Part 5: Psalms 120-150

 

 

PSALM 121

 

By Neville V. Stevens

 

New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.

 

A song of ascents.

 

As we all know, David was both a Prophet and a Patriarch (Acts 2:29-30).  Throughout all the Psalms he’s prophesied of the future time when the Kingdom of God was to be established.  He was prophesying about our time, and the time when he would be raised from the dead to rule over the 12 Tribes of Israel as their king.  As a Patriarch, David is the forefather of many people, including Jesus Christ Himself, who was born of the line of David, which is often called the House of David.  David was a Judean King, who ruled over all the 12 Tribes of Israel.

 

We also find that Jesus Christ strongly associated the ancestral beginnings of David with Himself as a testimony to the Churches of God.  In fact, this was the final message given to the Churches of God at the conclusion of the Book of Revelation.  Just so as to avoid any confusion, this is what He said:  Rev 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this TESTIMONY for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." 17 The SPIRIT and THE BRIDE say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the WATER OF LIFE.”  The BRIDE is actually the Woman who gave birth to Jesus Christ, that is, the House of David, of which Jesus Christ is the offspring.  He was born through the bloodline of David and was therefore a Son of David.  The SPIRIT and THE BRIDE have been telling the Churches of God to “Come!”, yet they seem too preoccupied with other things to respond!  The SPIRIT spoken of here is the ‘SPIRIT of Prophecy’, which is what the Book of Revelation is all about.  As we all know, the TESTIMONY of Jesus is the SPIRIT of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).  Bible Prophecy is not something that people dream up from their own imaginations, and the Churches of God would do well to take note!  Their track record is not good!  Once they come to their senses, they must hold to the Testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17).

 

And just one other thing before moving into the study of this Psalm:  this concerns the WATER OF LIFE spoken of by Jesus.  As all Bible students should know, the Water of Life begins under the threshold of the Temple (Eze 47:1-5) from where it becomes a river.  If anyone wants to drink freely of the WATER OF LIFE, then Jerusalem is the place to be!

 

Psa 121:1  I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from?  Well may they ask!  Help certainly won’t come from the sausage-grinder doctrine of your local preacher.  Is he ever likely to advise you to lift up your eyes to the hills of Judea and Jerusalem?  Chances are he’s been telling you that you have no need to drink of the Water of Life because he has promised you a first-class ticket to heaven – which is a convenient way of bypassing all Bible Prophecy!

 

Well, when Jesus Christ said that the Spirit and the Bride say “Come!” He was directing them, that is, the Churches of God, to the Water of Life.  This is to be the final destination of all those who will be rescued.  And this is what the following Psalms are all about.  It relates to the time when all the House of Israel is scattered among their enemies and longing for a country of their own.  Throughout the previous Psalms, David has been warning us of what to expect, and how it will all come about.  And now he’s comforting us with the knowledge of the Gospel and how it will become very good news to the stricken.  This is the duty of the Churches of God to impart this message to the House of Israel – among whom they will be living.  The Churches of God must accompany the House of Israel into captivity and be a well-spring of knowledge and hope for them – and to help them to endure to the end.

 

Psa 121:2  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  The first step in the whole process of rescue and recovery is to acknowledge the Creator Godthe Maker of heaven and earth.  He stands ready to help once you repent of the shoddy way you’ve treated Him.  While it’s true that the Churches of God have been faithful in obeying God’s Law and Statutes, and faithfully observing God’s Sacred Calendar and the mandatory Holydays, they are still not guiltless.  In obeying these things, they have merely done their duty.  Luke 17:10 “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"  So clearly, our obligations to our Creator God go way beyond this, and this can be summed up by the words: Faith in God!  You must have the faith to believe that God can deliver you from whatever situation you find yourself in.  He will be watching over those who possess this faith!  Faith is not something that just drops out of the sky; rather it’s something that must be developed over time as we faithfully believe God and serve Him.

 

God does indeed watch over His servants!  He makes the point that He also watches over the Churches of God as well as the House of Israel.

Psa 121:3  He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber;

Psa 121:4  indeed, he who [also] watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  We are, of course, speaking of the days of punishment that are coming, when God will be watching over the House of Israel – namely Ephraim, the United States of America, and the home of the Churches of God.  The Prophet Hosea confirms this: Hos 9:7-8The 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.”  The House of God is the House of Israel – specifically the rebellious Ten Tribes.  Importantly, not only is God watching over Ephraim, but so also is His Prophet!  What is more, the Prophet’s brother prophets are watching over you as well.  This was prophesied concerning Ephraim: Mic 7:4 “The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.  The day of your WATCHMEN has come, the day God visits you.  Now is the time of their confusion.”  God has a specific day to visit Ephraim, and it concerns His watchmen!  This is going to leave a lot of people confused!  Especially those who had expectations of a ‘rapture’ for themselves!  How woefully confused those people were when they believed that God was going to visit them and whisk them off to heaven.  What were these people thinking?  How could they become so confused?

 

The reason God and His prophets are watching over Ephraim is because God plans to punish this rebellious house and then afterwards restore them – after they’ve learnt their lesson!  Having been visited by God, they’ll have plenty to think about.

 

The Great God of heaven will be watching intently over the offspring of the Lord Jesus – that is, true Christians.  When Jesus Christ originally founded His Church it was in a time of severe trouble, and in the ensuring couple of hundred years huge numbers of them were killed.  Yet many survived to became a very great religion that has continued to exist to our day.

 

It’s in our day that the Kingdom of God will be established.  The Kingdom of God, with its many kings, priests and officials, will replace the present regime of rulership.  As we all know, these rulers of the spirit realm are not flesh and blood (Eph 6:12).  These creatures represent one-third of all the angelic beings that God created and are presently living in exile on earth – all 50 million of them.  From the moment of their birth they all knew the Creator God, but chose not to serve Him.  In fact, they rebelled against Him, choosing to dictate the terms of their existence.  They refused to understand that the harmony of their existence relied on their harmony with established law. 

 

There has to be rules and regulations to govern all conduct in all circumstances.  We who live in the Western nations have learned this from birth, and decent people accept that anything less only leads to anarchy.  The schoolroom of life continues to teach us this.  On the other hand, the children of the devil (as the Apostle John describes them in 1John 3:10) prefer the ways of their father the devil.  These are a sub-class of people who live among us and probably number one-third of the population.  These are always the first to revert to anarchy when the opportunity arises.  They don’t have the same law-abiding ethic of the rest of our respective Western nations.  They live in the shadows of society, and are generally ghetto-dwellers, who have no concept of the differences between the deserving and the undeserving.  They demand privileges that they’ve never earned.  When the opportunity arises, they revert-to-type as anarchists, destroying and plundering for their own gain.  All decent, law-abiding citizens are their enemy and mercy and compassion has no place in their minds.  They are totally without any form of conscience towards God or man!

 

People can pontificate all they like about the virtues of these evil creatures who live among us, and try to justify their behaviour with political correctness, but the truth is that they will learn their lesson the hard way.

 

At the other end of the spectrum, there is a class of people who not only obey the laws of the land, but they also obey the Laws of their Creator God.  These people are of course, in the extreme minority – a small flock in comparison.  As we’ve seen in the previous psalms, these people love God’s Law and consider it an honour to be associated with God through obedience.  Such dedication to God has many benefits, not least of which is that they are a part of a privileged class that have God’s favour.  The truth of this will become very evident in the days ahead as the Kingdom of God begins to advance.  God takes care of His own and He’ll be watching over them:

Psa 121:5 The LORD watches over you-- the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

Psa 121:6  the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

Psa 121:7  The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life;

Psa 121:8  the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.  God is watching over these people whom He loves and nothing will harm them now or forevermore.  God is speaking of a very privileged people who have His full attention, and He refers to them as sons (Mal 3:17-18).

 

PSALM 122

 

A song of ascents. Of David.

 

In the era that is now rapidly approaching, God’s sons will rejoice to see others join them in the worship of God in His Holy City Jerusalem:

Psa 122:1  I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."  This will be a momentous occasion to welcome true worshippers to the Holy City.

 

Psa 122:2  Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem.  It’s true that the Sons of Jerusalem will be standing in the Gates of Jerusalem, and what is more, they will be monitoring those who enter.  It will be God’s decision about who enters and who doesn’t!  The lawless, regardless of whatever other credentials they might imagine they have, will be barred from entry.

 

Psa 122:3  Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.  It’s the Temple Mount that has the Gates of Jerusalem and in time this will become a compacted area as more people enter and expansion will quickly become necessary.  This expansion will require the dwellings of Judah to be saved first.  How this is accomplished is described by the Prophet Zechariah in Zech 12:7-9.  Driving out these Muslim illegal occupiers of Jewish lands will be the top priority!  The ethnic cleansing of these Muslim degenerates will be conducted by two Tribes – the Tribes of Levi and Judah, who, collectively, are called the House of David.

 

The House of David must make preparations for the observance of the Feasts of the Lord as prescribed in Deut 16:1-17.  This is in accordance with the statute given to all Israel.  Three seasons in the year, all the Tribes of Israel must be represented at the Feasts of God:

Psa 122:4  That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.  As one might imagine, there is a lot of preparatory work to be done first.  Not least of which will be the reestablishment of each of the Tribes in their ancestral allotments (Eze 48:1-29).  This alone will take many years in order to recover them from wherever they’ve been scattered.  It will be an incremental process to round up all these survivors.  Once permanently settled, they will live out their lives under the protection of the Holy City Jerusalem, and will live to great ages, and bear many children.  At that time, there will be 12 Gates of Jerusalem, and each will be named after a Tribe of Israel (Eze 48:30-35).

 

It may seem odd to the teachings of Christianity today that human beings will continue to live on earth, but after all, God did create the earth to be inhabited.  Christianity has become confused about God’s intentions.  The primary purpose of the past six thousand years of human existence has been to promote a replacement for the present spirit rulers of this earth with those who have faithfully held to His standards of rule of Law.  Even the ‘heirs-apparent’ of this rulership class will need to be judged.  And their judges will possess outstanding credentials:

Psa 122:5  There the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David.  This is a direct reference to Rev 20:4-6 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.”  These thrones of the House of David will be given authority to judge!  It’s rather ironic that those who have hated God’s Law will be judged by the custodians of God’s Law!

 

Psa 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure.  It may be an entirely new concept for some people to be praying for peace in Jerusalem!  Indeed, there are some voracious lunatics who pose as ‘Christians’ who hate the Holy City Jerusalem as well as the custodians of it!  They never miss an opportunity to spew hatred towards the Jews!  For centuries the Jewish people have desired with all their hearts to return to the Holy Land and their Holy City, and Jerusalem was always in their prayers!  Contrast this with the disgusting attitude of some Christian organizations today.  I wonder what they think this sentence means “May those who love you be secure?  It follows that those who don’t love God’s City should not expect to feel secure!

 

Jerusalem will be a safe haven for a lot of people, but only after it’s taken with overwhelming force and the pagan Islamic hordes are driven far from it.

Psa 122:7  May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels."  There will be peace and security in Jerusalem; it’s the peace and security that comes from waging a righteous war.  The Prophet David knew all about waging righteous wars, and in the next verse, he speaks of those who are just like him, and refers to them as ‘brothers’ and ‘friends’.

 

Psa 122:8  For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you."  David not only prayed for Jerusalem, but also sought peace for her.  He knew that within its walls, his fellow-servants and friends would be occupying the Holy Mountain and they would have God’s peace upon them.

 

Psa 122:9  For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.  The House of the LORD spoken of here is the House of Israel.  It’s for the sake of the House of Israel that all these things will be done.  If righteous wars were not waged to clear the Holy Landthe ancestral lands of the Tribes of Israel – then they would be without any hope of rescue.  In that day of cascading holocausts and destruction, there will be no safe havens on earth!  The scattered survivors of the House of Israel will be virtual slaves to the most degenerate people on earth, and they’ll be anxiously awaiting rescue.

 

PSALM 123

 

A song of ascents.

 

Psa 123:1  I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven.  This will be the only hope for the remnant of the House of Israel – when all other hope is gone!

 

Psa 123:2  As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, TILL HE SHOWS US HIS MERCY.  This is a sure sign that people will be examining their past deeds and seeking God’s mercy for their offences against Him.  In a situation of abject slavery, people will look to their Creator God for mercy.

 

Psa 123:3  Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt.  Haven’t the Scriptures warned about this in advance, giving details of what to expect when turn away from their Creator God?  God has shown mercy to the House of Israel many times down through the ages, including these last days when they’ve become the premier nations on earth in terms of wealth and power.  It was in this very time when they decided to turn away from Him, and repudiate Him as the Creator God.  In fact, they developed theories that could only be described as insane.  One mad theory actually promoted the idea that all life on earth came from bacteria from outer space.  It’s amazing how insane people become when they crave recognition as an ‘intellectual’.  Thankfully, such weirdoes are unlikely to seek mercy from God, because they certainly won’t get it!  Since they sought to corrupt others with their madness there will be no mercy forthcoming for them.

 

Psa 123:4  We have endured much ridicule from the proud, much contempt from the arrogant.  At such times as this, learn a lesson from the thief on the cross.  He acknowledged his guilt as being deserving of death, while at the same time, defending the Lord Christ as being innocent.

 

Consider now the plight of the Jews in the holocaust of the 2nd World War.  Were they deserving of the treatment they received?  What were the crimes for which they were condemned?  Like Jesus Christ they too were innocent of all the charges against them.  They endured the ridicule and contempt and finally the death that followed – not because of anything they’d done, but because of who they were!  The House of Israel is about to learn the same lesson!  Has America and Europe got any enemies in the world?  The truth is that the whole world hates them!  Justified or not, this hatred has greatly increased ever since they attempted to ‘win hearts and minds’ instead of defeating the enemy!

 

If Ephraim (America) had possessed the wit to understand, they would have known that the provocation they received on 9/11 called for overwhelming force against their enemies.  These same enemies are God’s enemies, and throughout the entire Bible this is confirmed again and again!  Why would they imagine that God would want them to ‘win their hearts and minds’?  Isn’t there enough evidence that these evil satanic creatures have hijacked God’s Most Holy Places in defiance of Him?  Where does God ever suggest that the sons of Ishmael (Arabs) have any rights to the Holy Land?  Why then is Ephraim redefining ownership of the Holy City Jerusalem and the Holy Land in favour of the Muslim hordes?  Why would the most powerful nation on earth be appeasing their enemies?  It’s now ten years since the 9/11 outrage, and how many ‘hearts and minds’ have they won in this time?   These are the sorts of questions Ephraim should be asking themselves right now!

 

PSALM 124

 

A song of ascents. Of David.

 

And now we come to the reprisals – the Day of Reckoning when Ephraim will be caught up in a flood of war.  With the whole world now against them, their enemies are limitless and pitiless.  The whole House of Israel will not be saved or spared, but a remnant will.  It’s not entirely clear how this remnant will be determined as worthy of escape, but they are referred to as Jeshurun, which means the upright ones or Christians.  In this next verse, they are just called ‘Israel’ – the ones who escape and are spared.

Psa 124:1  If the LORD had not been on our side-- let Israel say--

Psa 124:2 if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us,

Psa 124:3  when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive;

Psa 124:4  the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us,

Psa 124:5  the raging waters would have swept us away.  Here we see a description of war and conquest as when men attack us, and here the Psalmist likens it to torrent of raging waters.  Remember how Jesus Christ spoke of the days of Noah, when the flood came and swept them away in Matt 24:37-39?  He said this is how it would be when He returns.  Jesus Christ was not speaking of another Noah’s flood, but a flood of war, which will sweep everyone away.  He further stated that they would know nothing until this flood sweeps them away.

 

Psa 124:6  Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.  Here is a remnant that is not torn to pieces because God is on their side.  Though caught in the snare, they actually escape:

Psa 124:7  We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.  We are speaking of Ephraim here who must face the Day of Retribution.  It’s from the ranks of Ephraim that a fighting force is prophesied, but they won’t be fighting under their own banner, but the banner of Judah.  This is the prophecy: Zech 9:12-16 “Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. 13 I will bend JUDAH as I bend my bow and fill it with EPHRAIM.  I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warrior's sword. 14 Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning.  The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south, 15 and the LORD Almighty will shield them.  They will destroy and overcome with slingstones.  They will drink and roar as with wine; they will be full like a bowl used for sprinkling the corners of the altar. 16 The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people.  They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.”  We’ve explained these verses many times in the past, but importantly, the remnant of Ephraim will take an active role in the wars in the Middle East in defense of the Holy Land, but only after they have escaped from the fowler’s snare.  They will join an existing army and fight under the banner of Judah.  Judah will be the bow and Ephraim the arrows.

 

Many wars will be fought, and as the Prophet Daniel says in Dan 9:26 “....The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.”  It makes one wonder how Christians have come to the view that the end will come before any wars that might put them in jeopardy.  Even more astounding, they keep talking about some mythical ‘rapture’!  Where do they get this nonsense from?

 

Psa 124:8  Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  It will be a prerequisite that they acknowledge the LORD God as the Maker of Heaven and earth – which goes against the trend we are seeing today in present-day Ephraim!  Ephraim is going to need lots of help, and the only way they will get it is to start getting their priorities right!

 

PSALM 125

 

A song of ascents.

 

Psa 125:1  Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.  Trusting in God plays a big part in service to Him.  In times of trouble, living in dreamland is not going to help much – which is actually mentioned in the first verse of the next Psalm, which we’ll get to, shortly.  As for being shaken, Mount Zion won’t, but the rest of the world will.  This relates to the message delivered by John the Baptist, and we find this description in Luke 3:4-6 As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the desert, `Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. 5 EVERY VALLEY SHALL BE FILLED IN, EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL MADE LOW.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. 6 And all mankind will see God's salvation.'"  In this day, Mount Zion will be the center-point of the earth and will not be shaken.  The rest of the landmass of the earth will be violently shaken until the mountains collapse and the valleys are filled in.  All the continents of the whole earth will be reconfigured to the original shape that they once were.  The landmass will be a single continent, and there will be no seas within its boundaries – just lakes and streams.  We have other articles at our website detailing what happened to the earth long ago, which led to its present chaotic configuration.  This remedial event is called the restoration of the earth.

 

Psa 125:2  As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.  Why would anyone suppose that God would surround His people if there were no threats to their safety?  Clearly, even at this time, the end has not yet come!  There will still be vast hordes that will need to be dealt with.

 

Psa 125:3  The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.  The wicked are notorious for corrupting the righteous!  This is something that God warned the Israelites about many times in the past!  He warned them not to learn their culture and to have nothing to do with them.  And what do we see today?  Among the Tribes of Israel, they’ve developed multiculturalism in direct defiance of God.  The House of Israel has diluted their ancestry in favour of the very people God has warned them about.

 

Even more specifically, it should be obvious to all who the ‘scepter of the wicked’ is, as mentioned in the last verse.  Who surroundsthe land allotted to the righteous’ today?  The answer to this should be obvious to everyone!  These are the very creatures that the West is determined ‘to win their hearts and minds’ to the extreme disadvantage of the present faithful occupants of the Holy Land.  The Jewish people have fought many wars to hold this sacred ground against the insurgence of the Muslim swine, who surround them on every side.

 

Psa 125:4  Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.  Upright and righteous can be used interchangeably.  In many ways it’s a state of mind.  Those who are allied with God are righteous, and those who are allied with the devil are evil.

 

Psa 125:5 But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers.  Peace be upon Israel.  There will be Laws in God’s Kingdom that must be obeyed, and anyone who turns away from these Laws to follow crooked ways will be banished along with the evildoers.  You’ll recall that Jesus Christ described these particular evildoers in Luke 13:22 “Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?"  He said to them, 24 "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, `Sir, open the door for us.'  "But he will answer, `I don't know you or where you come from.' 26 "Then you will say, `We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' 27 "But he will reply, `I don't know you or where you come from. AWAY FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS!' 28 "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.”  Here we see the example of those who listened to Jesus’ teachings but chose to ignore them.  At the last moment, they will come clambering to enter the Kingdom of God only to find themselves locked out.  Half-hearted people are useless and worthless for admittance to the Kingdom of God, and they rank with those who know what God requires of them, but still choose to turn to crooked ways.  Both will be banished together!

 

Don’t be too quick to judge these things as unfair!  Consider first the standards demanded of those in political office.  It only requires a word out of place, or misspoken comment, and elected Legislators can be hounded out of office.  No apology or explanation given is ever enough in the minds of their self-righteous, hypocritical accusers!  Why wouldn’t these false accusers be judged by the same measure they used?  This is precisely how the Lord Jesus said it would be! Matt 7:1-2 “Do not judge [or accuse], or you too will be judged [accused]. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  What Jesus was saying is, that if you accuse others, then be aware that the same measure will be used against you!

 

 

PSALM 126

 

A song of ascents.

 

Psa 126:1  When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.  When someone is in captivity and deprived of all the essentials of life, all they can do is dream of better things and the hope of a better future.

 

Psa 126:2  Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.  Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."  In the Book of the Messenger (Malachi), we find a description of those who dreamed of better things: Mal 4:2-3 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.”  One could well imagine that the captives who are brought back to Zion would have big dreams awaiting fulfillment.  Not the least of these would be to seek redress for their suffering.  And this they will see!  They will trample the wicked down in the streets, as ashes under their feet!  At that time, they will know that this is a direct result of the intervention of the LORD Himself.

 

Psa 126:3  The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.  Those who revere the Name of the Great God will indeed be filled with joy, and they’ll welcome God’s intervention against the enemy as a just outcome.

 

Psa 126:4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev.  There are not a lot of streams in the Negev desert, but those which are found are very welcome to the wayward traveler.  Understandably, water in the desert is very precious, and this is the association of this verse.  Restoring their fortunes shows that their fortunes had been lost, and God intends to restore them. 

 

The Holy Land is set to become the richest and most productive land on earth.

Psa 126:5  Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psa 126:6  He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.  There will be no crop failures; instead the sowers will see astounding growth which will inspire them to songs of joy.  The lesson here is, in times of severe stress and trouble, those who continue to sow for God will reap a bountiful harvest.

 

PSALM 127

 

A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

 

Psa 127:1  Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.  Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.  We’ve spoken a lot about the Kingdom of God being taken by force, and David was no stranger to this.  For about seven years David ruled over the Tribe of Judah from Hebron.  During which many battles were fought until He finally began to rule in Jerusalem for the next 33 years.  His last few years were in co-regency with his son Solomon.  David wanted to build the Temple, but God deferred it, entrusting this task to Solomon.  It was to Solomon that God granted a peaceful reign, and it was because of this that Solomon was able to source valuable materials from far and wide for this project.  Because of Solomon’s great wisdom, his fame spread throughout the world.

 

And so we see that there was a specific time allotted for the building of the Temple.  Without God’s express permission and instruction, the Temple cannot be built, and its builders would labor in vain.  Most people would understand that any attempt to build the Temple detailed in Ezekiel, chapters 40-48 would end in failure unless God was watching over the City of Jerusalem.  The evil forces that surround the Holy Land would react with a suicidal response to prevent it.  Obviously there will be a lot of preparatory work to eliminate the opposition.

