‘Sit at my right hand’ – when?
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Paul wrote (at Hebrews 1:13):
‘And to which one of His messengers did He ever say,
Sit here at My right until I set your enemies as a stool at your feet?’
Understand that throughout the entire First Chapter of Hebrews, Paul was quoting scriptures that described Jesus and that spoke of his earlier position as a messenger (or ‘angel’) of God in the heavens. There you will find that he was emphasizing Jesus’ superiority over the other messengers (or ‘angels’), because, as we read at Hebrews 1:6 that Jesus was God’s ‘firstborn son.’
And among this list of quotations concerning him, Paul then cited David’s words from Psalm 110:1 (Psalm 109:1 LXX), where King David said:
‘Jehovah said this to my lord:
Sit here at My right hand,
Til I set your enemies as a stool for your feet.’
So, what did God mean when He said that, and when would this prophecy be fulfilled?
Well, notice the similarity of the events that are described in the book of Revelation, which (as Revelation 1:10 says) is telling us of the things that would happen in ‘the Lord’s Day.’
For at Revelation 12: 7-9 we read this:
‘Next, a war broke out in heaven.
MichaEl and his messengers battled with the Dragon, and the Dragon and his messengers fought back.
However, [the Dragon] lost and he could no longer stay in the heavens.
So the huge Dragon (the original snake who is called the Slanderer and Opposer) that is misleading the whole habitation [of mankind] was thrown down…
He was thrown down to the earth along with [all of] his messengers.’
Therefore, since this war in the heavens is likely to happen in a future ‘Day of the Lord,’ we must assume that; Until then, the Slanderer has continued to have access to God’s presence the same as he had back in the time of Job (see Job 1:6-13).
However, according to the Scriptures;
During ‘the Day of the Lord,’ a heavenly war will be fought and the Evil One and his friends will be thrown out of heaven and down to the earth. That this doesn’t seem to have happened yet, is indicated by the words found at Revelation 12:12, where we read:
‘So, rejoice you heavens and all those that live there,
But woe to the earth and the sea;
For the Slanderer has come down to you in great rage,
Knowing that he has little time.’
As you can see;
The period that follows the heavenly war will be marked by a special time of ‘woe’ for the earth…
Likely a time of great world wars, famines, plagues, and natural disasters, the same as Jesus foretold would happen in Matthew 24.
And since this war results in Jesus’ enemies being thrown down to the earth;
This is obviously what the scriptures at Psalm 110:1 and Hebrews 1:13 are talking about.
For Isaiah 66:1 tells us that God said:
‘The heavens are My throne and the earth is My footstool.’
So we must assume that when ‘the Lord’s Day’ arrives, and after this great battle is fought in the heavens, Jesus’ enemies will be thrown down to ‘the footstool’ (the earth). And we know that this didn’t happen during the First Century CE, because John spoke of it as being a future thing in the Revelation, which he wrote almost 65 years after Jesus’ resurrection.
Then, notice what the account at Revelation 12:10 says will happen after that:
‘Now, the salvation, the power,
And the Kingdom of God has arrived;
For His Anointed has now been empowered,
And the accuser of our brothers has been cast down,
Who blames them before God day and night!’
So it appears as though;
When Jesus’ enemies are placed as a stool for his feet, Jesus begins his rule as king of God’s Kingdom, which hasn’t happened yet.