The kids I grew up with didn’t have a lot of fancy toys, but we sure had a lot of fun. Some of our greatest fun was on a neighbor’s property, on which were several big piles of dirt, five to six feet high; and there you had the two elements for a perfect game for boys: 1) something competitive and 2) a chance to get dirty.
This game was called “King of the Hill” or “King of the Mountain.” Maybe you played it; I suppose kids around the world still play it today.
The rules are simple: The king is the one on top of the dirt pile, and the object is to overthrow the king. So if five boys are playing and you are on top, the other four will be trying to get you off, and they’ll come at you from all angles. No one stays on top for long, not against those odds!
The king’s advantage is that, being on top, he can more easily repel those who have to scramble up the steep sides. His disadvantage is being outnumbered. Inevitably, though, the king is pushed off, but then the other four instantly turn against each other until one prevails and claws his way to the top. Then a new foursome unites to overthrow the new king. As you might well imagine, it can get quite rough-and-tumble.
A pile of dirt and human nature—all you need for a great kids’ game … and a great metaphor for human history! Our history is one of nations and leaders, politicians and people, playing king of the hill—always trying to overthrow the powers that be.
But in the realm of world politics, this is anything but a game. Over the course of time, millions of people have lost their lives and suffered immensely in this continual, often violent, quest for power.
There was a time when the Church that Jesus built observed an annual holy day that addresses the “King of the Hill” problem. It was called the “Feast of Trumpets,” and there are still those who observe this long-forgotten holy day. It’s a shame that the biblical holy days were eventually rejected and replaced by holidays borrowed from pagan religious sources, because it’s in the biblical holy days that God reveals His plans for the future. The Feast of Trumpets, in particular, deals with the promise of Jesus Christ returning literally to a hill (the Mount of Olives) and assuming the top position over all the governments of the earth.
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills.” He will be “King of the Hill”—“and all nations shall flow to it.”
But instead of trying to overthrow Him, Isaiah states, “many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.”
You can check out the Feast of Trumpets right here on this website. Click on the “Life” tab at the top of this page, then go to the section titled “Plan of Salvation,” and there you will find some really interesting and vital information. Humanity’s cruel and fruitless “King of the Hill” game is going to end—thankfully!—when the King of Kings takes over. Why don’t you find out what that means for you!
For Life, Hope &Truth, I’m Clyde Kilough.