reign.

Notice the context of Isaiah 40. Isaiah 40:6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

When you look at the rule of man, what is it? How can a man give rulership? Impossible.

Isaiah 40:7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Eternal bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

The people are as grass, and so are their rulers is the indication here.

Ezekiel 34:1-2 And the word of the Eternal came unto me, saying, (2) Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Eternal unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

We just read about how Christ is going to be the Shepherd that will "gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." It will be a gentle rulership of the individuals. The shepherds mentioned here are the shepherds of Israel, the leaders, the church leaders particularly, who are over physical Israel, not Zion. And what are they? They are grass, flesh. They have all the weaknesses of the flesh that we read about in Isaiah 40. The King and those who will be ruling with Him are not flesh It will be a different rulership.

Ezekiel 34:11-13 For thus saith the Lord Eternal; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. (12) As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. (13) And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

This is speaking of physical Israel. The King will gather Israel. Remember the prophecy that was given to Christ's mother? He is going to be the King of Israel.

Ezekiel 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

Ezekiel 34:22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

These humans ruling over "my flock," physical Israel, God says, are merely part of the physical cattle themselves -- yet they "have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad" (Ezekiel 34:21).

Ezekiel 34:23-25 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. (24) And I the Eternal will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them [David will be resurrected out of his grave to eternal life]; I the Eternal have spoken it. (25) And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

John 10:1-2 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (2) But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

He that "climbeth up some other way" is the approach of a robber. He that "entereth in by the door" is the approach of the True Shepherd.

John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

This is the King that we read about who says "he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." He will look after individuals in the Kingdom of God.

John 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

We within the Church are training to go through "the door," to make sure that we are aligned properly. That is what this time of shattering is all about; that is what we are doing now -- making sure we are aligned properly.

John 10:9-10 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

That is what we are looking at for the future -- a millennial rule that will give people life and will give it more abundantly -- so that when we come to the Last Great Day, there will be a Utopia in place, where all people on the earth will have this abundant life and be looking forward to spirit life, real life, the same kind of life that Christ has had with the Father throughout eternity.

It is important that the way to that kind of abundant life, ruling in love and correctly administering that rulership, is being done right now by each of us in God's Church. We must make sure that we are all going in that direction so that we can, in fact, be used.

Let us look again at Psalm 45, because this psalm is not just talking about the King. It is talking about the Queen as well -- those collectively who are the temple of the living God, the Bride of Christ, who will, in the Kingdom, administer this loving rulership, who will have the kind of compassion that gently leads those with young, that carry the lambs in the arms. That is what our job will be.

Those who oppose that loving rulership will, in love, be destroyed. However, that is not our job, the job of Philadelphia. We are the pillars of the educational side of the rulership, to disseminate the education to the world of a way of life, of an administration.

Mr. Armstrong left us with the example and the understanding of applying the principle of God's Word to any range of situations, so that whether we are administering whether we have feedlots, for example, or whether we have grass-fed animals in the Millennium, we will be able to apply the principle of God's Word. From how to dispose of waste to how to administer a galaxy will be based on the same principle -- the way of God that is outgoing.

We who "get it," who can apply this principle, it says of us: Psalm 45:8-9 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. (9) Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

The Queen, those of us collectively who are the Bride, will be shining brilliantly, like gold.

Psalm 45:10 Hearken, O daughter [speaking to us], and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

In other words, "Don't look back all the time." We have a tendency to do that. We wonder why this or that couldn't happen, or wishing this or that had happened. If we are looking back, we are not obeying this verse.

Psalm 45:11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

The beauty that the King is desiring is the righteousness of the saints, looking forward into the future. We are to worship Him and so must understand who this Being is that we are going to be serving under and with.

Psalm 45:12 And the daughter of Tyre [the trading nations] shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favour.

"Entreat thy favour" literally means "stroke your face." The rich and great will literally reach out to stroke the glowing faces of those that make up the Queen.

Psalm 45:13-14 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold [a gleaming, shining brilliance]. (14) She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

It is a "collective" Queen, not just a single, individual person.

Psalm 45:15-16 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace. (16) Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

Probably it will be our own physical children that we will be able to make princes and princesses in the earth, but it is likely that this also refers to the people we will be dealing with at that time -- those begotten of The King and carried in the spiritual womb of the Church, His Queen -- to become part of the very Family of God themselves.

Psalm 45:17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

When we "consider the King," we cannot do that without considering the Queen as well. All of us in God's Church need to stop looking backwards and start looking forwards to this life with this King, at His side for eternity.

transcribed in article form by KA. Edited by JB.

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Emphasis ours throughout.
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"LORD" replaced with "Eternal" our edit throughout