CHRIST'S KING
A number of scriptures confirm that the Millennium King is not Christ Himself. Speaking in parable, Christ
prepared the way for another to represent Him. "And as they heard these things, He added and spoke a
parable, because He was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought the kingdom of God should
immediately appear. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom,
and return. (The following verse makes it obvious that the nobleman appointed another to rule in his
place.) But his citizens hated him (the nobleman), and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have
this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom,
then he commanded these servants to be called unto him... (After settling financial affairs and rewarding
his dutiful servants and taking responsibility away from the disobedient, he gave judgment on those who
refused his appointed ruler.) But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them (by
proxy), bring hither, and slay them before me." (Luke 19:11,12,14,15,27). So Christ will treat those who
refuse His proxy King as if they had refused Him and were His enemies. He will cause them to be killed
when He returns in person.

This King by proxy is also prophesied in Psalms 2. "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a
vain thing? (Both non-Christians and God's chosen people, Israel, imagine that God will never set up His
promised Kingdom on earth.) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel
together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast
away their cords from us. (The great men of the earth plan out their campaign against God and His
chosen KIng, thinking to divide the people and destroy their power.) He that sitteth in the heavens shall
laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (The Lord mocks their efforts.) Then shall He speak unto
them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. (Then He threatens to punish them, and carries
out His threats.) Yet have I set My king upon My holy hill of Zion. (The Lamb, the chosen king, meets with
the 144,000 on Mount Zion in a fulfillment of Rev. 14:1-5). I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said
unto me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten thee. (Christ was the only begotten son of God, this is
the adoption of an adult, the Lamb on Mount Zion, the chosen King.) Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the
heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (Under the
leadership of this King, God's Kingdom will take over the whole earth in a fulfillment of the prophesy of
Dan. 2:44). Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
(This is the Old Testament statement of the prophesy Christ made of the overcomer in Rev. 2:26,27, see
below.) Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. (God advises the
powerful to be afraid of Him.) Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (God's people are also
advised to fear Him, even as they rejoice to see His Kingdom established.) Kiss the Son, lest he be
angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their
trust in him. (The adopted Son is the Messiah of Gen. 49:16-18, who judges the great - see below. He is a
blessing to God's people, he keeps them safe.)" (Ps. 2:1-12).

Here is the prophecy of the adopted Son Messiah. "Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of
Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his
rider shall fall backward. I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord." (Gen. 49:16-18). The Messiah from Dan
is the sole representative of the tribe of Dan to stand among the 144,000 on Mount Zion. There are not
12,000 sealed from Dan on that day, the tribe of Dan is not even mentioned as one of the twelve tribes to
be sealed. (See Rev. 7:1-8). But it is this man, the Lamb, who decides who has learned the new song,
"Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel." Further, those who oppose him "perish from
the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little." (Ps. 2:12). They are overturned, "Dan shall be a serpent by
the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward." And, like
Christ, he is a Messiah, a salvation to God's people, "I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord." God's
people can trust in him, "Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." (Ps. 2:12).

The serpent is usually a symbol of Satan. "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." (Rev. 12:9). In the prophecy of Gen. 49:16-18, the serpent is used as a symbol of a
Messiah, so it must be the serpent Christ fulfilled, the brasen serpent who healed snake bitten sinners.

"And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to
pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of
brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld
the serpent of brass, he lived." (Num. 21:9). Referring to Moses' serpent, Christ said; "And as Moses
lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:14,15).

The "serpent by the way," the "adder in the path," like Christ, does his work by a message. That message
explains clearly what righteousness is, and what sin is. God causes it to heal and bless His people, and
to overthrow His enemies.

Christ referred to the overcomer who rules for Him several times in Revelation 2 and 3. The overcomer
will rule over the nations. "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I
give power over the nations: 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. 2:26,27).

Christ was given total power over men and angels by His Father. "And Jesus came and spake unto them,
saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." (Matt. 28:18). Christ was also given power to
judge the nations, see Matt. 25:31-46 for a description of the judgment He will make. Christ gives His
surrogate King His great power, "he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I
give power over the nations." This transfer of power takes place in the same way that God transferred
power to Christ, "even as I received of My Father."

Christ also states that His overcomer will share His earthly throne. "To him that overcometh will I grant to
sit with me in My throne (on earth), even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His
throne (in heaven)." (Rev. 3:21).

