The LORD Said Unto My Lord…Messianic Psalms pt 22

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.  Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.  The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.  He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head. (Psalm 110)

The first two “Lord” designations in this Psalm, are distinct Hebrew nouns,. When translated it reads, “Yahweh said unto my ADONAI…”.

‘Yahweh’ is the covenant name of God. ‘Adonai ‘ is the title which translates “Lord”. Thus we have ,’ The God of Israel said unto my Lord…’ .

We know who the first person is, but who is the second,  referred to as ‘my LORD’ ?

The Psalm is a Psalm of David, therefore the second figure,”My Lord” is David’s Lord. David’s Lord is the Messiah. The Psalm is a prophecy of Yahweh speaking to Messiah, who is seated at Yahweh’s right hand in the vision.

The Holy Spirit really desired to make this point for we have none less than three versions of Jesus’ commentary on this passage of the Psalm in the gospels, and Psalm 110 is the most quoted portion of scripture in all of the New Testament!

And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly. (Mark 12:35-37)

This dialogue takes place in the last week of Jesus’ earthly life, when the Scribes and Pharisees were testing him, examining for any theological errors they could then use to condemn him as a false teacher. This religious argument took place in the temple, at the very time when Passover lambs were being examined by Priests, searching for flaws.

In the passage above Jesus turns the tables and asks his examiners a question; “How could Messiah be the Son of David,  and yet David called him Lord ?”.

This quandary rests on two unquestionable assumptions which were held by all who were present in the argument that day. First it assumes that David is the human author of the Psalm and second it assumes that the Psalm is Messianic. None questioned either.

All of Jesus’ hearers knew that the Messiah to come, was going to come through the line of David. They were well aware of 2 Samuel 7, the prophecy through Nathan that the LORD would establish the throne of David forever, and that one of his Sons would rule forever…

…Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:  But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.  And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.(2 Samuel 11b-17)

The solution to the quandary requires that Messiah is much more than a merely human ruler, or a conquering general like any of the Judges of the past. The Messiah is God himself, who came (in the Incarnation) through the line of David and who is coming again.

Everyone knew that the coming Messiah would be a “Son of David”, a human descendant of King David himself, but Jesus expanded the expectation of the Messiah through his teaching on the Psalm.

The prophecy of Psalm 110 shows us Messiah is God, and sat at the right hand of God when David reffered to him as ?My LORD”.

In order for Messiah to be LORD of David, He must be Divine. The fact that Messiah undoubtably is the Son of David,  requires the Incarnation.

What we have in the 110th Psalm is no less than a conversation between the Lord God of Israel and the pre-incarnate Messiah of Israel, witnessed by David.

 

 

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Arise Oh God…messianic Psalms pt 2

Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.(Psalm 10:12-18)

The Psalm begins with a question, a complaint to God , “Why do you stand so far off in the time of tribulation?”.

The Wicked One seems to be able to do what he pleases, He doesn’t fear God, thus He persecutes ‘the poor’, i.e. those on earth who are set apart for God, and utterly dependent upon him, having no other recourse but God himself. They are the object of hatred and scorn in this world, because of the faith which they will not let go of, in spite of the affliction they are forced to undergo by the forces of the wicked one.

To the poor, it seems that God is far away.

The Wicked One also has no sense of God. He is like the judge in Jesus’ parable who ‘feared not God nor regarded men’. This tyrant thinks there will be no day of judgment. Because of this vain Imagination, there is nothing morally or spiritually to inhibit his oppression, he does as he pleases in the earth. He thinks He is a’god’.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.(2 Thess 2:3-4)

But the true and living God doesn’t really stand far off, He sees all of the ‘mischief and spite’ of wicked and godless men. There will definitely be a reckoning at His mighty hand.

So the Psalmist pleads on behalf of the poor, that God arise and lift up his hand, (the Messiah), and remember (that is personally regard and attend to) ‘the humble’.

This is a prayer for Divine intervention. God shall completely ‘break the arm of the wicked and evil man’, anti-Christ’s power will be shattered, his wickedness shall be thoroughly judged.

