Such will be the astonishing declaration when Yahweh installs His glorified Son atop the “holy hill of Zion” (Psa 2:6). None will be able to doubt the origins of the new King, now triumphant over all flesh, for truly this has been the divine purpose before the foundation of the world (John 17:1–5,24).

It is a story of a Father-Son relationship, which knows no parallel in the whole history of mankind, yet a relationship that can, in measure, be understood and appreciated by earthly fathers, created in the image of God. What father does not glory in the achievements of a son begotten of him! Is there a father alive whose heart does not burst with pride when that son reflects on the help his father has given him and expresses his love and appreciation?

In earthly relationships this sometimes has a hollow ring about it. The father is simply proud of his son’s triumphs, to which he has contributed little else than being his progenitor, whilst the son, feeling disposed to give lip service to his earthly parent, is convinced he succeeded through his own ability. How different is the relationship between the Father of lights and His only begotten Son! Jesus had no prior corporeal existence, yet in a real sense he “came down from heaven” when the Holy Spirit overshadowed the virgin Mary, and that “holy thing” that was born of her was in reality “the Son of God”. If humans are infused at conception with hereditary factors that in time become so obvious by their behavioural traits, how much more the effect of the divine!

“Unto us a son is given”

Isaiah had prophesied under inspiration: “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Isa 9:6). A casual reading may suggest that this is one of those many Hebraisms often used in the Old Testament, where the same thing is repeated in different words to add emphasis to what is being said. This is not so here. Born of a woman into the human race he was our child, as was testified to the shepherds of Bethlehem by the angel when he said, “unto you is born this day… a Saviour” (Luke 2:11), but he was certainly not our son! That “holy thing” that was born of Mary was to be known as the Son of God, the only begotten of the Father given for the sins of the world (John 3:16).

Paul testifies that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim1:15), and the driving force in achieving the means of their salvation was the fact that his Father willed it so (John 6: 39–40). In dying for them he willingly submitted to death for his Father. It was his Father who predetermined his death (Acts 2:23), and it was the Son who humbly submitted to it, his whole desire being to honour his Father. He was born into a world of misery and short-lived pleasures, overshadowed by suffering ending in death, all of which had been imposed by the decree of God! Despite this, the Son declared with his own blood, the correctness of his Father’s imposition of such a condition upon humanity, and though in agony doing it, he willingly glorified his Father (John 12:27–28). What son, born of an earthly father, would have ever reacted so!

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him the [Grk] name which is above every name” (Phil 2:9). Not only so, but even as God has ‘framed the ages’ around His Son in the past, so He is setting up the scene to again introduce the first begotten into the world (Heb 1:1–2,6).

The Signs of the Times

What we are witnessing in the ‘signs of the times’ is something like watching a dress rehearsal for the enactment of a great drama. The world is the stage and the master director is God Almighty. The scene is of a creation groaning and travailing in pain, with no human solution in sight—the more intense the pain the greater will be the relief.

Look what God is doing! Is it not that those who are “left of all the nations” may bow in grateful reverence before His Son? Will this not be his due, and will it not reflect again on the wonder of his Father’s influence?

Today, governments are collapsing beneath their inability to deliver solutions, or under the sheer weight of their own corruption. But when he comes, “the government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isa 9:6). No more senates, House of Lords, parliaments, committees, congress, or the like, but one man shouldering the responsibility for the governing of the world. He will come “whose right it is”, not just his right by descent from David, but more so because of his moral right to dictate right and wrong. Imagine the reaction of the populace when they see that “wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times” (Isa 33:6). Surely they will come to acknowledge that it is Christ Jesus “who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor 1:30).

Talks on disarmament have ended with a bigger stockpile of weapons than ever before, with irresponsible fanatics now armed to the teeth with weapons capable of blowing up the world. God’s Son will not negotiate a ‘limited arms treaty’, ensuring that each nation has equal capabilities to kill each other, but will burn weapons of war (Psa 46:9; Ezek 39:9–10), and convert others to implements of agriculture (Micah 4:3). Politics shall never again come out of the mouth of a gun, “but with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isa 11:4). Such powerful yet gracious words will be seen, not to have emanated from him as “the stem of Jesse” but from him of whom it is declared “a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (Isa 11:1; Rev 22:16).

