Second. At the end of our Lord's earthly life, however, the Satanic Dragon through his dragonlike Pagan Roman lackey again threatened "to devour" Jesus.504 For then "the Heathen raged, and…the Kings of the Earth stood up and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ."513
Too, also the Early Church's Christians prayed to the Lord while recounting that very event. They then reminded God: "Truly, against Your holy child Jesus Whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate together with the Gentiles and the People of Israel were gathered together in order to do whatsoever Your hand and Your counsel predetermined to be done."514
However, again Christ was rescued being "caught up to God."504 For He was raised up from the dead515 on the third day after His crucifixion by the Romans.516 Thereafter, yet again He was "caught up" at the time of His ascension into Heaven just forty days later.513 Once more Satan and his Roman tool had failed to stem Christ's advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Third. Christ was, however, not only "caught up" at the time of His ascension. Immediately thereafter, He also sat down at the right hand of His heavenly Father where as the Son of man He started to reign, and whence He now reigns for evermore, and keeps on ruling throughout His Cosmos.
510 Mt. 2:13,19f. 511 Mt. 2:22. 512 Isa. 9:1f,6f. 513 Acts 4:25f. 514 Acts 4:27f. 515 Acts 2:24,32. 516 Jh. 19:15-23 cf. Mt. 27:27-35.
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For the "male child" Jesus was "caught up to God and to His throne."504 And the man Jesus, as the Christ, now sways His royal sceptre as King of the entire Universe. For He commands in His Great Commission517 that all must submit to Him. And, through the efforts of His earthly Church, He steadily expands His sovereignty as the Son of man throughout the World.518
Fourth. This must necessarily be the case. For Christ was foreordained before the foundation of the World to become the Second Adam or the Son of man and "to rule all Nations with a rod of iron" namely "to shepherd" and "to feed them."504 Indeed, right now, he is even extending the boundaries and greatly strengthening the principles of His Church here on Earth until all those same principles first encircle and finally permeate everything.
For as God the Father said of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord: "Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion!"519 And as the risen Saviour proclaimed to the World: "I will declare the decree. The Lord has said…'You are My Son. This day I have begotten You.'"520
Indeed, as the Father then replied to the risen and ascended and thenenthroned Messiah: "Ask of Me, and I shall give You the Heathen as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the Earth for Your possession! You shall [rule or] break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them into pieces, like a potter's vessel"521 or brittle earthenware.
As also the Apostle John affirmed, after the death of the Messiah, the Latter "was caught up to God and to His throne." For, henceforth as the great Provider He "was to rule [or shepherd and feed] all Nations."504
O Christian! Our Saviour has overcome the Devil, and also the latter's tool Pagan Rome. And now, from His celestial throne on high precisely as the Son of man, our Saviour henceforth rules the Universe yes, rules the whole Universe including even our own World as part of that Universe.