THE BOOK OF PSALMS
A study of the future House of David
By Neville V. Stevens
New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.
The Book of Psalms was written by a man greatly loved of God. David was both a king and a prophet, and this is reflected in all that he wrote. So great was this man that God has promised that he will be resurrected to rule once more over all the Tribes of Israel. Jesus Christ saw him as one of the fathers, and was unashamed to refer to Himself as the Son of David. David had the very heart and mind of Jesus Christ. In fact, Luke states this in the Book of Acts:Acts 13:22 "After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: `I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do." There are not too many people today that can claim they have done everything that God wants them to do. David, however, was such a man.
The enduring theme with everything concerning David is the establishment of the House of David. The House of David was established forever, and will have great prominence in the days ahead as Bible prophecy unfolds. Although Christianity generally doesnít see it this way, it will be the overriding factor leading up to the Kingdom of God.
The Book of Psalms opens with the confirmation that those who delight in the Law of the LORD are blessed. Such people donít walk in the counsel of the wicked or the way of sinners, and neither do they compromise by sitting in the seat of mockers. Godís servants distance themselves from the lawless and the disobedient. There are plenty of wicked counselors around today who teach disobedience to their Maker and encourage others to do the same. As you will see, David is scathing of such people!
Psa 1:1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
Psa 1:2But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. How many people today delight in the Law of the LORD? As for meditating on Godís Law day and night, there are virtually none! Imagine such people, who teach disobedience to Godís Law, claiming to be a part of the House of David and hoping to enter the Kingdom of God! It wonít happen.
On the other hand, to those who love Godís Law, David makes this observation:
Psa 1:3He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. This is set to become very evident in these last days, when prosperity will mean survival. God intends to prosper His servants in the order of magnitude of a hundred times (Mark 10:29-31). This is because they got their priorities right.
Psa 1:4Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. This confirms the reason why God refers to humanity in general as being like chaff fit only to be blown away. Such wicked people chose the way of wickedness in contrast to obedience, and they have set their own fate. They will be unable to stand in the Day of Judgment, and will be condemned Ė never to live again.
Psa 1:5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. Sin is lawlessness or the transgression of Godís Law (1John 3:4). Wicked counselors will tell you different! Such people have already been judged worthy of death, and this is the fate they will suffer:
Psa 1:6For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. And of course theyíll perish, never to live again! Why would God want them in His Kingdom? God forewarned that He considered all men to be like grass (Isa 40:6-8) and goes on to confirm this in the same chapter in V23-24 "He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. 24 No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff." This confirms that the wicked donít prosper! To add to this, God also confirms that the nations count for nothing and Godís whole focus is on the individual Ė the one who delights in His Law. God confirms this in the same chapter: V17 "Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing." I know there is a perception today that God will forgive everyone for everything, and that obedience is therefore not important. They couldnít be more wrong! If God has no regard for whole nations and considers them worthless, why would He have any consideration for those who are just as lawless and therefore just as worthless?
David raises an interesting question:
Psa 2:1Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? When David was about to take his rightful place on the throne, the nations and the people, both near and far, tried to prevent it. Even Davidís own son Absalom plotted against him.
Nothing has changed today. All the nations are conspiring to prevent the Kingdom of God from being established, and the very same players of old, who surround the Holy Land, are at the forefront of bringing this on.
Psa 2:2The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One (David).
Psa 2:3"Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." This is so true of the mindset today among the Muslim hordes. They claim to be the victims of the Israelis, and indeed, of the whole House of Israel. Nations like America, Britain, Spain, France and the Nordic countries are seriously engaged in placating Islam, whose Ďhuman rightsí outweigh those of everyone else. And of course, the Israelis are the Ďwhipping-boyí. For generations, Muslims have lost every war, but somehow theyíve acquired all the rights of the victors. While all the apologists are advocating on their behalf, God has been laughing at them!
Psa 2:4The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Since they never understood the Scriptures, they donít even know God. And since God confirms that the nations are less than nothing to Him, they had better watch out!
Psa 2:5Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
Psa 2:6"I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill." God intends to install a caretaker king on His Holy Hill until the one to whom it rightly belongs sits on the throne. Naturally enough, this is speaking of David, whom God will raise from the dead for this very purpose. David will rule over all the 12 Tribes of Israel. Zech 6:12-14 confirms that this crown and the bloodline of the throne will exist until the time is right. The Branch is a priest of God (V13) and he will establish Davidís throne. Afterward, the crown will be entrusted to the keepers of the Temple as a memorial until David is raised to receive it. No-one other than a Levite ever served as priests at the Altar. Heb 8:3-6 "Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. 4 If he (Jesus) were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain." n 6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises." How often have you seen V6 quoted here as the ĎNew Covenantí by Christianity that does away with all Godís Laws? They claim the Old Covenant is extinct because no-one would obey it. In their minds, God has been forced to capitulate and do away with obedience to His Law. What they never quote, however, is what the New Covenant is! The answer to this is found in the next few verses of the same chapter: V10 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people." So is God planning to abolish His Law because people wonít obey it? Quite the opposite! God is going to write His Law in their hearts and minds so they never forget it, and what is more, can never claim ignorance of the Law. This is what the New Covenant is! Everlasting obedience to Godís Law! Under the New Covenant, any law-breakers will be executed Ė theyíll be without excuse. Theyíll have no defense, and they will die without mercy.
Psa 2:7I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. This is the decree of the LORD when He proclaims that David is His son and that He Himself is his Father. David has embarked on recording Bible Prophecy through his Psalms, and the only way for Bible Prophecy to be understood is to have the Spirit of Christ. David had both the Spirit and Mind of Christ, and so God proclaims him His son and acknowledges that He is his Father. A thousand years later, Jesus Christ gives a final exhortation to the Churches of God, when He says this: Rev 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." Youíll notice here that Jesus said that He was the Root of David Ė from where the tender shoot sprung. And Jesus also confirms that He is the Son or Offspring of David, and was born through this ancestral line. Why do you suppose Jesus made this important and final proclamation about David if he wasnít important? The Truth is, that without the House of David there would be no Kingdom of God and all prophecy would fail. Thatís how important it is! And Jesus, in making this proclamation, was emphasizing this! All the dreamers and deceivers had better make an effort to understand this or prepare themselves for death forever.
Since Jesus was addressing the Churches of God, this decree or proclamation becomes even more important to the Churches. The reason for this is found in the next two verses:
Psa 2:8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. Those who enter Godís Kingdom will possess all the nations of the earth and they will rule over them.
Psa 2:9You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery." This statement by God, as recorded by David, is repeated a thousand years later in the Book of Revelation, and spoken by Jesus, in a message to the Churches of God: Rev 2:26-29 "To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations-- 27 `He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery' -- just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." In this statement, Jesus was quoting His forefather David. Did you notice that the Lord Christ was addressing the Churches of God? So was David! The Spirit that inspired David was also addressing the future Church of God and warning them of what God requires of them. What God is requiring of them is Ďto overcomeí and to Ďdo Godís will to the endí.
In view of this, David forewarns the kings and rulers of the earth that they will fall under the jurisdiction of Godís servants the prophets. The prophets have the Testimony of Jesus (the same Testimony that Jesus speaks of inRev 22:16), and as all Bible students should know, the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).
Psa 2:10Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. The warning given here is a fair warning to the kings and rulers of this earth. Their rule is coming to an end, and if they offer any opposition, theyíll be beaten with a rod of iron until their nation is brought under submission.
God is not just telling these kings and rulers to only behave themselves, He is telling them they must serve Him!
Psa 2:11Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Believe me, this is very good advice. It may not yet be evident, but soon the whole world will know and understand the heartache, death and carnage that disobedience to God has wrought over all mankind. God intends to make sure itís never repeated. If anyone suddenly believes himself to be ruler and attempts to seize power, then that person will soon find he is nothing at all. His whole nation will suffer a crushing defeat. This will serve as a warning to other nations to either serve the Creator God with fear and trembling or prepare to be wiped off the face of the earth.
Psa 2:12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. To whom was God directing His decree that he was His son? It was David! And what is more, God says, ĎBlessed are all who take refuge in himí. The day will come when Godís sons, the prophets, who have the Spirit of Christ and His Testimony, will take action Ė sudden and decisive action Ė to crush rebellion in all its forms. Itís not Godís way to try to reason with His enemies, and Godís servants are well-aware of this. When God says, ĎKiss the soní, Heís emphasizing the need to befriend His son or sons, and especially the House of David, because itís in the hands of Godís sons to bring devastating destruction on their enemies. What has happened in the six thousand years of Satanís rule is entirely different to what is going to happen in Godís Millennium of peace. There will be no diplomatic envoys attempting to bring peace to the nations (though they will have teachers sent to them). They either accept a judgment as given by Godís servants or face catastrophic damage and destruction. Deterrence is the greatest inhibiting factor to rebellion and the nations will be deterred Ė or else!
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
David was no stranger to rebellion and knows how to give advice on the subject. All through the prime of his life he was forced to fight many battles and his life was constantly in danger. Even in his old age, his son Absalom rebelled against him and sought the crown. Through much cunning and intrigue, Absalom was able to draw a following among the people and raise an army in rebellion. David became aware of this and recognized the danger of the rebellion from within his kingdom. The last thing that David needed at this time in his life was a civil war and this is what was developing. Because Absalom was his son, David was slow to retaliate.
Psa 3:1O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Worst of all, these were Davidís own people! Every one of them knew that David was Godís anointed one and they all knew the story of how Godís servant Samuel had anointed him King of Israel. However, they suddenly decided they would choose their own king even while David was still alive. In their twisted minds these rebels believed God would not be with David to deliver him. How wrong they were!
Psa 3:2Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." Selah. Selah means Rock or Anointed One. The use of the name Selah is in direct relationship to Jesusí instructions to pray to the Father in His Name. Whenever David uses this Name, itís in connection with a prayer to God. David prayed in the Name of the Rock, which genuine Bible students will know as Jesus. Jesus is that Rock (1Cor 10:3).
It seems that people never learn when they become fixated with finding fault with Godís servants. Little do they realize just how quickly God brings retribution against them and especially as we see that day approaching when Godís Kingdom will be established. When it comes to Godís servants the prophets, God is fiercely defensive of His sons. And David was both a prophet and a son.
Psa 3:3But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. David knew of the shield God had put around him. Heíd seen it in action many times throughout his life, even in the day when he alone went out to challenge Goliath. The stone that David hurled at Goliath imbedded right into his skull killing him instantly. The fact is that in almost every battle that David fought, he was outnumbered, but still emerged victorious. Did the rebels really believe that God would abandon His son at this crucial stage of his life? Apparently they did!
Psa 3:4To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah.
God certainly answered David and he was reassured. He was able to sleep and awake peacefully in the full knowledge that God had sustained him:
Psa 3:5I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
David knew that even faced with tens of thousands of rebels, he had nothing to fear. The outcome was assured.
Psa 3:6I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. It was now obvious that there was going to be a fight to determine the outcome. David loved his son Absalom and sought assurances from his field commander that his life would be spared in the battle. God, however, had other ideas. As it turned out, Absalom stood out from everyone else in that he had long hair which was his trademark symbol of his magnificence in his own eyes. It was this very hair that led to his death when it got caught up in the branches of a tree and he was de-mounted and vulnerable.
This is a brief description of what happened in the planning of the battle:2Sam 17:7-14 "Hushai replied to Absalom, "The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time. 8 You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops. 9 Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place. If he should attack your troops first, whoever hears about it will say, `There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.' 10 Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave." Absalom knew that his forces would have to greatly outnumber those of his father David if he were to defeat him in battle, and he had no allusions about this. He was advised to muster all the men of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba (the northern and southern extents of the kingdom) if he hoped to conquer David. V11 "So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba--as numerous as the sand on the seashore--be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle. 12 Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive. 13 If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley until not even a piece of it can be found." 14 Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel." For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom. As we can see, Absalom and his army planned to kill David and all his men and leave none alive. Even though David knew this, he still instructed his commanders not to kill Absalom. God, however, was determined that justice would prevail and He intended to destroy Absalom.
Even at this late stage, David prayed to God to target the mouths of the rebels and break their teeth. He preferred this to risking the death of Absalom in battle.
Psa 3:7Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. David calls on God to target the mouths of the offensive ones who are prone to mouth-off against Godís servants. And just remember that God will hold them accountable for every word they utter. We find this confirmed by Jesus Christ in Matt 12:37 "For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
So on this occasion, God specifically targeted the instigator of the whole plot Ė Absalom! God wanted to be sure that the death of Absalom was very specific, rather than just another fallen warrior in the field of battle. And this is how it happened:2Sam 18:6-17 "The army marched into the field to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim. 7 There the army of Israel was defeated by David's men, and the casualties that day were great--twenty thousand men. 8 The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest claimed more lives that day than the sword. Youíll notice that the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim. As usual, Ephraim was able to field a very strong army and showed the most willingness to fight against the House of David. It was only a generation later, under the rule of Davidís grandson Reboboam, that the House of Judah lost their rule over ten Tribes to Jeroboam the Ephraimite.
And now we come to the part where God determines to kill Absalom in a specific and spectacular way. This is the account of how it happened:V19 Now Absalom happened to meet David's men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going. 10 When one of the men saw this, he told Joab, "I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree." 11 Joab said to the man who had told him this, "What! You saw him? Why didn't you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels of silver and a warrior's belt." 12 But the man replied, "Even if a thousand shekels were weighed out into my hands, I would not lift my hand against the king's son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, `Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.' 13 And if I had put my life in jeopardy--and nothing is hidden from the king--you would have kept your distance from me." Joab was a warrior and a commander of the army, and the battle had already cost 20,000 of the lives of the Tribes of Israel, so it seemed to Joab that the death of Absalom would bring it all to a quick end. As it happened, Joab was proven right, and what he did coincided with Godís judgment on Absalom anyway. V14 Joab said, "I'm not going to wait like this for you." So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom's heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree. 15 And ten of Joab's armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him. 16 Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them. 17 They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes." Absalom had rebelled against the House of his father David, and God ensured the right outcome.
Deliverance came to David in accordance to his prayer to God:
Psa 3:8From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah. David also asked for Godís blessing on His people once more in an act of forgiveness.
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
Psa 4:1Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. David had just emerged triumphant from a major battle with the men of Ephraim, and he knew this army had not come out in the Name of the LORD, but for reasons that were offensive to God. David remembered Godís words in this matter:
Psa 4:2How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah.
David gave the conclusion to the matter:
Psa 4:3Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him. This proved to be right, and his enemies were defeated. David then offers them some good advice:
Psa 4:4In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Selah.
At that time, the Ephraimites hearts were not right, and they should have known better than to challenge Godsí anointed one. God had set out His requirements and insisted on obedience, but the men of Israel chose to serve God in their own way! This was not acceptable to God! David recognized the problem and confirmed it:
Psa 4:5Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD.
With such a mindset that led to defeat, the men of Israel were left bewildered and wondered what went wrong.
Psa 4:6Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?" Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD. These Ďmanyí knew that the light was not shining on them! Their minds were dark and bewildered because they loved delusions Ė just as God said Ė and this led them to seek solace in false gods. These Ďmanyí certainly learned a grim lesson!
Yet among the godly, whom God has set apart for Himself, there was peace and joy, and David acknowledges this:
Psa 4:7You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.
Psa 4:8I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
In the wake of a bloody battle and the slaughter of 20,000 of his own citizens who rebelled against him, David becomes reflective of where his enemies went wrong. David, being the righteous man that he was, considered what God requires of men and the outcome for those who disobey. David recognized that there are some men who can never stand in Godís presence and will therefore never know Godís mercy. In this Psalm he enumerates such conduct.
Psa 5:1Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.
Psa 5:2Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
Psa 5:3In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. There is often a wait for answer to prayer while God considers the best outcome for all involved. If Godís response were always immediate, then some people would never learn the lessons that come from suffering. Sometimes itís suffering that brings us all to a better understanding of what God requires of us. Experience, in addition to suffering, is the best teacher.
Psa 5:4You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. The wicked will never dwell with God! Godís whole purpose is to rid the world of evil and wickedness, and there is only one outcome for those whom God hates!
Psa 5:5The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. All those who love their Creator know very well what evil is. They can recognize it a mile off! This is because the righteous ones determine evil from the Law of God. Evil comes in many forms. Adultery, homosexuality, murder, theft, etc, are all easily recognized as evil. Yet those who know their God will also recognize arrogance as evil as well Ė just as God does. David recognizes that the arrogant cannot stand in Godís presence Ė because He hates them! Of particular hatred to God are those who exhibit arrogance to appear more Ďmagnificentí than their peers and to elevate themselves over everyone. This is what God has to say in regard to this: Isa 66:2 "Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD. "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word." Itís particularly detestable to God when men seek to instruct others about the Creator God, and yet donít tremble at His Word. Youíve probably noticed that most preachers and evangelists seek only to make the people feel good about themselves. They donít seek to make the people tremble at the Word of God! Most of these preachers know virtually nothing about the Word of God and their purpose is to deceive the people.
Psa 5:6You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors. The bloodthirsty are those who kill or maim the innocent for pleasure or profit. Like brute beasts they turn on others more righteous than themselves. The Prophet Ezekiel adds some weight to this verse in Eze 13:19 "You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live." In regard to this verse from the Book of Ezekiel, God is speaking of the white-washed wall (V14) that Israel has built for themselves. God speaks of this white-washed wall being smashed to the ground in a spectacular fashion! By lying to the people, concerning their Ďhuman rightsí and other nonsense (which they love to listen to), the crime rate has gone through the roof, and even the most bloodthirsty murderer has his life spared Ė when he deserves to die! Itís the victim that deserved to live Ė not the bloodthirsty murderer! This is typical of the pathetic mindset that has developed!
The pathetic lie they rely on is to state that Ďno-one has the right to take the life of anotherí. Yet the murderer has done exactly that, yet he has the right to live? How mad can this mob-mentality get? Even more hypocritically, they send men to war to kill the enemy in battle, but their self-righteous platitude doesnít apply in this case Ė because this type of killing is Ďto protect the American peopleí. I take nothing away from the heroic conduct of the courageous soldiers in battle, but now these crazy Ďright to lifeí enthusiasts, who rely on lies, have generated animosity among the deranged for war of any kind, and soldiers in particular. So you can understand from the last verse from Psalms why God says He will destroy those who tell lies. And now you know why the white-washed wall is going to come crashing down. With a little bit of creative reasoning, this white-washed wall could well be referring to Washington and the White House! The play on words is deliberate, and believe me, this is not too far-fetched!
Just to add a personal insight to who should live and who should die, just days ago a man was charged with the murder of a young woman Ė apparently a young prostitute, but the police up-graded the charge when it was found that the woman was six weeks pregnant. Because of the death of the fetus, the man was charged with double-homicide. From this we can conclude that killing a fetus, whether intentionally or unintentionally, is murder under the law. But hereís the kicker! Thousands of abortions are performed every week across America, including partial-birth abortions of fully-formed babies, yet this is now perfectly legal. Whatís wrong with this picture? On the one hand, an intentional killing of a fetus is perfectly legal, yet the unintentional killing of a fetus is murder, and in this case, double murder. Thereís a Bible term for this type of reasoning, and its called hypocrisy Ė and the disease is spreading. By all means charge the man with murder, but leave out the hypocritical double-murder nonsense! I, for one, am sick of hearing from these base, self-righteous hypocrites!
Psa 5:7But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple. Itís this verse that prompted the tradition of Muslims to bow down to their Ďholyí city of Mecca. Satanís brood is always in defiance of God. Satan likes to ensure he has equal billing to the Creator God among his own evil brood and he wonít be outdone.
Psa 5:8Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies-- make straight your way before me. David knew that his enemies were those who surrounded the Holy Land, Philistines, Amorites, Arabs, Edomites, etc, were the real enemies of his kingdom, even though he had just fought a civil war with the Ephraimites, who sought to depose him. It certainly demonstrates the mindset of the Ephraimites at that time. Ephraim in Bible Prophecy is the United States of America (see our Study of the Book of Isaiah), so nothing much has changed, and the wheel has turned full-circle. Today the future House of David is under attack and defensive against the hordes that surround the nation of Israel, and the White House is the harbinger of these threats.
Perhaps the reader now realizes that Obama, by his very actions, now poses a grave threat to the Israelis, but itís a bit too late now. The Democrats, who voted him into power, are hardly known for any form of logic. These people are against all wars but all for illegal immigrants. They want to save polar bears, spotted owls and whales, but they insist on the right too kill unborn fetuses. They seem to all live in the twilight zone. Since theyíre all so easily deceived, it comes as no surprise that they were so easily deceived by Obama. Deceivers always put on a good show because their purpose is to deceive the gullible.
The House of David was under threat during his time. The same old enemy of Davidís time still exists today. Even when faced with rebellion and a civil war, David found himself fighting the men of Ephraim. Today, the Israelis and their Holy City of Jerusalem are under threat, and once again the rebellion is being orchestrated by Ephraim Ė the United States of America. David makes this observation:
Psa 5:9Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit.
And who is David speaking of here? Heís speaking of those who rebelled against him Ė and God!
Psa 5:10Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. We know perfectly well what was in Davidís mind immediately after he was forced to defend his realm against rebellion. He was speaking about the Tribe of Ephraim who was at the forefront of this rebellion. God declared them guilty all right, and decided then and there that they would be isolated or banished from the House of David. Though, as it happened, God gave His assurance that it would not happen in Davidís lifetime or of his son Solomon. It happened in the days of Solomonís son Rehoboam. This was the time when the northern Ten Tribes began their descent to becoming the Ďlost sheep of Israelí. It was to be nearly 3,000 years before they became a nation in their own right Ė in 1776. This was when Ephraim came of age. And now the American people have two options. Either they support the House of David or they rebel Ė yet again. If they rebel in an act of treachery, then theyíll be declared guilty, and banished once again. In this period of slavery, theyíll be able to recall the intrigues that led to their downfall. Theyíll surely recall the intrigues of the slimy snake in the White House! To be perfectly honest about this, if anyone is not recognizing these intrigues of Obama now, then they are totally blind and deserve what they get.
God will have mercy only on those He favours, those whom He has set apart for Himself. You will notice the references in the next two verses to such things as refuge, protection, shielding.
Psa 5:11But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. God will provide refuge and protection to those He loves: those who have proven themselves to be faithful servants to Him. In short, those who have believed and obeyed Him!
Psa 5:12For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Youíll notice in the course of this study of the Psalms that David mentions this protective shield of God many, many times. Hereís a couple of examples: Ps 18:2 "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." And another: Psa 4:11 "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." (Take particular notice of the words "For the LORD God is a sunÖ." This will be referenced later.)
Just remember that during Davidís reign, the House of Israel was just one nation. It wasnít divided up until the third generation of Davidís line. David recognized the the House of Aaron, the priestly line of Levi, was held in great favour by God and He was their shield and protector:Ps 115:9-13 "O house of Israel, trust in the LORD-- he is their help and shield. 10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD-- he is their help and shield. 11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD-- he is their help and shield. 12 The LORD remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, 13 he will bless those who fear the LORD-- small and great alike." Itís worth noting that Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, were both of the line of Aaron (Luke 1:5-6). There is considerable significance in mentioning this fact in the Book of Luke. It was the Tribe of Levi, Godís own tribe (Num 8:13-14) that remained faithful to the House of David.
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.
As we have just read, David lived through many trials and troubles, and having lived through wars with the Philistines, a rebellion by the Ephraimites, and the betrayal by his son Absalom, he became ill and was contemplating his death. It was a most unhappy situation.
Psa 6:1O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
Psa 6:2Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony.
Psa 6:3My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long?
Psa 6:4Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
Psa 6:5No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave? Some people seem to believe that when they die they are still alive in some other form. David disagrees, and so do all Godís true servants.
Psa 6:6I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.
Psa 6:7My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.
Psa 6:8Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping. No doubt many came to see him while posing as Ďwell-wishersí, but really only wanting to know how close to death he was. Even in his desperately ill state, he was not deceived by them. He knew they only had evil in their minds.
Psa 6:9The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. God loved David very much, just as He loved His Son Jesus, but still He allowed both to suffer. Both, however, emerged stronger and more powerful. In Jesusí case, stronger and more powerful than any other being in the entire universe, other than God the Father!
Psa 6:10All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace. All Davidís enemies were hoping he would die, but when God hears his prayer and heals him, they fled away in disgrace. God always acts against plotters and schemers. He hates such people!
A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
Arising from a near-deathbed, David is confronted yet again with his enemies, always baying for his blood.
Psa 7:1O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
Psa 7:2or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
Psa 7:3O LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands--
Psa 7:4if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause have robbed my foe--
Psa 7:5then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust. Selah.
David makes the case to God that he has done nothing to provoke the hatred and accusations brought against him by his enemies. David further pleads to God that if he has wronged any of them, then let them prevail over him and kill him. This is the type of man that David was! He was a decent, forthright and honest man, and this is why his enemies hated him. They hated him because they themselves lacked all these qualities. And God knew that!
And now we enter into a prophesied period in the future, as David prophesies of future events. This will become evident when we get to verse 1 of the 8th Psalm. All the prophets of God knew what was coming in the future, and they all wrote about it. Some envisioned these things dimly while others with greater clarity, but all understood and knew the broad brush-strokes of all that would happen when the time came to establish the Kingdom of God.
Psa 7:6Arise, O LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.
Psa 7:7Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high;
Psa 7:8let the LORD judge the peoples. Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.
Psa 7:9O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.
Psa 7:10My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
Psa 7:11God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day. Donít consider it too unusual that God would express His wrath every day. Every day brings more and more horror among the inhabitants of the earth, and violence is increasing exponentially. Godís Son Jesus waits every day for the signal from the Father to arise and act. With every passing day His fury is increased.
Psa 7:12If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
Psa 7:13He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows. When this happens, you will clearly know who the enemy is. The prophets spoke of this event many times. None of them lived to see it enacted in the way in which they wrote it. For instance, this is the Prophet Habakkukís account: Hab 3:2-16 "LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. 4 His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. 5 Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps." The reference to Teman and Mount Paran are explained in our Book of Isaiah Study (available at our website). This region is in the area of Mecca and Medina, the so-called holy sites of Islam. The Lord Jesus Himself is going to embark on a massive slaughter there and leave the area a wasteland. V6 "He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed. His ways are eternal. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish. 8 Were you angry with the rivers, O LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode with your horses and your victorious chariots? 9 You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. Selah. You split the earth with rivers; 10 the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. 11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear. 12 In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. 13 You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. (This is speaking of the Mighty Christ coming to save His anointed one, which Habakkuk knew was not himself.) You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot. Selah. 14 With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding." Youíll find a reference to this leader of the land of wickedness in our Isaiah Bible study. Heís of the Leviathan class of monster, whom the Lord Christ will personally dispatch. An account of this killing of a Leviathan is found in Isa 27:1. Jesus Christ reserves the right for Himself to kill this type of beast Ė just as He states in Job 41.
Continuing inHab 3:15 "You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters. 16 I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. This nation is Babylon! Habakkuk knew that God would return to destroy the very nation that was then invading them, and these are the same babbling, incoherent lunatics who are plotting the destruction of the House of Israel and the House of Judah. So, of course, the day of calamity is going to come upon them Ė and at the hand of the Mighty One Himself! You only have to read the Book of Revelation to know how God feels about Babylon Ė the same Babylon and the only Babylon Ė and the one whom Habakkuk identified as the one invading them. Those people who are pregnant with evil and refuse to believe their Creator had better understand the calamity that is coming on them at the hands of the Babylonians of the Middle East. Itís surely coming!
Now back to the Book of Psalms and the reference to Godís flaming arrows in the previous verse. The problem we have today is that so many people canít conceive of Jesus Christ returning to save them. Such people believe they are already saved. They will understand nothing until the flood of war sweeps them away. Because of their evil ways and their refusal to believe God, they will be left totally disillusioned.
Psa 7:14He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. There will be plenty of disillusionment when God fires off His flaming arrows. Those who live in the Western nations live in relative peace and safety and remain oblivious to the many outrages that are committed each and every day. But when the scourge enters their borders and theyíre faced with death on every side, who will they blame then? Naturally enough, in their minds it will all be Godís fault. As this verse states, these people are pregnant with evil yet the evil has not yet emerged, but itís certainly growing within and will eventually burst forth.
