What comes to mind when you hear the word King? Does your mind jump to the British royal family perhaps, and to the way they function as royalty in our modern society?
What comes to mind when you hear the word King when referring to religion, more specifically Christianity? Do you think of it as an outdated tradition that one reads about in the Bible, a tradition that is no longer applicable to modern society? Do you perhaps think that the word King only refers to Jesus Christ?
In order to shed some light on this subject, let us start with a verse that is of great importance when trying to understand the Spiritual times we find ourselves in, as we understand that the Old Testament is only a shadow of the Spiritual that is to come (Col 2:17; Heb 10:1).
1 Corinthians 15:46 (NKJV)
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
In this scripture, Paul teaches us an important principle, that there will always be a natural example of what the spiritual should be.
Now, let us look at the natural happenings of a covenant people and their leader.
In the Natural, GOD had a chosen people, a nation called for HIS Name. Israel. They were GOD’s covenant people. This covenant people had twelve patriarchs and a thirteenth patriarch that would be known as the priestly order of GOD’s covenant people. The priestly order would be known by the family name of Levi and the high priest would stem from this family.
‘Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.
Moses was the appointed leader over the nation of GOD and as Scripture also states it, he ruled the people like a king (Deut 33: 4-5). Still, it was only after the period of the rule of the Judges that Israel officially appointed their first King. The problem, however, was that the people chose the King and not GOD. This King, who had been chosen by the people, did not represent GOD accurately. He was disobedient towards GOD and consequently his Kingship did not continue – for GOD sought for HIMSELF a man to appoint as King, one after HIS own heart (1 Sam 13:13-14). In 1 Samuel 16, the criteria by which GOD would appoint HIS King is given. It is a simple criterion; GOD does not look at the outward appearance but at the heart. As GOD’s eyes searched the hearts of men, HE found one heart that looked exactly like HIS, and GOD appointed that ‘heart’ as King. GOD appointed David as the King of HIS covenant people.
From that time forward the appointment of King would stand as the office that represents the Heart of GOD. The King would be the office of Shepherd, which represents the SHEPHERD.
David, born from the tribe of Judah, was initially appointed as King over Judah only, while the remaining tribes rather chose Saul to represent them (although it did not last forever).
Even though Saul was chosen by the people, David was chosen by GOD, and after a seven-year reign over Judah, David became King over the whole of Israel. During his forty-year reign David reunited Israel and Judah, and as this was the heart of GOD (and David represented this HEART) GOD gave the following promise.
For thus says the Lord: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel.’
This would not be a onetime event, but rather a principle by which GOD would shepherd HIS people.
All of this was a natural type (representation) of what would happen in the Spiritual lineage of GOD. If there was a natural Israel of GOD there will be a Spiritual one as well, according to 1 Corinthians 15:46.
Why do we say a Spiritual lineage, we are flesh, are we not? Correct, but Paul explains the difference between the natural and the spiritual people of GOD in Romans 9.
But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
By this we can clearly see that although we are still living in the flesh, there is a Spiritual lineage of GOD.
Another example would be the Lord Jesus Christ.
For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
Jesus Christ was not of the tribe of Judah, he had no natural father and thus no natural lineage. He was of the Spiritual lineage of Judah, just as the prophecies would confirm.
2 Timothy 2:8
Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel.
We once again see the Spiritual line, as this is what follows from the natural types.
Jesus Christ was the first Spiritual type to sit on the throne of David as King, answering to the promise that ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel’.
Now on this we all agree as one.
However, the problem we face is that we think the promise of GOD to David stops there. We were led to believe that this was the end, where in fact this was only the beginning, for GOD wants HIS Kingdom on earth. This is exactly what Jesus Christ started to do, that we need to finish.
Thus says the Lord: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers.’
“YOUR Kingdom come. YOUR will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” This is exactly why Moses was called King, why David was appointed as King, why Solomon was made King and constructed the house of GOD, and why Jesus Christ was King of the chosen people of GOD. Because, as it is in Heaven, so also on earth. If GOD is KING in Heaven, then HE wants a King on the earth to represent HIM.
Is this still a strange concept? It may sound strange, but only because we have been brought up by a different culture and mindset.
If this is no longer applicable, why then would Peter refer to a King in 1 Peter 2:17, “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king”? Remember this is after the time Jesus walked on the earth.
