There is a wonderful story in Scripture that shows that when Christ is set upon his throne as King of the earth for 1000 years by his Father in heaven, he will come (rule) as King and:
- Resurrect all of dead mankind. (John 5:28-29). The resurrection of all of mankind from the dead does not mean everyone has the same mindset and that their heads are automatically filled with right knowledge. No. When the billions upon billions ever born since Adam are resurrected, there will be commotion throughout the entire earth. People who died in ancient times suddenly thrown into the mix of those who died in the more recent times. Neither will the resurrection be in one central location. (We’re talking billions upon billions of persons). The resurrection of all of the dead will occur all over the earth in every location.
- The resurrected will bring with them, the old personalities, habits, beliefs, and knowledges they possessed when they previously lived. Most will have never heard the nam, Jesus. There will be those who hated one another and who killed and committed all sorts of heinous acts upon each other and the human family. There will be great ones and persons of repute as well and persons of ill repute. The resurrection will be both a glorious event but also one that will spawn major commotion on the earth. Many initially will resume to what they were doing before they died. That is why it will take 1000 years to fix mankind.
- Cure the billions upon billions of unknowing ones (the blind) and those disabled in mind and enslaved to their past (the lame). There will be no need to cure literal blindness or physical ailments in the body because the resurrected body will not have any.
- End the bad practices that many resurrected will attempt to restore. Again, it must be kept in mind that the many resurrected will come back to life knowing only the things they learned when they lived; having previously existed in different time periods and locations in the earth. Imagine billions returning to life not initially knowing what happened. What will they do? Most likely the same things they did before they died. Worshiping idol gods, voodoo, cheating, and all sorts of devices. A world of commotion. A ball of confusion.
The story in Scripture is found at Matthew 21:1-17. And, in that story we have Jesus about to enter into the city of Jerusalem. But before he enters, he dispatches two of his disciples ahead of him to bring to him an ass (donkey) and the colt with her. And, he rides them into Jerusalem. There is a lot in this story many have not yet envisioned.
Before I proceed, permit me to quote the Scriptures here so that you can reference them.
Well, when they got close to Jerusalem and arrived at Beth′pha·ge on the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent forth two disciples, saying to them: “Be on YOUR way into the village that is within sight of YOU, and YOU will at once find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. And if someone says anything to YOU, YOU must say, ‘The Lord needs them.’ At that he will immediately send them forth.”
This actually took place that there might be fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet, saying: “TELL the daughter of Zion, ‘Look! Your King is coming to you, mild-tempered, and mounted upon an ass, yes, upon a colt, the offspring of a beast of burden.’”
So the disciples got on their way and did just as Jesus ordered them. And they brought the ass and its colt, and they put upon these their outer garments, and he seated himself upon them.
Most of the crowd spread their outer garments on the road, while others began cutting down branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. As for the crowds, those going ahead of him and those following kept crying out: “Save, we pray, the Son of David! Blessed is he that comes in Jehovah’s name! Save him, we pray, in the heights above!”
Now when he entered into Jerusalem, the whole city was set in commotion, saying: “Who is this?” The crowds kept telling: “This is the prophet Jesus, from Naz′a·reth of Gal′i·lee!”
And Jesus entered into the temple and threw out all those selling and buying in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
And he said to them: “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but YOU are making it a cave of robbers.” Also, blind and lame persons came up to him in the temple, and he cured them.
When the chief priests and the scribes saw the marvelous things he did and the boys that were crying out in the temple and saying: “Save, we pray, the Son of David!” they became indignant and said to him: “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them: “Yes. Did YOU never read this, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have furnished praise’?” And leaving them behind he went outside the city to Beth′a·ny and passed the night there.
Did Jesus Ride Upon a Colt or an Ass?
The answer to this question is easily understood if one first understands what a colt and ass are and the significance in relation between them.
It should be understood that the donkey or ass is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family.
A colt is a male horse under the age of four. The colt, a full bred horse, is the Father beast of burden from which the the ass or donkey sprang. Without the horse, no such creature would exist. And, yes, a horse is a beast of burden. Men ride them and use them to pull carriages and haul heavy objects.
From the horse gene pool come asses and and zebras. Notice in Scripture that the colt (male horse) was with the female ass.
YOU will at once find an ass tied, and a colt with her.
The male colt represents something new or young by comparison to an older horse or it’s Father. That the colt is a young male – the offspring of an older horse – it represents the Son of God.
