“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:11–16, ESV)
The Enthroned King
This anticipated King, veiled and suffering King, someday he will step out behind the veil of this sky and will proclaim both his royal title and display his sovereign might. Lest any be confused with who he is, as he comes, who he is will be written on his thigh, King of kings and Lord of lords.
In that moment every human authority, every Caesar on the planet, every king, queen, prime minister, president, governor, and everyone else will tremble as they see divine glory and absolute power. He is not a king and a lord. He is King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9–11)
All humanity that has ever lived will gather. Every angelic being ever created will gather. Angels and demons. The redeemed and the unredeemed. The great and mighty of history. The small and forgotten. All will gather. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow. Satan wanted Jesus to bow to him. Rome wanted Jesus to bow to him. But Satan bows. Rome bows. Caesar bows. Alexander the Great bows. William the Conqueror bows. Genghis Khan bows. Hitler bows. Judas Iscariot bows. Queen Elizabeth bows. Frederick the Great bows. Nero bows. Caiaphas bows. Every US President bows. Get this, and you will bow before the Lord someday. Bow now or bow later because someday all will bow.
The urging of the gospel of Jesus is to bow now. Confess him as Savior and Lord now. Today is the day of salvation. By bowing now and believing now, we enter eternity under his grace and with eternal life. To enter eternity as an enemy of the Lord of lords is eternally perilous. He offers his forgiveness for sins now, in this life, for all who believe in him.
Finally, this puts all our government debates and arguments in their proper perspective. Is Christian citizenship important? Yes. In a democracy should you vote Christian values? Sure. Do we care about who is governing over us these fleeting years on earth? Yeah, OK. But not too much. Not when we see with eyes of faith our forever king on his throne. Our sovereign ruler before whom all bow. Iesous Christos Kyrios. Jesus Christ is Lord!
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