365 Prophecies: Prophecy 65
The Messiah will rule His kingdom with absolute power and authority.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 2:9-12 “ ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Revelation 2:27 “ ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as I also have received from My Father…”
Revelation 12:5 “She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.”
Revelation 19:15 “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
The future kingdom that has been promised to the world is one of complete righteousness and absolute justice. The most substantial aspect of this kingdom comes from this 65th Old Testament Prophecy which is based on the second Psalm, Chapter 2. The rule of the Messiah is described by graphic language that depicts Him as dashing to pieces those who seek to fight against His rule. The authority of the Messiah will be independent of all human opposition or right of redress. This will be a Theocratic government in which God is the officially recognized civil ruler, with all law and policies being established and enforced by the Messiah. He, in turn, will appoint kings and priests under His leadership who will be given authority to rule certain cites, nations, or continents. We learn these facts from Jesus Himself as He describes the coming kingdom in the gospel of Luke, chapter 22.
The 12 Apostles will rule over the tribes of Israel during the 1,000-year kingdom.
Luke 22:29-30 “And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Those who serve the Lord in this present period of history before the Rapture takes place, being found faithful to the Lord, will be given rulership in the future kingdom as kings and priests.
Revelation 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.
The scope and degree of authority for this rulership is based upon the faithfulness in which the believer has served the Lord during their life on the earth, before the Rapture takes place.
Luke 19:17 And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.”
The absolute rule of one king over the entire earth would be terrifying were it not for the fact that this King will be one of absolute justice and righteousness. He will be incorruptible, unopposable, and will not permit a single act of evil or inequity. All of the people on the earth will live in perfect peace and have everything that they need for their lives, ensured by a ruler who is full of love and kindness.
The reality of this kingdom is fully illustrated by Prophecy 320, from Micah Chapter 4:
In the latter days, the Messiah’s kingdom will be established on the earth above all other kingdoms, and all the nations will come to hear Him and walk in His ways. All people will dwell together in peace and safety; the implements of war will be turned in to instruments of industry. Every sickness and disease will be healed and all the outcasts of Israel will be united as one people.
1. His rule will be on top of the mountains; this is to say, above all other rulership.
2. All people on the earth will submit to His authority.
3. All the people of the nations of the world will come to Jerusalem to hear the words of the Messiah and be taught by Him.
4. As a result of hearing the law of God from the Messiah, the people will walk in His paths; They will do those things that He has taught them.
5. The law for all people, will come from the Messiah who will rule from Zion, (Jerusalem).
6. The Messiah will be the Judge over the affairs of all mankind and rebuke those who are disobedient to His law.
7. There will be no more war. All the former implements and expenses of war will be used for agricultural production to feed the people of the world.
8. Every person will have their own property, home, and all other things that they need for life.
9. No one will ever be afraid again.
10. The people of the earth will walk in the name of the LORD, that is—live before the Lord in love, worship, and obedience to Him.
11. The crippled, the outcast and the afflicted will be assembled before the Lord, and He will heal them and make them a great nation.
12. In all these things, the Messiah will reign over mankind forever.
Micah 4:1-8 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days 1.That the mountain of the LORD’S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; 2. And peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, 3. “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, 4. And we shall walk in His paths.” 5. For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 6. He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; 7. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore. 8. But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, 9. And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. For all people walk each in the name of his god, 10. But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever. 11. “In that day,” says the LORD, “I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast And those whom I have afflicted; I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast a strong nation; 12. So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever. And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”
Today, people have the option of choosing to serve Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord and Savior of their life or to reject Him altogether. At Jesus’ first arrival on earth, He offered up His life in humility, meekness, and in submission to the will of the Father. In coming to the earth the first time as the Savior of all people, Jesus set aside some of His rights as God in order to submit to the will of the Father and become a servant for our redemption, even surrendering His own life.
Jesus’ first arrival on the earth:
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
The second part of Philippians 2:10 states that because Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death on the Cross for all of us, God has now highly exalted Him and given Him the name above all other names. When Jesus returns to the earth the second time, it will not be as a Lamb. He will be returning as a Lion.
Jesus’ second arrival on the earth:
Philippians 2:9-10 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
There is a day fast approaching in which the option of submission to Jesus’ authority will be gone. When the Lord returns to earth for the second time, His rulership will be absolute. No person may oppose or countermand Him. We have the choice today of bowing our knee to the Lord willingly, or we can refuse and be compelled to bow our knee in submission to His authority when He returns.
Because Jesus has proven Himself worthy as the King of kings and Lord of lords by His death and resurrection, every knee will someday bow to Him and every tongue will confess that He is Lord.
Jesus absolute rule is illustrated by Psalm 118:20 which states that the future Messiah, called the Stone, will be rejected by most of the world. To those who do receive Him, they will see Him as precious and costly, and they will bow to His authority.
Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: (Psalm 118:20) ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’S doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
Every person who comes humbly before Jesus, as the Stone, in submission to Him, will be broken of all their foolish pride and self-sufficiency. Those who will not receive Jesus and submit to His authority as the Stone, He will fall upon them and grind them to powder.
Matthew 21:44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.
This is the meaning of this 65th prophecy from Psalm 2:9-12: Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Upon the return of Jesus from heaven with His church, as described in the Book of Revelation Chapter 19, He will also bring His wrath to defeat His enemies and set up the kingdom described by the many Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah’s kingdom.
See the chapter: The Prophecies of the Messiah’s Kingdom.