Overcomers must overcome the temptations and traps of Satan. Christ, who was perfect, nevertheless
was purified as an instruction to His people. "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from
Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil... And when
the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season." ( Luke 4:1,2,13). Christ
overcame all Satan's temptations for forty days. Forty days of purification are required after the birth of a
man child. (See Lev. 12, quoted below.)

Christ's King also must be purified, and the prophecy of his purification is found in Zechariah 3. A
discussion of the whole chapter follows. "And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the
angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him." (Zech. 3:1). Joshua is Christ's
chosen King. Like the Joshua who was appointed by Moses to lead the tribes of Israel from the
wilderness into the Holy Land and capture it, this Joshua is appointed by God to establish His Kingdom
on earth. The "angel of the Lord" represents God before mankind, this is the Holy Ghost. Satan appears
to stop the purification and claim Joshua, a sinner, for himself.

"And the Lord (in the person of the Holy Ghost) said unto Satan, The Lord (almighty Father God) rebuke
thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem (God's Kingdom) rebuke thee: is not this
(Joshua) a brand plucked out of the fire?" (Zech. 3:2). Joshua was a sinner, a branch stolen from Satan,
who intended to burn him. Regardless, Joshua is defended by the Holy Ghost and by his adoptive Father,
God.

"Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments (all his sins), and stood before the angel. (Joshua comes
to the purification as a repentant sinner.) And he (the angel, the Holy Ghost) answered and spake unto
those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him (Joshua) he
(the angel) said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change
of raiment." (Zech. 3:3,4). The Holy Ghost removes the record of Joshua's sins from the heavenly books,
and gives him clean clothes that signal the start of his sinless new life.

"And I (Joshua's Mother in the Spirit, see below) said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set
a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by." (Zech. 3:
5). In the presence of the Holy Ghost, Joshua is crowned with religious authority, a fair mitre, and given
the clean clothes that portend the beginning of a blameless life.

"And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk
in My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, then thou shalt also judge My house, and shalt also keep My
courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by." (Zech. 3:6,7). The angel of the
Lord, the Holy Ghost, speaks the words of God the Father, the Lord of Hosts, to Joshua. Joshua must
walk in God's ways (Law) and keep God's charge (follow all of God's instructions). If he does so, God will
appoint him as the judge over the people of His church ("thou shalt also judge My house,") and give him
the authority over the temple and its surroundings ("shalt also keep My courts," "Those that be planted
in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the
courts of our God." Ps. 92:13). As it was with King David, no
person will ever be able to long withstand Joshua, God will clear a path before him, "I will give thee
places to walk among these that stand by."

"Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men
wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth My servant the Branch." (Zech. 3:8). The fellows who sit before
Joshua amaze the world because they accept Joshua as King in Christ's place. Joshua is the Branch,
although he is of the tribe of Dan by matrilineal descent, other prophecies require that he also be a
descendant of King David. See below for a discussion of "My servant the Branch" in the light of Zech. 6:
10-15.

"For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will
engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one
day." (Zech. 3:9). The Stone is the physical presence of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter. The seven eyes
are the seven Spirits of God, seen in Revelation 5:6 as the seven eyes of the Lamb, Christ. The Holy
Ghost links the seven Spirits of God and sees through their eyes. Engraving is writing upon stone or
metal, then as now. "That land" is the Kingdom of God, concurrent with these events every person in the
Kingdom of God is given a new clean set of clothes signifying that their sins have been erased from the
heavenly records, "I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day."

The name engraved is a mystery. As Christ, through the Spirit, says of His overcomer, "He that hath an
ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the
hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man
knoweth saving he that receiveth it." (Rev. 2:17). The "hidden manna" is the obscure meaning of the
prophetic scriptures, they are ALL explained. The "white stone" is the stone with seven eyes, the
physical presence of the Holy Ghost, who has the ability to see through the eyes of the seven Spirits of
God. There are numerous revelations about the seven Spirits of God on this website. (Those who study
this message know that I have left a few questions here. This is the light I have on this scripture now.)

"In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the
fig tree." (Zech. 3:10). Calling every man a neighbor means that God's people have taken to heart the
commandments Christ gave to those who believe in Him. "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first
commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is
none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 13:30,31). "A new commandment I give unto you
(Christ's disciples), That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." (John
13:34). Calling a person a neighbor is a commitment to keeping these commandments with regard to that
person.

