Victory Through the Victor (continued)
The Hour of Climax
The Son was given for the purpose of reigning, and He knew it. As surely as He knew He was coming once to die, He knew that He was coming again to reign. Christ announced His personal return in a manifestation of power and great glory to establish the kingdom of God upon earth and to sit upon His own throne (Luke 21:25-27; Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31)
In His own words we have the stupendous claim that the Saviour was to be sovereign; that the Cross prepared for the crown: that the One who came the first time to die would come the second time to reign. Saviourhood implies sovereignty. The Cross is the way to the Throne.
In God's calendar there was a night and a day, and God called the darkness night the light He called day. The night of a world lying in the evil one (1 John 5:19), subjects in the kingdom of darkness and ruled by "the powers of darkness" must sometime end. The day of deliverance must come; when He, who is the light of the world, would set up upon earth the kingdom of Light and Life and Liberty and would rule in righteousness and in peace. The midnight darkness that hung as a black cloud over the whole earth when the Son of Man died upon the Cross must be superseded by the midday glory that will be seen when that same Son of Man comes in clouds of great glory to sit upon the throne of glory.
The Day of the Lord
Many prophecies of the Old Testament speak of 'the day of the Lord"; sometimes called "that day"; again "the great day," all of which prophecies are still to be fulfilled. A study of these prophecies reveals with crystal clearness that in God's calendar there is an hour of climax when "the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 11:15). This hour of climax has a beginning with the personal return of the Lord in glory. It has an ending when the Lord Jesus Christ through His personal reign on earth has won the final victory over every enemy; has put all things under His feet; has subdued all things unto Himself; and has restored to His Father absolute sovereignty over His universe and there is a new heaven and a new earth in which there is but one kingdom, one will, one throne. God is all and in all.
This hour of climax is the hour is sunrising which brings back to earth the Son of Man as Sovereign and begins "the day of the Lord" in which the following marvelous prophecies will be fulfilled.
His Universal Dominion (Psalm 72:8)
His Universal Lordship (Philippians 2:10, 11)
His Universal Kingship (Zechariah 14:9; Psalm 29:10; 1 Timothy 1:17)
What could show more clearly that in "the day of the Lord" there will be one Lord: One King: One only Potentate ruling over "one world." But the prophecies of Scripture reveal also that there will be but One Kingdom, the Kingdom of God (Daniel 2:44, 45; 7:26, 27).
The prophecies of Scripture reveal that there will be but One Throne, the Throne of God, and also what will be both the nature and the result of His reign (Lamentations 5:19; Hebrews 1:8).
He reigneth over the nations (Psalm 72:11)
He reigneth over the earth (Zachariah 149; Psalm 97:1, 4, 5)
He reigneth until all enemies are under His feet (1 Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 10:13).
He reigneth until He has put down all rule of everyone and every kind that is in rebellion to the rule of the one Lord from the one throne (1 Corinthians 15:24)
He reigneth until every enemy has gone to the place prepared for the devil and his hosts, and all those who have chosen to give allegiance to his throne rather than God's, by rejecting the Saviour who went to the Cross of Calvary for their redemption (Revelation 20:10-15)
(continued with # 41 - (Victory Through the Victor)