The Mandate of Heaven--Part 1
Mar 14, 2012
There are many would-be claimants to the Mandate of Heaven. If we trace this running dispute throughout biblical history, we find that Judah was given the Dominion Mandate of Heaven in Gen. 49:10. But even Judah's claim was only temporary, as the verse tells us, because ultimately the throne was to be given to Joseph. Judah was given the throne only "until Shiloh comes."
This is a prophetic reference to Joseph, whose prophetic dream showed that all of his brothers--including Judah--would eventually bow to him (Gen. 37:7-9). Joseph's brothers did not appreciate this at all. Verse 8 says,
(8) Then his brothers said to him, "Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
The answer to their question is: Yes, but not until Joseph had been humbled and trained by God.
Judah's temporary throne rights eventually narrowed down to one man--David. Once David was anointed king, no other man of the tribe of Judah was eligible to be king, but only those from David's household (2 Sam. 7:16). A thousand years later, the throne was given to Jesus Christ in the same manner. Although there were other descendants of David who ruled various nations or countries, the Mandate of Heaven to rule the world was given to that one man, Jesus Christ.
Hence, since the coming of Christ, only those who are of Christ's household have been eligible to receive or participate in the Mandate of Heaven.
Jesus' throne rights were disputed in His first coming. In fact, His throne rights were usurped by the chief priests who did not want Him to reign over them. This dispute was prophetically foretold in the dispute between David and Absalom in 2 Sam. 15-18. Absalom usurped the Mandate of Heaven from David with the help of Ahithophel in the revolt that began in Hebron. So in the New Testament story, the chief priests usurped the Mandate of Heaven from Jesus with the help of Judas Iscariot (Ish-Kerioth, "a man from Keriath-arba, or Hebron").
This dispute has run its course since that time, with the Jews believing that one of their rabbis will ultimately be the Messiah. They look for a Messiah among their leaders who are of the household of those who usurped the throne in the first century. But the matter will be fully resolved at the time of the second coming of Christ.
This second coming, however, will not feature a Jewish Messiah from the ranks of the rabbis. Neither will it feature Jesus Christ as the Son of David. This will surprise even the Church, because most have not discovered the distinction between Judah and Joseph. They have not understood that Christ came the first time of David, but comes the second time of Joseph with his robe dipped in blood (Rev. 19:13). This identifies Him with Joseph, whose robe was dipped in blood (Gen. 37:31). It also identifies Him with the second bird needed to cleanse our mortality (Lev. 14:6).
If Jesus Christ were to come the second time as "the son of David," His throne would be given to Him only "until Shiloh comes." But we believe and know that this is not the case. His second coming will give Him the Mandate of Heaven permanently, for it will be the final fulfillment of the prophecy in Gen. 49:10.
Likewise, because "Shiloh" means "tranquil, at rest, safe, secure," this indicates a peaceful reign as the Prince of Peace, as well as permanency. As long as the Mandate of Heaven was transferrable, it was not yet at rest. David's mortality meant that he was not the final inheritor of the throne. Likewise, when his descendants, the kings of Judah, sinned and refused to repent, God transferred the Mandate of Heaven to the kings of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome.
After Rome, the Mandate was given to the "little horn" of Papal Rome, and after 1,260 years it was given to that final beast--the Rothschild banking system.
In 1993 we received the understanding by the Spirit of God that the time of the Overcomers had arrived. Saul was dead as of May 30, 1993 (Pentecost that year). The pattern of David's reign had begun, with a 7-1/2 year transition to full authority on Nov. 30, 2000. We appealed to the Divine Court for the Overcomers to be given the Mandate of Heaven on Nov. 29, 1993. Having received it, we were anointed to conduct spiritual warfare to overcome all objections from the many rivals and to bring it about in the world.
There were multiple biblical stories that spoke into this prophetic season. First, it was the time of the second coming of David, after being overthrown by Absalom. David's return to the throne (2 Sam. 18) prophesied of the return of Christ, in which the usurper Absalom was killed (18:14).
But the main prophetic theme was about the transfer of authority from David to Joseph. Jesus Christ fulfills both roles, of course, one for each "coming." Overall, the time of the second coming is dominated by the prophecy of Joseph. For this reason, God revealed the two comings of Christ to me at the appropriate time in the summer of 1993. I later wrote a complete study on this in my book, The Laws of the Second Coming.
The Mandate of Heaven was about to be transferred for the last time in 1993. The Church under its Pentecostal phase had reached its end after 40 Jubilees, typified by the reign of King Saul, who likewise had been crowned on Pentecost (i.e., "wheat harvest" in 1 Sam. 12:17). The Jubilee Prayer Campaign's initial court case took place from Nov. 21-29, 1993. Not only did the house of Saul (church) dispute our case, but likewise, the Rothschild banking beast did so as well. We had our hands full.
The Prayer Campaign was patterned after the battle of Jericho, where Israel marched around the city 13 times before seeing results. Hence, our campaign went for 13 years to October 7, 2006, ending with a final prophetic word in Babylon, NY, saying, "It is done" (Rev. 16:17).
Since then, we have seen the walls of Jericho-Babylon crumble, while the high priests of Babylon attempt to prop up the system in an orderly default. In this, God has been merciful to us, because a quick collapse would have created much more hardship and starvation. We have needed time to put a Kingdom alternative system in place.
That alternative is ultimately based upon Kingdom Laws that are not based upon usury and greed, but upon interest-free money and love.
Yet even this is a system that must wait until the people have a better comprehension of it. We have lived so long under the usury-based money system that we--like the Judeans in the days of Nehemiah--have forgotten the law of God (Neh. 5). It is one thing to come out of Babylon, and quite another to set up the laws of the Kingdom to replace Babylonian law.
Under the rule of Jesus Christ, the Overcomers are the House of Joseph today. If we break this down into its component parts, we see that one must support Jesus' claim to the throne of David, as seen in His first coming, to be an inheritor with Christ as David. But today, one must support Jesus claim to the birthright of Joseph to be an inheritor with Christ as Joseph.
In other words, it is good to have faith in the work that Jesus Christ did in His death, resurrection, and ascension nearly 2000 years ago. That is what defines a believer who is part of the Church. Those who refused to support His claim to the throne of David were disqualified.
There is now a second work of Christ that largely determines which believers are Overcomers.
This is the first part of a series titled "The Mandate of Heaven." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones