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 Bible Study: Psalms 61-90

 

PSALM 61

 

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

 

By Neville V. Stevens

 

New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.

When the House of Israel are driven to far off lands in slavery, they’ll long to return!  David begins speaking about his constituents or subjects and pleading their cause.  David will be resurrected to rule over all 12 Tribes of Israel.  So he naturally has a vested interest in their welfare and their return from captivity.

Psa 61:1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 

 

Psa 61:2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the ROCK that is higher than I.  This is the Rock who led the Israelites through the desert anciently, and that Rock was Jesus Christ.  1Cor 10:1-5 “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, AND THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.”  Naturally enough, David acknowledges that this Rock is higher than he.  David will rule over the 12 Tribes of Israel, but Jesus Christ will reign over all the earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  As a point of interest, each of the Apostles will rule over one of the 12 Tribes of Israel, presumably with the title of ‘Judge’: Matt 19:27-30 “Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?" 28 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” 

 

Psa 61:3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.  And here David acknowledges that this Rock has been his refuge and a strong tower in the troubles ahead which he discusses in the next few Psalms.

 

Psa 61:4  I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.  When the Israelites were fleeing from Pharaoh’s armies, a cloud stood between then and his armies.  Pharaoh was unable to attack because of it.  Once in the deserts of Sinai, the cloud went before them to lead them.  Similarly, over God’s Holy City Jerusalem there will be a cloud overhead to shield the inhabitants.  This is what David was referring to as his refuge in the shelter of God’s wings.  Isaiah also added some clarity to this: Isa 31:4-5 This is what the LORD says to me: "As a lion growls, a great lion over his prey-- and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against him, he is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor-- so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights. 5 Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will `pass over' it and will rescue it."  This great shield is a reference to Almighty God’s dwelling-place and this will ‘pass overMount Zion like birds hovering overhead.  No doubt, human beings will look like grasshoppers when He does this!  Perhaps some people didn’t know this:  Isa 40:21-24 Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  Has it not been told you from the beginning?  Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.  He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.”  The Heavens are like canopy overhead of God’s ‘Tent’, where He lives.  So this tells us that God dwells above the earth, not above or beyond the stars of the heavens.  In fact, God’s huge dwelling-place is so close that people look like grasshoppers.  Isaiah adds a bit more which is pertinent to this discussion: 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.” 

 

These days, we see a lot of the ‘good ol’ boy’ attitude towards God by those who claim to serve Him.  Somehow, people have developed the idea that God owes them something and that He is obligated to them.  Christianity has well and truly overstepped the mark in all this and needs to understand a few home truths.  God the Father drove a pretty hard bargain with His Son Jesus for the redemption of his offspring.  The Father consented to this, subject to certain conditions.  His offspring are mentioned by the Prophet Isaiah, and so are some of the conditions: Isa 53:10-12 Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.”  So here we see that Jesus Christ’s days on earth were prolonged through His offspring – the very ones who have the Spirit of Christ!  (And we all know, if anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, then he doesn’t belong to HimRom 8:9).  God has no interest in those who have the disobedient spirit of the devil; His only interest is in those who have the Spirit of His Son Jesus Christ.  Isaiah pointed out that it was the LORD’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, which we all know about.  But we tend to forget some of His earlier suffering for God.  Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days and nights in order to be at His physical weakest when He was tempted by the devil.  There are people today that have a hard time merely fasting for one day.  In fact, most of Christianity doesn’t fast at all!  The Father required that Jesus be at His physical weakest in order to test Him against Satan’s onslaught.  Satan was quick to tempt Him with food by challenging Him to turn some stones into bread – which Jesus refused to do.  When someone is close to death from starvation, the temptation would be very great to eat something, but Jesus knew this would result in failure to Honour His Father.  What this shows is that the devil will tempt all of us in our weakest state.  Only a true believer recognizes that fasting gives that person spiritual strength.

 

There is one mandatory fast each year on the Day of Atonement and it must be observed.  Everyone who fails to observe it must be cut off from God’s people.  Lev 23:26-32 “The LORD said to Moses, 27 "The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. 28 Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. 29 Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. 30 I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day. 31 You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. 32 It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath."  So just to recap, Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days and nights in order to qualify to redeem His offspring from certain death, yet those who pretend to be His offspring are unwilling to fast for one day a year.

 

Continuing where we left off in Isaiah 53 and V11 After the suffering of his soul [body and mind], 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.  You will notice that it’s by His knowledge that He will justify many.  God has made the point that His people are destroyed through lack of knowledge, so we can see that the right knowledge is vital to our survival: Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.  Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”  Not only have Christians rejected knowledge, but they have also ignored the Law of their God.  It is any wonder they sound like complete idiots when they talk about their religion?  They sound like a bunch of pre-schoolers trying to learn their ABC’s.  They chant away at their elementary scriptures, as if they have no knowledge of anything else in the Bible.  Any suggestion that they might have to lay down their lives as Jesus did, would have them stampeding in all directions.  And just to show what wimps they are, many of them are now making overtures to Islam just to play safe with a ‘buck each way’ bet.  They don’t exactly measure up to the stature of Jesus Christ, do they? 

 

And now to conclude Isaiah’s comments in Chapter 53, V12 “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.”  And who were these transgressors that He made intercession for?  It was His own disciples!  Luke 22:37 “He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors' ; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment." 38 The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.”  So the great and the strong with whom He divides the spoils of war are His own disciplesthose who have learned by His knowledge!  So would two swords be enough?  As long as one is in the hand of Judah and the other in the hand of Levi, it’s enough!  Of course, the Apostles of Jesus were not really transgressors, but they were perceived to be by others.  This is made clear by Jesus’ words: Matt 26:55-56 “At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." 

 

Continuing in the Psalms, David speaks of his vows to God and his inheritance or heritage of those who fear God’s Name.

Psa 61:5  For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.  David knew that he would inherit a people just like him.  David was a mighty Jewish warrior, and his many exploits are recorded for us today in the Scriptures.  Throughout his life, David put his life on the line many times.  Even as a youth, David fought lions and bears to protect his flock (like the ultimate shepherd that he was) which he recounted to King Saul:  1Sam 17:34-37 “But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."  Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you."  Perhaps one tends to believe that David’s bravery alone gained God’s favour, but it was more than this.  David had absolute faith in God to deliver him in this battle, exactly as He had done when David was confronted by lions and bears.  David always went into battle in the LORD’s Name, and his armies are called the ‘Armies of the Living God’.  No wonder God refers to David as a man after His own heart:  Acts 13:22-23 “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.' 23 "From this man's descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.”  This was a promise to David!  Also, Jesus confirmed that He was the Son of David.

 

David knew that he would grow old and die.  Yet, he also knew that this life was not be the end for him.  He knew all through his life that his whole duty was towards God and that God was the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him in this life.  Most people have no interest in God during their lifetimes, and even those who do, see God only as the One to ask for blessings.  As such, it’s not much of an endorsement for faithfulness, is it?

 

Our armed forces go out every day to face the enemy knowing that death could come in an instant, yet they do it for country and liberty, in defense of their nation.  And our nations honour them for their commitment.  What would the outcome be if they failed to do so?  Our respective countries would be overrun by the degenerates of this world and this should be obvious to all.  It’s certainly something that the Prophet David was aware of.  He spent the major part of his life in battle and God always granted him victory.

 

All the prophets of God knew that there were forces of evil in this world that had to be eliminated.  They’re aware that Almighty God intends to wipe out all of them one way or the other.  There is no place for them on this earth, and certainly not in God’s Kingdom.  Like the Mighty Messiah Jesus, David was one of the greatest warriors of all time.  It stands to reason that God would resurrect David as king over the Tribes of Israel forevermore.  David will see the Light of Life once more and will reign in God’s presence forever.

 

Psa 61:6  Increase the days of the king's life, his years for many generations.  David will see many generations born in the House of Israel, and they will eventually fill the whole earth as their numbers increase.  Obviously, the Tribes of Israel will be human and will eventually die of old age.  However, they will live to a great age, like the age of a tree, and will see many generations born to them (Isa 65:20-25).  All of which makes one wonder about Christianity’s ideas today about ‘rolling around in heaven all day’.  They’d have great difficulty finding any support for their ideas in the Scriptures!  Planet Earth is where God will live forevermore.  What is more, Jesus Christ plainly said that no man has ascended into heaven, except the Son of Man who came from heaven (John 3:13).  Not Enoch or Elijah, and certainly not that lying creature Mohammed as the frenzied Muslims like to claim!  In short, no man except Jesus Christ!  And He was seen ascending into the clouds in full view of a crowd of witnesses (Acts 1:9-11).  Then two angels appeared: V10 “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."  This seems to be at odds with the general perception of Christians today.  They’ve become fixated with a much later event when Jesus returns with myriads of angels and all the saints for the marriage of the Lamb.

 

The two angels were right when they said this same Jesus will return “in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven”.  He’ll return to His “crowd of servants” on the Mount of Olives and will ride into the City of Jerusalem through the King’s Gate.  As a point of interest, the King’s Gate was bricked up centuries ago by the Muslims to prevent this very event happening.

The King’s Gate was bricked up hundreds of years ago by Muslims, to prevent the prophesied Messiah King from entry.  They knew from the local Jewish population that this is where the Mighty One would make His entrance and they were determined to prevent this happening.  To further impede Him, they made the entrance area a Muslim graveyard, believing the Messiah would not desecrate the graves of the dead.

 

Little do they realize that these Muslim graves will be bulldozed into the Gehenna Valley and the site cleared to prepare the way for the Promised Messiah when He makes His second public appearance.  At this time, the Muslim hordes will have been driven so far from the Holy City of Jerusalem, that they will be powerless to do anything about it.  What is more, their worst nightmare will be realized shortly after all these things.  The mightiest warrior king to ever rule the Tribes of Israel will be resurrected.  This is King David, the man after God’s own heart. 

 

First of all, Jeremiah speaks of a King – a descendant of David: Jer 23:5-8 “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. 7 "So then, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when people will no longer say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' 8 but they will say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' Then they will live in their own land." 

 

Then Jeremiah describes how this conquest of the House of Israel and the House of Judah will unfold: Jer 30:4-9 “These are the words the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah: 5 "This is what the LORD says: "`Cries of fear are heard-- terror, not peace. 6 Ask and see: Can a man bear children?  Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale? 7 How awful that day will be!  None will be like it.  It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he (the Patriarch Jacob) will be saved out of it. 8 "` 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.” 

 

Psa 61:7  May he be enthroned in God's presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.  David will be enthroned in Gods’ presence and will be a member of the Family of God.  In the Family of God there will be many rulers and priests, and Jesus Christ will be First Lord in the entire universe – under the Father of course! (1Cor 15:24-27)

 

Psa 61:8  Then will I ever sing praise to your name and fulfill my vows day after day.  And as he says in V5, his heritage will be those who fear God’s Name.  As things presently stand, this rules out most of Christianity today.  These need to lose the self-righteousness and start acting like David and his Mighty Son Jesus!  They need to start fearing God for the slovenly way they’ve conducted themselves, because soon they will be put to the test – just as Jesus was, no less!

 

PSALM 62

 

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

 

Psa 62:1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.  As David said earlier, the help of man is worthless.

 

Psa 62:2  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.  This means, ‘I will never be shaken from my faith in God!’  This is the type of resolve that must be in us all.  Unless our faith is built on a Rock, it will certainly be blown away – which relates to a parable that Jesus told: Matt 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."  Those who know to do right and don’t do it are worse than those who are ignorant.

 

Psa 62:3  How long will you assault a man?  Would all of you throw him down-- this leaning wall, this tottering fence?  This man is a leaning wall and a tottering fence that has already been assaulted.  He was obviously a foolish man who didn’t build his house on a Rock!  So who is this man?  Well, believe it or not, this is speaking of Ephraim, the most powerful nation on earth, who rules over the House of Israel.  His identity will become clearer as we progress through this study.  Remember how in Psa 60:7 God speaks favourably about Ephraim and Manasseh – the Two Tribes of Joseph?  Joseph was sold into slavery anciently by his own brothers as a result of their jealousy towards him.  Jealousy has become an international problem today when everyone, it seems, feels free to castigate America for everything.  It’s the appalling hypocrisy of these accusing nations when they seek to fault those who are better than themselves.  Most of these nations of the world live like pigs in their own country; everything is filth and squalor, yet they feel qualified to find fault with America.  We’ve come to expect this among these degenerate nations, and if this hypocrisy was confined to them we could perhaps call it a natural response from Satan’s brood.  But it’s not confined to them!  Today we find that the Western Christian nations are seething against the power and might of America.  Sure it’s the left-wing loonies that vocalize this the most, but it’s also these creatures that get all the media attention.

 

What all these ‘crazies’ in the Western World don’t know is that America is holding back their ultimate doom from the lowlife scum nations.  You’d think this would be clear from the past two world wars.  Wasn’t it America that prevented the annihilation of Europe in both these wars?  It was always America that did the heavy lifting to prevent their ultimate conquest.  How quickly they’ve forgotten, yet they still sing the war memorial song, “Lest we forget, lest we forget”.  They certainly have short memories!

 

Just to put this into some form of perspective, the Apostle Paul was hearing rumours of people prophesying of the imminent return of Jesus, and he took steps to counter this: 2Thess 2:1-12 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”  This is clearly speaking of the demon-possessed man who will arise, whom we know as ‘The Beast’.  Though it’s not currently evident, this man is alive today and is being tutored for the role he will play.  A powerful spirit ruler is doing the tutoring!  But he can’t make his move yet, and the Apostle Paul gives the reasons why.

 

The Apostle Paul knew from the Scriptures – the only Scriptures that existed at that time (which of course is the Old Testament), that certain conditions must be met!  V5 “Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the ONE WHO NOW HOLDS IT BACK will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”  Who is this ‘he’ who is holding back the secret power of lawlessness today?  There is only one power today that is capable of holding back this secret power of lawlessness, and this is Ephraimthe United States of America!  Since 9/11 the United States has been pounding on them and taking the fight out of them, but even Ephraim is up against a lawlessness that cannot be contained throughout the world.  It’s gaining momentum in every country as the Babylonians sweep across the whole world (Hab 1:6-7).  The Muslims today are the very people that Babylon ruled over anciently, and this is a Biblical fact!

 

The Apostle Paul knew from the Scriptures that it was Ephraim who would rise to power at the appointed time to hold back the forces of evil.  We’ve already quoted many of the Scriptures that relate to the might and power of Ephraim.  If it wasn’t for America, which nation would have risen up to make the challenge against Islam?  It was the leadership under President George W. Bush that took the initiative.  Can anyone imagine the outcome if John Kerry or Al Gore had won the election?  This pair of wimps would have done nothing!  Having either of these gutless weaklings in power at that time following 9/11 would have impeded Bible Prophecy, and the secret power of lawlessness would not have been held back!  All of which goes to show why the philosophy of the Democrats is so faulty!  Throughout his Presidency, George W. Bush prevented any more successful attacks on his country, and put the world on notice that further attacks would be met with devastating reprisals, and the Islamic world knew it!

 

After 9/11 the first order of the day was to kill Bin Laden, and President Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan where he was hiding.  It soon became clear that the Muslim world, in general, was sympathetic to Bin Laden and hostile to America.  The first indication of this was when they danced in the streets for joy following the 9/11.  There were two groups where this was most notable; the first being the Iraqis under Saddam Hussein, and the second being the ‘Philistinians’ under Yasser Arafat.  At that time, Saddam Hussein was the pariah of the Middle East and arguably the most dangerous man on earth.  The father of President George W. Bush had waged war on Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War campaign of Desert Storm and defeated him just a few years before in 1991.  The big mistake was in not killing him then.  The point is that there had to be a third strike in order to fulfill Bible Prophecy.  It was President George W. Bush that launched it in 2003.  Regardless of the reasons given for the invasion of Iraq, this was destiny that had to be fulfilled. 

 

It was prophesied that the House of Israel would defeat Babylon three times.  This is the ancient prophecy: 2Kings 13:14-20 “Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. "My father! My father!" he cried. "The chariots and horsemen of Israel!"  (Just to digress for a moment, these are the exact words spoken to Elijah when he was taken away in the flying machine.)  V15 “Elisha said, "Get a bow and some arrows," and he did so. 16 "Take the bow in your hands," he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king's hands. 17 "Open the EAST window," he said, and he opened it. "Shoot!" Elisha said, and he shot. "The LORD's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!" Elisha declared. "You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek." 18 Then he said, "Take the arrows," and the king took them. Elisha told him, "Strike the ground." He struck it three times and stopped. 19 The man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times." 20 Elisha died and was buried.”  Aram is sometimes described as either Aram Naharaim or Aram Zobah.  Aram Naharaim literally means the ‘land between the rivers’, that is, Babylon, which is between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers.  Not only is the ancient city of Babylon between the two rivers, but so is Baghdad – from where Saddam Hussein ruled.  The land between the two rivers is due EAST of the U.S.

 

Just to add some clarification to all this, when Elijah departs in the ‘fiery chariot’ or spacecraft to the place in the desert, he will leave behind Elisha, to whom his mantle will fall, and he will have some of the power of Elijah.  Elisha will die in the House of Israel.  This is why King Jehoash spoke about the ‘chariots and horsemen of Israel’ – because of his association with Elijah!

 

Has the House of Israel defeated Babylon (Aram Naharaim) three times?  Yes, and the first time was in WW1.  After the defeat of the Caliph of the Turkish Empire, the whole Middle East was parceled out with new borders.  As a point of interest, it was proposed by the Allied Forces to call “the land between the rivers” by their ancient name of Babylon.  It was to be a protectorate of Britain, but some nations objected to the name of Babylon and finally it was called Iraq.  After this, Iraq or Babylon faded from the scene for decades, finally coming to prominence in the days of Saddam Hussein, who turned out to be one of the most evil creatures of recent times.  Just like Satan, he happily killed his own people (Isa 14:20).  He was an evil tyrant who was bent on conquest (Rev 6:2).  It’s this verse who identifies him as the rider on the first horse of the Apocalypse.  Following the conquest of Iraq, Saddam faded from the scene to make way for the coming Persian Empire, which now has de facto rule over Iraq through the Shi’ite government.

 

Many things changed when the Democrats gained ascendancy of power and voted in a Muslim as their president.  Almost immediately, in November, 2009, a massacre occurred at Fort Hood, where 13 were killed and 38 wounded.  A Muslim, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, enthused at the prospect of having a sympathetic Muslim President, decided to take the initiative and kill as many American soldiers as possible.  Virtually the first words out of Obama’s mouth in relation to this massacre were that no-one should jump to any conclusions about the motivation for this massacre!  His feigned outrage came later!

 

As Bible Prophecy states, Ephraim must be taken out of the way before the secret power of lawlessness can be established.  As things presently stand, the Islamic nations are not unified, but this is beginning to change as the Shi’ite factions continue to gain ascendancy – led by the Persian State of Iran.  Even the Sunni Muslim states are becoming alarmed at the rising behemoth to their north.  Some of these Sunni Muslim nations are becoming so alarmed they are even making overtures to the Israelis to bomb Iran.  This goes to show the hypocrisy of them!  They hate the Jews, but when they need their help they’re willing to compromise – temporarily!

 

And now the Apostle Paul speaks of the time after Ephraim is removed.  The catalyst for this event is a devastating blow to Washington, from which they cannot recover and the nation is overrun by their enemies.  A period of some years ensues before the lawless one – the Beast – comes to power.  The Beast is not a Muslim – just as Alexander the Great was not a Babylonian when he came and conquered the entire Middle East.  Alexander began his conquest by conquering the Persian Empire.  His primary goal was to win one major battle against the Persian army and put them to rout.  From then on it would be a mopping-up operation which he successfully conducted.  Having succeeded in toppling the most powerful nation in the Middle East, there was little to impede his progress throughout the entire region.

 

Continuing in 2Thess 2:8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”   Those who refuse to believe the Truth will be like sitting ducks for the deception of Satan, and God will ensure it is so.  After all, they had the opportunity to believe God and now they must suffer the consequences of their actions.

 

Ephraim’s assailants love lies, just like the devil, and it’s just like it is with a foolish Christian who listened to Jesus’ teachings, yet refused to put them into practice!  These things carry a penalty, and the time is coming when everyone who chose to believe lies will get his comeuppance.  The largest Christian nation on earth has many enemies, though they are not always recognizable due to their cunning duplicity:

Psa 62:4  They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies.  With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.  Selah.  It would be bad enough if it were only the scumbag pagan nations of the earth that hated America, and who pretend to bless yet harbour curses in their hearts.  This is what is meant by duplicity.  These people are cunning, crafty hypocrites.  But it’s not just them anymore!  Ephraim’s brother nations in Europe are now joining in.  In their minds, everything that goes wrong in the world is America’s fault.  You’d think that Europe would be getting their own house in order rather than finding fault with America.

 

We’re not exactly seeing much in the way of Christian principles emanating from Europe, are we?  These European nations are largely secular, and it’s rare to see any reference to God coming from them.  They prefer to chart their own course without any reference to God, and this is very noticeable among their leaders.  However, this is not the case in America!  America is a proud Christian nation, with fully 80% plus confirming their belief in Almighty God, and acknowledging that all their blessings came from Him and His benevolence.  What nation on earth has a charter, which began with the Declaration of Independence and culminated with the Articles of the Constitution, which so illuminate their belief in a Creator God and their desire to live as a Christian nation?  Only America!

