When Will Christ Exercise His Authority as King? — Four Progressive Points

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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.

This millennial sovereignty of Christ was prophesied long ago by Micah and Zechariah.

 

Micah 5:2

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

Too little to be among the clans of Judah,

From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.

His goings forth are from long ago,

From the days of eternity.”

 

Zechariah 6:12-13

“Then say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts,” Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the Lord. 13 “Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the Lord, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices.”‘

 

These prophecies give Him great validity as ruler.  But we also have an even greater foundation for His sovereignty.  It is the fact that God has called Him His own Son and has decreed His rulership.

 

Psalm 2:7-9

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:

He said to Me, ‘Thou art My Son,

Today I have begotten Thee.

8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance,

And the very ends of the earth as Thy possession.

9 ‘Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron,

Thou shalt shatter them like earthenware.'”

 

Now some may have questions about the time of His rulership, for it is quite evident by the great evil around us that Christ is not now exercising His authority as King.  I have thought this through and here is what I have come up with—in four progressive points.

  1. Satan is now the ruler of this world (read Matt. 4:9).
  2. When Christ died on the cross, Satan was defeated (Jn. 12:31). We don’t see that Jesus has dominion over the world yet, but He does have dominion in the spiritual realm; that is, He is head over all things to the church (Eph. 1:22). Therefore, His kingdom now is in the hearts of all believers—as Satan still rules in the hearts of all unbelievers and over this world.
  3. When Christ returns to this earth He will cast Satan out of it and into a bottomless pit (Rev. 20:2-3).
  4. Then Christ will ask the Father for dominion over this world, and He will give it to Him (Ps. 2:8). Though He will still not reign in hearts that do not believe in Him (there will be many in the millennium who will refuse to believe), He will reign in all believer’s hearts and over all the earth and the universe. All things will be His in His kingdom (Psalm 2:8; Read also Daniel 7:13-14.)

 

Indeed, there will be no area of the world and no people or ruler that He will not rule over.  In fact, from the very beginning of His reign, on His robe and on His thigh His name will be written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:16).

I love how the Psalmist (in Psalm 72) writes of the scope of His rule. (This Psalm actually is written about Solomon, however, it also speaks prophetically of Christ’s reign.)

 

Psalm 72:2-11

May he judge Thy people with righteousness,

And Thine afflicted with justice.

3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people,

And the hills in righteousness.

4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,

Save the children of the needy,

And crush the oppressor.

5 Let them fear Thee while the sun endures,

And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,

Like showers that water the earth.

7 In his days may the righteous flourish,

And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.

8 May he also rule from sea to sea,

And from the River to the ends of the earth.

9 Let the nomads of the desert bow before him;

And his enemies lick the dust.

10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents;

The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.

11 And let all kings bow down before him,

All nations serve him.

 

As for the nature of His rule, we see from scripture that He will do whatever is necessary to keep peace on the earth.  Since mortals who are living on the earth will have a sinful nature, people will still sin and rebel against God, against Christ, and against His righteous government.  And many will still try to lord-it-over and afflict others in their greed and pride.

But in the millennium, all evil plans won’t last long.  The Lord, with all His disciples, will be working nonstop to put down and crush any uprisings.  Actually, the nature of His rule will have two extremes: He will be very firm to immediately crush rebellion, but at the same time He will be very compassionate toward those who desire to obey Him.  Listen to these passages to see these two extremes of His rule.

 

Psalm 72:2-4

May he judge Thy people with righteousness,

And Thine afflicted with justice.

3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people,

And the hills in righteousness.

4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,

Save the children of the needy,

And crush the oppressor.

(Again, this Psalm is written for Solomon, but speaks also of Christ.)

 

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