Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of First Kings, which is a book that describes the final days of a United Kingdom of Israel and the kings which sat upon that throne, as well as the history of a divided Israel and the kings which sat upon the thrones in the midst of the northern and southern kingdom. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters four through six of this Old Testament book. When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find the beginning of the narrative of the reign of Solomon son of David who was king over all the nation and kingdom of Israel. It’s quite interesting to think about and consider the words which are written and recorded within the opening chapters of the Old Testament book of First Kings, for the book itself begins with the putting down of one who dared exalt themselves to assume the title of king over the nation of Israel. Unto David were born two sons by Haggith—the name of one son was Absalom, while the name of another son was Adonijah. In the Old Testament book of Second Samuel you will find and discover that the eldest son of Haggith born unto David was Absalom, and it was this Absalom who mounted a conspiracy against the throne of David while he sat upon the throne. It was this son Absalom who would steal the hearts of the children of Israel away from David his father, and would even journey unto Hebron where he would have a trumpet sounded and his being proclaimed king in Hebron. Moreover, it would be Absalom’s conspiracy and treachery that would ultimately cause his father David to flee the throne upon which he sat, flee the palace in which he dwelt, and to flee from the Ark of the Covenant. It would be the treachery and conspiracy of Absalom son of David that the king who had been anointed by the prophet to rule and govern in the place of authority and government would be forced to flee from the city of the Great King. Rather than remain in the city of Jerusalem and enlist the Cherethites, the Pelethites and all the mighty men against his son Absalom, David would flee Jerusalem, would leave the throne, and would not only ascend the mount of Olives, not only pass over the brook Kidron, but would also pass over the Jordan River. Because of the treachery and conspiracy of his son Absalom David would be forced to flee from the city of Jerusalem leaving the throne upon which he sat behind, leaving the Ark of the Covenant behind, and leaving the palace in which he dwelt behind. How absolutely remarkable and astounding it is to think about and consider the fact that just as surely never seized the throne by force and by power against Saul king of Israel, so he would never hold on to the throne by forced against Absalom his own son who was his flesh and blood. David would choose to deliberately and intentionally flee from the city of Jerusalem in order that he might escape the hand of his son who was seeking to assume the kingdom of Israel.
ABSALOM HAD A BROTHER! What makes the narrative of the throne of David so incredibly unique is that whereas David dared never lift up, nor stretch forth his hand against the LORD’s anointed—this was not so concerning two of his sons. The book of Second Samuel provides us with a picture of Absalom the eldest son born unto him of Haggith mounting a conspiracy and rebellion against him, against the authority and government that was given unto him, and ultimately against the authority of the living and eternal God. It’s truly remarkable to think this same Absalom who mounted a rebellion against David while he sat upon the throne in Israel had a younger brother named Adonijah. It would be this Adonijah who would not force David to flee from the city of Jerusalem, but while David was old, advanced and stricken with years, he would exalt himself to be king over the nation and kingdom of Israel. While it is true that Joab the captain of the host during the reign of David never aligned himself with Absalom during his rebellion and conspiracy, it was true that he would align himself with Adonijah when he exalted himself to be king over the nation and kingdom of Israel. The opening chapter of the book of First Kings describes how when David was old and advanced in years he would experience another one of his sons attempting to lay hold of the throne upon which he sat. It’s truly intriguing to think about the fact that Adonijah would even attempt such a thing knowing what his brother Absalom had attempted, and what the outcome of his brother’s conspiracy and rebellion was. Undoubtedly Adonijah would become aware of how his brother would mount a conspiracy and rebellion against the throne of David, and how his brother would seek to assume the role of king over the nation and people of Israel. Absalom’s sole purpose for going unto Hebron was not to worship the LORD, and was not to offer sacrifices unto he LORD which he spoke and declared unto his father, but the sole purpose for his going down unto Hebron was to have himself proclaimed king in Hebron. It might very well be that Absalom was very much aware of the fact that before David was anointed as king over the entire nation and kingdom of Israel, he was made king in Hebron where he would reign for seven years. A whole seven years had passed before David would transition from reigning over the tribe of Judah to reigning over the entire kingdom and nation of Israel.
