Part 4: Psalms 91-120

 

 

PSALM 91

 

 

By Neville V. Stevens

 

New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.

 

In these Psalms, we learn all about the ‘knowledge of Salvation’ and what it means to Christians and Jews today.  Although ‘salvation’ is often spoken of in the churches, does anyone really know what it means or when it will occur?  The Word of God makes it very clear!

 

Psa 91:1  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  This is a very specific, prophetic statement!  And it means what it says.

 

There is a shelter where the Sons of Jerusalem will dwell and it’s high up on a mountain with an eagle’s eye-view of everything around.  What is more, they will be dwelling in the shadow of the Majestic Glory which will cast a great light and which will be seen by many people living in the area.  This is partially explained by Jesus words in Matt 4:12-17 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali-- 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-- 16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."  Jesus demonstrated that what the Prophet Isaiah said (Isa 9:1-2) more than 700 years later, shows that Isaiah’s prophecies were still active.  Not only was Isaiah predicting the coming Kingdom of God, he was also predicting the appearance of Jesus Christ (V6-7).  Isaiah predicted the birth of a child who was born a King; a King who would have unrestricted reign forever: V6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”  When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if He were a king, Jesus replied, “For this reason I was born” (John 18:37).  This confirms what Isaiah said about a Child being born as a King (V6).

 

It was obvious at this point that Jesus Christ would have to return to take over His Kingdom since His reign did not begin then.  His right to reign, however, did!  To this end, forceful men-at-arms will take the Kingdom by force in preparation for the Lord Christ’s arrival.  Jesus Christ confirmed this when He spoke about John the Baptist: Matt 11:7-15 “As John's disciples were leaving (after Jesus learned that John had been put in prison), Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet?  Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:   "`I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'”  Jesus said this after John had been put in prison (see V2).  It was after this that Jesus returned to Galilee and went to live in Capernaum.  V11 “I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 He who has ears, let him hear.” 

 

John came alright, and prepared the way for the Lord Christ, but the Kingdom of God was not established at that time.  John, as the Elijah, died before everything that was written about him by the Prophets, was fulfilled.  This also happened with Jesus, so there remained a future time when Jesus would return to establish His Kingdom, and once again Elijah will prepare the way for Him.

 

At His first appearance, Jesus Christ did not take over the reins of government on earth, but at His next appearance He will!  He will be the same Jesus who was born to the Virgin Mary, but this time the government will be on His shoulders and His Kingdom will be established: Isa 9:6-7 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”  As the Wonderful Counselor, He ensured that the Apostles had His Spirit which was to be sent by God in Jesus’ Name.  We can read all about this Promised Counselor, this Teacher of Wisdom – the very Spirit of Christ – in John 14:15-31.  This Spirit of Christ, The Counselor, is an addition to the Holy Spirit, which was given as a down-payment, but The Counselor reveals all things (V26), namely the Testimony of Jesus, which is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).  Without the Spirit of Prophecy, no-one knows the Testimony of Jesus.  The Wonderful Counselor is given to those who will take the Kingdom of God by force.

 

Understandably, there are now thousands of Christian churches arguing and fighting over doctrinal issues and none of them understand anything!  And none of them ever will unless they obey the Commandments of Godas Jesus did – and hold to the Testimony of Jesus as the offspring of the Woman will do (Rev 12:17).  Even these offspring will suffer terribly for their tardiness in accepting the Testimony of Jesus.

 

Psa 91:2  I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."  This confirms the meaning of what is said in V1 about dwelling in the shelter of the Most High.

 

Psa 91:3  Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.  A fowler’s snare is used to catch birds.  Unfortunately for the fowler, his efforts will be in vain.  Those who dwell in the ‘shelter of the Most High’ will be immune to the fowlers snares.  But the fowler and his cohorts will not be immune to the weapon used against them, which is described as a deadly pestilence.

 

Psa 91:4  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  This describes a ‘great eagle’ covering its fledglings.  The fowler’s snare is a reference to this and who their target is.

 

Psa 91:5  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

Psa 91:6  nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  There’s always some lunatic somewhere, even today, that wants to put God to the test!  So they set traps and snares and fire their ‘arrows’ at the servants of God.  They lack the comprehension to know that God’s servants are under His care and protection.  For such hostile lunatics, a quick death is not appropriate.  If they understood the Scriptures, they’d know that God has some serious weapons in His arsenal.  Although it’s a prophecy for a later time, God describes one of His plagues that will afflict those who attack Jerusalem: Zech 14:12-14 “This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. 14 Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected--great quantities of gold and silver and clothing.”  So this is what will happen when Jerusalem is being defended.  It’s also what will happen when God is defending His servants in their high vantage point.  During the course of their lingering death, these attackers will have plenty of time to contemplate what they have done.  And just one other point: Judah will be there defending Jerusalem along with the Sons of Jerusalem, and to the victors go the spoils! 

