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The King of Kings 

Who is reigning on November 7th, and 8th, and 9th?

First Timothy 6.15

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • November 6, In the year of our Lord, 2016

Prelude

  1. Uncertain waters call for an anchor for the soul 
    1. that you might know you shall survive the storms of life.
    2. In Hebrews 6,
      1. the writer wanted us to know just how secure our anchor is with Christ.
      2. The writer explained that God gave two things
        1. His counsel and
        2. His oath
          1. that whatever He has promised to us,
          2. He shall fulfill in Christ.
      3. Having such assurances from the God of heaven, the writer said,

        19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil… (Heb 6.19).
  2. Politics can give us great assurances, or 
    1. politics can twist our stomachs into knots.
    2. This year is one of the latter.
      1. However, if you keep your eyes in the right place,
      2. you will do well and you shall win,

        1 …let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, … (Heb 12.1–2).
  3. Let me remind you of who is running the show, who is King of kings. 

Persuasion

  1. Artaxerxes, King of Kings

    12 Artaxerxes, king of kings (Ezra 7.12).

    1. Artaxerxes was to some degree
      1. the king of kings in those days, for
      2. he was king of the Medo-Persian Empire,
        1. the superpower of its day.
        2. Therefore, he did have more power than any other king on Earth.
    2. Three kings of ancient Persia, modern Iran, had this name:
      1. Artaxerxes I son of Xerxes I, reigned 465–425 bc.
      2. Artaxerxes II son of Darius II, reigned 404–358 bc.
      3. Artaxerxes III son of Artaxerxes II, reigned 358–338 bc.
        1. My point is not to identify which one appears in the Book of Ezra,
        2. although it was the first one listed, but
          1. to note that all of them had reigns
          2. with a beginning and with an ending.
    3. Unless you read the Bible or study history,
      1. you may have never even heard of any of these rulers of Persia.
      2. You see, the Artaxerxes of the Book of Ezra died.
        1. When he did live,
        2. he only reigned over the Persian Empire, and
          1. the nations that Persia conquered.
          2. Look at this map of the Persian Empire at its greatest extent.
  2. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Kings

    7 “For thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people” (Eze 26.7).

    37 “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory…” (Dan 2.37).

    1. Listen again as Daniel spoke to Nebuchadnezzar of a dream the latter had,

      37 “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all…  (Dan 2.37–38).
    2. Daniel told the king that the massive tree he saw in a dream represented him,

      20 “The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heavens and which could be seen by all the earth, 21 whose leaves were lovely and its fruit abundant, in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and in whose branches the birds of the heaven had their home— 22 it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth” (Dan 4.20–22).
    3. Later, Daniel reminded Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson,

      18 “O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom and majesty, glory and honor. 19 And because of the majesty that He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whomever he wished, he executed; whomever he wished, he kept alive; whomever he wished, he set up; and whomever he wished, he put down (Dan 5.18–19).
    4. Truly, among men and the kingdoms of men,
      1. during the 7th and 6th centuries bc,
      2. Nebuchadnezzar was king of kings.
        1. No other king on Earth surpassed him during his days.
        2. Look at the extent of his kingdom…
    5. Yet, here is the thing: Where is Nebuchadnezzar today?
      1. He certainly is not on the Earth.
      2. Based on his confession of the reign of God,
        1. there is a good chance that Nebuchadnezzar made it to heaven, for
        2. he had an experience that taught him who is the true King of kings,

          34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:

          For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
          And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
          35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
          He does according to His will in the army of heaven
          And among the inhabitants of the earth.
          No one can restrain His hand
          Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

          36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down (Dan 4.34–37).

          1. As great as Nebuchadnezzar had been as a king among men,
          2. as great as Artaxerxes had also been as a king among men, and
          3. as great as any ruler,
            1. whether king, pharaoh, dictator, or president
            2. has been while leading a nation on the Earth,
              1. not one of them could be crowned
              2. as Nebuchadnezzar had finally recognized of our God:
                1. “The King of Heaven,”
                2. making Him, King of kings!
    6. Daniel 4 shows that Nebuchadnezzar had to learn who is in charge.
      1. Even God’s people need to learn this lesson.
      2. Who do you think is in charge of America?
        1. Whatever happens November 8th,
          1. God either allowed it to happen, or
          2. He caused it to happen.
        2. What if the new president goes against the laws of God?
          1. Even as the kings of Judah broke God’s laws, and
          2. even as He used Nebuchadnezzar to punish His people,
            1. so God can use either candidate to teach us some lessons.
            2. Will we learn?
    7. You became a Christian because you believed
      1. that Jesus is Lord,
      2. which means Jesus is King of kings.
        1. Will that still be true November 9th, 2016?
        2. Will that still be true January 20th, 2017?
          1. Do we have our faith in this great nation that we have built? Or
          2. Should not our faith be in Him who enabled us to build it?
  3. Jesus, King of Kings

    15 …He…is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords… (1Ti 6.15).

    14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings… (Rev 17.14).

    16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Rev 19.16).

    1. Jesus is the King of kings, because
      1. He is the only Potentate.
      2. He appoints national leaders.
        1. He reigns simply because He exists.
          1. We did not vote Him in,
          2. we cannot vote Him out.
            1. The Constitution does not give Him power.
            2. He gave us the Constitution.
              1. All kings and all lords
              2. shall bow down before Him someday.
        2. He continues to reign long after earthly kings have ceased.
    2. Revelation chapters 17 and 19 show that the world fights Him relentlessly.
      1. However, He still reigns and
      2. all kings who have opposed Him,
        1. have vanished from the Earth and in some cases,
        2. they have vanished from memory.
          1. As Revelation 17.14 prophesies,
          2. He overcomes any who war against Him, because
            1. He is King of kings, and
            2. His followers reign with Him.
    3. When the Jews and the Romans crucified the King of kings,
      1. they put a sign above Him,

        26 And the inscription of His accusation was written above:
        THE KING OF THE JEWS.
        (Mark 15.26)
      2. However, Revelation 19.16 said
        1. that on His robe and on His thigh you will find written,
        2. King of kings and Lord of lords!
          1. He wears it right on His clothing and right on His body.
          2. He declares Himself to be more than the King of the Jews,
            1. He is the ultimate King, for
            2. He reigns over them all;
              1. He made them all kings, and
              2. they shall answer to Him.
    4. Revelation 21 reveals something that we normally do not discuss.
      1. For some reason, when we look at the picture of the heavenly city,
        1. we note its foundations,
        2. we see the walls,
        3. we observe gates made out of pearls, and
        4. that street of gold really gets our attention.
      2. However, also note what verse 24 says,

        24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it (Rev 21.24).

        1. I do not know what exactly that entails, but
        2. as glorious as Heaven already is,
          1. the Lord will add to it
          2. with the glory and honor that earthly kings
            1. will bring to the heavenly kingdom.
            2. They contribute to His kingdom because He made theirs.

Exhortation

  1. Everyday of your life remember that Jesus is the King of kings. 
    1. Regardless of what happens here, He reigns.
    2. Jesus reigned as King of kings during
      1. the Revolution,
      2. the Civil War,
      3. World War I,
      4. the Great Depression,
      5. World War II, and
        1. during the administrations of every single one of our presidents, and
        2. He shall continue to run the show during the administration of our new president.
  2. Do you believe He has been reigning and shall continue to reign? 
    1. If you believe that He has and shall continue,
    2. be sure to put your heavenly citizenship above your earthly citizenship.
      1. Who do you believe is greater?
        1. Any of the presidential candidates? Or
        2. Jesus of Nazareth?