“But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us” – (Luke ).
“And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar” – (Jn.19:14,15).
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom” – (Heb.1:8).
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back as the God – King, King of Kings and Lord of Lords and Emperor over the whole earth. He will reign forever and ever, His will be a kingdom without end. And He will reign in righteousness – He will be a righteous King – “A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.” He came righteously to the scepter and He uses it in perfect righteousness. The righteousness of His government proceeds from the righteousness of His person, from an essential, eternal love of righteousness and hatred of iniquity – “Thou lovest righteousness and hatest iniquity” – (Heb.1:9). Christ came to fulfill all righteousness, to bring in everlasting righteousness and He was righteous and holy in all His ways and works, without sin. He will be a holy example to His whole Empire when He comes back to reign.
Picture His scepter with righteousness written on it. One of His crowns will be the high priest’s mitre engraved with “holiness to the Lord,” for He will be both a holy king and a holy priest after the order of Melchizedek. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth… and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” – (Jer.23:5,6). But the wicked world didn’t want a ‘righteous Savior’ the first time He came and so they won’t want a righteous King when He comes back the second time, they will make war with Him to prevent His coming and try to kill Him again.
The chief priests said unto Pilate – “We can have no king but Caesar.” They threw off all pretense of believing the Bible and cried out that Caesar is their only King. They will not be ruled by a righteous king but by a sinful Caesar. This is the cry of the vast majority of the world’s people and their religion and it will very soon, in these end times, enthrone the last Caesar, the Antichrist-Beast and worship his image. In the days of Samuel, Israel said – “Make us a king to judge us like all nations” and God’s response was – “Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” – (I Sam.8). So it was with their rebellious descendants, when they rejected Christ as king, and chose Caesar instead.
It is not the verdict of the Jews alone, but it is the verdict of the whole world – they have gotten very tired of Caesar, true. And, as we see by their fitful movements every now and then, would feign get rid of him – like your democratic republic here in the U.S. They are always crying, “Give us better government,” but all they do is with doubtful betterment, to divide him up into many little Caesars. Better they think, because weaker, and with divided interests, so that the balance of power may secure even weights of justice. But it never works for long because sinners reject righteous rulers because they reject Christ – and sinners will always before long desire a wicked Caesar, an emperor. Modify it, rename it, disguise it as you please, the reign of Caesar is the only alternative to sinners who reject Christ the king. How many votes would a presidential candidate get today if he ran on a plank of righteousness? But righteousness will characterize Christ’s eternal kingdom.
Our nation is going deeper and deeper into great sin and is saying in their hearts- “We will not have righteous Christ reign over U.S.” They are rejecting Christ. And consequently we are turning our sinful hearts to welcoming a Caesar to rule over U.S. – “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” – (Prov.14:34). When sin reigns in the heart eventually and surely a wicked king will rule over a people. “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” – (Rom.6:12). Sin is likened to an old monarch that can only be defeated by the new birth in Christ. Sin expresses itself through the organs of the body and through this channel reigns in the natural, carnal, unsaved man. But the saved man is set free from the reign of sin – he’s an emancipated believer. The Lord Jesus said – “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin… If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” – (Jn.8:34,36). Our nation’s freedom and liberty didn’t come from a piece of paper called the ‘Constitution’, it came from the Holy Spirit in a Godly remnant of people in our nation. And because we have turned our backs on Christ and righteousness, our old monarch like our old King of England is returning with a vengeance – the Emperor Beast will rule over us. He is called the “mystery of iniquity” and “that wicked” in (2 Thes.2) and will rule over a wicked world. People get the kind of ruler they deserve.
When you’re not saved sin reigns in your body, it rules over you, it has dominion over your life, and your master is Satan. Their very lives attest to the fact that they will not have the righteous King Jesus rule over them and soon they will worship the wicked emperor Antichrist instead because that is where their heart is. This great beastly ruler causes many deaths. Our choice is to let sin reign and becoming a servant of sin or letting righteousness reign and being free – “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord’ – (Rom.5:21). Choosing sin and rejecting Christ will cause this nation to go into bondage to a king. Their will be no free elections very soon.
I see the hook-up between these three words – reign, rein and rain. It is written in (Jer.17:9,10) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” And God tells that woman Jezebel in the church of Thyatira who was teaching spiritual fornication and getting the people to commit idolatry – “And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts; and I will give unto every one of you according to your works’ – (Rev.2:23). And the word is ‘reins’ not ‘minds’ like the New International Perversion of the Bible says. Never correct God’s Word – let it correct you. It’s “profitable for correction” – (2 Tim.3:16).
Reins mean (straps fastened to a bit by which a rider controls an animal). – (A restraining influence) – (Controlling power). In the Bible it means to control and rein in your sinful ways, not to give full reins to sin in your life. It means not to let sin reign in your body – “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” – (Rom.6:12). James gives us the same analogy when he teaches on controlling the tongue – “Behold, we put bits in the horse’s mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body” – (Jam.3:3). The straps fastened to the bit are the reins – amen. If we don’t rein in our sinful, wicked ways in the U.S., in the name of security, we will lose our liberty and freedom and the Beast will reign over us. The reins of government – amen.
The Lord promises a curse of no rain upon a wicked nation like U.S. “And then the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand that they may be as frontlets between your eyes” – (Du.11:17,18). If we don’t reign in our sinful ways and stop sin from reigning in our bodies, God will shut up the heaven and there will be no rain. And He will send the wicket Beast to reign over U.S. and the mark of the beast to control us – 666. If we don’t put the Bible in our hand and in our mind, then soon will come the mark of the Beast in our hand and in our forehead. God will give us a king in His vengeance.
But God’s grace and love will still be here during the great tribulation and God sends two Elijahs to shut up the heaven that it rain not in the days of their prophecy – 1260 days – (Rev.11). These two witnesses preach during this time of no rain to get people to repent of their wicked sins and turn by faith to Christ for forgiveness and remission of sins and get saved and born again. Then the Beast is allowed to kill them, but they resurrect from death and rapture up to heaven. The reign, rein and rain all come together during the great tribulation when the Beast reigns over the earth.
We must turn back to King Jesus the Righteous and let Him rule over U.S. We must turn away from sin and turn to righteousness or the wrath of God will surely fall upon U.S. Our sins will cause us to lose our freedom and put us in bondage to the Emperor Beast. Are you washed from your sins in the atoning blood of God’s dear Son on the cross – the perfect, supreme sacrifice for sin? Repent of your sins and by faith in Christ receive the imputed righteousness of Christ. “For he hath made him to be sin of us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteous of God in him” – (2 Cor.5:21). When you become a saved, born again, righteous saint then you’re destined to rule and reign with Christ as a king and priest in His righteous kingdom on earth. God’s amazing grace died for you on the cross. Don’t spurn the greatest of gifts – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ – (Rom.6:23).
Be saved by Christ our Righteous Savior and King,
Or wicked Antichrist will reign over you.
Believe the Gospel of the Kingdom.
P.S. – And use the King’s (KJV) Bible – it’s scriptural – (Du.17:18).
Pastor Mike Storti
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