The vision involves the land also, for the final conflict is called ‘the controversy of Zion’. In the day of the answer to this prayer, the heathen (Nations) shall perish out of the Land. The Kings of the earth and their rulers had contrasted the ownership of the land God gave to the seed of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob,dividing the land at the U.N. and allotting portions of it to the ‘palestinian people’ and isolating and pressuring Israel to give concession after concession to Muslims who hate their very existence.

The nations will perish out of the Land of Israel.

This promise is verified in many other places in Psalms such as in Psalm 37,

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.(Psalm 37:9-11)

The idolatrous World once wondered at the power and personality of ‘the wicked One’ and even worshipped him, singing “Who is like the Beast? Who is able to make war with Him?”

But God will show him to be but a ‘man of the earth’ and not a ‘god’, in the day when He comes to judge the humble and the oppressed in the glory of His power and in the majesty of his strength.

The LORD knows and regards the desire of the meek, and uses all of their sufferings in this world as a preparation of their heart, He is fitting us for something better. The LORD is teaching our ears to listen to a higher and purer voice, which is above the din and propaganda of this world.

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The Poor…Messianic Psalms pt 20

Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.(Psalm 10:1-11)

The tenth Psalm is eschatological, as is the ninth, the two go together as we stated earlier. The Psalmist wonders why God seems distant and unconcerned in “the time of trouble”, which is a technical term for the time we call “the great Tribulation”.

The problem is that the “wicked One” is reigning, and it seems that all earthly power is put to the disposal of this evil ruler. He boasts of his invincibility, and uses this power to persecute the poor.It is given to him, to make war on the poor, and to catch them in his net and to overcome them.

Who are these whom the Psalmist designates as “the poor”?

When the Psalms make reference to “the poor and needy”it is not a reference limited to the financially destitute. It may or may not include those in poverty, but it is a mistake to limit it to that definition.

The Poor in the Psalms are literally “the meek”, Anav in the Hebrew. They are those who know they desperately need God, and that without God they have nothing going for them in this world. The poor are are those who look to God and who are utterly dependent upon the promises and grace of God. They are not worldly, they do not rely upon nor usually do they have access to worldly power (Political, military).

Often, because of their dependance upon God ‘the poor’ are oppressed by the world. Therefore the idea of ‘the afflicted’ also comes into play in this Word.

There is a recurring motif within the Psalms, the picture of the upright, pious sufferer, persecuted for his reliance upon God, marginalized and hated for his faith.

Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.(Psalm 69:1-4)

The ultimate righteous sufferer, is King Messiah. Psalm 22 recounts the sufferings of this God-Fearing sufferer enduring persecution because of his faith in God;

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.(Psalm 22:1-3)

He hopes in God though he is hated and even tortured for his faithfulness, and has no earthly help or recourse,

Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.(Psalm 22:11-14)

The “poor and needy”of the Psalms also refer to the persecuted “Seed of the woman”,the object of the hatred of the Devil, and those who serve Him, particularly Jews and Christians.

Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child…And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:12-13, 18)

The Wicked One in this Psalm,(Anti-Christ) hates God, his thoughts are “No God!”,(Literally vs 4). In his arrogance and sense of invincibility he lies against the “saints of the Most High” and against God and those who dwell in heaven.

This tyrant also sets traps, and lurks, waiting to catch the poor, through laws, intrigues, propaganda, demonization, and stirring up populist sentiment against the poor. We see this in the rapid Anti-Semitic tide which is rising. Antisemitism portends bad things for (true) Christians as well, for the Dragon(Satan) hates Judeo Christianity. The legion of laws which have been enacted designed to protect the rights of degenerates and perverts are actually snares set, to criminalize those who fear God and are not afraid to speak and think the truth.

 

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The Wicked One…Messianic Psalms pt 19

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.(Psalm 10:2-11)

The ninth and tenth Psalm go together. The Septuagint version of the Psalms has them as one Psalm. The ninth is broad and encompasses the entire world, the nations at the end of time, who have isolated and persecuted Israel, are visited and judged at the personal advent of King Messiah.