Psa 127:2  In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.  This relates to V1, where God is telling us of the futility of trying to build the Temple at the wrong time.  The truth of the matter is that God will decide who builds the Temple, and any premature attempts will meet with failure.  It’s the sons of God, the offspring of the Lord Jesus, those who possess the Spirit of Christ, who are appointed to build the Temple.  As we all know, there is a Muslim structure standing over the Sacred Cornerstone, the Rock, on the Holy Hill.  This must be removed first, but not with human hands!

 

And now we see that God is specifically referring to His sons.

Psa 127:3  Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.  There are many things that could be said about this verse, especially in this day and age.  But getting straight to the point, God refers to those He considers sons because they serve Him, and as we’ve said before, He intends to make a clear distinction between those who serve Him and those who don’t! (Mal 3:17).  And how does God view His sons?  Well we know how God views His most famous Son Jesus Christ!  His Son Jesus has been entrusted with destroying all dominion, authority and power until He has put all His enemies under His feet (1Cor 15:24-25).  And the Lord Christ is just the one to do it!  The God Family is destined to have many sons, and they will be modeled like the Lord Christ with the same mind and the same determination.  Wouldn’t these also have the same objective as the Lord Christ?

 

Psa 127:4  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth.  You can see why God has raised up sons for these last days.  They will be warrior priests!  As a matter of fact, just like Jesus Christ!

 

Psa 127:5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.  I know this is often quoted in the churches concerning our offspring, and the delight of our children, but the real point here is usually missed!  The real point is that a man with a quiver full of warrior sons will have peace when the enemy is at the gate.  If you want to get the job done, then a bit of manliness and masculinity doesn’t go astray!

 

We’ve explained it many times before, but just to reiterate briefly, Jesus Christ confirmed that all God’s sons are taught by Him: John 6:45It is written in the Prophets: `They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.”  And who is going to be taught by God?  It’s written in the Prophets: Isa 54:13-17 All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace. 14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear.  Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. 15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.”  God takes good care of His sons, and if anyone does attack them in Jerusalem, they will be quickly dispatched and quick to surrender.  In V3 of this Psalm, there is a reference to sons being a HERITAGE of the LORD, and the last two verses in Isaiah says this: V16-17 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work.  And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc; 17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.  This is the HERITAGE of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD.”  This is what the LORD has declared, so for their sake I hope the enemy believes it!  No weapon forged against the sons of Jerusalem will prevail, and any attempt at the use of weapons against them will lead to havoc.  This is the HERITAGE of God’s sons and servants!

 

How different things are today as the forces of evil continue to gain momentum, yet no-one it seems knows how to handle the problem!  You’ll recall how shortly after 9/11 President Bush used the word ‘Crusade’ in regard to a retaliatory response.  It seemed the administration was on the right track, because a good ol’ fashion Crusade is exactly what is needed now!  You’ll note that the Crusaders of old, to whom President Bush was referring, didn’t go to the Holy Landto win hearts and minds’.  They went there for the purpose of wiping Islam from the face of the earth.  Mistakenly, the Crusaders believed the time had come, but as it turned out, they were a millennium too early.  Even so, these Christian warriors set the right example as the Western world is about to find out!

 

PSALM 128

 

A song of ascents.

 

This Psalm is a message to the House of Israel (see V6 below), who are destined to be a very great nation in the Kingdom of Godsubject to certain conditions:

Psa 128:1  Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways.  Well this pretty much summarizes out duty towards our Creator God.  You’ll be blessed if you have a healthy fear of God!  In the past, you may not have believed this.  If you’ve been listening to your local preacher, you would not have heard that God is to be feared.  You’ve probably been hearing that God will bless you even though you’ve never served Him – other than by some sanctimonious lip-service.  I’m sure your local preacher has not been telling you to walk in God’s ways by obedience to His Law!

 

Those blessed of the LORD will enjoy fruitful lives:

Psa 128:2  You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.  In God’s Kingdom, the Israelites will live abundant lives, because their lives will, at that time, be dedicated to their Creator God.  They’ll accomplish what has never been achieved before.  They’ll populate the earth with obedience, God-fearing people, which will result in the elimination of premature and catastrophic death and destruction for future generations.

 

Psa 128:3  Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.  Their wives will be very fruitful, producing many sons.  We are speaking of a nation of flesh and blood humans, which is what the House of Israel will be.  Their numbers will grow to a population resembling the stars in the sky and the sand of the seashore.  God actually delights in mankind: Pro 8:30-31 “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.”  God created mankind in His own image to be the premier ‘kind’ or ‘species’ on earth, and He wants this to continue forever.  So He has no intention of wiping out all human beings.  Yet it’s very obvious that mankind in its present state is unacceptable to God.  The above statement: “your sons will be like olive shoots around your tablemeans that God’s Holy Spirit will be with them and they will bear fruit.  God intends to pour out His Holy Spirit on all the people of Israel:  Eze 39:25-29 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will now bring Jacob back from captivity and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. 26 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will show myself holy through them in the sight of many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I WILL GATHER THEM TO THEIR OWN LAND, not leaving any behind. 29 I will no longer hide my face from them, FOR I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, declares the Sovereign LORD." 

 

Psa 128:4  Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD.  The average man today couldn’t imagine the blessing of being rescued from the hands of their enemies.  As for being taken captive, most Westerners couldn’t imagine it happening!  At that time, they will be put to the test to see if they fear God more than their enemies.  There is a wise perception among Christians today that it’s more important to obey God than man, except that obedience to God, in their minds, is selective at best!

 

Psa 128:5  May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,

Psa 128:6  and may you live to see your children's children. PEACE BE UPON ISRAEL.  Yes, God is speaking of ISRAEL!  In these two verses, He speaks about all the days of their lives, which would indicate a beginning and end of their lives.  This is precisely what it means, and this is confirmed by the Prophet Isaiah, who gives us detailed information of how it will be in the Kingdom of God.  The Israelites will be a physical nation of flesh and blood human beings, all of whom will live out their lives in peace.  Isn’t this generally what human beings hope for today?  As human beings, we know that eventually we’ll grow old and die.  From the very outset, Adam and Eve were told ‘dust you are and to dust you will return’, and in our own lifetimes we’ve seen enough to confirm this!

 

So what did the Prophet Isaiah record in this regard? Isa 65:17-25 “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. 19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. 20 "Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who DIES at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who FAILS to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.”  So in the 7th Millennial Day, God’s people Israel, will live very long lives, but will eventually die.  The reason being that they will still be human, yet they will live long and fruitful lives!  V21-22 “They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat.  For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands.”  Trees live a long time, but they do eventually die.   This is also true of human beings.  God makes a reference here to His ‘chosen ones’ and their identity is found 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."  Most notably, when God brought this whole family out of Egypt, He instructed them on His Laws and commanded them to keep them!  They are still His chosen ones, but they must be punished for all their sins and disobedience!  Nevertheless, they have a bright future ahead of them after they have been duly punished in the hands of their enemies.

 

And just concluding the passage from Isaiah: V23 “They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. 24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food.  They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the LORD.”  We won’t launch into side issues here, but just note the reference to “but dust will be the serpent’s food’ and also note that human beings are dust.  Remember what the LORD said in the Garden of Eden concerning this?  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."  You have to admit that this serpent (the devil) has consumed a lot of human beings!  There’s a lot more to it than this, but that’s for another time.

 

PSALM 129

 

A song of ascents.

 

One thing we learn quickly in life (if we have commonsense) is that appeasement of evil doesn’t work.  And anyone who does this is in league with the devil.  God’s chosen people must make judgments based on God’s instructions.  He alone determines what righteousness is and what is evil.  Those who appease evil or commit evil are equally culpable.  For example, someone may not commit homosexual acts, but if he condones it in others, then he is just as guilty.  He is condoning evil among God’s chosen people.  Apparently it’s not fashionable to stand against evil today, and one of the quickest ways of stirring the ire of the media is to criticize the homosexual lobby.  The same applies to the many other forms of evil that are actively promoted in Western society today. 

 

This plethora of evils is taking many forms today, but the one which ranks above all others is the mindless defense of Islam against the Jewish people and the Holy City.  This is ranked as a betrayal of God Himself!  Consequently, there will be reprisals and punishment from which there will be no quick remedies.

 

For thousands of years the satanic creatures that surround the Holy Land have been persecuting God’s people Israel – even from the day when they first left Egypt.  Endless wars have been fought to remove these creatures, but still they persist!  Again and again, they have proved to be Israel’s nemesis.  How much easier it would have been right at the outset to have wiped them out just as God commanded the Israelites.  At the same time they would have eliminated their culture that proved to be such a barrier between them and God.  Again and again God warned them of the penalties of multiculturalism, but they couldn’t resist dabbling in the forbidden. 

 

Today we can see the value of God’s advice.  This evil culture continues to exist in the Middle East and now number in the hundreds of millions.  In 1948, when the tiny nation of Israel was established, they immediately launched an attack to kill them all – ‘to drive them into the sea’ was the term used!  But of course, we all know the object was to kill them!  They were determined that the Jews would never become a nation!

Psa 129:1  They have greatly oppressed me from my youth-- let Israel say--

Psa 129:2  they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.  It’s funny how things worked out!  Here was a multi-nation army attacking the fledgling Israeli nation with overwhelming numbers and weaponry, yet the Israelis fought them off with little more than slingstones – and defeated them!

 

Psa 129:3  Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.  This is a bit of prosaic language, but the truth is they left ‘furrows’ or tracks across the Holy Land, deeply penetrating on all sides, yet were still defeated.

 

Psa 129:4  But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.  Most thinking Christians today would have to acknowledge that God intervened on behalf of the Israelis.  Christianity would do well to understand why God intervened to deliver such a victory!  This would be particularly pertinent to those Christians who think they have more favour with God than the Jews.  And if they continue to think this, then they’re going to have a very hard time in the days ahead.

 

Psa 129:5  May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.  Well, those who hate Zion were turned back in shame and greatly humiliated in 1948 and in successive wars ever since.  This threat also has portent for the future – for all those who seek entry into the Holy City.  They too will be turned back in shame if they’ve displayed hatred for Zion in the past.  And especially if they’ve been doing it publicly to urge others to do the same!

 

Psa 129:6  May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow;

Psa 129:7  with it the reaper cannot fill his hands, nor the one who gathers fill his arms.  People who hate Zion are useless or any purpose!  In fact, they’re like grass on the roof that withers through lack of water!

 

Psa 129:8  May those who pass by not say, "The blessing of the LORD be upon you; we bless you in the name of the LORD."  Grass that withers and dies should not be the object of blessing.  In what could be described as the Elijah chapter (Isa 40), which relates to John the Baptist, a question is asked of the ‘voice in the wilderness’: Isa 40:6-9 A voice says, "Cry out."  And I said, "What shall I cry?"  And the answer is given: All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them.  Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." 9 You who bring good tidings to ZION, go up on a high mountain.  You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the TOWNS OF JUDAH, "Here is your God!" 

 

So being like grass on the roof that withers and dies is not the way to gain God’s favour!  And the time setting for these verses?  V10-11 “See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him.  See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.”  Recompense means to be compensated for loss or injury.  When the Sovereign LORD comes with power, He will deal with the ‘grass’ of this earth: 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.”  The princes and rulers spoken of here are the rulers of the spirit realm who have control over the human kind.  These are the primary ones who must be destroyed along with all their human offspring.  As for their nations of offspring, we find this back in V17 Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him AS WORTHLESS AND LESS THAN NOTHING.” 

 

Just to add a little insight into all this, we presently have a famine appeal underway for the nation of Somalia – a nation which is virtually 100% Muslim – since they’ve killed all the Christians!  Remember Somalia?  Remember what happened in their city of Mogadishu?  You’ll recall how America went in to capture the warlords who were preventing food aid from reaching the people there.  This incident is the feature of the movie, ‘Blackhawk Down’.  The people of Mogadishu, who were assumed to be starving and in need of food aid, turned on their benefactors to kill them.  The bravery of those American special forces has become legendary as they fought their way back out against an enemy of one million civilians armed with AK47’s.  After this episode, you couldn’t pry a dollar for food aid from anyone!  The general perception was to let the filthy swine starve!  And what do you know – they’ve got another famine!  And the wood-ducks of the Western nations are on-the-scrounge again for food aid donations.

 

So what should Christians do?  Should they overlook the fact that these nations are worthless and less than nothingas adjudged by God, or should they continue to support God’s enemies?  Well, the ‘slowly withering grass’ of our nations will no doubt opt for the latter!  Give nothing to these evil creatures!  Let their Islamic brother nations feed them!  Christian nations should start learning the lessons of history, and a good place to start would be the movie, ‘Blackhawk Down’.  Perhaps then they will realize who their most ardent enemies are!  It’s a bit rich, isn’t it?  They declare hatred and venom towards the West on the one hand, then the next minute they’re poor-mouthing and wanting food aid.  What cretins these evil creatures are!

 

If the people of the Western nations are so easily deceived, then they’ll just have to accept that they’ll deserve what they get!  When they hit rock-bottom, they shouldn’t expect any form of reciprocation from those who hate them!

 

PSALM 130

 

A song of ascents.

 

The House of Israel is in for some depths of despair, and it’s been a long time coming.  Almighty God has been storing up their sins, just as He said He would, to await the day of disasters: Hos 13:12-15 “The guilt of Ephraim is stored up, his sins are kept on record. 13 Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; when the time arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb. 14 "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.  Where, O death, are your plagues?  Where, O grave, is your destruction? [Both Death and Grave are the names of rulers of the spirit world]  "I will have no compassion, 15 even though he thrives among his brothers.  An east wind from the LORD will come, blowing in from the desert; his spring will fail and his well dry up.  His storehouse will be plundered of all its treasures.”  This mentions the ‘wind’ from the LORD, which we referred to earlier.  It blows away useless grass like chaff.  Ephraim’s sins have drawn God’s displeasure over a period of time, and their record is being stored up right now.  When the east wind blows on them, they will be destroyed as a nation and their treasures will be plundered.

 

During what is described as a long, dark night, which will last for years, Ephraim will have plenty of time to reconsider their attitude towards God.  Their track-record is not good!  God doesn’t judge them against the conduct of other nations – nations He despises!  He judges them against His Law and His ancient instructions to them.  During their anxious years of despair, they will long for the dawning of a new day.  The survivors of this tragic holocaust will realize the reasons for their punishment – because they’ll be told!  They’ll also realize that the only way out of their mess will be to turn to their Creator God in obedience.

Psa 130:1  Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;

Psa 130:2   O Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

 

Psa 130:3  If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  Well, God did keep a record of Ephraim’s sins and they won’t stand on the day of punishment!

 

Psa 130:4  But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.  Those who truly FEAR the LORD will be forgiven.  This highlights the need to repent early, especially when you see the signs of God’s punishment coming as we are today.  For those who believe the Prophets and the Word of God, the signs are everywhere!  The Prophet Hosea had this to say in relation to Ephraim: Hos 4:1-6 “Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land:  "There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. 2 There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. 3 Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.”  You’ll note that while all this is going on, a wide section of the community is declaring ‘manmade global warming’ is to blame.  It has nothing to do with this silly fiction!  The reason is that God is bringing charges against you!  There’s been a breakdown of law and order and this was caused because there is no acknowledgement of God in the land!  You’ll notice that all the ‘prophets’ of ‘manmade global warming’ have become very rich by deceiving the people about this.  Even a fool should be able to see through this deception, but it seems that about half the people love deception.  Virtually everyday, these mad creatures charge others with destroying the planet!  V4 "But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.”  Bringing a charge against a true Priest of God carries horrific penalties, and it’s not speaking about homosexual Catholic priests who deserve to be charged!

 

It’s quite funny that we have all these doomsday prophets raving on about ‘manmade global warming’ even though they’ve been found to be liars, and about half the people still believe them!  And they continue to stumble: V5 “You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you.  So I will destroy your mother (which is a city- Ephraim’s city.  Washington is supposed to be nurturing the people – not destroying them!) -- 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.”  People who are easily deceived are not candidates to become Priests of God!  Neither are the false prophets and those who believe them!  Be aware that God is bringing charges against Ephraim!  Heaven help you if you can’t see this now!

 

Psa 130:5  I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.  This is very good advice!  Ephraim is in for a long period of waiting, because they didn’t rely on their Creator God while they had the chance.  They literally provoked God to bring charges against them – even when it would have been a costless exercise to turn to God in obedience.  Now the cost is set to become very great!

 

Psa 130:6  My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.  The reason this is mentioned twice is for emphasis!  The morning comes at the dawn of a new day.  We’ve mentioned this dawning many times before as have all the Apostles and prophets.  It’s speaking of the dawning of a new Millennial Day when the Lord Christ will take over the Kingdom.  At the risk of being repetitive, because we so often quote it, this is what the Apostle Peter had to say: 2Pet 1:19-21, 2:1-3 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, UNTIL THE DAY DAWNS AND THE MORNING STAR RISES IN YOUR HEARTS. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  2Pet 2:1-3 “But there were also false prophets among the people (the general populace), just as there will be false teachers among you (the Church). 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.”  These are certainly not the sort of people you would want to put your hope in!

 

Psa 130:7  O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.  There will be full redemption for many people, but only for those who fear and obey!  If you don’t fear God now, then believe me, you will in the days ahead!

 

Psa 130:8  He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.  People will have a new understanding of what their sins have brought upon them, and those who turn to God will be redeemed.  And of course, the message is that those who don’t turn to their Creator God will not be redeemed.  As we all know, only a remnant will be saved or redeemed!  Having a reasonable understanding of the mix of the populace, you would realize that some people are beyond redemption of any kind!  These are the sorts of people who don’t believe in God, yet inexplicably still manage to blame Him for everything.  This is a reasonable definition of a moron!  They say such things as ‘I don’t believe in God!  I don’t believe a righteous God could allow such things to happen!  God doesn’t inspire maniacs in cars, or arsonists, or homicidal lunatics!  Society themselves have breed these sorts of people, and what is more, they’ve refused to punish them according to God’s Law.  If society refuses to root out evil, then they get what they deserve!

 

As a matter of fact, there was a time when God allowed Satan to have power over one of His servants – but with the proviso that he wasn’t to kill him.  Naturally enough, Satan went at it like a maniac, inflicting all the most hateful disasters imaginable.  This is the account of the Prophet Job, which we’ll get to shortly.

 

PSALM 131

 

A song of ascents. Of David.

 

Now we come to the point of identifying those whom God will redeem.  It won’t be the proud and the haughty!

Psa 131:1  My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or THINGS TOO WONDERFUL FOR ME.  It may be thought that this last phrase has, at best, an obscure meaning.  In fact it has a very powerful message for the proud and haughty!  The proud and haughty have gone to great lengths to discredit the Creator God through the stories they make up – with baseless theories - concerning the origins of the earth.  It’s one thing to refuse to believe and obey God, but another altogether to deny His existence!  This powerful message is one that was delivered to the Prophet Job.  God reveals everything to His Prophets, and Job was no exception.  You’ll recall that Job lost all his children, his flocks and herds, and finally his health.  Yet he still refused to sin against God even though he naturally assumed he had lost God’s favour.  Finally God spoke to him and this is what He said:  Job 38:1-7 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: 2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 4 "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?”  We won’t go into a lengthy explanation of the shape of the landmass when God first created it, but it did have a specific form and shape and it did resemble a straight-sided triangle – a plan-view of a pyramid.

 

God then goes on to speak about two beasts who were undergoing a form of punishment for two rulers of the spirit world.  One of whom was king or ruler over all those who are proud and haughty. Job 41:33-34 Nothing on earth is his equal-- a creature without fear. 34 He looks down on all that are HAUGHTY; he is king over all that are PROUD."  (This harkens back to V1 of this Psalm).  And now God commands an answer from Job: Job 42:1-6 “Then Job replied to the LORD: 2 "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. 3 You asked, `Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?'  Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, THINGS TOO WONDERFUL FOR ME TO KNOW. 4 "You said, `Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.' 5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. 6 Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes." 

 

There are things in this world TOO WONDERFUL TO KNOW, but God does reveal them to His servants the Prophets.  In the space of two chapters in the Book of Job, God reveals the most wonderful secrets about the earth and the real enemy of mankind – the invisible rulers.  Those who know and understand these things sit aghast at the mad theories of geologists and earth ‘scientists’ who conjure up some of the maddest theories imaginable, and they are always wrong!

 

As Peter pointed out, it’s not just the people (the general populace) but also the churches that need to get a grip on themselves and stop making up stories (and theories) about things they know nothing about!  What is more, in these last days, it’s Ephraim who is under the gun!  Ephraim is the home of the Churches of God and so God demands far more of them – and naturally enough, He’s going to hold them accountable for their sins!

 

There have been times when God has spoken glowingly about Ephraim, and especially of their founding fathers: 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.”  In referencing ‘Israel’, God is actually addressing Ephraim: V11 Ephraim's glory will fly away like a bird-- no birth, no pregnancy, no conception. 12 Even if they rear children, I will bereave them of every one.  Woe to them when I turn away from them! 13 I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre (that is, like an island), planted in a pleasant place.  But Ephraim will bring out their children to the slayer."  Ephraim’s founding fathers set them off on a good course, establishing a Constitution that is the envy of the whole world!  There never was such righteous provisions made for the people of any nation – except for that which was delivered on Mount Sinai.  God was delighted to see such early fruit on the fig tree, and says it was like finding grapes in the desert!  But as God indicates, this early fruit was not destined to last!  Sometimes people demand too much freedom, and this has been Ephraim’s downfall!  Ephraim’s glory is set to fly away!

 

And now we project to the day when Ephraim becomes a weaned child after they’ve been ‘stilled’ and have come to their senses!

Psa 131:2  But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.  In the Book of Hebrews we find the distinction between a child at its mother’s breast and a weaned child: Heb 5:11-14 “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”  You have to admit that Ephraim has a hard time distinguishing good from evil these days!  Things have changed since the days of the founding fathers!  Ephraim can’t even distinguish who the enemy is – which is a bit hard to believe – especially when they say that Islam is not the enemy, but insist that they still have to ‘win their hearts and minds’.  If they’re not the enemy, then why would this be necessary?  We distinguish our enemies by whether they are for us or against us!   This seems to be a simple principle – and one that was used by the Lord Jesus Himself! (Matt 12:30).

 

Psa 131:3  O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.  This means you, Ephraim!  You’re still living on mother’s milk – which is endlessly promoted by the churches!  You need some solid food if you are ever to distinguish good from evil.  Amid the chaos and carnage about to be unleashed, you will need a lot of training before you put your hope in the LORD – as a nation!  One of the smartest things you could do for starters is to stop blaming the Israelis for everything!  They are definitely not the enemy as every sane person should know!  Stop deluding yourselves – you know who the real enemy is!

 

PSALM 132

 

A song of ascents.

 

Psa 132:1  O LORD, remember David and all the hardships he endured.  As a true servant of God, David suffered many hardships, and he endured them all!  We’ve just got through talking about God’s servant Job, and the hardships he endured.  Why should any nation think they should be exempt?  Did Jesus Christ suffer for God the Father in the cause of all those who love Him?  Why then would anyone think it strange that they should suffer adversity from time to time?