 

Only in America can no law be enacted that would restrict the religious practices of the people.  Freedom of worship has been enshrined in the law of the land.  All the framers of the Constitution were Christians and it was inferred that America would be a Christian nation.  The first settlers were Christians and they freely practiced their Christian religion.  To be sure, they were a long way short of pure Christianity, but at least they were on the right path.  It was a new nation and there would be growing pains.

 

From the time of the issuing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the time of the Civil War in 1860, America had astounding growth and prosperity.

 

Psa 62:5  Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

 

Psa 62:6  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  This is a repeat of V2, and for good reason. 

 

Psa 62:7  My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

 

Psa 62:8  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.  Selah.

 

David has just made the point of emphasizing that our trust in God is imperative.  Trusting in mankind, whether lowborn or highborn, is totally worthless so don’t bet your life on them.

Psa 62:9  Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.  And this is the point that David is making – don’t put your trust in men!  We’ve seen the advice of men given in defiance of God.  They promise the world but deliver nothing.  The Prophet Isaiah began to prophesy of John the Baptist in chapter 40.  This chapter contains some interesting comments about his ministry.  All of which is totally different from the general concepts of Christian ministries today.  We may speak of lowborn and highborn men today, but as David says, “If weighed on a balance, they are nothing”.  Well, Isaiah clarifies this still further: Isa 40:15 “Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.”  V17 “Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.” 

 

So let’s forget about any distinction between lowborn and highborn, because any nation that fails to serve the Creator God is equally worthless and less than nothing.  There is no nation on earth today that meets the requirements in God’s eyes of a holy nation and I think most people would agree with this.  So a new nation is called for.  A whole new nation and one which consists of very select people.  These select people will have proven in their lifetimes their devotion and obedience to their Creator God!  And God Himself qualifies these comments with 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.  There are not too many lowborn or highborn men today who are totally convinced that God made everything, and there are considerably less men who tremble at God’s Word.

 

There are plenty of lowborn nations on earth today that engage in the extortion of wealth from the richer nations.  We’ve now seen the granddaddy of extortion thrust upon the wealthier nations with the satanic plot behind the myth of ‘global warming’.  We now find that it’s merely a device to ‘spread the wealth around’ as Obama so eloquently put it to Joe the plumber.  The whole concept of ‘global warming’ is to tax the affluent nations to give money to the Africans to plant trees.  You can just imagine how much of the estimated 3 trillion dollars over the next ten years would be used to plant trees in Africa!  None!  Zilch!  These murderous, lowborn scum nations are all converting to Islam because they hate the Western nations, so why does anyone listen to the ‘carbon-taxscams that are proliferating today?

 

What the West, particularly America and Australia don’t need is more trees!  We have far too many old-growth forests that need to be felled.  Old-growth forests don’t aspirate oxygenonly growing plants do this!  So if the West wants to be true to their beliefs, harvest all the old growth forests and replace them with new trees that do convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis.  Then leave the Africans to figure out their own destiny!  If you want to trust in the extortion of lying ‘global-warming’ scammers, along with the Africans, then don’t expect any rewards from God.

Psa 62:10  Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.  The extortion that the West is presently going through is a huge scam to ‘spread the wealth around’ and to deprive the Western nations of the rewards of their hard work.  While everyone is focusing on the lunacy of the lowborn ‘green’ advocates, the enemies of the West are busily building strength.  Now is not the time to be cutting back on energy options but to increase them!  The irony of all this is that the enemies of the West are building the ultimate energy to destroy them!  They’re building nuclear bombs!  Once the death blow is struck, they will flood into our countries and loot everything!

 

Psa 62:11  One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong,

Psa 62:12  and that you, O Lord, are loving.  Surely you will reward each person according to WHAT HE HAS DONE.  This is confirmed in Rev 22:12.  You’ll notice that David says God is both strong and loving, and then links this to rewards for what we have done.  People who are weak and who fall over at the slightest provocation or hardship are not the type of people who should expect rewards from God.  Thankfully, Jesus Christ was not like this!  Jesus was strong and courageous, and yet very loving and compassionate of other people.  He knew the day would come when He would be making the distinction between the righteous and the wicked and ensuring that both got their just rewards.

 

Jesus knew very well that a nation divided against itself cannot stand, and He knew this division was between those who serve God and those who serve the devil.  This is the very point He makes in Luke 11:18-22 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 21 "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.”  Incidentally, this is one of the verses that identify Baal or Beelzebub as the devil.  Baal or Beelzebub is the prince of demons!

 

So when we see a kingdom or nation divided, with half doing the devil’s work, and plotting the destruction of the other half, then the Kingdom of God is due to come.  I know this is probably not totally clear at the moment, but it surely will be!  It has a lot to do with the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise enough to light their lamps during the long, dark night, and the other five were not, because they were ill-prepared.  We’ll get to this later.

 

 

PSALM 63

 

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

 

Psa 63:1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  As we would all understand, in a normal household there would usually be enough oil to light a lamp, but here we see a situation that is not normal.  In a dry and weary land where there is no water”, sounds like the ultimate deprivation of essentials.  So finding some olive oil to light a lamp would prove to be a major challenge.  And here we see the two ingredients that typify God’s Holy Spiritolive oil and water!

 

We’re all familiar with Jesus Christ speaking about Living Water that flows from Him.  These are some of the verses in this regard: John 4:10-13 “Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." 11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?" 13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."  And just to confirm that Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit, we find this in John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39 BY THIS HE MEANT THE SPIRIT, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”  And where in the SCRIPTURE does it say this?  It’s written in the Book of Jeremiah: Jer 2:13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the SPRING OF LIVING WATER, AND have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”  It seems their cisterns didn’t hold water – and this is the second sin.  Now they find themselves in a dry and weary land with none of the most essential ingredient of life – water!

 

Jeremiah adds more, together with the malediction of their sins: Jer 17:13 “O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame.  Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, THE SPRING OF LIVING WATER.”  And now we know who the LORD of the Old Testament is!  He’s the Spring of Living Waterwhich is Jesus Christ!  The early Christians understood this perfectly, but a couple of thousand years later, Christians haven’t a clue who Jesus really is.  They have no interest in the Scriptures that Jesus used – the Old Testament – and they can’t seem to understand the plain teachings of the New Testament.  For instance, how many have read this and still not understand: 1Cor 10:1-5 “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the SPIRITUAL ROCK that accompanied them, and that ROCK WAS CHRIST. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.”  When God is not pleased with people, they’re likely to have their bodies scattered over the desert – where there is usually a dearth of water or none at all!

 

I hope Christian readers are not still ignorant of who and what Jesus Christ is.  Otherwise, they will be written in the dust and scattered over the desert.  Just remember that ‘dust you are and to dust you will return’ – unless God intervenes to reward you with life from a Spring of Water welling up to eternal life – as Jesus puts it!

 

Being in a dry and weary land where there is no water will be a challenge in itself.  The hope of being saved from this predicament is the next order of the day.  Because God loves His people Israel, He will give them hope provided they’re not too far gone for recovery – like comatose or delusional!  For those who remain strong and alive, they will see the evidence of God’s intervention to establish His Kingdom.

Psa 63:2  I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Through the wonders of modern technology, these people will see and hear of God’s exploits.  When they see this, at least they will have hope for a rescue.

 

Psa 63:3  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  When someone is in a serious and desperate situation, sometimes death is better than life.  When there is absolutely no hope, death can be very welcoming.  There were times in Japanese concentration camps during WW2 when inmates welcomed being beheaded just to end it all.  It’s comforting to know that God’s love will prevail even after death – for those who seek Him with all their hearts.

 

Psa 63:4  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.  If the time comes to lift up your hands in surrender, be sure to do it for God.  You may not live long after capture, but your future life will be secure.

 

Psa 63:5  My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.  A starving man may fantasize about rich foods, but those who trust in the LORD will be satisfied in due course.

 

When the night terrors begin, it will not be easy to remain focused on the power of God to rescue you.  This is the difference between faith and the lack thereof.

Psa 63:6  On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.  During the Holocaust of WW2, the Jews were subjected to slave labour and they probably didn’t have much time to think about God in the daytime.  Just staying alive consumed their every thought.  But at night, no doubt their prayers were to God that they might survive another day.

 

Cities had their watches of the night to guard against an invasion.  During an invasion, however, the watchers watched for relief from some source beyond their walls – often without hope or help from anyone.

Psa 63:7  Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.  We’ve spoken about the ‘Shadow of God’s Wings’ previously, relating to God’s prophets, wings of eagles, fiery chariots, banners unfurled against the bow,  the ‘Armies of the Living God’ and about how God will effect the rescue of His people Israel.  The hope of Israel in that day will be to stand in the shadow under the Wings of God.  This will be the great hope of their salvation.

 

Psa 63:8  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.  God’s right hand is a reference to Jesus Christ who sits at God’s right hand.  As we all know, Jesus Christ came to destroy the devil’s work and to wipe out all of the devil’s offspring.

 

And right on cue, these will be destroyed:

Psa 63:9  They who seek my life will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.  This is not only speaking of the devil’s offspring, who number around 90% of the population of the earth, but also his demons.  Satan and his demons will be in imprisoned in the Abyss for a thousand years.  Just to relate to who the devil’s offspring are, we find in the Song of Moses that God divided the nations by boundaries: Deut 32:7-9 “Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past.  Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. 8 When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. 9 For the LORD's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.”  So all mankind was divided in their boundaries – which number 12 groups of nations.  Of all the people on the face of the earth, God chose only the Sons of Israel (Jacob).  This is confirmed in Amos 3:1-2 “Hear this word the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel--against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt: 2 "You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins."  So this indicates that on the Day of Punishment, God’s people Israel will number one-twelfth of the population of the earth.  This would equate to 500 million people today while the population of the earth stands at around 6 billion.

 

So it’s obvious that this is not referring to the Jews only, whose numbers are nowhere near this.  It’s speaking of the 12 Tribes of Israel – the whole family which He brought out of Egypt.  If no-one knew who the Tribes of Israel are and where they reside today, then it would make this prophecy meaningless!  When God says He is going to punish the House of Israel for their sins, the first priority is to understand who He is speaking of.  So where are these 500 million people today?  More to the point, where is the Tribe of Joseph, which was split in two to become the Tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, with Ephraim becoming the mightiest of all the Tribes.  Ephraim features as prominently as the Jews in Bible Prophecy.  In fact, the Book of Hosea is written exclusively about prophecies related to Ephraim.  In addition to this, the Book of Isaiah prophesies more about Ephraim than any other Tribe.  With unerring accuracy, Isaiah identifies Ephraim’s principle city today and relates its ultimate fate in Chapter 28.  This is the beginning of God’s punishment which leads to the destruction of the mightiest power on earth, and this rapidly spreads to the brother-tribes of Europe.  For around 390 years, during which Ephraim was a mere ‘child’ whom God trained, they have steadfastly refused to obey God’s Law.

 

Sure, Ephraim became the most righteous nation on earth by the standards of this world, but not by God’s standards.  This mighty nation became the largest Christian nation on earth, and yet, like the rest of the world, they refused to follow Christ’s teachings.  Shouldn’t they have listened to their Teacher and done what He instructed?  Furthermore, Ephraim was a nation that was built on law and they’ve dictated their law to the rest of the world, and even punished other nations for violation of their law.  As thoroughly justified as this might have been, they, themselves, utterly refused to obey the Law of the Universe – God’s Ten Commandments!  If this was not clear in the past, it certainly is today!  Any reference to the Ten Commandments is being removed from all public places.  This has established their mindset as a nation, and Almighty God has taken note!  It’s significant that this has occurred right on the eve of the greatest calamity that ever was, and the total destruction of Ephraim and the rest of the Tribes over whom he ruled. 

 

Even from antiquity, Ephraim was always the big guy on the block who called all the shots.  Moses prophesied about all the Tribes of Israel, and this is what he said in regard to Ephraim: Deut 33:13-17About Joseph he said: "May the LORD bless his land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below; 14 with the best the sun brings forth and the finest the moon can yield; 15 with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills; 16 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness and the favor of him [God] who dwelt in the burning bush.  Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers. 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."  It’s obvious that Ephraim is more powerful that Manassehby at least a factor of 10.  And who’s at the forefront of goring the nations to the ends of the earth today?  It’s America!

 

So we’ve seen that God intends to punish His people the House of Israel for their disobedience to Him – their Creator God.  It was Ephraim who had the favour of God (the One who dwelt in the burning bush) and was blessed with the best gifts the earth has to offer.  Of the two Tribes of Joseph, Ephraim was by magnitudes the greater.  In fact, there is no nation on earth to compare with the might and power of America.

 

Yet, all good things come to an end, especially when God becomes displeased with them.  Today, America’s conduct is unacceptable to God and certainly not of the standard required in His Kingdom.  So the Creator God plans to rehabilitate them through punishment, where they will undergo a refining process to clear out all the impurities.  And so they will be delivered into the hands of Satan and his forces, during which God will turn His back on them and refuse to hear their cries – just as He did to their Master, Jesus Christ at the time of His death.  Hopefully, when Ephraim cries out to God, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” they’ll begin to understand why!

 

None of us are ignorant of Satan’s devices and his murderous intent!  Satan has no qualms about killing even his own people, but where he really excels is in killing God’s people.  He hates God’s chosen familythe 12 Tribes of Israel, and it’s been his eternal goal to kill them all.  For thousands of years he’s had them fighting each other in the hope they would exterminate each other, but to no avail.  Yet when God’s punishment begins, Satan will have a free hand to do as he pleases – and he’ll devour them like a pig in a patch of strawberries.  Hos 9:7-9The 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 (House of Israel). 9 They have sunk deep into corruption, as in the days of Gibeah.  God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.”

 

However, Satan’s joy at the destruction of the Tribes of Israel will be short-lived when he realized that his fate is looming large and his diary will be full and predetermined for the next 1,000 years!  In the prelude to this, he and his demons along with all his offspring will be dealt with – and without mercy.  Heb 10:26-31If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses DIED WITHOUT MERCY on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

 

Perhaps we sometimes forget how specific God’s instructions were to His servants in days of old.  He commanded Moses to exterminate His enemies without mercy and that it had to be a total extermination!  Joshua set out to do exactly as God had commanded Moses: Josh 11:16-20 “So Joshua took this entire land: the hill country, all the Negev, the whole region of Goshen, the western foothills, the Arabah and the mountains of Israel with their foothills, 17 from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, to Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings and struck them down, putting them to death. 18 Joshua waged war against all these kings for a long time. 19 Except for the Hivites living in Gibeon, not one city made a treaty of peace with the Israelites, who took them all in battle. 20 For it was the LORD himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the LORD had commanded Moses.” 

 

It’s no good getting all emotional and self-righteous about this.  These people were the lowliest and most evil of all human beings and were totally unworthy of life on this earth.  They themselves were merciless monsters who conducted themselves like wild animals, with killing, torture and blood sacrifices of their own people.  If they did this to their own people, then no-one would want to fall into their hands as captives.  The only practical solution was to exterminate them all without mercy, and Joshua followed this advice!

 

Psa 63:10  They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.  David becomes even more specific in Psa 74:13-14 “It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.  14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert.”  The prophet Isaiah adds more: Isa 26:21, 27:1 “See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins.  The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer. 1 In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.”  All this was thoroughly discussed in our Bible Study of the Book of Isaiah, so we won’t go into it all again.

 

Psa 63:11  But the king [David] will rejoice in God; all who swear by God's name will praise him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.  This should be enough to convince everyone that those who break the 9th Commandment will be put to death – because this is what it means!

 

PSALM 64

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

 

In this Psalm, David expands greatly on the meaning of the 9th Commandment.  Lying, false accusations, perjury, treachery and conspiracy to defame, are all sins against the 9th Commandment.  These are the sorts of things promoted by demons to whip up emotions for mob rule.  Truth is cast aside in the pursuit of their objectives.

Psa 64:1  Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.  This is what David’s future subjects will be subjected to, and he voices his complaint early.

 

Psa 64:2  Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers.  Conspiracies of the wicked against the righteous will be commonplace.  They’ve certainly been getting some practice in recent years!  It’s actually sickening to listen to.  For instance, I couldn’t care less who some of these celebrities fornicate with, or even if they die of HIV or the clap!  It’s their life and they’re free to destroy it any way they want.  The galling part comes from their hypocritical accusers who spent much of their lives trying to do the same thing while proclaiming their innocence.

 

Psa 64:3  They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.  And this about says it all!  The tongue is a world of evil to these cunning, crafty accusers.  They’re never content until they’ve destroyed those who are better than themselves.

 

Psa 64:4  They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear.  If a man were evil like themselves, they wouldn’t even worry about him, but because he is innocent they’ll go to any lengths to destroy him.

 

Psa 64:5  They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, "Who will see them?"  In other words, “Who will see our snares and traps?  They’ll fall right into them!”  Evil men are cunning and crafty and they never stop emulating the devil.  False accusations are their tools of trade.

 

Psa 64:6  They plot injustice and say, "We have devised a perfect plan!"  Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning.  Whatever their perfect plan might happen to be, it will be brought crashing to the ground!  In due time, all those who violate the 9th Commandment will pay the ultimate penalty!

 

Psa 64:7  But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down.  It’s called good ol’ justice!  And God knows how to deliver it!  It’s going to take a lot of ‘arrows’, but justice will prevail for the Saints – the innocent ones!

 

Psa 64:8  He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.  The Saints will certainly shake their heads in scorn and they’ll be glad to see the justice of the Mighty One.

 

Psa 64:9  All mankind will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.  These things will not be done under a bushel, but will be very public!  God is setting up to make an example of many people, and justice will begin in God’s House, the House of Israel.  The rest of mankind will see it and realize that if God did this to His own people, then where do they stand in relation to God?  They’ll be left in no doubt that this is the work of the Creator God.

 

Our Lord Jesus gave us an earlier example of this mighty power of God but not quite in the same context.  Jesus performed many miracles of healing the blind, sick and maimed, and even raised people from the dead.  No-one was under any illusions about this mighty power – they knew it was done through the power of God.  Huge numbers of Jewish people flocked to Him and believed Him to be the Son of God.  There were exceptions of course, and these were the religious elite of that day, who believed themselves to be the rightful heirs to the Kingdom.  What is more, they reserved the right to decide who would rule over them.  Because Jesus saw through their self-righteous façade and openly criticized them, they decided it would not be Him.  Still the numbers of converts were becoming alarming, and so they devised a cunning plan!  In their minds, it seemed like the perfect plan, and we now know what that plan was.

 

The final outcome was that the Jewish people took Jesus’ message into all the world and Christianity was born.  Those who plotted injustice for Jesus and His disciples have been forced to face the music ever since.  But before we get too carried away with accusations against the Jews, Jesus Christ actually asked God to forgive thembecause they don’t know what they are doing’.  These self-righteous religious elites had been infiltrated by Satan and his agents and it was these demons who were calling the shots.  Jesus made this very plain in Matt 23:33-36 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous ABEL to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.”  No-one in their right mind would suggest that the Jews are guilty of all the righteous blood shed on earthand Jesus certainly didn’t!  He was addressing snakes and vipers, the euphemistic term for demons.  Can we be sure of this?  Well, the Jews were not even born in the days of righteous ABEL, and we’re all aware that ABEL was killed by Cain.  Cain was a demon!  Furthermore, who is going to be condemned to Hell and not escape?  It’s Satan and his demons who will be rounded up and cast into the Abyss, where they will be sealed in for 1,000 years.  As for CAIN, the Apostle John confirms that Cain belonged to the devil: 1John 3:12 “Do not be like CAIN, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous.” 

 

You’ll notice that Jesus Christ (who is the God of the OT) was conciliatory to Cain-the-man after he committed the murderous act and forbade anyone else from killing him.  The LORD knew who the real culprit was!  As Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, He forgave the Jews who committed the act of murder against Him, because they didn’t know what they were doing.  The real culprits was Satan and His demons, so Christians should get this firmly fixed in their minds now, before they start breaking the 9th Commandment by falsely accusing the Jews.

 

And just one other thing.  When Jesus said, ‘all this will come on this generation’, if He were only speaking of the generation of Jews that existed then, then that generation has long since passed.  Even invoking the punishment to the 3rd and 4th generation (as stated in the 2nd Commandment) would not encumber the Jews living today.  The generation that Jesus was speaking about is the same generation that killed Abel and still exists today – Satan and his demons!  These are the snakes and vipers we know all too well today!  From the earliest time, in the Garden of Eden, the LORD God identified them as such (Gen 3:14-15).

 

So let’s be frank and honest about this!  There are elite religious leaders today who, like Cain, don’t want to obey God.  They want to decide for themselves how they will worship God – and they are not Jews!  In fact, they call themselves ‘Christians’!  Unlike the Jews, they are hostile to God’s Law and refuse to acknowledge it.  They insist that God must take them just as they are!  Laughably, some of these now claim to be ‘spiritual Jews’ – yet they resemble them in nothing!

