The picture above illustrates some of the many editions of Messiah the Prince published over the last 50 years. This book is unknown to most in the church today, but is priceless in its analysis of the gospel of the Kingdom, Christ’s ascension and session at the right hand of God, and His lordship over all mankind including all nations. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
We at WakeUPchurch.org highlight the vital importance of the Kingdom of God. We feel the emphasis of the church in the last 100 years has been on the cross of Christ, rather than on what was known for years as His “session” or ruling seated at the right hand of God after His ascension.
A brief look into one corner of the church universal that has sufficiently emphasized this aspect of Christ is instructive, the so called National Reform Association.
There were two conferences, in Ohio and Illinois, which led up to the founding of the National Reform Association in 1864. At the conferences it was stated that “the neglect of God and His law, by omitting all acknowledgment of them in our Constitution” was “the crowning original sin of the nation.” Therefore, it was proposed that the U.S. Constitution be amended to recognize “the being and attributes of Almighty God, the Divine Authority of the Holy Scriptures, the law of God as the paramount rule, and Jesus, the Messiah, the Saviour and Lord of all.” A plan was adopted to “bring this nation to an acknowledgment of the authority of Christ and His law.” The object of the NRA was defined as bringing the nation to recognize “the authority of Jesus Christ as the Governor of the Nation;” because “Jesus Christ, as Mediator, has all power and universal dominion committed to him, which must include authority over nations.”
In pursuit of this object, the National Reform Association published in 1884 William Symington’s classic work on the mediatorial reign of Jesus Christ—Messiah the Prince.
In Messiah the Prince Symington wrote;
“The question of Paul, Is Christ divided? is one to which professing Christians have not given sufficient heed, and the evil consequences are abundantly apparent.
It was deemed essential to the salvation of men that their Redeemer should possess the powers at once of a prophet, a priest, and a king. These offices, while essentially distinct, are necessarily and inseparably connected with one another.
In proceeding to consider the kingly office of Christ, it is to be borne in mind that it stands in inseparable connection with his sacerdotal office. He sits a Priest upon his throne. Nor will any enlightened subject of Zion’s King feel that there is any incongruity, in his case at least, between the miter and the crown, the altar and the throne, the censer and the scepter, the smoking incense and the shout of victory. “We have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens” (Heb. 4:14). “This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sin, for ever sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool” (Heb. 10:1213).
The kingly office of Christ forms an interesting part of the Christian system, and as such both merits and requires extensive illustration. We may judge of its importance from the frequency with which Christ is spoken of in the sacred writings under the character of a King.”