Here in the opening chapters of the book of First Kings we have one of David’s sons born unto him by Haggith—his own flesh and blood—who would exalt himself to sitting upon the throne of David. Oh, I can’t help but look at the narratives of Absalom and Adonijah and see something that has been in existence for years. It has long been stated and believed that Jerusalem is perhaps the most hotly contested and most desired piece of real estate on the face of the planet, and wars and battles have been fought over this ancient city. If and as you study the history of the city of Jerusalem you will find that the city of Jerusalem was indeed and was in fact known for two distinct things—the throne of David and the Temple of Solomon. The throne of David would be present in the midst of the city of Jerusalem and would be the place of the government and authority of heaven upon the earth. The Temple of Solomon would also be present in the midst of the city of Jerusalem and would be the place of the glory and presence of the eternal God in the midst of the earth. THE GLORY AND THE GOVERNMENT! THE TEMPLE AND THE THRONE! As I sit here this morning I can’t help but think about and consider the absolutely astonishing reality that the city of Jerusalem isn’t merely the city of David, but it is in fact the city of the Great King and the city where the eternal and living God chose to place His name. The eternal God declared that heaven was indeed his throne, and earth was His footstool, and I am absolutely convinced that the city of Jerusalem is the place where the living and eternal God places His feet as He rules, reigns and governs from His throne in heaven. With that being said, we must recognize and understand that the city of Jerusalem is the city of David, and as such is not only the city of the throne of David, but is also the city of the Temple of Solomon. The throne of David would be established during the days of David, and it the throne of David would be intrinsically linked and connected to the Temple which his son Solomon would build within and in the midst of the city. In fact, you cannot truly understand the history and narrative of the Temple of God which Solomon would eventually build without understanding the desire that was in the heart of David to build a house unto the LORD. It was within the heart of David to build a house for and a house unto the LORD, and yet the word of the LORD would come unto David by Nathan the prophet that David would not be the one to build the house for the LORD, and that his son would build the house instead. Moreover—although David could and would not build the house of the LORD in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, the LORD would instead build and establish a house for David, as well as an eternal throne that would have its foundation in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. Consider if you will the words which were written and recorded in the book of Second Samuel concerning the house which the LORD would establish, as well as the throne of David which would be an eternal throne established by the living and eternal God:
“And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee. And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD< Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: and I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies, out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as before time, and as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of the bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: but my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David” (2 Samuel 7:1-17).
Within this particular passage of Scripture you not only find the throne of David being established, but you will also find the Temple of the living God being built in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. It is within this passage of Scripture that we find the living God declaring unto David that he would not build for him an house unto and for his name, but it would be his own son who would build for His name and for His honor a house for His glory and for His presence. Moreover, when the living and eternal God sent Nathan unto David king of Israel he declared unto David that from his own bowels would come one who would sit upon the throne, and would build a house for His glory, His honor and His name. What’s so incredibly intriguing about the life of Solomon is that within his life we not only see the beginning of the fulfillment of the throne of David being established, but we also see the house unto the glory and honor of the living God being established. It would be Solomon the son of David that would not only sit upon the throne of his father David, but which would also build the Temple which would stand in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. It would be through the life of Solomon we encounter and come face to face with the reality of the throne being established and the Temple being built, as the authority and government of the eternal God would be established upon the earth among men, and as the glory and presence of the living God would be present in the earth among men. How absolutely captivating and intriguing it is to think about and consider the fact that within the life of Solomon we see the LORD establishing the throne of David in the midst of the earth, as well as the house of the living God being build within the earth. I find it absolutely astonishing to think about and consider the fact that within the life of Solomon—not only do we see the establishment of the authority and government of the throne of David in the earth, but we also see the glory and presence of the living God in the Temple within the earth. In all reality, both the throne of David, as well as the Temple of Solomon would be intrinsically linked and connected, and it would be the city of Jerusalem that would link the two together. It is impossible to separate the city of Jerusalem—the city of David and the city of the Great King—from the throne of David, and from the Temple of Solomon. It is absolutely impossible to separate the city of Jerusalem and the city in which Jesus the Christ would Himself enter riding upon a donkey from the throne of David, and from the Temple of Solomon. The city of Jerusalem would be synonymous with the glory and the government of the eternal God, as the throne of David would represent the authority, the dominion and the government of the ternary God upon the earth, while the Temple of Solomon would represent the glory and presence of the living God upon the earth.
