Why a rod of iron? This word rod comes with the idea of a stick, cudgel, scepter or staff and of course the word iron multiplies the severity of it. The “1000 Year Reign” will be a time of great peace and blessing, but it will require stern measures in order to secure a desired and lasting peace and tranquility.
Revelation 2:27, “He that overcomes and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron. As the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers, even as I received of My Father.”
Overcomers will be the ones who rule with Christ during the 1000 years as kings and priests. These are exceptionally trustworthy followers of Christ, and they will rule with fairness, equity and justice. The earth will be inhabited by people who have not yet had their eternal fate decided. Revelation 20 reveals to us, that although Satan will be bound during this time, he will be loosed at the end to do his work of deception. Even without Satan available to tempt humans, there still remains the fallen nature, that only understands firm stern discipline.
Why a rod of iron? The fallen nature of unregenerate men and women is inclined only to evil continually. I believe that it is the Almighty’s intent to show all beings in heaven and earth and under the earth, that righteous God-fearing rulers can run the world smoothly and wonderfully. This of course will be an indictment against every evil ruler of all time. It will also expose the foolishness of those who have supported and voted for ungodly rulers. When wise God-fearing rulers are in charge, a nation does wondrously well, but when the wicked rule, unrighteousness prevails. The only thing that the fallen nature understands is a rod of correction; and in this case, we are talking about an iron rod. Also remember, it is the GODLY administering of the “rod of iron” that we are talking about.
Romans 7:14, “For I know that in my flesh dwells no good thing.” Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.”
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, the entire human race was corrupted. It was defiled. It was soiled. Its motives were deranged. Every man, woman, boy and girl is born with a severe rebellious streak. Though some people are sweeter than others, yet still are they deranged with this severe rebellious streak, that commits insurrection against the Most High. This severe rebellious streak rears its ugly head from time to time in absolute resistance against Almighty God. Allow me to repeat, the only thing this rebellious nature understands is a corrective rod.
Proverbs 10:13, “A rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.” Proverbs 22:15, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him.” Proverbs 13:24, “He that spares his rod hates his son, but he that loves him chastens him painstakingly.”
Only stern measures will bring understanding back to a human heart; therefore, the “1000 Year Reign” necessarily requires the application of a severe rod of correction. Nothing else works. These measures are not only for the person who steps out of line, but it is also a reminder to every one else, to control their self. I want you to know, that a rod of iron does not guarantee that a person will go to heaven; but properly used, it does guarantee that society functions very well and efficiently.
Unchecked, this flamboyant, self-seeking, out-of-control, lawless, careless, God-resisting spirit leads men/women to do the most foolish of things. Our rulers are no exception and they lead us astray again and again and again. This is also why men/women desperately need to be born again. Our angry rebellion will never subside, unless our dead spirit is reborn/brought back to life.
John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickens, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.”
When they took prayer out of the schools, they took life out of the schools. When they took down the ten commandments, they took down life. When they made the Roe v. Wade decision, more life was taken from this country. When they ruled favorably for same-sex marriage, they took life out of this country. When they ban manger scenes from public life, they are refusing life. When parents are forbidden to apply the rod of correction to their children, Almighty God’s life is being refused. The life is slowly being squeezed completely out of this country.To my foreign friends who read my blog, when your rulers do these types of things, they are destroying the life of your nation as well. It is not only our spiritual well-being that is at stake, but also the spiritual well-being of our children and grandchildren for generations to come.
People really do not understand just how depraved and deranged the human spirit is. The world refuses to accept this very basic truth. Rejecting Almighty God’s words of life brings about death. Many rulers have abused the proper use of the rod of iron; however, it is complete folly to ban its use, for it is the only thing that works. The fallen nature is the root cause of all our problems, and only the Godly use of a rod of iron is able to control it. 6000 years of human history should be sufficient to prove that. After Christ rules the earth for 1000 years with a rod of iron, the matter will be settled for all eternity: His ways alone work and nothing else.