Revelation 12: The iron sceptre

Revelation 12: The iron sceptre

Continuing our study of Revelation 12.

Revelation 12:5  ‘She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule with an iron sceptre.’ 

Most commentators agree that the iron sceptre described here is an oak club, tipped with iron, that is used to ward off devouring animals. 

It is therefore used for pastoral and shepherding purposes. It could be linked with the well-known psalm:

Psalm 23:4a  ‘I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.’

On the other hand, other verses speak of Jesus and his disciples having authority over the nations. This goes beyond pastoral care and describes rather more an authoritative rule. 

Revelation 2:26  ‘To him who overcomes, and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations – he will rule them with an iron sceptre, he will dash them to pieces like pottery – just as I have received authority from my Father.’

Likewise, the following verse describes Jesus and his disciples ruling the nations with a sceptre.

Revelation 19:14  ‘The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses, and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down nations. He will rule them with an iron sceptre.’

Worth noting is that the verse above is clearly referring to a time period when Christ Jesus returns. We can say therefore, that this rule will begin with the parousia, when Jesus returns.

This idea of an iron sceptre goes back to Psalm 2.

Psalm 2:9  ‘You will rule them with an iron sceptre, you will dash them to pieces like pottery.’

Some will argue that this describes the church in its present form, in this present age, but it seems very unlikely that the Church is ruling in China at the moment. Most conclude that this authoritative rule describes the millennial reign of Christ. Since we can presume that this authoritative rule will not be needed in the Eternal State, it stands as a strong pointer towards a time when both saved and unsaved will populate the world with Christ Jesus reigning from Jerusalem, a thousand years before the Eternal Age begins.  

Thank you for persevering through to the end of this post!

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