Moses spoke of the curses of these last days in the Book of Deuteronomy and speaks of the feigned righteousness that will exist, only to burst forth in unthinkable and disgusting ways. This example that Moses gives relates to being pregnant with evil:Deut 28:56-57 "The most gentle and sensitive woman among you--so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot--will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For she intends to eat them secretly during the siege and in the distress that your enemy will inflict on you in your cities." This verse hardly needs any emphasis, because the message is so very clear. The outward appearance of people today doesnít reflect what is in their hearts. Without Godís Holy Spirit, no-one can know the limits of their evil. People might say, ĎNo, no! I would never do such a thing!í But God says they will! They are already pregnant with evil because theyíve refused obedience to God and now suffer the altered state of mind that comes with it. God gives His Holy Spirit only to those who obey Him! Acts 5:32 "We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him." Those who think they have Godís Holy Spirit, yet donít obey His Commandments, are dreaming! The consequences of their rebellion against Him are going to manifest itself in unspeakable ways Ė just as God has predicted.
God further speaks of the disillusioned state of mind that is sweeping the nations of Israel today, and the consequences that will ensue. Nothing they do will go right and everything they attempt will end in failure.
Psa 7:15He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.
Psa 7:16The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head. It might seem to be a mere coincidence, but there is a great pit thatís been dug where the Twin Towers once stood. The American people want a memorial built there as a reminder of what happened to 3,000 Americans. They want a constant reminder of the outrage committed by Islam. Against all odds, the planning committee has just released plans to build a 100 million dollar mosque close to the site. If you think the devil is mad, be aware that he has some serious competition for the title among the various administrations in America. After such an outrage of building a mosque at the site, one might have thought the people would have arisen and trashed City Hall and beaten up everyone in the building. But no! Most spokesmen are passively considering the proposition on the off-chance that they might Ďwin some hearts and mindsí! Is it any wonder that the wrath of Jesus Christ builds every day against those whose minds emulate that of the devil? Do any of these lunatics know that a mosque is a place of worship for the devil? Godís own language identifies them as the Ďsynagogue of Sataní in Rev 2:9. Such people, who act in defiance of God, have made themselves the enemies of God, and He has warned that He will fight against them Himself. The trouble theyíve caused will recoil on themselves and it will bring violence down on their own heads Ė as David states in the above verse.
People who think and act like imbeciles can expect no help from God. They never act in Godís best interests and so He has nothing in common with them. Godís only concern is for those who emulate His Son Jesus, and who stand on the side of righteousness.
Psa 7:17I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. Letís hope in coming days that there will be people among the Israelites who think like David. Itís alarming the number of professing Christians who now stand against the Jewish people. Against all the evidence, theyíve decided that the Jewish State of Israel is responsible for all the fomented violence and terrorism. If they thought logically, however, they would realize that the nation that was targeted on September 11, 2001 was America Ė a Christian nation! Who do Muslims attack and kill in their own cities and countries? Itís Christians! The Jews had nothing to do with any of these outrages, and even a blind fool could see that the forces of evil in this world are Muslims Ė all of them!
And now we have madmen, who claim to be Christians, loudly proclaiming hatred for Jews and calling them Zionist thugs. In so doing, these people have chosen to categorize Islam as the victims of Godís chosen Tribe of Judah. I can tell you right now, that these false accusers of Godís people Judah have been marked for special treatment, and in the day of Godís vengeance they will get what they deserve Ė and in a spectacular way. What is more, they will never enter Godís Kingdom! They, themselves, have become the enemies of God! Because of their blindness, there will never be a Ďroad-to-Damascus conversioní for them! Theyíve chosen to falsely accuse the Jews, and all the maledictions theyíve used against them will fall on their own heads. They desired the total destruction of the State of Israel because of the madness of their own minds, and now they will face utter and prolonged destruction of themselves in retribution from God. And it is surely coming! All of them are marked for slaughter! They should have reigned-in their lying tongues while they still had the chance.
For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.
Psa 8:1O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. The day will come, in the final battles, when Godís Glory will be over the City of Jerusalem as a shield for His people. This is the time when God acts to put down all rebellion and to establish His Name in all the earth.
Even though the House of Israel has rebelled against Him and even vilified His Law, literally banning its display in courthouses, schools or even any public place, yet God wonít abandon His people completely. The rebels will certainly go, and these will return to dust, but still God has reserved some for protection, and this will be largely from a new generation. The smart-mouthed rebels will be too far gone to qualify for any form of assistance from Him. Just imagine a situation where you apply for a job. At the interview, you insist on an exorbitant salary, but insist that you be free to do as you please. You wonít obey any of the rules, but at some future time, you expect a promotion equal in rank to him (the boss). How would the boss react to this? He would probably frog-march you right out of the building, and probably kick your butt on the way out. Why, then, should God be any different? God is a whole lot smarter than any potential boss!
God intends to start with a clean slate, and a whole new array of teachable subjects. Jesus Christ touched on this when He said:Matt 19:14 "Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Itís this new generation that will inherit Godís Kingdom.
Psa 8:2From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Little children will cry out to God in sincerity, even though in the hands of Godís enemies, and appeal to Him to silence the foe and avenger. God makes it clear that He will listen to these children rather than those who have lived their lives in defiance of Him. Surely this makes sense to the rational mind.
Psa 8:3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
Psa 8:4what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? David is typical of all the servants of Creator God. Neither David nor any of Godís servants would even countenance for a moment that God had not created everything. They know He did! True servants look at mankind and say, why is God even interested in them? Theyíre all just as hostile to God as any pagan devil-worshiper, and they seem to be just as incorrigible. Thankfully, a new generation will arise from the crucible of war and destruction that will show a little gratitude for their Creator when He rises to save them.
Psa 8:5You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. God chose a species for a special purpose that was lower than the present rulers of the heavenly realms. This lower species was mankind, whom God made in His own image. What is more, he crowned them with honour and glory. This reference to crowning and honour and glory is the indication that they would take over from the heavenly beings that presently hold power on earth. God intends to replace these rulers with selective human beings who will be elevated over them, and who will, in turn, become members of the God Family as real sons and daughters Ė just like their elder Brother Jesus.
Psa 8:6You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: (weíll reference this below)
Psa 8:7all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
Psa 8:8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. As we just said, Jesus will be the elder Brother of Godís Family, and everything will be put under His feet. The human kind was also made to be a ruler (V6 above) and to have everything put under his feet. This very phrase is used in connection with Jesus: 1Cor 15:22-28 "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all." This passage of Scripture contains a reference to Psa 8:6 about putting everything under His feet. This is exactly what the verse in the Psalms says about the human rulers chosen by God. Jesus Christ being the firstfruit of this crop of rulers.
The LORD God gave mankind a limited role of rulership over all the flocks, herds and beasts of the field and the fish of the ocean. Certain ones of these were used as sacrifices to God. Mankind was given control of the destiny of all these. God accepted the sacrifice of bulls, rams, goats and lambs as righteous offerings. They learned the skills of husbandry over animals, and destroyed any beasts of the field that sought to attack them. All of which taught them valuable lessons about the purpose of life. It cost the blood of animals to sustain human life, which has portent for the sacrifice of the Lamb of God Ė Jesus Christ. Without the shedding of this valuable blood, there would have been no chance of any human-being surviving. God would have rung down the curtain on all mankind. Even up to the last moment, Jesus had the opportunity to back out and God would have immediately put at His disposal twelve legions of angels:Matt 26:53 "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?" Jesus knew the importance of going as a Lamb to the slaughter, and if He hadnít, then the Scriptures would not have been fulfilled. Itís of paramount importance that all Scriptures be fulfilled, and not a single dot, or any stroke of the pen, can disappear until all is fulfilled. And this is why all prophecy is very important, and why everything must be fulfilled. This includes everything that the Lord Christ is destined to do when He returns in fulfillment of all prophecy. As any Bible student would know, there is plenty of prophecy yet to be fulfilled by Jesus, and not the least of it will pass away until itís fulfilled. This is what all the Prophets wrote about, including David. Jesus Christ is coming back to rule the whole earth!
Psa 8:9O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
For the director of music. To the tune of "The Death of the Son." A psalm of David.
Psa 9:1I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
Psa 9:2I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Psa 9:3My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.
Psa 9:4For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.
Psa 9:5You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. Never to be remembered again! They chose their own way and are worthless for any purpose. We are either with God or weíre against Him Ė just as Jesus stated: Matt 12:30-32 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come." What is being said here is that anything said against the man Jesus will be forgiven, but anything spoken against His Testimony, which is given through the Spirit of God, will never be forgiven Ė either in this age or the age to come. The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10). When Jesus says that anyone who is not with Him is against Him, He further qualifies this as those who donít gather with Him and as those who scatter others and prevent them from entering the Kingdom. There are plenty of these today! Such people will never be forgiven, and they will never enter Godís Kingdom!
Godís favoured option is to choose the children who have never engaged in this type of hostility against His Holy Spirit. As God has said, of such children is the Kingdom of God. After all, you donít put new wine into old wineskins. The old wineskins are of little use to anyone. There was a time when hostility towards God Way was done in ignorance, but today, such hostility against His Holy Spirit is without excuse. In these last days God has made it plain to everyone what to expect, and those who have their eyes open can plainly see it. Those who refuse to see it can only blame themselves.
There are an excessive number of people on the earth today, and God intends to thin their ranks and start with a clean slate. There is considerable evidence to suggest that the rate of the survivors will be only a tithe Ė that is, ten percent. In the days of Noah, however, this rate was considerably less with the survival of only eight people. Everyone else on earth was wiped out.
Jesus Christ spoke of the days of Noah, and stated that these last days would be just like them:Matt 24:37-39 "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man." There are a lot of people who think they know what is to happen, but without the Spirit of Prophecy, they will know nothing until they are swept away. Long ago, God said He would not destroy the earthís inhabitants with water again, so the flood that will sweep them away is the flood of war. Jesus was directing this prophecy to the House of Israel, and He made it plain that He had come only to Ďthe lost sheep of Israelí. The rest of the nations can take notice, but their ranks will be thinned by things of far greater magnitude than a flood of war. All these things will be clarified when we come to the opening of the Seventh Seal, and the time for this is not yet!
Psa 9:6Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished. There were vast hordes wiped out in the Great Flood, and no-one remembers any of them. Itís as if they never existed. Occasionally, the odd one or two have been found buried in deep gorges in hardened clay and sandstone. Anthropologists, who know nothing about anything, give the fossil remains ridiculous ages, like two million years based on their equally ridiculous methods of age-dating.
In accordance with what David wrote in this verse, these people are definitely candidates to have all memory of them wiped out forever. The reason is that they refuse to believe God! Now that Noahís Ark has been found 13,000 feet up Mount Ararat, they have no excuses any more. Notably, it wasnít anyone from the House of Israel that found it, but Chinese explorers. It took a Gentile to find this great wonder and they immediately recognized the Ark for what it was! Shame on the Israelites who didnít believe it existed!
Psa 9:7The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. God has made many judgments in the past, and one of these judgments fell on the people in Noahís time. Not only did they perish in the Great Flood, but all memory of them was wiped out. In retrospect we can conclude that this was a very good judgment. The world at that time was filled with violence (Gen 6:11-13) and there was no obedience to God anywhere. Only Noah stood out from the crowd, and he turned out to be an exceptional man. God gave him the plans for the Ark and Noah went ahead and built it with iron tools. And just to dispel the madness about the stone age, the bronze age and the iron age myths, it was a close descendant of Adamís son Cain who became a manufacturer of bronze and iron tools: Gen 4:19-22 "Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah."
In the diminutive minds of anthropologists, the ancients used stone tools. When you look at the quality of the shaped beams in the Ark, courtesy of the Chinese explorers, you can clearly see that iron tools, saws, adze, and axes were used. Why would Noah use anything else when iron tools were readily available? These were not primitive people. Noahís accomplishment in building this Ark shows his incredible ability and his patience in building such a huge ship. It took until the 20th century of our time to see any ship of comparable size.
Considering that the Lord Christ mentioned the Noahís flood in relation to these last days, and the frequent mention of the Ark throughout the Scriptures, it was obvious to the servants of God that God would reveal the Ark in our day. And itís happened right on cue. Here we are, with the same conditions as in the days of Noah, with violence and disobedience widespread throughout the earth, and God has revealed the Ark. It may be, that at some future time weíll reveal the relationship between Noahís Ark and the Ark of the Covenant. Now that is an interesting study Ė particularly in these increasingly perilous times.
Psa 9:8He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice. People may have varying views about what righteousness is, but their views will almost certainly be revised by what is now coming on this earth. God intends to judge the world once more. Godís righteousness will be enforced on the whole world and He will ensure that justice is served. God is the Creator and He makes the rules. The sooner people realize this, the sooner they will find relief from their woes.
Psa 9:9The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. The Creator God has clear intentions towards those who revere Him, and He will act on their behalf. He will provide refuge for them in the troublous times ahead. The well-being of such people will depend on their willingness to believe and obey.
Psa 9:10Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. God has never been very specific in declaring His Name. In this instance, He is referring to a certain people who will know Godís true Name. Rev 14:1 "Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads." So the Names of the Father and the Lamb (Son) will be written on the foreheads of the 144,000 (12,000 from each of the Tribes of Israel).
In the Great Tribulation, even the Churches of God will receive the assurance of this, though not on their foreheads. Rather, they will be given a white stone with the Name written on it, and this Name will be known only to those who receive it. These are the ones who will refuse the name of the beast. This will be their ticket to receiving the hidden manna which will sustain them.Rev 2:17 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it." The hidden manna is the food of angels, which can sustain them (the angels) for long periods of time. In Mosesí day, the Israelites gathered the manna and used it to make bread. The hidden manna is a little different, and appears on the roof of the mouth, as a substance like honey, just as it does with the angels. Those who are given the white stone, with the Name written on it, will receive this manna and they will survive. They will survive because they overcame the odds against them. In other words, they stood their ground and refused to deny God.
Psa 9:11Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. ĎZionismí means to take the Kingdom of God by force and to drive out Godís enemies Ė just as God instructed the Israelites anciently in the day of Moses. Taking the Kingdom by force means more than this. It also includes hammering the nations that surround the Holy Land and leaving them a ruin. Anyone with any form of logic still left today, would know which nations these are. Very plainly, itís all of Islam today. These people worship Allah the devil, so God certainly doesnít want them as neighbours when He sits enthroned in Zion! So who is God going to call to prepare the way for Him? This question is already settled! Itís the Levite just like Moses and just like John the Baptist. The other branch of the House of David is obviously Judah. Who else, other than Judah, could God call to prepare the Holy Land for Him? Ephraim, Britain, Europe? Thatís a laugh! These are all ganging up on the Jews Ė yet again! And, oh boy, did they ever get this wrong! Salvation is of the Jews Ė just as Jesus said, and if the Tribes of Israel have any hope of being rescued, then theyíll need a marked change in attitude.
Psa 9:12For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted. Who is being afflicted today Ė and without cause? Once again, itís Judah!
Psa 9:13O LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
Psa 9:14that I may declare your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation. This prophecy of David is speaking of Godís salvation Ė the only salvation that comes from God. And this is salvation from the enemy. In the 23rd Psalm, David speaks of walking in the valley of the shadow of Death, and in the above verse, he speaks of the gates of Death. As a prophet of God, David knew all about the rulers of the heavenly realms, and especially the one named Death, who is mentioned specifically by name in Rev 6:8.
Because of their ignorance, and because of their inability to see the writing on the wall, the nations of Israel have been busily digging a hole, which they themselves will fall into.
Psa 9:15The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden. The Western nations have been busily trying to ensnare the State of Israel, while simultaneously placating Godís enemies. In days to come they will praise God that Judah is so forgiving of their outrageous and treacherous behaviour. Yet it will be too late for the vast majority of them. Some people just never learn!
They seem to have forgotten that God is a God of justice, and He will deliver justice. The House of Israel should have considered the justice aspect before they committed the crime. And just to make His justice very clear, the wicked will be ensnared by the work of their hands.
Psa 9:16The LORD is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. Higgaion. Selah. And they have only themselves to blame. God makes no secret of the fact that He will consider all that they have done and deliver it back on their own heads. Much of this can be explained merely by remembering the slogan, Ďto win their hearts and mindsí which is a reference to placating Godís enemy Ė Islam! The crazy U.S. Administration believes they can rehabilitate Islam! Itís now been ten years of war with Islam, and what are the results so far? Have they Ďwon any hearts and mindsí among these savage degenerates? No? And neither will they ever! Very soon you will see how God deals with them.
Psa 9:17The wicked return to the grave ("Dust you are and to dust you will return"), all the nations that forget God. Most of the nations have never known God so they have nothing to forget. The House of Israel, however, did know God, even though they never served Him. Instead, they have served only themselves, but always hoped for and expected His blessings. The Great God was overly generous to them and lavished blessings on them beyond their wildest imaginings. But the more He blessed them the further they went from Him. God knew this would happen and predicted it: Hos 11:1-4 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. 4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them." The rest of the Book of Hosea speaks of Ephraimís demise and captivity in these last days. This Book concludes with these words: Hos 14:9 "Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them." The wise and discerning ones know that Ephraim will return to captivity and everything God gave them will be taken away, and theyíll be left in want of all things.
Yet God offers hope for some and theyíll receive a little help:
Psa 9:18But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.
Psa 9:19Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence. Even though the nations that knew God have forgotten Him, yet David appeals to God not to let man triumph over His people, but rather to judge all these nations in His presence. And this is exactly what God plans! He is going to gather all nations on the face of the earth against Him for a final battle, and in the Valley of Armageddon He will crush them as like a wine-press and their blood will flow to the depth of a horseís bridle (Rev 14:20).
David certainly knows his Great God!
Psa 9:20Strike them with terror, O LORD; let the nations know they are but men. Selah. Justice! Now thereís a word with meaning. These nations that inflicted terror will have it delivered on their own heads! If they thought they were invincible and could challenge God, then they will quickly learn that they are but human Ė and they bleed! Clearly, they backed the wrong horse.
In this Psalm, David continues the same theme and speaks of the situation just prior to the LORD God being King for ever and ever (seeV16 below). David speaks of calamitous times when the LORD hides away from His people and makes Himself inaccessible to them. They are on their own to bear their own guilt. As the beginnings of sorrows take hold, the people of Ephraim are going to face the enemy in their communities, in their streets and in their homes. They will be everywhere, after flooding over the border. Satan has been preparing these people for centuries for this very outrage. What makes these people so different is that for centuries theyíve made a pretense of being Christians. In V4 it says Ďin all their thoughts there is no room for Godí. Their dark thoughts easily overpower any thought for God, and they seek only to fulfill the cravings of their hearts. And as V5 says, Godís Laws are far from them. Yes, that identifies fake Christianity all right!
Well, these evil creatures are amassing on the border even now. They actively promote violent street gangs and the drug trade, and the crime rate among them is magnitudes greater than any other ethnic group in America. The Obama Administration is determined to open the flood gates for them and to automatically make them citizens of the U.S. Good olí Obama, he never lets a calamity go to waste. This demon ruler will do anything to destroy the America, Israel and the West, and heís had nothing but success so far!
Psa 10:1Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? The reason is that itís the time for punishment, and itís certainly not something that God takes pleasure in. Nor does any normal, rational human being, but even so, itís obvious that nothing short of the severest calamity is going to bring the West to their senses. They canít even recognize the enemy today, so how could they possibly be used to wipe Satanís brood off the face of the earth? God doesnít want the West to Ďwin their hearts and mindsí, God wants them to recognize their evil, murderous, lying treachery and deliver justice! The pages of the Bible are full of Godís intent, and in all honesty, no Bible student could fail to see it.
People seem to forget the history of the South American Indians. They were bloodthirsty and vile cannibals, who sacrificed to the devil on top of, of all things, a Ziggurat. The victim had his heart cut out to satisfy their god. You might say that all this happened hundreds of years ago, and that all this changed when Cortes came on the scene. These are still the same people, with the same mindset, and surely their horrific crimes in America indicate this! This group of people have the highest crime rate in America. And just for the record, human sacrifices are still performed in some mountainous regions of South America, and I have photos of it. Are these the sort of people that an Israelite nation would want? Most donít! But when you factor in the mindset of the madman in the White House, the will of the people is of no consequence.
Psa 10:2In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. There are schemes afoot to give them legality to overrun the country, and these scheming beasts will take full advantage of it. When millions of them flood in, what are the American people going to do? Hide in a closet? When huge marauding gangs start pillaging, the people will have no protection at all. Even now, Obama is trying to disarm the people and deny them the right to bear arms. When widespread looting, burning, raping and killing become widespread, the law becomes paralyzed and incapable of being enforced.
These marauders will know they have strength in numbers and theyíll take full advantage of it. Theyíll be driven by greed and the greedy will join them.
Psa 10:3He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. The cravings of his heart are the property of others, and he will boast of his acquisition of them. Youíll soon find out the the Catholic churchís conversion of these pagans was a waste of time. Once they gain power they will revile the LORD God.
Psa 10:4In his pride the wicked does not seek him (God); in all his thoughts there is no room for God. In their pride, these wicked creatures soon forget about God Ė thereís no room for Him anymore! This goes to suggest a former religious attachment. Of course, the Latinos are not the only street gangs in America and these other organized gangs probably have members who were once attached to Christianity. Plunder and murder become crimes of opportunity when times get tough, and this is exactly what is going to happen in the run-up to establishing Godís Kingdom. Many things will contribute to this. But one of the central reasons why all this will happen is because the House of Israel has abandoned Godís Law. Since they have abandoned Godís Law, God is going to abandon their law and to accomplish this, God intends to wipe out all the law-givers in one catastrophic stroke. These law-givers operate in Washington, DC.
Psa 10:5His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.
Psa 10:6He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy and never have trouble." If they have big enough gangs whoíll give them trouble in a lawless land? Certainly not God! God will allow the punishment of His people Ephraim to continue. And anyway, Godís concern will be in the State of Israel at that time, in preparation for the Kingdom of God. The rescue of the Jews will greatly override His concerns for America.
Psa 10:7His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.
Psa 10:8He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent, watching in secret for his victims. As we read in V1 of this Psalm, this is a prophecy about a time of great trouble Ė a time when God hides His face from His people Ephraim. The evil creatures or Ďstrangersí in the land will gain the upper hand. Rape, murder and plundering are the type of things theyíre particularly good at. These people are well-practiced in all these things. Sure you know of exceptions to this, and this is true of all races and peoples, but these few exceptions will do nothing to help you when multiple millions flood into the land. Itíll be every man for himself!
Surely logic would dictate that the proper place for Latinos is in either South America or Spain/Portugal where their roots were. But of course, itís not as simple as that. So many Muslims have crossed the Straits of Gibraltar that Spain is all but a Muslim country today and both the Spanish and the Latinos are becoming sympathetic to the Muslim cause. In South American countries there is a huge indoctrination effort underway to convert to Islam. Considering the historical background of the South American Indian, this indoctrination seems to be a good match in terms of philosophy.
Psa 10:9He lies in wait like a lion in cover; he lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. The days of the highwaymen and robber barons became a thing of the past when efficient law-enforcement became the norm. But when law and order become paralyzed and non-functional, everyone will be on their own with no-one to rescue them. It will be so widespread that no-one will venture to track down either the perpetrators or their victims. The law will be paralyzed.
Psa 10:10His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. That is, strength of numbers. Satan has been grooming hundreds of millions of these creatures for centuries Ė and for this very day!
Psa 10:11He says to himself, "God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees." So even these evil creatures acknowledge that God is hiding His face from the House of Israel! This will greatly embolden them to commit even worse atrocities. So lock up your daughters.
Psa 10:12Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. Yes, itís always the helpless that suffers, and David makes an appeal on their behalf.
Psa 10:13Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, "He won't call me to account"? These vile beasts will know that God is not going to intervene, that He is hiding His face from His people, so they know that God wonít call them to account. Theyíll be emboldened to become even worse. In the end there will be no restraint whatsoever!
Psa 10:14But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. When one sees so much trouble and grief, these victims will turn to God for help. The fatherless, that is, orphaned children, who will be victims of these evil creatures will be helped by God. This is a part of Godís Plan to rescue the innocent of the new generation Ė a young and teachable generation.
Psa 10:15Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out. Even in the event of a complete reversal of the situation, there is no chance of prosecuting such vast numbers of offenders in accordance with law. In such circumstances, only God could deliver the type of justice needed. God intends to do just that. But first, the Kingdom of God must be established and a homeland provided for the afflicted and the orphans who remain.
Psa 10:16The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. Once all the pagan nations are removed far from Godís Land, and the dwellings are restored, God will turn His hand to help the little ones Ė the fatherless and the oppressed.
Psa 10:17You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
Psa 10:18defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. There will be no-one to terrorize them ever again once they enter Godís Land Ė because then, God will be watching over them.
For the director of music. Of David.
While all this terrible carnage is sweeping across the land of Ephraim, just as the Prophet David described, David becomes very anxious. At the time of writing, the House of David ruled over all 12 Tribes of Israel. David was a mighty warrior, and even though he had just fought a civil war against Ephraim and killed 20,000 of his warriors, he saw, as his duty, the obligation to go to their aid in this horrific time of trouble. David knew from the beginning that he was the commander of the armies of the Living God (1Sam 17:26). Being a true warrior, David was taken aback at Godís instruction when He told him to flee (or fly) like a bird to his mountain.
Psa 11:1In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain"? David was being told to fly off like a bird (eagle) to its mountain refuge. This was not something that David was in the habit of doing. Being a mighty warrior, he always took the fight to his enemies, and especially when the upright and innocent were being slaughtered and he goes on to mention this:
Psa 11:2For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. These dark forces were killing his people and David wanted to act on their behalf. David didnít know at that time that the House of David would do exactly as he would have done, but only at the appointed time.
The Prophet David was describing what would happen in the end of days Ė the last days. David knew, as all the prophets did, that God would shake the foundations of the earth and mountains would crumble and cities fall.
Psa 11:3When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The foundations of the earth are the landmasses, which will undergo a major restructuring to what they once were. In Psalm 18, David goes into a considerable description about this. Hereís a sample of what he wrote: Psa 18:7 "The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind." And in V15 "The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils." Weíll leave further comment about this until we get to Psalm 18.
When the foundations of the earth are being destroyed, as stated in Bible Prophecy, there wonít be much the righteous can do. This will be Godís fury unfolding, and in another place, God tells them to stay out of the way until His fury subsides.
The LORD is presently in His Heavenly Temple (where He serves as Godís High Priest) and He sits on His Heavenly Throne. He is observing the inhabitants of the earth and examining them.
Psa 11:4The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. At the time of the Fatherís choosing, the LORD Christ will arise to act.
Psa 11:5The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. The LORD is examining both the righteous and the wicked, in fact, all the sons of men, and considering the whole situation. There are 144,000 of the Tribes of Israel that must be sealed for everlasting rule (Rev 7:3), and this is one of the factors under consideration. This sealing of Godís servants (sons) must be done before the scorching hot winds begin to blow and God reigns down fiery hell on all mankind. David wrote of this in the very next verse:
Psa 11:6On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. When the appointed number of Godís servants is reached, the four angels that are holding back the winds will be released (Rev 7:1).
Psa 11:7For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face. Not only will they see His face, but they will also have the Names of the Father and the Son written on their foreheads. Itís for these faithful and true sons of God that the House of David will be fighting for. It will be just as it was in Davidís day.
Psa 12:1Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. Who are the ones generally targeted by the persecutors? At this present moment, persecution is usually just words, but this is about to take a quantum leap.
Psa 12:2Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception. You may think that the enemy is only outside your borders, but all the prophets, including Jesus Christ, warned about the enemy within. There is a mindset within some people that cannot be altered. These people are greedy for power and recognition and theyíll betray anyone who offers a view that runs counter to theirs. Not only will it be a terrible time of betrayal by neighbours and former friends, but even those of your own family will be willing to betray those who faithfully serve God, including their own flesh and blood. This is what Jesus Christ had to say in this regard: Matt 10:34-42 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn "`a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.' 37 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 40 "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. 41 Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."
People love to listen to lies and they are easily deceived by silky-tongued deceivers, and in that day they will be everywhere. Naturally enough, such people have no favour with God, and when He says they will be cut off, this is exactly what He means! They will never enter His Kingdom!
