King Of Kings

Many of the photos and paintings that are created to represent what the artist imagines that Jesus would look like, depict an emaciated man, pale, a trickle of blood coming from His brow, displaying a desperate look of sadness upon His face. According to the text of the New Testament, this is not at all the Jesus that is described by the four gospels. Jesus did allow Himself to be arrested, convicted, and sentenced to death—without any resistance. He did go to the cross willingly and was determined to die for each one of us. Jesus was not, however, a weak and desperate man. It was the purpose of Jesus to die for us—though He possessed the power to slay every man who came against Him. At one point, Jesus described how He was able to summon legions of angels to fight for Him and set Him free. He chose not to do this, nor exercise His great power and authority. Jesus came, the first time, as a gentle and humble Lamb who was read to die for us.

And while Jesus was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And suddenly, Peter stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” Matthew 26:47-54

Notice that the reason that Jesus did not summon twelve legions of angels is because He was determined to fulfill all of the prophecies of the Messiah that were written for Him. In the book of 2 Kings, one angel killed 185,000 men at once.[1] Twelve legions would be 72,000 angels. Imagine what this number of angelic warriors could have done, had Jesus had summoned them. In understanding these details we see the great power that Jesus possessed, yet chose not to make use of it—for our sake.

When Jesus returns to earth the second time, He will come with overwhelming force and defeat all those who are waiting and ready to kill Him.[2] There will be no power on earth that will be able to withstand His might. He will destroy every enemy and reign over the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.

The nations of the world will oppose the Messiah as He sets into motion the events of the last days that will eventuate His rule over the entire earth.

Psalms 2:1-2 “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Acts 4:25-28 “who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.’ For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.”

When Peter and John stood before the high priest; Caiaphas, and his family, testifying that Jesus had been resurrected from the dead, these men asked where the Disciples received their authority to make the assertion that Jesus was the Messiah.

Acts 4: 6-7 …Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power or by what name have you done this?

Peter replied that it was by the authority of Jesus of Nazareth—whom they had crucified and who was risen from the dead. The leaders conferred together what should be done. They determined that they would warn Peter and John and the others from the church, to not speak of Jesus again.

When the people of the church heard the boldness of the disciples and the message which was declared about Jesus, they began to rejoice and spoke the following words from Psalms 2:1-5, as a fulfillment of this prophecy.

Acts 4:24-26 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: (Quoting from Psalm 2:1-5) ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? 26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.’ ”

By their declaration, these believers confirmed that the prophecy of Psalms 2:1-5, which is clearly descriptive of the Messiah, is fulfilled by Jesus.

In the Book of Revelation Chapter 2, Jesus also quotes from the Book of Psalms Chapter 2. When the Messiah arrives on the earth during the last days, He will rule the nations by great power.

Psalms 2:9 “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Revelation 2:26-29 Jesus Speaking: “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—‘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; and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

This is a vivd depiction of how we can verify from the New Testament, all of the prophecies of the Old Testament, which are presented in this book. In many cases, we would not know that these predictions were about the Messiah unless we had seen their fulfillment described in the text of the New Testament scriptures.

According to the second Midrashic exegetical rule, called the Middot, originated by Rabbi Hillel: where the same words or concepts appear in two separate scriptures, we are to give the same consideration in applying both scriptures to the same subject.[3]

The origin of Biblical interpretation

The term “Midrash,” came from the first use of the Hebrew word “darish” in the Old Testament—defined as “the seeking after knowledge, to search out, consult, inquire or study, for the purpose of discovering the deeper meaning,” as written in Ezra 7:10.[4]

“For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it…” —Ezra 7:10

Ezra was “searching out” the true meaning of the Law of God so that he might teach it to the people. This began a long standing tradition amongst the earliest Hebrew scholars in understanding what God meant by each particular verse of scripture, in context with other similar verses, which described homologous concepts.

Also called “the Midrashim,” this form of Biblical interpretation is a method whereby any person may understand what the specific meaning of a story or illustration is intending, from the mind and heart of God. This is accomplished by the comparison of other scriptures of similar context.

In the Midrashim, the Rabbi’s are not limited by the sequential reading of the text. As is so often the case, many of the prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament are distributed within text that frequently have nothing to do with the prophecy itself.[5]

Today, many Bible readers assume that the narrative of the scriptures are written in chronological order. In antiquity, Hebrew scholars paid little attention to the flow of the stories, while placing great emphasis on the related topics that are interspersed throughout the scriptures themselves. There is an allusion to this important principle in the New Testament:[6]

2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

In the earliest form of the oral traditions of the scriptures, scholars committed the entire body of God’s word to memory. When a particular passage was recited, it would remind the listener of several other places in the scriptures where a similar passage spoke or illustrated a comparable principle.[7] It was through this method that early scholars divided the Hebrew Bible into sections. It was not until many years later that verses were added to delineate the text within the books of the Bible.