 

So those who lay traps and snares and fire upon God’s servants will not have an easy exit from life:

Psa 91:7  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  These are serious plagues, but God’s servants will be immune from them!  Yet those who attack them will not be immune, and they’ll have just enough time to contemplate what they have done.

 

Psa 91:8  You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.  In complete contrast to the Tribes of Israel and the churches today, God’s servants know who the wicked are!  And soon the Western world will know too!  God’s servants will see them die in their thousands and ten thousands at God’s hand, so all ambiguity will be removed.

 

Psa 91:9  If you make the Most High your dwelling--  even the LORD, who is my refuge--

Psa 91:10  then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  Most Christians today make their local preachers their refuge; they’d rather listen to them than seek the refuge of the Most High God.  They’ll have to learn the hard way that they are not under God’s protection!  If they don’t listen to God then He will refuse to listen to them!

 

The Kingdom of God will advance at the hands of forceful men – the servants of God.  The servants of God believe and obey God, and to them, certain privileges are given:

Psa 91:11  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Psa 91:12  they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  There’s a very interesting story behind this.  It relates to something the devil quoted, which involved his temptation of Jesus Christ.  He tried to get Jesus to jump off a high point of the Temple while citing this Scripture suggesting that the angels would catch Him.  Jesus response was to not put God to the test (Matt 4:5-7).  Jesus knew that the devil was misquoting Scripture, and that these verses applied to others.  Satan doesn’t understand the Scriptures, and he always gets it wrong!

 

Jesus knew that this was speaking of a certain man who would be under God’s protection in Galilee, in the shadow of Almighty God, and where thousands would die of plagues all around him.  To further demonstrate this fact, there was a time when the Scribes and Pharisees sought to throw Jesus off a cliff, but even then Jesus didn’t fulfill this prophecy, because it was not a prophecy about Him.  Instead, Jesus momentarily disappeared, walking unnoticed through the midst of them: Luke 4:28-30 “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” 

 

Yet, just as assuredly, the devil will muster forces against the servants of God.  The outcome, as we’ve seen, will be a foregone conclusion.  The devil’s forces will die horribly and no harm will come to God’s servants.

Psa 91:13  You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.  Ferocious beasts and coiling, slimy reptiles (as they’re euphemistically described) will be crushed by God’s servants.  In fact, this is the outcome of another prophecy that was given in the Garden of Eden: 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."  Two things you’ll quickly notice in this parable; firstly, the devil has offspring, and secondly, the ‘woman’ is referred to as “he”.  The ‘woman’ will crush the head of the devil and the whole array of his offspring – described as ‘wild animals’, and the devil will strike at the heel of the “woman”.  We could say that the devil’s forces will try to nip at the heels of the ‘woman like dogs and jackals, because in Jesus own words, this is what they are!  Dogs, jackals and wild animals, as well as snakes and vipers!

 

The ‘woman’ of course, is the House of David, which gave birth to Jesus Christ: Rev 12:13-17 “When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the WOMAN who had given birth to the male child.”  This is where the enmity between the serpent [dragon] and the woman sets in. V14 “The WOMAN was given the TWO WINGS OF A GREAT EAGLE, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach. 15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the WOMAN and sweep her away with the torrent. 16 But the earth helped the WOMAN by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the WOMAN and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”  It goes without saying that the offspring of the WOMAN obey the Commandments of God!  What is more, they also hold to the Testimony of Jesus which, as we all know, is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).  The offspring of the WOMAN is actually the Church of God that Jesus Christ built.  These people are still in the throes of believing their own prophecies, but eventually they will learn from their mother – the WOMAN!  Unfortunately, it will be too late for them to avoid the onslaught of Satan!  Their way into the Kingdom of God will take another route.  They chose not to fight for God’s Kingdom, so now they must fight for their lives against every device that Satan will throw at them.  And believe me, Satan is no slouch when it comes to killing God’s people since he’s had plenty of practice killing even his own people.  Satan considers all human beings to be a lower life-form and unworthy of any consideration.  Satan has none of the qualities of mercy that decent humans tend to expect.

 

Speaking of the WOMAN, who crushes the heads of Satan’s offspring, God says this:

Psa 91:14  "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  We just read of the first rescue when Satan tries to destroy the ‘Woman’ with a flood.  You’ll also notice that God refers to the WOMAN as ‘he’.  As we all know, the Woman is the House of David, which gave birth to Jesus Christ.  Jesus, of course, is the Son of David.

 

Psa 91:15  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  There is no greater honour than to be victorious in battle – especially when fighting for God’s Kingdom!