We dare not, we cannot and must not miss and lose sight of the significance of the throne and the Temple, for the throne and the Temple are both synonymous and intrinsically linked to the city of Jerusalem. In fact, I would dare say you cannot have Jerusalem without and apart from the throne of David, and you cannot have Jerusalem without and part from the Temple of Solomon. With that being said, we must recognize and understand that every major battle, and every major war, and every major campaign and conquest that has been led against the Holy Land and against the city of Jerusalem has been a conflict and conquest against the throne and the Temple. Mark my words and mark them well, for if you study the history of the Jewish people—from the time the Assyrians surrounded Jerusalem to attempt to lay siege and take possession of it, to the time the Babylonian army surrounded the city and would eventually destroy the city with its walls and the Temple which stood in the midst of it, to the time the Roman Tenth Legion invaded Jerusalem, utterly destroyed it, and once more burned the Temple of the living God to the ground, you will find that men have always sought to lay claim to the city of the Great King in order that they might claim authority over the place of the throne and the place of the Temple. This is perhaps the single greatest reason why Jerusalem is and has always been the most hotly contested city and piece of real estate on the face of the planet, as the enemy and adversary has always sought to lay claim to the place of authority and the place of presence. Even now the nation and state of Israel is surrounded by enemies and adversaries who not only want and are seeking their annihilation, but who are also seeking total and complete control over the city of Jerusalem. We must understand that the entire desire over and the entire desire of the Holy Land is not merely a desire for and a desire of the land, but is a desire for the sacred and holy city of Jerusalem. The true conflict is not necessarily a conflict over the land as a whole, but rather the city of Jerusalem which is the seat of the throne of David, and the seat of the Temple of Solomon. Twice in history has the Temple of the living God been destroyed in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, as the enemy and adversary has sought to not only destroy the throne of David, but also destroy the Temple of Solomon. The enemy and adversary has always been and will always be after the place of the glory and the place of government, and the key to both is the city of Jerusalem. It is the city of Jerusalem which is the city of the Great King, and the city where the eternal God has placed His holy name. It is the city of Jerusalem where the throne of David—that place of the government of the living God—and the Temple of Solomon—that place of the glory of the living God—were once found.
It’s interesting and worth noting that it would be during the days of Solomon when the throne of David would begin to be established in the midst of the earth, and it would be during the days of Solomon when the Temple of the living God would be built within the earth. How absolutely astounding and remarkable the days of Solomon are, for not only were the days of Solomon tremendous days of peace and rest, but they were also days when the throne would be established, and the Temple would be build. I find it absolutely astonishing to think about and consider that before Solomon would sit upon the throne of his father David in the city of Jerusalem, there would be another who would seek to lay claim and lay hold to that throne. Before Solomon would ever ride upon the mule of his father David, and before Solomon was ever anointed as king over the nation and kingdom of Israel, there would be another who would exalt themselves in the midst of the land in order that they might somehow lay claim to the throne upon which David the king of Israel would sit. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this absolutely tremendous reality, for it would be this reality that would characterize the motives and desires of countless men after him. What would begin with two sons of David would eventually begin to encompass world leaders and world rulers as Sennacherib would be the first major player to attempt to march against the city of Jerusalem. Ultimately, the angel of the LORD would kill one-hundred and eighty-five thousand Assyrians in a single night, and Sennacherib himself would be slaughtered and killed by his own sons. Nebuchadnezzar would be the next great ruler and world leader that would march against the city of Jerusalem, and it would be under and during his reign that the walls of the city of Jerusalem would be torn down, the gates destroyed, and the Temple which Solomon had built would be burned to the ground by fire. It would be seventy years before the Hebrew people would be permitted to return to the land, and upon their return that would not only rebuild the walls, but they would also rebuild the Temple. It would be during the days of Jesus when a second Jewish Temple would stand—that temple which was known as Herod’s Temple—and it would be that Temple which would be destroyed by the Romans after the besieged and destroyed the city in the year AD 70. What’s more, is that what Nebuchadnezzar and the emperor or Rome sought to accomplish during their days would be something world rulers and world leaders would seek to accomplish for centuries since.