The female ass (donkey) also comes from a horse. In the story the expression The Daughter of Zion is used.
TELL the daughter of Zion, ‘Look! Your King is coming to you, mild-tempered, and mounted upon an ass, yes, upon a colt, the offspring of a beast of burden.
Who is Zion and who is Zions Daughter? Zion is “the City of David” or Jerusalem. (1 Kings 8:1) King David ruled from Zion. He established his royal residence there. The Zion in this story is not the earthly literal city of Jerusalem today. Zion is the heavenly Jerusalem consisting of The Most High God and the myriads of Angels. (Hebrews 12:22-24)
Zion will produce and offspring, a daughter. That is what this female ass in the story represents. What comes out of the heavenly city of God in heaven above is the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom of Christ.
And who is it, that sits on top of this ass? A male: The Son of God himself who is also a product or offspring from the Father in heaven.
That we see The Son of God riding on top of an ass shows that he will one day be given a kingdom over which he rules as king (sits on top of).
So to recap:
- The colt is a young male horse. That it is young implies that there is an older horse from which he sprang. The colt is The Son of God.
- The ass is a female beast of burden who sprang from a mature horse capable of producing an offspring. The female ass is also a product of heaven – a Daughter of Zion – and represents The 1000 year Messianic Kingdom of Christ.
- The Son of God seen riding on top of the ass signify him as king over his future Messianic Kingdom.
So the entire scenario in Matthew 21:1-17 represents a future fulfillment of the establishment of the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom of Christ.
An Interesting Observation
At that time when Jesus rode into Jerusalem upon an ass, did everything turn out fine for him? No. This Son of Man – Jesus – was betrayed, beaten, lied upon, spat upon, and put to death in the worse way. His short time on earth ended. And, he ascended into heaven (where he is at present) and the world of mankind has gone nuts; even all of the religious elements have gone absolutely astray.
So what does this teach and signify for us? That the establishment of Messianic Kingdom will have a beginning and an ending. And, when it ends, a time period will pass over that future world where men will go astray because Satan will mislead them. (Rev 20:7-8)
She Sits Upon a Scarlet Colored Wild Beast
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. (Revelation 17:1-3)
On this blog site I have staunchly maintained that the events of The Book of Revelation are about the events that are to occur in the time period after the 1000 year Messianic kingdom ends; not events of past times or in our present day. The events of The Book of Revelation have nothing to do with the pre-resurrection time period. It has nothing to do with the events spoken of by the Prophet Daniel or any prophet in Scripture. Those who attempt to connect The Book of Revelation to them are wittingly and unwittingly misleading you. The reason why nothing spoken by the prophets of old have nothing to do with The Book of Revelation is because The Most High God did not send those prophets to us, He sent His Son to us. It is to this Son we are to listen, not to the prophets of old.
Revelation 1:1 teaches us that the revelation God gave His Son, became his revelation to. This is not a revelation that God gave to Daniel of one of the other prophets. He gave it to His Son to show his servants what must soon take place. To connect the writings of the old prophets to The Book of Revelation is a mistake because one would be listening to them and not the Revelation God gave his Son.
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.
Not only will The Christ sit on top of his future 1000 year Messianic Kingdom, so will a Woman sit on top of her beast as a queen with authority over the entire future world of mankind after the Messianic Kingdom ends. This Woman sits upon many waters (peoples).
An usually adored woman rides into town after that 1000 year kingdom ends, and she is sitting on top of a scarlet colored beast.
If the ass (a beast of burden) that Jesus sat upon represents his 1000 year Messianic kingdom (daughter of Zion), then the beast upon which this woman sits represents a kingdom or system of rule over mankind.
Revelation 17:5 tells us that this woman has a name written on her forehead.
The name written on her forehead was a mystery: babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.
This name – Babylon the Great – is not the name of the woman as names are internalized. This name appears not on her heart, arm, or hand; but on her forehead. This name represents her office, repute and what she stands for. Does she stand for justice? Integrity? Honor? Freedom? Like the United States of America has a reputation (name) of being a beacon of light for all of the world, so too, does this woman have a name that will have a reputation. Good for most, bad for a few who do not support her. The Son of God will have what is called a 1000 year Messianic Kingdom, Satan will have a kingdom of rule afterwards and it has a name Babylon the Great.