The tenth focuses on a specific world leader, called ‘The Wicked One’, and “the man of the earth”, who boldly blasphemes God and persecutes the people of God.

The earlier Psalms lead us up to an examination of the influence of this man, in the latter times. The second Psalm for example tells us that the Nations are in an uproar and the people of the earth are gripped by a “Vain Imagination” because of the “Kings of the Earth and their rulers” who have taken their counsel “Against the LORD and His Christ….”. The most High rebukes these misguided Kings, warning them of the coming of His own King, the Messiah.

In Psalm 5 a prayer for help is offered up in perilous times, and in a day of open and blatant wickedness. In spite of appearances in these evil days, God is righteous and faithful and will not allow the wicked to succeed, for He hates evil. In particular,

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.(Psalm 5:4-6)

The LORD hates “The bloody and deceitful man”, who is destined to arise as Israel’s and the church’s final adversary.

In the seventh Psalm The Psalmist prays for the “Wickedness of the wicked(One) to come to an end…”, and this world leader is called “the enemy and the avenger…” in the eighth Psalm.

This adversary of Israel and foe of all that fear God, is going to stand out for his pride. His arrogance will be staggering, yet other arrogant people steeped in Self esteem will see that as one of his strengths.The Wicked one will openly boast about his desires, ( He always seems to obtain what he lusts for), and will have good things to say to other lustful boasters who despise the LORD. (I think of Obama’s special concern for homosexuals, and other degenerates).That is what Anti-Christ will be like.

This evil man fears not God, nor does he regard men, and as Daniel also warned us, He does whatever he pleases to do. All of his thoughts are (lit) “No God!”,for he is the ultimate God rejector, the man of sin, who is very much a man of his times.

God teaches us that of we fear him and entrust ourselves to His care, we will never be moved. The Wicked One says that of himself, without any reference to God. He says “I will not be moved….I will never be in adversity”. This is why He has no restraint upon his tongue, he lies, boasts, curses and blasphemes…and other wicked people will love Him all the more for it! This man only puffs at the threatenings of his enemies.

We are warned in this Psalm of his treachery…He gains the confidence of his foes, He is a deceiver, and a murderer, a real son of the devil!(John 8:44).He sets traps for the innocent,putting out the bait, setting the snare and waiting, in his secret council for the time to move. When the village seems secure, He pounces like a lion.

The Wicked One, (soon to be revealed) can appear humble, and is winsome, while he lays his net out for the ones he viciously hates, putting laws in place, which have unseen secondary consequences, pleading “love” in the name of hate, While he prepares his “Strong Ones” for the day of persecution.

We have seen this in the changing of laws, (Gay marriage) which amount to well laid traps against Christians and people of conscience, to be sprung after the passage, in spite of the many protestations before these laws were passed, that “All we want to do is be fair to gay couples, we aren’t put to persecute anyone!”. The passage of abortion laws were similar, abortion was going to be safe, and rare, yet legal. Those who were opposed to Gay marriage or abortion were castigated as haters,, bigots and religious zealots.

The other webs being set by similar “leaders” revolve around the massive immigration of Islamic hordes. Of course they were doing this “for the children” and whats the matter with bringing refugees in, are we not a nation of immigrants? Those who oppose are of course bigots, and “afraid of widows and children”, and worse yet, “Haters”. Nothing was said about the demographic trap that has been set for the Western world, and the shift in the body politic, now that these scoundrels have created entire (dependent) constituencies through third world immigration!

If you think our current leaders are treacherous, shiftless, and cunning, wait until you see the man prophesied here in this Psalm! Daniel the prophet and John the apostle described this very foe, with his boasting, treachery, blasphemy, statecraft, and his war which he relentlessly wages upon the saints.

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.(Revelation 13:5-9)

This one does what He does because he has told himself that God isn’t relevant, (God doesn’t see…) therefore power is his only God, much like our current treacherous and amoral leaders.He is a product of his times, the man of lawlessness for an age of lawlessness.

Why does he wage war on Israel and the church? Because they are the only two witnesses to the contrary. Their existence in spite of much hatred and persecution remind the world that there is indeed a God who will one day summons all of the world to his throne for Judgment.

