FRIDAY, APRIL 1
Scripture: Revelation 1:5,6
We are told in Revelation 1:5,6, “…from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” There are two words that pop out in verses 5 and 6, and have to grab the heart of any believer. The first, in verse 5, is that Jesus is the Ruler over the kings of the earth. The second, in verse 6, is He bought and paid for dominion forever and ever. Ultimate rule belongs to God. It does not belong to civil government. It does not belong to any government instituted by man. It belongs to the living God and to no other. Romans 13:1-4 encourages us to submit to civil government but only when it does not violate God’s Ordained Law. When we encounter conflict, we must agree with Peter & John in Acts 4:19, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.” When antichrist-motivated politicians lead government, conflict is inevitable—welcome to the end-time church. A very prophetic friend called to relate, she had just awakened in the middle of the night in a sweat, and God spoke this: “If the church has submitted to civil government, who will hear My voice and who will guide My people?” We submit for conscience sake when government does not violate God’s Word. What voice are we listening to? The One who has the dominion forever and ever is the One in heaven – not the one in DC, Sacramento, Austin or any other nation’s capital. May we bring Kingdom Rule to our nations!