“…He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:1-8).
The above scripture is the Lord speaking thru the mouth of the prophet Isaiah about the Messiah, Jesus Christ. I think that it is very interesting that in this scripture and others similar to this one that Jesus is always described as being hated, rejected, and despised. This appears odd to me because on any given Sunday in any metropolis (and many small towns too), everybody sings about how much they ‘love’ the Lord. In my hometown, Chicago it is legal to double park on some streets during church services.
I find that many people do not even truly understand who Jesus was and what he plans to do when he returns. Yes, he as the Lamb of God, meek and lowly, and riding on an ass (Matthew 21:1-5/John 12:12-16); But when he returns, it will be as the Lion of Judah; with swords of flaming fire. (/Revelation 5:1-5 / 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)
Chavez's choice; Will it be democracy or dictatorship for Venezuela?(Focus): An article from: Winnipeg Free Press
Contrary to what is taught (or what we are persuaded to believe) in most sermons, Jesus will return to this earth to rule with a rod of Iron; Not to pet us on the head, and beg us to do right. (Revelation 19:10-16)
A Republic (the U.S is technically a Republic NOT a democracy) is:
A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.
Likewise a dictatorship is: a form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small clique b: a government organization or group in which absolute power is so concentrated http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictatorship
Now that we have the definitions out of the way let’s look to the Bible and see which definition more closely resembles the government of God.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder… Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end” (Isaiah 9:6-7). Doesn’t sound very democratic. We switch leaders every 4 yrs.
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44).
Never be destroyed; not be left to other people. That means he won’t be impeached, retire, or gracefully bow out.
“…one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven... And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).
Sounds more like an Imperial Empire than a democratic republic.
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1-2).
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“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-3).
Even the wise men from the East (Magi?) knew who Jesus was… “King of The Jews!” Notice they didn’t come looking for their personal savior.
Peru in Crisis: Dictatorship or Democracy? (Woodrow Wilson Center Current Studies on Latin America)
Not to mention the fact that more often than not the Gospel is described as the coming of the Kingdom Of God .
LET IT BE KNOWN: The Lord, whom we call Jesus; The Christ WILL Invade this earth and proceed to take it over.
And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
"And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth… And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles” ().
Verse 12 sounds like nuclear and/or biological warfare. When Zechariah was prophesying this, what were the weapons capable of causing that type of damage? Nowadays there are all kinds of weapons designed to do this very thing.
In verse 16-18 it mentions the feast of tabernacles. Have you ever even Heard of the Feast of Tabernacles? I was 17yrs old by the time I did. And I didn’t find out about the Feast by studying the sermon. Why have we not been taught about this feast in our church denominations????
Genesis 49:8-10 / Hosea 5:10-15 (Lion of Judah)
Psalm 2:1-9 / Revelation 2:25-29 (rod of Iron)
Joel 3:1-17 (The war of Armageddon… The invasion of The Christ)