In this post we will first discuss the validity of Christ’s office of King. Second, we will try to capture the glory of Christ as King. Last, we will look at the sovereignty or rulership of the King.
The validity of the office. I suppose we could say that since Christ is God, He has a right to be King any time He wants to be, and we should not question His authority or validity. However, our point here is that Christ in His kingship in the millennium will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to David (in the Davidic covenant, 2 Sam. 7:12-17). He will be manifest as a righteous Branch of David (Jer. 33:14), and as the Root of David, from the tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5).
We also see from the book of Daniel that He is the prophesied One that will rule as King, whose kingdom will never be destroyed (Dan. 2:44-45). And He was in fact given dominion, glory, and a kingdom from His Father, the “Ancient of Days.”
“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
14 “And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations, and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.
Thus, in the millennium we will see that He is the one that God appointed as our King. And we will see also that all nations will recognize this fact and that they (all people) will be blessed from His kingdom—as birds under a tree are blessed and protected by its branches.
Thus says the Lord God, “I shall also take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and set it out; I shall pluck from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I shall plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23 “On the high mountain of Israel I shall plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit, and become a stately cedar. And birds of every kind will nest under it; they will nest in the shade of its branches. 24 “And all the trees of the field will know that I am the Lord; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will perform it.”
The glory of the King. What I want to do in this section is to look at the character of Christ as King as He would be seen in the millennium. So, if we were to be transported in time to where Christ is sitting on His throne in the millennium in Jerusalem, I think we would first see His great beauty and majesty. He will be seen as having the grace and blessing of God on Him.
Lift up your heads, O gates,
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
8 Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O gates,
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.
(Read also Psalm 45:2 and Isaiah 33:17)
By further observation of Him and His kingdom, we would discover that He loves righteousness and hates lawlessness. This will be confirmed by the observation of His people, Israel, whom He will make to dwell securely and who will give Him the name, “The Lord our righteousness.”
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.
6 “In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell securely;
And this is His name by which He will be called,
‘The Lord our righteousness.’
We will indeed see, among all the people of the world, that He will give special notice to the people of Israel. We will no doubt remember that just before His execution He came into Jerusalem as their King—“King of Israel”—riding on a donkey’s colt (John 12:13-15). In the millennium, though He will be King over all people, He will remain King of Israel and as their Messiah. He will come to them, and to Jerusalem, this time, greatly exalted, riding on a white horse (Rev. 19:11).
Indeed, all those who will be living in Israel, and in Jerusalem, will be so privileged to be near Him. I can’t begin to imagine how blessed they will be. Some of the very privileged of His disciples will see Him every day, others perhaps only once a week or once a month. But everyone will have an opportunity to see Him at least once a year when they will be required to come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Booths (Zech. 14:16). But whether they see Him every day or only once a year, He will always be praised and worshipped.
All humanity will come to worship me from week to week and from month to month.
And when they worship Him they will sing wonderful new songs to Him and shout praises to Him as He passes by and as He sits on His throne.
O Sing to the Lord a new song,
For He has done wonderful things,
His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.
2 The Lord has made known His salvation;
He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre;
With the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.
The sovereignty of the King. The word used in the Bible most often for His sovereignty is “ruler.” When the Bible tells us that He is ruler or that He will rule over His kingdom, this means that He is sovereign, which means that He is the supreme leader, that He is the highest, that He is the greatest in status or authority or power, and that He has ultimate power over all. This is His position now, and in the millennial kingdom He will exercise this position for all to see. But, since there is so much more to write about here , I will save it for the next post.