Jacob Zuma said in 2008 that the ANC will rule until Jesus returns. While things do look a little shaky on the ANC front, it does look as if the ANC might be able to last for a few more years, and based on performance to date, they will have no difficulty in retaining their local rule by bending the knee to the anti-Christ. So they might make it all the way to the end.
However, after that, there is a question: who will rule?
The millennium (1000 years) is introduced in the following words from the book of Revelation:
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Reign. Who will reign with Christ? Who made excellent use of their faith, and bore fruit of righteousness and justice? While the ANC does sport a number of fine Christians (not one of which immediately comes to mind), it is evident that the pool of the faithful in the current generation is somewhat thin. When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth, or yet in the ANC?
However, there is a glimmer of hope. Maybe by including in the talent pool such ancestors as the ANC looks to that had actual faith in Christ, there will be someone who does qualify to rule. Paul explains the return of Christ thus:
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
This tells us that the resurrection will bring us not just those that were beheaded in the tribulation, but all that sleep in Jesus. And when they come with Jesus, what will they do? According to John, they will judge, which agrees with Paul:
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
And this agrees with the words of Jesus:
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
The faithful that are alive at the time of Christ’s return will not be alone: they will be joined by the faithful of the generations before, and will be rewarded according to their faith. The apostles will judge the 12 tribes of Israel. The saints will judge the world.
When South Africa is judged, and position is awarded, who will rule? Who will be first, and who will be last? Will Nelson Mandela escape the fires of hell by some hidden mustard seed of saving faith in Christ which remained so well concealed during his life?
Mr Jacob Zuma showed himself ignorant of the gospel of Christ in December 2014, when he said,
“The sins we have today are more than those that Jesus came to salvage. I ask the priests to ask God to send His son to come back again to cleanse our sins,” he said, adding that there were few sins “when Jesus was here, but now there are too many”.
“He [God] must send him [Jesus] again. This time we won’t crucify him,” he said.
The lack of faith in the atonement of Jesus is remarkable:
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
So when Jesus does appear, whom will he appoint? He will appoint whomever he pleases. He is by no means bound to appoint someone who has lived in this part of the world before. If he does, he is by no means bound to appoint someone who remains alive to the day that he comes, or to the tribulation that precedes it. The current generation will have to compete for reward not only with each other, but with previous generations.
Much as the ANC has struggled to throw off minority rule so that they can rule as black men, Jesus will be under no obligation to give the cities of South Africa to a black man. The colour of your skin is really of no account, since we are all descended from one man, Adam, but if you think it does matter, you may be in for a rude surprise.
Be warned O ANC: you may be ruled by a white man again, unless you produce some better people – humble people who hold fast to faith in Christ that you have consistently counted of little value: people whom you do not consult, whose values you consistently trample.
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
(And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
According to reports, Jan van Riebeeck whom you hate was a godly man. According to reports, so too was Paul Kruger, who threw off your the colonial bonds. You might even get Pieter Willem Botha. What are you going to do about it?