The Emperor


Proverbs 14:35 The king's favor is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

The path connecting Tiphareth and Chokmah is associated with the Emperor Tarot card. The card represents the eternal throne promised by God to King David, which Christ will sit on at His second coming. The throne is made of stone, demonstrating that it cannot and will not be moved. The Emperor holds a crystal ball in his right hand, demonstrating that he knows and sees all, and an iron scepter in his right hand.

The scepter is shaped like the ‘crux ansata’ (the Egyptian Ankh) and represents eternal life. Jesus rules from His throne and holds the keys to eternal life (Revelations 1:18, Romans 6:22). The Emperor wears armor; demonstrating that He is prepared to defend his throne. At the appointed time, Christ will establish His throne on earth; He will rule the nations with a rod of iron, and will dash His enemies to pieces like a potter’s vessel (Psalms 2:6-12).

The Mountain of God is visible in the background on many tarot cards; the Emperor sits at this peak of the mountain. On the throne are four ram’s heads, representing sacrifice and the number four. Rams are male lambs, and Jesus is worthy to sit on His throne because He is the lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Revelations 13:8). The number for is significant because this path connects the sacrifice Christ made (Tiphareth) with the sphere containing the personal pronoun and four-letter name of God (Chokmah).

The Emperor card is also the fourth card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. The unmovable throne the Emperor sits on represents the throne God established, and promised to be an eternal throne for a descendant of King David. Christ is worthy of the throne because of His sacrifice. Following His death on the cross, all authority has been given to Jesus by His father (1 Peter 3:22, Matthew 28:18).

Revelations 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

1 Peter 1:19-21 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Jesus was the lamb that God has provided (Genesis 22:8) who will take away the sin of the world and deliver the children of men from death (John 1:29). He is the Son of God (John 1:34, 36) and was foreordained to deliver His followers from death. God has established a throne for His son, and His kingdom will be eternal.

2 Samuel 7:13 "He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

1 Kings 2:45 But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will remain secure before the LORD forever.

2 Chronicles 7:17-18 As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’

Psalm 132:10-12 For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your anointed one. The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne. If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever.”

Matthew 1:1 The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

God promised King David that one of his descendants will occupy his throne, and it will be an everlasting kingdom. The genealogy of Jesus includes both King David and Abraham in His bloodline. Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises made to both Abraham and David (Romans 4:13, Galatians 3:13-14, 16, and 29).

Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this…

Isaiah 16:5 In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it—one from the house of David—one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.

Luke 1:31-33 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Jesus is the coming messiah who will sit on the throne of David and establish and everlasting kingdom. His destiny was prophesied by Isaiah and the angel declared it to the Virgin Mary.

Hebrews 1:8-9 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Daniel 2:44 In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.

Daniel 7:14 And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.

Jesus will lead His father’s angels in a final battle against evil (as described throughout the Pillar of Severity), and will set up an everlasting kingdom. On the Day of the Lord, both God and Jesus will each have thrones.
Revelation 7:9-10 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

Revelations 22:3-4 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

In the coming kingdom, Jesus will sit on the throne of David, which His father has foreordained for Him to sit. Both God and Christ will have thrones, and Jesus will sit at His father’s right hand (Mark 16:19, Luke 22:69, Acts 2:32-35, 7:55, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 10:12, 1 Peter 3:22). All authority has been given to Jesus by His father (Matthew 28:18) as a reward for His righteousness. Just as God was willing to share His authority with His Son, Jesus also declared that He will share His authority with His followers.

Revelation 3:21-22 “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Daniel 7:18 ‘But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’

1 Corinthians 6:2-3 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?

Revelations 2:26-27 And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Jesus vows to share His kingdom with His followers – just as His father shared His kingdom with Christ. Jesus will rule the world with a rod of iron and at least some of His followers will do the same (Revelations 2:26-27).

The Emperor Tarot card is related to the Empress Tarot card, but the two are not married. They both represent authority, but the Empress Tarot card represents the woman with a crown of twelve stars, which gives birth to a son that will be taken to God’s throne and will rule the nations with a rod of iron. The Emperor represents the son of the Empress taking his appointed position, and fulfilling the prophecies regarding his birth.

Revelation 12:4-5 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

Psalms 2:6-12 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

The above verses sum up many concepts that were presented in this chapter. God will establish a kingdom for His son on His holy mountain, from which Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron, and dash His enemies to pieces like a potter’s vessel. Since this aspect of Christ’s authority is promised to one of the churches in the Book of Revelations (Revelations 2:26-27), the message to the kings and judges of the earth, ‘to be wise’ is sound advice to Christ’s followers – who are promised to sit on thrones (Revelation 3:21-22) and judge the world (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Jesus is foreordained to lead God’s armies, establish justice, and set up an everlasting kingdom on the earth. During the Feast of Passover, Jesus established a new covenant in His blood, and introduced Communion. During this meal, He told His disciples that He would be going away, and in His absence they were to carry swords. These were to be carried for self-defense, because it was not yet the time for His followers to fight.

When Jesus was taken before Pilate, He stated that His kingdom was not of this world, but if it were, His servants would fight. At that point in time, Jesus had not yet fulfilled His destiny as the Lamb sacrificed since the beginning of the world. At that point in time, Christ’s followers did not fight, because Christ had not served as the Passover Lamb yet.

The Feast of Passover commemorates God sparing the Israelites, while killing all of the first-born sons of Egypt. Following this event, the Israelites left Egypt and followed God into the desert. There they struggled with their sins, and some wanted to turn back to slavery or to worship idols. Once the bad seeds were weeded out, the righteous followers of God were then led on a war campaign in order to regain control of the Promised Land.

In the New Testament, Christ serves as the Passover Lamb. Presently, His followers are being tried with fire as they struggle to overcome their sins, and prevent their brethren from backsliding – similar to when the Israelites were in the desert. Eventually, Christ will lead His armies in a campaign to regain control of the Promised Land, and at that time, His followers will fight, and He will establish an everlasting kingdom.

Revelations 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Daniel 7:21-22, 27 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom…And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Before Christ returns, the Devil will persecute the saints and will overpower them for a time. At the appointed time, Christ will straighten the warfare of the saints, and will lead them to victory.

Revelations 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelations 2:26-27 And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

Psalm 149:6-9 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

Christ will lead His called, chosen, and faithful in the final battle against evil, and will overcome the opposing army; because He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will give His saints power over the nations. Just as the Israelites were expected to reclaim the Promised Land – following Passover and their struggles in the desert – Christ’s followers may play a role in the finally battle between good and evil.

The lesson of this path of the Qabalah is to understand Christ’s role in His coming kingdom, and the distribution of authority that will take place. Christ will sit on the throne of David – in fulfillment of God’s promise – and Christ is now seated at God’s right hand. Because of Christ’s sacrifice (and the life He lived), He is worthy of honor and glory. God has given Him all authority in Heaven and on earth, and has shared His kingdom with Him. Likewise, Jesus has promised to share His kingdom with those of His followers who victoriously navigate the challenges of this life. This path of the Qabalah provides an opportunity to study the hierarchy of the future kingdom, and the need for Christ’s followers to master concepts such as justice and judgment in order to prepare for their future roles (2 Timothy 4:7-8).