 

Jesus Christ warned the Churches of God to be very wary of those who infiltrate them by claiming to be Jews but are not!  He calls them liars!  Instead, these creatures are from the synagogue of Satan – which is not Jewish!  Everyone knows that the Jewish people obey God’s Commandments, so anyone who wants to be a ‘spiritual’ Jew had better be doing the same.  And if they don’t, then they are lying, fake Jews!  There is now a trend underway among these fake Jews, to deny the Lord Jesus is the Messiah.  These lying creatures are neither Christian nor Jewish, and are now trying to emulate the synagogue of Satan.  Jesus Christ frequently taught in the synagogue of the Jews in Galilee, but never in the synagogue of Satan.  Just to put this into perspective, this is what Jesus said: Rev 2:9 “I know your afflictions and your poverty--yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.”  And also Rev 3:9 “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.” 

 

Satan has a religion today which is sweeping across the world.  It’s a religion that has been well-crafted to deceive.  The whole religion was loosely based on Judaism, but with many substitutions.  For instance, it was unthinkable to Satan to worship on the Sabbath Day, so this was substituted for Friday.  And of course, they wouldn’t obey the Law of God so they substituted their own law, called Shariah law.  Then they decided that in order to replace Judaism, they need to claim God’s Holy City as their own, but to them it’s only their 3rd holiest city after Mecca and Medina.  In fact, Jerusalem is not even mentioned in the Koran!  With the exception of the 4th Commandment concerning the Sabbath, which they substituted anyway, the rest of the Commandments were useless to their religion because they summarize everything that Islam doesn’t want to be!  Islam was founded on everything that God forbids.  Muslims are by nature lying, murderous, thieving, adulterous, evil snake-like creatures who could never comply with anything the Creator God commanded, and so the Ten Commandments were out of the question as an option.  Lo and behold, what do we find?  Christians are starting to emulate this 1400 year old pagan religion!  For instance, the head of the English or Anglican Church can see merit in accommodating Islam with the acceptance of Shariah law.  How noble of them!  They refute God’s Law, but in their minds, they see something noble about Satan’s law!  While the Archbishop of Canterbury is the figure-head of the Anglican church, the actual head of this church is the monarchy – the royal family.  After his strumpet wife ran off with a Muslim, the heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales, has now become an official mouthpiece in support of Islam and Shariah law.  I seem to recall that Prince Charles’ great uncle was a sympathizer to Hitler, so it seems that treachery runs in the family.  But who cares!  God has no interest in the Anglican church or the royal family for that matter.  Both are merely a passing parade in the destiny of humanity.

 

Psa 64:10  Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him!  Those who are of the synagogue of Satan need not apply!

 

PSALM 65

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song.

 

Psa 65:1  Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.  We keep speaking about fulfilling our vows to God, but it’s not something that most people take seriously.  The fact is that most Christians expect God to fulfill His vows to them!  They have great expectations that will never be met!  The Kingdom of God will be established with people who keep their vows to God and obey Him.  So who do you suppose will be awaiting God in Zion?  It will be those who have fulfilled their vows to Him.  These are the ones who have remained faithful to God and have upheld both His Word and His Law.  There are only one people who have done this for the past 100 generations, and this is the Jews.  What is more, during this entire period, they had only one desire, and this was to return to Zion.  In 1948 they achieved this goal of statehood with the sanction of most nations – but with the exception of Islam!  Instead, Islam fought vigorously to deny them the right to return.  On every occasion of war, God went out with them in battle, and the enemy was defeated.  Of all the people on the face of the earth, only the Jews had the courage and tenacity to hold God’s ground.  This greatly pleased God and He has richly blessed them in their inherited land.

 

But now the Jews resolve has been thwarted, and increasingly, America and Europe have begun to favour the surrounding hordes, which we all know to be the Islamic nations.  These vast hordes seek the destruction of the Israeli nation.  The odd thing about all this is that the brother nations of the Israelis, America and Europe are engaged in a war against Islam themselves and have been for the past 10 years.  They know only too well what treacherous people Muslims are, and an honest observer would be calling for the destruction of Islam from the face of the earth.  Perhaps the reader may not agree with this, but if not, then they are at odds with God Himself!  Let’s revisit a much quoted section of Scripture that we have referred to many times.  It has to do with the Jews becoming invincible fighters against all the surrounding peoples – the nations of Islam: Zech 12:1-10 “This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: 2 "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 ON THAT DAY, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. 4 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 (these, incidentally, are the same horses mentioned in Rev 6 concerning ‘the four horsemen of the Apocalypse’). 5 Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, `The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.'  When every horse and rider are struck with panic and madness, and completely routed, the leaders of Judah will recognize that the people or Sons of Jerusalem are strong because the LORD Almighty is their God, and they will follow their example: V6 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.”  There are a few things to note here.  This will occur when all the nations of the earth are conspiring against Judah (the Israelis today) and are happy to see the surrounding nations destroy them; this is when God plans to turn the tables!  It’s God’s intention to make it clear who has His favour and who doesn’t!  The conflagration will be such that it will be like someone throwing a firepot in a woodpile, or a flaming torch into a haystack.  So you can understand that the rest of the horses of the nations will be in a state of panic.

 

While all this is going on, the Lord God will have a pressing priority to provide for His people!  And which people would this be?  Would it be the Christian nations that threw Judah to the wolves/dogs/jackals?  The very ones who banded together in committee to consent to their destruction and to allow the Holy City Jerusalem to be overrun?  Isn’t this exactly what they did during the four major Israeli wars since 1948?  Did any of these brother nations ever come to little Israel’s rescue in these times of catastrophic threat?  Incredibly, these brother nations are at war with the same enemy today, but they offer little Israel nothing by way of alliance.  Sure you hear the odd verbiage of support, but none of them will spill blood for the Israelis.  On the other hand, they are quite prepared to spill blood for Islam – in order to ‘win their hearts and minds’!  Be honest now, who do you believe is more deserving of God’s help?  Those who are prepared to fight for God’s Holy Land and His Holy City – or those who plot against it? 

 

Well this is God’s answer: V7 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.”  There’s no mention here of any churches!  Most people would realize that Jesus never spoke of sending the Church that He built into battle.  They have an entirely different function.  They must exhibit Spiritual strength and courage to follow Jesus in the ordeal that He went through, and believe that God will resurrect them.  And while Christians are fulfilling their vows to God, which they made at baptism – namely, that they are prepared to die for God and repent of their sins and serve God faithfully – perhaps they may pause to reflect on their past attitudes to the Jews.  Perhaps they might even have cause to wonder why God plans to take care of the needs of the Jews first!  Then consider this; the Jews have been faithful to God for thousands of years, whereas Christians have been unfaithful and disobedient to His Commandments and His Laws for roughly the same period.  Who then would have God’s favour?

 

Yes, I know the catchcry!  The Jews rejected Jesus – right?  Well, for the reader’s information, the Jews have served this same Jesus, this same Rock, as the Israelites did anciently when Moses led them out of Egypt.  Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament!  And it has to be said that the Jews have served God far more faithfully than Christians today!  It was prophesied that the Jews would reject Jesus at His first appearance, and some of them did – while others became Christians and took the message into the world.  But Judaism survived and has continued to set the example of obedience to His Commandments.  The Jews today practice Judaism, and don’t acknowledge the Son of Man Jesus as the Messiah – so far!  Do you think they ever will?  They most certainly will!  And we’ve just been reading about the events that will lead up to this in the Book of Zechariah!  We know these prophecies have not been completed yet, because the surrounding nations are not charred corpses yet, and we also know that the Jews have not repented of their rejection of Jesus. But “ON THAT DAY” which God frequently refers to in this passage, the Jews will suddenly realize that the God, which the Sons of Jerusalem serve, is the real Jesusthe Promised Messiah, just as He said when He walked the earth.   Christians like to talk about repentance, but now learn something from the Jews: V10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 11 ON THAT DAY the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, 14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives.”  The clans of Judah and Levi will live as one unit and one nation IN THAT DAY.  That unit is called the House of David.  Together they will sweep through the surrounding nations with the force of the power of God and will eventually reach to the Euphrates River which will be a temporary boundary.  And the next verse from the Book of Zechariah is: Zec 13:1 ON THAT DAY a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them (the Jews) from sin and impurity.”  The rest of this chapter in the Book of Zechariah speaks about cleansing all of the Holy Land, and banishing the names of the idols and false prophets and teachers – those who like to prophesy of good outcomes when disaster is at the door.

 

Psa 65:2  O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come.  Many will seek to serve God in that day.  There is nothing like a good war to get people’s minds sorted out, especially when they’re living in great danger, and when the sight of victory gives them hope.  People will come all right, especially to a safe haven.  In a world of turmoil (see V7 below), there won’t be many safe havens.  Those who come had better arrive with their cap in their hands as a sign of humility and respect.  It’s the poor, the humble and the downtrodden who will have prior rights to entry.  In accordance with the teachings of Jesus, the rich and famous and the high and mighty will be required to check their valuables at the gate for distribution among the poor.  This teaching can be found in Matt 19:21-23 and concerns the selling of possessions and giving to the poor as a precondition to entering God’s Kingdom (V23).

 

God is not against rich people, in fact, David was very rich, and so was Abraham.  But God is only against certain types of rich people and Jesus tells us a parable to clarify this: Luke 12:16-21 “And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17 He thought to himself, `What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'  18 "Then he said, `This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."  20 "But God said to him, `You fool!  This very night your life will be demanded from you.  Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'  21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."  Here we see a certain man described, who produces a good crop through the benevolence of God, though he seems not to acknowledge this, and then chooses to lounge around and do nothing but take good care of himself.  He visualizes a life of self-indulgence for himself – a condition that afflicts many people today – and has no interest in the well-being of anyone else.  They flaunt their wealth to everyone, except God!  They don’t act rich towards God, but rather they poor-mouth themselves to God so they don’t have to pay their dues to Him – which He requires!  In this parable, Jesus tells the outcome for this fool, as He calls him!  And now, God doesn’t demand His tithe, but his life!  And his wealth will go to another!  So here we find that Jesus, through this parable, directs us to a well-known, but largely ignored, passage of Scripture in Mal 3:6-10 “I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty.  "But you ask, `How are we to return?'”  This is a good question, isn’t it?  Most people would assume that they should join a church and sing in the choir, and offer lots of lip-service to God.  Unfortunately for them, God gives a completely different answer as to how we’re to return to Him!  And this is the answer He gives: V8 Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, `How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty. 12 "Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land," says the LORD Almighty.” 

 

These are very plain words from the Creator God Himself!  Yet people go to extraordinary lengths to refute them.  They argue that descendants of Jacob, the Tribes of Israel, were destroyed and are now lost.  God says the exact opposite!  He says He hasn’t changed and so the descendants of Jacob are not destroyed!  What is more, He refers to them as a nation and counsels them to return to Him.  For the purposes of Bible Prophecy, the mightiest nation on earth, America, is the present-day nation of the ‘lost’ Ten Tribes.  And to be perfectly honest about it, the Israelite Europeans don’t get much coverage in Bible Prophecy.  Yet Ephraim (America) is central to almost every Bible Prophecy!  Ephraim was the mighty Tribe that ruled over ten of the Tribes of Israel anciently, and once again, Ephraim is the greatest of all the Tribes.  Being a jealous God, God doesn’t take kindly to Ephraim sending huge payments to the enemy nations to ‘win their hearts and minds’!  He demands that they either return to Him and pay His tithe to His House, the House of David, or He will require their lives.  They are not yet destroyed, but the noose is closing on them!  And only a remnant will return to God – and in the most arduous circumstances imaginable!

 

Today we have a situation where Christians think they can return to God with mere lip-service, while ignoring God’s instruction about how He says they must return to Him.  Paying God’s tithe doesn’t benefit Him because everything in earth belongs to Him – it only benefits the tithe-payer, and the truth of this will become very evident in days to come.  How will there be food in God’s House to feed you when you return if you don’t make provision now?  To be sure, God has made provision for the saints to receive hidden manna (Rev 2:17) while they are living through the greatest calamity of all time.  But the manna stops when the Holy Land is reached, and then they must eat the produce of the Land.  So when God invites us to put Him to the test about paying His tithe, He is also putting us to the test!  And the tithe-payer must act first!  They must act in faith and believe that God is capable of doing what He has stated!

 

Most Christians are quite happy to believe that God can forgive their sins – and He can and will, provided we repent and return to Him.  While the sinner was still immersed in their sins, they were under a death sentence.  They were without hope or any promises and were considered to be dustto which they would return.  When God says, “You are under a curse, the whole nation of you, because you are robbing me”, He has in mind to lift that curse on anyone who returns to Him.  It’s these who will return to God when He forgives their sins:

Psa 65:3  When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.  This is speaking of the true Saints!  As we read in V1 of this Psalm, such people will be waiting for God in Zion!  Others won’t be there!

This is confirmed in this verse:

Psa 65:4  Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts!  We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.  Many are called, but few are chosen, and many are destined to find this out the hard way.  The chosen know why!  Half-hearted, lukewarm, self-seeking slackers are not the type of person likely to be chosen by God.

 

Naturally enough, these are the ones who believed God and sought refuge in Him, and so it’s these who will see the awesome deeds of God when He arms Himself with strength:

Psa 65:5  You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,

Psa 65:6  who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength,

Psa 65:7  who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.  It’s during the turmoil of the nations that God will answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness.  At that time, the LORD God will be armed at full strength.  The Saints who return to God early, are the ones who will be spared the calamities and the turmoil of the nations.  You’ll certainly see the turmoil of the nations, and you’ll be firmly convinced that all nations are demon-possessed.  We’re already seeing this spreading from nation to nation, as people cast aside any form of sound reasoning.  This speaks of nations rising against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms from one end of the earth to the other.  It will take the awesome deeds of God and His righteousness to ‘still’ all these things and punish the offenders.

 

And now David begins to speak about the remnant of the House of Israel who are living far away.  At the end of a long dark ‘night’ and the dawning of a new day, God will call for songs of joy from them.

Psa 65:8  Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.  Perhaps The Song of Moses may become popular!  It’s certainly destined to be so (Rev 15:3).

 

Meanwhile, back in the Holy Land, there will be bounteous harvests which follow after the New Dawning.

Psa 65:9  You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly.  The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.  With the rest of the world in turmoil, it’s the Promised Land that will prosper.  The descendants of Jacob – the Tribes of Israel had their chance, but they didn’t believe God.  Even worse, in the finish they didn’t even believe their Creator God provided it all for them.  They had it all, then lost it all, and God has warned them again and again!  But they wouldn’t listen!  Even though God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants, is irrevocable, it will be a long hard journey for them to enter the Promised Land.

 

Some will, however, and they are the ones who reap the bounty.

Psa 65:10  You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.  Then the nations of the world will see who has God’s favour!  The House of Israelwho are far away – will learn that God can both bless and curse, and then they will realize why they are under the curse.  They will also realize that ‘salvation really does come from the Jews’ – just as Jesus said!

 

God foretold that His Land would be a Land flowing with milk and honey and you will see that God keeps His Word.

Psa 65:11  You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. 

 

Psa 65:12  The grasslands of the desert overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.  Grasslands produce milk and the flowers produce honey.  Huge flocks will roam this pasture land.

 

Psa 65:13  The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.  Fertile valleys will be smothered with grain.

 

PSALM 66

 

For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

 

Psa 66:1 Shout with joy to God, all the earth!  Not much chance of this at the present time!  Yet David is speaking of a future time when they will, and he is speaking about all the inhabitants of the earth!

 

Psa 66:2  Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!  Or else!  There’ll be no more soft-shoe shuffling in that day about a false Jesus, whom the churches of this world worship.  The real Jesus will make His presence known throughout the world.  Former pagan nations will be scurrying around destroying their idols and taking stock of themselves.  Those who don’t will find themselves cringing before the Mighty One.

 

Psa 66:3 Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!  So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.  Is this the same Jesus that churches preach about today?  Does anyone seriously imagine that His enemies would cringe before Him if He looked like the depictions, supposedly of Him, in church literature?  They depict Him as a long-haired sissy and a weakling – hardly the type of Being that would make His enemies cringe!  Their depictions of Him are blasphemous!

 

Psa 66:4 All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name."  Selah.  We know enough about the inhabitants of the earth to know they won’t bow down to the Mighty One unless He first provides the incentive.  But after the nations are crushed and the mountains leveled and the earth writhes beneath their feet, they’ll soon realize that they have greatly underestimated the Mighty One.  They’ll have no option other than to bow down to Him in submission.  What is more, His eyes will be watching them (V7 below) and any aberrant behaviour will be swiftly dealt with.

 

Psa 66:5 Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf!  It may not be immediately apparent, but it soon will be that His awesome works are on man’s behalf.  Just seeing the lowlife scum of this earth reduced to ashes will be a good start.  In addition to this, there will be major changes to the whole structure of the landmass.  As we’ve pointed out many times in the past, God intends to put His imprint on the whole earth and restore it to what it once was.  During this process, the inland seas of the earth will be displaced with land:

 

Psa 66:6 He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot-- come, let us rejoice in him.  This verse merely touches on it, but even the Mediterranean Sea will disappear as the landmass closes on it.  In fact, all the landmasses – continents, Islands, etc – will be brought back towards Jerusalem to form one landmass.  David knew all about this, and immortalized it with the Star of David, which depicts two landmasses superimposed one on the other.

 

Psa 66:7 He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations-- let not the rebellious rise up against him.  Selah.  It’s true that the nations will bear watching for generations to come.  Jesus made it very clear that from time to time, these former enemy nations will start to get uppity and show signs of rebellion, and He gives the remedy: 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.”  The Saints will be given rulership over these people, and at the first sign of rebellion they’ll know what to do!

 

Psa 66:8 Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;

Psa 66:9 he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.  During Jesus’ last Passover on earth with His disciples, He introduced a new procedure – to wash the disciples’ feet, and told them to do the same with each other on the Day of the Passover.  John 13:3-17 “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7 Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." 8 "No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." 9 "Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!" 10 Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13 "You call me `Teacher' and `Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” 

 

The important part of all this is that Jesus was their Lord and Teacher, and what their Teacher taught them had to be upheld as doctrine.  They were to remember all these things and teach them as their doctrine.  This translates into keeping our feet clean – as the symbol of the teaching of the Lord Christ.  By washing each other’s feet, the Saints are ensuring that no false doctrine creeps in.  At that time, the disciples didn’t understand the meaning, but later they did.   This is evident from something that Paul wrote: 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 (without your feet slipping), 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.”  So our FEET are fitted with the Gospel of Peacewhich our Teacher has taught us.  So our FEET must walk in this path.

 

As Paul further states, the real enemies are not flesh and blood, but the rulers and authorities of this dark world, and he calls them the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm – that is the invisible realm.  So now we know that the real enemy is the invisible spirit world.  Those who have not held firm to the teachings of the Lord and Teacher, are actually teaching the doctrine of demons.

 

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he states this: 2Tim 4:1-5 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”  Well, I think that time has come, as Paul says, and people have turned aside to myths.  If you listen to them then you will only hear what they want you to hear – and it won’t be the Truth!  There are a great number of teachers like this today!

 

As a result of letting their feet slip, as David mentions in the last verse (V9), there are many people today who profess to be Saints but are not.  As long as they listen to myths and fables, they never will be.  And now David begins to speak of the refining process which requires great heat:

Psa 66:10 For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver.  Silver is refined in a crucible under great heat.  In this way all the impurities are removed.  If God tests us and finds purity, then there is no need of refining in the crucible of fire.  But those whose feet have slipped are going to find it tough going!  Some will be beaten and thrown into prison, while some will be enslaved:

 

Psa 66:11 You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.  It might never have come to this, but faith is not something that Jesus expects to find when He returns, and faithless people today abound.  They’re more interested in myths than in Truth.  Yet through the crucible of refining all this can be changed and the Churches of God had better be up for the challenge.  The rest of the House of Israel will be relying on their example.  Concerning lack of faith, Jesus said this: Luke 18:6-8 “And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" 

 

It’s true that David is actually speaking of the Tribe of Judah, but it all equally applies to the Churches of God who must complete their avowed service to God.  The Jewish people are your example to follow in the coming holocaust, because they’ve been through it – and the memory still haunts them today.  Who could ever forget Auschwitz, Treblinka, Dachau, and the hundreds of other death camps where Jews were exterminated?  After all this, the Jews remained faithful to God.  Let’s hope the Churches of God will do the same while guiding the rest of the House of Israel with their example.  This is their destiny and they had better accept it!

 

Psa 66:12 You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.  The Promised Land has been reached by the Jews, but there is still some fighting to do to secure it.  Then they will see the Kingdom of God emerging from among them.

 

The Temple will be built, just as the Prophet Ezekiel has described it (Eze chapters 40-48).  Ezekiel wrote this description of the Temple hundreds of years after the House of Israel went into captivity and never returned to the Promised Land.  The Prophet Ezekiel designates all the allotted territories to all the 12 Tribes of Israel, and even mentions the River of Life that will flow from the threshold of the Temple – after it’s built!

 

Psa 66:13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you

Psa 66:14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.  This is the usual time when people make vows to God – when they are in trouble!  Obviously, it wasn’t David who was in trouble and no-one cast him into prison (V11).  And neither is everyone on earth praising God today (V1).  We have yet to see the seas dry up (V4), so it’s evident that David was speaking of a future time – just as Ezekiel was when he described the Temple, which has never been built – not even by Herod.  And believe it or not, David never came to God’s Temple because it hadn’t been built then.  It was built by David’s son Solomon.  David has yet to come to the Temple, but this will be done in the Kingdom of God.  At that time, he will bring burnt offerings.  Oh no!  This can’t be right!  After all, Christianity ‘knows’ that there will be no animal sacrifices in God’s Kingdom – but they’re completely wrong!