 

Both David and Jesus Christ spoke of the Kingdom of God wherein righteousness will dwell.  For this to happen, remedial steps must be taken to eliminate the opposition.  Anyone who thinks this is going to be easy is dreaming!  It’s going to take tough and determined men like David to secure the Holy City – and they will do with force!  Diplomacy will play no part in the action of that day.  It will be all-out war, with no prisoners taken!  What would a fighting force do with prisoners in that day?  Forget all about the Geneva Convention, the enemy will be treated in the manner they deserve!  In other words, in the same manner they’ve treated others.  These evil creatures have a penchant for blowing up busloads of children – as we’ve all noticed!  Should they, then, be treated with mercy?  They will die WITHOUT MERCY!

 

Let’s learn some facts of life.  When God sent Joshua in to capture the Holy Land he gave him some specific instructions: Josh 11:19-20 “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.”  How much more thoroughly should this instruction be carried out when the Kingdom of God is established?  There will be no survivors!

 

Psa 132:2  He (David) swore an oath to the LORD and made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:

Psa 132:3  "I will not enter my house or go to my bed--

Psa 132:4  I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids,

Psa 132:5  till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."  This was the type of man that David was!  He lived rough in the field with his mighty men, and sought nothing for himself until he had taken Jerusalem and secured it.  This was the City of God, His eternal resting place, and David was determined to deliver it – regardless of the cost to his own well-being.

 

Psa 132:6  We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:  Ephrathah is the original name of Bethlehem, and David uses this as an example of his determination to take Jerusalem for God.  The Prophet Micah confirms this, and speaks of a prophecy concerning Bethlehem Ephrathah: Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. "  This is a clear reference to the birth of Jesus Christ – whose origins are of old.  In fact, Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament!

 

In referencing Ephrathah, David was recalling an event that happened in the days of Joshua.  Ephrathah was the wife of Caleb.  In fact, Ephrathah is called Caleb Ephrathah in 1Chron 2:24.  It’s worth learning about Caleb and what sort of man he was.  This is the account recorded by Joshua: Joshua 14:6-15 “Now the men of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, "You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, `The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.' 10 "Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as VIGOROUS TO GO OUT TO BATTLE now as I was then. 12 Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said." 13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. 14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. 15 (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.)  Then the land had rest from war.”  As we all know, 12 men were sent out to survey the Holy Land in the days of Moses, and only two men came back with a favourable report recommending conquest.  One was Joshua, and the other was Caleb!  As we’ve seen, Caleb, at the age of 85, went out and conquered the land of the giants – the sons of Anak.  Caleb changed the name from Kiriath Arba (Arba was the greatest of the men of Anak) to Bethlehem.  It’s not surprising that David uses this account as an example.  Both David and Caleb were giant-killers!  And both were vigorous in battle!

 

Psa 132:7  "Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool--

Psa 132:8  arise, O LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.  The Ark is the repository of the Laws of God, and of course, Aaron’s branch or rod that budded (Heb 9:4).  The Ark is also the power of God’s might.  In days of old, anyone – except for the Levites – those who touched it died instantly!  The Ark is already here.  There won’t be another Ark made with the hands of men:  Jer 3:14-18 “Return, faithless people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband. I will choose you--one from a town and two from a clan--and bring you to Zion. 15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. 16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land," declares the LORD, "men will no longer say, `The ark of the covenant of the LORD.' It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, NOR WILL ANOTHER ONE BE MADE. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. 18 In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel, and together they will come from a NORTHERN LAND to the land I gave your forefathers as an inheritance.”  The Ark of the Covenant was a symbol of what is to come.

 

The Levites will be the shepherds referred to here – men after God’s own heart.  They will establish the House of David in preparation for another man after God’s own heartKing David.  Acts 13:22-25 “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. 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was completing his work, he said: `Who do you think I am? I am not that one. No, but he is coming after me, whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'”  Speaking of John the Baptist, who was the Elijah to come in his day, he came before Jesus Christ to prepare the way for Him.  Elijah must also come again before the Lord Christ and prepare the way for Him.  Elijah will also come before King David is resurrected from the dead.  And when this happens, the House of David will already be established and awaiting David’s arrival to rule over the 12 Tribes of Israel.

 

Psa 132:9  May your priests be clothed with righteousness; may your saints sing for joy."  With the arrival of God’s Warrior priests, the Saints will have cause to sing for joy.  Saints are those who have God’s Holy Spirit and they will understand the function of God’s Priests as warriors!  They will know that these Levite Priests are empowered to establish the House of David forevermore.

 

Psa 132:10 For the sake of David your servant, do not reject your anointed one.  Well there is an anointed one, and soon there will be two anointed ones.  This second one will be from the line of Judah, and more particularly from the direct line of David.  These two witnesses or anointed ones are described in Rev 11:3-12, and this confirms Zech 4:14.

 

Psa 132:11 The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: "One of your own descendants I will place on your throne--

Psa 132:12  if your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever."  Well this oath can never be revoked, and God will raise up a horn for David, a royal prince of David, which we’ll discuss further in V17 below.  It should be noted that Jesus Christ was also a Prince or Son of David.  So you will understand the stature of the man whom God will call as one of the two anointed ones in these last days.  There will be something regal or David-like in this man of Judah and son of David.  He’ll be a class above most of the Jews today.  It must be said that there at least one candidate that stands out today, but we’ll all know soon enough who he is.  I confess I don’t know for sure – except to say he’s a Jewish Israeli.

 

Psa 132:13  For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling:

Psa 132:14  "This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it--

Psa 132:15  I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor will I satisfy with food.  So now we all know where the Kingdom of God will be established and where the LORD Jesus Christ will reign forever – for all those who don’t already know this!

 

Psa 132:16  I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy.  For all those who like to posture and dress up as priests in the churches, you’re sure to find you’re wearing the wrong uniform.  Come back to earth and face reality!  God is not talking about priestly robes for Temple service, but the clothes of salvation.  In V18 below, God says He will clothe His enemies with shame, and He’s not speaking of priestly robes here either!  God’s priests will be suited up for war!  Do you really believe the Saints would be singing for joy to see some dope standing behind a pulpit regaled and emulating the Pope and mouthing sanctimonious nonsense about ‘salvation’?  God’s Warrior Priests fight wars!  And so will Jesus Christ (Isa 63:1-6).

 

Most Bible students would be aware of what the Apostle Paul had to say about dressing in preparation for battles against the evil rulers.  You’ll notice that he was not suggesting dressing-up in princely attire in the manner of some priests today.  He was figuratively speaking of dressing in battle attire.  He’s suggesting they should be emulating the Warriors of God!  This is what he says: Eph 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” 

 

Paul knew only too well that the Kingdom of God is not for the faint-hearted, and that it would take courage and tenacity to enter into it.  He spoke of ‘when the evil day comes’ even though most professing Christians are not anticipating this.  They’re all asleep at the switch!  They occupy their time listening to the droning-on of their pulpit mentors, who scarcely understand which way is up.  Why would Paul be speaking of when the evil day comes, if things were as most Christians today suggest?  Are they anticipating a ferocious battle with the powers of the dark world?  If not, then why does Paul suggest suiting up in armour?  And why does Paul speak of the SWORD of the Spiritwhich is the Word of God?  Does the Word of God speak of a SWORD in the last days?  This is exactly what we’ve been referring to!  The evil day that is coming will be a blood-bath!  And it will last for many years!

 

Some might ask why God didn’t simply kill off the inhabitants of the Promised Land and allow the Israelites to enter peacefully without having to fight their way into the Land.  The answer is, how would God otherwise test their resolve?  The present rulers of this earth are not flesh and blood!  Rather, they’re the power of the dark world, evil, menacing, and determined to destroy the human kind – or at least those whom they can’t control.  We know only too well that the Apostle John made the distinction between the children of the devil and the children of God: 1John 3:7-20 “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he (God) is righteous. 8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to DESTROY THE DEVIL'S WORK. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed (the Holy Spirit) remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the CHILDREN OF GOD are and who the CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.”  The children of God are those who are led by His Holy Spirit.  To be born of God is to receive His Holy Spirit, which is the down-payment of God’s promise to His sons.  V11 “This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 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. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.  Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”  Anyone who hates his brother, who possesses the seed of God, is akin to a murderer.  It’s worth mentioning here that anyone who doesn’t obey God is not a brother!  God gives His Holy Spirit only to those who obey Him: Acts 5:32 “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."  Anyone who doesn’t obey God cannot have the Holy Spirit, and are therefore not a brother!  In fact, they are firmly in the camp of the devil – who has been disobeying or sinning from the beginning!

 

The Apostle John knew he was living in the last days of many of the disciples of Jesus Christ.  Things were turning very bleak because they knew that the world hated themthe world being the children of the devil!  They had no reason to hate them, but then, when was ‘reason’ ever a consideration to the children of the devil?  Today, we have professing Christians who hate those who obey God.  They screech and holler like maniacs at any suggestion that they should obey their Creator God.  They don’t want God ruling over them, and they refuse to obey His Law!  If they really loved God then they would willingly want to obey Him.  After all, God is the One who gave them life, and He can just as easily take it away.  As John points out, the reason why the Son of God came was to destroy the devil’s work.  Anyone who becomes a part of the devil’s work should know what to expect.  V16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”  John foreshadowed a time when his brothers would be required to lay down their lives for other children of God – just as Jesus Christ did.  This is the big test of real love.  Godly love means outgoing concern for others without restriction.  Even if it means laying down one’s life! 

 

The advice the Apostle John gave was for those of his day as well as ours.  The bloodbath of the Christian persecutions in John’s day closely resembles what to expect in our day.  The only difference is that the enemy today is far greater in strength.  The persecutions in John’s day went on for centuries and even became a spectator sport in the arena.  In these last days, the period will be much shorter.  The reason is that it’s time for the big showdown against the forces of evil and their ultimate destruction.  Satan and his demons know they are running out of time; their allotted six thousand years are up and the final judgment is coming.

 

Throughout the entire history of the Old Testament, God has shown us what to expect and how it will all unfold.  We’ve seen examples in the Bible of numerous men of God fighting against the forces of evil and defeating them.  One of these great men was Abraham, whom the Lord Christ (the High Priest after the Order of Melchisedec and the Prince of Peace) greeted after he returned from the slaughter of the kings (Gen 14:17-20).  This is particularly notable, because Abraham is our Patriarch and the father of the faithful.  There are many other great and wondrous warriors recorded in the Bible, men of God who went into battle knowing that God would give them victory.

 

David was also one of these.

Psa 132:17  "Here (that is, in Zion – see V13) I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.  The father of John the Baptist, Zechariah, made this very point concerning his son.  He was to be a horn in the House of David, and to gore the nations and to rescue God’s people: Luke 1:66-80 “Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him. 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a HORN OF SALVATION FOR US IN THE HOUSE OF HIS SERVANT DAVID 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us-- 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace." 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.” 

 

Psa 132:18  I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown on his head will be resplendent."  This Horn from the House of David will be fighting under the banner of the House of David.  Their enemies will be covered with shame when they are ignobly defeated.  A royal crown will be produced and then set aside for the one to whom it belongs (Zech 6:9-15).  Zechariah’s account of this is given in parable form.

 

PSALM 133

 

A song of ascents. Of David.

 

Psa 133:1  How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!  If you want to see this in action, then the best place to see it is in time of war, when brothers-in-arms are facing the enemy.  Then you see true unity!  You don’t see it too often among religious groups however!  There’s always some egotist who thinks he’s more ‘spiritual’ than others and deserves more recognition.  Self-promotion is something that Jesus Christ hated – and so did John the Baptist for that matter!  Posturing lunatics are a stench to everyone who is led by God’s Holy Spirit.  In a church setting, it’s always the limp-wristed who feel they qualify as ‘spiritual’ leaders!  In a war setting, they’d be the first to run for their lives!

 

Psa 133:2  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes.  It’s hardly a coincidence that the House of Aaron is used as an example for unity!  And neither is it a coincidence that it’s speaking of precious oilwhich is the symbol of God’s Holy Spirit – and which is running down the Levite Priest’s robes.

 

Psa 133:3  It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.  For there (Mount Zion) the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.  Aaron himself died before the Israelites entered Mount Zion anciently (Deut 10:6-9).  In Mount Zion, there will be unity, and the House of Levi will ensure this is so!  The brothers spoken of in V1 above as living in unity are the Tribes of Judah and Levi.  And as we’ve just read, Mount Zion is where God will bestow His blessing of eternal life.

 

PSALM 134

 

A song of ascents.

These next two Psalms continue to speak of the House of Levi and more particularly, the House of Aaron as well as their obligations to the House of Israel.  The House of Aaron is the priesthood line of the Tribe of Levi.

 

Psa 134:1  Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD.  The night spoken of here is the long, dark night – before the dawning.  As we read above in Psa 132:17, it speaks of a LAMP for the anointed one, and this is very necessary during this dark time, especially when brothers are living together in unity.  Since we’re speaking of a LAMP that burns olive oil to create light, and since the oil is poured on Aaron’s head, we can understand where this light emanates from and the purpose of the message.  The LAMP of the anointed one is to provide the light for the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ who are the ‘lost’ Ten Tribes of Israel.  These Ten Tribes of Israel were referenced by Jesus Christ in the parable of the ten virgins.  Further studies of the ten virgins, which Jesus referred to in the parable, and who awoke in the middle of the night to light their lamps, explains much about the identity of these ten virgins!  They are not the two Tribes of Judah and Levi!  They are the other ten Tribes – five of which are wise and the other five foolish!  This parable begins in Matt 25:1.

 

Psa 134:2  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.  Those in the Sanctuary will be blessed by God:

 

Psa 134:3  May the LORD, THE MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, bless you from Zion.  These are the ones who acknowledge the LORD as the Maker of heaven and earth.  As every Christian should know, this LORD, this Maker and Creator, is none other than Jesus Christ (John 1:1-4).  It begs the question, how could Christians not know that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament?  Such Christians don’t know Jesus Christ very well, do they?  Even worse, some Christians are actually wavering on whether God actually did create the heavens and the earth, and everything in them!  They’ve become very prone to satanic lies, and it’s Satan who has deceived the world.  It’s a fair warning to everyone to be careful of the words they speak because they’ll be judged by every word!  In fact, some Christians need to wipe the slate clean and start again on the right track.  And there’s a word for this; it’s called repentance!

 

PSALM 135

 

Psa 135:1  Praise the LORD.  Praise the name of the LORD; praise him, you servants of the LORD,

Psa 135:2  you who minister in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God.  Of course the servants of the LORD praise Him!  They live for Him and are prepared to die for Him!  Worship and obedience to Him is their whole life, and this is why they will minister in the House of the LORD, in His very courts!  Why would God accept anything less?  God is creating His servants in the image of His Son Jesus, and they had better be just like Him!  Courts are where justice is dispensed according to Law!

 

Psa 135:3  Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

Psa 135:4  For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession.  God chose only Israel to be His treasured possession as distinct from all other nations (Amos 3:1-2).  To be sure, God has not excluded those of other races, but these must live according the Laws God gave to the 12 Tribes of Israel.  Only then will they be grafted into the tree.  What is more, there will be a considerable number of these in God’s Kingdom (Rev 7:9).

 

God also speaks of a time when he will make up His treasured possession, and it’s found in the Levite Book of the Messenger (Malachi).  The Treasured Possession begins with the Levites: 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.”  God will already have servants who serve Him in the day when He makes up His treasured possession.  This will be a time of gathering the House of Israel from wherever they’ve been scattered.  And they’ll be happy to see that their enemies are ashes under their feet (Mal 4:2-3).

 

And now we come to the reason why Jesus Christ came to earth, which we all know was to destroy the devil’s work – just as the Apostle John said.

Psa 135:5  I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.  The devil and his demons just love to pose as gods.  Many of the children of the devil do as well!  There’s always some madman somewhere who claims to be a god, and some even claim to be Christ Himself reincarnated!  Such people are attention-craving maniacs and it doesn’t say much for those who follow them!  2Cor 11:14 “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. THEIR END WILL BE WHAT THEIR ACTIONS DESERVE.”  There’s no ambiguity in this statement!

 

So, it logically follows that our worship should be for the Creator God.  And in order to worship God you need to know more about Him.  Don’t expect God to always act as you think He should.  More importantly, don’t react if you think things are not going the way you think they should.  For centuries now, God has been quiet, because the time to act was not then.  He reserved a time for action, a time for dealing with His enemies.  We have now come to that time, and preparations are underway.  Isa 42:13-16 The LORD will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies. 14 "FOR A LONG TIME I HAVE KEPT SILENT, I have been quiet and held myself back.  But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant. 15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools. 16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.  These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”  This sounds very much like the message John the Baptist preached about mountains and hills being leveled and the rough places becoming smooth (see Isa 40:4-5, Luke 3:4-5).  This is no coincidence!  After all, John was a Levite from the line of Aaron (Luke 1:5), and this is the event he was speaking of.

 

Psa 135:6  The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.  One of the first things a servant of God learns it that God’s ways are not necessarily our ways.  It takes time to learn all about God and His ways of doing things.  Human beings tend to be impulsive, whereas God is very methodical.  His actions are based on long-term plans and He alone knows how to achieve them.

 

Psa 135:7  He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.  God set in motion the balance of nature so the all things function as they should.  These are things that human beings can’t regulate.  Only God can do this.  So don’t be deceived into believing that human beings can regulate the climate!  And neither can they regulate the wind that comes out of God’s storehousesas the victims of Hurricane Katrina well know!  When they can regulate these winds, they maybe they’ll have something to brag about.  In the meantime, they need to shut their mouths!

 

Psa 135:8  He struck down the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn of men and animals.  God is reminding us on the intricacy of His actions.  One might imagine that killing Egyptians along with their animals would be a fairly routine matter.  But imagine an army going into battle with the specific instruction that they are only allowed to kill the oldest member in every family.  Now that would be a tough ask!  But imagine that they also had to kill the firstborn of all the animals!  This would be impossible!  Yet it’s not impossible to God!  When the Apostle John said in 1John 3:20 that God knows everything, he was perfectly illustrating the point!  An animal breeder might keep records of the pedigree of their livestock, and perhaps even their own personal ancestry, but God keeps records of both animals and human beings.

 

Those who take an interest in the genealogy of the Bible identities, will know that there are many genealogy records of families, some of which stretch from Adam to Christ, for instance, Luke 3:23-38, and then another detailing the genealogy from Abraham to Christ in Matt 1:16.  From this we can see that God has long term interests in the genealogies of the human kind.

 

We have a passage of Scripture in Rev 7:4-8 where God speaks of 12,000 people from each of the Tribes of Israel (with the exception of the Tribe of Dan.  Instead a double portion goes to Joseph).  Now who on earth today could possibly determine the tribal origins of these 144,000 people?  Those who understand where the Tribes of Israel settled in Europe, America and Australia, know roughly where the various Tribes settled, but inter-tribal breeding has clouded the accuracy of this.  Whether someone is a true Reubenite or a true Simeonite is almost impossible to determine unless accurate genealogy charts have been kept by someone for thousands of years, and I think you would find few of these!  Not surprisingly then, God will appoint angels to mark the 144,000 with a seal (V3).  In accordance with God’s promise to Abraham, this numbering and sealing must be done with great accuracy so that these descendants can be accurately defined.  Abraham will see his very offspring!  And only God will be able to do this!  These are very special people to God because of His love for Abraham.

 

This does tend to make a mockery of some of the churches of this world who’ve convinced themselves that they’re the 144,000.  The odd thing about this is that they never seem to know which of the individual Tribes they claim to represent!  Oops, almost forgot!  They claim to be ‘spiritualIsraelwhatever that’s supposed to mean!

 

Psa 135:9  He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants.  Yes, there were many signs and wonders shown in Egypt.  One of these was the Passover.  A lot of preparation went into observing this; the killing of the lamb, the striking of the blood on the lintel, and the eating of the lamb during the night.  Just imagine if someone had decided they wouldn’t be ready for this until the next night, or next week or later in the year.  It would have been too late to lament.  God’s instructions were to the death angel to spare only those who had properly prepared and observed it in the manner prescribed.  It was on this night when all the firstborn of men and animals died.

 

Jesus Christ instituted the Passover of the New Covenant with His disciples.  In this case, it was a little different, in that there was no lamb, but Jesus Himself was to be the Sacrificial Lamb.  He told them to observe this Passover in remembrance of Him and they continued to do this every Passover thereafter, and in the prescribed manner.  There are people in this world’s churches who refuse to observe the Lord’s Passover and instead substitute it for any time of the year and call it the ‘Last Supper’ – which might prove to be very prophetic to those who treat such a solemn ceremony as the Passover with contempt!  Their ‘last supper’ may come sooner than they think!  The Lord’s Passover is reserved for those who have truly committed themselves to obedience to God; all others should do as the ancient Israelites did, and sacrifice a lamb.  I kid you not!  Soon you will find this out the hard way!

 

So the general consensus today is that God loves everyone.  Even the children of Satan!  Because of this, God would never strike down whole nations and their rulers.  Is this what you think?  You probably heard it first in Sunday school, but this is just one of the many distortions of the Scriptures that have been thrust on Christianity.  Well here’s the reality check:

Psa 135:10  He struck down many nations and killed mighty kings--

Psa 135:11 Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan and all the kings of Canaan--

Psa 135:12  and he gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to his people Israel.  So much for the children of the devil!  It seems that God doesn’t love them after all!  Let’s be perfectly frank!  God hates them, and can’t wait to destroy them along with all the devil’s work!

 

Psa 135:13  Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your RENOWN, O LORD, through all generations.  God’s RENOWN is the same today as it was when He struck down all those nations and killed their rulers!  What is more, His RENOWN continues through all generations.  It didn’t stop at the Cross!  Jesus Christ emerged triumphant after His death, and now Satan and his demons face that RENOWN!

 

Psa 135:14  For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.  The servants of God are 100% in favour of God’s way of dealing with the rulers of this dark world along with their evil offspring.  They long to see God’s Kingdom established in righteousness.  Like the Mighty Christ, they too, see only total solutions, and these solutions involve the elimination of all of God’s enemies.  It this seems harsh, then be aware that God will vindicate His servants!  You can read about this vindication in Isa 54:16-17.

 

Psa 135:15  The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.  Well, that would be right, wouldn’t it?  They don’t want to worship the Maker of the heavens and earth, but still they crave to worship something greater than themselves.  Well a stick of wood wouldn’t do, and neither would a stuffed camel.  They want to worship something greater than this!  What, then, do they rely on most in times of trouble?  Isn’t it their wealth?  With silver and gold being the universal currency, it’s a more powerful symbol to worship, and it’s obviously the idol which the nations choose!  But there’s a disparity, and the nations who don’t have enough ‘idols’ want the ‘idols’ of other nations.  The richer nations merely print their ‘idols’ on paper and scatter it around like confetti, and the poorer nations gather it up by any means possible – mostly through lies and deception as they sit around whining about limited opportunities.  Gold and silver in the form of paper money is easy to make.  All you have to do is roll the printing presses and it magically appears!  Because it’s not backed by gold or silver, but by the overall wealth of the nation, only the wealthy nations can print it and have it accepted by others! 

