The Christ, Human King

Christ is a word that describes a human King. Since there are many kings on our planet, it is correct to say that there are many Christ’s. However, the Bible declares the coming of a CHIEF KING, ‘The Messiah’, a one and only Hebrew ‘King of kings’.

In the picture above, on the left is a sculpture of Israel’s King David as imagined by a 16th century Catholic artist in Paris. On the right, is the Cyrus cylinder, an ancient clay Royal propaganda declaration written in Akkadian cuneiform script. This small bread loaf sized cylinder was discovered near Baghdad in a village called JimJuma among temple ruins in 1879AD. It’s inscription shocked the Biblical world. More on this incredible archeological find later so stick with it and keep reading.

As Jews and Christians know, Israel’s Messiah was a foretold deliverer who would be ‘King of Israel’. This man was in every way to be like David, the man after God’s own heart, yet He was to usher in the Messianic age, an age of peace and prosperity.

Curiously, in the prophetic book of Isaiah, a puzzling passage has disturbed Biblical Scholars since the advent of biblical criticism; the Cyrus prophecy of 690 BC! It foretold a Messiah to be raised up by God for the purpose of restoring the Spiritual Kingdom of Israel.

Isaiah 45:1-5 Thus says the LORD to his anointed [MESSIAH], to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed: 2 “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 4 For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. 5 I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me

Sidebar: The name Cyrus (Persian: Koresh) is prophetically written by Isaiah 150 years prior to the events of 539 BC. It is the only prophecy in scripture that literally names an individual before he is born [Cyrus the Christ-King].  Here God demonstrates His omniscient foreknowledge and inviolable predestined plan to bring about the release of Israel from Babylon’s grip (slavery/captivity). God even identifies the attack plan by stating that the ‘doors and bars’ will be broken open and cut through, allowing Babylon and it’s crown Prince, Belshazzar, to be subdued by a division of Cyrus’ army without a long and protracted fight. It will be an ‘easy jail break’.

This is exactly what happened as Prince Belshazzar and his drunken compatriots watched as the ‘handwriting on the wall’ was interpreted by Daniel the prophet (Daniel 5:25-26).  Simultaneously, Cyrus’ Captain “Darius the Mede” with a mass of Persian troops came through the unguarded gates of Babylon, mysteriously unprotected and left wide open. Belshazzar lost his life that very night after a National drunken festival was being celebrated at his unguarded palace where the vessels of the Hebrew Temple were being used in contemptible disrespect.

Most modern Bible scholars believe the Isaiah 45 passage above was written after the events of 539 BC due to the prophecy’s incredible accuracy and predestined nature. They are wrong of course, as usual.

Rembrandt’s ‘Handwriting on the Wall’ Painting:  Mene Mene Tekle Upharsin:
A proverb about counting money

On the Cyrus cylinder which is a  secular history of Babylon, the titles of Cyrus are mentioned. Midway through the Akkadian Cuneiform text, the writer switches to a first-person narrative in the voice of Cyrus, addressing the reader directly.

Cyrus announces “I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, powerful king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, King of the four quarters (the entire earth)…the perpetual seed of kingship…”

In ancient Persian and Babylonian tradition, if one was King of the earth he was called “Shah ‘en shah”, that is, “King of kings”. Nebuchadnezzar, the previous King of Babylon that conquered Israel and took captive the young 12 year old Daniel in 605BC, had this verbal epithet from Daniel when he desperately needed help with the metal man dream that disturbed him greatly many years later.

Daniel 2:37 Thou, O king, art a King of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

In ancient terms, the title ‘King of kings’ is a synonym for World Emperor/Caesar. Notice above that God gave four gifts of dominion to Nebuchadnezzar, which are rightfully God’s, but can be delegated to a Christ:

  • A Kingdom (Dominion)
  • Power          (Victory & Control)
  • Strength     (Authority)
  • Glory           (Respect & Recognition)

Sidebar: Nebuchadnezzar eventually went insane with pride, foolishly believing that his Kingdom and Power were somehow a result of his own brilliance. Before he repented of this notion, he found himself eating grass like an animal (Dan 5:18-21). Belshazzar was told this story by Daniel immediately before the Medo-Persian army entered through the unguarded gates of Babylon.

As we see then, Belshazzar’s dominion belonged to God and after it had served God’s purposes, God gave it to Persian King Cyrus. Please note that this worldly domain is God’s to give and it was used to chastise the Spiritual Kingdom of Israel. Of course, the Kingdoms of the world (Babylon/Medo-Persian/Greek/Roman) have been subdued by Satan and sin and do not include the heavenly Kingdom where God alone reigns. Our takeaway from all of this is that ‘every Kingdom has a Christ’, a Supreme ruler over subjects who respond to His monarchy.

Thus, there are two Kingdoms; one a Kingdom of forced obeisance ruled by lies, pride and greed [World], the other one of voluntary submission, ruled by righteousness, peace, justice, and joy [Heaven].

This brings us to King Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ ruler of Israel.

In lineage, Jesus was the ‘son’ or ancestor of Israel’s King David. But unlike Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus before Him, Jesus’ Messianic rule was different; His Kingdom and thus His title ‘The Christ’, was not over a ‘worldly domain’. He had already been tempted by Satan with the fleshly rule of world Kingdoms after His baptism. No, King Jesus’ subjects would not use swords and staves to defend or attack those they disagreed with. Politics and Holy War Crusades would not be the vehicle for furthering the Kingdom of Heaven.

That Jesus was a King, a Christ, fills the pages of scripture. Like all Kings, Jesus is interested in His dominion and realm progressing it to its predetermined end state.

Let’s examine what others said about Jesus Kingdom and His Messiahship.

  • The Magi asked, “where is He that is born King of the Jews…we have seen His star in the east… we are come to worship Him”.
  • Nathaniel, Peter, Mary sister of Lazarus, and others declared “Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King [Christ] of Israel”.
  • Devils upon being cast out of people declared “Thou art Christ the Son of God”.
  • He refused to be made (worldly) a King by the common people after feeding 5,000 of them with loaves and fishes.  These people recognized Him as the prophet foretold by Moses.
  • Pilate asked Jesus if He was ‘King of the Jews’. Jesus said, “thou hast said…to this end I was born…My Kingdom is not of this world”.
  • At His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, His disciples acknowledged Him as King of Zion fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 that declared the King of the Jews would enter Jerusalem on a foal of an ass, in meekness. The people waved palm branches and shouted Psalm 118:25-26, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD”.
  • False witnesses accused Jesus with this statement “We found this fellow perverting the nation and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King”.
  • The Roman soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus head inaugurating Him with “Hail King of the Jews”.
  • Pilate asked the Jews at Passover, “do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” The crowd answered, “We have no King [Christ] but Caesar”. Pilate responded, “What should I do to the one you call the King of the Jews?” They responded, “Crucify Him”. After Pilate scourged Jesus he said to the Jews “Behold your King”.
  • Pilate set a placard over Jesus’ head on the cross that stated, “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews” in Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
  • The unbelieving Jews taunted Jesus on the cross by saying “Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross that we may see and believe”.

[Matthew 2:2/16:18/21:5 /27:37     Mark 15:9,12,18,26,32      Luke 4:41/19:38/23:2,38      John 1:49/6:14-15,69/11:27/12:13-15/18:33-37, 39/19:3,14-21]

As we see, Jesus purchased His Kingdom with His own blood. His coronation ceremony was initiated with rejection by the corrupt money driven priesthood of the 2nd Temple.  When Jesus arrived at the eastern gate of the city on a donkey (foretold in Zechariah 9:9) near Passover 33 AD, He was right on time (time of visitation) as Daniel stated in the restoration Prophecy of Daniel 9:24-28.

After being refused coronation, Jesus in anger cast out the ‘money changing bankers and merchant businessmen’ from the Temple precinct whose wealth had bought them a place of prestige and commerce in the Temple Courts (Many clergy today would be remiss about removing these admired important fellows from their Church boardrooms).

This Kingdom of the Spirit (which began with the Kingdom of Israel) is a heavenly realm. It is a Kingdom of Priests.

Only the Spirit of God can rule humanity righteously in Divine compassion, with the leadership attributes of Divine Wisdom (the Word) being the necessary ingredient.

Worldly rulership and leadership methods always result in division caused by those being ruled rebelling from authority or oppression caused by those ruling the ruled. These are the two carnal devices or weapons of Satan and his only means of destroying the Kingdom of Jesus.

The Kingdom of Heaven is at war with a vanquished foe, who relies upon deception versus strength to win battles. As every Christian should know, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2 Cor 10:4).

Sidebar: The Two Strongholds of Satan that defeat Unity.  Division is anchored in bitterness, ordained by a stubborn spirit that refuses to forgive and reconcile; the royal law of love and followership of Christ. Oppression on the other hand is based upon pride, the idolatrous self-love that insists on controlling and putting down others through self-centeredness.  These rulers often oppress for financial gain, fleecing versus feeding their flocks.

It is well known that the term ‘Christ’ belonged solely to a King ordained to rule as God’s human surrogate. This delegated power gave the human Christ divine status as God’s representative. This delegated power is effective until the all rebellion from God’s authority is vanquished.

Although Jesus Christ is a man and is human in every way, He was elevated to the ‘Right Hand’ of God (right hand is the place of power and authority) where He is entrusted with all ‘power’ including the power to give eternal life to flesh (Matthew 28:18, John 17:2), He is also unique in that He is the natural ‘Son of God’ not an ‘adopted Son of God’. No other Christ of God could make this claim in the same sense as Jesus.