Some of these religious leaders have become psychotic in their delusions. They think they can spin a web to ensnare the righteous and cause them to be persecuted. With their lies and false accusations, they will kill those who shouldnít die and spare those who shouldnít live. Thereís a lot that could be said about these children of disobedience who have taught lies in Godís Name with the expectation of some sort of reward for doing so. This is what Jesus meant when He spoke of the blind leading the blind.
If there is anything that God hates, itís a lying, boastful tongue:
Psa 12:3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue
Psa 12:4that says, "We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips -- who is our master?" Not even God is their master! Instead they are slaves of the devil, who was a liar and a murderer from the beginning.
What is more, these Ďmasters of their own destinyí will bring terrible persecution on the weak and the needy even after the godly and faithful have vanished from among men (seeV1 again).
Psa 12:5"Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise," says the LORD. "I will protect them from those who malign them." These boastful liars with flattering lips will soon find out they have no standing whatsoever with God! They think their own church speaks for God, but they donít realize that God has marked them for death.
Psa 12:6And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. Godís words are flawless, but the wicked could never see this. They never understood or believed the Scriptures; they were only interested in selective verses that seemed to cast them in a good light Ė in the eyes of others. God states that His words are like silver refined in a furnace of clay Ė purified seven times. To entrust these refined and precious words, He chose specific servants who are likewise refined like silver and gold in the furnace. God chose the other party to the House of David Ė the Levites! Not only did God call a man called Levi to be a teacher of righteousness, but He also called him to be the messenger to precede the True Messenger Ė Jesus Christ! No-one else is going to be able to fake this! Mal 3:1-5 "See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years. 5 "So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me," says the LORD Almighty."
So you get some idea of what God is going to protect His faithful ones from.
Psa 12:7O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.
Psa 12:8The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men. Youíll notice from the wording here that these strutting, evil creatures will enjoy their power over others to bring them to destruction. Retribution, however, will be swift! Weíll learn a lot more about what is vile being honored among men!
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
In the previous Psalm, David details the fate of the mightiest nation on earth and all that will befall them. In this Psalm, we learn of the reasons why God will bring this calamity on Ephraim, and the type of conduct that has led to this. And the trail leads right back to President Obama. Weíve all seen Obama publicly humiliating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to enforce a peace settlement with the PLO, Hamas hordes. The whole world knows that such a peace settlement would completely destroy the State of Israel by mere demographics alone. The Ďright of returní would mean that the State of Israel would be overrun by Muslim hordes. This is the agenda of this Muslim President of the U.S.
Today, at this very time of writing, the whole world is arraigned against Davidís Tribe of Judah. The Turks, who host the terrorist organization of Hamas, have engineered a plot, in conjunction with others, to prevent the Israelis from blockading military arms and equipment to Gaza. As the whole story unfolds, we find that a good friend of President Obama is behind the funding of the plot against the Israelis.
Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily,reports from New York:
The group behind the Gaza flotilla that engaged in deadly clashes with Israeli commandoes today counts among its top activists Weather Underground terrorist founders William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn as well as Jodie Evans, the leader of the radical activist organization Code Pink.
Ayers and Dohrn were close associates for years with President Obama, while Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obamaís presidential campaign. The flotilla was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist human rights activists and pro-Palestinian groups engaged in attempts to break a blockade imposed by Israel on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Ayers, Dohrn and Evansí Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dorhn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.
In January, WNDreported Ayers, Dohrn and Evans were involved in provoking chaos on the streets of Egypt in an attempt to enter Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement to join in solidarity with the territoryís population and leadership.
The three helped to stir riots after the Egyptian government refused to allow a large number of protesters to enter neighboring Gaza. Eventually, the protesters accepted an Egyptian offer of allowing about 100 marchers into Gaza. Once in the territory, those marchers were reportedly met on the Gaza side by Hamasí former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
(Just for the record, Jodie Evans ĎCode Pinkí organization is the group that violently blockaded the Army recruitment centers in California.)
Not only do we find Ephraimites leading the assault against the Israelis, but the trail leads right back to the President of the United States. Out of all the nations on the face of the earth, the only nation that came out publicly in defense of State of Israel was the Canadian Prime Minister. The rest of Israelís Ďfriendsí deserted them.
And so begins the condemnation of the State of Israel that will lead to the prophesied siege against them by the hordes that surround the Holy Land. David not only prophesies of this, but also declares the outcome in the following Psalms.
Psa 13:1How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? God will hide His face from them for just a little while, but the outcome will be glorious.
Psa 13:2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Those who love Godís people Judah and long for Zion to come (David was one of these) and to see Godís Kingdom established, are horrified by the conduct of Ephraim. All of Godís servants were horrified to see a Muslim President elected over the mightiest nation on earth. They were even more horrified to learn of his former associations with terrorists like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn Ė both of whom were his long-term mentors. Now we see the evil fruit of his former associations impacting on Godís people Judah Ė their saviors, no less! Godís chosen people of Judah are destined to bring salvation to all the survivors of the Tribes of Israel Ė whether you like it or not!
Psa 13:3Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
Psa 13:4my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall. David cries out to God to open his eyes to see the answer to this horrific situation. Very quickly, he sees the answer and the outcome and he rejoices in Godís salvation from the hands of their enemies:
Psa 13:5But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. As can be plainly seen from these verses, David is speaking of true salvation. That is, salvation from the enemy!
Psa 13:6I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. Both David and his Tribe of Judah knew what salvation meant. Again and again, God saved David and his people. Since Christianity generally ignores the Scriptures that Jesus Christ used, they have no real concept of what salvation means. Itís become an airy-fairy meaningless term, which no-one can logically define. To be saved means to be rescued!
For the director of music. Of David.
Psa 14:1The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Well this pretty much summarizes what is happening today!
Psa 14:2The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. God makes a distinction here between the sons of men and the sons of God. There is a wide disparity between these two: Rom 8:14 "Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." Matt 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." Does anyone have any realistic idea of what it will take to make peace? The Mighty Warrior Jesus will soon be demonstrating this to the whole world, and when He has finished with them, they will be peaceful Ė or else! Any sign of recidivism will be counteracted with a rod of iron! So donít think for one moment that words alone will accomplish this! And yes, God does have sons on earth today, and they have been purified like gold and silver to conform to the image of His Son Jesus. Who else would God choose to prepare the way for Him?
Later in this study, weíll get to a whole lot of details about Godís choice of His people Judah as the founding nation of the Kingdom of God. We wonít preempt it here, but hereís a small sample:Ps 78:65-68 "Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a man wakes from the stupor of wine. 66 He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame. 67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim; 68 but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved." God chose the Tribe of Judah, which He refers to here as Mount Zion. What is more, He emphasises that He did not choose the Tribe of Ephraim! Just imagine Ephraim trying to teach Godís ways to the world! And just imagine Ephraim trying to establish Zion! They are hell-bent on destroying the Tribe of Judah! And now, every action against Judah will result in Ephraimís chains getting heavier. And God has special instruction to all Jew-haters: Ps 129:5 "May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame." I can give you this promise right now; none of these people will set foot in Zion Ė they will never make it into the Kingdom of God. Theyíll be shipped right back to the enemy, and these evil creatures will surely deal with them in the manner they deserve! For anyone still living in dreamland, then itís time to wake up.
Psa 14:3All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. So this serves to clarify the conduct of the sons of men! Theyíve all turned aside from obedience to God, so Godís instructions are to turn them aside should they attempt to seek salvation in Zion. Thatís fair, isnít it? God doesnít want them Ė period! They are useless and worthless, and they never learn.
Psa 14:4Will evildoers never learn-- those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the LORD? And who is God referring to as Ďmy peopleí? Obviously, itís the Tribe of Judah. Itís Judah that is being devoured by the audacious scheming of the Muslim creature in the White House and the evil-doers in the nation of Ephraim never learn.
Psa 14:5There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. Hopefully, the reader will see the difference between the evil-doers and the righteous. The evil-doers are at the forefront of opposing the Laws of God and forbidding their display in any public place, while the righteous have upheld all of Godís Laws for thousands of years and through numerous holocausts and persecutions. Well, the evil-doers will find themselves overwhelmed with dread and theyíll have only themselves to blame.
Psa 14:6You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge. God will rescue His people Judah, and provide refuge for them. Not so the House of Israel Ė and Ephraim in particular! Through the long dark night, which will last for years, Ephraim will be decimated until they are no longer a people. When all hope is gone, salvation will emerge from Zion Ė and the survivors of Ephraim will be so pleased to see it. The little nation they plotted to destroy, and turn over to the enemy, will emerge as their saviours. Salvation will come out of Zion!
Psa 14:7Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad! The House of Israel will certainly be glad to see that God has organized their salvation, though I imagine theyíll be shocked to know that Jerusalem has become the mightiest power on earth and fully capable of doing everything the House of Israel failed to do.
A psalm of David.
In this very short Psalm, David ponders who may live in Jerusalem, when salvation for the Tribes of Israel begins. In other words, in Godís Kingdom there will be certain desirable qualities that must be adhered to. Remarkably, these are very similar to the teachings of Jesus on the sacred mountain of Tabor in Galilee. It was on this mountain that Jesus Christ gave the famous Ďsermon on the mountí. It would be remiss of us if we didnít make certain observations about this. Jesus was, at that time, in the former territories of the Ten Tribes of Israel before they went into captivity. InMatt 4:23-25 we learn that people from all over the territory followed Him around Galilee and listened to Him preaching from Mount Tabor. His teachings are covered in the 5th, 6th and 7th chapters of Matthew.
There is yet another interesting aspect to Mount Tabor spoken of by the Apostle Peter, who refers to this mount as the Sacred Mountain. It was here that Peter and the two brothers, James and John saw a vision of Jesus talking to Moses and Elijah (Matt 17:1-3). Then they heard a voice above emanating from the Majestic Glory Ė the dwelling-place of God, which was hovering just above Mount Tabor. This is Peterís account: 2Pet 1:16 "We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." n 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain." Weíve mentioned these things because there are a lot of cleverly invented stories going around today, and one of these is that Jesus gave the Ďsermon on the mountí from the Mount of Olives, which is absolute nonsense.
The purpose of the Ďsermon on the mountí was to prepare the people for the type of conduct that will be required before entering Jerusalem. And this is exactly what David was writing about below:
Psa 15:1LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? Those who live on Godís Holy Hill of Zion must be decent, virtuous men and women. They must walk in righteousness and speak Godís Truth from the heart. Such people will live in peace and not slander each other or have any issues with their neighbour, and neither will they cast a slur on each other. In other words, they must be blameless.
Psa 15:2He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart
Psa 15:3and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,
Psa 15:4who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts,
Psa 15:5who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken. This is the type of community that must develop among those who dwell on Mount Zion. These people will despise the vile man (V4 above) and will make sure he has no place among them. This is the standard that will be set for all who enter Godís Kingdom. Anyone failing to meet this standard will be either thrust out or refused admission. Today, there is such a perversion of the intent of the Ďsermon on the mountí that people are filled with the delusion that they must love the vile man! If anyone wants to start loving those whom God hates, then they obviously donít have anything in common with God.
And just to reinforce the fact that the Ďsermon on the mountí was preparing the people to enter Godís Kingdom, Jesus said this while on the Sacred Mountain:Matt 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' " These people are obviously not doing the will of the Father! Yet theyíll be trying to scam their way into the Kingdom of God. Theyíll come seeking refuge from the overwhelming dread in their own nations, but on the advice of Jesus Christ Himself, they will be denied entry.
Psa 16:1Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Psa 16:2I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing."
Psa 16:3As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. ĎSaintsí are those who have Godís Holy Spirit Ė and besides these there are no saints! Itís the saints that will inherit the Kingdom of God. Jesus even added further qualification when He said these words: Luke 13:26-28 "Then you will say, `We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' But he will reply, `I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!' 28 "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out." I know it wonít be too popular to confirm it, but those who call themselves ĎChristianí yet donít believe the Law and the Prophets will not be recognized by the Lord Jesus, and what is more, such people will be thrown out of the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ was very careful to fulfill all that is written in the Prophets at His first appearance. Christians, generally, donít care what the Prophets reveal about His second appearance because theyíve already made up their own minds about what they believe, and their beliefs have nothing to do with the writings of the Prophets. All the prophets had Godís Holy Spirit, and they spoke as they were directed by the Holy Spirit. The saints today are those who obey the Law and the Prophets, and what is more, they believe God and His Word. Those who donít are considered as pagans.
Psa 16:4The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips. Is Allah a god? Allah is the devil, and he is currently the god of this world in all its forms, including the religion of Islam. The definition of a libation is: The act of pouring a liquid offering (especially wine) as a religious ceremony. Does anyone imagine that after running after other gods, they can partake of the Passover instituted by Jesus Christ Ė the most sacred of libations? Very plainly, they cannot! And as for taking up their names on His lips, God will plainly say "He never knew them"! The sorrows of such people will greatly increase!
Psa 16:5LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. David is making note of the portion in his cup Ė the Sacred Libation, which represents the Blood of Christ.
Psa 16:6The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. The boundary lines for the Kingdom of God will surely include all the pleasant places! The general trend in the Western nations today is to kiss-up to Islam and to honour their god Allah. They seem to believe that the State of Israel (Tribe of Judah) has no right to boundaries, but insist that Satanís hordes do. Well, this madness is about to be reversed. Itís the Western nations that will no longer have boundaries when the scourge overtakes them! They made a huge blunder when they betrayed Jerusalem and Godís Holy Land in favour of foreign gods Ė and especially the foreign god called Allah.
Psa 16:7I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. Now this is something that professing Christians would not understand. They have no idea how God counsels those who obey Him, and what is more, they never will until they start obeying God. Theyíll understand nothing until the flood comes and sweeps them away.
Psa 16:8I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. The disobedient donít have any guardian angels around them, and this is something they will learn the hard way.
Psa 16:9Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
Psa 16:10because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. Even the most uninformed Christian will know that this is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus. It was paramount to the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy that Jesus arose before His Body saw decay. He could not be abandoned to the grave. Jesus fulfilled this by rising from the dead at the end of the 3rd day. As the Passover Lamb (and it was the Passover that David referred to with the reference about Ďlibations of bloodí), He died on the Passover (Wednesday on the 14th Nisan, 30 AD) and arose on the Saturday night at sundown Ė three full days! The first of these three days was the First Day of Unleavened Bread Ė an Annual Holy Day or Annual Sabbath. Jesus described Himself as the ĎBread of Lifeí: John 6:43-51 "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. 44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: `They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
David also speaks of this with his reference to the path of life. There is no other path to life!
Psa 16:11You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. How often have you heard Christians talking about the Ďpath of lifeí, yet they flat-out refuse to observe the Passover! Anyone who fails to eat of the Passover has no life in the hereafter, and they certainly donít have any chance of living forever! Even Paul spoke about this concerning people taking the Passover unworthily: 1Cor 11:27-32 "Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32 When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world."
On Jesusí last day before His death, He kept the Passover with His disciples. And how did Jesus describe this ceremony? Did He call it Ďthe Lordís Supperí or the Passover? He called it the Passover Ė because they were observing the Passover Ė on the very day and at the appointed time. Paul spoke of observing the Passover unworthily, but the most unworthy way to observe it is to do it on the wrong day! Christians traditionally observe their counterfeit ĎLordís Supperí on any day Ė as long as itís not the Day of Passover! In fact, they do it periodically throughout the year Ė against Jesusí specific instructions. It must only be observed on the Day of the Passover Ė the day that immediately precedes the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread. The whole purpose is to eat only bread that is unleavened for seven days, to represent the purity of the Body of Jesus Christ and His teachings. Itís at this time that we are to get rid of all the false teachings, which is represented by yeast that deforms the bread by puffing it up. The word Ďpomposityí comes to mind, and God really hates pompous people!
And just one parting comment before we move it along, Godís pure leavening does just the opposite. It does not cause pomposity but humility because it imparts true knowledge. Only those whoíve been taught by God would understand this. Anyone who fails to observe the Passover in a worthy manner will never participate in the promised hidden manna (Rev 2:17) and this will result in death. Jesus demonstrated to His disciples about hidden manna: John 4:31-33 "Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" Youíll notice that Jesus didnít say He wasnít hungry; rather He said He had food to eat Ė which the disciples knew nothing about. John, who wrote this account, was later to learn on the Isle of Patmos exactly what Jesus meant when he wrote about the hidden manna in Rev 2:17. When this hidden manna is eaten, no-one else knows anything about it. Itís the food of angels.
A prayer of David.
Psa 17:1Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer-- it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Psa 17:2May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right. The Prophet Isaiah spoke of this vindication from God. God confirmed that His servants would refute every tongue that accuses them Ė not by words, but by deeds! This is the passage: Isa 54:13-17 "All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace. 14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. 15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you. 16 "See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc; 17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD." This is Godís vindication of His servants whoíve been taught by Him and this is their heritage. While all the effeminate weaklings like to stand off accusing Godís servants, Godís vindication will come in the form of crushing power through a destroyer-class craft Ė the type that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, leaving no trace. All the sissy weapons arraigned against this craft will be met with overwhelming force. None of their weapons will prevail! Obviously, once the servants of the LORD are established, thereíll be hope generated in others who wonít be interested in listening to Ďcleverly invented storiesí as the Apostle Peter put it; in fact, theyíll have no interest in fiction at all. The servants of God leave this to the clowns who like to present themselves as angels of light.
Psa 17:3Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. Wouldnít it be a wonderful turnaround if the churches followed this example? No more cleverly invented stories they like to make up. No more lies and deceit about God. No more perverted doctrines that teach disobedience. It would really be a life-changer, now wouldnít it?
Psa 17:4As for the deeds of men-- by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent. And what are the ways of the violent? We see them operating everyday, killing the innocent and blowing them to pieces all in the name of Allah. Would a just God allow this to continue in His Kingdom? As weíre about to see in the next couple of Psalms, David is prophesying about the Kingdom of God and itís establishment in times of trouble. The first step is to establish His servants who have been taught by Him and to fit them out with the means to destroy His enemies. These violent creatures have to be eradicated from the Holy Land in the beginning salvos. Then these salvos will extend beyond the borders to all those who surround the Holy Land. And we all know who surrounds the Holy Land, donít we? Itís Islam!
As for the deeds of men and the ways of the violent, which David refers to, we see it every day in street protests. Western governments insist on the right to protest, but the truth is that most of them are violent, self-seeking creatures who have no regard for truth, decency, or the rights of others. Yet, they claim they are protesting for peace. Weíve seen so many of the left-wing loonies turning into rabid animals in defense of the indefensible. You quickly see the demonic influence emerging, especially when demonstrating in defense of Godís enemies. They claim the high moral ground while burning and destroying, and then accuse their own countrymen of violence against the Ďinnocentí. Increasingly, in their minds, the Ďinnocentí are the ones who masterminded 9/11. As Shakespeare wrote of the murderous guilt of Brutus, ĎThou dost protest too much!í
Psa 17:5My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped. David is speaking here about obedience to God and says he has held to Godís paths. In other words, he has not deviated to the right or left. Then he mentioned that his feet have not slipped. This may seem a meaningless little statement, but like everything else in the Word of God, it has a very important and profound meaning Ė especially in these last days. The answer is found in something that the Apostle Paul wrote. In the 6th chapter of Ephesians, he speaks of the real enemy Ė that is not flesh and blood. He names them all as the spirit rulers of the heavenly realms. Eph 6:10-15 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." And thereís the answer in the last verse. Your feet must be fitted with the Gospel of peace to enable you to stand firm, to stand your ground! This means no retreat! No fleeing Ė not as some churches instruct their congregations. You must have the courage to stand against them and to stand your ground. This will only happen if you have on the full armour of God. You wonít be much like Jesus if you donít! This will prove to be very important information in days to come.
These are spirit beings or demons and there are millions of them on earth. In Paulís time, Christianity was under siege and many were being rounded up and killed. These were grim times. Paul knew that it was these demons that were whipping up trouble and leading to bloodshed among Christians. Those who are evil are the natural allies of these demons and they work them like glove puppets. But itís still human beings that kill other humans and ultimately, these are the ones the persecuted ones must face. Yet as Paul points out, the driving force of these violent men is demonic. Paul ought to know! After all, before he became Paul, his name was Saul. Saul of Tarsus was a member of the Sanhedrin, and his job was to round up Christians and have them stoned to death. He actually believed he was doing God a service. Later, Jesus met him on the road to Damascus and changed his life. He became a devout Christian and went on to suffer many persecutions himself (2Cor 11:22-28).
As weíve already seen, David takes on the role of the One whose body will never see decay. I think we all know that David died and was buried. We find these words from Luke:Acts 2:29-35 "Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit (the Holy Spirit that was given in Jesus Name Ė called the Counsellor Ė see John 14:25) and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, "`The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."' With these words, we plainly see that the Prophet David was speaking in parables. What he often said of himself, he was really referring to his future progeny Jesus Christ, and through His Holy Spirit, called the Counselor, to His disciples who would follow.
David was the forefather of Jesus and predicted the coming of his famous Son, who happily referred to Himself the Son of David. David knew that he would die and that his body would decay, but he also knew that his future Son would die but His body would not see decay. He would be resurrected and would return to the Father from where He came. Jesus told the Churches that He was the root and offspring of David:Rev 22:16-17 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." 17 The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." Naturally enough, if you donít come and drink the perfect Word of God and obey it, then you have no part of Jesus. The Bride, of course, are those who possess Christís Spirit Ė called the Counsellor Ė which reveals everything that will happen. As Jesus pointed out to His disciples, the Counsellor was with them, and would soon be in them (John 14:17). This Spirit of Christ was in all the true Prophets down through the ages. All those who have prophesied falsely donít have this Holy Spirit of Christ Ė which God sent in His Name.
Jesus was the very Root from which David grew. In saying this, Jesus was making it clear that David was also His Son because they both possessed the same Spirit. As weíve just seen, Luke confirmed that David was a prophet. And David prophesied! The prophets of old spoke many times and in various ways. This is confirmed inHeb 1:1-2 "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe." The Son of God speaks to His people through His Spirit, which is called the Counsellor Ė an addition to the Spirit of God the Father. With this additional Spirit, the Holy Spirit becomes a double portion. When a true prophet speaks, He is speaking the words of the Lord Christ in accordance with His instructions. A prophet is required to speak the Word of God and to reveal its meaning. In addition to this, a prophet of God must be able to explain the meaning of the Scriptures that Jesus Christ used Ė the Old Testament Ė the only Scriptures that existed in His day. These are the Scriptures that the Lord Christ quoted from repeatedly in regard to Bible prophecy.
So now we understand that Jesus was both a Root and Offspring of David, that is both a father and son of David, so David was also the offspring of Jesus. In fact, David was a living example of Jesus because he had the Spirit of Christ. In fact, all the prophets did. We find this confirmation in1Pet 1:10-11 "Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things."
David wrote many things, but he was ever mindful that he was serving a future generation when He spoke of the suffering of Christ and the glories that would follow. And so David takes on the very persona of that future generation, our generation, and what to expect:
Psa 17:6I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. This is the first step Ė to draw close to God just as Jesus did on the eve of His arrest. He prayed until his very sweat became like blood. He was in mental anguish Ė just like any human-being would. He knew it was going to be a tortuous trial and He needed the added strength of His Father to get through it. As we previously pointed out, Jesus didnít have to go through it Ė he could have called it off in a moment. He could have asked the Father for 12 legions of angels and they would have been put at his disposal immediately, but then how would prophecy have been fulfilled? Matt 26:53-54 "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
There are things that must happen in order that prophecy is fulfilled, and what is more, they must happen in fulfillment of Godís Great Plan. God plans to create a Family in the exact likeness of His Son Jesus, and each of the members of the Family of God must possess Jesusí exact qualities. The only way to determine this is to put all of His potential Family members to the test Ė just as Jesus was put to the test. This is why itís absolutely crucial that all of Godís sons and daughters pass this test. We have come to that time in human existence when everyone will be put to the trial. Unfortunately, the accusers and the judges in this trial are the most evil of creatures, who have callous disregard for all the peoples of the Book, namely Christians, Jews and Israelites. The accusers in Jesusí trial were the most evil of the spirit world and were completely mindless in their reasoning. As Paul pointed out in the sixth chapter of Ephesians, these were not flesh and blood, but evil demon spirits of the heavenly realm. The Scribes and Pharisees were easy marks for these demons because of their pompous arrogance. Jesus Christ later said, "Father forgive them, because they donít know what they are doing". Sure they invited demon-possession, but they really didnít know what they were doing. The demons, however, certainly did!
Merely accusing the Jews of killing Jesus is to invite demon possession. Every Christian should have the brains to understand that it was the Jews who took the Christian message into the world. And every Christian should understand that salvation is of the Jews. Before accusing their rescuers, Christians should think long and hard about their own obligations towards God.
Today, at the forefront of the House of Israel, are the Christians, who must set the example of obedience to God Ė just as Jesus did, and prepare to go as sheep to the slaughter. They must be faithful, obedient, and prepared to lay down their lives for others Ė just as Jesus did! They must endure right to the end.
This will be a time of trouble unlike anything that has ever happened in the world to this very day. As weíve said many times in the past, prepare to go early. If you flee and try to escape your eventual suffering will be greater. Jesus said this:Matt 10:37-38 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." When Jesus took His cross, He was on the way to His death Ė and this is the meaning of this! We all know, only too well, how much people like to act out a charade of carrying a cross in pretence of taking up the same cross that Jesus had to bear. Now the reality of Jesus words will become evident. Soldiers in battle lay down their lives every day for their country. There is nothing bizarre about laying down oneís life for God Ė if you have the same mind as Jesus. Soldiers have set the example, but Christians must follow the example of Jesus and the certain expectation that they will be raised from the dead. Jesus went to His death knowing that God would raise Him from the dead Ė and this is what happened. His body did not see decay before He was raised. This is the same mindset that Christians must have.
Right now, Muslims are putting Christians to shame with their willingness to martyr themselves for their god. Of course, there are subtle differences! According to Satan, his martyrs are those who kill the innocent, usually Christians and Jews, and they do it on the false assumption that Satan Ė their god Ė has the power to raise them from the dead. And as an additional incentive, Satan has promised them 72 virgins. Iím not sure what the offer is to the female suicide bombers Ė youíd have to ask a Muslim imam about this. Iím sure they have an equally bizarre answer.
And now David takes the role of a Christian and describes what to expect. In the last verse of this Psalm he talks about awakening in the resurrection and seeing Godís likeness.
Psa 17:7Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Psa 17:8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
Psa 17:9from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
Psa 17:10They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.
Psa 17:11They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
Psa 17:12They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover. David realizes that these evil creatures will hunt down those God loves and bloodbaths will follow. All of which has been predicted throughout the Bible, and especially by Jesus and the Apostles. It will be a time of terrible trouble!
At the same time, David knows that the Lord Christ will rise up to destroy the murderous enemy and salvation will begin. The Church must do their work first, and this is to set an example for the whole House of Israel. This is because salvation means the restoration of the 12 Tribes of Israel to their ancestral lands where the remnant will live in peace. Itís to this end, that the Servants of God will be actively engaging the enemy just as David did in his day.
Psa 17:13Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword. Itís made very clear that there is a two-edged sword in the hand of the Mighty One Jesus. A two-edged sword is a slashing, killing instrument in His hand, just as it was in the hand of David Ė a mighty warrior in his own right. David was acknowledging that the day would come when the weapons of man would not be enough against a powerful enemy, but the weapons of God would!
Psa 17:14O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life (there is no life in the hereafter for these evil creatures Ė they will be dead forever). You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children. These, whom God cherishes, will store up wealth for their offspring and make sure they are well-provided for in Godís Kingdom.
Psa 17:15And I--in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. David died with the faith to know that he would be raised from the dead, and this is what God requires of all His children.