 

It’s the universal ‘idol’ for all the nations.  The purpose of printed money originally came with a promise that it could be redeemed in gold.  Fat chance of this these days!  Fort Knox only holds about 500 billion in gold at current prices ($1700 per ounce).  Even more alarming, there are outstanding Treasury Notes for about 17 trillion dollars currently, much of which is held by foreigners.  This is the reason why America has just had their credit rating downgraded by Standard and Poor.  It didn’t make much difference however.  America still only pays around 2˝ percent interest on their Treasuries.  The lunatic, socialist government in Australia is paying 5˝ percent on their overseas borrowings.  Japan, by contrast pays only 1 percent on their foreign debt.  More than anything else, this illustrates the lunacy of socialist governments.  And the nations never learn!

 

Psa 135:16  They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see;

Psa 135:17 they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths.  You won’t get much sense out of the nations ‘idols’.  There’s a big disconnect between economic theory and reality, and we’re now finding that wealth is an illusion when structured on false ‘idols’.  Now is the perfect time to stop trusting in these ‘idols’.

 

Psa 135:18  Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.  Those who make idols as the object of their trust will be blown away like paper!

 

And just to put these things into perspective.  God does have preferences, and He loves some more than others.  Among the northern ten Tribes of Israel, God loved one Tribe more than all the others.  So much so, that He gave all the ten Tribes to Ephraim to rule over.  God loved Ephraim from the day that Jacob blessed the two sons of Joseph, and made the younger greater than the older.  Ephraim was to become infinitely greater than his brother Manasseh.  With this blessing comes higher accountability, and God has held Ephraim to much higher standards.  And while Ephraim has been the recipient of the greatest blessings on earth, God also holds them more accountable for their sins.  God knew that when they became very rich, they would begin to drift away from acknowledging that their blessings came from the Creator God.  In addition to this, America has been at the forefront of promoting the theory of evolution to discredit their Creator!  When people become rich, a certain arrogance creeps in, and there is no longer any need to believe in something greater than themselves.  Their wealth becomes their god!

 

All these things were foreseen long ago, and all the Prophets reported them, making it very clear that a day of reckoning would come.  This day would come when God would bring an end to it all, and punish them for their sins.

 

The Prophet Ezekiel spoke of this day and the disaster that it to come on the House of Israel.  This is what he wrote: Eze 7:1-27 “The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to the land of Israel: The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. 3 The end is now upon you and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. 4 I will not look on you with pity or spare you; I will surely repay you for your conduct and the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”  Just to clarify a couple of things, Ezekiel was a slave in Babylon when he wrote this.  The House of Israel had already gone into captivity more than a hundred years before.  Only the Jews were taken to Babylon at the time of Nebuchadnezzar.  The other Ten Tribes were far away and long gone.  Yet here’s Ezekiel prophesying about them concerning events in the distant future.  Chapter after chapter, Ezekiel goes through some of the most blood-curdling prophecies imaginable against the northern Ten Tribes, and this finally prompts his Jewish colleagues in captivity to ask what this has to do with them: Eze 24:19 “Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things have to do with us?"  They recognized that Ezekiel was a Prophet of God, but they were baffled by what he was saying about the Ten Tribes that were long gone.  It didn’t make sense!  But Ezekiel went onand on, without answering their question. 

 

Finally God told Ezekiel what to tell them, together with the whole explanation: Eze 37:18 “When your countrymen ask you, `Won't you tell us what you mean by this?' 19 say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph--which is in EPHRAIM'S hand--and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.' 20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.  Well this would have certainly clarified things for Ezekiel’s countrymen, but the Jews seem to have forgotten it today.  They still think the Israelites are ‘lost’ and don’t recognize them as brother nations.  As for Ephraim, which is the mightiest nation on earth today, they have no idea that other Israelite Tribes associated with them.  They only know their nation was founded by peoples from many European nations.  In fact the whole nation of Ephraim is made up of Israelite Tribes who migrated from Europe to America.

 

As evidence that Ezekiel’s prophecies were for the distant future, God’s instructions to Ezekiel for his countrymen continues: V24`My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. THEY WILL FOLLOW MY LAWS AND BE CAREFUL TO KEEP MY DECREES. 25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. 27 My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.'" 

 

So now we have complete clarity on the end game.  We know how it all ends up, thanks to Ezekiel and all the prophets.  But now we have to learn how it all begins, and what happens before it all ends.  Continuing now where we began in the Book of Ezekiel, we read in Eze 7:5 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Disaster! An unheard-of disaster is coming. 6 The end has come! The end has come! It has roused itself against you. It has come! 7 Doom has come upon you--you who dwell in the land. The time has come, the day is near; there is panic, not joy, upon the mountains. 8 I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you; I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. 9 I will not look on you with pity or spare you; I will repay you in accordance with your conduct and the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that it is I the LORD who strikes the blow.”  Notice this last verse?  God is the One we should FEARnot the enemy!  God is the One we should OBEYnot the enemy!  And if not, then God Himself will strike the blow that will bring the cascading disasters that will reduce the nation to nothing.

 

Continuing: Eze 7:10-27 The day is here! It has come! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded (a reference to Aaron’s rod that budded, which happened when God was demonstrating which Tribe had His blessing.), arrogance has blossomed! (This brings to mind Hos 9:7 when all the arrogant preachers call God’s Prophet a maniac) 11 Violence has grown into a rod to punish wickedness; none of the people will be left, none of that crowd--no wealth, nothing of value. 12 The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for wrath is upon the whole crowd. 13 The seller will not recover the land he has sold as long as both of them live, for the vision concerning the whole crowd will not be reversed. Because of their sins, not one of them will preserve his life. 14 Though they blow the trumpet and get everything ready, no one will go into battle, for my wrath is upon the whole crowd.”  It gets really serious when no-one will go into battle, especially when the ‘sword’ is at the gates.  Perhaps it’s just as well, because the usual standard towards the enemy is to ‘win their hearts and minds’.  V15 Outside is the sword, inside are plague and famine; those in the country will die by the sword, and those in the city will be devoured by famine and plague. 16 All who survive and escape will be in the mountains, moaning like doves of the valleys, each because of his sins. 17 Every hand will go limp, and every knee will become as weak as water. 18 They will put on sackcloth and be clothed with terror. Their faces will be covered with shame and their heads will be shaved. 19 They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be an unclean thing. Their silver and gold will not be able to save them in the day of the LORD's wrath. They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it, for it has made them stumble into sin. 20 They were proud of their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols and vile images. Therefore I will turn these into an unclean thing for them. 21 I will hand it all over as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, and they will defile it. 22 I will turn my face away from them, and they will desecrate my treasured place; robbers will enter it and desecrate it.”  This sounds bad enough, but it gets worse!  V23 “Prepare chains (or shackles), because the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of violence. 24 I will bring the most wicked of the nations to take possession of their houses; I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated. 25 When terror comes, they will seek peace, but there will be none. 26 Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will try to get a vision from the prophet; the teaching of the law by the priest will be lost, as will the counsel of the elders. 27 The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the LORD."  I hope Christians will realize that these are the words of the Lord Jesus Christthe God of the Old Testament!  So don’t be like Ezekiel’s countrymen and ask, ‘What has this to do with us?  It has everything to do with you, and especially if you live in Ephraimthe United States of America!

 

And here’s a bit of good news!  God’s servants will be hard at work, clearing the Holy Land and preparing a place for you to return toafter your period of punishment.  These, along with the Jewish people, will be your saviors, just as the Lord Jesus said: John 4:22-23 “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."  By a sheer ‘coincidence’, the original inhabitants of Samaria were the Ten Tribes of Israel, whom Ephraim ruled over.  So there’s a subliminal message for Ephraim!

 

Psa 135:19 O house of Israel, praise the LORD; O house of Aaron, praise the LORD;

Psa 135:20  O house of Levi, praise the LORD; you who fear him, praise the LORD.  We just read where Ezekiel referenced Aaron’s rod that budded, and the House of Aaron will once more figure prominently in the coming prophetic events.  You’ll recall that John the Baptist was of the direct line of Aaron (Luke 1:5-6), and so will the Prophet Elijah be of this line.  He will muster the Levites for duty, and will be a horn in the House of David.  Elijah is the Prophet whom Ezekiel referred to in Eze 7:26.  At that time, it will be a little late to be seeking a vision from the Prophet.  The House of Israel will already be living the vision!  God has an interest only in those who believe Him before the event!  God takes the view that if you reject knowledge, then you deserve to pay the price!  This is what He says: 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.”  By rejecting knowledge you reject the right to become warrior priests!  You will never serve under the House of Aaron or the House of Levi!  The House of Israel will be on their own for a number of years!  Even then, only a remnant will return.

 

Psa 135:21  Praise be to the LORD from Zion, to him who dwells in Jerusalem.  Praise the LORD.  And this is the conclusion to it all!

 

PSALM 136

 

Psa 136:1  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  It’s a great shame that people don’t know whom God loves.  He doesn’t love His enemies – He hates them!  He loves His people Israel, all 12 Tribes of them, and it’s for this reason that He will punish them for their sins.  He intends to establish the Kingdom, where they will live forever!  It stands to reason that no kingdom would tolerate anyone who doesn’t obey the law, and God is no exception!  Even today, we closely screen migrants for their suitability to be admitted to our respective countries.  Thieves and murderers and those linked to terrorist organizations are rejected.  This is normal, accepted practice, and most decent people would agree!  The laws of our land don’t make provision for repentance; if someone has an unacceptable record, then they are rejected as migrants to our countries.   This is normal, standard practice and something we are all well-aware of.

 

In this regard, God is different!  He does take into account repentance from past deeds, and because of His great love, He will forgive.  Those who come to repentance early will suffer a whole lot less than those who don’t!  Ideally, people should repent of their hostility towards God, and believe Him now, before they become immersed in the punishment for their disbelief.  We all know what is said of Abraham, that he believed God and this was credited to him as righteousness.  James 2:23-24 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.”  Long before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, Abraham was already living in obedience to God, and this was confirmed to Abraham’s son Isaac: Gen 26:4-5 “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands[ments], my decrees and my laws." 

 

Obedience to God is mandatory for all the descendants of Abraham through his son Isaac.  Even the rest of the nations on the earth will blessed if the House of Israel sets the example.  Of course, the House of Israel hasn’t done this!  Yet they will, but only after they’ve been thoroughly punished for not doing it!  And then the rest of the nations of the earth will be blessed.  It seems that Christianity is determined to thwart this by refusing to obey God’s Commandments, Decrees and Laws.  They’re not setting a very good example to the rest of the world, are they?

 

Psa 136:2  Give thanks to the God of gods.  His love endures forever.  There are ‘gods’ in this world, and these are referred to as demons in the Bible, who, incidentally, are soon to be replaced as the rulers of this  world.  People who worship anything other than the Creator God are worshipping demons!  God is the God of ‘gods’, and even the demons shudder with fear before Him!  James 2:18-19 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.”  And we all know why they shudder!  They shudder because they’re disobedient to God, and they know this carries a very heavy penalty.  James was pointing out that faith alone doesn’t cut it with God.  Even demons know there is only one God, but they simply can’t resist playing the ‘god’ role.  They literally crave recognition and worship by lesser beings.  They want power over the human kind and the respect that goes with it.  They do it in defiance of God knowing that God alone is to be worshipped.

 

Satan and his demons can do as they please with their own offspring, but the Family of God, the whole family that He brought out of Egypt, are off-limits to him.  These were to resist the devil and not obey him!  So Satan used all the power of his subtlety to entice them by offering them inducements.  Invariably, they fell for it!  It still continues today!  Satan still has disciples among God’s Israelite family, and these are church leaders who do everything in their power to lead others astray from obedience to God: 2Cor 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his SERVANTS masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”  So we can see that all these arrogant creatures who masquerade as angels of light and claim to hold the keys to ‘heaven’, are really the SERVANTS of the devil.

 

In contrast to Satan and his servants masquerading as angels of light, James goes on to identify who is really the God of Light:  James 1:16-18 “Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” 

 

In Truth, God the Father lives in unapproachable light.  1Titus 6:13-16 “In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 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.”  Those who are a kind of firstfruit, that is, the Church, should realize there is no place for masquerading as angels of light.  If this is the best they can do, then they’ve lost the plot!

 

In view of all that has happened in the past, one might expect that God would want to dispense with the family He brought out of Egypt altogether.  But God is a Father to those He loves, and His love endures forever.  And now the Psalmist gives a short history lesson on the origins of the Family, which the LORD God brought out of Egypt.  One thing you will notice, as you read on, is the mention of the sun, moon and stars of the heavens, while speaking of the Family He brought out of Egypt.  This has great significance, which we’ll get to after we read through to V11.

Psa 136:3  Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.

Psa 136:4  to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.

Psa 136:5  who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.

Psa 136:6  who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.

Psa 136:7  who made the great lights-- His love endures forever.

Psa 136:8  the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.

Psa 136:9  the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.

Psa 136:10  to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever.

Psa 136:11  and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever.

So how does the sun, moon and stars relate to the Tribes of Israel?  Immediately before the Prophet Joseph was delivered into slavery by his brothers, he had a dream.  A very significant dream!  One which irritated his brothers – and even his father!  This is the account: Gen 37:9-11 “Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers.  "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?" 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”  The brothers immediately knew by the mention of the sun, moon and eleven stars that Joseph was speaking of them.  So did their father Jacob!  The brothers rejected it out of jealousy, but Jacob kept the matter in mind.  One could write a tome on the full meaning of this, but in its simplest form, it means that there will be a new heavens and a new earth, and the 12 Tribes of Israel will be the representatives of them.  All the future inhabitants of the earth will look to the 12 Tribes of Israel for guidance as a light to their paths.  It’s not the time or place to be going into all the explanations of this, but we should all be like Jacob and keep the matter in mind!

 

Following the betrayal of their brother Joseph, the eleven brothers soon found themselves in slavery, which lasted some hundreds of years before they were finally rescued.  And the outcome of this history lesson continues:

Psa 136:12  with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.

Psa 136:13  to him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever.

Psa 136:14  and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever.

Psa 136:15  but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever.  Just a quick supplementary lesson on this: Pharaoh was swept into the Red Sea with his armies and died.  Some suggest that Pharaoh didn’t die at that time.  The fact is that there were two rulers in Egypt and both of them were demon spirits.  They are actually named in 2Tim 3:6-9 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. 8 Just as JANNES AND JAMBRES opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth--men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.”  You’d have a hard time finding these two names among the lists of Pharaohs!  Jannes and Jambres are two rulers of the heavenly realms, that is, demons!  These two demon rulers had considerable powers, but they were frightened of Moses and Aaron.  While they opposed Moses and Aaron, they were reluctant to attempt to harm them.  Moses and Aaron belonged to that untouchable realm where demons fear to tread.  This is the realm of God’s Holy Spirit.  The type of men that Paul was likening to Jannes and Jambres are those possessed of a subtle cunning.  They have a form of godliness (see 2Tim 3:5) which is just enough to sway the weak-willed.  They are power-hungry control freaks – just like demons.  And just like Jannes and Jambres, they are never able to acknowledge the Truth – because they are men of depraved minds.  Throughout all the plagues of Egypt, these demon rulers refused to acknowledge the power of God (V5 again), and suffered the consequences.  And this just about sums up most religious leaders today, who also employ the same strategy to the weak-willed and the gullible!

 

Continuing:

Psa 136:16  to him who led his people through the desert, His love endures forever.

 

And finally, the Israelites were in sight of the Promised Land:

Psa 136:17  who struck down great kings, His love endures forever.

Psa 136:18  and killed mighty kings-- His love endures forever.

Psa 136:19  Sihon king of the Amorites His love endures forever.

Psa 136:20  and Og king of Bashan-- His love endures forever.

Psa 136:21  and gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever.

Psa 136:22  an inheritance to his servant Israel; His love endures forever.

Psa 136:23  to the One who remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.

Psa 136:24  and freed us from our enemies, His love endures forever.

Psa 136:25  and who gives food to every creature.  His love endures forever.

Psa 136:26  Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

 

It’s as well for the Tribes of Israel to remember their history, because the truth is they are about to repeat it.  There are at least some of the Tribes who would happily see Joseph sold into slavery once more – because of their jealousy of him!  Ephraim was Joseph’s youngest son, but Jacob elevated him to the status of his (Jacob’s) firstborn son (Gen 48:5), and of the two sons of Joseph, Ephraim was to be the greater (V19).  A subtle reminder of this is found in Rev 7:4-8 where the 12 Tribes of Israel are mentioned, where we find the name of Manesseh (Joseph’s oldest son) but Ephraim is referred to as Josephan obvious elevation of his stature!  Today, Ephraim is like a firstborn son – just as Jacob confirmed!  And just keep in mind that Jacob was representative of the sun in Joseph’s dream!  In this regard, Jacob was like Jesus Christ, who is the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2) and the Bright Morning Star (Rev 22:16), who will arise with the dawning of the New Day.

 

Not to complicate matters further, but just bear in mind that the sun and the moon in Joseph’s dream represented Joseph’s father and his mother, which was RACHEL.  There is a prophecy concerning Rachel weeping for her children.  Rachel is primarily the mother of Joseph, but as the ‘moon’ she is a light to all the sons of Jacob.   This is the prophecy concerning Rachel: Jer 31:15-25 “This is what the LORD says: "A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, RACHEL weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more." 16 This is what the LORD says [to Rachel]: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded," declares the LORD.  "They will return from the land of the enemy. 17 So there is hope for your future," declares the LORD.  "Your children will return to their own land. 18 "I have surely heard EPHRAIM'S moaning: `You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined.  Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God. 19 After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast.  I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.' 20 Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight?  Though I often speak against him, I still remember him.  Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," declares the LORD.”  So even the LORD refers to Ephraim as His dear son!  Just as Jacob did!

 

We have an early fulfillment of this, which occurred at the time of the birth of the Son of God Jesus Christ.  A ruler of the spirit realmHerod – sought to kill this infant Son of God soon after He was born.  Herod ordered all male babies of two years old or younger, to be killed.  This is the account: Matt 2:14-17 “So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: 18 "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."  The first thing you will notice here is that this account by Matthew only partially fulfills the prophecy of Jeremiah.  Matthew’s account speaks only of the Tribe of Judah.  Since Rachel represented the moon in Joseph’s dream, she was a lesser light for all the children of Jacobincluding Judah.

 

God’s other tribal son Ephraim, is to similarly encounter a ruler of the spirit realm – like Herod – who will inflict vengeance on them, just as Herod did to Judah.  As Jeremiah records, Ephraim will return from the land of their enemy after they’ve been disciplined like an unruly calf.  And this is how the Book of Jeremiah describes it in the next verse: Jer 31:21-25 Set up road signs; put up guideposts.  Take note of the highway, the road that you take.  Return, O Virgin Israel, return to your towns.”  After their repentance, and their deep humiliation, God forgives them and purifies them, and now refers to them as Virgin Israel.  V22 How long will you wander, O unfaithful daughter?  The LORD will create a new thing on earth-- a woman will surround a man."  The man is Ephraim, and the woman is the House of David – who will put up the road signs and the guide posts to light the way for them.  V23 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them [Ephraim] back from captivity, the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: `The LORD bless you, O righteous dwelling, O sacred mountain.' 24 People will live together in Judah and all its towns--farmers and those who move about with their flocks. 25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."  The host nation to where Ephraim will return will be Judah.

 

In V22 above, the question is asked, “How long will you wander, O unfaithful daughter?”  Well the answer is, they’ve been wandering since 720BC and have still not returned to their ancestral lands.  Yet they will return in time to come, and very soon.

 

Recall earlier how we discussed the prophecies of Ezekiel, concerning the House of Israel, and how he went on and on about their destruction and captivity.  You’ll remember that the Jews in Babylon asked what this had to do with them.  Well, the truth is that it had very little to do with them while they were still living in Babylon!  They were in no position to be putting up road signs and directing the other Tribes to their ancestral homelands.  As captives themselves, the Jews were in no position to benefit themselves, let alone the other Ten Tribes!  Yet there were distinct differences between these two groups.  The lost Tribes of Israel had no desire to return to the Holy Land, whereas the Jewish nation did!  The Jewish people longed to return, and wept and mourned for their ancestral lands.

 

 

PSALM 137

 

Some people have suggested that this Psalm wasn’t written by David, because he writes of things 400 years in the future.  They seem to forget that David was a prophet, and much of what he wrote was a warning for the future.  Like his famous Son Jesus, David also spoke in parables.  While these people say he didn’t write this Psalm, they happily concede he wrote the next (Psa 138).

 

Psa 137:1  By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.  The contrasting differences between the House of Israel and the House of Judah didn’t go unnoticed by God.  The Jews wept and mourned for the Holy City, while the Israelites had no interest at all!  The Creator God surely took note of this, and He appointed the Jews to be the saviors of the House of Israel in the distant future.

 

Psa 137:2  There on the poplars we hung our harps,

Psa 137:3  for there our captors asked us for songs, our TORMENTORS demanded songs of joy; they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"  This is one of the nuances of Satan’s brood, and how they like to torment their captives by making them sing songs of joy while living in squalor and humility.  They find this so amusing in their demented minds!  If the shoe was on the other foot, do you think a bit of ‘eye for an eye’ might be justified?  As a matter of fact, it can and will be arranged!  Justice must be seen to be done!  I happen to know a group of Law-abiding citizens that will be very good at dispensing justice – according to God’s Law!

 

Psa 137:4  How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?  Despite the humiliation the Jews suffered in a foreign land, they still kept Jerusalem in their minds and refused to forget it:

 

Psa 137:5  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.

Psa 137:6  May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.  What faithful people the Jewish people are that they love the City of God so much!  What an inspiration they are to the world!  Personally, I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of anyone who wishes the Jewish nation harm!  The truth of this will soon become very evident!

 

Psa 137:7  Remember, O LORD, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell.  "Tear it down," they cried, "tear it down to its foundations!"  Well the evil Edomites would say this, wouldn’t they?  The next verse refers to them as a Daughter of Babylon.  God has a lot to say about the evil Edomites and how much He hates them!  Mal 1:1-5 “An oracle: The word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi. 2 "I have loved you," says the LORD.  "But you ask, `How have you loved us?'  "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" the LORD says. "Yet I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals." 4 Edom may say, "Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins."  But this is what the LORD Almighty says: "They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the LORD. 5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, `Great is the LORD--even beyond the borders of Israel!'”  The names Esau and Edom are used interchangeably in the Bible (Gen 36:1).

 

Not only is Esau or Edom a Daughter of Babylon, but they are a Wicked Land in their own right.  Edom extends from Jordan down the western seaboard of Arabia to Yemen.  It’s in this territory where the Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina are.  So the term ‘Wicked Land’ is well and truly justified!

 

Psa 137:8  O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us--

Psa 137:9  he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.  Well, this is what the Edomites did to Jewish infants and babies when Jerusalem fell, so they certainly deserve the same punishment in the interests of justice.

 

The one who is happy to repay Edom is Jesus Christ.  He has hated them for a long time, and the Prophet Isaiah has recorded the occasion: Isa 63:1-4 Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson?  Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength?  "It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save." 2 Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress? 3 "I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me.  I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing. 4 For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come.”  God’s hatred of Edom will culminate in the day of vengeance when He will repay.  The Lord Christ plans to crush them and dash them to pieces, and it will be a very bloody scene!   This comes in the year of redemption for the Holy Land and the Holy City.  It will take about a year to clear the cities of Judah of any ‘daughters’ of the Babylonians who still want to try their luck.  They might have more luck if they go off somewhere, where their own kind live, and kill them!  This is something the Muslims are good at, as their recent civil wars show, and which have raged right across the Middle East.  It’s true they like to kill Christians and Jews, but in the absence of these, they happily kill their own people.