In the same manner, I have sought to rightly divide the scriptures. An Old Testament prophecy must have a similar counterpart of fulfillment in the New Testament, which exhibits similar characteristics to the Old Testament verse. The writers of the New Testament used this method themselves in determining which scriptures Jesus fulfilled from the Old Testament. They would often define these verses and their fulfillment by stating; “this was done, or this was said, that it might be fulfilled which was written by the prophet…”

Matthew 4:14 …that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

It is by these techniques, whereby, we can rightly attribute Old Testament prophecies, that do not at first glance—seem to be attributable to the Messiah—as absolutely relevant to a correct understanding of any Old Testament prophecy.

Upon comparison of these Old Testament prophecies with the New Testament verses that appear as the fulfillment of what the prophets wrote, we find, in many cases, the precise events were carried out by Jesus. When we compare the Old Testament prediction with the New Testament reference, they come into focus, as written for each other.

Why the Messiah will rule by force

Since the Messiah’s rulership will be based on righteousness and justice, why would anyone want to rebel against a leader who is good and fair? Those who survive the Great Tribulation will be mortals, people just like you and I. They will have survived the wrath of the antichrist, refusing to take his mark (Rev. 16:2, 20:4). It appears from the context of this verse from Revelation 2:26-29, that these individuals have also yet to bow their knee to Jesus Christ in submission to Him as their Lord and Savior. As many unsaved enter the one thousand year reign of Christ, they will be required to submit to Jesus authority. No one living on the earth during this time will have the right to countermand Jesus absolute rule as He will govern with complete righteousness and justice. Much like a soldier in the Army must submit to his superior officer’s commands, those who will populate the earth during the one thousand-year kingdom will follow the orders of the Commander and Chief, Jesus Christ.

At the end of the one thousand year reign of Jesus, the Book of Revelation describes a brief time when satan, who has been kept in chains during Jesus rule as the Messiah, will be released. As the devil is allowed to return to earth, he will gather a rebellious group of individuals made up of those who have lived through the one thousand-year reign of Christ in a secret rebellion of their heart. This final insurgence against the Lord’s authority will gather themselves together with satan for one final battle called the Battle of Gog and Magog.

Revelation 20:1-3 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

Revelation 20:7-8 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

This battle at the end of the thousand year reign of Jesus, is different from the Battle of Armageddon, which is described in Revelation Chapters 16 and 19. The battle depicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39 is also different from both Gog, Magog and Armageddon.

The Battle of Armageddon: After the seven-year Tribulation, when Jesus returns to earth with His church, the beast, who is also called the antichrist, will be gathered with the armies of the world to fight Jesus and seek to kill Him as He returns to the earth.

Revelation 16:16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

Revelation 19:11, 14-15, 19 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. … 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 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. …19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

The Battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39: This event takes place, either just before, or just after the Rapture and the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation. This will happen when Israel is dwelling in safety due to a new seven-year peace plan orchestrated by the antichrist at the beginning of the Tribulation.

Ezekiel 38:8 After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.

The Battle of Gog and Magog: Occurs at the end of the one thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth, as satan is released from prison and he goes out to deceive the nations.

Revelation 20:7-8 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

1. The Battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 occurs either just before or just after the Rapture, when a seven-year peace plan is signed by Israel and the surrounding nations.
2. The Battle of Armageddon takes place seven years later, just after Jesus returns to earth.
3. The Battle of Gog and Magog happens after the one thousand-year reign of Jesus.

There has been some confusion over the battle of Armageddon and the battle described in Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39.

Armageddon and the Battle of Ezekiel 38 are different:

• In Ezekiel 38: Russia invades from the north.
• At Armageddon: the nations come from every direction.[8]
• In Ezekiel 38: Russia invades to take Israel’s wealth.
• At Armageddon: The invasion is to destroy Jesus and His saints.[9]
• In Ezekiel 38: Gog leads the Russian invasion.
• At Armageddon: The antichrist leads the Battle.[10]

Jesus will fulfill this Old Testament Prophecy by His return to the earth, with His church, at the end of the seven-year Tribulation period. He is coming the second time, as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

[1] And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead. 2 Kings 19:35
[2] And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Revelation 19:19
And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. Revelation 16:16
[3] Sion, Avi (2010), “Talmudic Hermeneutics”, in Schumann, Andrew, Logic in religious discourse, Frankfurt, M. [i.e.] Heusenstamm [u.a.]: Ontos-Verl., p. 105, ISBN 978-3-86838-061-3
[4] From Strong’s Hebrew Concordance word# 1875, “darish.”
[5] Ibid
[6] Ibid
[7] Ibid
[8] Revelation 19:17-19, Daniel 11:44
[9] Revelation 19:19
[10] Ibid.