Monday, September 8, 2014


By Tuese Ahkiong

The phrase “Every knee shall bow” comes from Isaiah 45:23 and is sited in Romans 14:11 and Philippians 2:10

Notice in context who “the every knee” is?  The answer is in v17 and limited to the context of Israel.  Israel means GOD RULES and HE WHO RULES WITH GOD.  Not all Jews were the chosen elect remnant Israel of God.  It was those of faith in God.
Modern day Christians love the idea that they created around Philippians 2:10 that Christ will physically return and force everyone to bow the knee whether one wants to or not.  But is this what the Bible teaches or is it just a teaching from the traditions of men?

Isaiah 45:17-25
EnglishStandard Version (ESV)

17 But Israel is saved by the Lord with everlasting salvation; you shall not be put to shame or confounded to all eternity.
18 For thus says the Lord,
who created the heavens
    (he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
    (he established it;
he did not create it empty,
    he formed it to be inhabited!):
“I am the Lord,and there is no other.
19 I did not speak in secret,
    in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
    ‘Seek me in vain.’
I the Lord speak the truth;
    I declare what is right.
20 “Assemble yourselves and come;
    draw near together,
    you survivors of the nations!
They have no knowledge
    who carry about their wooden idols,
and keep on praying to a god
    that cannot save.
21 Declare and present your case;
    let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
    Who declared it of old?
Was it not I,the Lord?
    And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none besides me.
22 “Turn to me and be saved,
    all the ends of the earth!
    For I am God, and there is no other.
23 By myself I have sworn;
    from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return:
‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
24 “Only in theLord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength;
to him shall come and be ashamed
   all who were incensed against him.
25 In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
shall be justified and shall glory.”

**A big problem modern-day Christians have is that they believe the Bible was written TO THEM.  Whenever they see the pronoun "you," they believe it's directed to them. LOL.  How egotistic!  And when they see universal language "every, all, world...", they believe it is referring TO THEM.  It could refer TO THEM but the context determines that and can limit that TO a specific group.

Therefore, “the every knee shall bow” should be understand in the context of Isaiah 45:23, who Yeshua came for and how the rest of the NT writers also fall support this.  The OT was being harvested and judged.  The 9th of Av 70AD was the day Yeshua returned as King of Kings to complete the harvest.  see my article "The End of the Harvest"

Matthew 10:5-7  These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

Matthew 15:24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Romans15:8  For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,

**Yeshua would judge the old covenant world at His coming/parousia.  see my article "The end of the age & the age to come..."

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him,saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them,‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison,and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not doit to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

** Nations is the translation of theHebrew goyim.  It is translated in the Greek as ethnos.
 "Gentiles" is a bad translation. It is an English language substitution for the Hebrew words,"goy"(singular) and "goyim" (plural) and the Greek words,"ethne," (singular) or "ethnos," (plural). This word is best translated as "nations," representing sometimes the nation of Israel, sometimes the dispersed ten northern tribes, sometimes non-Israelites, and sometimes everybody, as in “all nations.”

As Yeshua was sent to the lost sheep of Israel, so, Paul, though minister to the gentiles, is very clear that it is to the HOPE OF ISRAEL given to the twelve tribes that he proclaims what the fathers, Moses and the prophets taught, that THE RISING AGAIN FROM THE DEAD, resurrection, judgment of righteous and wicked THAT WAS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE in the 1st century?

Who was this promise made TO? Answer: ISRAEL.

Yeshua is the resurrection and the life. He is The Judge before whom every knee shall bow of what context? Israel.
Notice how Paul is preaching to the hope of Israel.  The OT taught of a time of resurrection and judgment.

Acts 23:6  YLT
Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.”  

Acts 23:6 ESV
and Paul having known that the one part are Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, cried out in the sanhedrim, `Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee -- son of a Pharisee -- concerning hope and rising again of dead men I am judged.'

