Christ Rules with a Rod of Iron
In the scriptures there is a very strong correlation between the subject
of bondage and the biblical use of the metal, iron. At least four times
in the scriptures the term "rod of iron" is used:
1. Ps. 2:9 "Thou shalt break them
with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's
2. Rev. 2:27 "And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels
of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my
3. Rev. 12:5 "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all
nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to
4. Rev. 19:15 "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he
should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and
he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
The rod is used in the scriptures
as a symbol of God's authority, laws, and commandments. Therefore, the
term, "rod of iron," speaks to us about being bound to God's authority,
laws, and commandments.
Reference 2 above is a direct
quote from Reference 1 and should be interpreted based on the passage
found in Ps. 2:7-9: I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto
me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I
shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost
parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod
of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
Therefore, we conclude that both Ps. 2:9 and Rev. 2:27 have reference to
Christ, the Son of God. The heathen or nations in these two passages are
the children of God among the Gentiles or nations of the world.
The way the children of God are
broken in pieces by the "rod of iron" is as follows. When someone is
born of God, he has the laws of God written in his heart and in his mind
(Heb. 8:10; 10:16, 2 Cor. 3:3, Rom. 2:15, etc.). Furthermore, God sets
up a courtroom in the heart and mind of the born-again children of God.
He gives them the witness of the pure conscience of their heart that has
been sprinkled from an evil conscience (Heb. 10:22). Their thoughts
serve as both the prosecutor and defense attorney in this courtroom
(Rom. 2:15). Their heart is set up as the judge (1 John 3:20). With the
laws of God written in their heart and the conscience testifying unto
them of their sinful nature based on those laws, their mind begins to
accuse them and their heart condemns them. Thus, they are convicted in
the courtroom of their heart and mind. This conviction in their
experiences brings them into bondage to the law of sin and death. They
see themselves bound because of sin unto an eternal death.
An example of the above is found
both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The first example is
found in the experiences of the Prophet Isaiah: Is. 6:1-5, "In the year
that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high
and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the
seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and
with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried
unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the
whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the
voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said
I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I
dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen
the King, the LORD of hosts."
A New Testament example is
presented in Luke 18:10-14: "Two men went up into the temple to pray;
the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and
prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men
are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast
twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the
publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto
heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a
sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather
than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and
he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
When a child of God is convicted
of sin in the courtroom of his heart and mind, he has his pride and
self-righteousness dashed in pieces as a potter's vessel. He is humbled
and brought low to see his own sinfulness and wretchedness. Thanks be to
God that he also binds up where he breaks concerning his people:
1. Job 5:18 "For he maketh sore,
and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
2. Ps. 147:3 "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their
3. Is. 30:26 "Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of
the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of
seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his
people, and healeth the stroke of their wound." 4. Is. 61:1 "The spirit
of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach
good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of
the prison to them that are bound;"
5. Ez. 34:16 "I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that
which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will
strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the
strong; I will feed them with judgment."
Through the preaching of the
gospel of Jesus Christ, the children of God who before have seen
themselves as broken and bound by the laws of God now are enabled to see
that Christ hath redeemed them from the curse of the law and that they
have been made righteous through his redeeming blood. Whereas before
they saw themselves bound to the law of sin and death, they now can say
as Paul said in Rom. 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." There hearts
that were broken because of sin are now healed by the knowledge of the
covenant work of Jesus Christ on their behalf.
Not only is God the judge of his
people, but he is the judge of all the earth. All nations of people are
under the authority, laws, and commandments of God and are bound to
those laws and commandments. As stated in Rev. 12:5 "And she brought
forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and
her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." Nations are
measured by where they stand in relation to the adherence to the laws of
God. Ultimately they will be judged by the actions of the governments
and actions of their citizens. Ps. 9:17 "The wicked shall be turned into
hell, and all the nations that forget God." Numerous nations have ceased
to exist that turned their backs on God. God's fulfillment of the
promise to Abraham that his seed would possess the land of Canaan waited
till the time that those nations which were occupying the land were to
the point that God's judgment on them would be executed: Gen 15:16 "But
in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity
of the Amorites is not yet full."
God promised Abraham that he would
not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if he found as many as ten righteous
within the cities: Gen. 18:26 "And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom
fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for
their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken
upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou
destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there
forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again,
and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I
will not do it for forty's sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the
Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be
found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And
he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord:
Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not
destroy it for twenty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry,
and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found
there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake."
Likewise, Jerusalem was spared at
one time from judgment because of a very small remnant: Is. 1:9 "Except
the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have
been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah."
These things should be a warning to any nation that God means business.
There are many examples of where
judgment has come upon nations and cities because of the wickedness
contained therein. When those nations or cities forget God, then God
brings about judgment upon them as stated in Rev. 19:15 "And out of his
mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and
he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of
the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." Examples, include the world
before the flood; Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities of the plain; the
nations that occupied the land of Canaan before the children of Israel;
Babylon; Ninevah, etc. The oldest continual government on the face of
the earth today is less than 300 years old. That government is the
United States. Notice I did not say the oldest continual nation, but the
oldest continual government. Governments have been overthrown as well as
nations and cities. God does indeed rule the nations with a rod of iron!
Goliath and Iron
There is a strong correlation in the scriptures between the subject of
bondage and the biblical use of the metal, iron. This correlation is
illustrated in the story of the Philistine named Goliath of Gath. The
armor of Goliath is described to us in detail in 1 Samuel chapter 17.
The following description is given of the weight and makeup of Goliath's
spear: v. 7 "And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and
his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a
shield went before him."
Goliath was a champion of the
Philistines, the enemy of Israel. There was a war between the
Philistines and the Israelites. Goliath defied the armies of Israel by
saying: "And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto
them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a
Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let
him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me,
then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill
him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine
said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may
fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the
Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid." (1 Sam. 17:8-11) It
is plain that Goliath wanted to enslave the people of Israel. He was a
giant and thought that no one could take him in a battle. The people of
Israel were greatly afraid of Goliath. They did not think anyone could
stand up to the giant.
While Goliath was a real man who
defied the armies of Israel, yet he also was a type of Satan. Satan is a
giant in the eyes of the children of God. They generally are afraid of
him. They cannot defeat him in battle, when they battle in their own
might. Yet like Goliath lost his battle with David, so Satan lost the
battle with Christ. Goliath was slain by David with his own sword.
Similarly, we see Satan losing the battle against Christ on the cross of
Calvary, which was Satan's sword against Him.
Goliath hoped to enslave the
children of Israel. Likewise, Satan hoped to enslave forever, the elect
family of God. With David's victory over Goliath, the children of Israel
were freed from the fear and bondage of Goliath. Likewise, we read in
the book of Hebrews concerning Christ and his battle against Satan the
following: Heb. 2:14-15 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of
flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that
through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,
the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage."
At the cross, Christ died to
deliver the elect family of God from the bondage of sin. In His death,
he destroyed the work of Satan, thus destroying him who had the power of
death. Also, through his death, he delivered the children of God from
the fear of death. It is through the fear of death that children of God
are held in bondage all their lifetime. However, now that we know that
Christ has delivered us from the power of the devil, we also know that
at death our soul and spirit shall return unto God and then at the
resurrection of the dead our bodies will be changed and fashioned like
the glorious body of Christ, reunited with our soul and spirit, and then
taken home to glory to be forever with the Lord. Therefore, we have no
reason to be in bondage to the fear of death all of our lifetime.
Therefore, as David defeated the
erstwhile enslaver Goliath, so Christ defeated the enslaver of the elect
family of God, Satan, and delivered His people from their sins.