 

 

PSALM 138

 

Of David.

 

Psa 138:1  I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the "gods" I will sing your praise.  The spirit rulers of this world are called “gods” but their days are numbered.  Their masquerade will end when they’re imprisoned for a thousand years.  It’s during this period that other “gods” will replace them, and these will have the same powers of rulership, though with a vastly different style!  Instead of being led by demon spirits, these newgods” will be led by God’s Holy Spirit, and will be called the Sons of God.

 

A situation developed in Jesus’ day when the religious leaders sought to stone Him for blasphemy: John 10:33-39 “We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."  This is a mistake a lot of religious freaks make when they don’t understand the Scriptures!  They’re always quick to accuse!  V34 “Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, `I have said you are gods' ? 35 If he called them `gods,' TO WHOM THE WORD OF GOD CAME--and the Scripture cannot be broken-- 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, `I am God's Son'? 37 Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. 38 But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.” 

 

Did you notice these words of Jesus: “he called them `gods,' TO WHOM THE WORD OF GOD CAME”?  To whom did the word of God come?  Jesus explains:  John 6:44-45 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: `THEY WILL ALL BE TAUGHT BY GOD.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.”  And where is this written in the prophets?  We find it in Isa 54:13-14 All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace. 14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear.  Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. 15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.”  In reality, these sons of God are also called the “Sons of Jerusalem” – see V11-12.

 

The Word of God comes to God’s Prophets, and without the Spirit of Prophecy, no-one is a Prophet!  Those who teach lies in God’s Name, calling it prophecy, are not Prophets.  Those who read the Scriptures and don’t understand them are not Prophets either!  Anyone who doesn’t have the Spirit of Prophecy doesn’t have the Testimony of Jesus either, because they are the same thing!  (Rev 19:10).

 

So to summarize: those “gods” that Jesus spoke of were taught by God Himself, and only those who listen and learn from the Father can come to Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ always did the will of the Father, and so do the sons of God who have the Spirit of Christ living in them.  This Spirit of Christ is called “The Counselor” in John 14:25-26.  This is the means by which the Father teaches.  And just remember this: Rom 8:9 “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” 

 

Psa 138:2  I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.  God has exalted His Name and reputation above all things, and His Word is trustworthy and reliable.  It’s funny how some people choose to cherry-pick from the Scriptures only what suits them while ignoring the rest!  Their choice of Scriptural verses is what tends to benefit them rather than God.  Some even go beyond this in finding fault with God’s way of doing things.  There are even preachers today who have judged the God of the Old Testament to be harsh and cruel!  They don’t know Jesus Christ very well, do they?  We’ve just finished reading a whole Psalm that emphasizes repeatedly that God’s love endures forever.  In saying this, God is confirming His love for the Tribes of Israelnot the children of the devil!  The whole purpose of Jesus Christ coming to the earth is to destroy the devil’s work along with all his brood.  We’ve just been reading how He plans to deal with Edoma daughter of Babylon – so it should be obvious that Babylon and the Babylonians would be high on the agenda for destruction!  Are any of the other daughters of Babylon any more deserving of mercy?  In the past, a quick read of history would discover the truth of this, but today you only have to read the newspaper to find daily evidence!  As the children of the devil, they are a treacherous brood, and extinction is the only solution.  What characterizes these children of the devil is their hatred for the Children of Israel.  They hate Jews, Christians, all the Western nations, and America in particular!

 

Psa 138:3  When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.  Well this is what one might expect of warriors of God like David!  God’s answers don’t make His servants weak and insipid!  Instead they make His servants bold and courageous – even in the face of the enemy!  Would anyone seriously believe that weak leaders would inspire confidence in the people?  When leaders begin to appease the enemy (as British PM Neville Chamberlain did at the start of WW2), the people quickly lose confidence in them.  You’ll recall how President Obama visited the Middle East and gave the most shameful display of appeasement imaginable!  Like a groveling mendicant, he showered them with praise, constantly referring to ‘the holy Koran’ and praising them for their contributions to the world.  All those from the West who heard his speeches, cringed in disbelief!  What a weak, gutless, evil creature this man is!  And all this while the West is at war with Islam, and waging war on three fronts! 

 

One of the great lessons we’re learning today is that the enemy must be defeated decisively and totally!  Winning their hearts and minds’ is not an option!  It doesn’t work, and never has, and as we all now realize, it hasn’t worked against Islam.  These are the very people who still remain of the original Babylonian Empire, which conquered the entire Middle East.  Even the most irrational of people would recognize them as a severe threat.  Well, the answer to this dilemma will come straight from the mouth of God, as the Psalmist says in the next verse.

 

As things presently stand, the response to the Islamic problem has been weak and insipid.  All over the world the Islamic rulers have become emboldened, which they tend to do when they detect cowardice.  And when they learn of the ‘rules of engagement’ of the Western forces, they are become stupefied with disbelief!  All the enemy has to do is to mix some women and children among their force, and they can expect no return fire for fear of ‘collateral damage’.

 

This is not how you fight a war! 

 

God has given us many answers on the outcome of losing a war with such evil creatures, and even cites Edom as an example.  At the conquest of the Jews by Babylon anciently, the Edomites smashed the Jewish infants and babies against the rocks.  We’ve just been reading about this, and we know how the Mighty Christ will react to Edom!  There will be blood everywhere!  When people die violently, there will be blood.

 

The only way to deal with these evil, satanic hordes is with overwhelming force so that not a root or branch of them will remain.  This is, of course, the final solution, and God has made this very clear in the many answers He has given us from the words of His mouth.  The surviving rulers of the nations will have nothing but respect for Him – or else!

Psa 138:4  May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth.  It’s amazing the results you get from a bit of summary justice!  Suddenly God’s ways don’t seem to be too difficult after all.

 

Psa 138:5  May they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great.  God’s way is the conquest of all His enemies, and the survivors will have something to sing about.

 

Psa 138:6  Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.  In other words, the proud and the haughty will be kept at a distance.  The Prophet Isaiah adds some clarity to this: Isa 66:2 “Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD.  "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”  The Scriptures are the Word of God and everyone would be well-advised to take notice of them.  There is important information in them, and they hold the answers to our very survival.  Life on earth is set to become a living hell as the final showdown comes.

 

Psa 138:7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.  Well, this puts a different complexion on the meaning of salvation, doesn’t it?  It’s a little different from the indefinable meaning given by Christianity today, isn’t it?  Almost everyday we are confronted by Christians who believe they are already ‘saved’.  It might seem comforting to them, but their troubles are only beginning, and they will find themselves in the midst of trouble!  Instead of concocting their own answers, they should have sought God’s answers!

 

Psa 138:8  The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever-- do not abandon the works of your hands.  The works of God’s hands are likened to that of a Potter.  The Apostle Paul does a good job of explaining the works of God’s hands: Rom 9:19-29 “One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?" 20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, `Why did you make me like this?'" 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?”  In this, Paul gives the example of God being the Potter.  Out of the same lump of clay, God is able to make some pottery for noble purposes, and some for just common use.  And then Paul speaks of the objects of God’s wrath, to which He is showing patience – even though they were prepared for destruction. 

 

The Christians, to whom Paul was writing, were wondering why God doesn’t destroy them, then and there, and so spare themselves from suffering.  The answer to this question is not always encouraging, especially when the enemy is closing in.  So Paul explains that it’s through persecution that the objects of his mercy, whom God has prepared for glory, with have the opportunity to show their faith in God and endure to the end: V22 “What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory-- 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea: "I will call them `my people' who are not my people; and I will call her `my loved one' who is not my loved one," 26 and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, `You are not my people,' they will be called `sons of the living God.'"  To be sure, Paul was comforting the Gentile Christians, who may have thought themselves to be alienated from being called the ‘sons of the Living God’, since they knew that all the Scriptures relate to the Israelites.  Paul put them at ease, since God makes no such distinction when Gentiles serve Him faithfully.

 

Dutifully, Paul goes on to make a comparison between their numbers, and the remnant of the House of Israel that will survive.  Out of the hundreds of millions of Israelites, only a remnant will be saved: V27-29 “Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. 28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality." 29 It is just as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah."  Sodom and Gomorrah were totally wiped out, and there were no survivors!  This is how it would be if God didn’t act with speed and finality.  And this is exactly how God will act!

 

The 12 Tribes of Israel are outnumbered by Satan’s hordes by a factor of 12 to 1 today.  It’s not hard to see how quickly they could be wiped out especially when the whole world clubs together to ensure its completion.  We are already seeing evidence that the House of Israel, especially Ephraim, is hated by all nations today.  Totally unjustly is should be noted, but then this is the nature of the beast.  These beastly creatures hate those who are better than themselves.  It brings to mind the old saying about cutting off the nose to spite the face.  America has been a restraining factor in the world, forcing these evil creatures to behave themselves.  In the absence of America, you can just imagine the kind of carnage that will ensue without any form of restraint.  When Ephraim is taken out of the way, the blood-curdling carnage will begin!

 

As you might well imagine, while there will be few Israelites left, in the final throw of the dice, there will be few of anyone left.  In this, Isaiah also cries out: Isa 24:4-6 “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish.  5 The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt.  Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, AND VERY FEW ARE LEFT.”  If you’re going to do things right, then start with a clean slate, and this is how God feels about it!  The decimation of the peoples of the earth will be very thorough.

 

In truth, out of all this carnage, the sons of God will survive to rule the world.  This was all in the planning from the very beginning.

 

 

 

PSALM 139

 

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

 

Psa 139:1  O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.  Now here’s an interesting choice of words!  David is saying that God knows him.  As it happens, the Lord Christ spoke of those He doesn’t know: Matt 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, `I NEVER KNEW YOU. Away from me, you evildoers!'”  These are the people who didn’t want to do the ‘WILL OF THE FATHER who is in heaven’; instead they sought to conjure up their own style of righteousness which would impress others.  This led even more people to believe that holiness could be acquired without obedience!

 

The fact is that God knows only His own, and David goes on to explain this:

Psa 139:2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  God takes a very great interest in His servants!  They are never alone because God’s Holy Spirit is always with them.  God’s Holy Spirit communicates back to Him.  This Spirit is His eyes and ears in all the world.  Without God’s Holy Spirit, God doesn’t know you, because God’s Spirit is not reporting back to Him about you.  When God initially takes an interest in someone, then He sends His Holy Spirit to be with them, and upon acceptance, God’s Spirit dwells in them.

 

Psa 139:3  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  God knows everything about His servants, and our Lord Jesus even confirmed that this level of ‘knowing’ extends to the very number of hairs on our heads.  The Saints are enshrouded with His Holy Spirit, which monitors virtually every molecule of their bodies – constantly!  Isn’t this what good parents do with their own children?  Good parents constantly monitor their children for discomfort or any approaching disease, and so does God as our Father.

 

In this day and age, we shouldn’t be surprised that God can monitor such vast amounts of information concerning His servants.  We, too, have technology to store millions of bits of information and to retrieve them instantly to assembly a picture.  While we may marvel at this type of technology, in relation to God’s technology, it’s primitive!  Furthermore, in relation to God’s many accomplishments, everything mankind does is primitive in comparison.  Today we build fail-safe mechanisms into our machinery, and we have systems in place to monitor the functions of everything, even our cars and trucks.  On-board computers monitor functions and report errors, and these can be retrieved with a notebook computer.  God’s retrieval of information is far greater than this, and it’s instant!

 

Psa 139:4  Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.  God even knows our thoughts before we utter them.  God’s Holy Spirit is very thorough!  Before our thoughts have been processed into speech, God’s Spirit has recorded them.  So God even knows the motivation behind what we say.

 

Psa 139:5  You hem me in--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  This phrase relates to God imparting His Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the ‘hand of God’ which performs His work in us.  (This is similar to what Paul said about the Potter and the clay).  The Holy Spirit also acts as a shield to protect us – both before and behind us.  God’s Holy Spirit is a part of Him – an extension of His being.  This is why we sometimes refer to the God Family as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The principle behind God’s Great Power shouldn’t be too hard to understand today, especially in these days of wireless communications, which are a very primitive form of God’s ability to retrieve information.

 

Psa 139:6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  It’s beyond the ability to human beings to understand how God does all these things through His Holy Spirit, and those who possess it are sometimes overwhelmed by the power of it.

 

Psa 139:7  Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  God’s Spirit moves everywhere with the Saints to report back to Him.  It retains a perfect record of everything.  A Saint is never alone, God’s Spirit is with him wherever he goes.

 

Psa 139:8  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  God lives in the heavens, but His Spirit is everywhere we go.  Those who possess God’s Holy Spirit literally have God’s presence with them always.

 

Psa 139:9  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

Psa 139:10  even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  This is God’s Holy Spirit in action!

 

Psa 139:11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"

Psa 139:12  even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.  God’s Holy Spirit is not affected by darkness and is all-seeing in all circumstances.

 

As a point of interest, the Chief CornerstoneJesus Christ – is also represented by an all-seeing eye – which is His Spirit, called the ‘Counselor’, and is a clear addition to the Holy Spirit of God.  Amazingly, this representation is still preserved on the American dollar bill.  Its origins have been preserved from the days of ‘The Knights of the Temple of Solomon’ – the Knights Templar.  These were the noble men dedicated to the establishment of the Holy City of God, Jerusalem!  These men actually had their base in the Dome of the Rock, which the Muslims built over this Precious Cornerstone in order to bar access to God’s people.  This is the only occasion in the past thousand years when Christians had exclusive access to this Holy Cornerstone!

 

Psa 139:13  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.  Some people are known of God from the moment of conception.  Jesus Christ is one of these.  David was another.  And so was John the Baptist.  It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that all the Prophets were.  Certainly Moses was!  Even as a new-born baby, God was protecting him as he floated down the Nile and into the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter.

 

Psa 139:14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  Those who have God’s Holy Spirit know full-well the truth of this.  They know that the complexity of the human body could not have happened by chance.  Yet, they see others, who have no creative ability at all; claiming it all happened by chance through a medium they’ve called ‘evolution’.  Such people couldn’t design a chopstick, let alone a functioning machine, but still they like to theorize about things they don’t even understand.  Real builders and designers know the complexities of getting everything right; otherwise their creation might not function properly.  Designing even a simple machine requires a lot of thought and planning, and this is something that incompetent theorists would never understand.  Since they have no ability to do anything practical, they rely on their foolish minds to devise theories – which always fail the ‘logic’ test!  Today, we’re literally being inundated with ridiculous theories based on fanciful ideas emanating from lunatics.  In seems that one mad theory spawns another – and another – and another!  What appeals to theorists is that their ideas are not limited to the facts of reality.  They can fire away with their nonsense and then retreat by saying ‘Prove me wrong!  What these maniacs can’t do is prove their own theories right!  And now we have theorists who are claiming to be scientists.  Real scientists know they must be able to demonstrate science with provable, repeatable experiments and with predictable and provable results.

 

Psa 139:15  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place [the womb].  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth [the womb],

Psa 139:16   your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  As we just mentioned, David was called by God before he was born.  From the moment he was born, God had numbered his days.  There is some evidence to suggest that David’s life was cut short before his allotted 70 years.  So was the life of his most famous Son, the Son of David – the Son of God Jesus.  Jesus’ life was cut off, yet He prolonged His days through His offspring (Isa 53:10).  As a matter of fact, so did David, and Jesus Christ is evidence of this.  Jesus Christ is the Son of David.

 

Psa 139:17  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  How diminutive we are in comparison to our Creator God!  We’re like babes in the woods compared to Him.  How much knowledge can we cram into our minds in the short space of our allotted 70 years?  Some more than others, but even those who build their knowledge base are acutely aware of vast array of things they don’t know about.  It can be quite galling to encounter young theorists who think they know everything.

 

Then there are the religious theorists, who think that God’s only thoughts are only about getting them ‘saved’.  They know nothing about God and they have no idea about His thoughts.  God does reveal His thoughts to His servants the prophets, and keeps them informed on what He plans to do.  The bulk of God’s thoughts are already recorded in the Scriptures as a broad overview, but there are other things that God will only reveal to His servants the Prophets: Amos 3:7 “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to HIS SERVANTS THE PROPHETS.”  Obviously, God would not reveal His plans to those who refuse to do the will of the Father!

 

Just to add another dimension to this concerning God’s thoughts and our thoughts, Jesus warned his disciples about a future time when they will be brought before the courts because of their faith.  He told them not to worry about what they would say, because the right thoughts and words will be given to them by God’s Holy Spirit: Luke 12:11-12 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."  This is the Power of God for His Saints.  God is able to implant knowledge miraculously, and immediately, to His children.

 

In the usual course of our lives, Jesus’ instruction was to seek or search and then you will find.  By diligently searching the Scriptures, we establish our desire to serve God.  People with this degree of dedication will never find themselves alone.  When the chips are down, God’s Holy Spirit will spring to our defense to fill the gap of our knowledge.  A good example of this can be found in the testimony given by Stephen just before he was stoned to death.  The account is found in Acts 6:8 – 8:2.  Stephen gave a very good account of himself while powerfully served by God’s Holy Spirit.  He became the first martyr among the Saints of his day.

 

In regard to implanting knowledge, this is exactly what God did immediately after creating Adam.  Adam was able to speak the language to communicate with God – without any prior learning.  Much later, we find the account of the Tower of Babel in the Scriptures, where God took away the only language of the day and supplanted it with many different languages.  The result was that no-one could communicate with others.  And so the inhabitants became divided by language, forming separate groups, and ultimately separate nations.  And the divisions of the earth began.  These are the examples of the Power of God in action.  While God is able to supplement the knowledge base of His Saints and teach them, He is also able to confound the speech of others by supplanting their knowledge base – as He did at the Tower of Babel.

 

But now we’re confronted with another situation, and this relates to Satan and his demons in the spirit world.  The spirit world has similar powers to implant thoughts, which definitely don’t come from God!  Anyone who listens to them usually finds themselves in a lot of trouble.  Demons can manipulate people through suggestions planted in their minds.  There are many murderers who have reported that they were told to kill their victim by some unseen entity.  And this is very true!  Demons have the power to do these things, and they harass and badger their target until they comply.  The only solution for the target is to continue to resist the demon’s impulses until they give up and go elsewhere.

 

Therefore, every disciple of Jesus Christ must TEST THE SPIRITS to see if they are of God.  Just blindly accepting every utterances of others is not acceptable no matter how convincing they seem.  The Apostle John gives this advice: 1John 4:1-3 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but TEST THE SPIRITS to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”  We need to understand a few things about these verses.  First of all, is every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ came to earth as a man, of God?  Well we know of one spirit that knew very well that Jesus had come to earth as a man when he tempted the Lord Christ at the beginning of His ministry.  And this spirit was Satan himself!  So John was not speaking about this!  What John was referring to was the Spirit of Christ, which God sent in His Name, and which is called the Counselor.  This Spirit – the Spirit of Christ – would live in the flesh of His disciples and lead them into all knowledge.  John was referring to something he’d previously written about what Jesus said in:  John 14:15-27 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, AND I AM IN YOU. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." 22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?" 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and WE WILL COME TO HIM AND MAKE OUR HOME WITH HIM. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the COUNSELOR, THE HOLY SPIRIT, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  The Counselor is the Holy Spirit of Christ, which is a clear addition to the Holy Spirit of the Father.  Those with a double-portion of the Holy Spirit will have BOTH THE FATHER AND THE SON MAKING THEIR HOME IN HIM.  First, there’s the Holy Spirit of the Father, which is given as a down-payment, then there’s another Spiritthe Spirit of Truthwhich is sent in Jesus Name.  Neither of these Holy Spirits are given unless the recipient is obedient to God!

 

Getting back to what the Apostle John wrote in 1John 4:1-3, the second thing we notice is that John was speaking of false prophets, and said many had gone into the world.  There’s a qualification due here.  There are many Saints in the Churches of God, who were baptized and received God’s Holy Spirit, but they have never received the Counselorthe Spirit of Christ.  This additional Holy Spirit needs to be added in order to prophesy.  As these Saints have learned from bitter experience their ‘prophecies’ have failed to come true!  The Saints who really do have the Spirit of Christ are appalled by the crazy prophecies they taught!  If they understood the Testimony of Jesus, they would never have taught such crazy things.  In fact, much of what they taught was demeaning and insulting towards Jesus Christ and His reputation as a Mighty Warrior and Messiah.  Added to this was the ridiculous notion that God was going to resurrect every one who ever lived to give them a chance at ‘salvation’.  What sort of spirit planted this in their heads?  It certainly wasn’t the Spirit of Christ!  It’s plain to see that they never had the Testimony of Jesus, and therefore, they never had the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).  The Churches of God have had about seventy years in this era to come to their senses and get things right.  But instead they remained loyal to the ministry and continued to believe their errors.  Whatever happened to loyalty to the Lord Christ?  The Churches of God have had a whole lot of false spirits teaching them, and they never bothered to test them.

 

And this brings us back to the subject of testing the spirits.  If you’re going to listen to the unscriptural ramblings of false prophets, and don’t put them to the test, then you will be in no position to determine truth from error anyway.  Yet, if you’ve been diligently searching the Scriptures to establish your knowledge base, then you’ll have no trouble determining Truth from error.  You’ll have a good understanding of what the Lord Jesus plans to do in order to establish the Kingdom of God.  You’ll also understand that these events are at great variance from that taught by the churches of this world.  These churches are singularly concerned about themselves and their presumed rewards.  They actively compete with each other to appear more ‘spiritual’ and ‘angelic’ as if they’re the bringers of light.  Yet the author of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ, is unknown to them!  If you asked any one of them how they would best describe Jesus Christ, they would fail miserably, because they don’t know Him!  And they certainly don’t know what He plans to do – or why!

 

In speaking of testing the spirits, John was drawing our attention to the antichrist.  Anyone who falsifies the reputation of the Mighty One – the Messiah – is an antichrist!  Antichrists come in many forms.  There are some who deny that Jesus Christ came to earth at all, and these are generally avowed atheists, and neither do they believe the Scriptures are the divine Word of God.  So such people are obviously antichrist!  Then there are the professing Christians who believe Jesus appeared on earth, but don’t believe a word of His message – except that which appeals to them.  They twist and squirm to refute anything that suggests God might require obedience.  They want rewards, but they refuse to do anything to earn them, such as, obeying God’s Law.  Jesus, they claim, did it all for them.

 

Beyond mainstream Christianity, there are other antichrists, and these are even more sinister.  These are the authors of total evil, and they are duly described as the authorities of the heavenly or spirit realm.  Their agenda was set when Satan tried to tempt Jesus Christ, at the beginning of His ministry, to worship him.  When he failed, the agenda was to cause His disciples to stumble and turn away from obedience to God.  And this has been going on ever since.  Satan has had considerable success, in that he has managed to deceive the whole world.  It’s not too surprising though, considering that most of the population of the world belong to him.