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In Times Of Trouble…Messianic Psalms pt 18

Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?  The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.  The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.  His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.  He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.  He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.  He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.  He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.  Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.  Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.  Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.  The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:  To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.(Psalm 10)

The ninth and tenth Psalm are of a set, they go together. Like the first two Psalms, the one is about the individual(Psalm 1, Psalm 10), and the other about everyone in the world(Psalm 2 and Psalm 9). The ninth Psalm is about the nations of the world, Israel and the return of the King Messiah. The Tenth Psalm is a lament about the persecution and nature of the coming Anti-Christ.

The Psalm is set in “Times of trouble”. Such can be a general term, for we all live in a troublesome and turbulent world, but there is foretold a specific Time of Trouble warned of in Holy Scripture such as Daniel and Jeremiah warned of,

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.(Daniel 12:1-3)

For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.  Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.(Jeremiah 30:5-7)

The Bible has long warned that the regathering of Israel in the turmoil of the very last days  would provoke the nations of the world into a tremendous conflict which would only be resolved by the intervention of the LORD himself. Jesus told us “unless those days be shortened, no flesh would be saved…”.

Like a “perfect storm”, the conditions are currently falling into place; an exploding Muslim world, empowered by petro-dollars, radicalized by their own “reformation”, (which called them back to seventh century barbarism), and metastasized throughout the world by the insanity of mass immigration. Add to that the condition of a debauched and culturally exhausted Western World, having lost her faith(Judeo Christianity) and drifting into various forms of neo-paganism, and going broke due to the expansion and adoption of failed socialistic policies, yet dependent upon oil to maintain her standard of living.You can add into the mix China, a nation once humiliated by the West, yet flexing her muscles militarily, sensing the weakness and fecklessness of the West, as is Russia.

We are seemingly at an August 1914 moment, breathlessly waiting for the spark that will trigger the series of explosions which will engulf the entire world.

Add into the mix a factor that has re-emerged after almost two thousand years, the rebirth of Israel as a nation, as prophesied by the Biblical prophets.The tiny nation’s very existence is perceived as an ever growing ‘problem’ to the “Kings of the Earth and their rulers”, for they(The Kings) believe that the way  to avoid an explosion is to pacify the rapidly growing Muslim world.

But to the Muslim world, May 15, the anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel, is called ‘Al Naqba” , the disaster! In the almost seventy years of the reborn state’s existence, the Arab and Muslim world has been unable to overthrow the nation, in sprite of five major wars, with the element of complete surprise, overwhelming military superiority and numbers and weapons.

Since 1974 the shamed Arabs have resorted to Petro political leverage to turn nearly the entire world against the tiny state.It seems we have arrived at that time of terrible trial Jesus, Daniel and all of the prophets warned of.

 

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The Fate Of The Nations… Messianic Prophecies pt 17

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The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.(Psalm 9 :17-20)

Many people miss the full import of the Psalms of the Bible, because they limit their understanding of them to being divine poetry, or as wisdom literature.

Some correctly go further and realize that the psalms are also Messianic prophecies, describing the mission and triumph of the Lord Jesus. But few realize that the Psalms of the bible have an eschatological aspect. They speak of the events and conditions of the end-times, and of the coming of the Lord.

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The Fate Of The Nations… Messianic Prophecies pt 17

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.(Psalm 9 :17-20)

Many people miss the full import of the Psalms of the Bible, because they limit their understanding of them to being divine poetry, or as wisdom literature.

Some correctly go further and realize that the psalms are also Messianic prophecies, describing the mission and triumph of the Lord Jesus. But few realize that the Psalms of the bible have an eschatological aspect. They speak of the events and conditions of the end-times, and of the coming of the Lord.

Psalm 9 celebrates the cataclysmic judgment that falls upon the nations of the world, who hate and trouble Israel. They have digged a pit for her, but they themselves have fallen into it. They are guilty of innocent blood, but the LORD comes to make inquisition.

