1.      OVERCOME  FALSE DOCTRINE

After urging His saints to hold unto His Word and to avoid the depths of Satan, Jesus gave a promise to those who overcame the confrontation with false doctrine. He promised to give the overcomer power to rule nations with a rod of iron or the word of God:

 26    And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give POWER over the nations:

27   AND he shall RULE them with A ROD OF IRON; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father (Rev 2).

 

2.      RULE NATIONS WITH THE WORD OF GOD

Note that the conjunction “AND” links Revelation 2: 26 & 27.   When read together, we see that Jesus is actually saying that power over the nations would be exercised by the Word of God:

 “…  will I give POWER over the nations  AND he shall RULE them with A ROD OF IRON”   (Rev 2: 26 & 27).

 I wrote previously about this rod of iron and would like to remind you that this is the written and spoken Word of God ACCOMPANIED BY SIGNS AND WONDERS.  One of the classic examples in scripture is the power that Moses exercised over the nation of  Egypt by the prophetic word.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus exercised this power by exercising the authority of  His Word. The Apostles also turned the world upside down or stirred nations by preaching, signs and wonders.

3. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO RULE?

Poimaino (G4165/verb) is the Greek word that was used for “rule”. Its usage in the New Testament carries the following meanings:

 a. Political government/rulership (Mt 2: 6).

In the context of Matthew 2: 6, Apostle Matthew referred to the fulfillment of the prophecy that  Jesus would emerge from the city of Bethlehem. The Apostle said that Bethlehem was not to be disdained as the “…least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”

Jesus’ political kingdom was not an earthly one. He had not come to overthrow the Roman Government in the natural realm, but to teach humans how to recapture dominion in the earth. He was Chief Bishop and Apostle of His Church and preached a gospel that eventually took control of the Roman Empire  and other nations of the earth.

Lord Jesus was also a  commentator on events in history, as well as social, political and other issues of the time in which He lived. As a result, He aggravated both the Jewish and Roman rulers with His teachings and miracles. The Jewish leaders were so aggravated that they

Those who rule in the earth will follow His example.  The church therefore should NOT remain silent on politics, social, economic and other issues that trouble nations.

The preaching of the gospel MUST, however, be accompanied by the demonstration of the power of God, just like Jesus’ example.  Blessings and more to come!

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