The vine is a symbol of Christ, and the fig is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. (See No. 22, "The Holy Family.")
Since these messages together call the Kingdom of God, the vine and the fig are symbols of the
Kingdom of God. "But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall
flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in His paths: for
the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among many
people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their
spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any
more. But
they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them
afraid
: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it." (Micah 4:4). (The vine and the fig also have
physical significance, they are symbols of land ownership in the Kingdom of God.) So you see, this love
for your neighbors is a requirement toward all people within the Kingdom of God, each of you shall "call
every man his neighbour
under the vine and under the fig tree."

There are several things I only partially explained above, first, Joshua's Mother in the Spirit. The whole
heavenly Family participated in Christ's purification. "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom
the whole family in heaven and earth is named." (Eph. 3:14,15). Christ
represented His Father. "I and My Father are one." (John 10:30). He was guided by His Mother, and His
sister, the Holy Ghost, lived within Him. "And Jesus being
full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan,
and was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil... And when the devil
had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season." ( Luke 4:1,2,13).

The purification for a woman who brought forth a man child was forty days. "Speak unto the children of
Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven
days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. And in the eighth day
the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying
three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of
her purifying be fulfilled." (Lev. 12:2-4). At the end of the forty days, mother and child went to the
sanctuary to give offerings.

"But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall
continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days. And when the days of her purifying are
fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a
young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,
unto the priest: who shall offer it before the Lord, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be
cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female. And if she
be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles (doves), or two young pigeons; the one for
the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and
she shall be clean." (Lev. 12:5-8).

Note that both mother and child are purified by this ritual. The boy child is circumcised (his blood flows)
and therefore his purification runs concurrent with his mother's. The girl child is not circumcised (no
blood flows), therefore her purification starts after her mother's (who bleeds a second time, for her).
"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission."
(Heb. 9:22). Since mother and daughter are constantly touching, both are unclean for eighty days. Setting
an example for us, Christ underwent this ritual purification again before He gathered His disciples.

(Those of you who think women are inherently more sinful than men should remember the forty years
Israel wandered in the wilderness of Egypt, purifying the whole congregation. Forty days of rain caused
the great flood. - Gen. 7:12. Moses was forty days on the mountain receiving the law from God. - Deut. 9:9.
Forty is the number of purification.)

We see in the purification of Christ which began His ministry, the pattern of the purification of Christ's
chosen King. His Father, His Mother, the Holy Ghost, and Satan were all present at Christ's purification,
and therefore must be present at the purification of His chosen King.

The man who is the Branch, "My servant the Branch," is crowned in Zechariah 6. "Take of them of the
captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the
same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah; then take silver and gold, and make
crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest." (Zech. 6:10,11).
This crowning among those who came out of ancient Babylon is the pattern of the crowning of the
Millennium King among those who come out of modern day Babylon. Here again we see Joshua.

"And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is
the Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: even he
shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and
he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." (Zech. 6:
12,13). Joshua will grow up away from his people Israel out in modern day Babylon, "he shall grow up out
of his place." Nevertheless, he is chosen to build and rule the temple in partnership with the Holy Ghost,
"he (Joshua) shall build the temple of the Lord: even he (the Holy Ghost) shall build the temple of the
Lord; and he (Joshua) shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he (Joshua) shall
be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both (Joshua and the Holy
Ghost)." These two are the Rod and the Branch of Is. 11:1.

"And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a
memorial in the temple of the Lord." (Zech. 6:14). Joshua has crowns on his head, "make
crowns, and set
them upon the head of Joshua." He removes some of these crowns and sets them on the heads of
trusted helpers. "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them... and
they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Rev. 20:4).

"And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord
of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord
your God." (Zech. 6:14,15). In this way the temple of God, a temple of pure and holy people, saints before
God, is gathered. "Ye also, as lively (living, moving) stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5). The physical
temple comes down from God in heaven. (See Revelation 21). The people of this temple of lively stones
are there to meet it. "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." (Dan. 7:27).

And here's a prophecy from Obadiah about both Christ's King and the Holy Ghost and their crowned
helpers. "And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall
be the Lord's." (Ob. 1:21).

Amo Paul Bishop Roden