 

Psa 66:15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you and an offering of rams; I will offer bulls and goats.  Selah.  When David comes to God’s Temple – the only Temple he will ever see, he will offer fat animals as a sacrifice.  He will offer rams, bulls and goats.  Fat, two year old lambs will be offered on every Passover forever.  God intends that His people Israel never forget the meaning of animal sacrifices.  It will be a constant reminder forever.

 

So why did Jesus change the symbols used for the Passover?  Well, this change of the Law was only for His disciples with whom He sat with to complete it.  He confirmed it to be a perpetual ordinance to do in memory of Him.  So all future disciples were required to observe the Passover in this manner.  You’ll notice that His disciples didn’t offer a lamb on the Passover; in fact, Jesus Christ offered Himself as the Passover Lamb.  For Jesus’ true disciples, this is the only Lamb they would ever need to be offered for them.  All others have no rights to the symbols of bread and wine which represented Jesus’ body and blood.  For this reason, only true disciples – that is, Saints – have this right and others should not be participating in this ceremony by eating the Bread and drinking the Wine.  Those, other than the Saints, must sacrifice a lamb according to the Law of Moses.

 

As King over the 12 Tribes of Israel, David will make the offerings for animal sacrifice for all his subjects and set them on the right path.  At that time, the House of Israel will know all about the blood-letting of sacrifices – having experienced the meaning of them in their own personal holocaust.  Almighty God intends that they never forget!

 

Having set the example of animal sacrifices, David now begins to teach the meaning, and speak of God’s qualities of mercy.  At this point, David is addressing the 12 Tribes of Israel who, at that time, will have suffered many adversities and will not be in good shape.  He uses himself as an example of God’s mercy, and warns that only those who fear God should hope for His mercy.

 

Psa 66:16  Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.

 

Psa 66:17 I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.

 

Psa 66:18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

Psa 66:19 but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.  Those who cherish sin and expect God to listen to their prayers are deluding themselves.  Sin is the transgression of God’s Law, and most Christians today cherish disobedience to it.  Then they wonder why God doesn’t listen to their prayers – and believe me, He doesn’t!  He does, however, listen to those who obey Him!

 

Psa 66:20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!  The importance of God’s love will be very evident when the House of Israel finds themselves under harsh rule in foreign lands.

 

The next Psalm continues this theme.

 

PSALM 67

 

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

 

Just as the Church of God was to set an example to the House of Israel, so the House of Israel must now set an example to all nations.  They must demonstrate that God is the One to be feared rather than men.  And when they do this, all nations will see the power of God’s mighty hand to rescue His people from wherever they’ve been scattered.

Psa 67:1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, Selah.

Psa 67:2 that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.  God’s salvation will be seen among all nations.  All the nations will see God’s rescue of His people Israel.  Any resistance to this among all the nations will result in crippling plagues and catastrophes similar to those of Egypt in Moses’ time.

 

Psa 67:3 May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.

 

Psa 67:4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.  Selah.

 

Psa 67:5 May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.

 

Psa 67:6 Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us.

 

Psa 67:7 God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.  Once the House of Israel is brought back from foreign lands and resettled, all the nations of the earth will know they made some serious errors of judgment – and they’ll have plenty of reason to fear God then.

 

PSALM 68

 

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.

 

Psa 68:1 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.  The very act of rescuing from the hand of the enemy results in a great number of casualties.  As one can well imagine, God has no concerns about the welfare of His enemiesHis foes that aligned against Him!  A disproportionate number of His enemies will be reduced to ash, but then, this is justice!  While many bleeding-hearts might object now, they certainly won’t when they find themselves in captivity!

 

Psa 68:2 As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.  What else would anyone expect when God brings justice to this earth?  Does anyone really believe that God would plead with them to behave themselves?  After they’ve slaughtered most of God’s people Israel, justice must prevail, and God’s justice is designed to instill fear on a massive scale – and it will never be forgotten!  All the survivors of these wayward nations will have every reason to fear God in that day.

 

Psa 68:3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.  The righteous will have the right ‘take’ on this and will be happy and joyful to see justice done.  In that day, the unjust, who cry crocodile tears for God’s enemies, will be the unwanted pariahs in the Kingdom of God.  These pariahs are already very active today, and most disguise themselves as Christians as they actively mitigate in favour of God’s enemies.  How many more of their own people do they have to see slaughtered before they recognize God’s enemies?  Today we seem to have millions of these ‘Mata Haris’ and ‘Tokyo Roses’ amongst us.

 

Psa 68:4 Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds-- his name is the LORD-- and rejoice before him.

 

Psa 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  As we saw in the previous verse, God rides on the clouds and here we find that what He rides is His Holy Dwelling.

 

There will be a lot of fatherless children in that day, and a lot of widows who have lost their husbands.  God intends to make special provision for them.  Men who offer their lives will know that their wives and children will be taken care of.  All the necessary provision will be made for these women and children who will be the primogenitors of future generations.

 

Psa 68:6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

 

Psa 68:7 When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland, Selah.

 

Psa 68:8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.  The God of Israel was Jesus Christ!  He was called the ‘Logos’ or spokesman, and also the Word of God.

 

Psa 68:9 You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.  God prepares the Holy Land with abundant showers for when He leads forth the prisoners.  They won’t be arriving in a barren land.  However, the lands they have left will be barren, or as V6 above says, a sun-scorched land!

 

Psa 68:10 Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.  God’s people will see a big difference in their new land compared to the land they were led out of.

 

Psa 68:11 The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it:

Psa 68:12 "Kings and armies flee in haste; in the camps men divide the plunder.  By this time, the kings and armies of the enemy will know it’s not the time to fight – but to run!  Their haste will be such that they will leave all their valuables behind.  Their camps will be plundered by the great company that proclaims God’s Word.

 

Psa 68:13 Even while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold."  We’ve spoken many times about the ‘Eagle’s Wings’ hovering overhead before descending on the prey, and now David speaks of the ‘wings of a dove’.  This dove is sheathed in silver and gold, both of which are symbols for God’s very elect.  The dove becomes the ‘peace train’ or rescue ship to gather the great company of believers – even while they sleep among the campfires in their migrations.  This is how many will be rescued along with their plunder taken from the enemy.

 

Psa 68:14 When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Zalmon.  Snow falls on the uppermost peak of Mount Zalmon, and this is representative of the kings of the land.  God scatters the highest among rulers and brings them to nothing.

 

Psa 68:15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains; rugged are the mountains of Bashan.  Kings and rulers who are at the uppermost peak of rulership will fall a long way – in fact, all the way down to the Abyss.

 

Psa 68:16 Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will DWELL FOREVER?  There been a lot of envy by the rulers of the heavenly realms and their brood for the Holy Mountain of God.  These ruthless creatures could never understand that it was not theirs to inherit.  Of all the mountains on the earth, they wanted this one!  The pagans of Jesus’ day had many mountains they worshiped on, and one of these was Mount Gerizim.  It was here that Jesus encountered a certain woman who enquired of Him: John 4:19-24 “Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." 21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for SALVATION IS FROM THE JEWS. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." 

 

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Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal

Just by way of a geography lesson, there are two significant mountains in Samaria, one is Mount Gerizim and the other Mount Ebal.  These two mountains are opposite each other, and the town of Shechem is situated between them.  Jacob’s Well, which is referred to in John 4:6, is situated at the base of Mount Gerizim.  The town of Sychar mentioned in V5 is probably the modern town of Shechem today.

 

Both these mountains had significance when Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land.  The following account is Moses’ instructions to Joshua: Deut 27:4-14 “And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on MOUNT EBAL, as I command you today, and coat them with plaster. 5 Build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. Do not use any iron tool upon them. 6 Build the altar of the LORD your God with fieldstones and offer burnt offerings on it to the LORD your God. 7 Sacrifice fellowship offerings there, eating them and rejoicing in the presence of the LORD your God. 8 And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up." 9 Then Moses and the priests, who are Levites, said to all Israel, "Be silent, O Israel, and listen! You have now become the people of the LORD your God. 10 Obey the LORD your God and follow his commands and decrees that I give you today." 11 On the same day Moses commanded the people: 12 When you have crossed the Jordan, these tribes shall stand on MOUNT GERIZIM to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin. 13 And these tribes shall stand on Mount Ebal to pronounce curses: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali. 14 The Levites shall recite to all the people of Israel in a loud voice:” Moses then proceeds to enumerate the laws that were to be written on the plastered stones.  There is a complicated message in the division of these 12 Tribes, which is difficult to explain.  Significantly, six were appointed to bless, and the other six were appointed to curse.  It seems that God was making His preferences known.

 

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Psa 68:17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.  This is a lot of chariots – and they are not single-seater aircraft!  Some of them are immense and capable of carrying huge numbers of people, along with their plunder.  Some will be dedicated ‘Eagles’, inflicting crushing defeat on the enemies of God, and others will be dedicated ‘Doves’ – to bring peace to the captives.

 

It’s fitting that “the Lord has come from Sinai into His sanctuary” as mentioned in the verse above.  This is mentioned by Moses as His final message to the Israelites before his death, and immediately after he gave them the Song of Moses! Deut 33:1-5 “This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death. 2 He said: "The LORD came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran.  He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes. 3 Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand.  At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction, 4 the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob. 5 He was king over Jeshurun when the leaders of the people assembled, along with the tribes of Israel.” 

 

Psa 68:18 When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious-- that you, O LORD God, might dwell there [in His sanctuary].

 

Psa 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.  Selah.

 

Psa 68:20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.  God intends to rescue His people from captivity, and the tens of thousands of God’s chariots will be implemented for this very purpose.

 

Psa 68:21 Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.  We have the perfect example of this prophecy in the Book of Genesis: Gen 3:14-15 “So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!  You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; HE WILL CRUSH YOUR HEAD, and you will strike his heel."  This is obviously a far-reaching prophecy for the end of days when the enmity between the serpent and the womanthe mother of us all – will be brought to a climax.  The captives will find comfort in Jerusalem and the Sons of Jerusalem will ensure that this is so.

 

Psa 68:22  The Lord says, "I will bring them [the captives] from Bashan; I will bring them from the depths of the sea,

Psa 68:23 that you may plunge your feet in the blood of your foes, while the tongues of your dogs have their share."  There’ll be a lot of blood just outside of Jerusalem when the sword of the Mighty One drinks its fill of blood.  In fact, it will flow like grapes in a winepress, and to the depth of a horses bridle (Rev 14:22).

 

Psa 68:24 Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.  This procession will be a gala event with much singing and rejoicing. Psa 68:25 In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the maidens playing tambourines.  So this won’t be an all-male event; there will be maidens participating as well.  When we get to Psalm 73, the singers and the musicians deliver a message, which compliments all that David has written.

 

Psa 68:26 Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.  The great congregation is the assembly of all the Tribes of Israel.

 

Psa 68:27 There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them, there the great throng of Judah's princes, and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.  Even the minor Tribes of Israel will be represented, like Benjamin, Zebulun and Naphtali.  These three Tribes were often on the wrong side of God’s favour, but still God will see that they are represented in the Great Congregation in fulfillment of God’s promise to the Patriarchs.

 

Psa 68:28 Summon your power, O God; show us your strength, O God, as you have done before.  At that time, God’s people won’t see Jesus Christ as the weakling that they depict Him as today.  In that day, they will truly understand what the titlesChrist’ and ‘Messiah’ really mean!  In that day, they’ll find great comfort in the might and strength of the Mighty One.  In that day they’ll dwell in peace and safety, and will be free of oppression from their former enemies.

 

Psa 68:29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts.  This is what happened when Solomon built God’s Temple, and this is what will happen again.  This is a prophecy, and just bear in mind that the Solomon’s Temple wasn’t yet built when David penned these Psalms.  I know that some may object, but Solomon was, in fact, a type of Jesus Christ, and both were the Son of David.

 

It’s probably not the ideal time to go into it, but Solomon saw his role as instructing future generations, and this is very clear throughout the Book of Proverbs.  In the 8th chapter he begins by speaking of wisdom – which God gave to him in great abundance.  In V12 he says this: I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.”  And then he says this in V19-20 “My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.”  Then abruptly, Solomon begins speaking of the other Son of David – the heir to the Kingdom of both David and Solomon.  And just to put this in perspective, Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God: 1Cor 1:24 “but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”  Only those whom God has called are able to understand that the Wisdom, which Solomon wrote about, was Jesus Christ. 

 

And what was it that Solomon wrote about concerning Wisdom?  Those whom God has called know that he was writing about Jesus Christ the Wisdom of God: Pro 8:22-31 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; 23 I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. 24 When there were no oceans, I WAS GIVEN BIRTH, when there were no springs abounding with water; 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I WAS GIVEN BIRTH, 26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. 27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, 29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. 30 THEN I WAS THE CRAFTSMAN AT HIS SIDE.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, 31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.”  Jesus Christ was present when everything was created, and He was the Craftsman at God’s side – from the very beginning.  Jesus Christ was given birth by God the Father originally, and again when He was born as a man through the Blessed Mary.

 

Psa 68:30 Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations.  Humbled, may it bring bars of silver.  Scatter the nations who delight in war.  Rebuke the beast among the reeds” is a reference to one of two beasts that God instructed the Prophet Job about.  One is called ‘Behemoth’ and the other ‘Leviathan’.  This is what God has to say in regard to this Behemoth: Job 40:15-21 “Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. 16 What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! 17 His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. 18 His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron. 19 HE RANKS FIRST AMONG THE WORKS OF GOD, yet HIS MAKER can approach him with his sword. 20 The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. 21 Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden AMONG THE REEDS IN THE MARSH.”  This beast among the reeds is going to be rebuked by God.  This beast was made along with, not Adam, but Job.  It was a one-off creation and no longer exists today in that form.  This beast was created to punish one of the spirit rulers, one of those who were first among the works of God.  That is, those who existed before mankind.  There is nothing very unusual about this since Nebuchadnezzar suffered the same fate and became a wild beast.  His sentence was for a limited time.  The Behemoth, as a visible, fleshly, earthly creature, can be approached by his Maker with a sword.  In other words, he could have been cut down at any time and cease to exist.  As a matter of fact, Satan himself was very aware of these rules, and it was his intention to catch the Son of God in human form and put Him to death – believing He would be dead forever.  How wrong Satan was!  When he saw Jesus alive, he knew it would not bode well for him!  Satan knew he had made a huge mistake!

 

Psa 68:31 Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush will submit herself to God.  Cush in this case is a reference to Ethiopia.  Cush is a different class of people to the rest of the Africans.  Remember the Queen of Sheba?  She was an Ethiopian.  Remember the Ethiopian eunuch sent by Queen Candace of Ethiopia as an envoy to Jerusalem (Acts 8:27) – to learn more about Jesus Christ?  The reason why Egypt, the country, and Cush, the people, are mentioned in this same verse is that Muslims will be removed from Egypt and the Ethiopians will rule there once more.  It happened briefly in the days of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat but of course he was killed by Muslims for trying to befriend the Israelis.  As ‘moderate’ as some might believe the Egyptians to be today, the demographics of that country will need to change dramatically before we see any more envoys to the Holy Land.  As a nation they’re committed to Allah not God!  What is more, they have a nasty habit of killing both Christians and Jews.

 

Psa 68:32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, Selah. 

Psa 68:33 to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice.  Well, I imagine that when the nations of the earth see God’s tens of thousands of chariots in the air, they will know He means business!

 

Psa 68:34 Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies.  When the nations of the earth see this kind of power in the skies, they will not be quick to pick a fight!  Instead they’ll be reduced to gibbering idiots out of fear of God.

 

Psa 68:35 You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.  Praise be to God!

 

For the nations of the earth, the halcyon days of killing Jews and Christians will be over, and the tables will be turned.  As V29 says, these nations will be falling over themselves to bring gifts for God’s people in reconciliation.  So now we know that God knows how to bring peace.  Kill the enemy and instantly you have peace!

 

PSALM 69

 

For the director of music. To the tune of "Lilies." Of David.

 

This Psalm is speaking of the suffering of Jesus Christ – see V21, and also His offspring.  Just prior to the appearance of the tens of thousands of God’s chariots, God’s people will experience desperate times.  Here David takes on their persona to describe these events.

 

Psa 69:1 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.

 

Psa 69:2 I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold.  I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.

 

Psa 69:3 I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched.  My eyes fail, looking for my God.  As we keep saying, the Jews know all about this, because they went through it all first.  Today we have some people who seem to think the Jews deserved it.  I hope these same people hold to their accusing philosophy when they have to apply it to themselves!  Because one thing is sure, they won’t escape!  Such people have yet to learn just how much God hates hypocrites!  Especially those who favour God’s enemies over His chosen people – the Jewish people – who have been appointed to the establishment of His Kingdom!  With evidence mounting daily of the conduct of the Islamic hordes, these hypocrites find fault with the Jews?  Why don’t these hypocrites take a good look at themselves for a change? 

 

Many of the writers of the Scriptures have spoken of the perilous times ahead in the last days, and none should underestimate the severity of it.  Everyone was given one lifetime and how they conducted themselves was entirely up to them.  God Himself set the rules for righteous living and it’s on the basis of His rules or Laws that all mankind will be judged.  He is, of course, the Great Judge and judges judge according to law.  It’s God’s determination that the lawless will perish, because they are not welcome in His Kingdom.  Oddly enough, it was the ‘rule of law’ that made America so great, and this led to other nations heeding this system.  It was called ‘democracy’ – government by the people and for the people – a concept that is not understood by the dictators of this world.  Of course, democracy is not the perfect system either, but it certainly excels over the dictatorship of ruthless tyrants.  Democracy was designed to protect the rights of the people but only within the framework of the law.  The lawless lose their rights when they violate the law.  The whole purpose of the law is to eradicate lawlessness.  The law of the land is structured to provide penalties as a deterrent for disobedience, and it’s the penalties that are the greatest deterrent to lawlessness.  If anyone violates the law they should expect to be punished.

 

The Bible labels lawlessness as sin (1John 3:4), and the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23).  Jesus Christ never sinned because He obeyed the Law.  Jesus Christ did everything that God required of Him while He was still on earth.  And the final requirement was to give His life – which He did!  In this regard, Jesus gave us some good advice: Luke 17:9-10 “Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 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.'"  Our duty to God is to obey Him, which Jesus Christ Himself did, but God’s thanks and appreciation, as well as any rewards, require more.  And in this, you cannot afford to fail.

 

The time is coming when people will hate you and severely persecute you if you do all that God has told you to do.  However, the alternative is death forever.  There are not a lot of people who would welcome their courage being tested, but this is what it will come to.  The entrance fee for entering the Family of God is very high, so if it requires persecution and death, then just remember that many others have gone before you in the faith of their convictions. 

 

Psa 69:4 Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me.  I am forced to restore what I did not steal.  Extortion is something that is widely practiced in one form or another today.  You’ll be falsely accused and your accusers will extort all they can get from you.  Once the well has dried up they’ll seek to kill you, and they won’t seek any reason to do so.  The law of the land will be paralyzed and no-one will come to your aid.  Others will have enough problems of their own, and few will be willing to come to your aid.

 

Psa 69:5 You know my folly, O God; my guilt is not hidden from you.  In those days, people will find themselves in this position because they never believed God with the kind of faith He requires.  Too many people today think they can dictate how God must be worshiped and soon they will learn of their folly!  If they have any sense, then they will learn quickly and confess their guilt to God.

 

Psa 69:6 May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the LORD Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel.  Well this is a good attitude to have!  The folly that has led to their own guilt should not result in another’s suffering, and the folly taught in churches today is on track to do just this.  It should be borne in mind that after the persecutors have finished with the Saints, they will be coming after the churches, who have a long history of masquerading as Saints.

 

Psa 69:7 For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face.  It’s the righteous man who will endure by trusting in God.  All these things may seem meaningless now, and completely unnecessary to the average Christian, but they’ve never had the Testimony of Jesuswhich is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).  And without it, ‘they will know nothing until the flood sweeps them away’ (Matt 24:39).

 

And so we must ‘endure scorn for your (God’s) sake’, knowing that the endgame is near.  The Mighty One, Jesus Christ will not be far off when the full bloom of persecution takes hold.  The next two verses begin to speak of the entrance of Jesus Christ and how He deals with trouble when it involves sacred things.  The next verse speaks of His inter-family conflict.

 

Psa 69:8 I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother's sons; (Jesus’ own brothers, the sons of His mother, did not believe Him – John 7:3-5 Jesus' brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.”  They saw and acknowledged all the miracles He did, but they still didn’t believe Him.  To their credit however, they were at the Feast of Pentecost fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead – Acts 1:14).

 

Psa 69:9 for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.  Jesus Christ saw some alarming insults to His Father in His Father’s House.  It was enough that He had experienced insults from His brothers in His own household, but this was His Father’s House and He wasn’t going to tolerate it!  He stormed into the Temple, overturning tables and wielding a whip to drive everyone out – all those who had made an insulting mockery of God through commercialism!  Perhaps even His disciples were a little shocked by this, but then they remembered the relevant Scripture: John 2:17 “His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me."  You’ll notice that no-one challenged Him, instead they fled from the pain of the whip and His Father’s House was cleared.  Afterwards, the Jewish religious leaders made a pathetic attempt to challenge Him: John 2:18 “Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?"  They knew these traders should not have been there desecrating the Temple, and instead of acting themselves, they demanded a miraculous sign to prove Jesus’ authority to do this.  Apparently the weight of the Law was not enough for them.  And neither would a miraculous sign have convinced them anyway.  They had their own agenda, and this was to destroy Christianity before it got started.