If there is one thing we must recognize and understand concerning the city of Jerusalem, it’s that any and every great conflict against the city has at the very heart of it a spiritual desire to control the place of the throne and the place of the Temple. Satan has always sought to lay claim and seize control of the city of Jerusalem, for not only is Jerusalem the city of the Great King, but Jerusalem is also the place of the throne of David which will one day find Jesus the Christ sitting upon the throne ruling the nations, as well as the place of the Temple of the living God. The city of Jerusalem is perhaps the most hotly contested city and piece of real estate on earth because by its very nature and existence we encounter and come face to face with the reality that there is an eternal God in the heavens who not only exists, but who also rules and reigns from on high. The city of Jerusalem by its very nature demonstrates and reveals the absolutely undeniable truth that the Jewish people belong to Him, as well as the fact that the LORD established His government and His glory in the midst of that land. The city of Jerusalem is essentially a powerful demonstration and manifestation in the earth that the eternal God of heaven not only dwells in heaven, but also rules and reigns upon the earth. This is precisely why on the Temple Mount and where the first and second Jewish Temples once stood there now sits what’s known as the Al-Asqa Mosque, or what is more commonly known as the “Dome of the Rock.” The reason why you have the world’s largest religion contesting over, quarreling over, fighting over, battling over this ancient Jewish city is because this city is not, nor was it every meant to be the city of Allah, nor of Mohammed, nor of Islam as a religion, but it was meant to be the city of the Great King. The ancient city of Jerusalem is and always has been the place of the glory of the living and eternal God, and the government of the eternal God. Kings, rulers, princes, and world leaders alike have sought to drive out that truth, and have sought to completely destroy that manifestation in the midst of the earth. Kings and rulers have throughout history attempted to lay claim to this city in order to set up and establish their own authority, their own government and their own authority in the midst of this city. It’s quite interesting that this David caught a glimpse of this when he penned the words of the second chapter of the book of Psalms. Moreover, the ancient prophet Daniel, and the apostle Paul saw this truth in their day. What’s more, is that at the very heart and foundation of this is something much more sinister and something much more evil which has its roots in an attempt to exalt a throne in the sides of the north above and higher than the throne of the living God. Consider if you will the words which were written and recorded in the ancient prophetic book of Daniel, as well as the words which were written in the second epistle which the apostle Paul wrote unto the saints of Thessalonica:
“Let no man deceive you by many means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the LORD shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
“I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped s the residue with his feet; and of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three feel; even of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom upon earache, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and Laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I keep the matter in my heart” (Daniel 7:15-28).
“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. And the vision of the venting and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; and afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it” (Daniel 8:23-27).
These three passages describe a time to come when one whom Scripture refers to as “the son of perdition” and the “man of lawlessness” whom we know to be the Antichrist will emerge on to the world scene. It will be this individual that will eventually and ultimately set himself up the city of Jerusalem—in the city of the Great King—and will seek to establish a new and different dominion, authority and government in the midst of the city. It’s interesting to read these three passages, for they point to and reveal a time to come when there will be one who will set himself up in the place of God and will set himself up as God, and will deceive countless thousands, millions—perhaps even billions of people. The reason I include the words which describe this being is because while it is true the spirit of the Antichrist denies that the living God has a Son called Jesus the Christ, and that He came in the flesh, and died on the cross for the sins of humanity, I would also dare say that the spirit of the antichrist is one that seeks to tear down the place of the glory and government of the living God, and seeks to set up a different type of glory, and a different type of government in the midst of the earth. There is coming a day when a literal and physical being will enter into the Temple of the living God which will be rebuilt in the city of the Great King, and this one will not only exalt themselves in the place of God, but will also exalt themselves as being God. This being will stand in the holy place and will usurp both the government and glory of the living God, and will seek to establish his own glory, his own government, and his own rule in the midst of the city. Oh there is not a doubt in my mind that this is precisely why the city of Jerusalem is and always has been so hotly contested throughout history, for it is about more than just an ancient city, but is about the place of glory and government. The city of Jerusalem has always been the target of the rage, the fury and the envy of the dragon because it has always been the city of the Great King where the throne and Temple were established. It will be in the city of Jerusalem where the risen and returned Jesus the Messiah will rule and reign on the throne of David for one thousand years upon the face of the earth, and will rule the nations. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this particular reality, for this is precisely what the dragon seeks to prevent from taking place. The dragon has always and continues to contest, to quarrel, to battle, and to war over the city of Jerusalem—not only because it is the city of the glory and government of the living God, but because in the person of Jesus we find both in glorious harmony and unity with each other.