 

Psa 139:18  Were I to count them (God’s thoughts – see V17 again), they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.  Just a quick reference to this last sentence!  Sometimes God’s servants have dreams where they find themselves in unusual circumstances.  These dreams can be tests to see how we react to these circumstances.  In David’s case, when he awoke, he was still with God.  In other words he passed the test.  David was, as God has stated, a man after His own heart.  If any fail the righteousness test in a dream, then they should seriously look at their own hearts!  Are they really with God?  They need to answer this, and make the necessary corrections if this is not the case.  God’s Holy Spirit reports the dreams of His servants to Him.

 

Psa 139:19  If only you would slay the wicked, O God!  Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!  Jesus words were just a slight variation from this when He said, “Away from me, you evildoers!” which we just quoted in Matt 7:23.  Perhaps these evildoers are also bloodthirsty.  It seems that many of them hope that those who disagree with them will be burned up in the Lake of Fire.  In this verse, David is suggesting that it will be them that are slain by God!  And the sooner the better!

 

Psa 139:20  They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.  Like when they claim to cast out demons in Christ’s Name, which was one the things Jesus mentioned when calling them evildoers.  These days, casting out demons has become a stage act, conducted in a carnival atmosphere.  We’re probably all aware of the Pentecostal movement now sweeping across the Christian nations.  These people believe that this swarming of demons represents God’s Holy Spirit.  It would be difficult to think of anything more blasphemous!

 

Psa 139:21  Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?  Do you suppose that maybe these bloodthirsty evildoers might rise up against the offspring of Jesus?  Well, David suggests this is so, and so did Jesus for that matter.  This is why He rejected them!  As we well-understand, evildoers do evil! 

 

Psa 139:22  I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.  And a resounding ‘Hear! Hear!’ to this!  This sort of bloodthirsty evildoer has no place in the Kingdom of God!  Backstabbing liars they are!  They’ll pay a very big price for their insolence!

 

Psa 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  David’s most anxious thoughts concerned those whom He hoped God would slay (V19 above).

 

Psa 139:24  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  Well there was nothing offensive in what David said, because Jesus Christ confirmed it!  Bleeding hearts may not agree, but then, when did such people ever believe God?

 

PSALM 140

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

 

David continues the same theme in this Psalm concerning the day when God will slay the evildoers who misuse His Name and attack His Saints.  What he describes below is exactly what Jesus Christ had to go through.  But it also applies to the offspring of Jesus Christthe Saints.  Jesus said, ‘If they have hated me, then they will hate you also!  And this certainly proved to be true!

 

And just to put a few things into perspective before we embark on this Psalm.  If you ask the average Christian today, ‘Who killed Jesus Christ?’ they will say ‘the Jews’.  Others will be a bit more imaginative and say it was Pontius Pilate.  However, Pilate plainly stated that he found no fault with Jesus and publicly washed his hands of any involvement.  Later, Jesus asked the Father to forgive the Jews because, as He said, they didn’t know what they were doing.  So this narrows the field of culpability considerably!

 

Who then, was responsible?  The first clue came when one of Jesus’ own disciples was possessed by Satan himself: Luke 23:3-6 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money. 6 He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.”  The first thing we should notice is that Satan had total control of Judas, and Satan was the one who actually convinced the priests and officers of the Temple to arrest and kill Jesus.  The Pharisees saw Jesus as a threat to their standing in the community, and after receiving confirmation of this from Judas’ betrayal, which was, in reality, Satan, they felt vindicated.  They truly believed that by killing Jesus, they would be doing God a service by eliminating an imposter.  It’s amazing how a pack of lies can be transformed into ‘truth’ in the hands of an accomplished liar.  As Jesus pointed out, Satan is the father of liars, and a murderer from the beginning.  So in this betrayal Satan was in his own environment!  We shouldn’t underestimate Satan’s powers of deception; after all he has managed to deceive the whole world.

 

Satan is a master of intrigue, and he prides himself on being able to persuade anyone.  As a matter of fact, he requested and received the right to tempt Jesus Christ when He first began His ministry.  Even with Jesus in a weakened state after fasting for 40 days, Satan still failed miserably!  Not to be outdone, he later tried a different tactic, and this time it worked.  Compared to Jesus Christ, the Pharisees were an easy mark!  He easily manipulated and bent them to his will.  He ensured that this betrayal was done ‘when no crowd was present’!  Satan realized that Jesus was very popular with the Jewish crowds, the ordinary citizens of that time, and he feared a violent reaction to his plans.  So it had to be done with the utmost secrecy to avoid this.  With this in mind, he sprung the trap in the middle of the night while the rest of the city was sleeping.

 

And the rest is history!  Not to put to fine a point on it, it was a follower of Christ – a Christian – who was the human instigator of this murder, even though he was firmly under the control of Satan.  So does this exonerate him from culpability?  Not according to the Scriptures!  Anyone who invites demon possession by their conduct is guilty of their deeds.  There is no defense called, ‘The devil made me do it!  Peter confirmed this with these words: Acts 1:24 “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."  Where Judas went was to a very horrible death, which Peter describes in Acts 1:18-19 “(With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)”  Everyone in Jerusalem knew what he had done all right, and considered it to be blood for blood!  Hence the name: Field of Blood.  Judas was afterwards detested by everyone, and in the Book of Psalms (from where Peter quoted from a prophecy about Judas) we find that even his children were ostracized and outcast and became wandering beggars (Psa 109:8-10).  This fulfilled the 2nd Commandment, which speaks of the sins of the fathers being on the children to the third and fourth generation.

 

From this we can conclude that insanity is not a valid defense for a crime in God’s eyes.  Murderers must be put to death!  Insanity is just another word for ‘demented’, and this word means demon-possessed.  In God’s Kingdom all God’s Laws will be strictly enforced, so now is a good time to start getting used to it!

 

As for the Jewish people being responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, it’s just a monstrous lie!  The Jewish people, as we all know, took the message of Christianity into all the world, and the vast majority of Christians in the days of the Apostles were Jewish.  Without the Jews there would be no Christianity!  It wasn’t the Jewish people who rejected Jesus Christ!  It was the Jewish religious leaders who did this.  It was the Scribes and Pharisees who loved the approbation of men.  The clambered for recognition and adoration, and loved to be seen in public.  They dressed extravagantly, and loved to be seen praying on street corners.  If they fasted, they made sure everyone knew about it.  They saw themselves as experts in the Law and expected to be consulted in all matters relating to the Law.  This also made them feel very important.  They even went to the extent of adding to the Law with burdensome interpretations that were impossible to keep.  Of course, they didn’t keep their own burdensome variations, but by insisting that everyone else should, they created the impression that they did.  By this means, they appeared to be very holy!  And to the people, they did appear holy.  But not to Jesus – nor to John the Baptist for that matter!  The presence of God’s Holy Spirit in these men of God exposed the actions of these detestable deceivers.  Both Jesus and John saw right through them!

 

As for all this type of masquerading, and trying to create false impressions, we see a lot of this today.  It’s been a problem down through the ages as the Apostle Paul points out: 2Cor 11:13-15 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for SATAN himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his SERVANTS masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”  We’ve already seen one example of this with Judas Iscariot, whose end was what his actions deserved.  It seems that Christianity has their problems too, with false apostles and deceitful workmen masquerading as apostles (as distinct from disciples, because it’s speaking of those who consider themselves to be important).  And who are these lying masqueraders?  In reality, they are the servants of Satan, just as Paul says.  And they crave to be held in high esteem in their congregations!

 

So there’s not a lot of difference today between the Pharisees of old and the preachers of today!  If there is any distinction between the two, at least the Pharisees taught the Laws of God – even with their unauthorized additions.  The preachers of today don’t even obey God’s Law, so they’re really behind the eight-ball!  As Paul points out, their end will be what their actions deserve, both then and now!

 

So what can we conclude from all this?  Well, firstly, Christians should not be too quick to judge the Jews!  It’s the Jews who have remained faithful to God’s Law, and their record of obedience goes back thousands of years.  Christianity, generally speaking, is violently opposed to obedience to God, and refuses to be governed by God’s Law.  Their pathetic excuse is that Jesus Christ ‘did it all for them’!  Added to this, Christianity claims that the Jews rejected Jesus Christ, when, in reality, it’s Christianity that has rejected Jesus Christ!  The Lord Jesus is the God of the Old Testament, and the Jews continue to worship Him.  What the Jews didn’t realize, and the same is true of Christianity, is that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament, and He is literally God in the flesh.  He is the only True God ever known to any of the men of old.  To further confirm this, when Jesus Christ was on earth, it was then that He introduced the Father, telling His disciples to pray to Him, the Father – in Jesus Name!

 

The Scriptures very clearly tell us that no-one has ever heard God at any time or seen His shape (1Tim 6:16), and then in John 5:37-40 “And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that TESTIFY ABOUT ME, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”  So whose voice did the men-of-old hear, including Abraham, Jacob, Moses and many others – and whose form or shape did they see when He appeared to them?  It certainly wasn’t the Father!  In fact, it was Jesus Christ! 

 

It’s the strangest thing, but Christianity has rejected the God of the Old Testament, believing Him to be the Father.  Inexplicably, they now pray to the Father in Jesus’ Name!  What sort of hypocrisy is this?

 

The Jews, on the other hand, firmly believe they have been worshipping God the Father, rather than the Son, which Jesus pointed out: John 8:54-59 “Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, WHOM YOU CLAIM AS YOUR GOD, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."  This is a reference to when the Prince of Peace visited Abraham immediately after the slaughter of the kings and blessed him (Gen 14:17-20).  At this point, Abraham knew Him to be a Warrior King – which is precisely what the Jewish leaders were expecting from the Promised Messiah.  Jesus Christ was reminding them that He is a Warrior King – and He knows how to bring peace to the earth!  And, incidentally, this is something that Christianity cannot grasp.  As the Mighty Warrior that He is, Jesus Christ will bring peace by destroying His enemies!  Continuing: V57 “You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!" 58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am [God]!" 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.” 

 

When the King of Salem [Peace] appeared to Abraham, Abraham realized that this was God!  Even the Jews believed this, but they refused to accept that Jesus Christ was that Godthe God of the Old Testament.  As soon as He told them that He was that God, they went berserk and tried to stone Him. 

 

It’s hardly surprising that there are some Christians today who want to kill you if you suggest that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament!  I wonder what they make of this verse: 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 (Manna) 4 and drank the same spiritual drink (water from the Rock); 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.” 

 

To be sure, Judaism did survive – because it had to!  There are certain prophecies that must be fulfilled that say it must happen this way.  The Apostle Paul gave one of these reasons when he said that God entrusted them with the very words of God:  Rom 3:1-2 “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been ENTRUSTED WITH THE VERY WORDS OF GOD.”  The only Words of God that existed in the time of Jesus Christ and the Apostles was the Old Testament!  It’s just as well that God entrusted the Jews with these Scriptures, because Christianity would have, long ago, tossed them out!

 

Yet, many Christians still hate the Jews, and prefer to favour God’s enemies – the Muslim hordes, whom God has always hated!  Today we refer to such people, who favour the enemy, as traitors.  Yet now we find vast numbers of these, and they’re posing as Christians!  They have literally aligned themselves with the antichrist – which the Apostle John spoke of in 1John 2:18-23.

 

To justify their hatred of the Jews, they quote from Matt 23, yet they’ve failed to understand the message.  Jesus was not addressing the Jews!  He was addressing the Phariseesthe religious leaders!  And if Jesus was on earth today, He would be saying the same things to the religious leaders of our day – who pose as Christians, yet reject the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Father!

 

Jesus referred to these Pharisees as snakes!  And called them a brood of vipers.  This is very much like what Jesus Christ said to the serpent in the Garden of Eden; and not just the Serpent, but his offspring as well!  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."  We discussed this verse in an earlier Psalm, but the point is that the Serpent or devil has OFFSPRING!  Or as the Apostle John refers to them: “The children of the devil” (1John 3:10).  Those who are led by the devil, and who do the devil’s work, are the children or offspring of the devil!

 

And now we find in Matt 23, that Jesus Christ confirms this!  He confirms these evil snakes and vipers killed righteous Abel (Matt 23:35)!  Abel was the son of Adam, and there were no Jews (or Pharisees for that matter) in the days of Abel.  We all know who killed Abel!  It was Cain!  So why was Abel righteous, but Cain was not?  The Apostle John tells us!  Cain belonged to the devil: 1John 3:12-13 “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. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.”  These days, you only have to speak the Truth and you’re already hated by those who belong to the evil one.  And there are plenty of these; most of whom masquerade as angels of light, yet their actions are evil.

 

No-one in their right mind would suggest that the Jewish religious leaders killed Abel.  The snakes and vipers who did were the devil and his demons!  In fact, Jesus plainly stated that these are responsible for all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth from Abel to that present day (Matt 23:35).  And in fact, it was these evil demons that killed Jesus Christ Himself.  So you can understand why Jesus forgave the Jews – who didn’t know what they were doing.  Satan and his demons did though!

 

And now, at long last, we’re back to the Psalms, yet oddly enough, the theme continues.

Psa 140:1  Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; protect me from men of violence,

Psa 140:2  who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.  So when we hear of wars and rumours of wars, we know that the forces of evil are at work.  In truth, this is the escalation of the antichrist, and we know who is fighting all these wars and where it’s happening.  It’s all over the Middle East and in Muslim Africa!

 

Psa 140:3  They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips.  Selah  What a surprise that these evil war-mongers emulate serpents and vipers in what they say, as well as what they do!  They’ve all gone mad and are fighting civil wars killing their own people!  Who else routinely kills their own people?  You’d never guess!  This is the hallmark characteristic of Satan himself!  This is what is written of this craven monster: Isa 14:12-14, 19-20 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn!  You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."  This is what Satan did long ago before he was cast back to earth in exile.  And now the Prophet Isaiah goes on to detail his end: V19-20 “But you are cast out of your tomb like a rejected branch; you are covered with the slain, with those pierced by the sword, those who descend to the stones of the pit.  Like a corpse trampled underfoot, 20 you will not join them in burial, for you have DESTROYED YOUR LAND and KILLED YOUR PEOPLE.  The offspring of the wicked will never be mentioned again.”  Have you seen the destruction of Satan’s LAND in the Middle East and Africa?  What are his people going to do now?  Well, Satan is conditioning them to do as they’ve always done, and that’s to conquer others and take their possessions.  He’s battle-hardening them for this very event!

 

And which nations are Satan’s proposed target nations?  Obviously, they’re the nations that don’t belong to Satan!  He doesn’t mind killing his own people, in fact he enjoys it, but he’d much rather kill God’s people – the Tribes of Israel.  And this is his plan!  You’ll notice that in Satan’s LAND, only the rulers prosper!  The ordinary people live their lives in endless poverty and drudgery.  The reason for this is so they won’t be too reluctant to sacrifice their lives in martyrdom.  And the special inducement is the salacious ‘rewards’ they hope for in heaven.  It’s hard to understand how these cretins could believe there are 70 virgins available for each of them – but they do!  It demonstrates one thing: their whole philosophy is that of self-interest – just like their father the devil.

 

All who do the devil’s work are the children or offspring of the devil!  As we all know, the reason why the Lord Jesus came was to destroy the devil’s work: 1John 3:8 “He who does what is sinful IS OF THE DEVIL, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was TO DESTROY THE DEVIL'S WORK.”  And what is sin?  John just got through telling us in V4.  It’s lawlessness!  Or as the KJV puts it, sin is the transgression of the Law!  Anyone who refuses to obey God’s Law IS OF THE DEVIL!  In other words, they belong to him!  They are the devil’s children or offspring.  Generations of them live on this earth; they willingly do the devil’s work.  They should surely know what their end will be!

 

It was Jesus Christ who confirmed these things concerning the generations of Satan’s offspring.  They’ve continued from the days of Cain who belonged to the devil!  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.”  All the righteous blood that has been shed on earth has resulted from this evil generation of Satan’s brood!  I hope the message is clear!  It’s very important to listen to the Prophets, wise men and teachers that Jesus Christ promised to send.  These will be telling you that sin carries a severe penalty and you need to repent!  If you continue sinning by disobeying God’s Law, then you will belong to the devil, and you will be destroyed along with all the work of the devil.

 

It what Jesus said comes true – and it will – then we can expect to see the lawless attacking the Prophets, wise men and teachers He will send!

Psa 140:4  Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet.  Typical of Satan’s brood, they will persecute those more righteous than themselves!  These wicked, evil snakes and vipers have never obeyed God’s Law and they hate anyone who does! 

 

They accuse and abuse and set traps for the righteous – casting their nets widely:

Psa 140:5  Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.  Selah  These are proud, arrogant creatures, who defy God and insist that everyone else does likewise.  Their whole purpose is to ensure that no-one obeys God!

 

Psa 140:6  O LORD, I say to you, "You are my God."  Hear, O LORD, my cry for mercy.  The Saints will continue to stand with their God, regardless of the cost to their own well-being.  This is the true essence of martyrdom!  These Saints are prepared to die for God!

 

Psa 140:7  O Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle--

Psa 140:8  do not grant the wicked their desires, O LORD; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah.  These evildoers certainly become proud when they manage to destroy the faithful Saints of God!  However, in the day of battle, they will see whom God vindicates, and they, themselves, will be the ones to fall!

 

Psa 140:9  Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused.  These accusers would have been better off closing their lips and shutting their mouths.  But their father the devil will ensure they don’t!

 

Psa 140:10  Let burning coals fall upon them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, NEVER TO RISE.  Remember how Jesus said, “How can you escape being condemned to hell?” in Matt 23:33?  The children of the devil are NEVER TO RISE!  They will never live again!

 

Psa 140:11  Let slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down men of violence.  When evil men slander God and the Saints, their fate is certain!

 

Psa 140:12  I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

Psa 140:13 Surely the righteous will praise your name and the upright will live before you.  In contrast to the murderous slanderers, the righteous and the upright will live before God in His Kingdom!

 

PSALM 141

 

A psalm of David.

 

Psa 141:1 O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you.

 

Psa 141:2  May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  The incense burned in the Temple is likened to the prayers of the Saints.

 

Psa 141:3  Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Remember how Jesus said that by our words we will judged?  Matt 12:33-37 Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."  You can’t get any plainer than this!  Evildoers say evil things!

 

Psa 141:4  Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.  Evildoers tend to contaminate righteous people, and we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be drawn to them!  In fact, the Apostles and Prophets have warned to have nothing to do with them!

 

While it’s true that Jesus occasionally answered their ‘trick’ questions, it usually ended up in acrimony.  The Lord gave some other advice concerning such evildoers:  Matt 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”  Dogs and pigs!  Jesus had some quaint names for these evildoers!  Sure it’s a parable, but the inference is still there!

 

For those who have not yet descended to the stature of dogs and pigs, David gives some very good advice about listening to a righteous man:

Psa 141:5  Let a righteous man strike me-- it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil on my head.  My head will not refuse it.  Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers;

Psa 141:6   their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.  Who are these rulers that David is speaking about – the ones who will be thrown down from the cliffs?  The rulers of these evildoers are even lower than dogs and pigs.  These slimy, reptilian snakes and vipers are to witness their own fate from a high cliff.  Jeremiah spoke of this: Jer 51:24-26  “Before your eyes I will repay Babylon and all who live in Babylonia for all the wrong they have done in Zion," declares the LORD. 25 "I am against you, O destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth," declares the LORD.  "I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain. 26 No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever," declares the LORD.”  The whole city of Babylon, which resides on the Euphrates River, will be plunged into a massive chasm which will open up as a result of a great earthquake.  All who live there will go down and be burnt up.  These are the ones who have destroyed the whole earth!  Both David and Jeremiah have good reason to mention this, because this is where the rulers of the spirit realm will be thrown – right off the cliffs!  The evildoers who followed Satan and his rulers won’t be far behind them!

 

The Apostle John recorded this prophecy: Rev 18:21-22 “Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of  Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.”  With great violence the City of Babylon will be thrown down into the abyss, and will never be found again.  It will be permanently sealed forever.  V22The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again.  No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again.  The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. 24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth."  Yes, this is the evil generation all right!  The very ones that Jesus accused of all the blood shed on earth from the days of righteous Abel.  The guilt rests clearly on Satan’s city of Babylon and the inhabitants – most notably, Satan and his demons.

 

You might recall something else Jesus said about this generation: Matt 11:16-19 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 "`We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'”  Remember how we read earlier about how they liked to make the Jews sing songs of joy about Zion while they were captives in Babylon?  This generation loves to taunt those who are helpless.  And how they love to accuse and abuse: V18 “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He has a demon.' 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners."' But wisdom is proved right by her actions."  John the Baptist was not a party guy, so they accused him of being a demon.  Jesus, on the other hand, did socialize at marriages and functions, so they accused Him of being a glutton and a drunkardamong other things.  Jesus drank fermented wine, but never to excess, but still they called Him a drunkard.

 

We have a prime example of this today in half the American people, who possess this type of mentality.  It’s now years since President Bush left office, and since he doesn’t drink alcohol, they depict him as a demon.  Yet, in their demented minds, everything that goes wrong, even today, is still President Bush’s fault.  The absurdity of their accusations is totally bizarre!  Their whole nation is falling down before their eyes, and they can’t seem to recognize that their current President Obama is a demon!  They’re not very good at testing the spirits, are they?

 

Psa 141:7  They will say, "As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave. "  The bodies of the evildoers (see V6) will be burned like worthless refuse.

 

Psa 141:8 But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge--do not give me over to death.  Those whose eyes are fixed on the Sovereign LORD will not be given over to death.

 

Psa 141:9  Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers.  Evildoers are going to set traps for the Saints, and the Saints will have to be diligent to avoid them.  They will accomplish this as long as they have a clear idea of what God requires of them, and faithfully obey.

 

Psa 141:10  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.  As long as the Saints remain faithful to God, the wicked will fall into their own traps, while the saints will make it to safety.

 

PSALM 142

 

A maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

 

Psa 142:1  I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.  This Psalm concerns the Saints in the Churches of God, who have an important role to play.  They must emulate Jesus Christ and suffer accordingly, while still placing their faith in God for deliverance.  They must remember Jesus’ instructions to them to endure to the end!  This is summarized in these words: 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.” 

 

It’s obviously not going to be easy to endure to the end!  But just remember it wasn’t easy for the Lord Christ either!  He endured unimaginably shame and suffering, but still remained faithful to God right to the end.  Those who have taken the name of ‘Christian’ must emulate the Master.

Psa 142:2  I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.  The Saints are bound to find themselves in situations they never imagined.  Gone will be the illusions of safe passage, which they had hoped for!  It will be a soul-searching time, involving much suffering.  God tested Jesus’ resolve in the same manner.  The reader would be aware that the Lord Jesus could have backed out of this obligation at any time, but for the sake of His offspring, He refused to do so.  This is what He said:  Matt 26:52-54 “Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, AND HE WILL AT ONCE PUT AT MY DISPOSAL MORE THAN TWELVE LEGIONS OF ANGELS? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"  At any time, Jesus could have made this request to the Father, and He would have responded instantly!  With this type of back-up, Jesus would have had the firepower to destroy everything and everybody, and ring down the curtain on planet earth.  And this is exactly what the Father would have done if His Son had failed.  But Jesus loves this creation so much, that He was prepared to lay down His life for it.  After all, He created it as the craftsman at His Father’s side.  He delighted in mankind (Pro 8:30-31) and knew it was possible to craft them like Himself to become acceptable as ‘sons of God’ in the God Family.  And this is what was at stake when Jesus Christ endured to the end and afterward arising in triumph.  At this point, the fate of the rulers of the spirit realm was sealed!  Their six thousand year rule would finally end and be replaced by the Kingdom of God.