In our final passage, there are two categories of nations discussed. The wicked nations are those who are and always have been twisted. These are those whose very essence has been shaped by false religion, such as Islam, or Hinduism, or the more recent Atheistic nations(communist).

At the core of every “culture” is a “cultus”, a religion, which informs and undergirds the culture so pervasively that few even consciously realize it. If the religion is false, the culture is by definition deeply flawed.

There are nations which can only be described as “wicked”. Injustice is written into the very fabric of the culture, let alone the laws which reflect that culture. Because of the religion that undergirds those nations, informing their cultures, there must of necessity be a “caste system”, or a “Jizya” tax.

Muslim nations have to be hostile to christians, one would expect them to top the world lists of the most repressive nations, to women, minorities and religious minorities. Sharia is of necessity a twisted parody of justice. These nations are “the wicked”!

But there is another category of nations suggested here, “all of the nations that forget God”. These are the nations who once had some semblance of Freedom, true justice, and human rights. They were never perfect, but for a time were not oppressor nations, although they wielded unprecedented power to be so.

I speak of the west, Europe, the English-speaking world, and wherever they colonized and thrived. How is it that such nations developed into such freedom loving, human rights guarding, private property respecting cultures? Because our culture developed out of the soil of Judeo Christianity.

It is the secret of our prosperity in the West, as well as of our sense of fairness, respect for life, willingness to sacrifice, our work ethic, insistence on checks and balances in Government, and a host of other traits which have brought refugees from every other culture streaming into the West to enjoy those freedoms.

But the West has forgotten God, for the most part. Certainly our leaders have, many of them are working hard to erase all traces of the Judeo Christian influence from our past, present and future. They have repudiated God, they are actually proving to be hostile to God!

The nations are headed for Tribulation, they are about to be cast into an unbelievable pit, a Hell of biblical proportions!

…For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. ..

The “poor and needy” that God will not forget, in this case, are not the “political poor”, nor is this a reference to general poverty.

Here the “poor and needy” are the remnant of God’s people, who have been isolated by the nations, hated , and lied about and who have no natural resources or power to successfully answer the charges. They cast themselves on God for they have no other options in a hostile world.

Israel’s enemies are gathering in size and influence, and her friends and lovers are abandoning her. Vicious hate groups such as Hamas, Hezbullah, and Al Queda are losing their fear of Israel, realizing that her former friends are aloof.

But she is about to learn the age-old lesson that it never was the USA or the IDF that saved and preserved Israel. Israel’s help and champion has always been her God.

The last verses of this Psalm are a prayer about the nations, in which the Psalmist by the Holy Spirit exposes the twofold problem with the modern nations of the world and which has led to this coming cataclysm;

*”Put them in Fear,O LORD…”– Certainly America, Britain and Europe have lost the fear of the Lord. Is it any mystery why Wisdom is so far from our leaders? They are godless and thus have no knowledge.

When nations lose the fear of God, they lose the power to have a just and moral society. There is no reason to restrain any appetite, no matter how depraved when God is forgotten, as Pau testifies;

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:(Romans 1:28-31)

How terrible to live in a time like that!

* “That the nations may know that they are but men…” When people forget God, they never really remain godless, they instead deify man on some way. Usually man is deified in the form of making government into something all-powerful.

The Kings of the earth and the rulers come out in open opposition to “the Lord and His Christ” according to the second Psalm and Revelation 19. They have forgotten, to their own destruction, that they are not gods, but men in need of God.

Jesus prophesied to Capernaum and the surrounding areas where He had done most of his miracles, that they were guilty of the same thing when he warned them….

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.(Matthew 11:23-24)

I have been taught that the quotation of Isaiah 14 in this verse, “which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: ” is actually a question and answer.

To prosperous Capernaum, like the modern western world, has seen and benefitted of the works of Jesus, thus has no excuse for its unbelief, and pride. Jesus is literally asking an ironic question, “Will you be exalted into heaven?” , the answer being “No, you shall be brought down to hell”.

Man shall not prevail, the worldwide atheistic, humanistic enterprise is about to go the way of the tower of Babel. The wicked shall indeed be cast into hell and all nations that forget God.

 

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