March 23, 2013

King Of All The Kings – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:20 pm by sranderson0103

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

John, exiled on the isle of Patmos, was already feeling the wrath of the beast, the persecuting element of the Roman empire. And it was not long after John wrote the above words, that the terrible conditions he foresaw and described in the previous verse, actually prevailed. “These [Allies of Rome, DRP] have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.” (Revelation 17:13)

John had already forewarned of the great power of the opposition, making it clear that it was not unexpected or an indication that God’s plan had failed. It was God’s plan. “It was also given to him [By God, DRP] to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.” (Revelation 13:7). EVERYBODY united and gave their allegiance to this world dominating, overwhelming power, which appeared to be ready to exterminate the church… all the kings and rulers of the world.

Long, long ago David foresaw this united power. “The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, …” (Psalm 2:2). Now, John says it is coming to fruition. “And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.” (Revelation 19:19).

Who could possibly stand against such a power? …the poor little slain Lamb of God and His beleaguered army, the church. All the world will proceed to “make war with the Lamb,” but they lost!

 “… the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

David saw the outcome long ago. “He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, ‘But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.’” (Psalms 2:4-6).   

History now records that these utterly improbable prophecies were perfectly fulfilled. The all-powerful persecuting element of the seemingly invincible Roman empire was soon destroyed and the Kingdom of God marches on.

No longer as the submissive Lamb before His shearers (Isaiah 53:7), but the “Word of God,” out of whose once-silent mouth, now “From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.” (Revelation 19:15)

The necessary conclusion is bravely stated by Paul, soon to be beheaded. His admonition to young Timothy is just as appropriate to us today.

“I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time — He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of  kings and  Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and  dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.” (I Timothy 6:13-16).

 

 

 

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