Again, if this is not applicable, why would Paul refer to a King in 1 Timothy 2:2, “For kings, and for all that are in authority?” Paul even uses the plural in this passage. Again, this is after Jesus’ time on earth.
The writer of Hebrews quotes the following prophecy of the new covenant in Jeremiah 31.
Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”
The only reason it would refer to Judah apart from Israel is because Israel and Judah have not yet become one. Just as in the natural GOD had to start with Judah first, raising up a David that would fight for the covenant of GOD and unite Israel and Judah.
Israel and Judah are not united yet, made evident by the present-day condition of the Church. This is not even a debate, you simply need to do an internet search on how many Christian denominations there are. If Israel and Judah are united, there would be unity in the Church. GOD shows us how this will happen – through the office of HIS ‘David’. He will shepherd the people with the authority and the office of a King.
Is this King going to be more important than anyone else in the body of Christ? Most definitely not. Jesus Christ shows us exactly how the heart of a David is in John 14:12 “he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do”. His heart will be to make the people of GOD more than what He is. He will not come to be served but to serve the body of Christ. Although a King/Leader is different in function they are equal in value.
This is what we believe GOD did in Christ in Me International. GOD’s eyes searched the earth to and fro and found a heart after HIS own heart, and in a supernatural moment, GOD appointed Xandré Strydom as the ‘David’ for this hour. This word was confirmed by the same signs that appointed Jesus Christ as a ‘David’.
In function, Xandré Strydom is the King for this hour who will build the temple of GOD; he will represent the heart of GOD and will shepherd HIS people. He will make them one nation again and make sure they enter the Promised Land and destroy all the giants that hinder them.
Is Xandré Strydom a reincarnated David or Jesus Christ? Most certainly not! He is a normal man like you and me, but he is the one GOD chose to sit on the spiritual throne of David for this hour. When Xandré’s time is over, someone else will sit on the throne of David, and another, and another, until the whole earth is filled with the glory of GOD and He hands over the Kingdom to GOD the FATHER.
“But why can’t Jesus be the King?”, you may ask.
The King must reunite the Church. It has been two thousand years and the Church is more divided than ever. Do you not think that ‘two thousand years and still divided’ is long enough to prove that it is not going to change? Church leaders want to convince you that Jesus is the current or reigning King, because then they can hide behind the lie to rule and reign as ‘kings’ in their own churches. Jesus was an active/reigning King during the time he was on earth and he represented GOD accurately as GOD instructed him. Because Jesus cannot speak for himself today (not an active/reigning King), the church leaders pretend to speak on behalf of Jesus and, lo and behold, the Church keeps on getting divided. If Jesus were here in person, then yes, he would be King to speak on behalf of GOD and unite the Church. We grew up and were made to believe that Jesus is a continuously active/reigning King, but looking at the state of the Church today one might think that he is a bad King, which is blasphemous, as he was a great King. The purpose of a reigning King is to reflect Heaven on earth, just as Jesus prayed in Matthew 6. Jesus did exactly that when he reigned as King for three and a half years. Today, however, Jesus is not on the earth and cannot reflect heaven, because he is in heaven (not in the flesh and therefore not visible to the eye). Jesus Christ will always be a King, but he is not on earth anymore. Looking at Jesus Christ’s short time on earth it was possible to know what GOD was busy with. But now that he is no longer on earth, who is the world looking at now, or rather, who should the world be looking at? The answer is, Sons. The principle is still the same – Sons reflect Heaven, which cannot be said of Christian children who still believe that they are sinners.
We as Christians also have this notion that one day Jesus will return and fix everything and reunite the Church. This is the same mindset children have, an immature ‘daddy will fix everything’ approach. They shy away from their responsibility to grow to mature Sons in Christ and to play their part as Jesus did. Please read the article, “GOD has a Restoration Plan with the Earth”. The Church got stuck on Jesus and did not focus on what Jesus did for the Church.
Please remember this, GOD IS KING! His Sons reflect HIS Kingship on earth – earth must reflect heaven as per Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6:10. We were all made kings and priests, like Father, like Sons. Please also read “Why Many Sons?”
Church, stop denying your birthright to become mature Sons of GOD. Do what mature Sons do and reflect heaven. Stop delaying the coming of the Lord, GOD lives through you. You are the harvest, a harvest of mature Sons, just like your older brother Jesus Christ (Rom 8).
Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” ‘ “