 

Psa 91:16  With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."  God’s servants will see God’s salvation!  These are the faithful brothers of Elijah, and the sons of God appointed to prepare the way for the Lord Christ.  It’s these sons who establish the House of David once again.  Elijah is a true Levite!  His brothers are either true Levites or grafted Levites, and they too will have long lives.  In fact, very long lives!  When we get to Psalm 103 we’ll read more about this.  But here’s a quick preview: Psa 103:2-5 “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.  When God calls His servants to duty, they sometimes have diseases and ailments, and after a period of testing, He heals them.  What is more, “their youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  We’ve just been reading about the Great Eagle covering its fledgling offspring.  These are the ones whose youth will be restored or renewed.  It’s not the state of our bodies that God is concerned about, but the state of our minds.  Our bodies can be repaired, but our minds can be a world of their own, and they have to be trained in righteousness.  Only through God’s Holy Spirit can this be achieved.  Our bodies or flesh count for nothing!  John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”  In Psa 92:14 below we’ll see a further reference to these things.

 

PSALM 92

 

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

 

Psa 92:1  It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High,

Psa 92:2  to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

Psa 92:3  to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.  It’s good to be proclaiming God’s love in the morning, in the daylight hours, because soon the long, dark night will descend, and this is when God’s faithfulness comes to the fore.  Those who were faithful to God will find He is faithful in return, and this is when you will need this assurance.  If no preparation was made for this event, then survival will look very doubtful.  Without proper preparation, the average Christian won’t have the chops to handle it.

 

And just a quick reference to the “melody of the harp”.  Those who have proven faithful to God will be given harps to sing the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb (Rev 15:2-3).  This occurs just before the seven last plagues are released on the world and just after the long, dark night – which, incidentally, lasts for many years.  This will be the climax of God’s fury against the inhabitants of the earth following the almost universal acceptance of the Mark of the Beast.  Those who are given the harps to sing the Song of Moses are the ones who refused the Mark of the Beast (same verse).

 

Psa 92:4  For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.  More and more people today are despising the work of God’s hands, preferring to believe in evolution.  Whether it be through a brain malfunction or lack of observation ability, they should have known that the design and perfection of every living creature proves that a Master Designer and Creator has been at work with His hands.  There are people in this world who crave so much to be recognized as ‘intelligent’ and ‘scientific’ that they couldn’t see reason if you pounded them over the head with it.

 

Oddly enough, many of these people claim to be Christians.  And as Christians, they would surely know of God’s indictment against them in the Scriptures: Rom 1:18-27 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  This stands as a powerful indictment against all who seek to discredit the work of God’s hands, and cretinous and arrogant human beings should know better.  As Christian nations, we were taught from an early age to believe in the Great Creator God.  These were our formative years as Christians and we didn’t doubt the existence of a Creator.  Then along the way came the godless and wicked men, who claimed to be wise, and who sought to suppress the truth.  V21 “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”  And so began the trend to worship the creation more than the Creator!  And now the trend is to worship, not the Creator, but ‘Mother Earth’.  All the pseudowise’ now believe that ‘Mother Earth’ is a living breathing entity which must be assuaged from violently punishing us all for breathing carbon dioxide into the air, and mindless and godless lunatics believe them!  This obsessive lunacy about carbon dioxide, which represents around .03% of the atmosphere, and which is an essential plant food, has now degenerated to being classified as a noxious poison which must be eliminated.  The lunatics are in control of the asylum!  Mother earth’ or ‘Gaia’ the Hindu god, as some refer to it, is not in control of the climate!  God is!

 

And now we discover the outcome and the punishment for these mindless and pagan beliefs!  V24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen. 26 BECAUSE OF THIS, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed INDECENT ACTS with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”  Thousands of these faggots received their due penalty with AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and duly died.  Others continue to linger with their diseases knowing that death is inevitable.

 

This prophecy has been fulfilled in our time, and we’ve seen it happen in our day.  This is a serious sign to all that that should have given thanks to the Creator God and acknowledged and obeyed Him!

 

Psa 92:5  How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts!  Not only are the works of God’s hands great, but His thoughts are equally great.  So many Christians come to the wrong conclusions on everything because they don’t understand the thoughts and intentions of God.  Generally speaking, Christians will happily ‘cross the floor’ when it comes to the question of creation versus evolution because of peer pressure, yet they still believe God owes them something in the afterlife.  If they understood how profound the thoughts of God were, they would realize that love and faithfulness to Him is their primary responsibility.  In other words, as a part of the creation, they owe to their Creator and not the other way around.  Disobedience carries severe penaltiesnot rewards in the afterlife.  Senselessness and disobedience will only lead to death forever.

 

God intends to create the perfect Kingdom, made up of perfectly obedient people.  Senseless fools would never understand this.