I find it absolutely astonishing to think about and consider the fact that in David’s own household we see the first two attempts to usurp the throne upon which he would sit, as two of his own sons would attempt to lay claim and hold of that throne. It would be two of David’s own sons who would attempt to seize and lay claim to that throne in order that they might be king over the nation and kingdom of Israel. It should be noted that what began within David’s own household, and what began with two of David’s own sons to exalt themselves as king over the nation and kingdom of Israel would eventually spread beyond the house of David, and would enter into the hearts of world rulers, world leaders, kings, princes, monarchs, and the like. There would be world rulers such as Nebuchadnezzar and the emperor of Rome that would lay siege to the city of Jerusalem and would burn the Temple to the ground, and for more than a millennia the Muslim and Islamic world has waged a constant jihad and war against the Holy Land and against the city of Jerusalem which they call “Al-kuds.” This is important for us to recognize and realize, for when you come to the opening chapters of the book of Second Kings you will find the son of David who was appointed, ordained and chosen to sit upon the throne of David ascending to the throne during a time when one of his brothers had exalted himself to be the king over the nation of Israel. There was the true son of David that would indeed sit upon the throne of David in his father’s stead, and would rule and reign from that throne, but there would be an attempt just before he would be anointed as king to usurp that role and place. There would be one who would exalt himself in the midst of the nation and kingdom of Israel in an attempt to make himself king over the nation of Israel. Of course we know and understand that this attempt would be shut down by David the true king of Israel, as he would not only cause Solomon to ride on his own mule, but would also call for Solomon to be anointed as the true king of Israel. It’s quite remarkable to think about and consider how Solomon would ascend to the throne of his father David, for he would do so in the midst of another who thought they could somehow lay claim and lay hold to the throne. Solomon would indeed become king over the nation and kingdom of Israel, and he would rule and reign in the place of his father, however, just before he actually sits upon the throne of his father David there would be another who would proclaim himself as king.
I am convinced there are prophetic implications for what we find and read here, for just as before the son of David would sit on the throne of his father David and rule as king, there would be another who would attempt to exalt and elevate themselves as king over the nation of Israel. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this, for there is coming a day when a different Son of David—Jesus the Christ—is going to sit upon the throne of His father David, and is going to rule over the nations of the earth with a scepter of righteousness. Before He actually sits on the throne of David there will be one who will not only enter into the city of Jerusalem, but will also attempt to exalt and elevate himself as ruler—not only only over Jerusalem, but in the earth. There is coming a time when there will be one who will enter into the city of Jerusalem and will exalt himself—not only as king, but also as God within the earth. What we find and what we read in the opening chapter of the book of First Kings is in my opinion a powerful prophetic picture of a time that is to come in the future when there will be one who will enter into the holy place and will exalt himself as God. There is coming a day when there will arise one in the earth who will establish themselves as a world leader and world ruler, and will rule—not with a power and authority that is of their own doing or making, but based on that which was given unto them by the dragon. If you turn and direct your attention to the twelfth and thirteenth chapters of the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ you will find not only find the wrath of the dragon after he had been cast down to the earth, but you will also find the dragon giving his throne, his power and his authority to the beast within and upon the earth in order that he might establish his own authority before the Son of David comes to not only destroy the kingdom of the beast, but also capture both the beast and the false prophet, and cast them alive into the lake of fire. Consider if you will the words which are not only written in the twelfth and thirteenth chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ, but also what is written in the nineteenth chapter of the same prophetic book:
“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three score days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old Serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lam, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:1-17).
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the bast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six” (Revelation 13:1-18).
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a like of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:11-21).
