In Pound Wise we discovered how the Parable of the Pounds was a window through which we could peep to preview the order of the promised earthly kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the parable, the Lord told of a noble man who was to embark on a journey to a far country to receive a kingdom for himself. Before leaving he called his ten servants and gave to each a pound, with the instruction, “Occupy till I come” (see Luke 19:11-27). On his eventual return he gathered the servants again to determine what each had accomplished with the money given him. There was one who had made ten more pounds from the one pound he received. To him the master said, “Well, thou good servant: because thou has been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities” (verse 17). There was another who had with his pound made five more; to him the master gave authority over five cities.
As I noted in the article, this was only a parable being used to convey a truth. In other words, the implied differing degrees of authority that the saints would wield in the kingdom of their Lord would not necessarily be over literal cities, but over the diverse institutions, organisations and establishments that will constitute, oversee and dominate the affairs of the global kingdom. As I progressively explained in The Next Wave, Kings and Priests and The Keepers of Time, these institutions would cover every facet of the society as we know it today – the government, law enforcement, intelligence and security, arts and entertainment, commerce and industry, science and technology, education, healthcare, the mass media, and what else have we. It is in the framework of these diverse institutions that the saints would wield authority of differing degrees, which is to say that they would be ranked! This is quite predictable considering that they are captured in the Revelation as the Armies of Heaven, an expression that we have learnt to be largely allegorical.
This ranking, or differing glories, of the saints in the promised kingdom of their Lord is implicit to the words of the apostle Paul: “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead [that is, the departed saints who would be among the powerbrokers of the millennial kingdom]” (I Corinthians 15:41,42).
I can also see a depiction of this millennial ranking of the saints in the heavenly pattern of the Armies of Heaven that John saw, comprising the twenty-four Elders and four Beasts from which we deciphered the diverse vocations that the saints would practise in the diverse institutions of the kingdom. It is in the number of wings – six, or three pairs – that each of the Beasts is said to have. I can see in the six wings a representation of six – or better put, three subordinated – soaring levels, or ranks, of the saints in the kingdom. This idea of subordinated ranks can be understood from, for example, those of “colonel” and “lieutenant colonel” of our natural armies. Three such pairs of ranks would complete the six envisioned ranks.
As I explain with more detail in my coming book THE COMING GLORYand hope to touch on here sometime, the Elders among the redeemed – that is, the commanders of the Armies of Heaven – are the possessors of the greatest measure of the powers of the four Beasts. Hence I foresee them being the holders of the sixth and highest of the envisioned ranks, with the bulk of the rest of the redeemed dispersed farther down the line. Christ the Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of Heaven will be the lone holder of a seventh and yet higher rank necessary to complete the series. He is the Seven-Star Officer! Although it primarily refers to something else, it is interesting to note that there is something in the Revelation about Christ being the One that holds the “seven stars”! (Revelation 2:1.)
This seventh rank of Christ the King is, in the words of the apostle Paul, the “one glory of the sun,” the sixth rank of the Elders is the “another glory of the moon,” and the other five ranks among the bulk of the rest of the saints are the differing glories of the stars, “for one star differeth from another star in glory.” Yes, I can also see this envisioned ranking system of the Armies of Heaven beautifully typed in the “six steps” that led up to the seventh level of the throne of King Solomon, the resplendent type of Christ the Coming King, the true Son and Heir of King David! (See I Kings 10:18-20.)
Now, could it be a coincidence that the most recognisable rank insignia of our present day armies is the 3-v-shaped insignia of the sergeant, as depicted in the British Army? When you look at it closely, that insignia is actually a remarkable graphic representation of the six wings of the four Beasts of the Revelation, from which we have made out the six ranks among the saints in the coming kingdom. Just as that insignia portrays a descending eagle, so would the redeemed saints descend on planet Earth with their Lord and King to establish and reign over the millennial kingdom! “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war… And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron… And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (see Revelation 19:11-16).
Daniel also captured this remarkable time ahead of the saints and the world: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed… And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven , shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him”( (see Daniel 7:13-27)
Saints and friends, there’s truly “a great day coming” when the Lord will do great things for the world! And as we have seen, there would be a ranking of the saints of the Armies of Heaven through whom He would execute this great agenda. Where we fall within the ranks – that is, the degree of our glory in the kingdom – would depend on our faithfulness and productivity with what we have been given today. So keep the faith and remain posted.
God bless you always.
In the King’s Service,
David Olagoke Olawoyin.