Saturday, February 9, 2008

Jesus Revealed In The Revelation #3

Rev. 1:5 . . . and the prince of the kings of the earth.

It is not evident to the lost world, or even to the saved world in an apparent way, that Jesus is the Prince (head and leader) of the kings of the earth; for we all see, first, from our human eye before we see from the spiritual eye. Is it evident to you that Jesus is the prince of the rulers of America? Is it evident to you that Jesus is the prince of the kings of other countries both good and bad? Of course, it is not.

But you and I as God's children can rest in the comfort that, no matter who rules from the president's desk in America, we have a greater ruler than he. Jesus, the prince of the kings of the earth, is in charge of all things. He has predetermined the end of all things and has prescribed their purpose to bring him ultimate glory.

The kings of the earth are mainly proud and have a measure of arrogance. We have seen this in our recent American primary elections. One would think that the destiny of our country lies in the talents and wisdom of our earthly leaders, but Christians know better. We are to pray for them, encourage them when they are right, and rebuke them when they are wrong; but we know that no one but Jesus is our Great Prince, not simply of our souls but also of the kings of the earth. Matt 22:21 Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

Each of these earthly kings is responsible before the God of Heaven, which one day will be brought to reality when Jesus returns. They must give an answer to him for the way they ruled his earth. Many of them will fall prostrate before him in fear due to their disobedience to him. Rev. 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Would it not be a wonderful thing if every king of this earth would see Jesus as the Great Prince of the kingdoms of the earth? One day, of course, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of Jesus. Rev. 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. The sooner the kings of the earth realize this, the nearer we will be to having peace on hear. But the sad fact is that they will not understand this concept, because they are blinded by sin. Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed . . . .

The only thing believers can do is to pray for them who have earthly rule over us. 1 Tim. 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Then, we need to preach the Gospel to every creature that God's grace will be evident in our country and world (Mark 16:15). Within the keeping of the Great Commission, we are to also baptize believers and teach believers the truths of the word of God. This is paramount in our witness for the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14; 19:16).

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