Acts 24:13-15 YLT
nor are they able to prove against me the things concerning which they now accuse me.  14 `And I confess this to thee, that,according to the way that they call a sect, so serve I the God of the fathers, believing all things that in the law and the prophets have been written,
15having hope toward God, which they themselves also wait for, [that] there is about to be a rising again of the dead, both of righteous and unrighteous;

Acts 24:13-15   ESV
13 Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. 14 But thisI confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 having ahope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.

Acts 24:20-21 YLT
or let these same say if they found any unrighteousness in me in my standing before the sanhedrim,
21 except concerning this one voice, in which I cried, standing among them --Concerning a rising again of the dead I am judged to-day by you.'
Acts 24:20-21  ESV
20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrong doing they found when I stood before the council, 21 other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’”

Acts 24:24-25 YLT
And after certain days,Felix having come with Drusilla his wife, being a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith toward Christ,  25 and he reasoning concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment that is about to be, Felix, having become afraid, answered, `For the present be going, and having got time, I will call for thee;'
Acts 24:24-25  ESV
24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in ChristJesus. 25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”

Acts 26:6-8 YLT
and now for the hope of the promise made to the fathers by God, I have stood judged,  7 to which our twelve tribes, intently night and day serving, do hope to come, concerning which hope I am accused, king Agrippa, by theJews;  8 why is it judged incredible with you, ifGod doth raise the dead?
Acts 26:6-8  ESV
And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, 7 to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! 8 Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?

Acts 26:22-23 YLT 
`Having obtained,therefore, help from God, till this day, I have stood witnessing both to small and to great, saying nothing besides the things that both the prophets and Moses spake of as about to come, 23 that the Christ is to suffer, whether first by a rising from the dead, he is about to proclaim light to the people and to the nations.'
Acts 26:22-23  ESV
22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God,and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that theChrist must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

Acts 28:20  ESV
20 For this reason,therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.” 

**Resurrection and Judgment

“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall AWAKE, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall SHINE like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream“How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. 8 I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days.13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.”

***the Jews were the Holy People of God within the context of Daniel.  The resurrection mentioned here takes place when the power of the holy people was shattered.  This took place in 70 A.D. as Jesus said would happen within “this generation” 1st century.   see my article "The Olivet Discourse Fulfilled"

Luke23:26-31  And as they led him away, they seize done Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

***Christ is quoting from Old Testament prophecy of the latter days judgment upon Israel and sticks the events He is speaking of here within the life time of His audience.  First Century Israel, the “this generation,” is the target audience of His prophecy.

A large section of Scripture speaks of “last days” or “latter days.”  Within context, a majority of the passages are speaking of “The Last days “ and “latter times” of Israel, the old covenant.  These phrases are NOT defined as the last days of human history of the latter times of the universe.  It is specifically the last days of the old covenant age which was taking place in the 1st century until the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. when the old covenant officially passed away.  see my article "Are we living in the last days?"

Isaiah 2:2, 19-21
It shall come to pass IN THE LATTER DAYS that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it,

***The latter days are the latter days of Israel or The Old Covenant.  The New Testament was written in the last days of the old covenant world because the new covenant age was coming in.

20 IN THAT DAY mankind will cast away their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship, to the moles and to the bats,21 TO ENTER THE CAVERNS OF THE ROCKS AND THE CLEFTS OF THE CLIFFS, FROM BEFORE THE TERROR OF THE LORD, AND FROM THE SPLENDOR OF HIS MAJESTY, WHEN HE RISES TO TERRIFY THE EARTH.

Revelation 6:12-17 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

***God prophesied judgment upon His old covenant people for their idolatry in the latter days.  Israel became Mystery Babylon, mother of harlots.  She murdered Yeshua, The Messiah (Jesus Christ), His Apostles, disciples, scribes, saints... and this brought about the end of Israel as the covenant people of God.  see my article "Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes"

Luke 13:31-35  At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox,‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

**Christ puts Isaiah’s prophecy in His “this generaton.”

In Romans, Paul is writing during the last days of Israel.  He is addressing Israel, physical and remnant/spiritual.

