5 And [kai] she brought forth [tikto] a man [arrhen] child, [huios] who [hos] was [mello] to rule [poimaino] all [pas] nations [ethnos] with [en] a rod [rhabdos] of iron: [sidereos] and [kai] her [autos] child [teknon] was caught
up [harpazo] unto [pros] God, [theos] and [kai] to his [autos] throne. [thronos] KJV-Interlinear
5 And she
gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of
iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. NASB
John continues with his
historical narrative from the birth of Christ, His ascension, and His destiny
The nation of Israel,
gave birth to the humanity of Jesus.
Jesus is the descendant
of David, Rom 1:3; 9:5. Jesus was the fulfillment of prophecy, Gen 3:15; Isa
7:14; 9:6; Mic 5:2. Jesus was of Jewish lineage in that He was a son of Abraham,
Matt 1:1, a member of the tribe of Judah, Gen 49:10; Mic 5:2; Rev 5:5, and a descendant
of David, Matt 1:1; 2 Sam 7:12-16.
His destiny is to rule
the nations, and to rule by means of a rod of iron, Rev. 10; 2:26-27; 11:15;
19:15, Ps 2:7-9.
In our verse, the word
for rule, means to destroy. Jesus Christ will return from heaven, from where He
is currently, to destroy the nations, totally, and then He will rule during the
Millennium, all of those He rescued from all nations, including those saved
Jewish people who believed in Him during the latter half of the Tribulation.
The rod of iron means
the resoluteness of Christ to rule by truth and fairness, with no compromises
in bias, prejudice, or sin of any kind.
Between the birth of
Christ and the eventual coronation as King, He arose and ascended into heaven
to sit at the right hand of the Father. That is where Jesus Christ is right
Jesus Christ was exalted
by the Father by permitting Him to sit at the right hand of the Father.
The right hand or right
side is the place of authority. All subordinates sit to the left, thus the
Father is seated to the left of Christ, who is the heir of all power,
sovereignty and authority.
indicates the Fathers acceptance of the work of the Son, in the Fathers divine
plan, Heb. 1:3.