In ancient cultures, the Kingship was the office that belonged to God Himself before being delegated to sub-authorities. In His plan and benevolence, God raises up temporal human leaders to occupy His office. In OT prophecy, this pattern continues until the ‘Son of God’ arrives and rightly occupies the ‘Earthly Throne of Israel’ belonging to God (Psalm 2:7, Psalm 110:1-4). Thus, Jesus is the ‘awaited Messiah’, the Christ-King, the first born Son of the Living God.

This idea explains Jesus question to the Pharisees and Scribes.

Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no man was able to answer him a word…

Mark 12:35-38 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly. 38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes…

Notice the question above in the two passages that Jesus asked the Pharisees.  How can the Messiah be both the LORD of David and yet David’s son?

This question is designed to prove the idea that the Jewish Messiah would not just be the ‘son of man’ like Cyrus or David, but that ‘the foretold Messiah’ would also be the ‘Son of the one God, YHWH’.  Jesus knew that this revelation had been lost to the Jews of the 2nd Temple period.

Afraid to go against their religious tradition, the Scribes and Pharisees would not answer Jesus when He questioned them on this. Oh, how strong and fearful is theological tradition when a simple question and scripture put small men to silence. As Jesus said, beware of such men (Colossians 2:8).

In conclusion, Jesus was not an ‘adopted son’ as were former Kings of Israel and chosen world Emperors (Caesar’s, political rulers) . Jesus was and is a true genetic offspring of God the Father. In other words, Jesus the man was engendered, sired, and bred into the seed of a woman by the Holy Spirit.

Now if you can admit that Jesus is a human being with two parents, then you can admit that He is born a King with two lineages; one Davidic, one Divine.

Unlike Adam who was formed of the ground or Eve, who was taken out of Adam, Jesus was sired, begotten, the first born Son of God.

Now consider that there is something numinous, even something very mysterious about Jesus conception. He was not begotten by a physical consummation of human love as are most other people, test tube fertilizations being excepted.

Note that Jesus’ conception was first spoken by the ‘Word of God’ at the beginning of time and then seeded by the ‘Holy Spirit’ at the fulness of time, with the willful cooperation of a young virgin, who was overshadowed (adumbrated).

Matthew 1:18-20 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary … she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then …20 … the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

John 3:6 That which is born [gennao] of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born [gennao] of the Spirit is spirit.

[Consider that flesh begets flesh.  Also, Spirit begets Spirit.  What is begotten when Spirit and Flesh beget?  That is the mystery unexplained by scripture.]

Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

John 1:14 And the Word was made [ginomai] flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

[Jesus humanity was a product of Spirit and virgin BEGETTING/PROCREATION.  However, the “Word of God” is MADE/CREATED into that flesh.  This is what gives Jesus Divinity.]

gennaō ghen-nah-o Matt 1:20, John 3:6   to procreate (properly of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively to regenerate: – bear, beget, be born, bring forth, conceive, be delivered of, gender, make, spring.

ginomai ghin-om-ahee John 1:14  to cause to be (“gen”-erate), that is, to become (come into being), be done, be finished, be found, be fulfilled, be made, be wrought. It implies a new beginning and marks the start of a new condition.We see that gennao is the same for conception and child birth. It indicates the act of procreation and the act of baby delivery. On the other hand, ginomai is similar to the Hebrew word, ‘hayah’ {let there be} but qualified: to be what has not been before.

Since the scripture cannot be abrogated and must be true, we realize that Jesus engenderment as the ‘Son of God’ means that He is not just an ordinary man. Since Jesus is a human ‘Son of God’, He is like us in every way.  However, Jesus becomes ‘hybrid’ which might begin to describe the wonder of Divinity (the Word) made flesh in humanity.

Truly, Jesus hybrid conception is impossible for men to understand without help and illumination from the Spirit of Truth. No human, scholar or philosopher can arrive at this knowledge without a revelation from the Spirit of Christ, from which He reveals the Father to whom He will. Some are disqualified from this knowledge (Matthew 11:25) whereas others are granted the privilege to know (Matthew 11:27).   Regardless of who knows it, we also know that it is impossible to describe a mystery of God with human language (1 Timothy 3:16)

Ps. A video on another incredible mystery

Sidebar: The Septuagint (Greek OT) renders Isaiah 45:1 as ‘To Cyrus, my Christ,’ i. e, my anointed. It properly means “the anointed,” and was a title which was commonly given to the Kings of Israel who were set apart to their office by the ceremony of anointing. Thus these Israelite Kings were called ‘the anointed of the Lord’ or in Greek, Christ’s.

Jesus warned His disciples that many false Christ’s, that is, worldly King Messiahs (religious or Caesar-ish) would come after His resurrection, even showing great signs and wonders. These signs and wonders would be so subtle that many would be deceived into believing in the false Messiah. However, not the ‘elect’ remnant.  They shall look for a Divine King of kings with holes in His hands a wound in His side.

In Shia Islam, the 12th Imam, Muhammad al Mahdi, is central to the deliverance of the Moslem faithful and the destruction of the infidels. He is the false Messiah, a religious Caesar of Islam.

Matthew 24:5; 23-27 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many… 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not

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