Daughter of Zion Eternally Presents

Who is this King of Glory?

In the days of the Temple the priests would go out once a year and set up a ways from the Temple doors. They would then return approaching to be let into the Temple proper. They would sing, with loud voice, this verse from the Psalmist David in a demand to be let in.

"Lift up your heads O ye gates and be lifted up O ye everlasting doors and the King of Glory shall come in!" From the watch areas of the Temple the Temple guard would sing out in reply the challenge question. "Who is this King of Glory?" The priests without nonplussed would sing out loudly the first of two challenge answers. "The LORD (YHVH) or ADONAII strong and mighty, the LORD (YHVH) or ADONAII mighty in battle! Then they would sing out the demand again. "Lift up your heards O ye gates even lift them up O ye everlasting doors and the King of Glory shall come in!" One final challenge is sung out by the Temple guards "Who is this King of Glory?" The final challenge repply is all but shouted out rather than sung such is the volume of the preists without. "The LORD (YHVH) or ADONAII of HOSTS He is the King of Glory!" Wherein the Temple doors would instantly open to readmit the priests. In these times of great buildings and parapets and ramparts and watch towers and guards from height quite often there was ceremonial protocol to make the demand to open the secure gates to allow a dignitary entrance and the demand was always met with the challenge whose reply told the watchers if it was their soveriegn or not. Interestingly enough when the King of Glory did come in no one sang that song.... but they laid palm fronds and cloaks at His feet and He rode a donkey... such was the King of Glory's first entrance.

Who indeed is this "King of Glory who comes in?" and when He comes into our Temple/City what does He want?

When Jesus walked the Earth there were two witnesses amongst so many that ended up standing out. Ironically they were both named Jochan or John. One was surnamed The Baptist and bore witness to the man as God the Son aka The LAMB. The other interestingly enough was also surnamed, The Beloved, and he lived with Jesus, ate with Jesus amongst the disciples was there when on Mt Tabor Jesus underwent a particular peculiar and for John memorable change. So indelible was the memory that even after all that he had gone through for the Gospel he REMEMBERED. . SO when on that day on that island int eh Spirit when he turned himself round he KNEW the one standing before Him... He had seen that visage before.

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and
 he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
How often in the Old Testment did we read The Angel of the LORD? We know it to be a Christophany but there were angels at His brith and one who visited both John the Baptist's father and Jesus's mother and in a dream possibly the man who would take Jesus as his own to raise him. Gabriel....(God is my might or might might or mighty one of God) it might be him here as well but Jesus has an Angel. Jesus as a King also has His servant who do His will... (are you one of them? Do you truly do His will?)
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw .
Why John? John had by this time suffered considerable pains for the Gospel. One including being boiled in oil and SURVIVING according to Christian tradition. At this point he is also in a place where he is in isolation whether he was at hard labor or not is unknown. He might have been crippled and left to die on Patmos... thus he was in the perfect place to take the dictation and to write what he saw... One more thing... John would know Jesus when he turned because as I mentioned before he had SEEN the Glorified King.
3 Blessed is he that readeth , and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein  :  for the time is at hand. 
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is , and which was , and which is to come ; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Grace... and Peace... Twenty four times in the Old Testament it talks about grace in the sight of a person or of God. There is also the mention of seeking grace or grace being poured out on the head or neck... In the New Testament in Jn 1:14 the Word made flesh is filled with grace and truth... in Jn 1:16 it says and of His fullness all we have recieved and grace for grace... All that He is that we may partake of we do and can without limit and the grace of God instead of the grace of men. Acts 20:32 the grace of God is able to build us up... 2Cor 12:9 His grace is suffient for ... all... in it we live and move and are enabled to do God's will and keep His commandments. Finally we are saved by GRACE. Of peace, psa 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together ; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. This is the GRACE of the CROSS. Jesus says(Jn 14:27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid . Ironically His peace is the singular grace to overcome fear and rise into His faith. This is paritcular grace and peace for it is not just a greeting it is from Him.... who was Gen 1:1 "In the beginning God made the heavens and Earth." Jn 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (2 )The same was in the beginning with God.  ( 3) All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made " {Which was} Jn1:10-11 "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  (11) He came unto his own, andhis own received him not." "Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Heb 7:24-25) "But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.(25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Who is) 1Thess 4:16-17 "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: ( 17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (Who is to come)
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto
him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 
Most of the statements in this line of text are unique to this book. Of a faithful witness Prov 14:5 states: A faithful witness will not lie but a false witness utters lies. Num 23:19 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Thus because He is God He is faithful. And He has loved us. 1Jn 4:10 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Rom 3:25 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; This is our King of Glory.
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 
1Pet 2:9 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall 
wail  because of him. Even so, Amen. 
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is , and which was , and which is to come , the
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdomand patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle 
that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 
11 Saying , I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest , write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, andunto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, 
and  unto Philadelphia, andunto Laodicea. 
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned , I saw seven golden candlesticks; 
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about 
the  paps with a golden girdle. 
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 
15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 
John has seen this before on Mt Tabor Matt 17:1-3 1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Traditionally biblical scholars believe that high mount to be Tabor. Nevertheless John was there with James and Peter and saw this his friend and teacher become..."someting more" thus when he turns and sees he knows EXACTLY who he is looking at!
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the 
sun shineth in his strength. 
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the 
last : 
18 I am he that liveth , and was dead; and, behold , I am alive for evermore ,Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 
19 Write the things which thou hast seen , and the things which are , and the things which shall be hereafter ; 
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the
angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

John has to have the explanation of the stars and candlesticks or actually lamps on lampstands for we are to be the light of the world having been lit up by His life. (A life which is in His blood shed for and into us) But the sword now... whilst John does perhaps not know we do. He is called Word of God and we are told it is Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Now while the Word is as Hebrews describes it notice that it discerns (KJV) the LITV version uses the words "is able to judge". To judge the heart for God it is said looks on the heart, the seat of true intent deep down where we really live and that is what He judges. That His very words of judgement ARE a sword going forth from His mouth is seen in chapter 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. To smite to kill in judgement for their folly for their arrogance the SINS of the nations. All who show up that day on that battle field show up to a well laid trap.

We often think of Jesus as the poor suffering servant who meekly goes to His cross and suffers and dies and oh pity pity. Pity the ones who are not Elect or who are Elect and are lost to the Kingdom. He was never a poor suufering servant He volunteered for that job, He was the Glorious Son who left His "ivory palaces" to give Himself a sacrifice for the Judgement of the Father meted out on the Elect who rebelled.

For the Father would have destroyed Israel in their rebellion in Moses day and repented the decision and in Amos and again relented. But in Christ the need to pour it out on Israel on His own was negated by satisfaction in that the Son alone bears the full load not only the brunt but the entire load of the wrathe and curse of the Father for He was the only "man" able to.

For this then is all power given unto the Son and also all judgement. Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

This is He who treds out the winepress in wrath alone, who slaughters the opposing armies on the battle field standing before them in a vesture dipped in blood. So not only the right to judge but authority to execute said judgment. Jn 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Because of who He is ... The King of Glory the Lord of Hosts.

Such is He who gave Himself freely for us to return to the Father.

This IS the King of Glory.

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