In Revelation 22:3 we read about the perfect future state governed in honesty and integrity by the best Rulers there can be, ‘…The Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and His servants will serve Him.’ Why will none of the elect, those saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, ever challenge either God or Jesus’ right to the throne? Because we understand from Scripture, and specifically the Old Testament teaching, that no person can ever match the holiness, wisdom and omniscience of the Trinity.
# What does the history of Scripture prove about man’s ability to rule?
When we look carefully at the history of the judges, kings and rulers of Israel, we notice that not one of them made the grade. From King David, the man after God’s own heart, to Hezekiah and Josiah, they all failed in some way. The books of Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1& 2 Kings and 1& 2 Chronicles demonstrate the failure of the rulers.
# What about the charges that God is a cosmic tyrant?
- There are many people who criticise God and say He is not perfect. They can only prove that because they twist and corrupt Scripture. If we carefully analyse the Bible, the following words are true, ‘I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.’ 1
- It is, however, very important to note that those who charge God with wrong doing will never share in God’s glory in the coming eternal age, unless they repent. Those declared righteous by Jesus, know and accept God’s right to rule. We know He is holy and perfect, and can do no wrong.
# What about Joseph and Daniel?
- Scripture attributes no wrong deeds to either of them. There is a logical answer to it. Both served foreign rulers in countries outside Israel. They represented the holy God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were God’s ‘evangelists’ among the heathen.
- Both of them were men of high rank, and not one of the heathen rulers could fail to notice their integrity and witness to God.
- They were God’s ambassadors, as is written, ‘My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord Almighty.’ 2
# No one can challenge God’s rule.
It is mainly in the Old Testament’s history that we see nobody will ever be able to challenge God or Jesus as the rightful Rulers. Scripture is clear about it (let’s repeat), ‘The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ 3 What a privilege!
The Old Testament is part of God’s revelation. It consists of almost 75% of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit reveals wonderful lessons in it. That is why we dare not neglect it. ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 4
- Deuteronomy 32:3-4
- Malachi 1:11
- Revelation 22:3-4
- 2 Timothy 3:16