THE COMING EXALTATION OF THE FALSE KING! THE COMING EXALTATION OF A FALSE THRONE! THE DESIRE TO CONTROL THE GLORY AND THE GOVERNMENT! THE FALSE KINGDOM BEFORE THE SON OF DAVID EMERGES AND ESTABLISHES HIS THRONE! SOLOMON—A TYPE AND SHADOW OF THE SON OF DAVID! WHEN THE SON OF DAVID SITS UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID! As I sit here this morning I can’t help but be absolutely captivated by the words and language we find in the opening chapters of the Old Testament book of First Kings, for within them I can’t help but catch a glimpse of a prophetic reality that is not only demonstrated and played out in the gospel which was written by four New Testament authors, but also what is written and found in the final book of the New Testament. If you read and study the words which are written and found in the four gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ you will find that when Jesus the Christ was preparing to enter into Jerusalem He sent two of His disciples ahead of Him to loose a colt that had never been saddled before in order that He might ride upon it. It’s worth noting that when He spoke unto His disciples concerning what they would say unto the master and owner of the colt, He instructed them to declare unto the owner of the colt that the Master had need of it. Upon securing the colt, the disciples brought it unto Jesus and placed garments over the colt that Jesus might ride upon the colt as He entered into the city of Jerusalem. Upon reading the book of First Kings you will find that when David sought to have his son Solomon anointed as the next king of the nation of Israel, he called for his own colt to be loosed in order that Solomon might ride upon it. Moreover, after Solomon was made to ride on David’s own colt, Nathan the prophet and Zadok the priest were to anoint him as king at Gihon, and then blow the trumpet and shout with a loud voice, saying, “God save king Solomon.” Once they had sounded the trumpet they were then to come up after Solomon in order that he might sit upon the throne of David that he might be king in the stead of David since it was he who appointed him to be king in his stead. What makes the actions of this first son of David so distinct and so different from the latter Son of David is that after Solomon was caused to ride upon his father’s mule and pronounced king, he would then sit upon the throne of his father David in the city of Jerusalem. Moreover, he would not only sit upon the throne of his father in Jerusalem, but he would also rule and reign as king over the nation of Israel all the days of his life. The fundamental difference between this first son of David and the second Son of David was that although the second Son of David did indeed ride upon a colt upon entering into Jerusalem, He would later be rejected and ridiculed by His own people. Moreover, those who once cried out, saying, “Hosanna,” would later cry out for His head and for His blood as they shouted with the voice of an angry mob, saying, “Crucify Him.” Oh, Jesus would indeed be proclaimed king during this time, and He would be pronounced as King of the Jews, however, the crown that would be upon His head would be one of thorns and not a crown of gold. Moreover, He would be clothed in apparel as Roman soldiers would mock Him as king, but when they were finished mocking Him, they would remove the garments from His physical form and lead Him away to be crucified.
What is so absolutely remarkable and astounding is that although Jesus did not and would not sit upon a physical throne within the city of Jerusalem, and while Jesus would not at that time sit upon the throne of David where He would rule the nations of the earth—once the work of the cross and resurrection had been completed, He would ascend unto the right hand of His Father who was in heaven, and would sit at the right hand of the throne which was in heaven. Oh there is coming a day when Jesus the Christ is indeed and is in fact going to sit upon the throne of David in Jerusalem and will rule and govern the nations, however, before that day comes He would be seated at the right hand of the Father in the place of all authority, in the place of all dominion. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this reality, for prior to His being crucified at the hands of the Romans, He would be proclaimed king, however, and He would be proclaimed as King of the Jews, however, this declaration would be one of mockery and ridicule rather than one of honor and glory unto Him. The truth of the matter, however, is that despite the ridicule and mockery of Jesus the Christ as the King of the Jews, He would indeed ascend unto the right hand of His Father in heaven where He would be seated until that moment when He comes forth from the heavens riding upon a white horse accompanied by the host of heaven. It would be after His emergence out of heaven riding upon the white horse that He would destroy the beast and the false prophet and would cast them alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. What’s more, is that that ancient serpent who is the dragon and Satan and the Devil will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit where he would be for one thousand years as Jesus the Christ would rule upon the throne of David for a period that is known as the Millennial Reign. It would be during this time Jesus would indeed and would in fact be seated on the throne of David and would rule and govern the nations of the earth with peace, with justice, with righteousness, and with judgment. How absolutely remarkable and astonishing it is to think about and consider the reality that after being crucified, buried and resurrected Jesus would ascend unto the right hand of the Father where He would be seated there at the right hand until He would come forth from the heavens riding on a white horse as He prepared to sit upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem where He would govern and rule the nations with a scepter of righteousness. Consider if you will the narrative of Jesus the Christ who is now seated at the right hand of the Father in all authority, all power, all dominion, and all strength in heaven, and how there is coming a day when He can and will sit upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem where He can and will reign for a period of one thousand years. Moreover, consider how directly and intrinsically linked to His rule and reign from David’s throne would not only be linked to the capture of the beast and the false prophet and their being cast alive into the lake of fire, but also the binding of the great dragon and his subsequent being cast into the lake of fire:
“If there be therefor any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife of vain glory; but in loneliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, through it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:1-11).
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son/ And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they all perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:1-14).