Psa 92:6  The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand,

Psa 92:7  that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.  There will be no place in God’s Kingdom for stupid, wishy-washy people who can’t even control their own minds!  And who still they continue to believe that God owes them something.  Well, God’s advice to them is that they will be forever destroyed!  They’ll be gone forever!  Why would God want un-teachable, self-opinionated people in His Kingdom?

 

Psa 92:8  But you, O LORD, are exalted forever.

 Psa 92:9 For surely your enemies, O LORD, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.  Those who become the enemies of God through disobedience will surely know the consequences.  The greater part of the world is covered with pagans in one form or another.  These have the distinct characteristics of being like their father the devil.  They think like him and they act like him.  As long as they choose to emulate the devil, they are useless to God for any purpose – except one!  And we’ll get to this in a moment.

 

The House of Israel has a long history of emulating the nations of the earth and adopting their practices.  This was the trend in days of old, and it’s still the trend today.  To be sure, there were subtleties involved when the practices of pagans were slowly introduced.  Often it was the cuisine, the eating of forbidden animals and other creatures, which led to the adoption of pagan cultures.  Anything that heightened the senses was desirable to them, regardless of what God had to say to the contrary.  One thing led to another, and before long, multiculturalism became the desirable standard.  The Tribes of Israel wanted to experience all that other cultures had to offer.  In fact, Western nations, who promote multiculturalism, like to make the point that it’s the cuisine of other nations which has enriched their lives.  Therefore, it was desirable to dilute our gene pool to accommodate the pagan migrants.  They seem to forget that these people bring other practices with them other than their food styles, and they never seem to assimilate to the culture of their host countries.

 

Long ago, God made a distinction between the nations of the earth and His people Israel.  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."  God is clearly telling us that He is not interested in multiculturalism!  His only interest is in those whom He brought out of Egypt and slavery, that is, all the 12 Tribes of Israel.  Because the Israelite nations don’t agree with God in this matter, they will be punished!

 

And how does God intend to punish them?  By the same manner which they experienced in Egypt, that is, slavery in the hands of pagans!  In the hands of their enemies, they’ll learn very quickly how blessed they were while still under the protection of Almighty God.

 

And now we get to the question we just posed about God’s use of His enemies and what that purpose is.  God has many enemies outside of His chosen people, the 12 Tribes of Israel.  God intends to call upon these enemies to punish His people – and His people end their days in terror.  With the tremendous blessings that God has heaped upon the 12 Tribes of Israel in the last 100 years or so, and especially with the increased knowledge given them in their pursuit of elevated living standards, the very least that God might have expected is acknowledgement and obedience to His Eternal Law.  Instead, they have gone further away from Him, and now consider themselves to be masters of their own destiny, and therefore, no longer dependent on God for their well-being.  This will prove to be a major mistake in their long history.

 

The warnings have always been there, but it was intended that the penalties for disobedience would be enacted at the end of 6,000 years.  These climactic and disastrous events would herald in the Kingdom of God.

 

So clearly, God is going to punish His people, the Tribes of Israel, for their sins.  We can all be thankful that God has an exit-strategy.  He plans to rescue them and bring them back to their ancestral lands where they will receive their allotted territories and once again live in safety.  Yet before this, they will be punished in a way that has no precedence in the history of the world.  Wave after wave of catastrophic events will destroy them and their enemies will take full advantage of this until only a remnant remains alive.

 

How much easier it would have been to acknowledge their Creator God and obey Him!  We already know that this is not going to happen; the trend is already heading towards the opposite spectrum.  The House of Israel is determined to live their lives in any manner they choose, and they don’t want the Creator God to interfere.  In just a little while they will be crying out to God but He won’t be listening!  Don’t think this to be too strange, because God turned His back on our Lord Jesus immediately before He took our sins on Himself.  He paid the penalty for the past sins of those who would afterwards follow Him in His obedience to the Father.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but it’s those who come to repentance who hold God’s interest.  His plan is to regenerate the earth with people just like His Son Jesus.

 

It’s God’s intention to rescue the remnant of His people Israel.  This is what His exit-strategy entails; to lead His people out of the hands of their enemies.  To this end, God will call to duty two Tribes.  Firstly, the Tribe of Levi will make their entrance on the world stage to prepare the way.  The second is the Tribe of Judah who will join them in battle.  Together, they will consolidate and establish the House of David, which we’ve explained many times and can be found in Zech 12:4-9.

 

This will come about when the world has descended into chaos, and the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ will be in dire straits.  On the other hand, God’s servants will be exalted and anointed with God’s Holy Spirit.  These will become powerful in battle and none will be able to stand against them.

