The Rod of Iron

Rev. 19
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.”

These passages are revealing the Living Word, Jesus Christ. He strikes the nations with the sword which comes out of His mouth. It is the Word that judges all things. We want to look carefully at verse 16. Verses 15 and 16 are inseparable. On His thigh and on His robe a name is written, King of kings, and Lord of lords. Verse 13 says His name is called the word of God. The Lordship of Jesus Christ and the Word manifested are one and the same. When the sword that strikes down the nations is manifested, the ruling with a rod of iron is manifested simultaneously.

At the present time the Lord is exposing the false and establishing the true. It is Christ’s Lordship, manifested through His word, that accomplishes this. All of Christianity is mingled with the false. The false is that which refuses to submit to His Lordship. This is the meaning behind the following passages in Mat. 7.

 

21 ¶  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

22  “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

23  “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Notice how these passages begin with, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ . . .” Verse 22 is an indictment of Christianity today. Many works are done in Christ’s name. Such works are not the criteria for entering the kingdom of heaven on the level in which it is now being manifested. It is the submission to Christ’s Lordship that is the entrance. 1st Cor. 12 states that no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. This is a tricky statement because people use the term “Jesus is Lord” every day. It is uttered constantly in Christianity. The Lordship of Jesus Christ means His dominion is supplanting everything of Adam, both in us and in the earth. Christ is not truly Lord over us until the work of the cross has its way in our lives. The Adamic nature is extremely deceptive and is much like a chameleon. It can take on the outer appearance of Christ very easily. The Adamic nature is very religious at its root.  It is important to realize that these are not deliberate attempts by Christians to deceive. The deception is inherent in the very nature of Adam. The religious nature of Adam can do many things in its observance of Christ. It is amazing how much Adam will suffer for the name of Christ, but he does so because it is a means of staying alive. This is the realm of lawlessness that verse 23 speaks of. The inward self-life of Adam must be crucified to truly say Jesus is Lord. This is why Paul says it is only by the Holy Spirit that one can say such a thing. When the phrase, “Jesus is Lord,” is spoken by the Holy Spirit, it means an inner work of the Spirit is being done in that individual.

In the parable of the sower Jesus explained to His disciples that there would be an expulsion of everything lawless in His kingdom.

Mat. 13
40  “So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.

41  “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,

42  and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

43  “Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

It is at the end of an age and the beginning of a new one that this parable is applied. We are entering a new day of the kingdom of God. This the explanation behind Jesus saying not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven. With each new day of the kingdom of God that opens, Christ’s Lordship is established for that “day.” We are entering the day of the Rod of Iron. Because Christianity has not embraced His Lordship, but instead has operated in a lawless state, i.e. every man doing what is right in his own sight, it easily misconstrues the true gospel of the kingdom (Mat. 24:14). The Adamic nature will squirm and cry “foul” every time it is confronted. It will hurl accusations of legalism, and ironically, religiosity. Paul writes in Phil. 2:

9  For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10  so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11  and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus is not Lord over our lives until His nature begins to be formed in us. This is through His manifestation as the Living Word. Embracing and dying on a living word creates Christ’s own nature in us. It is His nature that proclaims Jesus is Lord.

Jesus Christ is coming forth today as the Living Word. It is significant that the passages concerning Him ruling the nations with a rod of iron embrace both Christ and those who overcome in Him.

Rev. 2
26  And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations — 

27  ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ —  as I also have received from My Father;

28  “and I will give him the morning star.

29  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

 These passages correspond with our text from Rev. 19.

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.

The living word of Christ is being spoken today through vessels that God has prepared. The living word is not utterances from the mouths of those still in a lawless state. Christ, the Word, is being spoken through those who are coming under His Lordship. It is an ongoing work. The deeper His life penetrates into our spirits, supplanting Adam, the deeper is His word through our mouths. It is easy to call Jesus “Lord” from a lawless state. From the state of lawlessness there is no accountability except to our own private interpretations of who the Lord is. Christianity is full of its own private interpretations. The Pharisees and religious folks at Jesus’ first coming did not stumble over His teachings until He implied that it was the Father ministering through Him.

John 10
32  Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?”

33  The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”

It is Christ’s Lordship, made manifest in His sons, that will cause Christianity to persecute them. The Adamic nature’s pride will not abide such a manifestation. This is happening now. Seemingly good, sincere Christians will bristle when confronted with His Lordship being manifested in another. This is the exposure of the false.

When Jesus ministered at His first coming, it was observed that He spoke as one having authority, and not as one of the Scribes. Christ’s Lordship is ministered with authority, and this is what causes the religious, Adamic nature to stumble. As long as teachings and prophecies, etc., are evasive, all is well. But Christ’s Lordship is the Rod of Iron and there is no bend or compromise in it. To those who are submitting to the Rod of Iron, grace upon grace is poured out like water. It is through the Rod of Iron that the love relationship that our hearts have yearned for is created. Only outwardly does His rod appear austere and demanding.

It is the day of establishing the True. The Lordship of Jesus Christ is the plumb line.

2 thoughts on “The Rod of Iron

  1. Adam is the manifestation of the lawless spirit, and Adam will never submit on his own to the Lord. The lawless spirit is deeply intertwined in our subconscious. We of and by ourselves are never willing to open our heart before the Lord.

    Humility and grace are of paramount importance.

  2. This word comes with perfect timing and answers to the truth and righteousness that is being revealed in this day/age. This is a wake up call – many are under a strong delusion by the very spirit of antichrist because they have not loved the truth and have never submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. There others are being led astray by this same spirit speaking that Jesus is only our elder brother and not the Lord of Glory. May the rod of correction come forth and establish truth and righteousness in the hearts of those who are in this deception.

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