 

As one might imagine, the new kings, princes and priests would need to undergo a qualifying period.  As we all know, David went through a qualifying period in his life on earth, and was reassured by God that he would be resurrected as king over the Tribes of Israel.  As we also know, David spent most of his life fighting wars, and proved to be a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). 

 

However, for the Saints in the Churches, God requires something a little different.  It’s no reflection on the righteousness of the Saints that they must suffer under the hand of the enemy.  In this way, they are providing the evidence against the present rulers for the future generations who are yet to be born.  When these new generations are born, they will ask about what happened, and they’ll be told of the carnage and bloodshed that was inflicted on the earth by these evil reptilian creatures.  While the Saints must suffer now, they’ll be leaving a lasting legacy for these future generations, which will never be forgotten!

 

There’s another consideration also.  There will be new rulers and teachers on earth once the Kingdom of God is established.  As things presently stand, there are righteous beings already in the power-structure of heavenly beings, and who hold positions of great power.  As such, a new order of things is called for, and the God Family will be comprised of former human beings, who have proven themselves in the same manner as Jesus Christ.  In consideration of the new order of things, the 24 Spirit Rulers in God’s presence surrender their crowns, immediately prior to the opening of the Seven Seals:  Rev 4:10-11 “The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."  It’s not something you see a lot of on earth.  The present rulers of this earth cling to power regardless of the consequences – but not those who know the Great God!  They willingly lay their crowns at His feet.

 

After the seals have been opened, and at the 7th Trumpet blast, we read of the conclusion of the matter:  Rev 11:15-18 “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever." 16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because YOU HAVE TAKEN YOUR GREAT POWER and have begun to reign. 18 The nations were angry; and your wrath has come.  The time has come for judging the dead, and for REWARDING YOUR SERVANTS THE PROPHETS AND YOUR SAINTS and those who reverence your name, both small and great-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth." 

 

I don’t know what role the 24 Elders of God will have in the future, and neither does anyone else.  But we do know that the angelic beings are to be ministering servants to the God Family: Heb 1:14 “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation [deliverance is the correct rendering]?” 

 

Notwithstanding, deliverance will seem very elusive as the Saints endure this essential qualifying period.  It will take very brave and courageous men, men like David and his famous Son, the Son of David – Jesus Christ!  We have numerous other examples of such men in the Bible.  It certainly won’t be a time for the faint-hearted!  One can only fear for those who lack the masculinity and the mental toughness to endure it!

Psa 142:3  When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way.  In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me.  Betrayals will be common for the true Saints of God, and they’ll find that even those who should have supported them, that is, professing Christians, will be in league with the devil – and against them!  The path where the Saints walk is not appealing to false Christians.

 

Psa 142:4 Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me.  I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.  In a mob setting, people are usually a whole lot braver than when they are on their own.  When someone is totally alone and in danger, mental-toughness is essential for survival.  This is when the Saints will come into their own as a result of their faith training.  What they must remember is that they are not alone!  God’s Holy Spirit is constantly monitoring the situation and reporting back to God.  So the message is, don’t put your faith in men!  They won’t care for your life!

 

Psa 142:5  I cry to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."  The language is a little difficult, but it’s saying that our portion of God’s Holy Spirit is our refuge for sustaining us among the land of the living.  That is, it will be keeping God’s Saints alive.

 

Psa 142:6  Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.  Eventually, the whole world will be arraigned against the Saints and they’ll face defeat.  The Prophet Daniel speaks of this: Dan 7:21-22 “As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, AND THE TIME CAME WHEN THEY POSSESSED THE KINGDOM.”  Notice the use of the descriptor ‘horn’ which is describing a commander of armies who is defeating the Saints.  God speaks of a similar ‘horn’, a commander of armies, who will fight on behalf of the Saints.  This ‘horn’ is raised up in the House of David (Luke 1:69).  While the Saints will be defeated, the tables will be turned once they possess the Kingdom!  Then they’ll have the authority of Jesus Christ to dash the nations to pieces like pottery! (Rev 2:26-27).  The nations, at that time, will learn all about justice!  And the Saints will be well-positioned to deliver it!

 

So the Saints shouldn’t be discouraged if they must suffer for a short time.  They’ll be rewarded for their efforts.  What is more, their faithfulness will rub off on others, who have been predestined to join them as faithful servants of God. 

Psa 142:7  Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name.  Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.  This is the context of this Psalm.  It’s the duty of the Saints in the Churches of God to endure their suffering while trusting only in God for deliverance.  When their deliverance comes, righteous men will gather to them, and so the firstfruits of the House of Israel will be set on the right track.  There’s a specific number of these righteous men who will gather to them; it’s 12,000 from each of the Tribes of Israel.

 

 

PSALM 143

 

A psalm of David.

 

As the numbers of Saints begins to grow as a result of the efforts of the earlier Saints, trouble intensifies.  It goes on for some years – until the battle line is drawn, which begins with the rising of the House of David.  This begins with the first verse of the next Psalm (Psa 144).

 

We’ve been studying the progress of the Saints in the Churches of God, and how they will draw others from the Tribes of Israel to become servants of God and Saints to the Most High.  We know the specific number of these, and they total 144,000 – 12,000 from each of the Tribes as detailed in Rev 7:4-8.  You’ll notice that one Tribe is omitted, and a double portion goes to Joseph.  It’s the Tribe of Joseph, and Ephraim in particular, who is the designated ruler of the homeland of the Churches of God.  It stands to reason that the 144,000 will be drawn from the nation where the Churches of God live.  Jesus always confirmed that He had come only to the ‘lost sheep of Israel’, and it’s the American nation that represents that group or ‘flock’.

 

Long ago, it was Ephraim that finally led the northern Ten Tribes into captivity, and they literally became lost to the record of history.  Even today, Biblical scholars seem to have no idea where they went.  Yet there is so much prophecy about them, you would have thought that it was essential to find out who they are!  Jesus even told a parable about them, which we know as the ‘Parable of the Ten Virgins’.  All Bible students should be familiar with this parable.  The only problem is that they’ve never understood the meaning of it.

 

It speaks of ten virgins, five of whom were wise and five were foolish.  In the middle of a long dark night, at midnight, the five foolish virgins arose and dusted off their lampwhich is the Word of God, and found they needed oil in order to provide the light to see – yet they had none!  The five wise virgins, however, had some oil and were able to light their lamps.  This is the parable: Matt 25:1-13 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.”  The five wise virgins had stored up oil to meet this eventuality.  They had taken the time to prepare themselves.  V6 “At midnight the cry rang out: `Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 7 "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 9 " `No,' they replied, `there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'”  Not to put too fine a point on it, the foolish virgins seemed to believe that the wise should provide for them, and to coin a well-known phrase, “to spread the wealth around”.  We all know whose ‘mantra’ this is today!  It’s the ‘mantra’ of the greedy, cunning Democrats who demand rights they’ve never earned!  More about this in a moment!  V10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet.  And the door was shut. 11 "Later the others also came. `Sir! Sir!' they said. `Open the door for us!' 12 "But he replied, `I tell you the truth, I DON'T KNOW YOU.' 13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” Notice the comment, “I DON’T KNOW YOU!” – Isn’t this what Jesus said to the evildoers who were masquerading as Christians?  Matt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”  Sounds like the same evildoers to me!

 

So Jesus message was to the ‘lost sheep of Israel’, which could also be described as the ‘Ten Lost Tribes of Israel’, and who now reside in the largest Christian nation on earth.  While they claim to be such, they are certainly not all Christians, and yet the Lord Christ is primarily concerned only with His flock.  In the parable of the Ten Virgins, He makes a clear division!  Half of them are not welcome, and the other half need to activate their light if they are ever going to prepare themselves for the Kingdom.

 

Jesus Christ was clearly showing us the division of the nation of Ephraim, the largest Christian nation on earth.  The whole nation is split evenly down the middle politically.  It’s divided between Republicans and Democrats.  Which of these two want to “spread the wealth around” by taking from those who earn their money and giving it to those who don’t?  But let’s not be shy about the rest of the political ideology of the Democrats!  Who was behind the push to legalize homosexuality?  Or same-sex marriages?  Who attacks their government for going to war against Islam, even after all the outrages endured at their hands?  And who is against drilling for oil when the nation is crying out for more energy?  Or coal-mining?  Who was it that created the fiction of global-warming as a means to tax the rich to give to the poor?  Not the poor in America, mind!  But the poor in Muslim Africa who, supposedly, would plant trees to offset the carbon dioxide in the air in return for billions of dollars.  Only a Democrat like Al Gore could conjure up this type of lunacy!  And only the looney side of the political divide would support him.

 

The madness of the Democrats seems to have no bounds.  They want all Christian prayer banned in schools, but they fully support special prayer rooms for Muslims to pray five times a day, even disrupting classes to do so.  The Democrats become craven animals when anyone suggests that Creation is true.  They seem ready to kill if someone questions the ‘theory of evolution’ as only an unsupported theory.  Their minds are so limited that they can’t even recognize intelligent design in God’s Creation.  They’ve turn everything upside down!  These maniacal Democrats even want to disarm the people through gun control, and at the most dangerous time in history!  When they elected Obama as President, they sure got what they deserved!

 

Jesus parable about the Ten Virgins relates to a time when the Bridegroom is about to return.  The true Saints know that the six millennial days are up, and the Seventh Millennial Day of God has begun.  The Seventh Millennium is the Day of the Lord, so the expectation of the Bridegroom begins now.  Bible Prophecy details everything that must happen in preparation for this event, including a special ministry to prepare the way, which all savvy Bible students should know is a Levite Brotherhood of Warrior Priests.

 

Psa 143:1  O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.  The Saints are going to have to recognize some inconvenient truths in the days ahead.  Firstly, they were ill-prepared for the events that are coming.  They haven’t believed the messenger because they never understood the Testimony given by Jesus.  In the past, they’ve chosen only to believe the promises that seemed to favour them.  Somehow they managed to convince themselves that they would never have to endure hardship or persecution or death.  They became fully persuaded that they would be insulated from all this and that God wouldn’t allow it to happen to them.  Did God allow it to happen to His Son Jesus?  Didn’t God turn His back on Jesus at the crucial moment, and refuse to come to His relief?  Remember what Jesus said at that crucial moment: “My God, my God!  Why have you forsaken me?  The reason is that this was by prior arrangement – and it had to happen this way!  God is not asking anything of you that has not already been endured by His Son Jesus!  And this is something every Christian should keep firmly in mind.  If you don’t, then you will fail!

 

Relief will come, but only after you’ve proven your faithfulness to God.  In fact, this is the pledge made by Christians when they are baptized, whether they understood it or not.  By being baptized they were figuratively entering into a form of death and pledging that even death would not deter their faithfulness to God.  It is, in fact, a contract with God!  By confirming your willingness to lay down your life for God, He forgives your past sins and makes you eligible for eternal life.  The repentant person arises from the water of baptism with the sure knowledge that eternal life is within their grasp – subject only to them fulfilling their pledge.

Psa 143:2  Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.  When someone emerges from the water of baptism, it’s as well to remind themselves, that they still have a long way to go.  If no-one is righteous while they are living, then the alternative is to be righteous in death.  Through the Prophet David, God gives this good advice: Psa 116:13-15 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. 14 I will FULFILL MY VOWS to the LORD in the presence of all his people. 15 PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS. 

 

The Saints made vows when they were baptized, and they will be precious to God if they keep them.  And it is speaking of fulfilling these vows in the presence of all His peoplein martyrdom, just as we’ve been saying.  In so doing, they will be lifting the Cup of Salvation for all of God’s people!  This is the perfect example, just as the death of Jesus Christ was!

 

We are about to enter an era of unprecedented carnage and death, and all the Prophets of God spoke about it.  Most Christians today have refused to listen to the Prophets, and instead found themselves beguiled by lying teachers who only spoke of good outcomes.  If anyone wants to continue to listen to these lying teachers, then they’ll find that God doesn’t consider them to be precious in death at all.  If death must come, and it comes to us all eventually, then let it be for the greater glory of God.

 

Our Lord Christ gave the perfect example of martyrdom: John 15:12-17  “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”  The Lord Christ lay down His life for His friends, and He is commanding His disciples to do likewise!  If you understand this and do this, then He will call you friends and you will be bearing fruit that will last.

 

It’s those who go early in doing what Jesus commanded that will bear much fruit among other disciples.  If you submit to martyrdom yourself, in order to spare other Saints, you will held in the highest esteem by both the Saints and God as well.  Your righteous deeds will follow you.

 

We’re speaking of very dangerous times here, when the hatred for true Christians will reach its zenith.  While we see a degree of tolerance today among false Christians, the enemy that will flood across the borders will have none of this tolerance.  This incursion is set to become a tidal wave!

 

We’ve been reading a lot about the children of the devil and the dark forces of evil that motivates them.  Satan has been strategically positioning them to take advantage of the situation that is now developing.  The whole world is astir now, in anticipation of the destruction of the mightiest power on earth.  There will be few nations who will mourn the destruction of America.  When the death blow is dealt (and Bible Prophecy tells us clearly how this will occur), the hordes will sweep in like jackals to pick over the carcass.  Blood sport will be the big attraction of the day, just as it was in days of long ago, when Christians died in the arena in martyrdom.

 

Psa 143:3  The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead.  It’s as well to remember history and understand how things can unfold.  We’ve seen plenty of examples of how spontaneous rioting can spring up for no definable reason.  It often degenerates into looting and burning and even killing.  In the aftermath of the bloodshed and destruction, the psychologists try to justify it as the fault of the affluent, who failed to provide for the lazy degenerates.  This type of thinking, of course, is just delusional.  The people who do such things are the children of the devil, and they do the devil’s work.

 

Psa 143:4  So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.

Psa 143:5  I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.  Well, it’s better late than never, and some are very slow to learn.  This world has had six thousand years of human experience to look back on, and there are many lessons to learn.  The problem is that most people don’t look for answers until necessity forces it upon them.  They don’t recognize the signs of the times, nor the approaching danger.  Jesus spoke about recognizing the signs of the times, and pointed out to His enemies (of that day) that they were able to recognize the mundane changing of the weather, but were blind to the changing of the times and the evident signs.  Matt 16:2-4 “He replied, "When evening comes, you say, `It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' 3 and in the morning, `Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left them and went away.”  It’s an age-old problem that people don’t recognize the signs of the times.  Our times are screaming warnings all over the world, and the seriousness of the times are particularly noticeable in the Western nations.  They know that anti-Christian forces are building up, even in their own countries, yet they seem not to notice.  There’s a certain irony in what Jesus said when using the weather as an example.  Today, we have people looking at the weather patterns and screaming ‘disaster is coming – we have to save the earth from manmade global warming’.  These maniacs would have you believe that this is the greatest challenge of our times.  Their solution is to give our enemies wads of cash to plant trees.  These lying prophets of doom invent their own lying signs as they continue to generate them from their addled minds!

 

As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ gave us the sign of our times, when asked by His disciples.  Matt 24:3-14 “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately.  "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the SIGN of your coming and of the end of the age?"  As we’re about to find out, the first sign is the deception of people calling themselves by Jesus Christ’s Name – that is, Christian, and will deceive many: V4 “Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, `I am the Christ, ' and will deceive many.”  The more radical among them will be claiming to be Christ Himself – and we’ve seen a few of these!  Others claim to act on Christ’s behalf and to actually decide the date of His return by some mythical delusion of their minds, which they refer to as ‘a rapture’.  These lying maniacs have certainly deceived a lot of people!  When one date fails, they unashamedly select another date.  Well this is just one sign, but there are more: V6 “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.”  Heard of any wars lately?  The Middle East is presently aflame with wars!  It was always going to be the Muslim hordes in the Middle East that would be whipped into a frenzy by the satanic forces of evil.  These are the very people they’ve been grooming for thousands of years for the final move for the destruction of the Tribes of Israel.  Anciently, they were called Babylonians, when the City of Babylon ruled the entire Middle East, but today these same people are called Muslims.  It’s a sign of the times today that their slithering tentacles are reaching right across the earth.  The Prophet Habakkuk detailed these signs in Hab 1:5-7 Look at the nations and watch-- and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something IN YOUR DAYS that you would not believe, even if you were told. 6 I AM RAISING UP THE BABYLONIANS, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling places not their own. 7 They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.”  If there is any doubt about what Habakkuk meant when he said, “IN YOUR DAYS” you only need to read his third chapter, which describes the coming of the Lord Christ!

 

Continuing in Matt 24:9-14 Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, AND THEN THE END WILL COME.” 

 

Dealing with this last phrase first, when will the end come?  Let’s be clear on what Jesus meant when He referred to this.  This is what His servant Paul said: 1Cor 15:24-26 THEN THE END WILL COME, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father AFTER he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign UNTIL he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is DEATH.”  Death is one of Christ’s age-old enemies and an arch-rebel of considerable power.  This mad creature is mentioned many times in the Scriptures, and is actually mentioned by name in Rev 6:8.  When Jesus says this evil creature will be the last enemy destroyed, He really meant it!  Death is also called the Beast!  Together with the False Prophet, he will be captured and then thrown into the fiery lake burning with sulphur (Rev 19:20) – and will never live again.  And so this is THE END, when Jesus hands over the Kingdom to the Father.  The important point of when THE END will come is after the Lord Christ has reigned and He’s completed the task of destroying all His enemies of old.  Just remember, the Lord Christ came to destroy the devil’s work (1John 3:8).

 

As we’ve just read in Matt 24:9, the Saints will be persecuted and put to death.  What is more, they’ll be hated of all nations!  There’s a growing trend by all nations to hate Christians especially the largest Christian nation on earth!  And then Jesus Christ says this: V10-11At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”  Those who turn away from the faith will betray and hate other Christians, and this too, is a growing trend.  It’s now official in Britain and Europe that Islam has more rights than Christianity.  Muslims can hurl scandalous abuse at Christians, but Christians can be arrested if they retaliate!  Christianity has become so morally weak that it can’t even raise its voice in favour of our Lord Jesus Christ!  They’ve become fearful and cowardly, and are rapidly turning against their own fellow Christians.  Aren’t these signs of the times?  And isn’t this what Jesus Christ was warning about?  Can’t you see the clouds of doom spreading across the Western Christian nations today?

 

Soon real Christians are going to feel very isolated, and it’s these whom Jesus said must stand firm to the end if they hope for deliverance (V12-13).  And there is just one other thing which Jesus mentioned in this passage of Matt 24 in speaking of events leading to the end.  He said this: V14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a TESTIMONY to all nations, AND THEN THE END WILL COME.”  Now who do you suppose God would appoint to preach the TESTIMONY of Jesus concerning the Kingdom of God?  First of all, we should understand that the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).  So only someone with Spirit of Prophecy is going to be appointed with this task.  As it happens, there will be two such men!  These two men will begin to preach the Testimony to the whole world from the City of Jerusalem, after the prophesied beast has gained control in the region through deception.  This prophesied beast is called Death and he is released from THE ABYSS, the prison of the rebellious demons, for the purpose of fulfilling his destiny, which, as his name indicates, is death!

 

And now we come to where the Kingdom of God is preached in the whole world for a TESTIMONY for all nations: Rev 11:3-11 “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 (just as Moses did) and to strike the earth with every kind of plague (also as Moses did in Egypt) as often as they want.”  Just a couple of comments; God doesn’t give this type of power to just anyone!  These two men are specifically appointed to this task, and one of them is a prophet just like Moses!  The other is a prophet from Judahjust like Jesus Christ, and for that matter, just like David!  These two prophets are obviously not the Church!  One of them is from the Tribe of Levi, and the other from the Tribe of Judah.  The two principle players in the beginning of the Christian era, who preached the Kingdom of God, were John the Baptist and his cousin, Jesus Christ.  One was from the Tribe of Levi, and the other from the Tribe of Judah.

 

Continuing in V7 “Now when they have finished their TESTIMONY, the beast that comes up from THE ABYSS will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8 Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation (this certainly covers the whole world, doesn’t it?) will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.”  You’ll notice that both these Prophets die in martyrdom – just as John the Baptist and Jesus Christ did!  Every nation on earth will hear their TESTIMONY – just as Jesus Christ predicted – and they won’t be happy!  That is, until both prophets are killed!  Then they’ll be really happy!  The giving of gifts is a dead giveaway as to their identity.  The reader is probably aware what Muslims do when a slaughter of Christians or Jews occurs.  They dance in the streets and hand out gifts of sweets.  It seems that all the offspring of the devil will follow suit, and as we already know, these include the whole world.  Notwithstanding, there is going to be a lot of celebrating – but only for 3˝ days.  With mouths still full of sweets, they’ll suddenly be choking with terror!  V11-12 “But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, AND TERROR STRUCK THOSE WHO SAW THEM. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.” 

 

As we now know from what Jesus in Matt 24:14, this is when THE END comes: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the WHOLE WORLD as a TESTIMONY to all nations, AND THEN THE END WILL COME.”  The whole world will witness crushing defeat from the Lord Christ Himself!  He will come in great fury to destroy those who have destroyed the earth – and there will be few of them left!

 

But we’ve been jumping way ahead!  Before the two Prophets can fulfill what is written about them in the Book of Revelation, preparations must be made for the arrival of Jesus Christ, because initially He must come to His Temple: Mal 3:1-4 “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will COME TO HIS TEMPLE; the MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.” 

 

Hopefully, this will dispel the fuzzy logic of Christians today who think that Jesus Christ is going to appear to them.  He’ll be coming to His Temple in Jerusalem in the same manner as He did before.  Remember how He rode in on an ass, while the people of Judah and Jerusalem spread palm branches before Him?  This was to fulfill a prophecy in the Book of Zechariah.  At the time, Jesus only partially fulfilled it.  What follows His entry into Jerusalem, as recorded by the Prophet, is a wholly different scenario to what happened at Jesus’ first appearance at His Father’s House, the Temple!  This is the prophecy: Zech 9:9-17 “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  This is the part fulfilled by our Lord at His first appearance.  And this is what happens at the next appearance: V10 “I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken.  He will proclaim peace to the nations.  His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. 13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim.  I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warrior's sword. 14 Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning.  The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south, 15 and the LORD Almighty will shield them.  They will destroy and overcome with slingstones.  They will drink and roar as with wine; they will be full like a bowl used for sprinkling the corners of the altar. 16 The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people.  They will sparkle in HIS LAND like jewels in a crown. 17 How attractive and beautiful they will be!  Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.”  Well, we’ve explained these verses many times in the past, but I think you get the picture.

 

In the meantime, the Saints in the Churches of God have a long way to go in the lead-up to all this.  Their nations will be shattered and they’ll be hated by everyone.  True Christianity will be outlawed and their enemies will be everywhere and stalking them.