Psa 92:10  You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me.  Traditionally, the pouring of oil was for the anointing of kings:  1Sam 16:13 “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David IN POWER.”  The extent of this POWER can be seen in his battle with Goliath.  While all the armies of the Israelites trembled before him, David went boldly out and killed him!  This same power will be on God’s anointed ones, and the enemies of God will be ill-matched against them.

 

Psa 92:11  My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.  That great POWER never departed from David, and he saw his enemies routed and vanquished!  This is the same assurance that God gives to His servants when He anoints them with His Holy Spirit.

 

God likes to make a clear distinction between His servants who serve Him – and those who do not!

Psa 92:12  The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

Psa 92:13  planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  The ‘courts of our God’ dispense God’s Law, and those who will flourish there will be the keepers of the Law.  Obviously, these are the teachers of God’s Law, and what they teach is righteousness!  Like palm trees and cedars, they will stand taller in the eyes of God.  Even at a great age, they will remain youthful or ‘fresh and green’ as the next verse states:

 

Psa 92:14  They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

Psa 92:15  proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him."  Unlike Christians today who believe God’s Law is wickedness and shouldn’t be kept, God’s servants will obey the Rock, who gave the Law at Mount Sinai (or Horeb), which we all know is Jesus Christ (1Cor 10:4).  Christianity today had better get their act together and stop persecuting those who obey God’s Law!  Why are they so obsessed with criticizing obedience to God?  Surely if they want to criticize others, a more appropriate criticism should be against something like same-sex marriage.  But even in this they disagree with God when He instituted marriage between a man and a woman – and especially since He has condemned those who disagree and who are now proposing their own form of ‘marriage’.  Their form of ‘marriage’ is perversion, and it carries a heavy penalty.  Is this the type of perversion they clamber for?  Well, they’ll see plenty of it in the Great Tribulation, whether they be willing partners or not!

 

As for the reference to bearing fruit in old age, yet staying fresh and green like a palm tree or a cedar, the Prophet Isaiah adds this reference: Isa 65:22-23 “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. 23 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.” 

 

 

 

PSALM 93

 

And now we come to the final conclusions to six thousand years of this present creation – the time of the establishment of the Kingdom of God.

Psa 93:1  The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.  The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.  As we previously said, the world, as we know it, will be moved and all the continents restored to their original positions, but this will occur before the LORD reigns over all the earth.

 

Psa 93:2  Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.  This is a difficult concept to grasp when specifically speaking of the meaning of eternity in the past.  On the other hand, we can easily contemplate eternity into the future, and even visualize a world without end.  To visualize these things, we need to go back to the very beginning.  Thankfully, Almighty God has given us this insight through the wisest man who ever lived.  David’s son Solomon is this man.  Because God loved David, His Son Jesus was born through his ancestral linage as well as the linage of Solomon.  Solomon wrote many profound things about life and this creation and even when it all began.  Like David, and like his famous descendant Jesus, Solomon spoke in parables. And thus he takes on the persona of the One he is speaking of and speaks in the first person tense: Pro 8:22-33 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; 23 I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.”  Solomon is speaking about eternity, and you’ll quickly notice that this is not speaking about him personally.  V24 “When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, 26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.”  Before the world began, before the mountains were settled in place, before there were any oceans, this is when this Being was born.  V27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep (a reference to the landmass of the earth), 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, 29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.”  This Being was there when all these things were done, and what is more, He was in the company of another, and was a craftsman at His side: V30 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. 32 "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.  33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.”  This last exhortation is the very words of the Craftsman, the Creator at His Father’s side.

 

Perhaps some people don’t know this, but as the Creator, God continues with His work everyday: John 5:17 “Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."  It’s quite funny that some people seem to believe that their ‘reward’ is to become lazy lay-abouts with no duties and no responsibilities.  When God speaks of “my sons”, He expects them to be creative and productive – just like Him!  It’s no coincidence that Jesus’ career while on earth was that of a carpenter and stonemason; that is, a builder and designer.  Consequently, He was a fit and muscular man!  It’s grossly insulting to portray Him in any other way.

 

Today we live in a world awash with labor-saving devices and real labor has become a thing of the past.  Added to this, we have instant entertainment, on call, 24 hours a day.  Hence people clamber to be entertained, and creativity has become a low priority.  Anyone who has a son will know their joy at building sand castles or playing in the backyard sandpit, building roads and using a block of wood as a vehicle.  This is creativity that little children rejoice in.  They also like to draw and design, while developing the thoughts of their minds.  The more we encourage this, the more productive and creative they become in life.  These are the sorts of children who are best equipped as productive, problem-solvers in this world in later life.  And of course, Solomon wrote many things in support of training our children in the Book of Proverbs.

