Everywhere I go
it doesn’t take long before
somebody starts talking about
Game of Thrones.
Let me confess upfront that not only have I not watched a single episode.
I didn’t know
any of its characters or plot lines.
That is, until I just completed a quick read of Wikipedia.
You see I’d rather talk about thrones all right, but ones from the Bible.
♣ Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama TV series. The Bible promises a Kingdom of Thrones—with kings ruling (Rev. 1:6 and 5:10).
♣ The HBO fantasy is created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The author of the related book, George R.R. Martin, aimed for “historical fiction.” All mere men.
God promises His sons and daughters a REAL guaranteed future of rulership on thrones. “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isa. 46:9-10).
♣ The HBO fantasy takes place in fictional Westeros and Essos. God’s thrones will be on this earth—-remember, which the meek will inherit—during the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ will establish at His Second Coming.
♣ Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Its seventh season resumed July 16 of this year, which is why it’s such a buzz. Fans await an eighth season in 2018 or 2019.
Kingdom of Thrones was meticulously planned in infinite detail “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). The Master Timer will take over all the kingdoms of the earth when the seventh trumpet blows right on His schedule (Rev. 11:15). We will celebrate this turning point in history on Sept. 21 this year when we observe God’s Holy Day called the Feast of Trumpets. God’s royalty (1 Pet. 2:9) observe three seasons of Holy Days each year as they await eternity.
♣ In Game of Thrones one plot line “follows a web of alliances and conflicts among the dynastic noble families either vying to claim the throne or fighting for independence from the throne.” In Kingdom of Thrones, there is no intrigue or struggle for power. Jesus Christ already qualified to replace satan as ruler of the earth (John 12:31) when He turned away all of the devil’s best temptations by quoting the Bible (Matt. 4).
God told David that “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God” (2 Sam. 23:3). God has already assigned David to be king over the 12 tribes of Israel (Ezk. 37:24-25).
Jesus told His 12 disciples that each will be over one of the tribes (Matt. 19:28). He gave the parable with the reward that all of us can aspire to: “‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities” (Luke 19:17). God’s kings, priests, judges and administrative rulers will be servant leaders (Matt. 20:25-28).
♣ “Despite its otherwise enthusiastic reception by critics, Game of Thrones has been criticized for the amount of female nudity, violence, and sexual violence (especially against women) it depicts, and for the manner in which it depicts these themes…. Stephen Dillane, who portrays Stannis Baratheon, likened the series’ frequent explicit scenes to ‘German porn from the 1970s.’” Critics lament the “distasteful, exploitative, and dehumanizing sex with little information content.”
The Kingdom of Thrones will uphold the sanctity of marriage, sex and family—in that order. Righteousness and justice will be the foundation of God’s thrones (Psa. 89:14).
When Jesus walked the earth, He regularly treated women in ways that went against the grain of His male-dominated culture—such as when He talked to the Samaritan woman, dealt mercifully with the woman caught in adultery, and appeared first after His resurrection to a woman. Women will be treasured in the Kingdom of Thrones.
What’s the most important difference
between the Game of Thrones and the Kingdom of Thrones?
♣ Your involvement with the Game of Thrones is to watch fictional characters on the HBO series. There are enough of them. It had a cast of characters estimated to be the largest on TV (257 cast names during the third season). I can’t name one. But the fans love to discuss for hours why each character did and what they will likely do next. Spoiler: They will die off! A definite hazard of being on the show which was rated second in highest average deaths per episode at eight.
But God’s Bible features thousands of years of real people who had real-life experiences that Paul said serve as examples for us (1 Cor. 10:11) who have actual opportunity to become kings. The latest count is that 53 Bible characters have been confirmed by history and archeology. All in the Bible are verified simply by being included in the Book of Truth (John 17:17).
With the Kingdom of Thrones, I hope God is calling YOU to accept the priceless challenge of serving on one of His thrones!
Are you game?