Jesus Christ made it very clear that the time would come when His followers would be delivered up to be killed. He said, to take no thought of what you should say, because the words to speak would be given you. And what words will be given? Jesus has already given us the clues to this when He said, they can kill the body but not the Spirit. The words you will speak will go something like this: "You can kill my body but not my Spirit. My Spirit will return to my Maker, and through this Spirit I will live again, and I will be back! Be aware, that I will be actively engaged in tracking you down and you will die a horrible death. My God is a God of vengeance and He will repay!" And just to dispel all doubts, when Jesus was raised from the dead after suffering on the cross, He specifically visited the demons in the Abyss and triumphed over them!1Pet 3:18-19 "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built." What is more, He triumphed over them because He was now alive and would be judging them in the future. Col 2:15 "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
And just to clarify all this, notice what the Lord Jesus had to say:Matt 10:17-36 "Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes." The point is that when family members begin to arise against you, you need to forsake them and leave and go someplace else. Donít hang around until they betray you and have you put to death. Some of these family members will actually believe they are doing God a service in betraying you, so donít give them the satisfaction. You must love God more than blood relatives. V24 "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household! This is a subtle reminder that when Satan encounters a true servant of God, he makes every effort to install an agent among them. Forget the fiction that the Jews killed Jesus! It was the Jews who took the message of Christianity into all the world. The Scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees were demons, and Jesus pointed out that these demons were responsible for killing righteous Abel (Matt 23:35). The Jews were not even born when Abel was murdered. Jesus was laying the blame squarely on the prince of demons Ė Satan himself, who was commonly referred to as Beelzebub.
Beelzebub is Satan the devil. This is confirmed in this passage:Matt 12:24-28 "But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons." 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." Beelzebub or Baal-zebub is Satan the devil Ė as Jesus confirmed, and Baal is also the devil. So when family members begin to persecute you, you should be aware that itís demonic in nature, and it will spread throughout the whole household or family Ė so just get away from them! It may begin as minor criticism, just as it did with the religious leaders of Jesusí day. But under the auspices of Beelzebub, the demons begin to ramp it up until, eventually, they will want to either kill you or have you killed. The members of the household will have no idea what they are doing until they succeed in their quest. And so it was with Jesus. He knew the Jewish leaders were not responsible for what they were doing, and Jesus, "Father, forgive them, because they donít know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). Once someone succumbs to the influence of Satan and his demons Ė and by their fruits you will know them, they eventually have no restraint from committing the vilest of outrages. Weíve seen plenty of this with serial killers, many of whom admit that voices in the heads drove them on.
As an interesting aside to all this, God specifically mentions the mightiest power on earth today succumbing to the influence of Baal (Satan) and dying.Hos 13:1 "When Ephraim spoke, men trembled; he was exalted in Israel. But he became guilty of Baal worship and died." With a Muslim President in power in the United States, youíre already seeing this Baal worship taking shape as he begins to side jointly with Godís enemies and your enemies.
And to continue where we left off inMatt 10:26 "So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul (Spirit). Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul (Spirit) and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny n? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 32 "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Itís very clear that Christians must stand firm and true to their convictions and not deny Jesus Christ, even under extremely stressful and dangerous conditions. And just remember, if you truly have Godís Holy Spirit, then God will give you the words to speak in your defense. And donít expect to have peace in the terrible times ahead. The testing zone will be the crucible of war, and this is where the Church and the House of Israel will be refined. All Christians must be refined like silver and all impurities removed. V34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn "`a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'" So youíve been told in advance. Furthermore, Jesus was quoting from Micah 7:6, so this shows us that the Prophet Micah was speaking of the same end-time troubles. We wonít go into the Book of Micah now, except to quote this: Micah 7:4-8 "The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you. Now is the time of their confusion. 5 Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words. 6 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- a man's enemies are the members of his own household. 7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. 8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light." God has appointed watchmen to watch over you. The watchmen are Godís prophets. This is confirmed in Hos 9:8 "The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God." The hostility comes particularly from those in the household of God who have set themselves up as prophets to deceive Godís people. The message here is, donít listen to them because they will destroy you. These false prophets donít have Godís Holy Spirit, they donít know what they are talking about, and they are certainly not the watchman over Ephraim! The watchman is a prophet! And like God, he is watching what is happening in Ephraim. The reason being that Ephraim is about to betray Godís faithful people Ė the Jews in the Holy Land! In the day that Ephraim does this, they will be shattered as a nation! And on this, you can bet your life!
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:
Before getting into what David said about Saul and his enemies, we should remind ourselves that Saul started off well and presented a promising image, gaining the support of the people. However, Saul quickly became demon-possessed when he allowed his jealousy of David to twist his mind. Then he became obsessed with killing him. It should come as no surprise that immediately prior to the House of David being set up today, there is a demon-possessed leader in Ephraim, who is equally determined to destroy the House of David and wipe out all Davidís subjects in the Holy Land. Hitler too, had this same mindset Ė to wipe out all the Jews. Today, we have madmen living in Ephraim who seem to believe that Hitler was acting on Godís behalf in killing all the Jews. With all the evidence of the evil of Islam today, these lunatics are foaming at the mouth with their hatred for the Jews Ė the very people that God has appointed to save them!
Davidís enemies were those who sided with Saul. Saul and his followers sought to kill David and actively hunted him down. Saulís modern-day equivalent sits in the White House today and is actively plotting the mass destruction of the State of Israel. Beelzebub is determined to prevent the House of David from ever being established.
And just to add a little information about the establishment of the House of David, it was the Levite Prophet Samuel that established the House of David when he anointed David King of Israel Ė at Godís instructions. Similarly, it will be a Levite Prophet who will prepare the way for the Son of David Ė the True Messenger (Mal 3:1). This Mighty Being will suddenly appear at His Temple (same verse). This is just one of the connections between the Levite Brotherhood and the House of David. The Levite Brotherhood is also called the Sons of Jerusalem, because they have been taught by God. All Jerusalemís sons are taught by God Himself.
And now back to the study. Once again David uses his own example to prophesy of future events. Youíll see fromV7 onwards, David speaks of the Mighty LORD arising to shake the earth and to deliver justice. These are the same words used by other Prophets of God, which we will soon see. In this chapter, David is recounting his experience with Saul, who was determined to prevent the House of David from being established. Today, we can observe Saulís modern-day counterpart in the White House doing the same thing.
In the days of Samuel, the people demanded a king, because they no longer wanted God to rule over them. Samuel warned them of what to expect if they rejected God as their Leader. This is part of what Samuel had to say:1Sam 9:18 "When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day." And so God instructed Samuel to anoint Saul as king over Israel. The wheel has turned full circle today, and the people will cry out for relief from the king or ruler they have chosen Ė but God wonít listen!
Psa 18:1I love you, O LORD, my strength. David lived his entire life in total obedience to God. He loved God more than his own life. Sure David made a few mistakes, but always he deeply repented of his sins. From time to time, we see self-righteous miscreants finding fault with David. Such people need to examine themselves very closely to see if they meet the standards of David. Theyíll find they donít! There are very few people who have ever lived that met the standards of David, and this is why God loves David so very deeply.
Psa 18:2The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Speaking of this horn of salvation, we find a very distinct prophecy about this in the Book of Luke. This horn of salvation begins with the one appointed to prepare the way for the Son of David Ė Jesus. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, prophesied concerning his son John: Luke 1:62-80 "Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John." 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him. 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a HORN OF SALVATION for us in the HOUSE OF HIS SERVANT DAVID 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us-- 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace." 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel." So this is yet another connection between the Levite Prophet and the House of David, and how the horn of salvation is launched against the enemies who hate us and to rescue from the hands of the enemy. John was killed before he fulfilled all this prophecy, so it remains for another to arise to prepare the way for the True Messenger Ė Jesus Christ. And just remember, Jesus Christ also died before He fulfilled everything that is written about Him. As the reader will see in this very Psalm, Jesus will fulfill many things that are written about Him, and in our day!
Now David (as the House of David) goes on to confirm that he is saved from his enemies, which is what Johnís father Zechariah predicted.
Psa 18:3I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. The special Ďhorn of salvationí that God has raised up will rescue the House of David from the hands of their enemies.
Psa 18:4The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. These torrents will come like a flood, but David is not talking about water, but war.
Psa 18:5The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. As weíve said all along, there are two masterminds of death and destruction that will gain immense influence in these last days, and these are described by name, Death and the Grave or Hades (Rev 6:7-8). These are very powerful spirit rulers of the heavenly realm. These evil creatures will eventually come and surround the Holy City.
Psa 18:6In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple (the heavenly Temple, where Jesus serves as the Fatherís High Priest) he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
What happens in response to this prayer is revealed in the following verses. The events described in these verses are confirmed by such men as the priest and Prophet Habakkuk, the priest and Prophet Samuel, the Levite Prophet Moses, and the Levite and Prophet John the Baptist Ė and this is no coincidence!
Psa 18:7The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Habakkuk said this: Hab 3:6 "He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed. His ways are eternal." Samuel wrote the same as Habakkuk and David, almost verbatim: 2Sam 22:4-11 "I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. 5 "The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 6 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. :7 In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. 8 "The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry. 9 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 10 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 11 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind."
John the Baptist spoke of this event:Isa 40:3-5 "A voice of one calling:
"In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."(See Matt 3:1-3 where John begins his ministry).
Psa 18:8Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. See Samuelís words above for this verbatim comment.
Psa 18:9He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. Same comment as above.
Psa 18:10He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. Habakkuk puts it slightly different to David and Samuel: Hab 3:8 "Were you angry with the rivers, O LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode with your horses and your victorious chariots?" Godís ships or Ďchariotsí fly and cherubim pilot them. They swoop out of the sky parting the clouds as they do so. These combat craft cannot be challenged by anything on the earth today Ė and none would dare to even try! The weapons on these craft are city-destroyers. Who could stand against them? Sure, God has been silent for a long time, but this is all about to change. And you will see it with your own eyes.
Psa 18:11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Psa 18:12Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. This will be quite a spectacle to behold! I imagine the sissy concept today of Ďsalvationí is going to abruptly change when people learn its true meaning.
Psa 18:13The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
The Ďarrowsí that God shoots are like bolts of lightning and they rout the enemy. Habakkuk confirms what David has to say inHab 3:11 "Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear. 12 In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations." Both saw this in vision and described it much the same. This is what David wrote:
Psa 18:14He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them. God has plenty of enemies as weíve been saying all along. And once Christianity has divested of the Ďholier-than-thouí mentality, perhaps theyíll begin to agree. If Christianity had believed God then they would have been able to identify the enemy. Perhaps if they spent less time worrying about the environment and all the looney theories that go with it, they might have understood the futility of it all. Their Ďpristineí environment is about to pass away Ė and in a spectacular fashion! Mountains will crumble, rivers will writhe as theyíre displaced, and even the seas will have their depths exposed.
Psa 18:15The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils. It should be obvious now that David was prophesying of the distant future when he wrote these things. They certainly didnít happen in his day. David was, in fact, prophesying about the House of David in the future and the setting up of the Kingdom of God Ė a time when all Godís people will be rescued from the hands of their enemies.
When the mountains crumble and the depth of the sea is exposed, it will be time for the Children of Israel to come home.
Psa 18:16He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. That is, the flood of war.
Psa 18:17He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. This is speaking of a great army that will confront the newly established House of David and the Kingdom of God.
Psa 18:18They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
Psa 18:19He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Once the Muslim hordes are driven far from the boundary of the Kingdom of God, it will be a very spacious place with plenty of room, at least in the early stages, for returning exiles and expatriates from the nations of Israel.
Psa 18:20The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
Psa 18:21For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not done evil by turning from my God. Keeping the ways of the LORD requires more than mere lip-service. It requires obedience to Godís Law.
Psa 18:22All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees. And now you know why God loved David so much. David loved Godís Law and he even pondered it day and night.
Psa 18:23I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin. Sin is living apart from Godís Law, because sin is lawlessness (1John 3:4).
Psa 18:24The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. Youíll notice that David mentions cleanness of his hands twice in these few verses, and this is in relation to obedience to Godís Law. Anyone who doesnít obey Godís Law doesnít have cleanness of hands!
Psa 18:25To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
Psa 18:26to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. So here you have it. To the faithful, God is faithful, and the blameless see God as being blameless Ė always! Whatever God does is just and right in their eyes. This contrasts sharply with those who like to find fault with God when He doesnít act according to their expectations. The simple truth is, such people never knew God!
Psa 18:27You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. Self-righteous arrogance is the quickest way to earn Godís displeasure. Church leaders everywhere Ė take note! God doesnít favour the blind leading the blind, and without Godís Holy Spirit, itís impossible to please Him.
Psa 18:28You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. This lamp is spoken of in 2Chron 21:7 "Nevertheless, because of the covenant the LORD had made with David, the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David. He had promised to maintain a lamp for him and his descendants forever." Davidís lamp continues to burn today in accordance with Godís promise to David. Over a thousand years later, after David wrote this, the Son of David was born. And still the lamp continues to burn among Davidís descendants. There is yet another destined to arise, just like Zerubbabel Ė a prince of Judah and a descendant of David. This son of David will return after a brief stay in captivity.
Psa 18:29With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. You might recall how David described the armies of Israel as the armies of the living God. 1Sam 17:26 "David asked the men standing near him, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?" Well there will be another army of the Living God and these are described in the Scriptures several times. As for scaling walls (mentioned by David in this verse), the Prophet Joel speaks of this, and more, when he describes Godís Army (Joel 2:11). Before this army the nations tremble, and the Lord Christ will be at the head of this army (same V11). Joel 2:1-11 "Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand-- 2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come. 3 Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste-- nothing escapes them. 4 They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. 5 With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle. 6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. 7 They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course." This is what David referred to when he wrote, "with my God I can scale a wall", because this army is led by God Himself. V8 They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. 9 They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows." Didnít Jesus say He would come like a thief in the night? (1Thess 5:2). V10 Before them the earth shakes, the sky trembles, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. 11 The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?" The Day of the LORD is a day of vengeance when God will repay all nations what they deserve. The Book of Malachi confirms it will be both great and dreadful: Mal 4:5 "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes." As always, God sends His prophet to warn before these things are fulfilled. Otherwise no-one would know anything about what is to happen.
Psa 18:30As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Yes, itís true! Godís way is perfect because He gave us perfect Laws. Is the Word of the LORD flawless? It certainly is to those who understand it. Itís those who donít understand it that find fault with it. And some of them even think they know better than God! Such people are destined to learn the hard way.
Psa 18:31For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? Here we see that the LORD and the Rock are the same God. The Rock is the God of the Old Testament, and this Rock is Christ (1Cor 10:4).
Psa 18:32It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. The LORD Christ was always with the House of David to strengthen and arm him for battle. And David fought many battles as the army of the Living God.
Psa 18:33He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
Psa 18:34He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. David gives God credit for training his hands for battle. There are few people on earth who were ever the equal of David as a warrior. In these last days, the House of David will be like God. This is what Zechariah recorded about this: Zech 12:8-9 "On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem."
Psa 18:35You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. God gives His ĎShield of Victoryí to the House of David and makes them invincible. Who can stand against God? And who can stand against the House of David when God empowers His army? At that time the House of David will be like God.
Psa 18:36You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
Psa 18:37I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. This is the right way to make war! You donít turn back at the gate Ė and this seems to be the way that the House of Israel, and particularly Ephraim, makes war today. When the enemy picks a fight, the armies of the Living God pursue and overtake them and utterly destroy them Ė taking no prisoners! Why would anyone want to allow them to regroup and attack again? Youíll soon find out that this is not Godís way of fighting a battle. With God, itís total conquest!
Psa 18:38I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. Thankfully, thereíll be some sanity in that day that is totally absent today. The enemy is there to be killed because God doesnít want them there. Itís Godís Land, and the sooner they realize this the sooner they can hope for relief. It should be clear to all rational minds who it was that started the war in the first place. It was Islam! As all Bible students should know, the Bible makes it clear that Islam has no rights to anything, and presently they are illegally on Godís Land! As far as illegality is concerned, God makes the Laws and He alone decides who is illegal and who is not. It seems that only the servants of Almighty God concur with Him on this point. All the cry-babies and the appeasers canít seem to grasp this!
Psa 18:39You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet. Well this might help if theyíve discarded their weapons and they donít try the Ďhuman shieldí tactic. The Ďhuman shieldí stunt will not work with the Armies of the Living God. Whoever stands with the enemy dies with the enemy.
Psa 18:40You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes. Itís God Himself that makes the enemy turn and run because they have nothing to combat the weapons of God. As David said, "You armed me with strength for battle". Even though Islam is evil, theyíre not altogether stupid. Theyíll quickly forget all about martyrdom and the 72 virgins they think are waiting for them and hightail it out of there.
Psa 18:41They cried for help, but there was no one to save them-- to the LORD, but he did not answer. Whoís going to save them? The Almighty God? He wonít even answer them. Let them call on their god Allah and see if he answers. Satan wonít answer them, because in the Day of the LORD, heíll be hiding away knowing he faces imminent arrest and a prison term of a thousand years.
Psa 18:42I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind; I poured them out like mud in the streets.
Psa 18:43You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations; people I did not know are subject to me. In days of old, David knew his people, but here he is talking about subjects he never knew. The 12 Tribes of Israel will be the premier nation of the entire earth, and the foreign nations must bring tribute to Jerusalem, the City where David rules over the Tribes of Israel. In short, the nations of the world will have to deal with King David and be subject to him.
Psa 18:44As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cringe before me. Foreigners will certainly cringe before David. As king over the 12 Tribes of Israel forever, any reticence by the nations of the earth to fulfill all their obligations will result in them being beaten down with a rod of iron. Just remember, there will be no political correctness in that day. The Sons of God will be calling all the shots and the foreigners will be quick to realize this Ė or suffer the consequences.
Psa 18:45They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds. After theyíve been beaten down a few times, theyíll quickly lose heart all right!
Psa 18:46The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! These nations of foreigners may not like it initially, but the God of Israel was right all along. Now they either take their beating or they acknowledge the Rock Ė the Creator God.
Psa 18:47He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,
Psa 18:48who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me. The tables will certainly be turned in that day. These silly people should have acknowledged the awesome power of God. God has a way of ramping up disaster when itís least expected, and God doesnít operate under Queensbury rules. The punishment must befit the crime.
Psa 18:49Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name. And the nations had better listen! The Creator God is not in the habit of sending calling cards. Retribution will be swift for anyone who doesnít listen to the House of David.
Psa 18:50He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever. The truth is that David has descendants on earth today. These could be referred to as either sons or princes of David, and they all come from the line of Judah, though not all of Judah is of the line of David. The line of David is further confirmed here: Jer 33:19 "The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 20 "This is what the LORD says: `If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant--and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me--can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.'" As we all know, day and night continue to come at the appointed time and so Godís covenant with David and the Levites still continues.
Psa 19:1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Speaking about the descendants of David and the Levites being likened to the stars of the sky for number, we find a reference to the heavens declaring the Glory of God and the work of His hands Ė meaning His creation, but also His servants who are formed like clay from His hands. God has created His servants for a specific purpose.
Psa 19:2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. The heavens and the stars donít pour forth speech! Apart from the occasional psychotic, no one hears any speech from the heavens and the stars certainly donít display knowledge. Itís Godís servants that pour forth speech and impart knowledge specific to Godís instruction.
Itís worth noting, however, that the Prophet Joseph had a dream about his father Jacob and mother Rachel being the sun and the moon, and the 12 sons, the stars (planets). This dream is described inGen 37:9-11. Itís certainly no coincidence that these Ďstarsí pour forth speech night after night, and display knowledge. Youíve got to admit that the 12 Tribes of Israel led the world in knowledge and everything of value, every invention, every accomplishment, has exceeded all the nations of the earth by an order of magnitudes. No other nation even came close to the accomplishments of the 12 Tribes of Israel. All the nations of the earth have been primitive by their standards. The wealth of the Tribes of Israel has been a natural draw-card for all the peoples of the earth who want to live there. In recent years, the flood of migration of peoples, other than the Tribes of Israel, has resulted in a multi-cultural society, which is touted as desirable. Well, itís not desirable to God, who never permitted human cultures to be intermingled with His Way. God has nothing against aliens and foreigners who worship Him and live by His Laws. Itís all the others that draw Godís wrath!
As a result of the backsliding of the House of Israel, they will have everything swept away and they will be left with nothing. Thereíll be a new dawning when righteousness will be proclaimed and the voices of Godsí servants will be widely proclaimed.
Psa 19:3There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Well this virtually covers the whole earth.
The good news will be preached in all the earth, and then the end will come. This end is when Jesus hands the Kingdom over to the Father:1Cor 15:24-26 "Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death." So Jesus will be reigning long before the end comes. This is not quite what false Christianity believes. They seem to believe that the end comes when Jesus Christ returns and whisks them off to heaven and then destroys the whole world. Of course, their religious theories have no support in the Bible! This is why their voices are not the ones that go out into all the world to impart knowledge. Itís the voices of Godís true servants that does this:
Psa 19:4Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
Psa 19:5which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. I know itís offensive to some to think of the Mighty LORD as the Sun, but the Truth is that He is referred to as the Sun of Righteousness in Mal 4:2. Weíve already read from an earlier Psalm which says this: Psa 4:11 "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." In the Book of Luke we find this: Luke 1:78-79 "because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace." The Apostle Peter also confirms this: 2Pet 1:19 "And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." Now back to Psalm 19:4, where it speaks of the Sun coming forth from its pavilion. This Sun is like a Bridegroom and like a champion rejoicing to run His course. It should be obvious to all that this is a parable Ė a story with a hidden meaning. Weíll find that David often speaks in parables, and as it happens, so did his Famous Son Ė the Son of David, Jesus Christ.
So this Sun, this Bridegroom, this Champion is all set to run His course. Like the sun, His heat will be felt all over the world:Psa 19:6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. Weíll certainly learn a lot about this heat when the Mighty One, the Champion, runs His course.
Psa 19:7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The simple-minded can become wise through Godís Law and Statutes if they study them and obey them. Godís Law imparts knowledge to those who comply, and itís by these Laws and Statutes that everyone will be judged. The simple-minded like to proclaim a doctrine of nothingness Ė of meaningless nonsense, insisting they have no need of Godís Law. So they should expect nothing if they donít obey God and hold to His Law and Statutes. And this is major problem today!
Psa 19:8The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The precepts of men lead to destruction. The Precepts of God lead to life and well-being. Men love to develop precepts that seem right, and which donít require obedience to God. As a result they see and understand nothing.
Psa 19:9The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. Anyone who doesnít fear the LORD can be assured that they will! No-one teaches God anything Ė God teaches us! My advice is to give up on the self-delusion and start believing God. Be assured if you donít fear the awesome power of God now, then the time will come when you will!
Psa 19:10They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. The Laws, precepts, Commands and ordinances of God are precious and perfect, and anyone who disagrees falls into the category of being Godís enemy.
Psa 19:11By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. By this means, God warns even His servants, who stand in awe of Him and greatly fears Him. Weíll see this observation later: Psa 111:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise." If anyone has no healthy fear of God, then they have no Godly wisdom, because this fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. If anyone should imagine they can say and do as they please in relation to God, then they should expect severe retribution. And the word Ďsevereí cannot be understated! Those who donít want to fear God now will have plenty to fear in days to come. Their worst fears will be realized.
Psa 19:12Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. It seems that everyone feels qualified to point out Godís Ďerrorsí, yet they canít seem to discern their own errors. In fact, all of Christianity seems to believe that the Scripture used by Jesus and the Apostles is irrelevant because it doesnít meet their standards. As a result, theyíre literally drowning in sins against God. Hidden faults? They are certainly not hidden from God. From time to time all sin, but the righteous man looks into the mirror of Godís Law and strives to correct his faults. On the other hand, the disobedient donít see their own faults and sins, because they believe that God is wrong. In the minds of the wicked, God should have never imposed His Laws on them. They want to be free to do as they please. Whatever they find so objectionable about ĎYou shall not stealí or ĎYou shall not commit adulteryí or ĎYou shall not murderí, is a mystery! But it does tell us something of the state of their minds. Apparently they want to be free to do these things if the opportunity arises.
Psa 19:13Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. Sin is the transgression of Godís Law (1John 3:4). Itís lawlessness!
Psa 19:14May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Because of the artful deception of most people today, their only concern is to appear pleasing to others Ė not to their Rock and Redeemer. They have no conscience at all towards God.
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
Jesus Christ came only to the Ďlost sheep of Israelí but He also built His Church from the citizens of Judah. And just to offset some of the madness that prevails today about who the Jews were, some of the earlier converts were Jews from foreign lands, who spoke in other languages.Acts 2:5-12 "Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"
These were all Jews, with the exception of those who were converts to Judaism. They were virtually people from every nation Ďunder heavení, as Luke put it. What the men of Galilee spoke, they each heard in their own language. This harkens us back to something we saw earlier:Psa 19:3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard." On that most memorable Feast of Pentecost, all the Jews gathered there, from under heaven, saw this prophecy of David fulfilled. Itís no wonder they were utterly amazed! What Peter spoke was instantly translated into their own language so that each of them heard in their native tongue. I imagine that anyone witnessing this would also be amazed, because itís a miracle.
Weíve taught this very thing over the years in this ministry of God. The official language of Godís prophets is English Ė as required by God Himself. The instruction for this is found in the Book of Ezekiel.
Eze 3:4-9"He then said to me: "Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them. 5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel-- 6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate. 8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. 9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house." So Ezekiel was told to go to the House of Israel and speak to them in their native language so that they would at least understand Godís message. The House of Israel, that is, the 10 northern Tribes, which separated from Judah, was ruled anciently by Ephraim, the most powerful and dominant Tribe of Israel. This nation, ruled by Ephraim today, is the United States of America. And America speaks English as their native tongue. Itís now claimed that English has superseded even Mandarin as the most widespread language on earth. Regardless, English is the language of the prophets today, and as far as Iím aware, the language for all eternity in the Kingdom of God with a few moderations. Or to put it in another term, the primary language.
The House of Israel Ė all 12 Tribes Ė will be the premier nation of the whole earth, and everyone will be required to live according to their example. Naturally enough, the whole earth will revert once more to one language, and the influence of Babylon and the Tower of Babel where God changed language of the day into many, will be finished.
And now to begin this chapter:
Psa 20:1May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. Those who are willfully disobedient to God will receive no answer in their time of distress. And just to put this into some sort of perspective, the Prophet Isaiah made this very clear: Isa 8:18-22 "Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion. 19 When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn (that is, no light of the Sun of Righteousness) 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness." This is the distress that David was referring to. Those who donít speak according to Godís Word will have severe distress, and they can expect no help from God. Their shallowness of vision will cause them to actually curse their God. This is certainly no way to win friends.
Psa 20:2May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. Well, God may, provided the people donít decide to curse Him! If they look for some light of dawn, some enlightenment, they might get some help. Support from Zion will not be forthcoming unless this condition is met. Nevertheless, the only place that the House of Israel can expect any help is from Zion and the Sanctuary.
Psa 20:3May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. Selah. I donít know about this because making offerings to God is not the long suite of the House of Israel or the churches of this world for that matter. For centuries theyíve been chiseling away at Godís instructions for all mankind and reducing it to some sort of mythical Ďsalvationí. Not content to rely on the resurrection of the dead, theyíve even adopted the concepts of paganism, where life supposedly continues in heaven when they die. So offering sacrifices or offerings is not high on their agenda. There was one sacrifice the Israelites learned about while they were still in Egypt. This was the slaughter of the Passover Lamb, and this must surely be the most important sacrifice of all, and it was declared to be a lasting memorial.
The Book of Hebrews makes a rather astonishing declaration about this in regard to Jesus. In short, He had nothing to offer, so He offered His life.Heb 8:3-4 "The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man. Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one (Jesus) also to have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed by the law." Well, Jesus did have something to offer Ė His life, and He offered it that others might live. That Wednesday on the 14th Nisan, 30AD was the Day of the Passover and a sacrifice was required by God. Jesus Christ became that Passover sacrifice on our behalf, and in so doing, He established the Passover forevermore. For His disciples, He became the ultimate sacrifice as the Lamb of God. Furthermore, since this supreme sacrifice was made, it was not necessary for His disciples to offer another in fulfillment of the Laws relating to the Passover. So Jesus instituted a change in the Law by substituting symbols in relation to this Sacrifice, and told them to do it in remembrance of Him. Those who took this most memorable Passover with Jesus on the eve of His death were those who were to later receive the promised Counselor, which gave them the ability to understand the Scriptures. This Counselor, which God sent in Jesusí Name, was an addition to the Holy Spirit of God; in other words, a double portion.
