In my story the Kingdom, I have imagined the King to be like Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings. Aragorn is a King but to the Hobbits he is a ranger called Strider, their guide and protector. If you watched the Return of the King, you saw Strider become ho he was born to be; the King of Gondor.
The story reminds me of our own world. Right now, we’ve got our own nightmare version of Mordor with the eye of Sauron (Horus) glaring at us and enemies pouring out the gates, bent on conquest.
The Church has been holding back the darkness for 2,000 years, but the lights are going out in places. The tiny nation of Israel is holding the Jihadists back in the Middle East. They are God’s chosen people and an outpost of freedom, but Christians are persecuted elsewhere.
As I write this ancient churches with Aramaic speaking Christians are being wiped out in Syria and Iraq. Europe is in peril with its large Moslem populations. The most common name for babies from Brussels to Oslo is now “Mohammed”. It doesn’t bode well for the West.
And that’s just one of the world’s problems. The Phoenix is rising. We’ve got the Illuminati and the banksters thinking they’re the chosen ones, and they want to rule a depopulated world with us as their slaves.
All of this has been foretold in the Bible. We await the return of our King in the second coming of Christ. This is not a vain hope. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:5-9 I have paraphrased it here;
“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation …..
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Jesus will defeat Satan and sit on the throne at Jerusalem. Israel who was back in their land in unbelief will look on their Messiah, the one they have pierced, and weep as God pours out on them a spirit of grace and supplication. (Zechariah 12:10).
We are familiar with Jesus portrayed as a lamb – gentle, meek and mild … although I don’t like the pictures and statues where He is forever on the cross, or he’s the little baby Jesus sitting on Mary’s lap. He’s little and she’s really big! I don’t think so. He was her Lord. But what does He look like, as a King? Does the Bible show us?
On the Lord’s day nealy 2,000 years ago, the apostle John saw Jesus as a King. Here is what John saw. I’ve written it as a story;
The man called John stood before the throne of God speechless with wonder. Was he dead? He pinched himself. The last thing he could remember was an open door. Now he was here. He looked down at his feet. What was he standing on? The floor looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. The colours reflected there were indescribable.
A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the one on the throne. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. The one on the throne was resplendent in amber and ruby coloured light. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders dressed in white with crowns of gold upon their heads.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures unlike anything the man had ever beheld on Earth. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like an eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings with eyes all around, even under their wings.
From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. The court was in session.
In the right hand of the one who sat on the throne was a scroll with writing on both sides, sealed with seven seals. A mighty angel proclaimed in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.
The man wept and wept because no one was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. He wept because the scroll held the title deed to the world – which Adam had lost. No man could get it back, they were a fallen race.
Then one of the elders looked from his throne and said to the man, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
The man remembered that long ago in Egypt Jacob had prophesied;
“You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse him?
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. Genesis 49:9
Wiping away his tears he beheld Judah’s descendant, the Lion of God.
The Lion took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. John could see the scars from where the Lamb had been slain. With his blood he had purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. He made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve the one on the throne, and they were to reign on the earth.
The Lamb would return as the Lion. The obedience of the nations would be his. Holding the scroll, the King roared.
The elders and four creatures around the throne worshiped him, along with angels numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. The Lion of God shook his mane of hair and accepted their worship. One word came from them all; “WORTHY!”