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He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as I also have received from My Father…“


He shall rule them with a rod of iron

This verse is a quotation of the second Psalm (2:8,9) and refers to Jesus setting up His millennial kingdom on earth.

“Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Psalm 2:8-9).

Faithful believers in the church age will rule with Christ in the Millennium. The word “rule” means shepherd. A shepherd uses his crook and his rod. He protects his sheep. Christians will function with the authority of a shepherd.

Jesus will establish a perfect environment in the millennial state. He will control crime. The capital of the world will be in Jerusalem, not Washington, D.C.

They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—

Jesus will remove every person and government that revolts against Him from the face of the earth. Jesus will break all the authority of the nations of the world. He will be King Jesus, King of the World. Jesus will break up the forces of evil in His kingdom.

as I also have received from My Father

The Christians will receive authority like the authority that the Father gave the Lord Jesus.


Christians have a place of privilege as well as responsibility in the millennial kingdom.


When Jesus comes back, He will establish a perfect government. He will “rule them [governments of the world] with a rod of iron.” No one will have a vote or even a voice in the government of the millennium.

Democracy is not the ideal government in God’s economy. Jesus will reign as King, who knows best what the world needs.