Long after the death and resurrection of Jesus, when the Book of Hebrews was written, there continued to be men who offer gifts prescribed by Law. And to ensure that this is a lawful undertaking, we find that if Jesus were on earth today, He would not be a priest because others perform this task. So it was necessary for the Levite Priesthood to continue on earth offering gifts to God on behalf of others. And of course, only Levites are permitted to offer gifts on the altar.
This is not the best time to be going into all the explanations about sacrifices and offerings, because of the complexity of it, but it must have crossed the readerís mind that the offering of bulls, heifers and goats donít relate in any way to the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. In regard to bulls, there is the Great Sea that stood outside the Temple and was mounted on 12 bulls. These bulls represent the 12 Tribes of Israel. So whenever a bull was offered, it was offered on behalf of a Tribe or Tribes of Israel as a gift to God. Or a bull or bulls could be offered as a sacrifice in place of the sacrifice of a particular Tribe of Tribes as atonement for their tribal sins. In this very same way, Jesus Christ offered Himself as the Sacrificial Lamb as atonement for sins committed among all those who were willing partakers of the Passover. His Body and Blood became the Passover symbols for all who believe and participate. Anyone who doesnít participate in the observance of the Passover, according the regulations specified by Jesus, are not worthy of Him. The Passover must not be taken unworthily! Most importantly, it must be taken on the right day! Just imagine what would have happened on the night of the Israelites first Passover, if they had observed it on the wrong night.
When the Tribes of Israel were captive slaves in Egypt, God visited them through a prophet Ė His servant Moses. After a long period of slavery, Israel had no idea of what God required of them. God began revealing Himself through an awesome display of power against the Egyptians. Pharaoh stood firm against these plagues and still refused to let Godís people go. The truth is that God hardened Pharaohís heart so he couldnít concede to His demands. The reason was that God wanted to make sure the Egyptian people knew they were being punished for the treatment of His people. God wanted them to know that not only were they being punished, but they would also be plundered when the Israelites left their land. The people willingly gave silver, gold and other valuables to induce them to leave. But only after Godís final punishment! This is when God introduced the Passover to the Tribes of Israel.
And this is what happened:Ex 12:24-31 "Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, `What does this ceremony mean to you?' 27 then tell them, `It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'" Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. 29 At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. 31 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me."
The Passover was so named because the death angel passed over the homes of the Israelites Ė because they believed and obeyed God. Up to this point the Israelites had not known God. This just happens to be the state of things in the House of Israel today. In the days of Moses, God used the Passover to awaken them to acknowledge Him. And now, in their third period of captivity and slavery, which is imminent, the Passover will be a wake-up call. Itís a lasting ordinance that will be revived. Then they will understand that obedience to God is a matter of life or death. This is the lesson the ancient Israelites learned while still in Egypt on the night of the Passover.
As for sacrifices and offerings acceptable to God, it wasnít long before they began to drift into paganism.
In the fringes of the ancient community of Israelites, they were soon attracted by the pagan ways of the peoples surrounding them. The attractions of pagan worship had little to do with worship of any kind; the real attraction was the sexual permissiveness that accompanied it. No doubt some of these probably duped themselves into believing that any sacrifice they offered to pagan deities was really to honour the One True God. The Apostle Paul made this clear when he wrote this:1Cor 10:20 "No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he?" As you will note, the Apostle Paul was linking pagan sacrifices in contrast to the ĎCup of the Lordí, that is, the Passover.
Today Godís nations of Israel are making sacrifices to pagans and demons! Theyíre sacrificing their young men in war, trying to Ďwin the hearts and mindsí of demon hordes. In addition to this, theyíre lavishing huge offerings in the form of foreign aid to people who donít deserve to live. As a result of this, and as the Apostle Paul points out, you canít drink the Cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too. Anyone who wants to be participants with demons has no favour with God! As we are seeing increasingly, there are people among the House of Israel today who favour Muslims over their own people.
There are many forms of pagan worship today, and any form of offering or sacrifice to demons is unacceptable to God. God has made this very clear from the outset, as in the days of Cain and Abel. Abel offered the best of his flock in sacrifice, but Cain decided to offer fruit and vegetables. Abelís offering was approved of God, but Cainís offering wasnít! As a result, Cain became deranged and killed his brother. This is the inevitable result when people try to decide for themselves how they will worship God. How often have you walked into an oriental store and seen a Buddha idol there, with drink and food offerings in front of it? This is the type of thing that Paul was referring to. Itís pure superstition that a stone object can somehow bless the giver. So for whatever reason people engage in paganism, itís totally unacceptable to God.
One only has to read the instructions God gave to Moses to understand the specificity that God requires for worship. Everything had to be done according to the pattern that God prescribed. God doesnít permit human beings to reason for themselves on how He will be worshipped, and neither will any other form of worship be acceptable.
Here we are facing the most tortuous period in all human history, immediately prior to Godís Kingdom being established in the Holy City of Jerusalem, and what do we find? Well, the general consensus seems to be that people imagine they will escape it all because of their own form of concocted lip-service. If mere lip-service was the only service God requires, then the whole Bible was written in vain. Those who fall back on flowery verses of comfort in expectation of God sparing them are living in foolís paradise. Youíve seen the trends in the world today, and no-one in their right mind would be expecting peace. The truth is that there is no peace to be had for man or beast. We are entering a period of horrific and cascading calamities; a period unheard of in the annals of human history. Yet still God offers hope for those who faithfully serve Him.
Youíll recall that thisPsalm 20 began with these words: May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. The next verse speaks of getting help and granting you support from Zion. David was speaking of a future time of great distress Ė a time when the faithful and obedient disciples of Jesus will need a great deal of help from God.
Psa 20:4May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. In truth, if you look to Zion then you will get support from Zion at the most critical time.
Psa 20:5We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. If you make your requests known to God, then He will hear you. Godís servants will rejoice to see you victorious over the enemy because this is the whole purpose of the Church Ė who should be well-aware that God will raise them from the dead if they die in faith. And just to confirm this: Rev 14:13 "Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." This confirms that those who die in the Lord will be rewarded for their deeds Ė and God describes them as blessed! Death is not pleasant, but all must face it Ė either sooner or later. Godís prophet Isaiah gives these words of comfort: Isa 57:1-2 "The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. 2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death." And this is what David was referring to when he spoke of rejoicing when the saints are victorious. They are not only victorious, but blessed! David further confirms this in Psa 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." The Saints are those (and only those!) who have Godís Holy Spirit.
Psa 20:6Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand. The anointed one in this case is King David of the House of David. The saving power of Godís right hand will be enacted in the rescue of the House of David, and this is actually described in Zech 12:4-6 "On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the LORD. "I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, `The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.' 6 "On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place." And just to confirm that this is a reference to the House of David, we find this in the next few verses: V7-9 "The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem's inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem." The saving power of Godís right hand will be amply demonstrated in that day! Youíll notice that a distinction is made between the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the leaders of Judah.
When the prophet refers to the horses panicking and the rider being struck with madness, and referenced also as the horses of the nations, he is referring the nations that surround the Holy Land, and which also equates to the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. In this passage, we are seeing a reference to the horses of the nations panicking in fear Ė and not without good reason! The leaders of Judah observe the reason for this when the inhabitants of Jerusalem display their power at the right hand of Almighty God. The leaders of Judah acknowledge that this is the power of God and that He is with the Sons of Jerusalem. Youíll also notice that initially, the passage refers to the leaders of Judah. But after they join forces with the inhabitants of Jerusalem (aka: The Sons of Jerusalem) and take the fight to the surrounding nations, they are thereafter referred to as the House of David, beginning with the next verse. And this is how the House of David becomes established with Godís two chosen Tribes Ė Judah and Levi. It should surprise no-one that the Book of Leviticus is named after the Levites Ė and for a very good reason!
Psa 20:7Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. In times of trouble, nations go to war when they see a threat to their well-being. They trust that their armaments will deliver them and give them victory. David never trusted in these things; instead he trusted in God for deliverance. Even against impossible odds, David was always confident that the victory would be Godís. When armies go out to war today, they donít have this type of confidence because they donít rely on Godís great power for deliverance. Consequently, they are frequently brought to their knees in defeat.
Psa 20:8They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. As we saw in the passage from Zechariah, Judah does rise up when they realize that God is with the Sons of Jerusalem. In the face of the enemy they stand firm. In other words, they stand their ground and take the fight to the enemy Ė the nations that surround the Holy Land.
Psa 20:9O LORD, save the king! Answer us when we call! There will be a king in exile, or rather, a prince of Judah and a son of David, who will be a witness to all these things. This king or prince must be rescued to represent David and the House of David.
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
Psa 21:1O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! As weíll see, David is speaking of a future time here, so he speaks in the Ďthird personí tense as if speaking of another.
Psa 21:2You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. Obviously, the request of his lips has something to do with escaping captivity and being returned, because the next verse speaks of welcoming him.
Psa 21:3You welcomed him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head. This crown is mentioned in Zech 6:14 and will be held in storage in the Temple until David arrives, who is the rightful owner of this crown. The reference to this prince of Judah is found here: Jer 23:5-6 "The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness." This manís name will honour God. It will probably be a Hebrew name like ĎNetanyahuí or similar (God will decide on the exact name, and it might require some minor changes. God changes the names of many of His servants, e.g. Abram [Abraham], Jacob [Israel], Saul [Paul]). In the same way, Godís other prophet for this end-time (from the Tribe of Levi) will be called Elijah, which is a combination of Elohim and Yahwah. (Though, to be perfectly honest, Elijah should have been translated into English as Eliyah or something similar). ĎElií or ĎEloií is the name of the Father Ė just as Jesus stated, when He declared: Matt 27:46 "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Youíll find that in the 1st verse of the very next Psalm (Psa 22) David utters these very words Ė and this is no coincidence.
This prince of the Davidic line will be raised up to David as his representative, and as a righteous Branch. In his days, Judah will be saved. So David will have a son who will prepare the way for him when God raises him from the dead to rule over the Tribes of Israel forever. Concerning the resurrection of David at a later time, Jeremiah speaks of this in a later chapter:Jer 30:8-11 "` In that day,' declares the LORD Almighty, `I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them. 9 Instead, they will serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. 10 "`So do not fear, O Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, O Israel,' declares the LORD. `I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid. 11 I am with you and will save you,' declares the LORD. `Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.'"
Psa 21:4He asked you for life, and you gave it to him-- length of days, for ever and ever. Well this is one king that will live forever. David will be resurrected to rule over all the Tribes of Israel Ė for ever and ever!
Psa 21:5Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty. Itís beyond me why, even today, people like to find fault with David. They like to scrutinize him for mistakes and focus on these. Do these people ever examine themselves? If they did, then they would know why they lack Godís favor, because if there is one thing that God truly hates, itís a hypocrite! Such people should focus on putting their own house in order, then they might be able to see more clearly. To be sure, those who send me their anti-David, anti-Semitic, anti-everything-to-do-with-the-Old-Testament rants are religious lunatics anyway. They seem to believe they are already Ďsavedí. Saved from what??? I pity those who listen to them!
Psa 21:6Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. David, still speaking in the Ďthird personí tense, is actually speaking of himself at a future time. He will rule over the Tribes of Israel in the presence of his famous Son Jesus. Jesus Christ Himself will rule over the whole world under the sovereign power of the Father. But first, Jesus must put down all rebellion, and then He will hand over the Kingdom to the Father: 1Cor 15:24 "Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet." The Lord Jesus will certainly do this!
Psa 21:7For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. The House of David will not be shaken from that time on, because now God will be keeping watch over Judah (Zech 12:4).
Psa 21:Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes.
Psa 21:9At the time of your appearing you will make them (the House of David) like a fiery furnace. In his wrath the LORD will swallow them (His enemies) up, and his fire will consume them.
Psa 21:10You will destroy their descendants from the earth, their posterity from mankind. Remember how we just read these words from Jeremiah: "completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you"? This is exactly what God means! Not a root or branch of them will remain, but they will be ashes under the feet of the righteous: Mal 3:1-2 "Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings."
Psa 21:11Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed;
Psa 21:12for you will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow. When these evil creatures face the weapons of God they wonít be too brave! It probably wonít be evident to them what their fate is. But after theyíve plotted evil and devised wicked schemes a few times, and seen the results on the perpetrators, even these satanic creatures should learn the meaning of justice. And justice will surely come! This time it will be Godís justice!
Psa 21:13Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might. I hope Christianity learns the meaning of Godís might. Theyíll surely desire to see it when theyíre in a situation where theyíve abandoned all hope! It will be a long dark night before the new day dawns for them Ė unless there is a marked change in their behaviour right now!
For the director of music. To the tune of "The Doe of the Morning." A psalm of David.
Itís somewhat appropriate that this Psalm was sung to the tune of "The Doe of the Morning".
Psa 22:1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? These are the famous words of Jesus, when God had to forsake His Son in order to fulfill the Scriptures. See Matt 27:46. Jesus spoke these prophesied words after the severest of beatings and torment, and after being nailed to the cross. It would take an exceptional man indeed, to be concerned about fulfilling prophecy in such circumstances. But this is the type of character that God requires of all His servants.
From midday to mid-afternoon darkness fell on all the land (V45). Then, around sundown, Jesus Christ died. The Passover in that year of 30AD was a Wednesday, the 14th of Nisan. At sundown of that day began the High Day Sabbath Ė The First Day of Unleavened Bread, a Thursday. The day after this, a Friday, women prepared spices to embalm His body, but had to rest for the weekly Sabbath. On this same Friday, the preparation day for the weekly Sabbath, some 36 hours after Jesusí death, Joseph of Arimathea went boldly to Pilate to claim the body (Mark 15:42). The Apostle John gives important details of what happened just prior to this: John 19:31-42 "Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found [perceived] that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken," 37 and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced." The reference to Ďnot one of his bones will be brokení is prophesied by David (Psa 34:20). In addition to this, Moses specifically stated that when the Passover Lamb is killed and eaten, not one of its bones may be broken (Ex 12:46), and this is also a prophecy relating to the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
Continuing inJohn 19:38-42 "Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. n 40 Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there."
As the reader can see from the fulfillment of these prophecies, God does, indeed, speak through the prophets at many times and in different ways (Heb 1:1).
Immediately following the prophecy of the words Jesus used on the cross, about God forsaking Him, David begins to take on the persona of His followers. They know that Jesus was forsaken at that critical time leading up to His death, and now His followers must know the reasons why. The followers of Jesus, that is, true Christians, must be prepared to follow Him even though it may seem that God has forsaken them.
Psa 22:2O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. At the most critical time of their lives, Christians must be put to the test. Donít be surprised if God does not answer you at that time. This is what happened to the Lord Jesus.
Psa 22:3Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. Jesus ascended to Heaven and was enthroned at the right hand of God the Father on His, the Fatherís throne.
David is speaking of Jesus Christ here, and in this next verse, we find this same Person is the One who delivered the fathers anciently:
Psa 22:4In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. Yes, itís all about deliverance. In days of old, this same Jesus delivered those who trusted in Him, and much later this same Jesus Christ was delivered too, but only after He lay down His life Ė and after being forsaken of God the Father. Psa 22:5 They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. In days of old, when Godís people cried out to Him they were rescued. David fought innumerable battles against impossible odds, but always God delivered him from the hands of the enemy. He never disappointed David or any of the faithful ones whom He loved. We could speak of many of the faithful servants of God and their victories. They trusted in God and were delivered. But there is one man, who is called the father of the faithful, and this man achieved victory against impossible odds with only 318 men from his own household. Abraham rode out with his men in pursuit of four powerful kings, who had conquered many nations in the region including Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot and his family lived. Abraham was determined to rescue his nephew Lot, and set out in pursuit of this mighty army. He caught up with them and slashed them to pieces, pursuing them for miles and cutting them down. He rescued Lot and recovered all the booty. This account is found in Gen 14:1-16. The really remarkable part of this story is what happened after this when Abraham was returning from the slaughter of the four kings. This is the account: Gen 14:17-20 "After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley). 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything." Who was Melchizedek, the Priest of the Most High? It was the One who became Jesus Christ, who is High Priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek. The Order of Melchizedek is an Order of Warriors, and the ĎKing of Salemí or Jeru-Salem, was right there to meet Abraham after his conquest. Jerusalem will be the City of a Great King, namely Jesus Christ. The Order of Melchizedek is referred to in Heb 7:11-17. As a matter of fact, V17 is a quote from David, and this is found in Psa 110:4-6 "The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." 5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. 6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth." These are the verses that make it clear what the Order of Melchizedek is. There will be a lot more said about these things when we get to Psalm 110 in this study.
But there is one more important item in the account in Genesis. The Priest of the Most High God brought out bread and wine for Abraham and blessed him. This is exactly what Jesus Christ did on the night of the Passover for His disciples.Psalm 22 began with a reference to this very day when Jesus Christ was forsaken by God. After Abraham was blessed by this Priest of the Most High, he had peace. The monumental battle he fought was his last battle and ever after he was called blessed by God.
Immediately after taking the Passover with His disciples using the bread and wine as the symbols, Jesus promised peace for His disciples. This is what He said in this regard:John 14:25-26 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Jesus Christ spoke these words just hours before He was arrested. At this tortuous time, Jesus spoke of His peace, when He said, "My peace I give you". It was different from the peace one might expect from the world Ė as Jesus said. Jesus was speaking of peace of mind, which He had, knowing that He was serving God in His perfection as High Priest. He was offering Himself as the sacrifice Ė a sacrifice acceptable to God. He told His disciples not to be troubled or afraid, because they too, would have the same peace of mind in such circumstances. At that time, Jesus Christ was actually telling them that they must follow Him. And how do we know this? Because this is exactly what Jesus said to Peter after the resurrection: John 21:17-19 "The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!" It should be pointed out that Jesus said these words after He was resurrected and appeared to the disciples. In this passage He describes the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God Ė and the description is that of crucifixion, and Jesus said, "Follow me!" Both Peter and Paul were arrested at the same time in 70AD, and both were crucified after a period of imprisonment. The Jewish historian Josephus gives the account of this.
So this now brings us to the present day and what God requires of His disciples. If you listen to the average preacher, they will tell you that Jesus did it all in your stead and that now you can swan your way through life and expect nothing but good outcomes. You might be surprised to know that all the Apostles were martyred. If anyone is not willing to follow Jesus in the manner He prescribed to Peter, then they are totally unworthy of Him. As a true Christian, you will either face that day with faith that God will raise you from the dead, or you will die faithless and with everlasting contempt. God will look upon anyone who refuses to follow Jesus with the contempt they deserve.
As weíll see in this next verse in the Book of Psalms, David was certainly not a worm! In truth, David was one of those who came after the Order of Melchizedek, the Order of Warriors. He is giving advice to those who will be forsaken of God for a brief moment in order to fulfill these words written by Isaiah:Isa 57:1-2 "The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. 2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death." Entering into this peace requires faith in God and faith that He will raise you from the dead. As Jesus said, "Donít be troubled or afraid."
This next verse may seem somewhat derogatory to some, but if you lack the fortitude to be of the ĎOrder of Warriorsí, then you can spare yourself years of fighting Godís enemies, and opt for martyrdom. Indeed, this is what Jesus prescribed for the Church He built. As the Master Potter, God formed us for His own use; some for a noble purpose and some for a common purpose:Rom 9:19-21 "One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?" 20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, `Why did you make me like this?'" 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?" The blame game will start when the Church of God members will have to face what they didnít expect. Theyíll talk back to God demanding to know why God is blaming them Ė as if God blamed Jesus for dying! God is not blaming them, but demanding service from them, just as He did of His High Priest Jesus. With such attitudes, their purpose will be of the common variety. God will not deliver the enemy into their hands as He will those of the noble purpose. Rather, they will be delivered into the hands of their enemy Ė just as Jesus was! And just like Jesus, you must have the noble mind to believe that God will raise you from the dead.
The Church members will be weak and powerless just like sheep to the slaughter and they will have to acknowledge this. With perhaps rare exceptions, they will not be rescued from the hand of the enemy. Their purpose is to lay down their lives and to set an example for the Ďlost sheep of Israelí.
Psa 22:6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. Itís a fact of life today that most Christians act like insipid weaklings, and like to quote emotional passages of Scripture that reinforce this view. As a result theyíve brought shame and contempt on all Christianity. If they want to be weak and effeminate, they shouldnít be blaming God when things go wrong for them. What is more, these self-righteous creatures think they are above the Law of God. They mock and ridicule those who are obedient to God and His Law. Because of this, they will be severely punished.
Yet there will be those who hold fast to Godís Law and remain obedient to Him. In those times of turmoil, these will be the ones singled out for persecution, and when theyíre martyred, the fake Christians will actually believe that God is punishing the obedient for obeying Him.
Psa 22:7All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
Psa 22:8"He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him." And doesnít this describe the events leading up to Jesusí death? The religious mockers were saying, ĎLetís see if God rescues Him!í or ĎLetís see if Elijah comes!í They spent the whole day mocking and hurling insults at Him.
Disciples of Jesus should not be expecting better treatment than Jesus got! They should be praying for the strength to follow Jesus in martyrdom Ė they must go as sheep to the slaughter:Rom 8:35-36 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." Sure, itís not what most Christians would want to hear, but itís the truth! Those who truly want to follow the Lord Christ are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. Not because God is blaming you, but because He is honouring you! Just as He did with the Apostle Peter when He prescribed the manner of his death! And what is more, you will be rewarded for doing so, just as Jesus Christ was. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God the Father.
Jesus is the Christ and His followers are called Christians. Christians are supposed to be like Him in every way. Christís followers must have the Spirit of Christ or they are not His:Rom 8:9 "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ." The Spirit of Christ is called the Counselor.
Most of the prophets of God were called from birth, though perhaps not all. But one thing is certain; they all had the Spirit of Christ in addition to the Holy Spirit of God. The Spirit of Christ is the very essence of Christ, and through His Spirit, Jesus lives in us. His mind and Spirit guide us when we possess His Holy Spirit. It must be said, that David was called from birth to be a son of God and so was his famous descendant Jesus. David was in fact a living form of Jesus and with the same mind as Him.
As we will see, much of the following verses refer to Jesus as weíll see when we get toV16. This verse certainly doesnít apply to David, rather it was a prophecy about Jesus.
Psa 22:9Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast.
Psa 22:10From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God.
Psa 22:11Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
Psa 22:12Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. The reference to bulls is a reference to the leaders of the herd. It was the leaders of the herd or tribe that became Jesusí enemy and the rest of the people were dominated by them. Itís always the self-righteous, self-appointed leaders who want to make a name for themselves by tearing down others more righteous than themselves. This out-of-control ambition that has besotted so many church leaders today is of satanic origins. This becomes very evident in the next verse that speaks of roaring lions seeking to devour:
Psa 22:13Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me. These roaring lions are those who exhibit the characteristics of Satan. If you are one of Jesusí sheep, then you must not listen to them. They will destroy you! 1Pet 5:8 "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings." Satan and his agents are persistent creatures and they never tire of deceiving others. As a point of interest, it was this very verse in the Psalms that inspired Peter to write this. Typically, these roaring lions tend to target the weak members of the flock, just as lions do in nature. This is why the flock must be tough enough to resist their influence.
Psa 22:14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. The term Ďpoured out like waterí has considerable significance. Itís too complex to go into here in detail, but briefly itís this. Firstly, when the soldier plunged the spear into Jesusí side, blood and water came out: John 19:24 "Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." On the face of it, the mention of this would seem innocuous, but this is what Moses said: Deut 12:23-24 "But be sure you do not eat the blood, because the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the meat. 24 You must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water." This is further elaborated on in 1John 5:6-8 "This is the one who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement." (Iím well aware of the sicko pagan translation of these verses found in the King James Version of the Bible! This is one of the many thousands of reasons why we rarely refer to that Bible version.) When we get to Psalm 79, perhaps weíll expand on these things a little more. This is the relevant passage: Psa 79:1-4 "O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. 2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants as food to the birds of the air, the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth. 3 They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead. 4 We are objects of reproach to our neighbors, of scorn and derision to those around us."
And just one other comment about what David wrote inV14, he spoke of bones being out of joint. This is one of the harsh realities of a crucifixion, when the joints would pop out of their socket. In such agony that itís hard to imagine how Jesus was still able to speak. All of which just goes to show the amount of detail that is recorded by the Prophets of God. It was the job of the Apostles to understand what the Prophets meant and how it applied to the circumstances they pointed to. There are many things that the Apostles, saints and servants of God recognized as pertaining to their time, and weíll see more of these as we progress through this study. They didnít just pluck Scripture out of the air and apply it to suit the circumstance. They understood the intent of the relevant Scripture and applied it in a proper manner. This is rarely the case in Christianity today, which seems to be steeped in a lifestyle form of psychology designed to make their congregation feel good.
Psa 22:15My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. I imagine this crucifixion site had seen many casualties, with a lot of blood mingled with the dust there. When they lay Jesus down and began to hammer nails through his feet and hands, He would have been literally lying in the dust of death.
Psa 22:16Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. The piercing of the hands and feet is a sure sign that the Prophet David was prophesying of a crucifixion. The band of evil men that encircled Him obviously didnít understand the Scriptures, because the very form of death they howled for, was the very one that fulfilled a written prophecy from a thousand years before.
Psa 22:17I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. The scourging that Jesus received literally stripped flesh from His back and limbs exposing the bones. If you think this type of punishment was specific to that time period, think again. Australian convicts from 1788 onwards were subjected to this type of whipping where the punishment was called Ďgetting a pound of fleshí. Chunks of flesh would be flying everywhere, and bystanders would be covered with it. There was only one stipulation that the neck be avoided so as not to kill the convict Ė nevertheless, plenty of convicts died under the lash! Their bones would be literally exposed. Corporal punishment, as it was called, only ceased in the 1950ís in Australia. However, Baton-bashing, followed by lengthy periods in solitary confinement on bread and water, continued for years after this. Arenít you glad you didnít live in that era? Many of these punishments were given for the offence of insolence, when the convict tried to speak out in his own defense.
Psa 22:18They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. This is yet another item that shows how Jesus death was prophesied, and with unerring precision. This is the account of this: John 19:23-24 "When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 "Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." So this is what the soldiers did."
Psa 22:19But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. Here we see plainly that David was assuming the role of the Lord Christ when he prophesied concerning Him. This is one of the many nuances when understanding Bible Prophecy. As weíre all aware, David was never scourged to near death, and neither did he have his clothing divided by lot among his captors. David is telling a parable about real, future events, when he wrote everything in the Psalms.
As for what David wrote in the above verse, and immediately after the soldiers divided Christís clothing, the LORD God was not far off! He was above Jerusalem in the Glory Mothership with 12 legions of angel warriors at the ready should Jesus call for assistance. The Lord Christ could have called for help at any moment right up to the moment of death, and God the Father would have responded instantly.Matt 26:53-54 "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?" The release of these twelve legions would have rung down the curtain on all of humanity. So what David wrote was reminding us of many things. Central to all these things was why Jesus went through this brutal, murderous ordeal, when He could have ended it in a moment.
Jesus Christ and all the prophets knew there had to be a change of rulership on this earth. They also knew that God the Father would not replace the present rulers of this earth with another untested group of rulers. This is why soldiers must be trained and prepared for battle. They must enter the battle with the mindset to fight to the death. They must be prepared to fight for the greater good even if it costs their lives. This applies most particularly when they are fighting as ĎThe armies of the Living Godí as David put it. The big difference in the armies that have fought in two world wars is that one side fought for justice and the other side fought for conquest. The ones that fought for justice emerged the winners. Itís much easier to motivate an army who fights for material gain and conquest of the weak, than one who fights for idealistic justice. But those who fight for justice possess the qualities of mercy which is pleasing to God. They fight in defense of the innocent, and are driven by these qualities to succeed. The other side fights out of greed and out of desire to enslave the vanquished. This is what has happened in two world wars, and many other smaller wars, in our recent past.
All that these wars have resulted in is to subdue nations from arising again with the familiar satanic mindset of plundering and slaughtering. Just one power is subduing these satanic forces today. This mighty force is the mightiest force on earth today Ė the United States of America Ė referred to in the Bible as Ephraim, the leader over the Ten Tribes of Israel. These Ten Tribes are referred to as the Northern Ten Tribes, when the House of Israel was split in two, to become two nations.