 

It’s worth noting that the days are coming when life will no longer be easy.  It will be only the skilful, productive and innovative ones who will survive.  The reason being that nothing will be left of their former lives!  Everything will be swept away, and survival will depend on them being able to use basic tools to provide food, shelter and clothing.  These are some of the problems the people of the earth will face when God restores the face of the earth.  And this is the event which the Psalmist speaks of in the next verse:

 

Psa 93:3  The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.  In recent years we’ve seen plenty of tsunamis which are caused by the displacement of the earth’s mass through earthquakes at the sea floor.  These are relatively minor in comparison to the tsunamis that will result when the continents and islands are moved back to their original positions.  The people on the earth will be perplexed and horrified by what they see, and the prospects of survival will seem very grim.  Mariners know the terrors of riding out a storm in a great ship, and in such circumstances, they long for the safety of land.  In that day, however, the land will offer little protection and the death toll will be horrific.

 

God has said that He would never again destroy all the earth’s inhabitants with a flood as He did in the days of Noah.  But at the same time, He was putting them on notice that destruction would be forthcoming through other means, and as it happens, the means to do this will be through the restoration of the earth.

 

When the continents and islands begin their migration back to their original form, the ‘tectonic plate theory’ will be seen as the product of sick minds of people who’ve never been able to prove their theory.  It will be obvious in that day that the fictitious tectonic-plate theory is not responsible for what their eyes are seeing.  For forty years, observers have had the benefit of the satellite positioning systems, and to this very day, they’ve been unable to demonstrate that any continent has moved.  According to their theory, the continents should have moved somewhere between 1-2 metres in the past 40 years, but this just hasn’t happened!  Perhaps then they’ll see their ridiculous theory as merely an extension of their ‘mother earth’ theory, where the creation is worshipped rather than the Creator.  The theory is that the earth is alive and slowly recycling itself, engulfing some regions and disgorging others.  The real problem with their theory is that there is no evidence for it.

 

Almighty God intends to get the attention of everyone who has demeaned Him as the Creator, and they’ll certainly know when He does this!  When the continents and islands migrate back to their original positions, the most notable evidence will be the surging of the sea as displacement begins.  It’s the mighty power of God which will do these things.

 

Psa 93:4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea-- the LORD on high is mighty.

 

Psa 93:5  Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O LORD.  We’ve seen too much in history to fail to acknowledge that human beings in their natural form are not ideal candidates for God’s Kingdom.  The history of humanity has been brutal and evil.  Every vile excess has been practiced, and rarely was the sanctity of life ever acknowledged throughout most of history.  Human beings have merely done as they pleased and lived their lives with no regard for their Creator God, and they certainly didn’t seek His advice in matters of conduct.  As it happens, it’s their conduct for which they will be judged.  The stark reality is that most will be judged in absentia.  There will be no formal charges for the vast majority of people on earth.  They’ll be judged by the Judge of the Earth, and He will pay them back for what their actions deserve.

 

PSALM 94

 

Psa 94:1  O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth.  All Christians would be familiar with these words: “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.  This is the context of what the Book of Hebrews says in this regard: Heb 10:26-31 “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, "IT IS MINE TO AVENGE; I WILL REPAY," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” 

 

We’ve spoken a lot about the Song of Moses which will be sung by the Saints to the accompaniment of harps (Rev 15:3).  It was Moses who wrote the words above about vengeance belonging to God, as quoted in the Book of Hebrews, and even more surprising, it’s a part of the Song of Moses:   Deut 32:35-47 IT IS MINE TO AVENGE; I WILL REPAY.  In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them." 36 The LORD will judge his people and have compassion on his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free. 37 He will say: "Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in, 38 the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings?  Let them rise up to help you!  Let them give you shelter!”  God makes no pretense about being a jealous God (see the 2nd Commandment), and when people worship false gods, they can expect no mercy.  Vengeance belongs to God!  V39 “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.”  These are the words of the Creator God Himself, so there is no excuse for failing to understand His intent!  V42 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.” 

 

And now Moses concludes the words of the Song of Moses: V44 “Moses came with Joshua son of Nun and spoke all the words of this SONG in the hearing of the people. 45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, "Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you--they are your life.”  Yes, the words of God’s Law are not just idle words, they are our life!  As we’ve seen, the Book of Hebrews confirms what Moses wrote concerning God’s vengeance, and it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.  Most of the inhabitants of the earth will learn this the hard way!