The Most High God – The Father – has a daughter (Daughter of Zion) which is The Messianic Kingdom of Christ. Satan – The Woman – has prostitutes (many mini human rulers or Kings of the Earth in his hire) who administer his kingdom for him. (Revelation 17:12) These prostitutes are not political kings as there will be no political nations in existence when the 1000 year rule of Christ begins and certainly none when it ends. These Kings of the Earth will be individuals who were once rulers or kings with Christ for his 1000 year kingdom. With the Christ’s kingdom having ended and he no longer their king, Satan (the woman) recruits them – for one hour – as administrators of his beast.
So this beast represents a system of rule over mankind in future days after the 1000 year kingdom of Christ ends. The woman (Mother) – not a literal woman – represents what the Father was to The Son of God who rode upon the ass: She represents the entity who produces this beast and gives it authority. This woman is none other than Satan.
That this beast represents a kingdom over the earth in future days can be seen by what Revelation 17:8:
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
Notice that this beast comes up out of the Abyss! Satan also comes up out of the Abyss after the 1000 year kingdom of Christ ends and this is what he brings up with him. (Rev 20:7-8)
The ascension of Satan out of the Abyss is synonymous with the ascension of this beast or system of rule over mankind. The reason why the world in those future days will be astonished (admiringly) is because they will not have witnessed for 1000 years written law. The 1000 year kingdom of Christ will not be a system of rules and regulations or hand-written laws. God’s laws will be written upon the hearts of men, not on paper. The Christ has already taught that he ended The Law. This is law of any type. Mankind cannot be controlled or made to worship their Creator because of dictates of law. It must come from the desire of a good heart to do so. (Matthew 5:17; Romans 10:4; Romans 7:6; Colossians 2:14)
When this beast ascends out of the Abyss, it will establish a system of rule over the earth which will be a reversion back to codified hand-written law-keeping, something Jesus said his followers where not under; and certainly something the inhabitants of the world in those future days after the messianic kingdom ends would not be expecting a come-back to. This is what it means at Revelation when it says the beast was, now is not, and yet to come: A time period were there was law (the past up to our present day); there will be a time period where there will not be law (during the Messianic Kingdom); and there will be a time period where there will be a return to it (after The Messianic Kingdom ends and the beast ascends).
The image of the beast will be a “Constitutional” document that all of the world will be made to live under (worship or support). Very much like the Constitution of the United States represents or images the United States Government and details the laws by which we are governed by, the beast will have it’s image to. Failure to worship and support this image, one is punished.
So the world in those future days will be astonished because they will have thought law-keeping died long ago. It was something they did not see occurring within The Christs 1000 rule over the earth. But it makes a come-back and rears it’s head with a great mouth speaking grandiose things. Even blasphemy against The Most High God.
That this woman – Satan – will have most in the world under his control via his beast (kingdom) can be seen at Revelation 17:1 and Revelation 17:15:
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters.
Notice that this woman (Satan) sits upon (controls) many waters (people). How do we know that waters mean people?
Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. (Revelation 17:15)
Note: The nations referred to in the Scripture are not political nations, but nations of people separated by language, color, geographical location, etc. Why would there be political nations on the earth with Presidents and Prime Ministers or other offices of authority during the Messianic Kingdom? The Christ will be King. He will not share his kingdom with the political entities. Besides, they will have been destroyed before the Messianic Kingdom begins. There will be no countries, just the earth without boundaries.
Did You See The Parallel?
So there is a definite parallel between what the Christ will establish upon the earth in future days and what Satan will establish after Christ kingdom ends.
There is a reason why The Woman that sits upon the scarlet-colored wild beast – Satan – establishes his beast and brings all under its authority in those future days. He knows that once Christ kingdom ends, Christ himself folds back as a subject within God’s Kingdom in heaven which comes down after his 1000 year kingdom ends.
The Woman knows this, too! She knows that God’s Kingdom will come and it will destroy her and all that she established on the earth on top of what The Christ took 1000 years to establish. The Woman has to prepare a people that the Christ restored to resist what he knows assuredly will come. This resistance is the subject of Armageddon that I write about here. I also wrote an article entitled What Is The Great Tribulation that is interesting reading.
The Woman’s (Satan’s) beast will be a beautiful, safe, and prosperous society – for those who support it. But there will be a relative few who will not support it. These are the enduring and faithful ones and the Woman through her beast goes after them. They will suffer great tribulation for the unspecified duration of the beast kingdom; and, at the hands of their former Brethren. They will the ones hated by the rest of the world folded into the beast. (Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:9; Matthew 24:21; Matthew 24:29)