At the end of six thousand years of rule by Satan and his rulers of the spirit realm, it was necessary that all systems were in place for Godís Great Plan to be implemented during the Day of the LORD. In these last days, Ephraim has become the most influential nation on earth. This mighty nation has expended their wealth to bring peace to the earth. Theyíve hammered the nations to the ends of the earth to bring them into line with common decency, but never for personal gain. America has gained nothing from all these wars, and they were never motivated by gain of material possessions. This is what has infuriated other nations who see material gain as their primary motivator. Other nations have no interest in the well-being of their neighbours. Virtually all of them have a history of coveting their neighbourís property and enslaving the people. Perhaps the most enduring of these degenerate nations is Islam, with the mindset to kill, plunder, destroy and enslave. Their history is full of their murderous atrocities.
Speaking of hammering the nations to the ends of the earth, this is what Moses prophesied concerning the Tribe of Joseph. Joseph had two sons called Ephraim and Manasseh, and it was Ephraim who was to become the greatest nation on earth. Today, mighty Ephraim towers over his brother nations in power, influence, wealth and possessions. And this is what Moses prophesied:Deut 33:17 "In majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim; such are the thousands of Manasseh." The Tribes of Joseph can be identified as those who have English as their first language. In comparison to Ephraim, Manasseh is like an untrained heifer, whereas Ephraim is described as a firstborn bull. Who can field the greater army today? Ephraim or Manasseh? (Manasseh being Ephraimís former homeland of England.) England can field soldiers in the thousands, but Ephraim can marshal tens of thousands, and with magnitudes greater supply of arms. These things are mentioned because there are some people who think that England is greater than the United States today because of what a foolish shepherd said in the second half of the 20th century.
What stands out about Ephraim is that not only are they the mightiest nation on earth today, but they are also the largest Christian nation on earth, and they were founded on the principles of Christianity and the acknowledgment of the Creator God. The founding fathers believed that "all men were created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights". God gave Ephraim almost divine-like powers. And if you think this is a little far-fetched, note this passage inRev 5:11-12 "Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" As the greatest Christian nation on earth, God gave them similar qualities to what the Lord Christ will inherit when He arises to shake the earth. Thereís a lot more to it than this, but Jesus Christ will inherit the 12 Tribes of Israel, collectively, to be the premier nation on earth forevermore. As this passage in the Book of Revelation indicates, Jesus Christ earned this right by laying down His life as the Sacrificial Lamb of God.
The qualities of power, wealth, strength, etc, that Jesus will receive, are the very qualities that God has given Ephraim in these last days. The power of Ephraim was to continue as long as they continued their obligations to their Creator God as a Christian nation. But as the history of the House of Israel has shown, they have a very short shelf-life in this regard. Their history has shown their tendency to clamber for liberty, and invariably, this liberty comes to mean liberation from any obligation to their Creator. It all happens by stealth as minority action groups begin demanding entitlements, and with each successful raid on common decency their demands grow stronger. With each concession to their demands, their power-base grows stronger. New focus groups arise to cash in on the windfall of newfound power, and always they find willing ears. The inevitable result is that decay sets in as excessive demands for liberty overtakes the means of society to provide it. Then these socialist degenerates seek a leader who will accede to their demands to fulfill their crazed desire for their brand of utopia. A leader, or as some have put it, ĎThe Oneí who will Ďspread the wealth aroundí will move towards discrediting Christianityís obligations towards their Creator. With success seemingly within their grasp, everything begins to go wrong. Stroke by stroke, God begins removing their blessings until they once again acknowledge their Creator. What they donít realize is that they chose a very bad time to provoke their Creator God! At the height of their power, wealth and strength, they suddenly decided that Godís Name should not be referred to in public. Unfortunately for Ephraim, theyíve reached their tipping point, and they are now destined to crash to the ground.
In days of old, Ephraimís madness was presaged with a desire to destroy the Tribe of Judah, and so they allied themselves with the enemies of God to accomplish this. In Godís eyes, this was the last straw, and their destruction quickly followed. Those whom they allied with also suffered the same fate. The same Creator God that oversaw this destruction is the same One who has been watching Ephraim today and seeing the same trend emerging. This same trend deserves the same response taken in antiquity. And itís coming fast! Wave after wave of disasters are coming and total destruction will follow.
And who were the maniacs that voted this satanic creature into the White House? Itís the same party that has been making excessive demands for spreading the wealth around at the expense of the hard-working men and women who built the nation of Ephraim and established the largest and most prosperous Christian nation on earth. But it wasnít enough for these vile creatures, they wanted more! They wanted what others had earned, and they wanted the freedom to do as they please and to be unencumbered by the restraints of laws for common decency.
Anciently, ten Tribes were given to Ephraim and they became a nation in their own right. Jesus Christ spoke of ten virgins. It was the Ten Tribes who entered into statehood as virgins, only to become corrupted by an evil leader, whose name at that time was Jeroboam the Ephraimite. Well, the wheel has turned full circle, and now the same scenario has emerged. Jesus parable about the ten virgins is speaking of this very day. Five Tribes were wise, and five Tribes were foolish. It should come as no surprise that the five who were foolish is referencing the Democrats. Itís the Democrats that have turned against God and demanded that Christian teachings be abolished in all schools. In addition, theyíve strenuously campaigned for evolution to be taught as a replacement theology. Evolution is now their god.
When the long, dark night begins, theyíll be no light for anyone, lamps or oil notwithstanding, and certainly no hope for the Democrats, who will have the door slammed in their faces. No refuge will be provided for them! Why would anyone be surprised at this? Those who know their God and who understand the standards that God has set will certainly not be surprised. Especially since God has warned again and again through the Prophets of what to expect. And itís all happening now! Treachery has even begun in the White House to destroy the last bastion of moral hope Ė and that bastion is the Holy City of God. The Israelis are the sole remaining nation on earth that still upholds the teachings of Godís moral Laws. This is why the evil creature in the White House is hell-bent on destroying it Ė and he plans to recruit the enemies of God to do it!
Under Obamaís watch, the momentum for hatred for America has increased around the world, and the seeds were first sown in America. Subversives have been plotting it for years, but mainly in the shadows. Now they have begun to openly ostracize their own nation, while pleading the case for all the degenerates on earth. All poverty on earth is the fault of America Ė in their view Ė and this must be addressed by one means or another. This is the substance of the speech that Obama gave in Egypt in 2010. As an ode to madness, he even stated that with a population of 10 million Muslims, America as one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. Youíve got to admit that itís really weird that a man, who is President of the largest Christian nation on earth is describing his country as a Muslim nation!
Satanic forces use their best endeavors to generate animosity towards America and they find willing ears even among the American people. Low-life, slithering degenerates are always in the shadows sniping away at everything that is decent and wholesome. Such people are dedicated to ensuring their nationís image is tarnished in the eyes of the world. Everything that is satanic and detestable they uphold as desirable. These slimy creatures hate war because they fear that the virtuous will always win. They exhibit unreasonable concern for the most degenerate nations on earth, and castigate their own nation for holding them in check. Yet they know that their own lives would be in danger if they set foot in one of these degenerate nations. For example, as citizens of a Christian nation, they know that Christians are routinely killed in Islamic countries. Yet, somehow, they believe that Islam possesses virtues that their own nation lacks.
Without going into a lengthy discourse about it, this is the same situation that existed in Jesusí day. Here was a Man who healed the sick and disabled, raised the dead, cast out demons, taught qualities of kindness and mercy, fed thousands of poor people, and yet was set upon by the ravenous dogs of His time, people who were possessed with evil spirits Ė including Satan himself who entered into Judas. Not only did Jesus go silently before His slaughterers, but He did it willingly even knowing that He would be tested to the extreme limit of human endurance.
And why did Jesus to this? He did it to set the example to all who would follow Him, to make it clear the type of dedication that God requires of all who would become the replacement rulers in place of Satan and his demon hordes. Almighty God doesnít favour weaklings who fall over at the first sign of adversity. Rather, He favours people like His Son Jesus, who are prepared to suffer any sort of adversity out of love for their God. If they successfully prove themselves to this degree, God knows that rebellion will never occur again Ė as it did with the present spirit rulers of this earth.
In view of all this, God has another son who is marked for slaughter, and there are elements of justice in this. Remember how a voice was heard that said, "This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased"? God has another son whom He loves, though He is not as well-pleased with this one, even though he has many desirable qualities, which are absent from the other nations of the earth. This son is mentioned here:Hos 11:1-4 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. (Weíll come back to this verse in a moment). 2 But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baals (Both Baal and Allah are the devil) and they burned incense to images." Here God is addressing ĎIsraelí, but in the next verse, this same Israel is referred to as Ephraim. 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. 4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them." When Ephraim was first established as a nation in their own right with stewardship over ten Tribes, God did indeed help them and blessed them, but they soon turned away from Him. Eventually, they were conquered by the Assyrians and led away into captivity. Hos 11:5-8 "Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent? 6 Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans. 7 My people are determined to turn from me. Even if they call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them. 8 "How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel?" Here we see yet again that Ephraim is also referred to as Israel.
But getting back to the reference inV1 to Ďout of Egypt I called my soní, we know that this was applied to Jesus Christ when Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt with the new Son Jesus to escape from Herod. Matt 2:14-15 "So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." So this was definitely fulfilled at the time of the birth of Jesus. But, in fact, the Prophet Hosea was speaking about Israel, but more specifically about Ephraim. We certainly know that Israel, including the Tribe of Ephraim, was called from Egypt in the days of Moses. It was over 400 years after the exodus that Ephraim rose to prominence to became the ruler over 10 Tribes of Israel. In the first 400 years after leaving Egypt, it was, predominantly, the Tribe of Levi which had stewardship over the other Tribes. So this phrase, Ďout of Egypt I called my soní did not apply to Ephraim at that time Ė just as the reference in regard to Jesus didnít apply to Ephraim either Ė at that time. In Jesus case it was fulfilled around 4BC.
So what can we make of this? If it was fulfilled by Joseph and Mary in regard to Jesus 800 years after the prophets spoke these words, then when is this to be fulfilled for Ephraim? This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. The Prophet Jeremiah gives us some insight into this, when he quotes God as saying that Ephraim is His dear son. Jeremiah wrote this about 200 years after Ephraim and the 10 northern Tribes of Israel had gone into captivity. And as we will see inV20 below, God is still calling Ephraim His Ďdear soní. Jer 31:18-22 "I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: `You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God. 19 After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'" This prompts Godís reaction: V20 "Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," declares the LORD. And so God declares to them that they may return, and even promises to supply the pathway back to their ancestral lands. V21 "Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, O Virgin Israel, return to your towns. 22 How long will you wander, O unfaithful daughter? The LORD will create a new thing on earth-- a woman will surround a man." The Woman spoken of here is the House of David that gave birth to Jesus Christ, and the Ďmaní who will be surrounded and protected is Ephraim. Ephraim will not be in good physical shape when he returns, and will need protection and help. But having been disciplined, Ephraim will be deeply repentant, and so we find that God refers to him as ĎVirgin Israelí, because he has been cleansed with purity.
Highways will be set up for the return of the House of Israel, and one of these is from Egypt and it will pass right through the Holy Land to Assyria.Isa 11:6 "There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt." And we find these additional verses in Isaiah: Isa 19:23 "In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. 25 The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance." And here we see that Israel, and Ephraim in particular, will be Godís inheritance. He will inherit them for ever more. Many Americans will return from Egypt, and so the words will be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I called my son".
Getting back now to the Study of the Book of Psalms: As we all know, Jesus wasnít delivered from the power of the dogs at that time. Rather, He suffered at their hands and was killed. But He was delivered from the power of the grave, when He arose three full days later.
Psa 22:20Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. This relates to V16 above, where dogs are mentioned surrounding Him. As a point of interest, do you know who I call Ďdogsí? Itís the same people that Jesus called Ďdogsí. Itís all those who surround the Holy Land, and we know what these dogs are today! This is what Jesus said to one of these dogs: Matt 15:21-26 "Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession." 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us." 24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." 25 The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said. 26 He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." Jesus fulfilled the prophecy by identifying this woman as a dog. And now we know the type of people that God identifies as dogs. Otherwise we might have been left wondering about the meaning of this: Rev 22:14-15 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." Well this nails it! Itís the perfect description of Islam and all their supporters. Theyíre all dogs! (Itís no reflection of pet-lovers who love their dogs).
Well, the upshot of all this is that Jesus did cast out the demon from the Canaanite womanís daughter because she exhibited some human qualities, which is very rare among these people. Generally speaking, these people are so mad and illogical that theyíre easy targets for demons, and many are demon-possessed.
Psa 22:21Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. Especially roaring lions! Satan is the roaring lion seeking whom he can devour. And speaking of demons, he has plenty of Ďlittle helpersí, who take pride in doing his work. A whole mob of these were present at the Crucifixion to ensure it was completed. Satan himself set it all in motion when he personally entered into Judas Iscariot: John 13:27 "As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him." Satan generally likes his underlings to do all the dirty work, but in this case an exception was made. Satan knew who Jesus was, almost from the moment of birth, when he got his henchman Herod to kill all the male children under two years old. This plot failed. 30 years later, he actually tried to get Jesus to worship him, which goes to show the gall and mentality of Satan. Heís completely unpredictable and crazy.
Psa 22:22I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. David declares the Name as The Rock again and again, and sometimes in the Hebrew: Selah. Jesus Christ was The Rock of the Old Testament (1Cor 10:4). Youíd be amazed at how many Christians believe that God the Father was the God of the Old Testament! It really shows what amateurs these people are! They claim to know the Bible, but they surely canít have ever read it!
Just one other thing concerning this verse, the congregation referenced here is actually referring to the Great Assembly (seeV25 below).
Psa 22:23You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! When Jesus said He was sent only to the Ďlost sheep of Israelí, He truly meant it. The remnant of Israel will be saved in that day, all that remain alive, and they will live in peace for a thousand years. Theyíll settle again in their ancestral lands and marry and have children, eventually numbering like the stars in the sky.
Psa 22:24For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. Remember how we just read that the Canaanite woman cried out "Lord, help me!" Jesus did help her after He determined her sincerity. Similarly, God will extend mercy to many people of every nation, tribe, people and language (Rev 7:9).
Psa 22:25From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows. Here David speaks of the theme of his praise. This is expressed below when he speaks of the people eating and being satisfied, and their hearts continuing to beat forever. He speaks of the whole world turning to God when the Kingdom has been established and all opposition crushed. And of course, he sees himself delivering his praise in the Great Assembly. And which Great Assembly would this be?
Well, we just read all about the House of Israel praising God in the congregation or Great Assembly. Then we see Davidís reference to others who are afflicted and cry for help. So where to we find all these congregating in the Great Assembly? Well this is what David was referring to:Rev 7:3-17 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
5From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
6from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
7from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
8from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
9After 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 in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." The salvaging of all the people of God belongs to God the Father and to the Lamb, who gave His life that they might see life everlasting. V11 "All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!" Thereís more than 100 million angels, so this is really a Great Assembly unlike anything we could imagine. In addition to these, there is also a huge multitude of people who have come out of the Great Tribulation: V13 "Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes--who are they, and where did they come from?" 14 I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." As it says here, never again will they hunger or thirst. Obviously, these people have already suffered these deprivations in the Great Tribulation. And this is what David also said about this:
Psa 22:26The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him-- may your hearts live forever! When the heart stops beating, youíre dead! This will not happen with Godís faithful sons and daughters who stand in the Great Assembly in that day. To these only will be granted eternal life! The Tribes of Israel who are left alive will be repatriated to their ancestral lands and will live long lives and have children, but they will eventually die. In fact, those who die at a hundred years old will be thought of as mere youths: Isa 65:20 "Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed."
Psa 22:27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
Psa 22:28for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. The families of the nations will certainly remember all that happens in these next few years and will either regulate their conduct to conform to Godís Righteous Way, or they will suffer the consequences. As the reader will be well aware, God is not currently ruling over the Gentile nations Ė but He will at the end of days.
Psa 22:29All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him-- those who cannot keep themselves alive. God will raise the faithful saints to life once more after they are martyred for Him. But itís also speaking of all the saints (saints are those who have Godís Holy Spirit) who have lived in the past. Thereís upside and downside to this. Many of the saints will be raised to everlasting glory, but some to everlasting contempt. Dan 12:1-4 "At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people--everyone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge." Notice this reference above to "seal the words of the scroll" This of course, relates to the Scroll, from which Jesus alone opened the Seven Seals to reveal the contents. The meaning of these Seven Seals can be found in our Study of the Book of Isaiah at our website.
These latter ones will be judged for what theyíve done. Some will be raised to everlasting life, while others will face everlasting contempt. Many committed to God during their lives and received Godís Holy Spirit, and then turned away, choosing a lifestyle of disobedience and no longer lived by Godís Laws or His Holy Spirit. Consequently, they have no place in Godís Kingdom, and they will be judged accordingly.
Then there will be others who will be tested in the final days, along with the rest of the world. The test will be to refuse the mark of the beast. If anyone takes the mark of the beast they are doomed! They will go to the Lake of Fire.
Psa 22:30Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. Here David is telling us of the time way beyond the Great Tribulation, when God takes control and restores peace to the earth.
Psa 22:31They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn-- for he has done it. Yes, human beings will continue to live and breed on the earth, and all will be subject to obedience to Godís Laws of Righteousness Ė the same Laws that God gave to His servant Moses. In that day they will remember these Laws! (Mal 4:4). Anyone who willfully breaks these Laws will be put to death.
Psa 23:1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. A good shepherd takes care of his sheep, and this Shepherd is no exception. He is the Good Shepherd, and the sheep must follow Him. Ironically, most Ďsheepí donít follow Him in any form! They wonít obey His Law, they donít observe the Annual Holy Days and they donít keep the Passover! In fact, they donít even honour Him as the Passover Lamb, but instead substitute their own ordinance which they call the ĎLordís Supperí. How did the Passover ever turn into the ĎLordís Supperí? Didnít Jesus say that He desired to keep the Passover with His disciples? And wasnít this Passover observed with unleavened bread and wine as symbols of His body and blood? From earliest times, God gave the date of the Passover as the 14th Nisan. Fake Christians donít want to observe the Passover, and certainly not on the designated date, so they substituted their ĎLordís Supperí, which they feel free to observe anytime they like (as long as itís not on the correct day!) As a result, they are not one of the true sheep, and Jesus is not their Shepherd.
The reader may not know this, but the Catholic Church decides the dates for the Easter holiday. One of the conditions that must be met is that it must not fall at the same time as the Passover. Should the Passover fall on a Friday, as it sometimes does, then Easter is shifted to an earlier or later date. Most of Christianity observes this pagan holiday of Easter, so they go along with the prescribed date.
Psa 23:2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
Psa 23:3he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. In Psalm 119, David refers to Godís Laws as righteous no less than seven times. In fact Psalm 119 is a testament to Davidís love of Godís Laws and this is virtually all he speaks about in this Psalm. When Moses gave these Laws to all Israel, he said this: Deut 4:8 "And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?" God gave His Laws to Israel to distinguish them from other nations Ė in order to make Israel great. The Laws of God are a pathway to life. As Davidís son Solomon put it: Pro 14:12 "There is a [path]way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." God alone guides us in the paths of righteousness! Any other pathway will lead to death.
No faithful and obedient servant of God should fear death!
Psa 23:4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. The rod is what is used to beat the disobedient nations to a pulp (Rev 2:26-27) and the staff is a reference to Aaronís staff which is stated to be in the Ark of the Covenant (Heb 9:4) and which also held the stone tablets of the 10 Commandments. Aaronís staff is the one that miraculously budded and actually produced fruit, when God decided to show the leaders of the 12 Tribes who had His favour. This account can be found in Num 17:1-11 "The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff. 3 On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe. 4 Place them in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you. 5 The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites." 6 So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron's staff was among them. 7 Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony. 8 The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron's staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. 9 Then Moses brought out all the staffs from the LORD's presence to all the Israelites. They looked at them, and each man took his own staff. 10 The LORD said to Moses, "Put back Aaron's staff in front of the Testimony, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their grumbling against me, so that they will not die." 11 Moses did just as the LORD commanded him." And so Aaronís staff became one of the holy articles of God forever as a reminder to all Israelites, which Tribe has His favour. And just to confirm this, Almighty God chose the Tribe of Levi as His very own: Num 8:15-16 "After you have purified the Levites and presented them as a wave offering, they are to come to do their work at the Tent of Meeting. 16 They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn, the first male offspring from every Israelite woman."
This is not the first time that Aaronís staff produced a miracle. We find this account inExodus 7:10-13 "So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh's heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said." The reader may think that human beings cannot turn a piece of wood into a snake, and they would be right. However, this was not done by human power but by the power of the spirit world. These magicians had the cooperation of powerful spirit demons who could materialize and dematerialize objects at will. These same tricks are performed today by magicians on stage, and they do it with the cooperation of demon spirits. So donít be too overawed by what you see with your eyes in relation to magicians. The time will come when a certain beast will perform many signs and miracles to deceive many people. And believe it or not, this is exactly what David was referring to when he spoke of the Ďshadow of Deathí.
So when David refers to Ďthe rod and the staffí comforting him, he was referring to Aaronís staff, and this is what he meant! David also links this to Ďwalking in the valley of the shadow of deathí.
Now we come to the question of the valley of the shadow of death and its location. I know thereís a perception that it means lying on oneís deathbed. This, however, is not the case! The explanation was given by Jesus just after the devil used his best endeavours to tempt and corrupt Him. Just to illuminate the hypocrisy of the devil, he tried to kill Jesus at birth using Herod as his agent, then when Jesus reaches 30 years of age, he comes along and tries to induce Him to worship him. Only someone who is completely mad would attempt such a stunt! Such is Satan!Matt 4:11-17 "Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. 12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali-- 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-- 16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Notice the reference to the Ďland of the shadow of deathí here and read it carefully. Thereís a wealth of knowledge here.
The Jordan River valley is very wide and most of it is well-below sea level. From this valley, Mount Tabor can be seen towering in the distance as a distinct landmark. Mount Tabor is where Jesus delivered Ďthe sermon on the mountí. Itís also on Mount Tabor where Peter, James and John saw a vision of Jesus speaking to Moses and Elijah:Matt 17:1-5 "After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah (both Levites you will note), talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" Most children of disobedience, who call themselves Christians choose not to listen to Him, and I imagine they would not be too pleased that Jesus appeared speaking with Moses and Elijah. And especially since they was discussing His forthcoming departure: Luke 9:32 "Two men, Moses and Elijah, 31 appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem." Well, this is what happened on Mount Tabor in the land of the shadow of death.
After Jesusí departure, Peter recalled the event that occurred on Mount Tabor Ė which he refers to as the Sacred Mountain:2Pet 1:16-21 "We did not follow cleverly invented stories (which the children of disobedience are prone to do in order to enhance their own image) when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." n 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain." Notice that the Majestic Glory is capitalized to reflect a named object! This is where God lives, and this is where the voice emanated from. There are some people who like to interpret the meaning of this in an effort to prove something different, and they even choose to refute the eyewitness account of a servant of God Ė which was Peter, who described what he saw! It must have occurred to Peter that there would be some who would disbelieve his account and so he made his account more certain: V19 "And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star (Sun) rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
The interesting part of all of this is that both Moses and Elijah were appointed to deliver Godís people Israel from the hand of their enemies. We all know about Mosesí exploits and the power that God put in His hands. We might, however, be less sure of Elijah in this regard. But as we covered earlier, John the Baptist was the Elijah to come who was destined to precede Jesusí arrival. Yet, what we find is, John the Baptist died before fulfilling all that was written about him. What is more, John the Baptist had already been murdered by Herod when the vision on Mount Tabor occurred. Hereís the account of a prophet, who was led by Godís Holy Spirit, concerning John:Luke 1:69-71, 76-79 "He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate usó" V76 "And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace." And here we see yet another prophecy about the shadow of death. This time it relates to the Elijah that is still to come who will fulfill all that was prophesied of John the Baptist, but has yet to be fulfilled.
So what is the shadow of death?
There are two distinct creatures who are powerful rulers of the spirit world, and these are called Death and Hades (usually Grave in the O.T.). These are mentioned many times in the Prophets (The Old Testament), and they are also referred to by name in the Book of Revelation:Rev 6:7-8 "When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth." These two cast their shadow over the whole Middle East when they begin their conquest. Their shadow first falls on Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Itís through Syria that he begins to envision the conquest of the Holy Land. The region where the Syrian and Israeli borders meet is called the Golan Heights Ė an area of ongoing disputes between the two countries. The area spoken of by Jesus as being the land in the shadow of Death is Israelís northern frontier, and the fortress-like appearance of Mount Tabor is a dominating feature of the area. As the prophecy indicates, the people living in this region will see a great light. This great light relates to the weapons of God that will save those living in darkness and the shadow of death. These are not puny manmade weapons, but weapons eminently capable of reducing the enemy to ashes en masse!
As David said, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Godís rod will be in the hands of His servants to beat the nations. In that day, the House of David will be like God (Zech 12:8-9)
The following verse speaks of Ďpreparing a table in the presence of my enemiesí, a place close to the shadow of Death. The House of David will reside in this region (just as Jesus did) for a period of time until hostilities are ended.Psa 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. At that time, a son of David will have his head anointed, just as David once had his head anointed by Samuel the Prophet. But weíll leave further discussion of this for another time.
Psa 23:6Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. And this is what God has planned for David Ė and for his descendants in the House of David. When Jesus went to Jerusalem for the final time, He was killed. This will not be the case when He finally returns to Jerusalem! What is more, Godís servants the Levites will prepare the way for Him.
Of David. A psalm.
Psa 24:1The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Psa 24:2for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. The earth and everything in it belongs to God so He can do with it as He pleases. Notice also that itís the earth, that is, the landmass, that stands above the seas, and He created this landmass in a specific form. Almost always when God mentions the earth, or the foundations of the earth, He is referring to the landmass. We have an example of this in the Book of Job: Job 38:4-7 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-- 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" How things have changed! There was a time when the morning stars sang together. One of these was the ĎLightbringerí Lucifer who became the devil. The other, of course is the Sun of Righteousness Ė Jesus! In addition to this, all the angels shouted for joy. Today, one third of these angels no longer shout for joy, but are fearful and apprehensive of their future. The only joy they get today is when theyíre destroying those who are destined to replace them, and the added hope of thwarting God. For reasons known only to themselves they find consolation in this. Additionally, they have marshaled most of the population of the world in their quest Ė including false Christianity, who reject the Word of God Ė the very Scriptures that Jesus Christ represents: John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning."
Getting back to what God says in the Book of Job, God says He laid the foundations of the earth. He marked off its dimensions Ė so it had a specific shape. He laid a measuring line across it, so it had straight sides. All builders lay a measuring line to establish the dimensions, and to ensure the straightness, of any building they construct, and God is telling us He did the same. So the foundations of the earth, or the landmass had a specific geometrical shape. And just to conform to the standards of a builder, the cornerstone was laid (V6 above). To confirm the landmass had a specific shape, God adds this: Job 38:14 "The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment." The features of a garment usually have a place for the head, arms and legs, and these features must be in the right places. The reason is that a garment is purpose-designed. Clay under a seal emerges as the exact design of the seal imprinted on it.
But itís the feature of the cornerstone that is so important to this design. Itís not just any cornerstone, but the chief cornerstone, which is the focus of the design, and this is a reference to the Chief Cornerstone, who is the illuminating light of the Sun of Righteousness. Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone (Eph 2:20).
Before we go any further, we should point out that the shape of the earth was originally like a triangle Ė which represents a pyramid. The chief cornerstone of a pyramid is the uppermost stone. For an example of this, look at a United States dollar bill, and you will see the impression of a pyramid with the Chief Cornerstone detached from the rest of the building while illuminating light. The same impression is found on the Great Seal of the United States of America. You may wonder why founding fathers in America chose this particular symbol as the symbol of their wealth (money) and power (Great Seal).
