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The Rules Of Rulers
The English word "ruler" originated from an Old English word, reule, which simply meant a straight piece of wood. That original definition is still obvious in that a "ruler" may be defined as "strip of wood, metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths." From that original meaning of "ruler" came a principle of keeping things straight, and thereafter, a person who was given the responsibility of keeping things straight. Hence, the origin of a "ruler" to also mean a person who rules (the words right and righteous originated from the same root word as ruler). A legitimate "ruler" was someone who maintained and defended what was straight, not someone who ignored the legal foundation of their rule, or who used a warped (a word that originally meant to throw out of line or to shrink) ruler as their basis of existence because if they used a crooked ruler, they themselves became a crooked ruler.
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word translated as "ruler" is pronounced naw-gheed; it means an honorable commander, someone who rules by what is straight, not crooked - a definition identical to the English word.
In the New Testament, two Greek words are translated as "ruler." The first is pronounced cath-is-tay-mee; it means to constitute, that is, to have a rightful basis of judgment or decision - again, a definition identical to the English word. The other Greek word is pronounced ar-kee-soon-ag-oh-gos; it literally means first in rank, and was used to refer to the ruler of a synagogue - some of whom rejected the Messiah because they had replaced God's Rule with their own traditions.
"He shall rule them with a rod of iron"
The "rulers of God's people" were not elected to carry out the will of the people i.e. they were not self-serving democratic harlots who "stood for" anything that would get them elected. Truly righteous rulers were appointed to teach, uphold and defend God's Law. They had no "right" (i.e. no "rule") to change it.
"18:20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
There are many who believe the Satanic abomination that the Son Of God came to "do away" with God's Law - that's what Satan attempted to do. Christ came not to abolish the Law, but to enforce it in all the world, in due time, when "He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the Law shall go forth of Zion."
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
That Rule of Law will begin on the day of Christ's return when "He shall rule them with a rod of iron."
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Fact Finder: What kind of Ruler is Christ going to be?