The divine order of the kingdom has yet to be manifested. We have seen shadows of it in the predominately soul realm as God has restored gifts and gift ministries over the years. The emphasis of Eph. 4 on apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers has brought much teaching on so-called divine order. The shepherding movement of some years past attempted to impose a “divine order” upon people. Some of these movements were well intentioned while others were blatant attempts at controlling others. But they all collapsed or are tottering under the weight of soul realm hierarchy.
The divine order of the kingdom will not be ministered through church age ministries, whether it be apostles, prophets, or any other office. The divine order of the kingdom of God will be established through sons functioning in Christ’s priesthood.
Let’s examine several passages of Scripture.
1 ¶ Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
7 ¶ “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
This psalm is the source from which Christ Himself quotes in the book of Revelation after His glorification.
26 ‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS;
27 AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father;
28 and I will give him the morning star.
1 ¶ A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
2 and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.
3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.
4 And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
11 ¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
From these passages we see that Christ’s authority over the nations is shared with those who overcome. It is not exclusively the Lord Jesus sitting on a throne somewhere dictating policy.
1 ¶ The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.
3 And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.
It is out of the realm of Zion that sons shall rule and reign. “The law will go forth from Zion…” While all this may seem theoretical at this time, it is already formed in the realm of spirit. There must be sons who continually reach into this realm and manifest it first in their own spirits. While the divine order of the kingdom will ultimately bring all the world under it’s dominion, it begins first among God’s people. This means everything that has existed in Christianity will come down as true order is established. Christianity has existed much like the days of the Judges with everyone doing what is right in his own sight (Judges 17). Various movements have attempted to establish what they see as divine order, succeeding only in suppressing people. Many have come out of church systems to be free, yet they too live as a law unto themselves, claiming allegiance only to the Lord Himself. This has been a necessity for many Christians who have yearned to breath free air out from beneath the stifling atmosphere of churchanity. Nevertheless, Christ cannot be separated from His sons. At some point the self life of even sincere Christians will be confronted. The Lord Himself will accomplish this as His kingdom unfolds. In the meantime, there must be those who “see” beyond the present state of Christianity, and begin to reach into greater spiritual realities.