Thousands starve daily in countries whose overlords profiteer in foodstuffs, putting their ill-gotten gains into Swiss banks. God’s Son comes “to save the poor and the needy” (Psa 72:1–4). If you lack a vision of the kingdom, then try to imagine the expression on the faces of these men, women and children who are now being fed by the one who once made two loaves of bread feed more than five thousand, and who has now turned vast tracts of blighted terrain into wheat fields and delightful gardens (Hosea 2:21-23; Amos 9:13–15; Isa 35:1–2).

Immorality has reached a devastating low and permeates every strata of society, and people are sick of corrupt politicians and selfish despotic rulers. There was a time when it was thought that the Royal family was beyond those influences, and that at least they presented themselves with a measure of decency and dignity. However, today newspaper headlines and the covers of glossy magazines often display the latest scandal among royalty. Nothing is sacred anymore, and everywhere respect for rulership has been eroded through the unseemly behaviour of those from whom more was expected.

Reign of the Coming King

What sensational news will greet the world when the Son of God is installed upon the throne of his father David! “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment” and “Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty” (Isa 32:1; 33:17).

This world will then be ruled by a king whose policies are clearly enunciated in Psalm 72.

  • His laws will come direct from his Father in heaven v1
  • He will exercise absolute honesty, free from injustice v2
  • He will redress the balance in society between rich and poor v4
  • He will demonstrate complete intolerance towards oppressors v4
  • He will reverse the moral values of the world v7
  • He will bring alleviation to the deprived v12
  • His will be a central government which knows no opposition v11.

There will be no elections, no opinion polls to determine the percentage of his popularity against any challengers—instead nations will “call him blessed”, and will daily lift up their voice in prayer to thank God for His Son (Psa 72:15,17).

Natural Disasters Herald Christ’s Return

We have now entered into a new phase in ‘the signs of the times’. Added to the news of political upheavals, wars and rumours of wars, and gross immorality, are the reports of horrific natural disasters.

Consider some of the events of the past twelve months: an upheaval in the sea-bed just off Sumatra that sent a tsunami across the Indian Ocean faster than a jet plane can fly, to crash with destructive force against the shores over two thousand kilometres to the west! a record of twenty two hurricanes for the season, (some of them of record intensity), that flattened and flooded hundreds of square miles of the southern states of America; an ‘out of season’ tornado that twisted its way through Texas and Kentucky, wreaking havoc in its path; an earthquake in Pakistan that left thousands of people homeless and helpless, to this day still shivering in the bitter cold at the foot of the Himalayas; migratory birds, flying the same routes of timeless years, but now carrying with them a disease with the potential to wipe out a quarter of the world’s population!

Jesus warned us of all this, for he termed such catastrophic events as “the beginning of sorrows” (Matt 24:8). What then will be the end result of such things? And what is even more pertinent, who can control such things? To that there is but one answer—God’s Son. All power in heaven and earth has been committed to his control (Matt 28:18).

He is the Son of God

When on the first occasion the Lord stilled the storm on Galilee, it was the amazed reaction of his disciples that gave vent to the expression: “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” (Matt 8:27). On the second occasion, subsequent to his feeding the five thousand, he came walking on the storm-tossed water toward his distressed fishermen friends, saving Peter out of the water before joining them in the boat. At that point John records that “immediately the ship was at the land whither they went” (John 6:21). This time it was not a question of “What manner of man is this!” Experience had matured them and they now proclaimed: “Of a truth thou art the Son of God” (Matt 14:33).

There needs to be a clear recognition of the divine origin of the Messiah. He is the Son of God. At the very height of his humiliation on earth, as he hung limply on the cross, a Roman centurion, greatly affected by the Lord’s demeanour under extreme provocation, saw through the fog of ignorance and exclaimed: “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matt 27:54).

How much more then will his praise resound when he stills the sea of nations, and they cease from their “roaring”? All the world will then come to one conclusion—“He shall be as a Son to continue his Father’s name forever: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed” (Psa 72:17 mg).