Chapter 5: Who Will Be There?
The first and most glorious personage during the Millennium will be Christ the King.
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:16). He is the “blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15).
Some three thousand years ago, Balaam, erstwhile prophet to Israel, spoke of the future Messiah as a scepter and a rising Star. “There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab…Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion” (Num. 24:17-19). A star designates a “prince.” Sceptre comes from a Hebrew root word meaning “a branch, a scion,” literally “a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.)” (Strong’s Dictionary). Christ will bring the nations of earth into complete subjection when He ascends the throne of earth.
Even earlier, Jacob when blessing his twelve sons, said of Judah, “The Sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Gen 49:10).
The prophet Jeremiah foresaw a King who should “reign and prosper” at this time, and should “execute judgment and justice in the earth” (Jer. 23:5). The Psalmist also wrote about this King: “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion” (Ps. 2:6). And the next words identify this king: “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee” (v. 7).
Many are the Psalms that tell about the success of the new King. the whole of Psalm 72 is an outburst of prophecy about His reign:
“Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.…In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.…
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him….
His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed” (Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10- 11, 17).
The prophet Zechariah also identified the future ruler and the extent of His domain: “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one” (Zech. 14:9).
During His earthly ministry, the King-to-be spoke for Himself. When asked by Pilate, “So you are a king?” Jesus replied with all confidence: “Certainly I am a king. This is why I was born, this is why I came into the world, to bear testimony to the truth” (John 18:37, Moffatt).
With the dawn of the Millennial era, all these prophecies will be fulfilled. Jesus Christ will be the King all-glorious!