 

At the human level, we’ve seen our Christian nations lavishing foreign aid on the undeserving third-world countries, only to see them turn against us like snarling, ungrateful dogs.  So we understand the ungratefulness of the undeserving.  Throughout Africa and the Muslim world, including Indonesia, we’ve seen their leaders steal these donations and place them in their own bank accounts.  It happens all the time!  These disgraceful creatures deserve nothing, but still the senseless Christian nations continue to lavish foreign aid on them.  The assumption being that some of the foreign aid may filter through to the poverty-stricken masses, even though the lion’s share goes to the leaders and their cronies.  Before we get too alarmed about the poverty-stricken masses, just remember, these are the ones who frequently mount coups and civil wars against their leaders, and having done so, become just like them.  Armed with machetes, they begin to mutilate and kill their own people.  How many times have we seen this enacted in Africa?

 

And now we’re seeing it throughout the Muslim world.  Insurrection and civil war is spreading around the Middle East, only instead of machetes, these mindless creatures are armed with AK47’s.  And still they kill their own people! 

 

The attitude of the West is incomprehensible, and in particular, the White House.  They scrambled to support the rebels in their civil war in Egypt, then they took it to a new level in Libya, disarming Gaddafi, destroying his military assets, which we now find has led to the bloodbath of thousands.  Just how did Obama decide who has the right to rule Libya?  Sure Gaddafi is a madman, but then so are all the other Muslim leaders in the Middle East and Africa.  And their form of lunacy can be described in one word: Islam!  Aren’t these the creatures who openly advocate the destruction of all ‘infidels’ who don’t agree with their religion?  Why, then, assist them?  Let them kill each other!  Let the slaughter begin!  The more who die today, the less there will be to be killed later.  Vengeance is God’s and they won’t escape!

 

The Western nations, that is, the Tribes of Israel, have been slow to learn who the enemy is.  The enemy are those who have openly declared the destruction of the 12 Tribes of Israel, including the Tribe of Judah – who have faced their venomous resolve many times in the past!  The rest of the Tribes of Israel are already fighting two major wars with them in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now they face another in the African continent, and still they don’t know who the enemy is!  It’s Islam!  Yet this doesn’t seem to have dawned on the White House at all.

 

As things stand, there’s an even bigger threat.  This time, it’s a nuclear-armed Iran with a madman at the helm.  He’s vowed to wipe both the Israelis and the Americans off the map.  And all this while the White House pontificates about Libya!  Though it may not seem very important at this present time, in the near future Libya will be allied with Egypt!  But we won’t go into that now, though it’s not hard to see why.  Egypt remains strong with all their tactical defense equipment in place, their ground forces, their tanks, their air force, and they control the Suez!  Libya has none of this left now!  Instead, all they have is that elusive mirage called ‘freedom’.  It’s all very well to speak of freedom, but if it can’t be defended, then freedom is merely an illusion.

 

Freedom means different things to different people.  Those who enjoy freedom are rarely satisfied – it’s never enough!  Real freedom can only exist when justice is served and the guilty are punished.  This ensures the freedom of the innocent.  When justice breaks down, then freedom is compromised.  You can talk about extending mercy to the guilty, but this only encourages others to commit the same atrocities, and this only further endangers the innocent.

They kill those who should not die, and spare those who should not live.  And  this is exactly what God says: Eze 13:19 “You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live.”  The interesting part about this is that it’s referring to social justice, but the principle extends far beyond this.  It’s actually a reference to women making themselves alluring to entice men, and as frequently happens, especially if they encounter a rich one, they emerge screaming “rape!”  It’s become a tidy little ‘earner’ for these wanton creatures who actually prey on men.  The principle is that a whole network of lies has led to this, and sexual impurity is only a side-effect.

 

The truth is that a whole philosophy of lies and deceit are in place now to deceive the people, and central to this are the leaders of Christianity.  These are the ones who have created the illusions.  This is what God says through the Prophet Ezekiel, concerning the House of Israel: Eze 13:8-19 “`Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign LORD. 9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL, nor will they enter the land of Israel.  Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.”  We sure do live in the days of false visions and lying divinations, and these have emerged under such names as ‘global warming’, multiculturalism, p0litical correctness, and a host of other lying divinations and predictions, including the one about the so-called ‘rapture’ which is supposed to occur in 2011.  Everyone hopes for peace and good outcomes in life, but the real peace comes from the peace of mind of knowing the Truth!  V10 “`Because they lead my people astray, saying,"Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, "Where is the whitewash you covered it with?"  It’s scarcely fortuitous that the White House is so named.  It’s where the ‘Commander-in-Chief’ lives, and where matters of peace are decided.  Unfortunately, his ideas about peace are merely white-washed rhetoric.  He seems determined to bring peace only to America’s enemies.

 

And now we see that God is more concerned about their attitude towards Jerusalem, where their white-washed flim-flam rhetoric is designed to make the Israelis concede to their enemies, and in an atmosphere where there is no peace: V13 “`Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. 14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the LORD. 15 So I will spend my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, "The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it, 16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign LORD."' 