Romans 14:1-13
 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if WE live, WE live to the Lord, and if WE die, WE die to the Lord. So then, whether WE live or whether WE die, WE are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For WE will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,
12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 

**Paul familiar with the OT and of Christ's teaching, was aware of the coming judgment that would fall in that generation.  Even John the Baptists speaks of the coming judgment upon that generation. Matt 3:7 Luke 3:7.

Philippians 2:1-18 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generationamong whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

**Christ is The LORD, The Judge of The Old Covenant world/ age, The Old Heavens and earth covenant along with those under the earth in Sheol that were judged by Him in 70A.D. 
The Father gave judgment to The Son:
John 5:22  The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
John 5:27  And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

So, in a judicial sense, the old covenant world bows the knee to The Son as Judge.
Notice how Paul identifies his generation as crooked and twisted.  His generation also parallels the time of Daniel 12 of the resurrection and destruction of the power of the holy people, the temple, the old covenant, the old heavens and earth.  Yeshua called His generation an adulterous and wicked one and the one to whom He would return to. see my article "This Generation."

Matthew 12:39  But he answered them, “AN EVIL AND ADULTEROUS GENERATION seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Matthew 16:4  AN EVIL AND ADULTEROUS GENERATION seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

Mark 8:38  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in THIS ADULTEROUS AND SINFUL GENERATION, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Daniel9:24-27  “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 25 Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. 26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. 27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate,until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

Christ FULFILLED THE 70WEEKS OF Daniel and brought in

1.             finished the transgression
2.             put an end to sin
3.             atone for iniquity
4.             bring in everlasting righteousness
5.             seal both vision and prophet
6.             anoint the most holy place

***Christ said that the fulfillment of all that is written (O.T. prophecies including every knee bowing) would take place in that 1st century generation and it did if one submits to Scripture and not church creeds, confessions, and the traditions of men. 

That would include the events in the Rev 5:6-14 which speak of Old Covenant World (In heaven, on earth, and under the earth) bowing before The Lamb.

Revelation 5:6-14
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders FELL DOWN BEFORE THE LAMB, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
13 And I heard EVERY CREATURE IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH AND UNDER THE EARTH and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and THE ELDERS FELL DOWN AND WORSHIPED.

Revelation 19
 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2    for his judgments are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
    who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
Once more they cried out,
The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures FELL DOWN AND WORSHIPED GOD who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

*WHO IS BEING WORSHIPPED in 5:8 and 19:4?  Christ, The LORD, The LAMB OF GOD.


“Every knee shall bow” is likened to “Every eye shall see him” in that it was a hyperbole.  Both are limited to a certain group of people, Old Covenant Israel.  

Revelation 5 and 19 are both booked in between imminent time statements.

From the First to the Last Chapter of The book of Revelation, one will see that it is loaded with imminent time statements TO the 1st Century 7 churches of Asia.   The events within The Book of Revelation are said to must soon take place, the time is near, coming quickly, coming soon, at hand?

Rev. 1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants THE THINGS THAT MUST SOON TAKE PLACE. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,


Rev. 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, FOR THE TIME IS NEAR.


Rev.1.4   John,  To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne,


Rev. 1.7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even THOSE WHO PIERCED HIM and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.


Rev 1:9-11 I, John, your brother and partner IN THE TRIBULATION and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write in a book what you see, and SEND IT TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”


Rev. 22:6 And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants WHAT MUST SOON TAKE PLACE."

Rev. 22:7 "And behold, I AM COMING SOON. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

Rev. 22:10 And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, FOR THE TIME IS NEAR.

Dan 8:26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but SEAL UP THE VISION, FOR IT CONCERNS THE DISTANT FUTURE.”

Rev. 22:12 “Behold, I AM COMING QUICKLY.”

Rev. 22:20 “Yes, I AM COMING QUICKLY.”


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