“So then after the LORD had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the LORD working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” (Mark 16:19-20).
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:11-21).
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Stan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compasses the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:1-10).
It is absolutely remarkable and astounding to consider the fact that after Jesus was crucified, after He was buried, and after He was raised from death to life He would ascend into heaven and would be seated at the right hand of the Father. Jesus the Christ the eternal Son of God would be seated upon the right hand of the Father in heaven until that appointed day and time would come when the heavens would be opened, and He would ride forth out of heaven on a white horse accompanied by the host of the armies of heaven. This rider on the white horse would be victorious over the beast and the false prophet, as both would be captured and cast alive into the lake burning with fire and brimstone where they would be for all eternity. Moreover, He would slay all the remnant of the army of the beast and the false prophet with the sword which proceeds forth from His mouth. Immediately following the capture of the beast and the false prophet and their being cast down into the lake of fire, Satan himself would be bound and cast into the bottomless pit where he would be shut up and sealed for one thousand years that he might not deceive the nations any longer. It would be during this period of one thousand years that Jesus would rule and reign over the nations in peace, in justice, in judgment and in righteousness from and upon the throne of David. Moreover, once the thousand years were over, the dragon would be loosed from the bottomless pit and would go forth to deceive the nations to call them to battle against the One who sits upon the throne in Jerusalem where He had reigned for one thousand years. Interestingly, however, the God of heaven would consume the armies of the dragon with fire, and the dragon would himself be captured and cast alive into the lake of fire and brimstone. How absolutely remarkable and astounding it is to think about the fact that when Solomon reigned over the nation of Israel, he didn’t merely reign over the nation of Israel, but he reigned as far as the Euphrates River, and as far as the land of Egypt. Even more than this, it was during the days of Solomon when the people of God dwelt in peace, in safety, in shelter and security, and where they neither feared nor dreaded their enemies. Furthermore, it would be during this period of rest and peace that the Temple—the place of the glory and presence of the living God—would be built and established in the midst of Jerusalem. It would be during the days of Solomon when the son of David would sit upon the throne of David, as the LORD would begin to establish that throne, and as the Temple would be built and established in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this absolutely remarkable and astounding reality, for it is within this reality we encounter and come face to face with that which the second Son of David would accomplish and establish within the earth—namely, a period of one thousand years of peace, rest, safety, and security for the people of God, as He would rule upon the earth over the nations of the earth from Jerusalem. Oh, it’s necessary that you grab and lay hold of this, for there is a powerful prophetic picture that surrounds Solomon’s being anointed king over Israel, his riding upon David’s own mule, his sitting upon the throne of David, and even the building of the Temple there in the midst of the city of Jerusalem.
As I bring this writing to a close, I feel the tremendous need to call and draw your attention to the reality and manifestation of the second Son of David which was crucified, which was buried, and which was raised from death to life for your sins and for my sins. This second Son of David would experience ridicule, slander, betrayal, torture, persecution, violence and crucifixion for the sake of your sins and for the sake of my sins that we might have newness of life. Moreover, this second Son of David would ascend unto the right hand of the Father in heaven where He would ever live to make intercession together with the Holy Spirit for us. Even more than this, this Second Son of David will return, and He will return riding upon a white horse accompanied by the armies of heaven, as He will wage war against the beast, the false prophet, and the kingdom of the beast together with the nations that aligned themselves with him. This second Son of David is The Word of God, and is both KING OF KINGS, and LORD OF LORDS. This second Son of David is going to rule and reign upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem and will rule and reign for a period of one thousand years after the dragon was bound and cast into the bottomless pit where he would be shut up and sealed to deceive the nations no more during that time. This second Son of David would come to the earth to establish peace, righteousness, justice, judgment, and truth, and will rule together with all those who were beheaded and martyred for the cause of Christ, and for the sake of the Word of God. Ultimately, the great dragon will be bound a second time—and not only bound, but also cast alive into the lake burning with fire and brimstone where the beast and false prophet were. Oh that we would be those who are found watching and waiting for this second Son of David to return, and that we would be those who love the appearance of Christ, and those who are found looking for the appearance of Jesus the Christ and His imminent return to this earth where He is going to rule and reign over the nations for a period of one thousand years before a new heavens and a new earth will be created. Oh that we would be a people who not only love this Second Son of David with all our hearts, but that we would be a people who look forward to and love His appearance.