Well, it all ties in with what God has to say about Ephraim here:Isa 28:1-19 "Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley-- to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!" In our study on the Book of Isaiah, in this very chapter, we explained all the reasons why the Pride of Ephraimís drunkards is a reference to the City of Washington. So we wonít go into it here. One of Ephraimís big faults anciently was that they wanted to control Judah and even plotted to destroy Judah. And this continues today. Washington demands the right to sanction everything the Israelis do, and theyíve imprinted on the Israelis their own mad brand of insanity that derives from the drunkenness of their decisions. America canít win a war today because they donít understand that the purpose of war is to kill the enemy, or at very least, to break their will Ė not to win their hearts and minds! They think they know how to make peace! They donít! And now because of their insolence, they will never know peace again!
To make matters worse, theyíve assumed to rule over the people of Jerusalem:V14 "Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem." Not only do they assume to rule over them, but the mad, Muslim African in the White House has now decided that Jerusalem is the Capital City of the Muslims. This lunatic referred to Tel Aviv as Judahís capital city in a recent speech. Now God refers to their boasting: V15 "You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place." You wouldnít want to rely on the vile creature in the White House, because virtually everything he says is a lie, and you wouldnít want to rely on his lies as a refuge! The overwhelming scourge will not pass you by!
Today we have many people, and even Christian groups, who consider the Jews to be the enemy of all mankind. These treacherous people who vilify the Word of God and His Tribe of Judah will find theyíve become the enemy of God Ė and all the enemies of God are set to perish forever.V16 "So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed." Just bear in mind that these words are directed against Ephraim Ė the one who features the Chief Cornerstone on their money and their nationís Great Seal.
As the largest Christian nation on earth, do they really believe they can get away with ostracizing Godís chosen and faithful people in favour of His enemies? How did this drunken madness spring up? Well, youíll have to ask the Democrats that! In the meantime God has a message for them:V17 "I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place." This is Godís judgment Ė so take heed! Notice the reference to the Ďmeasuring lineí. We just read that God laid a measuring line on the landmass of the earth when He created it. Now, speaking of Ephraim, He speaks of making justice the measuring line to see how they measure up from the point of view of justice. Much more could be said about this, but it can wait for another time.
Ephraim loves to make covenants with evil nations, and what is more, these nations are those who live under the shadow of Death and its among these Muslim hordes that Death will build his powerbase. Death and the Grave (or Hades) will enforce the Ďmark of the Beastí and as every Christian should know, this mark will be the linchpin of all the decisions God will make concerning the worthiness of a person to spared or condemned. Itís a central message in the Book of Revelation.
Well, America is certainly getting an early start in the direction of Death and Gravesí camp.V18 "Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. 19 As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror." I hope the reader understands that this is speaking of sheer terror and not adverse weather patterns. Though you can expect some of this as well! God has in mind to debunk the fiction of Ďglobal warmingí or as they now call it because of the dysfunction of their crazy theory, Ďmanmade climate changeí. This is yet another example of the lying state of things in the U.S. This great nation of Ephraim has become the laughing-stock of the world! Itís now clear that they canít expect any sympathy from anyone, and certainly not from God.
Read the Bible history of what happened to Ephraim anciently immediately after they attempted to destroy Judah in concert with allies whom we would refer to today as Muslims. The Ten Northern Tribes of Israel were all but wiped out, and the only survivors were those who were strong enough and suitable enough to be slaves. History is now repeating itself, and right on cue. The prophesied Day of the LORD is now here. This Day is described as great and dreadful. In the last verse of the Old Testament we find this:Mal 4:5 "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes." Oddly enough, there seems to be ĎElijahsí everywhere today. Some of them didnít make the deadline though! They came after, not before, the Great and Dreadful Day of the LORD had already started. However, this would be a minor detail to them! Looming larger in their minds is the fact that Elijah is referred to as Prophet Elijah, and they know that prophesying is not their long suit or hair shirt. Still they try to make it up as they go along. It would probably help their image if they read the Bible though, even though they donít understand it. If, as their purpose seems to indicate, their objective is to deceive more people then they need some sort of truth intermingled with their lies. I donít know whoís teaching them, but the master of lies and deception is Satan.
The Apostle Peter carries on with the theme of all this relating to the Cornerstone, and refers to it as a chosen and precious Cornerstone.1Pet 2:6-10 "For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone [margin: cornerstone]," 8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for." Peter means what he says here! Some people are destined for destruction because they disobey the message of the Precious Cornerstone. Special note: Where it mentions Ďcapstoneí, itís translated to mean Ďupper stoneí which is the cornerstone of a pyramid. This is evidence of where the Cornerstone fits. It was this upper block that the builders rejected.
Peter was actually writing to the House of Israel who were strangers in foreign lands.1Pet 1:1-2 "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance." 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." Peter was well aware that Jesus came only to the Ďlost sheep of Israelí. Notice that Peter was saying these people were scattered throughout Galatia, Asia and the rest of the immediate vicinity. At that time, the founders of Britain were known as Celts, and they were a mighty force whose influence spread all through Europe, and most notably, they had an occupied corridor that extended all the way to Asia and in particular, Galatia.
The Celts were the Tribe of Levi, and Peter confirms this with these words: "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God". It was the Levites whom God took as His very own Tribe: Num 8:15-16 "After you have purified the Levites and presented them as a wave offering, they are to come to do their work at the Tent of Meeting. 16 They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn, the first male offspring from every Israelite woman." The very word ĎBritishí means ĎCovenant peopleí. The original British (Celts) were displaced by the Germanic hordes known as Anglo-Saxons and others. The Germanic people were largely from the Tribe of Simeon. Well, it was the Germanic/Anglo-Saxons who conquered the Celts and drove them to the western and northern regions of the British Isles. Every effort was made to marginalize them and reduce them to inferior citizens.
Many of our earlier articles at our website go into greater detail as to the identity of the Celts/Levites. It was to these people that Peter was writing. As a point of interest, Joseph of Arimathea was a Levite and heís mentioned in this verse:Mark 15:42-43 "It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body."
Psa 24:3Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? This is about the only hill or mountain on earth that will be left intact when God reshapes the landmass to conform to what it once was. And who may stand in the Holy Place? Only Levites may do this, and on one day of the year, on the Day of Atonement, they enter the Most Holy Place.
David goes on to qualify this
Psa 24:4He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. David makes it very clear that liars and deceivers, who swear by what is false, will not ascend the Holy Hill of God. And these are in great profusion today. They speak lies in Godís Name all the time!
Then thereís the question of "Who may stand in His Holy Place?". In Davidís day, only the Levites could. But after the death and resurrection of Jesus a new and better way was devised. This began with the tearing of the Temple Curtain that was ripped in two at the very moment He died. The Temple Curtain was the entrance to the Holy Place. In so doing, God made it acceptable for Christian believers, who are not of the Tribe of Levi, to join the Levites in service to God. Today, the Levite Brotherhood has Christians serving God as Levites. Theyíve been accepted by God as True Levites and theyíve been grafted into the Branch even though they may or may not have no ancestral connection to the Tribe of Levi.
Psa 24:5He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. These people, who have clean hands and a pure heart, and refuse to swear by what is false, receive Godís blessing. The reference to Ďclean handsí is symbolic of those whoíve sought Godís Truth and have refrained from that which is false. ĎClean handsí is actually an indictment against those who have taught lies in Godís Name Ė they donít have clean hands! Those who set themselves up as religious leaders and teachers will be held doubly accountable, and consequently will receive double the punishment for their insolence. Itís become very noticeable that those who lack knowledge and have no spiritual enlightenment are those who seem to believe they qualify as teachers. Their only qualification seems to be their ability to look and sound Ďspiritualí and to quote all the flowery phrases. Do they really believe the King of Glory would be impressed by this?
Take particular note of the above words, Ďvindication from God his Saviorí. How is God going to vindicate His servants? By what means will God prove to the world that His servants truly act on His behalf? And by what means will those, who may stand in the Holy Place Ė that is, Levites, be vindicated to the world? Well, first they must be taught by God Ė literally! In order to become a son of God you must be taught by Him Ė just as Jesus stated in John 6:45. Jesus was confirming what the Prophet Isaiah wrote in: Isa 54:13-17 "All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace. 14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. 15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you." So right here we see that those who are taught by God will be a force to be reckoned with. Itís certainly not speaking about a church even though many churches seem to believe they were taught by God. When Jesus quoted from Isaiah, He was directing attention to those sons who were taught by God and this description that follows: V16 "See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc; 17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD." The Ďdestroyerí is a special class of weapon against which no other weapon can prevail. And as God says, this is their vindication from Him. And this is how everyone will know that this is the power of God.
Godís blessings are reserved for those who seek Him, and David describes them as a new generation as opposed to the current generation that has lived in defiance of Him.
Psa 24:6Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah. Those who fail to seek and find will never be called the sons of God and they will never be taught by Him. The present generation of Christians today is quite content to believe they know enough already and they have no particular interest in how the Kingdom of God will be established. They have great expectation of rewards for what amounts to ill-defined reasons. Godís own Son Jesus went through that horrible torment on the cross, but somehow they reason that God requires no effort from them Ė except a little lip-service occasionally. How horribly wrong they are!
If you study theIsaiah, chapter 54, you will find that itís the Sons of Jerusalem who are Godís sons whom He has taught Ė just as Jesus said. Itís these sons who will be entrusted with the protection of the Holy City of Jerusalem. More importantly, itís these sons that must prepare the way for the return of Jesus, referred to in this next verse as the King of Glory:
Psa 24:7Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. In Jerusalem there is the Kingís Gate, which centuries ago was bricked up to prevent the King of Glory from entering. And who do you suppose it was that did this? It was Islam! They knew the King of Glory was prophesied to enter through this Gate and they were determined to prevent it. Donít think for one moment that Islam is deceived Ė they know exactly what they are doing! Theyíre the children of the devil, and they do the will of their master. The devil is a master strategist, and he knows exactly what he wants to accomplish. Even today, after all the outrages committed by Islam, we still have religious lunatics sobbing over Muslims as if theyíre the victims. Well, such lunatics would be well advised to listen to the King of Glory.
Psa 24:8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. And against whom will the Mighty LORD Jesus fight in battle? Itís the very people who tried to bar His way through the Kingís Gate! Jesus Christ is this King of Glory, and He is also mighty in battle. Youíll notice in V10 below that another King is described Ė the LORD Almighty, the one to whom the Lord Jesus hands over the Kingdom: 1Cor 15:24 "Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet."
And so David repeats this verse for emphasis:
Psa 24:9Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. A remedy for this blocked Gate is in the planning, and it will be a spectacular display. The blood of the offenders (Islam) will flow in the streets! And howís this for a Bible prophecy! More that 2,000 years before, it was prophesied that this Gate would be blocked off by the hordes that surround the Holy Land. And it was also prophesied that it would be unblocked immediately before the arrival of the King of Glory.
Psa 24:10Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty-- he is the King of glory. Selah And this King of Glory is God the Father! He will live on earth among men, after the Lord Jesus has destroyed all dominion, authority and power of the satanic forces on this earth. These satanic forces are predominantly Islam today. They must be wiped out until none of them remain! Then the LORD Almighty will take over the Kingdom and live among mankind.
Psa 25:1To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
Psa 25:2in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. The same old enemies of Davidís day still persist today. In Davidís day they were called Philistines, Amorites, Jebusites, Canaanites, etc, but they are still the same ancestral people that God specifically told Israel to destroy and drive out of the Holy Land. The Israelites thought they knew better than God and permitted them to stay, and theyíve been a thorn in their side ever since.
Psa 25:3No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. No matter how you look at it, Islam is treacherous without excuse. They neither have excuse nor any reason to be indiscriminately killing Christians and Jews Ė who are their prime targets! After they commit these vile acts, they scramble to find some lame excuse about someone offending them. This was the typical response when someone drew some cartoons of Mohammed. This disgusting creature, whom they call their prophet, was a murderous maniac who killed his own people and anyone else whom he believed posed a threat to him. Itís this mad, satanic creature that is the author of their religion.
Psa 25:4Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;
Psa 25:5guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. If anyone doesnít have this attitude, then they are virtually worthless to God. God is not interested in the half-baked nonsense that is taught as church doctrine today. Jesus Christ counseled to Ďseek and you will findí (Luke 11:9). It anyone is not interested in diligently searching the Scriptures to discover Godís Will and His Way, then God is not interested in them either. Consequently, they should not expect His mercy and love Ė because it wonít be forthcoming! As a point of interest, Luke 11:9 is quoted from Deut 4:29 "But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey him." Obey Him! Herein lies the source of all the problems of Christianity today! They refuse to obey His Laws!
Psa 25:6Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. God reserves His great mercy and love for those who are repentant of their past conduct of disobedience and Heís prepared to redeem them subject to certain conditions.
It goes without saying that repentance is the first order of the day. If you donít acknowledge your guilt then God will never forgive you! This applies even if the bad conduct was done in ignorance. Most people did things in their youth that theyíre not proud of, and there are few that could claim exception.
Psa 25:7Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. Remember that we are reading the content of Key of David that opens the Door to the House of David. He is instructing us on acceptable conduct required by God.
Once we acknowledge our sins and call on God for forgiveness, we become a work in progress. Not yet perfect, but with the resolve to achieve that standard. In such cases, God forgives and begins to teach the sinner in His Ways.
Psa 25:8Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. Because the establishment of the House of David is imminent, God has sent a teacher Ė a Levite Ė to instruct others of His Ways. Itís from Godís messenger that men should seek instruction: Mal 2:4-9 "And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue," says the LORD Almighty. 5 "My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. 7 "For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction--because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty."
Who would ever believe today that true instruction would come only from a Levite? And who today, would believe that the messenger of the LORD Almighty is a true Levite? It seems that everyone believes himself to be the messenger today. Is true instruction found on their lips? No! Only lies and distortions of the Truth! Such people are filled with ambition, but not with the Truth. They succeed only in trivializing Godís Ways, and consequently, lead many into sin. It was the Levites who were keepers of the Law, and for this reason, Godís Covenant with them continues. As for those who have personal Ďneo-messianicí ambitions for themselves, God has some harsh words:V8 "But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi," says the LORD Almighty. 9 "So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law." Thereís going to be some big humiliations for these people who refused to listen to Godís messenger Ė the one appointed to prepare the way for the True Messenger Ė Jesus Christ! (Mal 3:1). And believe me, there is no other!
It pointless to assume that itís permissible to show partiality in matters of the Law, yet this is the trend in Christianity today. According to their reasoning, lying is permissible as long as its used to recruit more church members, stealing is okay Ė as long as you donít get caught, adultery is bad but permissible in the interests of Ďloveí Ė which they describe as good Ė even among those of the same sex (nothing wrong with it Ė they say!) But the universal partiality in matters of the Law relates to the 4th Commandment. This Law is despised and will not be kept under any circumstances. And they have a great variety of excuses for refusing. Most relate to two primary reasons. Either that Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday morning (which He didnít), or that Jesus Christ abolished the Law of God because no-one wanted to keep it. Either way, in their minds, the Laws of God have been abolished, and they refuse to keep them! How do you not keep the 6th, 7th, and 8th Commandments? Do you periodically kill someone, or commit adultery, or steal, in order to prove you donít keep Godís Ten Commandments? If the Commandments have been abolished as so many Christians today believe, then why do they keep any of them? Or is it just the 4th Commandment that they find so offensive? They sure have some weird reasonings! "Oh, what a tangled web they weave, when first they practice to deceive".
Thankfully, God comes to the rescue to show us what is right, and He has a preference for those who are humble. Pompous lunatics donít get a foot in the door, and to be perfectly honest about it, God hates them!
Psa 25:9He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. God is only interested in humble, teachable people. People who are humble enough to recognize their failures towards their Creator God. Such people are more willing to turn and obey God than those who have obsessively high opinions of themselves. Weíve seen plenty of these standing behind church lecterns!
Psa 25:10All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. And this says it all!
Psa 25:11For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. The more we learn about Godís Ways, the more we realize how far short of the mark we have fallen. Total obedience to God is a process, but one which must be quickly mastered Ė especially since time is short now.
Psa 25:12Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. God is described as a Potter who works the clay to make whatever He wishes. Some pieces are made for a noble purpose and some for common use. God chooses what each will be. Rom 9:21 "Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?" He certainly does, and accordingly, He will decide whom He chooses for a noble purpose or for a common purpose. The clue for those who enter sonship with the LORD God are those who fear Him. And itís in this context that God describes them, and naturally enough, this description is found in the Book of the Messenger - Malachi: Mal 3:16 "Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name. 17 "They will be mine," says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not." This describes those of a noble purpose!
The common use or purpose relates to a flock, often referred to symbolically as a Ďflock of sheepí who must follow the True Shepherd. Those who follow the True Shepherd are not an inferior class Ė in fact, quite the opposite. They just happened to be chosen by God for His particular purpose and the specific way that God has chosen for them. Just as Jesus, the True Shepherd was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, so must His flock! And they must be prepared to do it willingly. Paul, who wrote about the Potter and the clay, also had this to say in the previous chapter:Rom 8:35-36 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
The reader may not be aware of this, but God did indeed choose a shepherd for his flock for this end time. And it was this shepherd that gathered the flock together. The revelation about this was done through a parable, and this parable positively identifies the name of this man, and his name was Armstrong. The whole explanation of this parable can be found in our Bible Study of Isaiah, which can be found at our website, so we wonít go into it all now, except to say that the parable identifies him as a foolish shepherd, who became absolutely worthless. This parable can be found inZech 11:15-17. The purpose of this parable is to show that God chose only one Church of God and only one shepherd! Today they are a small scattered flock, just as Jesus Christ predicted and they no longer have a shepherd. I hope all the prima donnas who think they are Godís chosen shepherd will wake up to themselves.
And so God will "instruct them in the way chosen for them" Ė just as David said! They will live their lives in prosperity, when they and their descendants inherit Godís Holy Land.
Psa 25:13He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. But first God requires some service from them, and they must, first, overcome the worthlessness of their former shepherd. What made this shepherd worthless, among other things, were his prophecies. He didnít prophesy according to what was written in the Scriptures, but according to the false ideas he generated in his own mind, and also from the prophecies of other false prophets. Armstrong didnít have the Spirit of Christ, and neither did he have the Testimony of Jesus Ė which is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10). This didnít stop him from generating his own prophecy though! But he was the shepherd chosen by God for this end time, and dutifully, he established obedience to Godís Law and the observance of Godís Holy Days, and this was Godís purpose for him. Godís purpose for him was to prepare a flock who would willingly follow Jesus and be prepared to give their lives for their Creator God. Unfortunately, Armstrong never understood this, and even if he had, he would have had no interest in declaring it. He was fixated with going to a place of safety and escaping all persecution.
Itís a known fact that the flock feared Armstrong more than they feared God. Armstrong could directly contradict the Scriptures, and still he would be believed. God wants everyone to know that He, Himself, is the One you must fear Ė not any man!
Psa 25:14The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. Those who have a healthy fear of God will have His covenant made known to them. This is a reference to the Covenant that God made with Levi Ė a Covenant of life and peace Ė which we just quoted above. You can read it again in Mal 2:4-9. This Covenant is in effect right now, and this Covenant leads right up to the preparation for the return of the True Shepherd (Mal 3:1). Why would God confide in anyone else other than His servants the prophets? He makes it very clear in: Amos 3:7-8 "Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?" Only Godís servants the prophets can prophesy, because these alone are those to whom God has confided as David says.
Psa 25:15My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. There is a symbolic meaning to this. When the True Church of God observed the Passover, they participated in a foot-washing ceremony. In the Book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul correctly identifies the symbolic meaning of the feet in this verse: Eph 6:14 "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." What he is saying is Ďstand firmí and donít be wavering all over the place. Equip yourself with Truth and righteousness, and to have your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace. You must be prepared to walk in the paths of righteousness for His Nameís sake. The purpose of washing the feet is to symbolically cleanse ourselves of doctrinal error that relates to the Gospel, so we can walk in the paths of peace. And this is the meaning of the verse spoken of by David above: "release my feet from the snare." Many of the members of the scattered True Church are still ensnared by the teachings of those who were never appointed as teachers and they need to break loose from them.
As Paul points out, you need to be thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable about what God requires of His chosen ones. Terrible times are just ahead and this is all going to happen in a way that will make your head spin with confusion if you donít know what to expect. Thankfully, it will only last for a few years before deliverance comes. But bear in mind, those who remain faithful to God will still have to experience loneliness and affliction.
Psa 25:16Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Psa 25:17The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish. Just remember when these things happen to you, that the Lord Jesus Christ went through it all long before you did, and you must follow His example.
Psa 25:18Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. God will see your affliction and distress coming from the hands of your enemies, who happen to be Godís enemies as well. If you faithfully follow His instructions, then He will forget your sins forever and youíll be amply rewarded for your service. Donít forget that God required this same service from His own Son Jesus Ė so donít think you are more worthy than Him! Rather, count yourself unworthy to walk in his footsteps, but do so willingly in His honor. Jesus put it this way: Luke 17:10 "So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'" Almighty God wants you to go beyond duty, then you will truly be a worthy servant!
Psa 25:19See how my enemies have increased and how fiercely they hate me! The enemies are increasing every day and itís not just murderous terrorists anymore. Thereís a distinct anti-Christian, anti-Semitic trend emerging that has very great similarities to the doctrine of Islam. Of one thing you can be sure; this is the influence of the devil himself. Jesus and the prophets spoke of these days when betrayals will occur, and even close family members will turn in hostility. Jesus spoke of it in Matt 10:34-36 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn "`a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'" Contrary to general Christian belief, Jesus Christ did not come to bring peace Ė in fact, quite the opposite! He came to bring a sword! And while some may not yet be ready to believe it, a manís enemies will be members of his own household. In this statement, the prophets were speaking of family relatives.
Under what circumstances would close relatives turn against Godís chosen ones? Well, Jesus Christ was quoting from another prophet Ė Micah. Jesus quotation is designed to show the exact period for the fulfillment of the Scripture:Micah 7:1-13 "What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave." Concerning grapes and figs, there is much could be said about this. However, this is something that Jesus said in a parable: Luke 13:6-8 "Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, `For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' 8 "`Sir,' the man replied, `leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'" And we all know the story of how Jesus cursed the fig tree that bore no fruit and it withered and died. All these parables in the Scriptures are related.
In terms of Bible Prophecy, the Vineyard is the House of Israel:Isa 5:7 "The vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are the garden of his delight. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress." This is the same theme we find in this passage of Micah: V2 "The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains. All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net. 3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire-- they all conspire together." Even the nationís rulers are corrupt! Take particular note of Ďskilled in doing evilí. V4 "The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you. Now is the time of their confusion." God has watchmen, who are appointed to watch over the House of Israel, and through His Watchmen, you will be visited! And just to put this into some sort of perspective, this is what the Prophet Hosea wrote about these terrible times: Hos 9:7-8 "The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac. 8 The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God." God will surely visit Ephraim through His messenger.
And now back to the Scriptures that Jesus was quoting from in Micah:V5 "Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words. 6 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- a man's enemies are the members of his own household. 7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." As a point of interest, Jesus was addressing His disciples, that is, the Church of God. The Book of Luke shows Him covering this very topic in Luke 12:47 "That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. 49 "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law." In this context, concerning the last state of the Church of God where much will be demanded of them, Jesus speaks of His baptism that He was about to undergo. This baptism was His death and He was greatly distressed. In short, Jesus was forewarning them of what He expects of them. When His disciples are baptized, theyíre literally pledging to lay down their lives for God just as Jesus did! In baptism, there is an element of repentance and having sins washed away, but after this, God demands much more, and even His Son Jesus complied with this demand while under great distress. So must every disciple!
While it might seem like madness to some people that God would demand the same of them as He did His Son Jesus, just remember that God is in the process of establishing His Kingdom, and only people who have qualified will be there! God wants only those who possess the same mind as His Son Jesus. Those who possess the characteristics of Satan will not be permitted to live Ė just as Satan wonít! Itís all or nothing!
For the next verse in the Book of Micah, the translators added a sub-title ĎIsrael Will Riseí which is an accurate description.Micah 7:8-13 "Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. 9 Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD's wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness. 10 Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me, "Where is the LORD your God?" My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets." Daughters, wives and mothers-in-law will be quick to taunt with statements like ĎWhere is the LORD your God now?í In so doing, theyíll be adopting the theme of the greatest harlot of all Ė Satan! When everything is going well, no-one gives God the credit. But when everything goes wrong, whoís the first to be blamed? In the shallow minds of some, itís God! Women are the weaker vessel, and this is why God gave the man rulership over the woman. The truth is that God made them both a little differently; in fact the woman came out of the man (Gen 2:23). Nevertheless, a man and his wife should be of one mind and one flesh. In ideal circumstances, this is the case. Gender equality is a figment of mankindís imagination, but Iíve never ever seen a real man standing behind a woman for protection! As for me, Iíd be fighting them off in order to give the women and children time to escape. Do you know the meaning of this: John 15:12-13 "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command." In some cases, it may be possible to trade your life for others Ė as Jesus did, or it may come down to a fight Ė and this is why Jesus specifically armed His disciples with swords (Luke 22:36-38). This was to fulfill the Scriptures which said: Isa 53:11-12 "After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." If you understand the meaning of this, then youíll be willing to lay down your life for others. I know all about Joan of Ark and the ancient Welsh heroine Boudicca, but shame on the men who allowed these women to be placed in this position of having to take up the sword in their defense. Real men take the fight in defense of others Ė and especially the women and children!
As for the statements, Ďnumbered with transgressorsí and Ďmade intercession for the transgressorsí, this will be the perception of those who never knew their Creator God and have holier-than-thou views on how things should be done. When they see armed Ďtransgressorsí such people will see them as the agents of the devil. This is exactly how Satanís agents, the religious leaders of His day, saw Jesus Christ! And how they loved to accuse Him!
Regarding the rising of Israel and the hope of the faithful, Micah speaks of their salvation and where it will be found:Micah 7:21-23 "The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries." The boundaries of the Holy Land will be expanded when the time comes for God to redeem His people Israel. V12 "In that day people will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, even from Egypt to the Euphrates and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain. 13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, as the result of their deeds." Assyria is just beyond the border of the Euphrates River Ė just to dispel any myths to the contrary. Not to digress too much but this is another reference to these verses: Isa 11:15-16 "The LORD will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that men can cross over in sandals. 16 There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt." And this is where the remnant of Godís people will come from after their own nations are shattered.
When all hell breaks loose, North America and Europe wonít be good places to be! Remember how Jacob and his eleven sons were forced to migrate to Egypt because of a severe famine in the land? Joseph was already there. After Joseph died, all the Israelites became slaves. Initially, they were invited by Pharaoh, but this all changed when other rulers took control. Satan will engineer this same strategy to induce the Israelites to leave their stricken lands and settle in his territories. Once there, he will take them captive. As you can see, Satan is not a complete fool! Rather, heís a very cunning strategist, and he takes advantage of every situation.
As weíve already seen, God will redeem His people, the House of Israel, from Egypt and Assyria, which will be the main exit points, though His people will be scattered all over many foreign lands. Itís from all these places that God will rescue them and bring them back to their allotted inheritances.
Psa 25:20Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. Subject to certain conditions, God will guard your life and rescue you Ė and youíll find refuge in the Holy Land.
Psa 25:21May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you. And this lists some of those conditions. Personal integrity and righteousness will protect you and you can put your hope in God for a good outcome.
Psa 25:22Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles! There will certainly be troubles, terrible troubles, and then you will understand why it had to be this way. The purpose of the Church of God is to help in the redeeming of the House of Israel and to demonstrate what God requires of Israel. This is their function and this is what theyíve been appointed to do. Therefore, they must accompany the House of Israel during all their troubles.
Psa 26:1Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Youíll recall in the last Psalm in V7, that David wrote this: "Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD." Obviously, David is speaking in reference to a different group of people in this Psalm. When people turn to God in faithful obedience and serve and believe Him, they are considered to be blameless after God has forgiven all their sins. Not only does God forgive them, but He even forgets their sins as if they never occurred.
Psa 26:2Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
Psa 26:3for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. There are people on earth today, although in the extreme minority, who have been tested by God and refined like silver and gold. They walk continually in Godís Truth and never wander to the left or right, but stay on Godís path of righteousness. They have no interest in the doctrine of men, and neither do they consort with those who make up their own doctrine as they go along.