 

The odd thing about all this is that Christians don’t seem to have the same zeal for the Father’s House!  In fact, the Father’s House, the Temple, doesn’t seem to factor into their belief systems at all!  They have no interest in seeing the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy through the building of God’s Temple.  They’re too interested in building their own churches.  They seem to believe that when Jesus returns His only zeal will be for their particular church.  Most churches today are based on commercialism, and the desire to extract as much as they can from the goodwill of their congregations.  Their preachers expect to make a good living from the worthlessness of their doctrine, which is always based on good outcomes.  They’ll be ill-prepared for the prophesied persecution that is about to come on them and they’ll be sorely tested.

 

Psa 69:10 When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn;

Psa 69:11 when I put on sackcloth, people make sport of me.  Putting on sackcloth is a sign of outward repentance – a form of public humility.  It’s usually done when all the signs indicate that God is not pleased with the people.  The most poignant example of this is when the Two Witnesses don sackcloth in the streets of Jerusalem following the desecration of the New Temple.  This is the account: Rev 11:1-6 “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.” 

 

So much for the deceivers who say that no Temple will be built!  Do these deceivers also want a miraculous sign to prove it will be rebuilt?  Are the Scriptures not enough for them?  It’s obvious whose side they’ll be on when the Two Prophets appear in the streets of Jerusalem.  As it happens, these deceivers won’t be there!

 

The Temple will be built in a time of trouble, which will mainly be the prophesied Jacob’s trouble involving the ‘lost’ Tribes of Israel.  However, once the Temple is built, a huge rebellion will occur in the Holy Land, when two-thirds of the people succumb to the persuasion of a demon ruler, titled ‘The Beast’ in Bible Prophecy.  Hence, the Two Prophets will be clothed in sackcloth as a warning to the people that God is angry about the desecration of His Temple and is about to act.

 

As we’ve already seen, the Two Prophets are given considerable powers.  They have power to call down fire from the heavens to kill their enemies and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they wantin addition to many other powers.  The rebellion will come when the Beast emerges with similar powers and convinces a majority of the people that he is God himself and therefore superior to the Two Prophets.  Rev 13:11-17 “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. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.”  The difference here is that the Two Prophets use their powers to kill God’s enemies, while the Beast and the False Prophet use their powers to kill their own enemies.

 

One other thing you’ll notice here is a distinct demotion of Satan.  Whereas the Muslims worshiped the devil as ‘Allah’, the Beast who arises from the Abyss (where he has served a long prison sentence), will force everyone to worship himself to the exclusion of Satan.  Old hostilities will emerge and the effect will be to leave Satan sidelined.

 

Since we know in advance that Gods’ Two Prophets will be in Jerusalem, and will be wearing sackcloth, and performing many miracles, there will be no excuse for not recognizing them.  After the rebellion in the Holy Land, people will no longer think rationally.  Sure enough, they’ll sit at the Gates of Jerusalem and mock God’s prophets, singing dirty songs typical of drunkards.

Psa 69:12 Those who sit at the gate mock me, and I am the song of the drunkards.

 

Psa 69:13 But I pray to you, O LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.  Most Christians today believe they are already saved.  Where do they get this idea from?  Salvation will come in the time of God’s favour, and not before.  As a matter of fact, the Two Prophets will demonstrate that their salvation or rescue will come after their deaths.

 

Psa 69:14 Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters.  You’ll notice that these ‘deep waters’ are the men who hate them.  In the same way, the Prophet David begins to speak in the next verse about floodwaters that are about to engulf them – which serves as a timely reminder of whom he is talking about.

 

Psa 69:15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.  This is actually a prophecy about the House of David, which will emerge prior to the Temple being built.  We’ve covered it before, but here it is again: Rev 12:13-17 “When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach. 15 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. 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”  This covers the floodwaters that David referred to in this prophecy and also the pit in the earth that swallowed up the torrent.

 

Only the Levites remember the account when Moses was challenged, which we’ve referred to before.  A pit opened up and swallowed Moses enemies – the whole account is found in Num 16:1-46 and it’s well-worth reading!  To keep it brief a pit opened up and swallowed up those who opposed Moses, and then closed over them, burying them alive.  As a point of interest, John the Baptist was a Levite prophet just like Moses.  Jesus Christ was born into the House of David, and John prepared the way for Him as God’s messenger (Mal 3:1).

 

All of God’s prophets suffer trauma from their enemies from time to time, and in the past most of them were killed as Jesus pointed out in Matt 23:30-34.  Jesus Christ was no exception, and He too was killed, and by the same evil brood of snakes and vipers that killed the son of Adam, that is, righteous Abel.  All the prophets went to their deaths with complete faith that God would raise them from the dead when the Kingdom of God is set up.

 

In the day of His death, Jesus Christ prayed to God all night.  And God heard His prayers.  Yet it wasn’t possible to save Him if the Scriptures were to be fulfilled – a point made by Jesus earlier: 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?"  Generally speaking, most people will go to any lengths to save their lives – but not Jesus!  He knew He had to complete this task!

 

Psa 69:16 Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.

 

Psa 69:17 Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.  Prophecy had to be fulfilled, and the Father knew that He would have to turn His back on His Son.  In those famous last words, Jesus cried out: Matt 27:46-50 “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah." 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him." 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.”  The identifier here is the reference to vinegar, which we’ll see below in V21.  It was vinegar they gave him for His thirst in fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

 

Psa 69:18 Come near and rescue me; redeem me because of my foes.  It would have been a difficult task for Jesus to pray all night, knowing that it was not possible for the Father to rescue Him if prophecy was going to be fulfilled.

 

Psa 69:19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you.  God knew very well the nature of these snakes and vipers who masqueraded as religious leaders.  God knows every one of these demons who possessed this unruly mob of human beings.  It was no small thing to allow them the appearance of victory.  But this earth and this creation were worth saving and both Jesus and the Father loved it, and concurred on this, that in the absence of Satan and his demons, a viable creation could continue forever.  So Jesus had to complete this task and then reappear in triumph.  The earth would be saved but Satan and his demons would be destroyed.  And this plan is set out in 1Cor 15:24-28.

 

Psa 69:20 Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.  It’s a fact of history that all His followers fled when they lost their nerve.  Peter had formerly said he would never do this, and Jesus had to advise him that he would deny Him three times.  It’s all very well for us to pontificate about this now, but all will be put to the test.  The truth is that it had to happen this way for the Scriptures to be fulfilled and Jesus knew in advance that it would happen.

 

We all know that after Jesus was betrayed and crucified, His followers, including His mother Mary, gathered around the site of His impending death.  It was then that Jesus gave the Apostle John the charge of taking care of His mother.  It was also here that another prophecy was fulfilled.  They gave Him vinegar for His thirst:

 

Psa 69:21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.  And this prophecy was fulfilled.

 

This whole dreadful saga began with the betrayal of Jesus by one man – Judas Iscariot!  But the real villain was Satan the devil who entered into and possessed Judas (John 13:2, 27).  It stands to reason that someone like Judas would not fare well after the betrayal of His Son Jesus.

 

Psa 69:22 May the table set before them become a snare; may it become retribution and a trap.  Judas planned a life of luxury for himself and hoped to become a prominent landowner.  He even saw himself as becoming a folk hero in the eyes of the religious elite as well as the people.

 

It’s patently obvious that Judas was not a true believer, or he would never have done what he did.  He was Satan’s ‘plant’, his protégé of evil, hand-picked for this betrayal, and he was the perfect candidate.  Prior to this, Satan had requested of God that Peter be put at his disposal, but Jesus objected and prayed to God that Peter be spared: Luke 22:31-32 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."  This gives us some idea of how things get done in the Great Assembly of God’s presence.  Satan has to make this request of God when it involves one of God’s people.  You’ll recall that a similar situation occurred with God’s servant, the Prophet Job.  Thankfully, with Jesus’ intervention, the request for Simon Peter was denied.  So Satan had to set his sights a whole lot lower, and Judas Iscariot became his protégé.

 

Psa 69:23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.  Well, those who betray God have their eyes darkened so they cannot see – as evidenced by Judas!  And Satan is the author of this type of treacherous behaviour.  Judas actually fell from height and his intestines gushed out when his abdomen split open.  It’s very possible that his back snapped and he finished up bent backwards and he was buried this way.  We have no clear evidence of this from history, but this is what the prophecy indicates.

 

Psa 69:24 Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them.  In Judas’ case, God’s fierce anger was certainly on him.  There he was on his newly acquired property surveying his ill-gotten gains when he slipped and fell (Acts 1:18). 

 

Psa 69:25 May their place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in their tents.  This verse is quoted by the Apostles in reference to Judas Iscariot in Acts 1:20 “For," said Peter, "it is written in the book of Psalms, "`May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,' and, "`May another take his place of leadership.' 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection." 23 So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs." 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.”  This confirms the meaning of all we’ve been saying, and how the Apostles used the Scriptures to confirm God’s will.  What is more, it confirms that the Book of Psalms is a Book of Prophecy for those who have the Spirit of Prophecy and can understand it.

 

There are plenty of treacherous deceivers today, and their deceptive skills are well-honed through years of practice.  The love to quote the Psalms to make their congregations feel good, but have no idea of the wealth of information it contains about Bible Prophecy.  These same people completely dismiss any suggestion that God may require a degree of suffering to strengthen our faith.  In their minds, everyone who suffers adversity must be a sinner!  That is, everyone except them.

 

Yet, their real hatred is against those who love their God and faithfully serve Him in all circumstances, faithfully obeying His Laws and willingly enduring His correction.  As it is written: Heb 12:4-6 “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."  As a point of interest, the word of encouragement mentioned here was written by David’s son Solomon in Pro 3:11-12.

 

One only has to mention keeping the Sabbath Day holy, and this is enough to turn these persecutors into maniacs.  They screech and holler that no Christian should obey or honour God because, they believe, Jesus favoured lawlessness.  They, themselves refuse to obey God’s Law, and so those who do obey become their natural enemy:

Psa 69:26 For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt.  To these persecutors, God’s discipline of those He accepts as sons, is a sure sign that all who keep God’s Commandments are sinners and must be punished.  And how wrong they are!

 

Psa 69:27 Charge them with crime upon crime; do not let them share in your salvation.  It’s the persecutors that will be charged with crime upon crime, and they’ll have no defense.  They’ll be condemned and will never be saved or rescued!

 

Psa 69:28 May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.  Regardless of what they might have been in the past, if they turned away like dogs to their vomit, then there is nothing left for them.  Peter has this to say: 2Pet 2:21-22 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of  righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command[ments] that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."  As Peter says it would have been better for these never to have known the sacred Commandments than to have turned their backs on them. 

 

But if you think this is a serious indictment, take note of what He says in the earlier verses leading up to this: 2Pet 2:1-20 “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”  I don’t imagine too many of these false teachers and false prophets have been reading this to their congregations!  These greedy creatures will be too busy exploiting them with stories they’ve made up.  You know the type of stories – sickening, syrupy lies that make them feel good!

 

Continuing in V4 “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)-- 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.”  Whose authority do they despise?  It’s God’s authority, and it’s God who makes the Law that must be obeyed.  He is the final authority on everything!  “Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12 But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.”  As you can see here, there is no sign of ‘political correctness’ in what Peter has to say.  Political correctness’ was designed to protect the guiltythe worthless scumbags of this earth – while using it as a weapon against the righteous!  So don’t be too quick to engage in this worthless nonsense or you’ll find yourself at odds with God and His teachers – Peter in this particular instance!  V13-20 “They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed--an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey--a beast without speech--who spoke with a man's voice and restrained the prophet's madness. 17 These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity--for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.”  And now we know Peter’s inspired words on the matter!

 

Psa 69:29 I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me.  Anyone who wants to serve God faithfully should not expect life to be easy.  If the lives of the faithful and obedient were that of endless joy, then everyone would want to experience it, but Almighty God has a clear goal of favouring only those who are prepared to endure adversity.  This would clearly be off- putting to those who want all the rewards now.  They want clear and definable benefits in order to serve God faithfully.  Most people would want clearly defined inducements before they’d be prepared to pony up to obedience to God.

 

It’s possible that some hope to wait for a ‘road to Damascus’ type of conversion on their deathbed, but, of course, it will be too late then.  God will have no opportunity to test them and discipline them, and He certainly won’t trust them after a lifetime of disobedience. 

 

There is, however, a caveat on this, and it’s found in the parable of the vineyard which is likened to the Kingdom of God.  This parable involves those who are called at the eleventh hour to perform their duties to the Landowner.  The eleventh hour is the last in a long day of hard toil, and those who perform flawlessly will receive a just reward: Matt 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 "About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, `You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' 5 So they went.  "He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, `Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?' 7 "`Because no one has hired us,' they answered.  "He said to them, `You also go and work in my vineyard.' 8 "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, `Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.' 9 "The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 `These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, `and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.' 13 "But he answered one of them, `Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go.  I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?' 16 "So the last will be first, and the first will be last."  It’s important to note that both the first and the last will receive the same reward, but the last will receive theirs first.  Both will work that last crucial eleventh hour.  For Christians this last hour will be a harrowing experience for them – and it is speaking of Christians – specifically those who live in the House of Israel (Ten Tribes) rather than the House of Judah.  And just to clarify this, we find that 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.” 

 

There is going to be a lot of distress in God’s vineyard in the last hour.  The wise will recognize it as the hour of punishment and will toil to produce some good results even in the harshest time imaginable.  The wise will understand that if God didn’t spare Judahthe Garden of His delight – in the Holocaust, then they shouldn’t expect Him to spare them.  In the last hour, which is now upon us, the wise will praise God, knowing His way is right, and they’ve only gotten what they deserved.  After all, Jesus didn’t violate God’s authority or refuse to obey God’s Commandments, yet God didn’t spare Him either!  But He didn’t deserve itas we all know!  He did it all that we might do likewise in service to our Creator God – and follow Him!

 

Psa 69:30 I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.  This is what the wise will do!  They endure their punishment with thanksgiving, knowing that God is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Psa 69:31 This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.  A bull is a reference to nations.  God is much more pleased with one repentant son than a whole nation of pretenders.

 

Psa 69:32 The poor will see and be glad-- you who seek God, may your hearts live!  In that day, poor Christians will be the norm.  In a world in upheaval, true Christians are to be mercilessly targeted, and only the blind would fail to see this emerging trend today.  And just to clarify something, the ‘last hour’ referred to in the parable of the vineyard will last for years!

 

Psa 69:33 The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.  Nevertheless they will be captives in foreign lands, and it’s from there they will be rescued.  This rescue will not occur until their future destination is ready.  Their future destination is in the Holy Land – the Promised Land, and this region will have to be rebuilt to accommodate them all.  Not only must this be, but the Muslim vermin that now live there must first be exterminated.

 

Psa 69:33 Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them,

Psa 69:34 for God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah.  Then people will settle there and possess it;

Psa 69:35 the children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his name will dwell there.  And this confirms what we’ve been saying!

 

PSALM 70

 

For the director of music. Of David. A petition.

 

Psa 70:1 Hasten, O God, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.  In short, those who seek to inherit God’s Promised Land will rely on their God.  They won’t be seeking to blame God for the impending attack against them by foreign forces.  Instead, they’ll blame themselves for not seeing the ‘writing on the wall’ and for not heeding the warning of God’s servants the prophets.  Others, of course, will blame God as they always do when things go wrong.  They’re not so quick to give Him credit when things go right though! 

 

The ironic thing about all this is that the Ten Tribes of Israel will go into captivity because they failed to listen to God.  They knew better than God and relied on their great military power and were convinced of invincibility.  And we are speaking about Ephraim who has rule over the Ten Tribes today.  Presently, they are the mightiest power on earth.  This is what the Prophet Hosea has to say about Ephraim: Hos 10:13 “But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception.  Because you have depended on your own strength and on YOUR MANY WARRIORS”. 

 

When you live among people who have eaten the fruit of deception, who practice wickedness and reap evil, it will be quite an act of faith to trust in God for deliverance.  Yet there will be a few that will!

Psa 70:2 May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.  The faithful few will become the target of those who blame God for everything.

 

Psa 70:3 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" turn back because of their shame.  In a time of absolute crisis, these deceived creatures will be seeking to destroy those who hold to their faith in God.

 

Psa 70:4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "Let God be exalted!"  This is when we’ll see the difference between those who love God’s salvation and those who never understood the meaning of it.

 

Psa 70:5 Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God.  You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.  In these circumstances, any delay would mean utter carnage, and the Saints will realize this.

 

PSALM 71

 

David begins telling a parable with himself as the player, but he’s actually referencing the Saints and their resurrection, which we’ll see when we get to V20.

 

Psa 71:1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.

 

Psa 71:2 Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me.  Rescue me” and “save me” mean virtually the same thing.  Christians everywhere would do well to realize this!  They need to dispense with the ideas they received when they ate the fruit of deception.  Salvation is not some mythical state-of-being, as Christians today like to imagine.  It literally means to be saved from our enemies.  So when some deceived lunatic asks you, “Are you saved?” just tell them that you haven’t been attacked yet, which is clearly explained in V4 below.  This clouded-mind origin of claiming one is already saved comes from pagan origins.  Pagans love to claim they’ve reached the highest level of ‘zen’ or something similar, and it simply means they think they’ve reached a higher level of spirituality.  In this, they are only deluding themselves.  And so are Christians if they think that being saved is merely a state of mind.  They are soon to find that salvation is something more than this!

 

Psa 71:3 Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.  David knew what it meant to be saved – and he was saved many times!

 

Psa 71:4 Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men.  Deliver me” also means to be saved.  Jesus Christ was saved when He was delivered from the power of death three days and three nights after He was killed.

 

Psa 71:5 For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.  This shows the similarity between David and Jesus Christ. Even as a 12-year-old, Jesus was confidently teaching the rabbis in the Temple and they were astounded at His knowledge.  David, too, was very familiar with the Scriptures, even as a youth.  He was just a youth when he faced Goliath on the battle field, and it was his faith in God that led to the felling of Goliath.  He had total confidence in God to deliver this outcome.

 

Psa 71:6 From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb.  I will ever praise you.  David was a prophet, and like all the prophets of God, David had the Spirit of Christ.  The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy.  Jesus Christ testifies through His prophets, and the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).  This is a good reason not to be listening to false prophets!  False prophets make it up as they go along without any references to the Scriptures to back up their claims.

Psa 71:7 I have become like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.  A portent is a strong feeling that something is going to happen, and this is what a true Prophet of God does.

 

Psa 71:8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.  Of course this doesn’t mean standing on a street corner annoying everyone with elementary and stupid nonsense about being ‘saved’, and we’ve all seen plenty of this!  What it really means is to have our minds conditioned to God’s way in everything we say and do.  It means having God’s body armour on at all times to guard against the forces of evil – as Paul describes it in Eph 6:12-15.

 

Psa 71:9 Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.  David was a mighty warrior, and when he went into battle it was always as the ‘Armies of the Living God’.  There was a certain invincibility about David because God never forsook him.  Here he expresses concern for his strength being gone, and the likely reaction of his enemies.  He asks God to remember that he is now old.  As V7 above says, David was a portent to many, and the many will find this out in these last days.

 

Psa 71:10 For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.  Of course these creatures will take the opportunity to attack the vulnerable – just as David suggests.  These same types of creatures would not have attacked him at the height of his great power.

 

Psa 71:11 They say, "God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him."  Like all brute beasts of the field, these creatures single out the vulnerable.  The same thing happened to Jesus Christ when they came after Him armed with swords and spears.  If this happened to the Son of God, then don’t think it won’t happen to you.

 

Psa 71:12 Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me.  Once our strength is gone, whether this means our physical strength or just being in the vulnerable minority, there is no other practical option than to trust in God for deliverance.  David is urging us to remember this!

 

Psa 71:13 May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.  This is something that we can be absolutely sure of; the humility these accusers will experience will be remembered forevermore.  Their lives will be forfeited, and they will die horribly.  The Apostle Peter made this clear when he spoke of the demise of Judas Iscariot, who finished up where he belongs (Acts 1:25).

 

Psa 71:14 But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

 

Psa 71:15 My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.  The resurrection from the dead is not something we’re presently familiar with, but all will know the measure of it when they see it and David adds something to this below in V20.

 

Psa 71:16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.

 

Psa 71:17 Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.  Generally speaking, a prophet has a lifetime of learning, and it’s not always apparent to him why, until he is called to duty.  Only then does he realize what it all meant and why he was taught certain things.  A prophet is almost invariably someone with a wide frame of interest in many things.  As such, he is not easily persuaded by the ridiculous ideas and theories of stupid men.  Everything perishes eventually, but true knowledge lasts forever.

 

Psa 71:18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.  Thanks to the Great God, David fulfilled this task when He wrote the Book of Psalms – for all those who are to come!  This is the type of knowledge that lasts forever.

 

Psa 71:19 Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things.   Who, O God, is like you?  Don’t ask a stupid evolutionist this, because his answer is predictable.  Soon these people will learn how wrong they were, and they will also learn the penalty for their lying deceit.

 

Psa 71:20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.  David died, knowing that God would raise him from the dead.

