He Shall Abolish All Rule and Authority

(Ezekiel 39:17-18; Daniel 4:17, 7:27; 1 Corinthians 15:25)

The Psalmist wrote, “Why do the Nations rage so furiously together … against the Lord and His anointed?”1Psalm 2:2 And to the Son, He said, “You shall rule them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them to pieces as a potter’s vessel.”2Psalm 2:9

Thus, Jesus said, “He who overcomes, to him I will give him authority over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron.”3Rev 2:26-27

An angel told King Nebuchadnezzar that he must become as a beast in the field until seven times passed over him, so that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men.4Dan 4:17

The prophet Daniel described the four beasts that persecuted the saints and exercised their power as they saw fit, but he said, “The greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.”5Dan 7:27 By “given to the people” he meant democracy. After the Reformation, all the kingdoms of Europe that persecuted the saints became democratic states.

The apostle Paul said that the end would come “when He has abolished all rule and authority and power … for He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.”61Co 15:25 This is dramatically illustrated in Revelation 19. The Rider on the White Horse has a name written on His thigh: “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”7Rev 19:16 The saints who fly in mid-heaven “eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men.”8Rev 19:18 This signifies the eating of their authority, just as the ten kings of Europe ate the flesh of the great harlot.9Rev 17:16 The great supper of the saints was first prophesied in Ezekiel 39. Ezekiel said the birds of the air would “eat the flesh of the mighty, drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams and lambs, of goats and bulls.”10Ezek 39:18

Before Satan is released, the last enemies that will be destroyed are the beast and the false prophet, who will be thrown into the lake of fire.11Rev 19:20