Psa 26:4I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites;
Psa 26:5I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. Such people are detestable to those who serve God as His servants. Deceitful liars and hypocrites are abhorred by Godís chosen ones. You wonít find Godís servants entering the assembly of evildoers Ė those who teach contrary to Godís instructions. Nor will you find them trying to reason with them. They either believe and obey God, or they have no part with Godís servants! Period!
Psa 26:6I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O LORD, (ritual cleansing is essential before approaching Godís Altar as all Levites know)
Psa 26:7proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. Godís servants love their Creator God, and never tire of telling of all His wonderful deeds. In their minds, everything God does is right, and they agree with everything God does or will do. Knowledge has a lot to do with this, and God confides His knowledge to them.
Psa 26:8I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells. These are the only people on earth that knows the name of the House where God dwells, and not only where He dwells, but why.
Psa 26:9Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with bloodthirsty men,
Psa 26:10in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. The wisest man who ever lived had this to say: Pro 29:10-12 "Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright. 11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. 12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked." Weíve seen plenty of fools venting their anger in Ďpeacefulí demonstrations where they burn cars and trash buildings, and beat up anyone who disagrees with them. And this is only the start! Such people are driven by a form of madness that is now sweeping the nations of Israel. When the ruler listens to lies, and his own officials become wicked, you know an irreversible trend is underway. Former President Bush was a man of integrity, but now we have people who would like to kill him. These are the same people who voted an African Muslim into power. Only now are many people beginning to realize what a lying manipulator this man is. There are times when a rational man mighty ask, "What good thing can come out of Africa?" To be sure, the House of Israel moderated some of their murderous behaviour when they colonized parts of it, but all the peoples and nations there continue to be basket cases, with rare exceptions. Having now kicked out most of the colonizers, Africa has now become a continent of evil degenerates. The only mitigating factor is the form of Christianity that some have adopted, which have given some of these Christians a form of godliness that is totally lacking in others. Most of Africa is now trending towards Islam, and this alone demonstrates their state of mind. Today the trend is to kill all Christians on the African continent. Remember Sudan, Darfur, Ruanda, Egypt, Somalia and the many other parts of Africa where this type of mass-killing has occurred? And all in the name of Islam! This has now become a world-wide trend.
And who is now sitting in the White House today? Itís a black African Muslim, and this is who Americans voted into the Presidency! What sort of madness was that? Is it because half the population wanted change? Well change is exactly what they will get, and believe me, they wonít like it! Itís not the colour of the skin of this man that is offensive, but the dark, evil presence that dominates him. Itís just as Paul wrote inEph 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Satanís spirit forces of evil are like chameleons, which can change colour at will. Youíre supposed to be able to recognize them by their fruits, that is, what they produce.
Psa 26:11But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me.
Psa 26:12My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the LORD. The Great Assembly is where the Creator God assembles all His angels when the time comes for all the redeemed to stand before Him Ė which we previously discussed. A blameless life is a life of obedience to the Creator God, and to these people, He will show mercy.
Psa 27:1The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid? Salvation is not the ethereal concept some people believe, and David makes this very plain. Salvation means deliverance from the hand of the enemy. This Psalm continues the theme of Godís servants Ė the ones who may stand before Godís Altar, or in other words, Levites from the House of David.
Psa 27:2When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Itís a fact of life that all those who attack Godís servants stumble and fall. The hand of God is against them, and many more will learn this the hard way.
Even armies will advance against Godís servants and seek to wipe them out.
Psa 27:3Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. God Himself has explained the reasons for this confidence. Against the House of David, Satan will incite of flood of war: Rev 12:15-16 "Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth." Levites are well-aware of a sign given by Moses concerning those who oppose the Levites. The account is given here: Num 16:28-34 "Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me. 30 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt." 31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
Thereís an interesting addition to this in history. Around 330 BC, Alexander the Great was planning to conquer the Middle East, and amid preparations for this war, he sought assurances from the mighty power towards the west that they would not attack his country in his absence. This mighty power was the Celts, the original inhabitants of Britain, who also then ruled most of western Europe. Alexander called a conference of their leaders, seeking an oath from them that they would not mount hostilities against Greece. The usual oath in those days was to swear by their gods, but this was not forthcoming from the Celts. Instead, they gave an oath that should they violate the agreement with Alexander, may the earth open its mouth and swallow them up. Alexander commented to one of his generals, "What vain-glorious people these are, that they should actually believe this could happen!" Nevertheless, convinced of their sincerity, he accepted the oath.
This same oath was used many times in history by the Celts, and was even a part of the beliefs of the Knights Templar who tried always to uphold the honour and chivalry established by the former kings of the Celts Ė including King Arthur. Like King Arthur, the Knights Templar had a quest for finding the Holy Grail, the Passover Cup of Christ. Leaving aside the fiction that has been written over the centuries concerning the quest for the Grail, it was the Knights Templar that sought to capture Godís Holy Hill and to rebuild the Temple. They even called themselves "The Poor Knights of Christ and the Holy Temple of Solomon", which was shortened to ĎKnights Templarí. They were indeed honourable and decent men who were dedicated to Jesus Christ and the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The only problem was they were a thousand years too early, and were eventually conquered by the Muslim Saracens. Itís commonplace today to see evil men, who possess none of the qualities of these dedicated warriors, slandering them with all sorts of innuendos. Yet these same people never seem to find any fault with the Muslims. How odd!
Psa 27:4One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Itís in some of these verses that we see the inspiration for the Knights Templar, who were familiar with them. They certainly sought the LORD in His Temple.
Christians today, donít see the link at all. Generally speaking, most Christians have no interest at all in Jerusalem or the Temple yet to be built. They see their own bodies as a substitute for the Temple of God. They seem to overlook the fact that Jesus referred to the Temple as His Fatherís House when he drove out all the traders and money-changers. The Apostle Paul was not suggesting a substitute for the Temple when he said this:1Cor 6:18-20 "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." Itís quite obvious what Paul was referring to! For all those who have Godís Holy Spirit, their bodies are a (not Ďtheí) temple of the Holy Spirit. All Bible students should know that there is a Temple described in Ezekiel chapters 40-47, which has yet to be built. Youíll also find in these chapters that Jesus Christ plans to live there forever, and from the threshold of the Temple the River of Life will flow. It should be obvious that this Temple has not yet been built.
And now back to the description of those in the House of David:
Psa 27:5For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle (temporary dwelling-place) and set me high upon a rock. (We alluded to this earlier.)
Psa 27:6Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. David was known for his singing and his music, and so were the Levites who were the singers of the Temple.
Psa 27:7Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.
Psa 27:8My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek. And they will see the LORDíS face, when they meet with Him face to face.
Psa 27:9Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. There will be some testing to build the faith of His servants so they will trust in their God in times of trouble. Faced with overwhelming odds, His servants must stand firm and seek Godís help.
Psa 27:10Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. Others will forsake all those who trust in their God, which brings to mind that a manís enemies will be those of his own household. There is something else that Moses wrote which relates to this in a future prophecy concerning Levi: Deut 33:8-11 "About Levi he said: "Your Thummim and Urim belong to the man you favored. You tested him at Massah; you contended with him at the waters of Meribah. 9 He said of his father and mother, `I have no regard for them.' He did not recognize his brothers or acknowledge his own children, but he watched over your word and guarded your covenant. 10 He teaches your precepts to Jacob and your law to Israel. He offers incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar. 11 Bless all his skills, O LORD, and be pleased with the work of his hands. Smite the loins of those who rise up against him; strike his foes till they rise no more."
All that Moses prophesied concerning Levi is coming true today.
Psa 27:11Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. God has a way of dealing with oppressors, and generally itís a gloves-off approach. When they take the path of making themselves Godís foes, then He strikes them till they rise no more.
Psa 27:12Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. These false witnesses love to make their accusations and even breath out threats of violence. Whose side would God take? That of His servants or of the ratbag accusers? The odd thing about all this is, that these accusers never served God during their entire lives, but they still feel qualified to find fault with Godís servants.
Psa 27:13I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. This is a reference to the Kingdom of God, where the survivors of Godís people Israel will live in peace.
Psa 27:14Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. For the Kingdom of God to be established, the House of David must be strong. All observers know that when the Israelis go to war, they are very strong! However, they are not strong enough, and the Sons of Jerusalem will show them what it means to be strong! (Zech 12:5). Only then will they truly become ĎThe Armies of the Living Godí as David refers to Godís army.
And now David begins to speak in reference to the House of Israel. This will be evident when we get to verses4 and 9.
Psa 28:1To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit. (That is, like the dead). David was king of all 12 Tribes of Israel and will be again. In this Psalm he cries out for the welfare of his subjects asking God to show them mercy. Without Godís mercy they would be as good as dead.
Psa 28:2Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. Though itís almost inconceivable at this present time, theyíll soon realize that this is where their fortress of salvation resides, which we get to in V8.
Psa 28:3Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts. Be honest now, isnít this how Muslim nations act towards each other? Theyíre like slithering vipers and have a long history of attacking and killing each other. Presently theyíve been subdued to limit their killing to mainly Ďinfidelsí (particularly Christians and Jews). Theyíre quickly running out of these in their own lands, so theyíve developed an outreach program for hunting them down elsewhere.
Psa 28:4Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back upon them what they deserve. Weíre getting to this in V9.
Psa 28:5Since they show no regard for the works of the LORD and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again. God is adamant that no a root or branch of them will remain alive, and they will be ashes under the feet of the righteous. Not a single Muslim will survive on the face of the earth. Every last one of them will be rooted out and killed. The possession of a single Islamic item of clothing, literature or anything else will mean a death sentence and this will be enshrined into law. Then you will know how God feels about Satanís brood!
Psa 28:6Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.
Psa 28:7The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. This is a reference to singing the Song of Moses and the Lamb of God. This reference is found in Rev 15:1-4 "I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues--last, because with them God's wrath is completed. 2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God 3 and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. 4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." There are a lot of things that could be commented on here, such as the Song of Moses, which is found in Deut 32, but of paramount importance is the last phrase, "for your righteous acts have been revealed."
What has happened in our day is this: people have decided for themselves what righteousness is, and they expect the Great God to comply with their views. Because people have adopted this short-sighted view, they have no idea of what to expect. Weíve now come to the end of the age, when God will fulfill all that is written, and when His Kingdom will be established. Godís primary objective in this is to populate His Kingdom with people who have overcome personal desire with a dedication to serve God to the exclusion of all else. Since the Kingdom of God is to replace the present rulers Ė the principalities and powers Ė that have dominated this earth for 6,000 years, the desired crop of subjects must comply with the stature of Jesus Christ. Godís Son Jesus is the benchmark for the coming Kingdom of God. In the above verse fromRevelation 15, we find that itís those whoíve been victorious over the Beast and his image, who will stand before God. This represents the big test for what will be a newly formed nation in the Kingdom of God. Insincere lip service and false ideals wonít cut it, and Christianity will have to learn this the hard way. They must refuse obeisance to the present rulers of this world and remain faithful to God even to the point of death.
God the Father knew that His Son Jesus would comply with His demand to lay down His life because He knows His Son well. Jesus was more than willing to lay down His life out of love for His Father. Jesus Christ loves righteousness because He learned it from His Father. He also knows that true righteousness must be tested. Even Abraham faced this test when the most precious thing to him in all the world was required of him by God. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his own son Isaac. Without hesitation, Abraham rose up early and headed for Mount Moriah to comply with Godís command. This act earned Abraham the honour of being called the ĎFather of the Faithfulí. Abraham reasoned that God was able to raise his son from the dead:Heb 11:17-19 "By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned." 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death." This son was very precious to Abraham, but he refused to hold back from Godís command. This is the very beginning of understanding Godís righteous acts and the meaning of them.
We have another example of righteousness with Godís servant Job. Through the most horrific testing trials imaginable, when Job lost everything, his flocks and herds, all his children, and his health, Job still remained faithful to his Creator God. He didnít understand all the reasons why this happened to him, but he knew that Godís righteousness must prevail even in the face of the most severe test. It was Satan who had taunted God concerning His servant Job, and made the claim that he could break him. As a prophet, Job possessed the qualities of Godís Son Jesus. Job had the Spirit of Christ Ė as all prophets do! This is why God said of the Prophet David, "He is a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do." This is a result of the qualities of the Spirit of Christ. Therefore, God knew that Job would endure the trial. Throughout his entire ordeal, Job refused to sin against God.
No-one should imagine that they are beyond being tested by God. Life itself has its ups and downs, and from time to time, we must all face adversity. Those who whine and complain about minor missteps in the course of their lives will soon find out that they havenít developed the godly character that God requires of them. When the real test comes, they will be ill-equipped to handle it. Well, the real test is coming!
How well you hold up under the coming duress will depend on the amount of Godly character youíve developed, and this comes only through faith in the Creator God. As it is written, "Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness." (Gen 15:6, Rom 4:3, 22). If you believe God then you will trust in Him for deliverance. This same deliverance came to Jesus when He was raised from the dead. Everyone who hopes to enter Godís Kingdom must comply with the standard set by Jesus Christ and be willing to lay down their lives for their Creator God in the sure knowledge that He will raise them from the dead.
The Bible makes it very clear how Godís Kingdom will be established. Contrary to popular belief, the Kingdom of God will forcefully advance, and forceful men will take it by force.
Psa 28:8The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. A fortress of salvation must be established by the servants of God. There are two anointed ones who are described as the Two Olive Trees who stand before the Lord High God of all the earth (Rev 11:4). These two olive trees are also called the anointed ones: Zech 4:11-14 "Then I asked the angel, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?" 12 Again I asked him, "What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?" 13 He replied, "Do you not know what these are?" "No, my lord," I said. 14 So he said, "These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth." One of these will appear first to establish the Fortress of Salvation, and this is the anointed one referred to by David. ĎAnointedí in this case means to be anointed with the Spirit of Christ. All the prophets of God who have ever lived had the Spirit of Christ, and all Godís prophets have the Spirit of Prophecy. 1Pet 1:10-12 confirms that all the prophets had the Spirit of Christ. As we all know, "the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy" (Rev 19:10).
Psa 28:9Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever. Godís inheritance is His people of Israel, and itís the remnant or survivors of these who will be saved: Joel 2:32, 3:1-2 "And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joel 3:1-2 "In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my INHERITANCE, MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land." And this will be the fate of those who scattered Godís people Israel throughout the peoples of the earth in slavery and who divided up Godís Land. When He brings them down this valley it will be called the Battle of Armageddon.
God intends to gather all the nations for a day of battle. The reasons God gives for this is because they scattered His inheritance Ė the Tribes of Israel Ė among many nations and decimated them. Then thereís the question of dividing up Godís Holy Land. And against whom are the nations of the earth arraigned today to snatch away Godís Holy Land from the rightful owners? Theyíre plotting against Davidís own Tribe Ė the Tribe of Judah! The whole world now wants the Tribe of Judah forcefully removed in favour of Islam! The Almighty God intends to give them a thunderous reply!
A psalm of David.
Psa 29:1Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Psa 29:2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
And now begins the thunderous reply:
Psa 29:3The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. It may not be immediately evident what the voice of the LORD means, but V7 will clarify it. The first clue is found in V1 above when the Ďmighty onesí is referenced.
Psa 29:4The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. The voice of the LORD is powerful all right; at His command the ground will shake and things will burn up.
Psa 29:5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. It seems like Lebanon is going to be hammered by a mighty wind! Any wind that smashes down Cedars is going to have a devastating effect on humans! After this, you can be sure of one thing, the land will have peace.
Psa 29:6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion (Syria) like a young wild ox. Yes, well Syria will get their share as well, and it will take the fight right out of them! The land itself will rejoice.
Psa 29:7The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning. Things are going to burn up and the people who live there are going to know that this is the mighty hand of God. Of particular interest here is the fact that both Lebanon and Syria are at the forefront of arraigning against little Israel to seize their land. They openly support Hamas and Hezbollah, the murderous Islamic terrorist groups. Obviously, Lebanon and Syria will be an initial target for destruction. Much of this destruction will come from Godís Ďmighty onesí who ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. And these will rain down hell on their oppressors.
Psa 29:8The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh. Having dealt with the northern borders of the Holy Land, now the voice of the LORD focuses on the southern regions Ė the Desert of Kadesh. Kadesh has quite a history in the Bible, but of paramount importance is Joshuaís destruction of the whole region from Kadesh to Gaza (and we know all about Gaza today, donít we?), which we find in Josh 10:41-42 "So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings. He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded. 41 Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza and from the whole region of Goshen to Gibeon. 42 All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel." And here we see that the God of Israel fought for Israel, but it was Joshua that carried it out Ė and in complete accord with Godís instructions. In this regard, Joshua was a type of the Ďmighty onesí spoken of by David in V1 above. David would know all about this! He had his own mighty men Ė 40 in all. These are described in 2Sam 23:8-39. This exploits of these mighty ones are truly wondrous! Take the time to read it. God was with them all!
Psa 29:9The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, "Glory!" All Godís servants will cry out ĎGlory!í towards the place where God sits enthroned.
Psa 29:10The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. This is a sure indication that this is when Godís Kingdom gets underway and becomes firmly established.
It will take considerable strength to take the Kingdom by force, and God counsels His people to be strong. Itís to the strong that God gives His strength. Those who are timid and weak will be useless. As to what is meant by being strong and drawing on Godís strength,Zech 12:4-9 explains it all. The leaders of Judah will realize that the people [Sons] of Jerusalem are strong because the LORD Almighty is their God (V5). The leaders of Judah will then follow the example of the Sons of Jerusalem!
Psa 29:11The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. The people living in Godís Holy Land will have peace after this, when all their borders are cleared. Itís just a shame the Israelis have not taken this initiative at this present time. It would have solved a lot of current problems. However, itís certain they will be pleased when God takes the initiative, and the outcome will be glorious.
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
With this Psalm, David speaks a prophecy about a distant descendant. Usually this Psalm is spoken of in relation to the Dedication of the Temple as the header shows. In fact, this is virtually true. David never saw the Dedication of the Temple that his son Solomon built, because he had already died. Yet God had made a covenant with David that there would always be a Lamp in the House of David:2Chron 21:7 "Nevertheless, because of the covenant the LORD had made with David, the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David. He had promised to maintain a lamp for him and his descendants forever." Godís covenant with David continues to this day. The Covenant with David was still in effect at the time of Jesusí appearance as the Son of David, and it continues even today when another son of David will arise. This son of David is a Judean prince from the line of David, and he will appear as one of the Two Witnesses, who are also called the Two Lampstands as weíre about to see.
Psa 30:1I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Well they didnít continue to gloat over Davidís descendant, because after 3Ĺ days they got quite a shock Ė as weíre about to find out.
Psa 30:2O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
Psa 30:3O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit. I know some people would naturally believe this is speaking of Davidís death. But, in fact, itís speaking of a son of David, a Judean prince in the last days. This prince of Judah will be killed at the time of the Dedication of the Temple (which will later be reconsecrated), and his body will lie in the streets for 3Ĺ days and will not be buried. Both he and another witness will be clothed in sackcloth (see V11 below) when they die. The other witness, of course, is a Levite, whom God named Prophet Levi. David, himself, did die and he was buried: Acts 2:29-35 "Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, "`The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."'
The description of the Two Witnesses or prophets is found inRev 11:1-12 "I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. 2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth." 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 6 These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want." This speaks of a time after the Temple of God has been built, and many people have arrived to settle in the Holy Land. Two-thirds of them wonít be sincere; instead they will still possess remnants of political correctness, and believe that all Gentiles, including the basest of people, should be allowed to come and worship. And they will use their numbers to encourage entry. Naturally enough, the Gentiles will try to control the Temple Mount Ė as they always do! Almighty God will permit this form of rebellion for 42 months to imprint a lasting memory on all the peoples of the earth.
When people finally achieve peace and safety, they afterwards decide itís not enough. The want liberty! And the kind of liberty they really want is to be able to do anything they please Ė without restriction. They start to look back to the days of democracy when the people chose what they wanted to do, and what laws should apply. So they begin to have second thoughts. These treasonous people living in the Holy Land will try to create the illusion that peace has come to the earth, and Godís servants are merely grandstanding and shouldnít be listened to. The two-thirds of the population will imagine that the people of the beast (who arises from the Abyss) are allies because theyíve subdued the Muslim hordes and taken over Babylon. Thoughts of Ďall men were created equalí and ĎGod loves everybodyí will pervert their minds to betray Godís servants, the Two Witnesses.V7 "Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8 Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. Sodom and Egypt will be a good figurative name for the Holy City of Jerusalem at that time Ė because of the inhabitants! And much could be said about why itís becomes so like Sodom and Egypt, but perhaps this can wait for another time.
Itís important to note that the Beast will attack Godís servants the prophets and this will be a fight to the death when Godís servants willingly lay down their lives for God. This is when God grants martyrdom to His servants just as He did for His Son Jesus, who also died in Jerusalem. The Two Witnesses will fight to prevent the Holy of Holies from being taken. This will fulfill Jesusí words spoken to Pontius Pilate when He said this:John 18:36 "Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world [Gr.aion = age or time period). If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place [in time]."
The Beast will gain the support and consent of two-thirds of the population, and he will gain this support by doing some of the same miracles as the Two Prophets. The Beast and the False Prophet will have considerable power:Rev 13:11-14 "Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth." Youíll recall this same thing happened in Egypt, when Moses and Aaron confronted Pharaoh. Aaron threw down his staff and it turned into a snake. Pharaohís magicians did the same. Satan and his demon rulers are accomplished magicians, and they use their craft to create lying wonders.
All these things will occur, and the inhabitants of the earth will be deceived. Theyíll willingly give their support to the Beast and imagine the Two Prophets to be the enemy. Itís a bit like politics today, isnít it? Even a demon ruler can become President of the United States by deceiving half the people. Thankfully, this demonís tenure will be short, but long enough to destroy the nation of Ephraim. Satan is certainly a master strategist. Thereís a funny side to this though. Satan himself is going to be betrayed by the Beast and the False Prophet! (Read the Study of Isaiah at our website to understand how and why.)
Then Godís Anointed Witnesses will be raised from the dead:V11 "But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on." Their departure is very similar to that of Jesus, except when Jesus departed into the clouds, it was His apostles and two angels who were there looking on (Acts 1:10-11). The similarities, shown in the Scriptures, between the deaths of the Two Prophets and that of Jesus is to illustrate that these two had the Spirit of Christ and were just like Him. In short, they are Godís representatives on earth just as Moses was.
Psa 30:4Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. The saints, that is, those who have Godís Holy Spirit, will rejoice and praise God when they see the fulfillment of all these things.
Psa 30:5For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. The two witnesses will be killed in the twilight, but will be raised in the morning, 3Ĺ days later. Their bodies will lie in the streets unburied, while the world gloats over them. But fear and dread will come on all flesh when they are raised from the dead.
Psa 30:6When I felt secure, I said, "I will never be shaken."
Psa 30:7O LORD, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed. This same thing happened to Jesus Christ when the Father hid His face from Him at the time of His death. The reference to Ďyou made my mountain stand firmí refers to when God shakes the earth. Only Jerusalem will remain in its place. Zech 12:6 "On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place." The rest of the landmass of the earth will be shaken and moved out of its place. All the land on the face of the earth will be brought back towards Jerusalem to form a single continent when God renews the face of the earth.
Psa 30:8To you, O LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:
Psa 30:9"What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? V11 answers this. The bodies of the two witnesses will not be buried or Ďgo down to the pití but will lie in the streets as a testimony to what their killers have done. There will be no doubts in the mind of the whole world that they are dead. Everyone will see their bodies. Then Godís faithfulness will be proclaimed when He raises them from the dead and they stand on their feet. In Jesusí day, the Scribes and Pharisees tried to claim that someone had stolen His body and they refused to believe He had arisen from the dead. This wonít happen this time, and the inhabitants of the earth will be struck with fear and dread over what theyíve done!
Psa 30:10Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O LORD, be my help." This help comes after 3Ĺ days when the sackcloth is removed and they are clothed them with garments prepared by God. A reference to this clothing can be found in Rev 6:10-11.
Psa 30:11You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
Psa 30:12that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever. This is the reference to eternal life. The reference to sackcloth and being clothed with joy is the identifying sign of whom David was referring to, namely Godís Two Witnesses. In addition to this, this Psalm is the evidence and confirmation that the second Witness or Olive Branch, spoken of in the Book of Revelation is one from the Tribe of Judah and the bloodline of David.
False prophets abound today, but the big test is whether their prophecies comply with the key that David provides, and since they donít understand this, nothing they claim can be confirmed. Whether they like it or not, the test of a true prophet is, firstly, whether or not they understand the Scriptures. Secondly, whether they have the Spirit of Christ; and thirdly whether what they say comes true. The broad brushstrokes are provided by God to His servants the prophets; the detail is found in the writings of the former prophets, and this detail must be searched out. Remember Jesusí admonition, "Seek and you will find"?
We previously spoke of a door, which the Key of David opens, and we also spoke of the Gates of Jerusalem. God has now opened the door and Heís also opened the seals and revealed His Truth to the Churches of God if they are willing to receive it. Their first step is to divest of the madness they formerly taught as Bible Prophecy and to come to their senses. They should also display some form of repentance for their shabby misuse of the Scriptures. It might also be a good time to end the contest among the various Church groups over who can appear the most righteous. Now is not the time for this type of insincerity and self-righteousness!
Concerning the Key of David, the door has now been opened, and anyone who desires to enter that Door can now do so. There is a caveat however, and that caveat is that they must believe God.Rev 3:7-10 "To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open." Jesus Christ is the One who holds this Key and He confides or imparts this knowledge to His servants the prophets. To all those who think theyíre prophets, consider this: Did what they say ever come true? You be the judge and decide for yourselves.
Out of the Seven Churches referred to in the Book of Revelation, all Church groups want to associate themselves with the Church in Philadelphia, because itís this one that gets the best review in the Bible. In reality, all that was said to all the Churches applies to each and every Church. This is confirmed by the words, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches." Godís Spirit has spoken!V8 "I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars--I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth." By now, you should understand what the synagogue of Satan is! These are the ones who want to dispossess the real Jews from Godís Holy Land and seize the Holy City of Jerusalem. These Muslims are consummate liars and their primary object is to kill Jews, and for that matter, Christians! In this, theyíve had considerable success. In referencing these evil creatures as the synagogue of Satan, God is clearly identifying His enemies!
What the Churches of God seemed to have missed is Godís command to endure patiently. Iím sure they have their own ideas about what this means, but you can be sure that itís not the right answer. God requires faithful service of them, just as He did of His Son Jesus. In return for enduring patiently, God will "keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole earth". David provides the key to this understanding: Psa 116:13-15 "I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. 14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." The Prophet Isaiah gives us some more insight: Isa 57:1-2 "The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. 2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death." If the saints endure patiently, then they will find peace as they lie in death, that is martyrdom, and they will be spared from the horror that will come on the whole world.
For too long the Churches of God claimed that the largest Christian religion on earth was the synagogue of Satan and wove an elaborate web of intrigue to support their views. Why is the Catholic Church any better or worse than the other Christian religions who are equally guilty of disobedience to their Creator? At least the Catholics have never claimed that Rome was Babylon! Not like the Churches of God, who did it without any Bible support whatsoever! And they called this prophecy! No wonder God caused them to stumble along in their error until their organizations collapsed and all their other prophecies failed. They sure built their house of a flood-plain! They certainly didnít build it on a Rock! The truth is that all their prophecies were based on their own imagination and reasoning Ė not on the Scriptures. Does anyone really believe that God would be pleased with this?
In conclusion, regarding the Lamp that God has set up for David in these last days:Psa 132:14-18 "This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned (see Eze 43:7), for I have desired it-- 15 I will bless her (Jerusalem) with abundant provisions; her poor will I satisfy with food. 16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy. 17 "Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. 18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown on his head will be resplendent." In Jerusalem a horn will grow for David. So what is the meaning of this Ďhorní? This very same description is given concerning John the Baptist, who was a forerunner of another who would come. This is what his father Zechariah prophesied: Luke 1:66-74 "Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child (John the Baptist) going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him. 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us-- 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fearÖ"
Clearly then, there are Two Lamps in the House of David, one from Davidís own bloodline, and the other from the Tribe of Levi (a servant just like Moses), and both will be horns of salvation Ė salvation from the enemy, from those who hate us. Like the horns of a bull, they will gore the nations to the ends of the earth. And they will deliver Godís Salvation!
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