 

Psa 71:21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.  David’s honour will be increased when he rules over all 12 Tribes of Israel in the Kingdom of God.  In the same way, all those who have suffered humiliation for God and His Kingdom will have their honour greatly increased when they are raised from the dead.  Jesus confirmed that when the saints are resurrected they will rule over other nations with a rod of iron (Rev 2:26-27).

 

Psa 71:22 I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.  We all know that David played the harp, but Bible students will know that the saints will also play the harp in the Kingdom of God (Rev 15:2-3).

 

Psa 71:23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you-- I, whom you have redeemed.  Yes, we are speaking about the redeemed.  The harp-players are those who have victory over the mark of the Beast.  They will be killed for refusing it but will be redeemed by the resurrection.

 

Psa 71:24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.  And this is when the Saints see justice – when their enemies are put to shame.

 

PSALM 72

 

Of Solomon.

 

This Psalm is not talking about Solomon as the Scribes have suggested, although there is plenty of evidence that Solomon was, at times, typecast as Jesus Christ – as we’ve already seen.

Psa 72:1 Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.  God’s justice will be something to behold!  We talk about justice today, which always seems to favour the guilty; that always seem to have endless rights.  God’s justice is real and it brings results and it always favours the innocent.  The guilty will get their just deserts!  Jesus Christ will be endowed with God’s Justice, and in days to come, all the righteous will be thankful that this!  It’s always good to see the good guys win.

 

Psa 72:2 He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.  God’s afflicted ones will be very glad to see God’s justice!

 

Psa 72:3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.  Though it’s not obvious here, the fruit of righteousness is the grape, which is crushed to make wine.  It would result in a serious diversion to go into all the reasons why wine means righteousness, and the sacred meaning of it.  But in brief, it represents the Blood of Christ.

 

Psa 72:4 He [Jesus Christ] will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor.  Yes, the oppressor will be crushed as in a wine-press, right outside the City of Jerusalem.

 

Psa 72:5 He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.  This is certainly speaking about the Lord Christ, and He is referred to as the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2) and the Bright Morning Star (Rev 22:16).

 

Psa 72:6 He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.  In other words, He will be like the Water of Life that makes everything grow and prosper.

 

 Psa 72:7 In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.  The moon today is used as the symbol of Islam, which is appropriate, considering their god is the devil.  Satan represents the lesser light created by God.

 

 Psa 72:8 He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.  This virtually means the whole earth – which Jesus Christ will rule.  It’s reminiscent of what Daniel wrote: Dan 2:34-35 “While you were watching, a ROCK was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces AT THE SAME TIME and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the ROCK that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.”  The huge mountain is the restored landmass of the earth, which will become a single continent, that is, the new earth.  The ROCK that struck the statue, which represents all the kingdoms beginning with Babylon, and destroyed them, is Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone, the uppermost block of a pyramid shape or mountain.  This ROCK, Jesus Christ will rule over the entire mountain of the earth, from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth.  The restored landmass of the earth, after the continents are brought back to their original positions will look like a mountain or triangle, which is the profile of a pyramid.

 

Psa 72:9 The desert tribes will bow before him and his enemies will lick the dust.  Daniel was describing the desert tribes who occupied the Middle East in his time, and still do today.  Most of them will be decimated, until only a few survivors remain.  Having been crushed as nations, their best option will be to start behaving themselves – and as David points out in this verse, this is exactly what they will do.

 

Psa 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts.  This brings up an interesting anecdote.  A few years ago, an aspiring ‘Christian’ leader wrote an article trying to claim that the name Sheba – as in the Queen of Sheba was a mistranslation.  He claimed she was the Queen of Seba and tried to place her realm in the region of Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula.  It was after 9/11, and his idea was to link the Muslim hordes to Jerusalem through the ancient visitation of the Queen of Sheba in Solomon’s day.  The very premise of his assumptions was destroyed by this V10 that speaks of both Sheba and Seba, which clearly shows that ‘Sheba’ is not a mistranslation.  The Queen of Sheba came from Ethiopia.  She sailed from Ethiopia up the Gulf of Aqaba and traveled overland to Jerusalem.  So this crazy, delusional Christian dupe got nothing right!

 

Psa 72:11 All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.  The Queen of Sheba was one of the first to honour the Son of David, which was King Solomon in her day.  She brought huge quantities of expensive gifts to the King.  So David’s prophetic words in V10 were fulfilled.  Yet David was speaking of his other Son – the Son of David, Jesus Christ.  It’s Jesus Christ who will rule from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth as stated in V8.

 

Psa 72:12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.  There’s going to be plenty of these people in that day, and they will get help at the most crucial time in all human history.  The world has no idea of what is coming.  In their wildest imaginings, they couldn’t begin to comprehend.  It will be a time unlike anything that has ever been since human beings first walked the earth.  It will be a time of carnage, death and destruction on a scale that couldn’t be imagined.

 

After 6,000 years of human history, it seems that humanity has learned nothing.  Even God’s chosen people, the 12 Tribes of Israel, have failed to learn – even with the example of Noah’s flood – that wicked, evil people don’t deserve to live.  God’s intentions were clearly stated when He wiped out all of humanity in the days of Noah – sparing only Noah and his family.  To reinforce this lesson, just a few months ago, God caused the Ark to be discovered as a reminder of what to expect.  The lesson is that God intends to wipe-out all the wicked from the earth until only a few remain.  And these few had better come with cap-in-hand and bowing deeply, even groveling in the dust, to their Creator God.  After 6,000 years of human history, there will be no other option.  It will be either obey or die!  There will be no place for the lawless on this earth!

 

Those Christians today who loudly proclaim that Jesus Christ abolished God’s Law are in for a rude awakening.  It’s one thing to have private views, but to teach others their lies means their death sentence.  They’re guilty and they know it!  So don’t expect mercy from God!  If God didn’t spare His own Son Jesus from the penalty of lawlessness, even though He kept the Law perfectly, don’t think that you or anyone else who willfully disobeys God will escape.  As we noted earlier, Peter pointed out that it’s better never to have known the way of righteousness than to turn away from the Sacred Commandments (2Pet 2:21).

 

So the lawless will be on their own, with no-one to help them.  But now we find that God will take pity on the weak and the needy – who could these be?

 

Psa 72:13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.  Could the lawless possibly be among these?  Is God really going to save from death those who refuse to obey Him?

 

Psa 72:14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.  Whose blood is precious in God’s sight?  Well, first of all, God’s Son Jesus’ blood is, and so is the blood of His offspring – those who have the Spirit of Christ.  These are called Saints.  God tells us whose blood is precious in His sight: 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.”  Jesus Christ poured out His blood in death for the Saints, and the Saints should be prepared to do likewise for Him.  If they do, then they will be precious in the sight of God.  Not all saints will be required to die as martyrs, but they must remain obedient to God even in captivity as an example to the rest of the House of Israel.  In the minds of some, a quick death would be better than years of slavery, so some may prefer martyrdom to survival in horrific conditions of oppression and violence.  Either way, God will rescue all His Saints, whether in life or in death.  There are no guarantees for anyone else!

 

 

Psa 72:15 Long may he live!  May gold from Sheba be given him.  May people ever pray for [to] him and bless him all day long.  Here’s the mention of Sheba again.  The Queen of Sheba brought a lot of gold to Jerusalem and to the son of David, Solomon.  You can think what you like about the Queen of Sheba, but Jesus Christ Himself mentions her a thousand years later.  As shocking as it might be for some, she was a Saint.  Matt 10:42 The Queen of the South [Queen of Sheba] will RISE at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.”  The only people to rise in the resurrection are those who had God’s Holy Spirit: Rom 8:11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies THROUGH HIS SPIRIT, WHO LIVES IN YOU.”  So this rules out anyone who never had God’s Holy Spirit.  So great aunt Jane or uncle Bob who never obeyed God were not Saints, and will never live again.  They are dead forever.  Dust they were, and to dust they returned.  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 don’t obey God don’t have His Holy Spirit – period!  The Queen of Sheba, however, did.

 

Psa 72:16 Let grain abound throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway.  Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon; let it thrive like the grass of the field.  Lebanon was famous for its cedars, but they were also famous for their wine: Hos 14:7 “Men will dwell again in his shade. He will flourish like the grain.  He will blossom like a vine, and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon.”  This ties into something we said earlier in V3 of this Psalm about the fruit of righteousness on the hills.

 

Psa 72:17 May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun.  All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.

 

Psa 72:18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.  In short, God is the God of Israel, and all the other nations will have to be grafted into the Olive Tree which represents the Tribes of Israel.  Everything God commanded for the Israelites must be observed and obeyed by Gentiles if they hope to survive in God’s Kingdom.  Perhaps the Gentiles won’t think this is fair, but as it was for the Israelites, the choice is either life or death, and God counsels to choose life!

 

Psa 72:19 Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.  Amen and Amen.

 

Psa 72:20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.  This is a natural break in the continuity of the Psalms.  David has taken us through and taught us the sequence of the Psalms as it relates to Bible Prophecy and has given us a good overview of it all.

 

 

 

Book III

 

Psalms 73-89

 

PSALM 73

 

A psalm of Asaph.

 

The Levites were a Brotherhood of Priests, but they were also the directors of music and Asaph was a Levite just like Moses.  It was Moses that composed the Song of Moses, which is famously referenced in the Book of Revelation (Rev 15:4) and marks the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy and the rescue of the saints.

 

So now we have another perspective, and this time from the point of view of the Saints and the suffering they’ll have to endure for a short time.  In the same way as the workers in the vineyard toiled all day and felt they were deserving of more pay than those who did less work, the Saints will at first be envious of those who have the same desired reward even though they served less time.  In this way, the first will be last, and the last first.

 

Too many of the Saints have unrealistic expectations of rewards for time served in obedience to God.  They like to bicker and argue over the minutia of what their service to God entails, yet they’ve obviously missed the most important point!  And this is to be prepared to follow Jesus in His ordeal.  They knew that in the last days perilous times would come:  2Tim 3:1-5 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”  Well, these verses just about cover the whole gamut, and this is what we can expect.  Yet it will get far worse than this.  This is basically speaking of so-called fellow-Christians, who will become treacherous towards them and betray them.  When we get to V9 below, another dimension is added.  This speaks of “Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth” and this is not speaking about Christians!

 

Psa 73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.  Those who live among the Tribes of Israel will know that God has been good to them.  It’s the English-speaking people who are of the Tribes of Joseph, that is, Ephraim and Manasseh, and it’s these who have aspired to the greatest blessings of God.  Today, it’s Ephraim, the United States of America, who has received the greatest blessings of all.  For all those nations who like to criticize America, this is the one nation that was founded on purity of heart.  The founders of the nation enshrined virtue into the national documents that framed their future direction.  With just a few amendments, that Constitution stands firm today.  So Americans can be thankful to those who wrote this document, because it’s for this reason that God has been good to Israel.  And this, believe it or not, is why the majority of Saints live in America!

 

The Prophet Hosea wrote almost exclusively about Ephraim, and this is what he wrote concerning God’s comments regarding the fathers of the nation:  Hos 9:10 “When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw YOUR FATHERS, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree.”  There is a great deal more to be said about the fig tree in Bible Prophecy, but this is not the time for such a digression.  Note, however, that God saw the FATHERS as being like figs on a fig tree.  Before we move on, there is a parable told by Jesus, which has great importance for these last days.  Luke 13:6-9 “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.'"  If after a total of four years, a fig tree doesn’t bear fruit, then it’s time to cut it down!  In short, the fig tree is the host nation of the early figs that God craves.

 

Psa 73:2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.  This is certainly speaking of the Saints, whose feet represent the Gospel of Peace (Eph 6:15), and their envy of the prosperity of the arrogant and the wicked almost causes them to lose their footing.

 

Psa 73:3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  This breaks the 10th Commandment about coveting – not a wise thing to do!  There is always the danger that this envy will break out and cause the Saints to join the wicked in order to relieve their own suffering.  Just remember the circumstances which Jesus endured.  Jesus Christ, as we all know, had enormous power, yet He didn’t use this power to save His life.  He went as a lamb to the slaughter without any attempt at escape.

 

Psa 73:4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.  Their bodies would be healthy and strong since the live off the plunder of the defenseless!  The prophet is speaking of the ‘wicked’ – those who live off the misery of others.

 

Psa 73:5 They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.  If you had been a Jew living in a concentration camp, it would appear to you that your Nazi overlords were fit, strong and healthy and in need of nothing.  This is the way it seems to the downtrodden.  The Nazi fascists, of course, are long gone, but today the word “Islamofascist” has been coined – which is more to the point!

 

Psa 73:6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.  I don’t know what is meant by the word ‘necklace’ but this was once a term commonly used by lynch-mobs!  A variation of this occurred in South Africa, when the blacks killed their own people who were suspected of siding with the white government.  Their favourite method was ‘necklacing’, that is, putting a petrol-soaked car tire around the necks of their own countrymen and setting fire to it.  Weird as it may seem, the whole world was absolutely delighted to see these same murderous people given government of the nation.  Today, South Africa has the highest murder rate in the world!

 

Psa 73:7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.  Now we’re beginning to see mob rule in what is written here.  Today this is known as peaceful, public demonstrations where the mob descends into an unruly mass of lunatics, plundering, burning and killing.  In the aftermath of this, it’s usually officially stated that they had a right to demonstrate ‘peacefully’, but it’s no peace for those who are beaten to death and have their shops plundered and burned.  Those who are familiar with ‘multiculturalism’ will know which groups commit these public outrages!  This is the culture of Gentiles who demand for themselves what they have not earned.  In a mob-rule setting there are always plenty of innocent victims to exploit!

 

Psa 73:8 They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.  Especially when they don’t get what they want!  Jesus Christ knows all about mob-rule, because this is what He was confronted with when He was led to His death.  He knew there were forces of evil at work – forces that are not human!  Mob-rule is a device of Satan and his demons, and unruly mobs are famous for their demonic behaviour.

 

Psa 73:9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.  It’s Satan and his demons that lay claim to heaven – and so do their followers.  And just to enforce this claim, Satan and his demons plan to attack the Dwelling-Place of God: Rev 12:7-12AND THERE WAS WAR IN HEAVEN. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:  "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ.  For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!  But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!  He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."  After this event, you will see the emergence of the Kingdom of God and the Power and Authority of Jesus Christ.  But not immediately, because the House of David will be taken to a place in the desert for 3½ years out of the Serpent’s reach.  All others will be within the devil’s reach and he will be furious!  Having just lost a major battle, he’ll be in no mood for tolerance.  So expect no form of tolerance or justice from Satan and his evil brood.  These evil creatures, both demon and human, will have nothing to lose and they will certainly demonstrate this!  Having deceived the whole world – with the exception of the saints – he’ll have plenty of willing helpers!

 

Psa 73:10 Therefore their people turn to them (Demons) and drink up waters in abundance.  These demons laid claim to Heaven and lost, so now “their tongues take possession of the earth” (see last verse).

 

Psa 73:11 They say, "How can God know?  Does the Most High have knowledge?"  This is a typical response from their people, that is, Satan’s brood.

 

Psa 73:12 This is what the wicked are like-- always carefree, they increase in wealth.  And they think God will know nothing!

 

The Saints will have a hard time of it though; they will need to endure and this will not be easy.  Importantly, they mustn’t lose heart.

 

Psa 73:13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.  Remember how Pontius Pilate washed his hands in innocence when confronted by an unruly, satanic mob? Apart from Jesus, Pilate may well have been the only sane one there!  Washing his hands in innocence had no effect on this satanic mob, and in the end it was all in vain.  And so will it appear to be for the Saints!  Yet death is the safe haven of the Saints and soon afterwards they will be resurrected.

 

The Saints must follow Jesus and be prepared to lay down their lives for their friends.  It may well come as a shock to them, but most will not be entirely innocent.  Once they understand the Testimony of Jesus, and realize that this is the Spirit of Prophecy which they must hold to, they will realize that God requires much more of them than previously thought.  Perhaps they’ll remember the many instances where they sat and listened to the satanic nonsense of teachers who like to make up their own stories.  You’ll need to ask yourself why you ever believed them.  The Truth is available now, but most people have been conditioned not to believe it.  It’s as if they believe God has no knowledge and doesn’t know anything, but their local preacher does.  How could such people ever be taught by God  (John 6:44-45) without the Spirit of Prophecy?

 

Psa 73:14 All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.  Punishment is God’s way of bringing people to their senses, and every son whom he receives must be brought to their senses.  Heb 12:4-6 “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.” 

 

Psa 73:15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.  The last thing in the world that anyone should do is to betray God’s sons and daughters, and if they do they can expect the worst!  Anyone who wants to cling to their former teachings and “speak thus” will find they have not only betrayed God’s children but God Himself!

 

Then we have those who read the words of God’s messenger and find them oppressive.  It doesn’t seem to gel with their preconceived ideas so they don’t understand or believe.

Psa 73:16 When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me

Psa 73:17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.  It’s one thing to think that God is trying to get everyone ‘saved’ – including His enemies (which seems to be the general perception today) – but another entirely to understand that God has predetermined their final destiny.  The children of the devil are not welcome on the earth and certainly not in God’s Kingdom!  The wise man will not find the teachings of God’s messenger oppressive, but will be joyful to know the Truth!  What makes it even harder to understand all this is the nonsense the average church-goers has been taught by those who were not messengers.  Were the thousands of differing Christian churches all messengers of God?  Were they faithfully conveying God’s message to the people?  No!  And the Scriptures confirm this!

 

Psa 73:18 Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.  God will certainly bring His enemies to ruin and they will be swept away as chaff in the wind.  Just be sure you are not among them, because this will require conscious decisions on the part of the Saints.

 

Psa 73:19 How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!  As we’ve been saying, God is a God of justice and He knows how to deliver justice.  He has previously said: Deut 32:35-36 It is mine to avenge; I will repay.  In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them." 36 The LORD will judge his people and have compassion on his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free.”  And these words just happen to be found in the Song of Moses.  In confirmation of these things, the Levite Barnabas wrote this in the Book of Hebrews: Heb 10:30-31 “For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  If anyone wants to know real fear, just fall into the hands of the Living God by defying Him!  God will not only judge His enemies, but His own people as well!  Anyone who doesn’t conform to the spiritual stature of Jesus Christ and His Testimony will find themselves in the wrong camp.

 

Psa 73:20  As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.  People seem to love fantasies, and just as they awake from a dream, they are often groggy with the fantasy of their dreams.  In the Book of Jude they’re described as dreamers, and in some Bible versions, filthy dreamers.  Jude 1:8-10 “In the very same way, these [filthy] dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. 9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" 10 Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like UNREASONING ANIMALS--these are the very things that DESTROY THEM.” 

 

Psa 73:21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,

Psa 73:22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.  Brute beasts are UNREASONING ANIMALS!  And this is the way that a lot of people are!  They don’t want to listen to reason, and this is the very thing that destroys them.  Almighty God has made it very clear that His people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.  Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.  "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have IGNORED THE LAW OF YOUR GOD, I also will ignore your children.”  Well, this seems fair!  Reject God and His knowledge and ignore His Laws, and He will reject you.  This is exactly how the laws of our respective countries work.  Ignorance of the knowledge of the law is no excuse, and if you break the law then society will reject you and punish you.  Everyone would understand this, with the exception of the lawless!  Lawless people don’t want to obey any law, and especially God’s Law.

 

Psa 73:23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.  Only those who fulfill God’s Law through obedience will find favour with God and He will guide them through their perils.

 

Psa 73:24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into GLORY.  Glory” is something the Apostle Peter spoke about.  In fact, he referred to it as the Majestic Glory, from where a voice from heaven came: 2Peter 1:16-18 “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." 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.”  The Majestic Glory (notice the capitalization indicating a name) and Heaven are one and the same place.  When Jesus was taken up into Glory, He was taken into the Majestic Glorythe dwelling-place of God, which was just above the clouds (Acts 1:9).  The men of Galilee, the Apostles, were on the Mount of Olives at the time when this happened, when Jesus was taken above the clouds. 

 

But the Sacred Mountain that Peter referred to is in Galilee.  It’s almost a perfectly formed, stand-alone mountain and it’s called Mount Tabor.  It was on this Sacred Mountain that they heard the voice from Heaven.  It was also at this time that they saw a vision of Moses and Elijah speaking to Jesus Christ on this mountain.  This account can be found in either Luke 9:30-36 or Matt 17:3-6.

 

The point is that God does live in His dwelling-place, and this dwelling-place is mentioned many times in the Scriptures.  Not only this, but we even have descriptions of what’s in His dwelling-place.  The most notable description is the Tabernacle in the wilderness that Moses was commissioned to build.  Moses was told that it had to be made perfectly and to specification because it was to be an exact copy of the one in heaven (Heb 8:2, 5). So anyone who would like to read the description of the Tabernacle built by Moses will know exactly the type of things in heaven.  The description of the Tabernacle starts in Ex 25:8 and continues for several chapters.  This Tabernacle in heaven is where the Lord Christ serves the Father as High Priest.

