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“Loyalty and truth preserve the king, and he upholds his throne by righteousness.” PROVERBS 20:28 (NAS)
Notice here that, “loyalty and truth” will protect and sustain a king, and that “righteousness” or “upright conduct” will uphold his throne. The first and foremost quality which will be displayed by the “kings” that are coming will be godly character.
When we read the gospel of MATTHEW, we’re reading the writings of a king, who is teaching about a King, who is teaching others how to become kings. After Jesus selected His disciples in MATTHEW 4:19, He called to them and said, “Come and follow Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” Then, after selecting and calling them, He took them up to the mount of the beatitudes and began instructing them. In MATTHEW chapters five, six, and seven, Jesus taught His disciples how to develop the character of the Kingdom of God. This is the first and most important step of becoming a godly king; we must develop a quality of character that is befitting of ruling over God’s Kingdom.
Kings are rulers. It takes upright character to rule well. Loyalty, truth, honesty, and integrity—these are the traits that preserve a godly king and uphold his throne. Your gifts can bring you before a king and his throne (PROVERBS 18:16), but only upright character can make you a king and give you a throne of your own! Your gifts can quickly take you to the top in God’s Kingdom, but only godly character can keep you there!
The Balance of Mercy And Truth
The New King James translation of PROVERBS 20:28 says, “Mercy and truth will preserve the king.” The balance of mercy and truth is a very important combination in the Kingdom of God. A person can have the truth and be completely unmerciful with it.
Have you ever met someone who was unmerciful with the truth? Some people will even “kill” you with the truth! The truth of God’s Word is supposed to set you free and bring you life, but it brings nothing but bondage and death through someone who is unmerciful! The Lord is truthful and just, but He is also very compassionate and merciful (ZECHARIAH 9:9; JAMES 5:11). The “kings” that are coming will also be both just and merciful!
God Is Restoring His Five-Fold Government
During this next emphasis of God’s Spirit, I believe that God’s “kings” will develop strong, godly character. God is training up men and women to be righteous rulers and they are the ones who will rule and reign with Jesus when He returns!
I believe that God is assembling His millennial government right now. He’s selecting and training individuals who will one day become the rulers and governors of His millennial Kingdom.
In ISAIAH 9:6-7, we read, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder…” [Notice that the government is given to the mature “Son,” not the immature “Child.”] “…And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…”
Each of the five-fold ministry offices of EPHESIANS 4:11 are indicated in this passage of scripture. “And His name will be called, Wonderful,” that’s the apostolic ministry, “Counselor,” that’s the prophetic ministry, “Mighty God,” the evangelist, “Everlasting Father,” the pastor, and “Prince of Peace,” the teacher. And then it says, “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”
We can’t have the power of the book of Acts, until we have the government of the book of Acts. God is restoring the fullness of His five-fold ministry to the Church. God is raising up apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers all over the world who will govern in the Church and one day rule and reign with Him over the nations. The five-fold representatives of His theocratic government will be fully in place when Jesus returns. Jesus is not going to come back to a Church government that is set up democratically—Amen! He’s coming back to a proper Church government—one that He can rule and reign through—one that He can lead and work through! It will take great spiritual maturity to understand and cooperate with God’s Biblical form of Church government in these last days. It will take godly character, too!
The Character of a Father
MALACHI 4:5-6 says that, “in the last days God will send the spirit of Elijah, and He’ll turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers.” The kings that are coming will also have the Elijah anointing upon their life—they’ll have a fathering spirit—they’ll be true spiritual fathers and mothers to those who are under them. They’ll be nurturing individuals— people who admonish, instruct, discipline, and appoint. They’ll also have a fully developed servant’s heart.
The Character of a Servant
In the 1990s, when the understanding of the apostolic ministry was being restored to the Church, one of the main truths that accompanied the apostolic restoration was the importance of having a servant’s heart.
At the beginning of many of the apostle Paul’s letters, he would write, “Paul, the servant of God, called to be an apostle…” In other words, Paul was saying, “A servant of God is who I am—the apostolic ministry is what I do.” He always seemed to put the two together; “Paul the servant of God, an the apostle of Jesus Christ.” Jesus said, “He that would be the greatest among you, [or carry the highest authority] must become the servant of all” (MARK 9:35).
Jesus Was The Servant of All
With the restoration of God’s apostolic form of five-fold government, we are seeing the highest levels of godly character being developed. You can’t have any greater character than to be a servant, can you? That’s the epitome of the present apostolic restoration—servanthood.
PHILIPPIANS 2 tells us that Jesus was a servant. He was unconditionally obedient to the Father, and because of this, He received the highest position of authority in the universe. He became Head over all things to the Church and He was given the Name which is above every name. (EPHESIANS 1:22; PHILIPPIANS 2:9) In the same way, godly character is required of those who wish to reign as “kings” in this life and in the life to come.