Psa 143:6 I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.  Selah

Psa 143:7  Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails.  Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit [meaning death].  The phrase, ‘Do not hide your face from me’ indicates death in martyrdom.  Remember how the Father turned His back; hiding His face at the last moment, causing the Lord Jesus to say, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

 

Psa 143:8  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  In that day, the Saints will long for morning – the dawning of the New Day.  This prophesied dawning will bring in the morning rays of the Sun of Righteousness for the captive people of Israel.  Then they will know that their rescue draws near.

 

Psa 143:9  Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you.  Isn’t this the role that John the Baptist – as the Elijah – was commissioned to fulfill as stated in Luke 1:74?  But like Jesus Christ, he was martyred before he fulfilled everything that was prophesied of him.  It remains for another just like him to arise to complete this prophecy.

 

Psa 143:10  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.  The days will be long gone when God’s people Israel thought they could worship Him as they saw fit.  In the grinding torment of captivity they’ll come to realize that it’s God’s will that must be done.  He is the Creator!  We are only the created!  We don’t dictate to our Master!  You may recall Psa 115 which says this: V1-3 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but TO YOUR NAME BE THE GLORY, because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say, "Where is their God?" 3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”  Many people will find out that their form of worship was not acceptable to God.  They either do His will or they are on their own and in a lot of trouble.  This day is fast approaching!

 

Psa 143:11 For your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.  God will bring His people Israel out of trouble, but there will be conditions!

 

Psa 143:12  In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.  In time to come, God will have 12,000 servants from each of the Tribes of Israel: Rev 7:3-4 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the SERVANTS OF OUR GOD." 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.” 

 

 

PSALM 144

 

Of David.

 

And now we see the signs of retaliatory war as the House of David makes its entrance to effect the rescue of God’s people Israel:

Psa 144:1  Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.  The LORD my Rock” is the One still worshipped by the Jewish people today.  Christianity doesn’t worship “The LORD my Rock” even though they’ve been told in 1Cor 10:4 that this Rock was Christ!  It’s hardly surprising!  After all, they’ve rejected the Scriptures that Jesus Christ and all the Apostles used – the Old Testament!  Unlike Jesus Christ, they consider the Old Testament to be irrelevant to them.  If Jesus Christ is referred to as “The Word” (John 1:1), then which Word do they suppose it’s referring?  The Word of God in the days of the Apostles was the Old Testament.  If you reject one, then you are rejecting the other!

 

Psa 144:2  He is my loving God and my FORTRESS, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.  Remember how the LORD said in Zech 9:12 Return to your FORTRESS, O prisoners of hope?  Fortress Jerusalem will be the place to be when the fight-back begins.  This will be the base for the Warriors of God.

 

Psa 144:3  O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?  The Lord Christ delighted in mankind (Pro 8:30-31).  When He created Adam it was like reproducing Himself.  In fact, Adam is described as the son of God (Luke 3:38).  Mankind was created just a little lower than the angels: Heb 2:5-8 “It is not to angels that he has subjected the WORLD TO COME, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor 8 and put everything under his feet."  This confirms something we said earlier about mankind being the new rulers of this earth, and displacing the present angel-class rulers.  No longer will the sons of God be dominated by the rulers of the spirit realm!  The Sons of the Family of God will rule forever, even over the angels.  It’s been said that even the angels long to look into these things (1Pet 1:12).

 

Psa 144:4  Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.  From the days of David, mankind has been given just 70 years for their lifetimes – the traditional three score years and ten.  Those who reach this age know just how fleeting their lives were.  Psa 90:10 The length of our days is seventy years-- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”  It’s therefore incumbent upon us all to prove our worth to God while we still live.  The twilight of our years is not the best time to be doing this, but it’s better than nothing!  Especially today, because things can change very quickly as the Kingdom of God advances!  You don’t want to be like the rest of the world wondering what on earth is happening!

 

And this is what we’re referring to:

Psa 144:5  Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

Psa 144:6  Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies; shoot your arrows and rout them.  Isn’t this what we’ve just been reading in: Zech 9:14 Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning.  The astute will recognize this type of weaponry as calling fire down from the sky, which is the power given to the two Prophets we spoke of earlier.  This is not conventional weaponry!  It’s the weapons of God, the same weapons the destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (2Pet 2:6), which were burned to ashes.  Little wonder these cities haven’t been found to this day.

 

Psa 144:7  Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners

Psa 144:8  whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.  This is what happened once before when the Jewish nation of Judah was taken into captivity in the days of Nebuchnezzar.  After 70 years, as Jeremiah prophesied (Jer 25:12), they returned to Jerusalem to build the Temple.  These two verses might seem out of place here, but they’re repeated in V11 below, after the mention of David and a successful rescue – which is a reference to the House of David.

 

Psa 144:9  I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre (which is a type of harp) I will make music to you,

Psa 144:10  to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers HIS SERVANT DAVID from the deadly sword.

 

David was a musician and he speaks of a new song, which he says he will sing.  David didn’t write this song, in fact, Moses did!  It’s called the SONG OF MOSES.  This song is found in Deut 31:30 – 32:1-44, and is also referred to  in the Book of Revelation,  in Rev 15:2-4 “I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues--last, because with them God's wrath is completed. 2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held HARPS given them by God 3 and sang the SONG OF MOSES the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.  Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. 4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?  For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship before you, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED."  The Song of Moses is the Song of the Lamb, and it tells us a lot about the Lamb.  It also tells us a lot about those Christians who reject Moses.  If you reject the one, then you reject the other!  The Song of Moses tells us what awaits God’s enemies.

 

The Song of Moses tells us all about God’s righteous acts concerning the House of Israel.  Even though they turned away from Him and worshipped other gods, He still watched over them – which is the theme of the song.  Finally, God does punish them until they acknowledge that He is God!  And this is how the song concludes: Deut 32:39 See now that I myself am He!  There is no god besides me.  I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand. 40 I lift my hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever, 41 when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me. 42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders." 43 Rejoice, O nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.”  Remember these words when we get to the grand finale in Psalm 149.

 

This next verse is a repeat of V9 above, but in a different context with the introduction of David singing the Song of Moses.  It’s a similar rescue, but in a different era – in fact, in this era in which we live today.

Psa 144:11  Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.  Oddly enough, it’s the same foreigners, who were called Babylonians before, but whom we now know as Muslims.  Babylon ruled over the entire Middle East, and all its subjects were called Babylonians.  They’re the same people and the only difference today is that they are ruled by multiple rulers, yet they are mostly all bound by a common religion – which is just as pagan as that of the Babylonians!

 

The Tribe of Judah will be rescued after a brief interval by the servants of God.  In fact, the House of David will be like God, and like the mighty angel that goes before them.  This is what God says: Zech 12:7-9 “The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem's inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.” 

 

Psa 144:12  Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.  This is the sort of peace and security the servants of God can expect.  God is very generous to those who serve Him!  The term, ‘in their youth’ loses something in the translation.  God intends to restore His people to youthfulness, so that even a man who dies of 100 years will be thought a mere youth: Isa 65:20 “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought A MERE YOUTH; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.”  A long and youthful life is what the Children of Israel can look forward to.

 

There is a precursor to this, which is mentioned in Psa 103:1-2 “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things SO THAT YOUR YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLE'S.”  This is a reference to the Eagle!  An eagle flies high in the sky and watches for prey.  An eagle is not a particularly long-lived bird, but the EAGLE referred to here, is!  In fact, this EAGLE is a man.  In fact, an old man whose youth is renewed to complete his designated function!  When the nations see this flying ‘bird’ hovering over them, they will be stricken with terror!  You’ve probably seen documentaries of how little animals run for cover when they see an eagle above them, but the prey of this EAGLE is the human kindthe foreigners who have invaded God’s Land!  In fact, the Eagle and his band of Warrior Priests are the Sons of Jerusalem.  The world will recognize them by their great power and their youthfulness!

 

Back now to the rescue of God’s people:

Psa 144:13  Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision.  Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields;

Psa 144:14   our oxen will draw heavy loads.  There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.  Then the people of God will live in safety!  This is the objective and this is the calling of the servants of Godto ensure this is so!  It will mean instant death for anyone who attacks Jerusalem in that day.

 

Psa 144:15  Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD.  When David says, “Blessed are the people of whom this is true”, he is speaking of a future people, who will administer his House, the House of David.  Whose God is the LORD God of the Old Testament?  It’s the same LORD, the Creator God, which the Jews have always worshipped!  And the LORD God of the Old Testament just happens to be the Lord Christ of the New Testament.  They are one and the same!

 

PSALM 145

 

A psalm of praise. Of David.

 

Psa 145:1  I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.  I think we all know that Jesus Christ is the King of kings and LORD of lords, and there is only one who is higher in rank than He – His Father!  When the Lord Christ parts the heavens and comes down, everyone will know who He is!

 

Psa 145:2  Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.

Psa 145:3  Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.  We’re mere human beings, but soon we will all witness the great Power of God.  It will be humorous to observe those who thought they were ‘intellectuals’ when they invented all their mythical theories about the origins of the earth, as well as all the other mad theories they developed in defiance of God.  Their world of delusion is about to be shattered!

 

Psa 145:4  One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.  Those who are left alive of all of humanity will have a real change of heart.  Gone will be all the mindless theorists who can’t recognize intelligent design when they see it!  The survivors will be thankful to know their God and will duly pass the knowledge on to their children – the future generations.

 

Psa 145:5  They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.  Why couldn’t the inhabitants of the earth be like David?  David beheld the wonderful works of the Creator God and never doubted.  Those who possess the mind of Satan crave recognition as ‘intellectuals’ and will do and say anything to gain this recognition.  It’s just an empty ego trip as they are about to find out!

 

Psa 145:6  They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.  The human species will survive – at least some of them – and they will never forget the lessons learned.  Gone will be the arrogant theorists who loved to demean God’s Creation and deny His existence.

 

Psa 145:7  They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.  In the Kingdom of God, people will be happy to live in peace – and their Creator God will be their everlasting joy.  No longer will they serve false gods and suffer the consequences; instead they will joyfully worship their Creator God and experience His abundant blessings.  There’ll be a lot of songs that won’t be sung in that day, like the heavy rock and the rap-crap that we’re hearing today.  The predominant style of music in that day will be songs of joy about God’s righteousness.  For example: The Song of Moses.

 

Psa 145:8  The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.  The lyrics of the Song of Moses clearly demonstrate this!  It took a long time for God’s anger to arise, but in comparison, He will be quick to show mercy and compassion.

 

Psa 145:9  The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.  We are still speaking of God’s people here, and these are what He has made, and it’s these He has compassion on.  Long ago, He chose the Children of Israel as His only family among the rest of the families of the earth (Amos 3:1-2).

 

Psa 145:10  All you have made will praise you, O LORD; your saints will extol you.  Saints are those who have God’s Holy Spirit.  Though some might not recognize this fact, the truth is that the whole House of Israel are soon to become Saints!  Eze 39:25-29 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will now bring Jacob back from captivity and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. 26 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will show myself holy THROUGH them IN THE SIGHT OF MANY NATIONS. 28 Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. 29 I will no longer hide my face from them, FOR I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, declares the Sovereign LORD."  When God pours out His Holy Spirit of the House of Israel, they will all be Saints.  What is more, they will set an example through them in the sight of many nations on earth.  This will result in many others becoming God’s servants, both men and women, who will also be given God’s Holy Spirit: Acts 2:17-18 In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”  Even other nations who choose to serve God as His servants will receive His Holy Spirit.  Just to put this into perspective, this is what God’s servants do: Eze 37:24-25 “`My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived.”  David set the example for the House of Israel and is duly rewarded.  Anyone who doesn’t keep God’s Law and Decrees are not His servants and never can be!  You either serve God in obedience or you are not His servant!

 

Psa 145:11  They will tell of the glory of your KINGDOM and speak of your might,

Psa 145:12  so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your KINGDOM.

Psa 145:13  Your KINGDOM is an everlasting KINGDOM, and your dominion endures through all generations.  The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.  You’ll notice in these verses that the theme is God’s KINGDOM!

 

With the final removal of the rulers of the spirit world, people will become teachable.  They won’t be learning from their demon teachers, whom they formerly listened to or even worshipped as gods.  They will understand the futility of it, and have a complete change of heart.

 

God has said of the House of Israel, through them will all the nations of the earth will be blessed and this was confirmed to Abraham:  Gen 26:4-5 “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws."  So it’s these verses which set the stage for the future of all the nations on the earth.  In fact, the fate of all the nations rest on Israel’s survival – and their obedience to God.  As things presently stand the nations of Satan are determined to wipe out the Tribes of Israel from the face of the earth.  What they don’t realize, and they are destined to learn the hard way, is that their future existence depends on the survival of the offspring of Abraham – namely the Children of Israel.  If the Israelites were not to survive to number like the stars in the sky, then not a single one of Satan’s nations would either!

 

Thankfully, God has set in motion the means of the rescue for the House of Israel, and this is well into the planning and execution phase.  You’re going to see all these things unfold with your own eyes, and in your darkest moments, you will see the means of your rescue.

 

From the time when God’s KINGDOM is established, the world will see many changes.  Now we read of how God will turn His hand to others – to all who live on the earth.  He will take control to ensure their crops and the health of their livestock, and the health of the climate for everything that dwells on earth.  God will show Himself to be in control of everything related to His creation.  He will greatly increase the levels of carbon dioxide to stimulate plant growth, and to create an abundance on earth.  Earlier in this study, God gave the example of the sower going out to sow and returning with sheaves of matured grain – in order to illustrate the point.

Psa 145:14 The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Psa 145:15  The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.

Psa 145:16  You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Psa 145:17  The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.

Psa 145:18  The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

 

In addition to these things, God will set angels to protect His people and to prevent them from injuries and death.

Psa 145:19  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.  Elsewhere, God speaks of the children of His servants, the people of Israel, and says there will no longer be an infant that only lives for a few days (Isa 65:20).  They will live long lives, in fact, like the age of a tree (V22) and neither will they be born doomed to misfortune (V23).

 

So the Children of Israel will be well-placed for a long and happy life.  This is not to say that there won’t be glitches along the way for the rest of the peoples of the earth.  Among these, God will watch over those who love Him, but those who don’t love and obey Him will fall victim to the penalty of the Law:

Psa 145:20  The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.  The penalty of the Laws of God will still claim those who remain obstinate.  This sort of disobedience should diminish further into the Millennium.  Especially since, in the beginning the Saints will beat them into shape with a ‘rod of iron’ – dashing them to pieces like pottery (Rev 2:26-27).  Some nations will learn faster than others.

 

Psa 145:21  My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.  Well, this is the objective – even though it seems impossible right now.  Yet it’s amazing what a bit of summary justice and capital punishment can achieve!  By whatever means, God will ensure that rebellion never arises again!

 

PSALM 146

 

We’ve just been reading of the end of the prophesied long dark night and the glories that will follow.  However, we’re not there yet!  There are still many wars to fight with many rescues to follow.  David followed the example of other Prophets of telling of the good news and what you might hope for.  We all want peace, but peace is not always dependent on what we want.  Other factors can overtake our wants and desires, and these are already at work in this world.  So everything depends now on preparation.

 

You’d obviously be aware that our governments have not been actively protecting us from the enemies God has identified.  Rather, our governments have embarked on a course of appeasement, and there is not a lot you can do about it.  The minds of our governments are befogged with the false idealism of political correctness, multiculturalism, equal rights, etc, regardless of whose blood is spilt in the pursuit of these things.

 

You’ve probably noticed that even your preachers have become weak and effeminate and oblivious to these dangers.  They’ve probably convinced you that Jesus Christ is going to return and save you from it all before anything happens.  If this is what is happening in your church, then perhaps you need to question the credentials of your preacher, like, is he really a Saint?  If you attend a Catholic church, then you will know he’s not.  Catholic ‘saints’ have all been dead for hundreds of years.  There are no live onesas the hierarchy of priests and cardinals freely admit!  Real Saints are alive and they become Saints by obeying God and then receiving His Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32).  Anyone who doesn’t obey God is not a Saint!

 

Just bear these things in mind as we progress through the last few of the Psalms.  The reason is that you are about to learn a lot about the Saints of God and their duties towards Him.  Most church-goers are going to be shocked to find out the true function of real Saints and what their service to God means.  You could say that David prepared this as the grand finale.  We’ll get to this shortly.

 

Psa 146:1  Praise the LORD.  Praise the LORD, O my soul.

Psa 146:2    I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.  This is a good habit to cultivate, because otherwise you may not live long.

 

Psa 146:3  Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.  I think we’re all aware that our ‘princes’ aren’t saving us from the hand of our enemies!  All we’ve seen from them is appeasement of the enemy!  It they had consulted God’s servants the Prophets they would have been given the right advice about how to wage war.  But no!  They stuck to their crazy philosophy of political correctness and tried ‘to win their hearts and minds’.  After 9/11 they should have waged a total crusadelike the Crusaders of old – of Christian against Muslim, and wiped them from the face of the earth.  If this had been done, then ten years later – which it now is, peace and prosperity would be prevailing throughout the West.  Instead, these evil creatures are now invading the Western countries and spreading their disease of Islam.  The incursion is almost impossible now to contain.  Even worse, the Western nations are slowly embracing Shariah law as a form of obedience to God’s enemies.  At the very same time in America, they’re removing any reference to God’s LawThe Ten Commandments – from courthouses and public places, and forbidding the teachings of Christianity in schools.  Do you wonder why God has instructed us to put no trust in princes and mortal men?

 

These mad lunatics will go to their graves leaving behind an unholy mess that will be impossible to clean up.

Psa 146:4  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.  Well their plans were to ‘win the hearts and minds’ of the Muslim hordes, wasn’t it?  So far their plans haven’t worked – and they never will!  All the architects of this mad philosophy will return to the groundwhere they deserve to be!  They’ll leave behind a crippled nation which is facing ruin – from which they will never recover!  The people will look back on this and say, ‘What the hell were they thinking!’

 

Psa 146:5  Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,

Psa 146:6  the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them-- the LORD, who remains faithful forever.  Concerning the princes and mortal men, this says it all, doesn’t it?  They openly defied their Creator God by teaching the lunacy of the theory of evolution, and forbidding any mention of Him in schools and public places.  So God intends to make an example of them while at the same time, giving help to those who remained faithful to Him:

Psa 146:7  He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.  The LORD sets prisoners free,

Psa 146:8   the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, THE LORD LOVES THE RIGHTEOUS.

 

Psa 146:9  The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, BUT HE FRUSTRATES THE WAYS OF THE WICKED.  The wicked won’t fare well at all!  Everything they do will be frustrated, and they’ll find no peace anywhere!  Wave after wave of disasters will befall them, until they are broken and destitute and enslaved by those even more wicked than themselves.  God knows how to deliver justice!

 

Psa 146:10 The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.  Praise the LORD.  It’s in Zion that the Kingdom of God will begin!  It’s from Zion, the Holy City of God that the first rays of hope for the House of Israel will come.

 

PSALM 147

 

The account of the rescue of the House of Israel begins.

Psa 147:1  Praise the LORD.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!  Instead of insulting God and denying His existence, the House of Israel is going to learn some respect for their Creator!  They’ll see many wonders in Zion, just as the Israelites did in Egypt, and then they will know that the LORD God is in charge by what their eyes will see.  Those who are wise will learn from their mistakes and put their faith in God.

 

Psa 147:2  The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the EXILES OF ISRAEL.  The build-up of Jerusalem must come first in order to accommodate the return of the exiles of Israel.  This is going to take a bit of time!  Since the House of Israel has done very little to reduce the numbers of the Islamic hordes, they’ll have to wait even longer for it to be done by others.

 

Psa 147:3  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  If the House of Israel had possessed the brains to recognize the enemy, they might have done something to reduce the severity of their wounds.  The whole nation seems to be living in some form of drunken stupor!  This is not too far off the mark either.  Even God refers to their leaders as the drunkards of Ephraim (Isa 28:1-7).         

 

Psa 147:4  He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  What has this to do with the exiles of Israel?  Well may we ask!  It has everything to do with them!  As a quick refresher course, let’s review what the Prophet Joseph had to say concerning the children of Jacob (Israel).  Gen 37:5-10 “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it." 8 His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to REIGN OVER US? Will you actually RULE US?" And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time THE SUN AND MOON AND ELEVEN STARS WERE BOWING DOWN TO ME." 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?" 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”  The number of the stars mentioned here is 12, the 11 brothers plus Joseph, and God calls them each by name.  Jacob confirmed that the stars represented his sons.

 

So in this V4 from this Psalm, God is referencing the 12 ‘starsof Israel – which He CALLS by NAME!  Since we’re learning of the return of the EXILES OF ISRAEL at the time of the commencement of the Kingdom of God in Zion, God’s reference to the 12 ‘stars’ can only mean one thing.  He’s going to call a specific NUMBER OF ‘STARS’ by name!  And this is precisely the message the Lord Christ delivered to the Apostle John: Rev 7:3-8 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. 5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, 6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, 7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.”  This calling of the Tribes of Israel is to fulfill God’s promise to the PatriarchsAbraham, Isaac and Jacob.

 

One obvious thing you will notice here is that Manasseh, the son of Joseph is mentioned, but not Ephraim.  Instead, Ephraim is referred to by his father’s name of Joseph.  In blessing Ephraim, Jacob made him greater than the others, and elevated him to the stature of a firstborn son, which at the time was Reuben.  As Joseph said in his dream, to which his brothers sarcastically commented, Joseph would rule over his brothers.  Jacob’s blessing conferred this on Ephraim – as the ‘firstborn’ of Joseph. 

 

The other thing to note is that the Tribe of Dan is omitted, and a double-portion goes to the Tribe of Joseph.  The Tribe of Dan has very little esteem with God.  The Tribe of Dan is predominately the southern Catholic Irish.  Having regard for their treacherous terrorism against the Tribe of Manasseh (Britain) as the IRA, their support for Hitler in WW2, and their obvious hostility to the Jews and their support for the PLO and Yasser Arafat and the plastic explosives they supplied him with, they really shouldn’t expect any favour from God.  They really are a treacherous and deranged people! 

 

Anyway, regardless of what you think about this assessment, God has made His decision, and the decision was made long ago and has proven to be true.  With every race of people there are exceptions – as we all know, but God Himself will decide who the exceptions are, and He’s putting them on notice.  The Tribe of Dan will continue (Eze 48:1), but they will have no representative people in the ruling Family of God.

 

Psa 147:5  Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.  In fact, the understanding of God’s ways has no limit.  His Word is a wealth of knowledge.  Though it is, at times, very complex, those who seek with all their hearts will find God’s understanding.  This is the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, which He gives to those who obey Him.

 

Psa 147:6  The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.  There’s not a single one of us who doesn’t delight in seeing evil creatures getting their just desserts.  We know it’s a strong deterrent to others who would do likewise.  And God holds this same view!  If you listened to the mad ‘psychologists’ and ‘counselors’ today, they would tell you that capital punishment is no deterrent.  Keep your eyes on them in the days of punishment and you will see they will do anything to save their lives.  They’ll beg and grovel and betray everyone for just a few more moments of life!  There’s very few people who have gone to the gallows who didn’t have serious regrets for what led to this.  They may not regret what they did, but they certainly regret getting caught.  The urge to remain alive is a big deterrent to the unlawful conduct of people, who generally consider the risks and the resultant penalty.