 

In the last verse we find the words, “and afterwards you will take me into Glory”, and in the next verse the question is asked:

Psa 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you?  And earth has nothing I desire besides you.  Once we get over the love of this world – this present evil world – and the pride of one’s possessions, we’re beginning to approach the stature of Jesus Christ who gave it all up out of obedience to God.  The Apostle John gives further insight into this: 1John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”  If you read the next verse of what John wrote, you’ll notice he is speaking of the time when the antichrist will come.  We have antichrists everywhere today, not least of which is Islam that despises everything to do with Jesus Christ, and they hate and despise His followers.  In addition to this, we have so-called Christians opposing everything Jesus taught while composing their own doctrine of good outcomes.  These sorts of people never knew Jesus and what they teach is against Christ.  In short, they’re antichrists too.  And now we have half the American people, the largest Christian nation on earth, opposing the use of God’s Name anywhere in public.  Therefore, isn’t it right to say that the left-wing-looney side of politics is also antichrist?  In days to come you will know the truth of this!

 

Continuing the theme of the last two verses in this Psalm, and the reference to ‘take me into Glory’, the truth is that some will be taken into the Majestic Glory and will be clothed, housed and fed under the Altar, where Jesus Christ is High Priest to the Father.  This is the account: Rev 6:9-11 “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those WHO HAD BEEN SLAIN because of the word of God and the TESTIMONY they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.”  These dead martyrs will be gathered by the angels and taken to the Mothershipthe Majestic Glory – where they will await the killing of their fellow-servants.  This is the beginning of the first resurrection.

 

Jesus Christ certainly was the firstborn [from the dead] of many brothers.  Rom 8:29-30 “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he [Christ] might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”  You’ll see there are two possible meanings for the word “glorified”.  Firstly, that they are taken to the Majestic Glory, and secondly, they receive their glorified spirit bodies shortly thereafter, and live forever.  The resurrection has not yet begun, but when it does, those who are resurrected will only have to wait a short time for the rest of their brothers and the triumphal return with Jesus Christ.

 

Psa 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  Faithful martyrs for God will experience the failure of their flesh and their heart.  This is the definition of death.  But afterwards, God will give His Saints a strong heart that will last forever.  What is more, they will be God’s portion – those He takes as members of His own God Family.

 

Obviously, those who are far from God will be excluded.

Psa 73:27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.  It will be a one-time only selection, which will be concluded when the number of the rest of the fellow-servants and brothers are killed.  Those who didn’t remain faithful to God will be destroyed.  The Saints who are still alive on the ground will meet the triumphal procession in the air.

 

Psa 73:28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.  Then he will be a very good teacher forever into the future!  Just remember that the human kind will live on and breed in large numbers, eventually to die of old age (Isa 65:20).  The God Family will rule over them all and it’s the Family of God that will do all the teaching.

 

PSALM 74

 

A maskil of Asaph.

 

A maskil is generally taken to mean an instructive or meditative declaration about things of ominous portent.  Like a parable of doom and gloom, and this is what this Psalm is about.

 

We’ve just been reading the prophecies of the redemption of the Saints, and these Christian Saints are presently living among the 10 Tribes of Israel.  In this present day, as in days of old, Ephraim rules over the 10 Tribes of Israel.  Ephraim is the largest Christian nation on earth today and is composed of all the Northern 10 Tribes who have migrated there in the last 390 years.

 

To be sure, there are plenty of Israelites still living in Britain, Europe, Australia and elsewhere, but God chose to set up an independent nation in these last days comprising a special portion who would preserve and promote Christianity.  Britain and Europe have been slaughtering and killing each other for the past thousand years and even long before this.  In these circumstances, Christianity could never flourish – and it never did!

 

This called for a special nation where freedom of religion would be enforced by charter and so the United States of America was born.  This nation is referred to as Ephraim in Bible Prophecy because its constituents comprise all the 10 Tribes of Israel – exactly as it was in days of old.

 

Ephraim was to be a group of nationsnamely Israelite nations.  This is what Ephraim is today (#see note below).  Things might have turned out a whole lot better if Ephraim had stuck to the concept of a homeland for the Israelites, but instead they gave equal weight to the aspirations of the Gentiles and allowed the Gentiles to practice their own religion in a Christian nation.  The founding fathers intended it to be a Christian nation and made provision for this in the Constitution, yet today, half the nation wants to revile this and promote multiculturalism.  A very serious mistake!  Now Ephraim’s sins are beginning to pile up!  They were given the best of everything – virtually everything the earth could provide, but apparently it wasn’t enough for them.  Half the nation is now pushing for independence from their Creator God.  They don’t want to be ruled by Him and neither do they want anyone else worshipping Him.  They don’t want His Name mentioned anywhere, and especially in public.  They’ve sought to ban all prayers to God in every public place.  Now that we’ve seen this trend, it should come as no surprise that God would be planning punishment for them.

 

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(# Jacob prophesied about the Tribes of Joseph, making Ephraim the greater of the two.  This is what he said: Gen 48:17-20 “When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim's head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head." 19 But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations." 20 He blessed them that day and said, "In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: `May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'"  So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.”  There is no doubt that Ephraim became a group of Israelite nations, not once but twice!  Ten Tribes of Israel were given to Ephraim in the days of Jeroboam at the conclusion of Solomon’s reign.  And today, Ephraim is again a group of Ten Tribes of Israel, which Jesus spoke about as ten virgins.  Five were wise and five were foolish – which is roughly the political divide today.

 

The odd thing about this “group of nations” is that it was translated from the Hebrew words “melo ha goyim”, which means “fullness of the Gentiles”.  And this is how the Apostle Paul translated it in Rom 11:22-26 “Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree! 25 I do not want you to be ignorant of THIS MYSTERY, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the FULL NUMBER OF THE GENTILES has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins." 

 

In the account by Jacob concerning the sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, the name God gave to Jacob – Israel – is used: Gen 48:11 Israel said to Joseph…”  And in V16 “the Angel who has delivered me from all harm – may he bless these boys.  May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth."  So the House of Israel did increase greatly on the earth, and the Tribe of Joseph gained the ascendancy.  But it was to be Ephraim who towered above all the others, and this is why Joseph’s father put Ephraim first.  Yet as Paul points out, after the “full number of Gentiles” have come in, God will deliver or save the remnant, and the Deliverer will come from Zion.  It will be a long and arduous period before this happens, because Ephraim will not be quick to repent of their sins.  The “full number of the Gentiles” will take advantage of the crisis.

 

In summary, what occurred was this:  Israel (Jacob) gave his name to Joseph’s sons, and they would be known as Israel.  Yet Ephraim was to be the greater of the two especially when multiculturalism began to flourish and the full number of the Gentiles came into the nation.  On the other hand, Paul correctly notes that some of the Gentiles will assimilate and be grafted into the tree and become full members of the largest Christian nation on earth – Ephraim, and in Bible Prophecy, they would be called ‘Israel’.  The United States of America is Ephraim today, and all prophecies concerning the House of Israel or the Tribes of Israel is primarily speaking of America.  Whatever befalls America will be followed in like fashion by the rest of the Israelites in Europe and Britain.

 

When Israel (Jacob) uttered these far reaching prophecies of the two little boys before him, and spoke of their coming greatness, he was prophesying that [the Tribe of] Joseph would be the prince over all his brothers.  The words Israel spoke were not his own, but God’s.

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The entire Book of Hosea is addressed to Ephraim, the United States of America today.  We read these words in Hos 13:1 When Ephraim spoke, men trembled; he was exalted in Israel.  But he became guilty of Baal worship and died.”  There is only one super-power on earth today and this is Ephraim.  When Ephraim speaks the nations tremble – these nations don’t want any trouble from America.  They’ve seen America pounding the pagan nations to the ends of the earth over the past 100 years, and they don’t like their chances of gaining the upper hand over such a mighty nation.  Not only is America exalted in Israel, they’re exalted over the whole world.  But then the prophet adds this: “But he became guilty of Baal worship and died.  As we’ve explained many times, Baal is the devil.  The reality is that America is at war with Islam; the fiction is that they are ‘winning their hearts and minds’.  Why would America even try to ‘win the hearts and minds’ of Baal-worshipping pagans?  As the Prophet Hosea confirms, this is the very thing that will destroy them as a nation, and as a nation they will die!

 

When America dies, it will be a long time in the limbo of captivity, and during this time, Americans will have plenty of time to consider their mistakes.

Psa 74:1 Why have you rejected us forever, O God?  Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?  This is why Jesus referred to the 10 Tribes of Israel as the ‘Lost sheep of Israel’.  Someone once wrote a book about America, calling it “A Nation of Sheep”.  I don’t think the author ever knew just how close to the mark he was with this description.

 

The foolishness of the mighty Ephraim has had catastrophic repercussions on the Tribe of God’s inheritance.  Judah, who inherited the City of Jerusalem, are now living among a sea of Baal-worshipers, and have become increasingly vulnerable – thanks to Ephraim’s stupidity!  As a Christian nation, Ephraim should have known that the Jews are the custodians of the Holy City, yet now they want to hand it over to the Baal-worshipers in the interests of ‘peace’.

 

Psa 74:2 Remember the people you purchased of old, the tribe of your inheritance, whom you redeemed-- Mount Zion, where you dwelt.  God dwelt above the clouds over Mount Zion and His people below were the Jews.  God has redeemed them again and restored them to their own land in these last days.  Of all the Tribes of Israel, only Judah, the Jews, are prepared to fight and die for the Holy City.  Who then, are the most faithful to God?  Is it the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ – the Christian nations who take good care of themselves to the exclusion of the Holy Places of God, or the Jews who are prepared to fight and die for God?  It’s a no-brainer!  It’s the Jews that have God’s favour!

 

Ephraim is about to die because they’ve called for the desecration of God’s City Jerusalem by handing it over to the devil-worshipers.  Since we always talk about God’s justice, God has some real justice in mind for the betrayal of His City; He will bring Ephraim’s city Washington to ruin in one enormous, catastrophic event, and Ephraim will begin to die immediately (you can read this prophecy in Isa 28:1-6).  They didn’t want to live by God’s Law as the Jews do, so now they will have no law.  Lawlessness will abound, and the full number of the Gentiles will have their day as they overrun the country.  It will be a long time before America sees the dawning of a new day.

 

And now the prophet beseeches God to turn His steps toward the Sanctuary:

Psa 74:3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins, all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.  The reader will be aware that there was no Temple in Jerusalem during David’s life.  It was built by his son Solomon.  Clearly, the prophet is prophesying of events in the distant future.  The Temple was actually overrun some 400 years later in 587BC.  Then it was again overrun some 600 years later in 70AD.  It will yet again be overrun when the Temple is rebuilt.  This will result from a betrayal, which we spoke of earlier in this study.  The Beast who is to come will conduct it all, but will eventually come to a horrible end.

 

So what about the Sanctuary that existed in Jesus’ day?  What did He have to say about it?  Firstly, let’s remember that Jesus called it “My Father’s House” when He drove all the traders and moneychangers out of it!  And secondly and most importantly, He said this: John 2:19-22 “Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." 20 The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”  Jesus was, of course, speaking about His resurrection, and His Body represented the Temple.

 

After this, the Body of Christ became the Saints rather than the Temple which was destined to be destroyed in 70AD, but the generations of Saints would live on.  Jesus was killed and resurrected after three days, while the Temple was destroyed and never rebuilt.  The Body of Christthe Saints – became the Temple where the Holy Spirit dwelt.  Since they are now the Body of Christ, the Saints must be prepared to do as Jesus did – and not shrink from death.  At the appointed time the New Temple will be rebuilt and this is where the Lord Christ will dwell forever (Eze 43:7).

 

Until the new Temple is rebuilt, the Saints (and we’re speaking of true Saints here) will be the home of God’s Holy Spirit as long as they continue to observe the Law of the Temple, which God confirms through the Prophet Ezekiel: Eze 43:10 “Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider the plan, 11 and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple--its arrangement, its exits and entrances--its whole design and all its regulations and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations. 12 "This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding area on top of the mountain will be most holy. Such is the law of the temple.” As long as the Saints lived they were to follow the design of the Temple and obey the Law of the Temple.  Any who didn’t could not claim to be the Body of Christwhich represented the Temple.

 

What has happened in the interim is that Christianity has completely lost track of their obligations to God and the Law of His Temple.  It would be an exercise in futility to even begin to describe the Law of the Temple and all that it entails to lawless Christianity today.  They can’t even obey the Ten Commandments, so what interest would they have in the Law of the very Temple that they are supposed to represent?

 

Psa 74:4 Your (God’s) foes roared in the place where you met with us; they set up their standards [flags] as signs.  Presumably the type of banners used by demonstrators!  Perhaps the reader is familiar with the Christian newsgroups where the fake Christians revile those who obey God’s Law with the venom of a cobra.  You have to wonder why these evil creatures are so incensed against those who faithfully obey God’s Law.

 

Psa 74:5 They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees.  Like lunatics destroying everything!

 

Psa 74:6 They smashed all the carved paneling with their axes and hatchets.  This is what they did to the Temple hundreds of years after these prophecies were written, and the Body of Christ, the Temple of His Spirit, will suffer the same fate at their hands.

 

Psa 74:7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.  Interestingly, this same mindset exists today, and it’s becoming quite common to see Church buildings and Synagogues being torched.  But it’s not talking about this!  It’s actually speaking of the Sanctuary of God’s Holy Spirit that lives in the Saints and the places where they meet.

 

Psa 74:8 They said in their hearts, "We will crush them completely!"  They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.  The true Saints today worship in houses – not the big church buildings of the lawless!  The Saints are the Church that Jesus built – not the building!

 

Psa 74:9 We are given no miraculous signs; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.  The prophets, who have the Testimony of Jesus, will be gone.  They’ll be transported on Eagles wings to a specially prepared place in the desert from where they will launch against the enemies of God.  Meanwhile there will be a famine of God’s Word among their offspring who are left behind to fulfill their appointed obligations to God.  And they’ll have no idea how long this will go on for.  Yet, at that time, when no prophets are left, they’ll begin to think clearly about what they said while they were still with them.  In the stark reality of those times, they will begin to hold to the Testimony of Jesus – which they previously never understood.  If all goes well, then they will understand that the Testimony of Jesus was all about future Bible Prophecy (Rev 19:10) and the final outcome of what God will achieve.  The simplest definition of this is: The total destruction of the devil’s work (1John 3:8).   This is why Jesus came in the first place.  Contrary to popular belief, He didn’t come to ‘save’ all mankind – most of whom belong to the devil!

 

So the Saints face very trying times!  Provided they don’t place too much value on their lives, the outcome will be very good for them.  It’s understandable that they will fear death, but then, so did Jesus Christ.  Yet Jesus also knew and believed that God would send a mighty angel to raise Him from His grave.  This happened exactly three days later, just before sundown.  As we’ve said previously, the Saints will be gathered to the Majestic Glory by the angels, and as the Body of Christ, this will be done in a similar time-frame.  This is the sequential resurrection of the Saints.  There they will await the arrival of their Brothers, who are to be killed as they were (Rev 6:11).

 

Understandably, there will be some anxiety among the Saints, and they’ll be keen to see God’s salvation begin when they are rescued from the hands of the enemy.

Psa 74:10 How long will the enemy mock you, O God?  Will the foe revile your name forever?  This is where anxiety begins to set in, and they make their plea to God.

 

Psa 74:11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?  Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!  At this time the Saints will be keen to see the devil’s work destroyed and they’ll be waiting anxiously for it to happen.

 

Psa 74:12 But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth.  After the punishment period ends, God will rescue His people and take them to their ancestral lands where they will live in peace.

 

In the context of bringing salvation to His people, the prophet says this:

Psa 74:13 It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.  When God saved the people of Israel from Pharaoh, he split open the sea, and at the same time, destroyed the heads (leaders) of this monster in the sea – where they drowned.  Weren’t the Tribes of Israel saved at this time?  Weren’t they rescued from the hands of their enemies and the monster who had kept them captive?

 

Psa 74:14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert.  We referenced this Scripture earlier in this study.  This leviathan was a one-off creature that doesn’t exist today.  Job wrote about it, because it existed in his day.  In fact there were two of these types of monsters in Job’s day.  They were created in Job’s lifetime (Job 40:15).  Only their Maker could approach these monsters with His sword (Job 40:19).  These were rulers of the heavenly realm under punishment in the same way as Nebuchadnezzar was turned into a wild animal as punishment for seven years.  In the above verse, the prophet confirms that God killed this monster and fed its body to the creatures of the desert – so it was flesh and blood when this happened.  It was a fitting punishment for such a monster.

 

Psa 74:15 It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever flowing rivers.  This may well relate to the desertification of the cursed lands of the Middle East, presently occupied by the Muslim hordes.  Yet for His people Israel, he caused a stream of water to flow from a Rockand that Rock was Christ (1Cor 10:4).

 

Psa 74:16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.  And the Sun of Righteousness is also Christ (Mal 4:2).

 

Psa 74:17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.  The landmass of the earth had very distinct boundaries when God created the earth.  The Chief Cornerstone of this landmass is represented by Jesus Christ.  You’ll see it illuminated on the American dollar bill.  It’s as well for the Saints to understand all these things and not get all caught up in the fantasies of human beings who have no idea what the earth once looked like.  God gave the Prophet Job a lesson on what the earth once looked like when He said this: 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?”  Anyone who has ever held an American dollar bill should have not problem understanding the meaning of the Cornerstone.

 

And don’t be listening to the conspiracy theorists who are half-mad with demonism.  They speak of the ‘Illuminati’ and the New World Order (NWO) that is supposedly creeping up on us all, yet they understand nothing about anything.  They are merely imbibed with yet another form of insanity, which is generally known as “conspiracy theory”.

 

And one other thing that God taught Job about the earth as it was when first created, when all the angels shouted for joy: Job 38:14 “The earth [landmass] takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.”  In other words, it was made with precision!  You’d have a difficult time trying to stretch a measuring line across the boundaries of the present landmass of the earth and coming up with a distinct shape today!  It wouldn’t exactly have the features of a garment, would it?  The general chaos of the landmass of the earth is yet another part of Satan’s work that has to be repaired and the earth restored to what it once was.  What we’ll see when the new earth is revealed is exactly what God described to the Prophet Job.  Mountains will crumble, rivers will close up, inland seas will disappear, and the whole earth will be restored to what it once was.  It will look like a great mountain or pyramid shape.  All the continents and islands will be migrated back towards Jerusalem – which will be permanently fixed in place and unmovable.  If you look at a globe of the earth, and migrate the islands and continents towards Jerusalem, you see the form of an upside-down triangle emerge.  The earth is presently upside down.  The Star of David shows both forms of the landmass of the earth.  One upright triangle or pyramid shape, and the other upside down.

 

Psa 74:18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, O LORD, how foolish people have reviled your name.  How could we ever forget?  These lunatics are everywhere and they never stop mocking the Creator God.

 

Psa 74:19 Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.  The dove spoken of here is distinct from an eagle.  The dove is prey to wild beasts, whereas the eagle preys on wild beasts.  These are the two birds that God speaks of prophetically.  The doves are going to have a hard time of it.  They could have opted to be an eagle, but they lacked the faith to believe – until it was too late!  However, if they endure to the end, then they will receive a prophet’s reward: Matt 10:41-42 “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."   In this Scripture, it’s literally speaking of both the eagles and the doves – believe it or not!

 

As for anyone who gives a cup of water to these little ones who are Jesus’ disciples, they will not lose their reward.  In this regard, there is an account given in Schindler’s List similar to this.  Cattle cars were filled with Jews at a railway station when Oscar Schindler came on the scene.  The Jews were crying out for water and about to die.  The Nazi officers completely ignored their cries.  I don’t know exactly what Schindler said to them, but suddenly their sanity returned briefly and then there was a stampede to give water to the Jews.  I can’t speak for the Nazis or even suggest that they might have received a reward, but I can speak for Oscar Schindler who risked his life to oppose the Nazis.  His legacy will live on as a hero to the Jewish people.

 

Psa 74:20 Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.  God’s Covenant was with those who obey Him, and here the Saints are reminding God of their service to Him.  Conditions will not be ideal in those days, when violence will lurk in every dark place.  In recent years we’ve seen plenty of this, but it’s nothing compared to what is coming.

 

Psa 74:21 Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name.  This is the type of prayer that should be used in these circumstances.  It will take a lot of courage by the Saints to stand their ground rather than to retreat in disgrace, and this is the very advice that Paul gave to those in his day that were confronted in similar circumstances: Eph 6:13-15 “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.”  Just remember that when Paul wrote this, the Saints were coming under severe persecution and the day of evil for them could have come at any time.  Paul himself would know this!  He was once one of the persecutors!  He was one of those sent out by the Sanhedrin to round up Christians to be stoned to death.  Stephen was one of his first victims!  The persecution and slaughter of Christians went on for hundreds of years.  Today, Christians think they are immune from such things.  No wonder Jesus said, “They’ll know nothing until the flood comes and sweeps them away.”  This is what happens when people buried their heads in the sand!

 

Psa 74:22 Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long.  The days of evil will seem endless, and the Saints will know that only God can help them.  This is the big test in having faith in God.  So this is how God intends to imbue the Saints with this type of faith after all else has failed down through the generations.  As the children of God all must be disciplined and tested.  Recall what we just read a few verses back in Heb 12:4-8 “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.” 

 

Psa 74:23 Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries, the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.  Eventually, God will not ignore the clamor of His adversaries, or the uproar of His enemies, but His priority is to straighten out His true sons with the right amount of discipline to prepare them for service to Him.  And when the time comes, God’s enemies will wish they’d never been born!  But it does bring to notice that God has many enemies and Christianity generally has a hard time believing this.

