Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 14 September 2017


By Jim Jordal

 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, on them the light has shined…You have increased their joy. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as in the day of Midian… For to us a child is born. To us a son is given; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of Armies will perform this.                                                                                                  Isa. 9:2-7 WEB

We don’t have to wait for Christmas to consider this literally earth-shaking prophecy of the reign of Jesus Christ of Nazareth over, first his own people, and finally the nations of the earth.

No, the Great King is not Donald Trump, even though he may have certain delusions about his being one. Nor is it a political party or a movement or an established creed. It is the person of the Christ who assumes rule over the nations. It is to Him we bow in adoration over the advent of righteousness upon the earth, and the awesome release and relief we feel when we realize that finally we receive that which has been promised for centuries.

We’ve has great leaders before, some of whom also promised the earth to their followers. Remember the Roman Empire and its many Caesars who promised great things. And Napoleon Bonaparte and his hopes. And Queen Victoria and the building of the British Empire. But none ever achieved what the prophets foretold for Jesus Christ. They all failed amid military defeat, empire-wide collapse from corruption within, or just changes in the times.

But one whose voice is still heard amid the philosophers and dreamers was Karl Marx, who back in 1848 penned the Communist Manifesto, clearly one of the most successful attempts to bend humanity will that has been written. It turned out to be a devastating critique of unrestrained capitalism, pointing out in persuasive detail the abusive reins of predatory capitalism. That it lasted about 150 years and ruled over almost half the world is testament, not to its accurate philosophy, but to the strength of dictatorial rule built around an ideal of human perfection and selflessness that will never succeed upon earth unless it is under the rule of a returned Christ. But it is a person who will rule the earth and his name is Jesus Christ.

Dictators always claim what they do is for the people, and a few of them even mean it and succeed for a limited time. But none, however lauded by historians, could ever replace the earthly rule of Jesus that actually began with his first advent.

America today is a textbook example of how hard-earned and highly- valued political, social and economic systems slide from success into failure, largely because no matter how thoughtfully conceived and carefully tended, they fall victim to the idiosyncrasies of human nature.

J. Rufus Fears, whom I quote from time to time, said that the difference between a politician and a statesperson is that the statesperson has rock-solid values, an accurate moral compass, a vision as to what is possible, and the ability to form a consensus around the vision. Can you think of anybody today in a position of political authority who can match that standard?

Many will claim to rule justly and with moral authority, but they always end with some great flaw limiting their success. Jesus Christ is the only perfect ruler I know of, and when we consider the present state of the earth I wonder how much longer we can survive without strong, just leadership sent from God. That’s Jesus Christ, and he is the only dictator I’m willing to follow.