Who rules over all kings?
That sort of seems like a ridiculous question for a Bible-believing saint – hey isn’t our God clearly called King of Kings? That means He’s, well, the King of kings. Go figure.
Still, there’s something goofy in us, sometimes, that would have us believe the father of all lies, who tried to proposition Jesus, with a lie:
6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
7 “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
Gee – that might sound enticing, IF one did not know what Jesus knew:
44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
NO TRUTH? NONE AT ALL? So what was Satan negotiating with in the desert trial of our Lord? He was negotiating with a lie. We’ve turned over OUR dominion over the world to Satan, through sin. I don’t see any scriptures confirming or even hinting at us having turned over God’s rule and reign.
New-Testament-Mary got it.
52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
The Psalmist got it – and looked forward to the culmination of this age (which happens to be yet to come, by the way, so mark this HHY – Hasn’t Happened Yet). At that time all that needs getting straightened out will get straightened out
5 The Lord is at Your right hand; he shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.
6 He shall judge among the nations, he shall fill the places with dead bodies, he shall execute the heads of many countries.
Isaiah prophesied accurately about the future glory of Jerusalem – that eventually the kings of the earth would recognize their position and their accountability to THE King
10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession.
12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined.
Ezekiel 37:28 (inspiration for this blog site name) clearly tells us not only WHAT but also WHEN the nations will finally understand the importance and priority of Jerusalem – that is what Isa 60 is looking towards:
28 “The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, WHEN My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”‘”
(That’s also when the procession of kings from Isa 60 will occur)
Daniel, answering to Nebuchadnezzar – who he prayerfully referred to as a “king of kings” (because he ruled over other kings) – totally got the picture of Who was in ultimate power, always:
37 “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory;
Earlier Daniel had proclaimed:
21 And He (GOD) changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings and raises up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
And even old Nebby himself got it:
46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him.
47 The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.”
QUES: So why do the nations rage? What is the issue of these (small “k”) kings?
ANSWER: Man continues to embrace the arrogant opinion that their own accomplishments are their own accomplishments.
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the LORD has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.”
13 For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I am prudent; also I have removed the boundaries of the people, and have robbed their treasuries; so I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man.
14 My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people, and as one gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth; and there was no one who moved his wing, nor opened his mouth with even a peep.”
15 Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!
1 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,
3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.'”
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
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.
It doesn’t take a prophet to recognize all this is wrong, and all that is getting “wronger” with this world – although oh God, how we need the prophets (another blog, stay tuned). Our enemy, knowing his time is short, is in panic-mode to accelerate the rage in and through and even towards his captives. Our call, saints, is to accelerate the impact of the Kingdom of God upon the earth. In 1 Cor 7:29 Paul proclaims the time is short. It is 2,000 years shorter, and counting.
FEAR GOD. In the last book of the Great Book, we are admonished to understand who our God is – I would be inclined to say that is a timeless admonition:
6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth– to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people–
7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
The first time I read Revelation it was sort of like science fiction – swirling things and weird creatures and fire and proclamations and all sorts of crazy heavenly activity. Fortunately, after 40 years, it still is – except now a whole lot of it makes way more sense.
The first time I did read it, however, stunned as I was, I knew enough to take a pen and write, at the end of chapter 22: “WE WIN”
All scripture NKJV