 

Satan has now had 6,000 years now to do all his work.  His six millennial days have expired, and now the Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing, and forceful men will take hold of it.  This was to occur when another like John the Baptist, that is, Elijah, comes on the scene.  All the prophets and the Law prophesied until the arrival of Elijah.  Even the Fourth Commandment of the Law prophesies of this day.  The Seventh Millennial Day was to be a rest from the work of Satan, and this is why the Seventh Day is kept holy by the Saints.  This is because it’s God’s Day when the Kingdom of God will be advanced by forceful men to provide the rest from Satan’s work.  It was Elijah who is to explain all that is prophesied by the Prophets and the Law, and ultimately, all prophecy will be concluded with Elijah and all prophecy will be fulfilled in Elijah’s time.  Matt 11:12-15 “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 He who has ears, let him hear.”  Most Christians are not willing to accept it, even though they know that all Bible Prophecy was not fulfilled in the days of John.  This is why Jesus added, “He who has ears, let him hear.”  This means that there is a meaning beyond what Jesus spoke for all those who believe and accept it.

 

Just to illustrate this point: John’s father Zechariah, was both a priest and a prophet, and being filled with God’s Holy Spirit, he prophesied about his son.  The account is found in the Book of Luke.  You’ll notice that John died prematurely (as did Jesus also) before either of them fulfilled all that is written about them.  This is what Luke wrote concerning John: Luke 1:67-80 “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.” 

 

There’s a few things to note in this passage.  Firstly, Zechariah was speaking about his son six months before Jesus was born, and everything he says here relates to John – with one exception.  The RISING SUN which is to come from heaven is a reference to Jesus Christ, for whom the Elijah was to prepare the way.  So, of course, there must be another Elijah in the last days of Bible Prophecy.  I hope the reader has ears to hear.

 

You’ll notice the prophecy above concerning John speaks of a horn of salvation appearing in the House of David.  Horns are the weapons of a charging bull, and in fact, they are a reference to the weapons of war which will be in the hands of the Elijah.  In V4 and V5 of the next Psalm, we see a reference to horns in the hand of the enemy.  The enemy is warned not to lift their weapons against the Saints or against God Himself in any circumstances.

 

PSALM 75

 

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." A psalm of Asaph. A song.

 

Psa 75:1 We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.  The world will see many wonderful deeds that will leave them shell-shocked.  They’ll see fire coming down from heaven destroying the enemy, and they’ll see whole cities vaporized.  They’ll see mountains crumble, and they’ll see earthquakes, storms and famines on an unprecedented scale.

 

Psa 75:2 You say, "I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly.  God does indeed have an appointed time for all these things – the time when His judgment begins on all mankind.  This judgment will determine who lives and who dies out of all the inhabitants of the earth.

 

Psa 75:3 When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.  Selah.  Only Jerusalem will stand firm while the rest of the earth quakes as the landscape is reshaped.  Jerusalem is the pillar of the earth and it will be the safe haven for God’s people.  The central part of the Holy City will be the Temple, which will be raised high above the surrounding areas.  In this Temple there will be two strong pillars at its entrance.  The Prophet Ezekiel mentions these in Eze 40:49.  This is what God is referring to when He speaks of the pillars standing firm.

 

Psa 75:4 To the arrogant I say, `Boast no more,' and to the wicked, `Do not lift up your HORNS.  The arrogant and the wicked will think of taking up weapons but God strongly warns them against such folly.  The mere act of doing so will lead to a catastrophic response!

 

Psa 75:5 Do not lift your HORNS against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck.'"  Typically, when anything goes wrong it has to be God’s fault in the minds of lunatics.  Anyone who thinks they’re going to ‘get even’ with God are delusional.  There’s always some idiot who exalts himself with an outstretched neck – appearing superior to all others.  This is the type of person that gathers a following in the aftermath of disaster to exact retribution against their perceived enemies.  Their enemies are usually the innocent.

 

Psa 75:6 No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man.  Now here’s a good lesson to learn!  Don’t think for one moment you can exalt a man to lead you out of the mess.  No man can save you – only God can do that, and all decisions must be your own rather than that of some bumpkin whose only claim to reason is the power of his persuasion.  Such persuasion is invariably wrong.

 

Psa 75:7 But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.  It will be too late to be appointing leaders in that day.  All God’s leaders will have already been appointed – these are the ones you must follow.  The House of David should be your desired goal.

 

Psa 75:8 In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.  It’s interesting that this verse should appear here.  Jesus Christ gave His disciples a cup of wine to drink that represented His Blood.  It was a reenactment of the Passover.  All those who take of the New Covenant of blood, represented by the Passover appointed and enacted by Jesus Christ, will be spared those catastrophic consequences when the people of the earth are forced to drink it.  As Paul pointed out, those who drink of the Cup unworthily are prone to dying: 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.” 

 

As far as the Cup of the Lord is concerned, along with the condemnation of the peoples of the world, there are many Bible Prophecies that detail it.  It was the Prophet Jeremiah who explains it in the most comprehensive manner: Jer 25:15-33 “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: "Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it. 16 When they drink it, they will stagger and go mad because of the sword I will send among them." 17 So I took the cup from the LORD's hand and made all the nations to whom he sent me drink it: 18 Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin and an object of horror and scorn and cursing, as they are today; 19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, his attendants, his officials and all his people, 20 and all the foreign people there; all the kings of Uz; all the kings of the Philistines (those of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the people left at Ashdod); 21 Edom, Moab and Ammon; 22 all the kings of Tyre and Sidon; the kings of the coastlands across the sea; 23 Dedan, Tema, Buz and all who are in distant places; 24 all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the foreign people who live in the desert; 25 all the kings of Zimri, Elam and Media; 26 and all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other--all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshach (Babylon) will drink it too.”  Well, we all know who this lot is!  This is speaking of the Muslim hordes!  Yet God’s judgment is not confined to them alone.  His judgment will come upon all the nations on the face of the earth!  V27 "Then tell them, `This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword I will send among you.' 28 But if they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink, tell them, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: You must drink it! 29 See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.'  There’s a little poetic justice in all this.  There are pseudo-Christians today who hate the Jewsthe custodians of the City that bears God’s Name – and they seem to rejoice at every adversity that befalls Judah.  They seem to believe that they will go unpunished, but the cup of the LORD, the sword that it refers to, is coming after them!  Why do these disobedient and lawless Christians believe they have standing with God?  The Jews do have standing with God, but they don’t! 

 

When the world is in chaos, the prophet is told to again prophesy:  V30 "Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: "`The LORD will roar from on high; he will thunder from his holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land.  He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth. 31 The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD will BRING CHARGES against the nations; he will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword,' " declares the LORD.  When the LORD God BRINGS CHARGES, it’s always according to LawHis Lawthe only Law!  And He enforces His Law!  There is a penalty for breaking God’s Law and it will be enacted on the guilty which extends to the whole world.  V32 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation; a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth." 33 At that time those slain by the LORD will be everywhere--from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered up or buried, but will be like refuse lying on the ground.” 

 

Yet, amazingly, this all begins with a relatively simple act of defiance – that of  failing to keep the Passover in a worthy manner.  Now it becomes blood for blood.  Pseudo-Christians could never get anything right!  From time to time, they go through a form of the observance of the Passover – but never on the appointed day.  And what is more, they refuse to call it the Passover, and instead, call it the Lord’s Supper.  All of them are unworthy to partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  And now, through the prophecies of Jeremiah, they will know the consequences of their actions.  They will be embroiled with the disasters that are to come on the whole world!

 

Psa 75:9 As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.  It’s true!  The Passover will be declared forever, and observed forever – even after the New Temple is built in Jerusalem:  Eze 45:21-22 “`In the first month on the fourteenth day you are to observe the Passover, a feast lasting seven days, during which you shall eat bread made without yeast. 22 On that day the prince is to provide a bull as a sin offering for himself and for all the people of the land.”  As you’ll note, animal sacrifices will be conducted in the Holy City forever.  This is further confirmed in V23 “Every day during the seven days of the Feast he is to provide seven bulls and seven rams without defect as a burnt offering to the LORD, and a male goat for a sin offering. 24 He is to provide as a grain offering an ephah for each bull and an ephah for each ram, along with a hin of oil for each ephah.” 

 

Psa 75:10 I will cut off the HORNS of all the wicked, but the HORNS of the righteous will be lifted up.  The horns or weapons of the wicked will cease to exist and if any fight is left in them, then it will have to be done with sticks and stones.  In that day, the righteous will have all the weapons, and they will use them to beat the nations to the ends of the earth:  Rev 2:26-27 “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.”  And just so there is no mistake to the meaning of this, it’s also confirmed in: Micah 4:13 “Rise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion, for I will give you HORNS of iron; I will give you hoofs of bronze and you will break to pieces many nations."  You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.”  The Daughter of Zion is the offspring of the House of David and these people are spoken of in Rev 12:17.  These are the people who obey God’s Commandments and hold to the Testimony of Jesus.

 

PSALM 76

 

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

 

Psa 76:1 In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel.  You’d never convince the average Christian of this!  Most of them believe that God is only known in their particular church.  It’s Judah and the Jews where God is known.  Most Christians today have no idea of who and what Jesus is.  They don’t see Him as the Mighty Messiah who will fight against His enemies and restore the Holy Places.  In fact, this is reminiscent of something Jesus said in: Matt 7:19-23 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21 "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!'  We’ve all seen the stage-acts, where the preacher supposedly casts out demons as the person falls backwards to the ground foaming at the mouth or howling like a dog.  This, they declare is the Holy Spirit in action!  You couldn’t get more blasphemous if you tried.  It’s absolutely EVIL to imply that the demons throwing the person to the ground represent God’s Holy Spirit.  Yet this is what these people believe!  On this one point alone, they are categorized as evildoers!  As for prophesying in God’s Name, none of their prophecies are based on Bible Prophecy!  For instance, how many church groups today believe in a ‘rapture’ that is supposedly to occur this year (May 21, 2011) on their behalf?  Where do they get this fiction from?  Is it from God, or from the evil one?  You’d better believe that it’s the evil one, Satan the devil!  This removes all uncertainty.  All those who believe in all this unscriptural nonsense can have the satisfaction of knowing that Jesus Christ never knew them!

 

Psa 76:2 His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.  When Jesus Christ ascended into the clouds, God’s Dwelling-Place was directly overhead.  When God’s people are gathered in Jerusalem once again, God’s Dwelling-Place will be over the City.  God’s huge Dwelling-Place is mobile and can move anywhere God chooses.

 

Psa 76:3 There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the WEAPONS OF WAR.  Selah.  It’s a serious matter when people take up weapons against God’s Holy City and the consequences will be disastrous for the offenders.

 

Psa 76:4 You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game.  God’s Dwelling-Place is capable of emitting a great deal of light.  We’re all aware of the three wise men who followed the ‘star’ which led them to the manger in Bethlehem.  This ‘star’ was one of God’s many ‘chariots’ that are flown by Cherubim.  This ‘chariot’, too, emitted great light.  In the Scriptures, a ‘star’ is often used to indicate angelic beings.  Just remember that God lives in unapproachable light: 1Tim 6:16 [God] who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever.  Amen.”  There will come a time when certain people will see a great light as a sign.

 

Psa 76:5 Valiant men lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands.  This is a fitting result for those who made themselves God’s enemies.  They’ll be killed and plundered, and this is speaking of the neighboring lands (see V11 below) in the region.  In other words, the Muslim hordes!

 

Psa 76:6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.  Horses and chariots are a reference to weapons of war.  Naturally enough, the prophets of old couldn’t describe the weapons that are used today, so they did the next best thing and resorted to symbolism.

 

Psa 76:7 You alone are to be feared.  Who can stand before you when you are angry?  When God is angry, He releases His weapons of war with devastating results for His enemies!

 

Psa 76:8 From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet--

Psa 76:9 when you, O God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land.  Selah.  And remember we are still speaking of Judahand the people of Mount Zion!  God will rise up, and when He does, His enemies in the neighboring countries are going to taste His justice!  These are the ones who presently hope to see Judahwiped off the map”.  In a reversal of fortunes, they will be the ones who will suffer this fate.

 

Psa 76:10 Surely your wrath against men brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.  Well, it will certainly bring praise from me and the Levite Brotherhood, and I hope this is also true of the reader.

 

Psa 76:11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared.  I’m sure we all realize that the neighboring lands around Judah have not been bringing gifts to the Jews.  The reason is that they haven’t yet had their weapons of war (see V3 above) smashed to pieces, and neither have their valiant men been forced to ‘sleep their last sleep’, which means death.  When all their valiant men are gone, they’ll have no alternative but to appease Judah, and bring them gifts.  All this was prophesied long ago, but its fulfillment is very close now.

 

Psa 76:12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.  You may not think that this is so now, but the spirit rulers of the heavenly realm cringe in fear of God even today!  They continue to do their dirty work, but they are ever wary of the fabled ‘Sword of Damocles’ hanging over their heads.  Destruction for them can come at any moment, and they are well aware of this.  From time to time they do exercise restraint out of fear of God.  Human beings have yet to learn this vital lesson!  Yet, there are some who have!  These are described in the Book of the Messenger: Mal 3:16-18 “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.”  While it’s presently true that the average Christian doesn’t fear God, God will yet insure that they have every reason to do so.

 

As a matter of fact, the Book of the Messenger adds more: Mal 4:1-4 “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. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. 3 Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the LORD Almighty. 4 "Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.”  This last verse certainly separates the sheep from the goats, doesn’t it?  Most Christians today go out of their minds demanding that everyone forget the Law of God’s servant Moses, knowing full well that God commands us to REMEMBER it!

 

It’s no coincidence that God’s servant Moses is mentioned in this last verse, because the next verse mentions someone just like Moses.  V5 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse."  The Prophet Elijah is a Levite Prophet just like Moses, and his function it very similar to that of Moses: Deut 18:15-19 The LORD your God will raise up for you a PROPHET LIKE ME from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die." 17 The LORD said to me: "What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a PROPHET LIKE YOU from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. 19 If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.” 

 

In conclusion, after you REMEMBER the Law of God’s servant Moses, and begin to obey it, the next step is to listen to God’s Levite Prophet Elijah, and this Prophet must be listened to!  God puts His Words into his mouth, and these are the very words of God.  It anyone reads these words and doesn’t listen, then God Himself will call them to account.  The last thing that anyone would want is for God to call them to account.  It’s far better to hear the words, “Well done, you good and faithful servant”.  It will mean the difference between life and death.

 

There are now hundreds calling themselves ‘Elijah’ but they’re deceiving themselves and others.  God has not put His Words into their mouths!  They neither understand the Scriptures nor do they have the Spirit of Prophecy!  You must not listen to them!

 

The Book of the Messenger gives some further advice about Elijah, and anyone who knows the importance of names in the Bible, will understand why he has the name of Levi.  It’s because he’s of the Tribe of Levi.  And this is what the Book states about him: 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. 8 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."  We all know which Law this is speaking about!  It’s the Law that God gave to His servant Moses on Mount Sinai (or Horeb).  If anyone wants the distress of the rejection by God, then they’ll certainly find it if they seek instruction from anyone other than the MESSENGER OF THE LORD ALMIGHTY.

 

Why would the LORD Almighty choose anyone from any Tribe, other than His own, as His messenger?  It’s the Tribe of Levi that the Father, the LORD Almighty, has chosen for His very own tribe.  Num 8:15-18 “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. 17 Every firstborn male in Israel, whether man or animal, is mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set them apart for myself. 18 And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.”  Num 3:44 also confirms this.

 

People must make their own choices and as things presently stand, most are not aware of the importance of right decisions.  Most people are more comfortable when they’re following the crowd.  They tend to think ‘How could all these thousands of churches and congregations be wrong?  But when you think about it, the real question that would apply would be, ‘How could all these churches be right?  The truth is that none of them can agree on anything, but with one exception!  They all agree that the Law that God gave to His servant Moses must be forgotten!  And this is the pathway to death!  Jesus Christ said, “If you want to enter into life, obey the Commandments (Matt 19:17).  Those who don’t can expect a lot of distress, and this is precisely what the next Psalm speaks about.

 

PSALM 77

 

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

 

Psa 77:1 I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.

 

Psa 77:2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.  This is usually a sign of extreme distress!  The Psalmist is giving clear warning that this is the time to cry out to God for relief.

 

Psa 77:3 I remembered you, O God, and I groaned; I mused, and my spirit grew faint. Selah.  In extreme distress and danger, most Christians remember God and seek Him as their only option for help.  When things are going well, they are less inclined to remember Him.  Need tends to dictate demand.  Those who are less inclined to distress are those who regularly give God thanks and accept His occasional correction.  Those who are less inclined to remember Him, except when in deep trouble, will be the ones in the most distress.

 

Sometimes it’s good to remember the good ol’ days when everything seemed peaceful and happy.  These were the days when we sang and praised our Creator and appreciated the good things He gave us.  In days of long ago, we probably had less, but still we were happy.  We were more inclined to appreciate the simple things in life.  Stress seems to increase with the abundance of possessions, and God knows this only too well.  He confirms again and again that this is the time when people tend to forget all about Him.  The events of their lives displaces all thoughts of Him, and suddenly they find themselves facing insurmountable problems.  For the Saints in particular, this requires remedial action, and sleep no longer comes easy for them until they come to their senses.

Psa 77:4 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.  This is God’s way of giving us a shake-up.  This is the time when we should put our personal problems aside and focus on seeking God’s deliverance.  The deeper the trouble, the more difficult this is to do.  Our problems tend to loom larger in our minds and become difficult to dismiss, even temporarily.  Yet true saints can do it when they set their minds to it.  Distress and problems became a training ground to strengthen us, especially as we approach the days of national punishment, and as we are about to see, those days are not far off.

 

Psa 77:5 I thought about the former days, the years of long ago;

 

Psa 77:6 I remembered my songs in the night.  My heart mused and my spirit inquired:

Psa 77:7 "Will the Lord reject forever?  Will he never show his favor again?  As children long ago, we learnt many songs or hymns and many of us still remember them.  Songs like ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and many others, which we all sang but never fully comprehended the real meaning.  In the days of distress, there is no doubt that some of these songs will be remembered.

 

Psa 77:8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?  Has his promise failed for all time?  It may seem like this, especially during the days of punishment, but this is the nature of punishment.  If the punishment is not severe enough then it will soon be forgotten.  Almighty God wants to ensure that the punishment and the reasons for it are never forgotten!

 

Psa 77:9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?  Has he in anger withheld his compassion?"  Selah.  The Lord Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example of this.  At His darkest moment He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  God required the suffering of Jesus Christ that others may live.  By prior arrangement Jesus Christ agreed to give His life for His friends.  As we all know, Jesus Christ didn’t have to do this!  At any moment, He could have reneged and God would have rescued Him, but this would have meant that all of mankind would have been wiped out.  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?"  Jesus Christ knew the Scriptures had to be fulfilled, even those which required that He suffer personally.  When He began His life as a human being, He knew the day would come when He would have to lay down His life for others – and He accepted this.  Like any human being, he feared the outcome and He felt the pain.  Yet He knew that God would raise Him from the dead!

 

As human beings today, we all have hopes and dreams and aspirations of good outcomes in our lives.  In a different era, most would see out their full lives and be content.  Well, this era is different; we’ve seen the recorded history of six millennial days of human existence, and as all Sabbath-keepers know, the last millennial day belongs to God.  This day has now begun!  It can be either a blessing or a cursing, and this depends on our attitude and response to our Creator God.  It’s incumbent upon all of us to remember the history of the suffering of the past 6,000 years, and to realize that the rulers of this dark world will not relinquish their hold willingly.  For some years now we’ve seen the satanic madness building all over the world, with every satanic ruler jockeying for position with none of them ready to relinquish their power base.  All of them have the same motivation, and this is to destroy the House of Israel – all 12 Tribes of them.  Yet their highest priority is to destroy the Jews and capture the Holy City and destroy it.

 

And what’s behind this motivation?  Satan and his demon rulers know that God has a premier nation – the 12 Tribes of Israel – and all of these demon rulers know who the Israelites are!  The Israelites themselves may not, but these demons do!  The demons know that these Tribes will rule over all the earth, effectively displacing them, and in their minds, this means a fight to the death.  These demons, along with their master Satan, know that time is short, and if they’re to make their moves, it has to be now!  For years now, they’ve been rallying their troops for the showdown.

 

As we continue on in this Psalm, we’ve already seen the anguish and distress as the prophet ponders the outcome.  Through the darkest hours, he looks for God’s mercy to relieve the situation.  Then he has a thought:

Psa 77:10 Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High."  The right hand of the Most High is a reference to His might and powerrather than His mercy.  It’s all very well to be worrying about our own well-being and seeking relief from distress, but there comes a time when we must see the bigger picture and the bigger solutions.  In the final analysis, the real solution can come only through the might and power of God’s right hand.  Bible students will remember His many deeds and the deliverance that came from His mighty power.

 

Psa 77:11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  Sometimes we may think that our situation is so dire, that even God couldn’t relieve us from the distress of it.  At such times we need to meditate on the past and recall His mighty deeds.

 

Psa 77:12 I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.  Here the prophet confirms his good advice to us.  God has already gathered people who share the views of the prophet.  All of these were taught by God, and they know exactly what God requires of them.  In faith they accepted God’s ways, and became His servants.

 

Psa 77:13 Your ways, O God, are holy.