 

And isn’t this exactly what we are seeing today?  The White House is using their white-washed lies to insist that the Israelis will have peace if they bow to the demands of the Muslim hordes that are all around them.  Some peace!  The Muslim foreigner in the White House has set systematic strategies in place to ensure the Holy City of Jerusalem becomes the property of Islam.  His chosen envoys have been given clear instructions of what he requires.  And now we have a situation that is rampantly escalating, with Hilary Clinton and Susan Rice making things many times worse with their obvious bias against the Israelis.  Both are ‘prostitutes par excellence’ in their pursuit of the destruction of the Israelis and the forfeiture of the City of Jerusalem, and all for what amounts to a few scraps of bread.  V17 “Now, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them 18 and say, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? 19 You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live. 

 

When Jesus referred to Himself as the ‘bread of life’, this is not what He had in mind!  John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”  Those who lie to His people, and those who believe these lies, are out of touch with the ‘Bread of LifeJesus Christ, and such people will know hunger and thirst on a grand scale!  With their pious indifference to obedience to God, such people have set themselves up for destruction.  Those who want to believe lies should know they have no part with Jesus Christ!

 

It will only take one nuclear bomb detonated over Washington to destroy the entire country, especially if done when the Congress and Senate are sitting.  The leaders of the country will be gone, and the entire nation left rudderless.  And this is precisely what is prophesied to happen.  At that time, anarchy will spread across the whole nation, and the looting, burning and killing will begin.

 

As a prophet, David envisaged how this will all happen and what it will be like:

Psa 94:2  Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.  At the time of God’s judgment of the earth, the proud and the wicked will be doing things worthy of death, and death is exactly what they will face from the hand of God.

 

Psa 94:3  How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked be jubilant?  For a little while all the wicked will be jubilant, buoyed with the success of killing God’s people, the House of Israel, they’ll be unprepared for the retribution that will come to them!  Yet as we said previously, they have a purpose, and this is to punish God’s people.  The ‘lost sheep of Israel’ didn’t want to obey God after He lavished wealth and power on them, so now they will truly become ‘lost sheep’ at the hands of dogs and jackals.  In that day, they will know they are being punished and why!

 

Psa 94:4  They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting.  And you will see plenty of their boasting when they achieve their goals of wiping out God’s people by crushing them in murderous slaughter.

 

Psa 94:5  They crush your people, O LORD; they oppress your inheritance.  And let’s not be shy about whom God’s inheritance is!  The Prophet Joel tells us in the clearest terms that God’s inheritance is the Tribes of Israel.  The whole House of Israel, all 12 Tribes, is God’s inheritance – and even the Gates of Jerusalem will be named after them.

 

After He has restored the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, He will move to restore His inheritance:  Joel 3:1-3 “In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.  There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.  3 They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.”  God speaks here about the big showdown in the Valley of Jehoshaphat.  The name ‘Jehoshaphat’ means ‘Yahweh judges’.  Since the 4th century, the Kidron Valley was called the Valley of Jehoshaphat.  This valley is actually the southern end of the Valley of Armageddon.  As V2 states, God is going to rise up to judge the nations of the earth!

 

The reason for this judgment is for what they did to God’s inheritance, the Tribes of Israel.  They scattered His people among the nationsas slaves – and as we clearly see, this was done in the immediate years prior to the Battle of Armageddon.  As we all know, the Battle of Armageddon is still in the future at this present time.

 

The House of Israel, or as Jesus refers to them, ‘the lost sheep of Israel’, have not yet gone into captivity in this present age.  Before this happens, they will be subjected to a time of trouble like nothing ever seen in the annals of history:

Psa 94:6  They slay the widow and the alien; they murder the fatherless.  The evildoers will boast (see V4 above) that they can do anything they please, and nothing can restrain them!  Not even God Himself!  They’ll assume that God is seeing nothing and makes no move to restrain them.  Evil will prevail because there is nothing to stop it.

 

Psa 94:7  They say, "The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob pays no heed."  This will be the general perception, among both the victors and the vanquished.  People tend to forget that Jesus Christ was forsaken by God at the crucial time of His death.  Remember the words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  God turned His back at this crucial time, because it had to happen this way.  Jesus Christ had to pay the penalty for God’s inheritance for their past sins!  Which He did!

 

Should, therefore, God’s inheritance escape the penalty of their sins and their continual disobedience to God?  Why would God listen to them in their time of trouble when He didn’t listen to the appeals of Jesus as He took their sins upon Himself?  People who go on sinning after they know better, should not expect anything different!  God will not listen to their cries!  As the Book of Hebrews puts it, this is tantamount to crucifying the Lord Christ all over again (Heb 6:4-6).

 

Psa 94:8 Take heed, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise?  Christianity needs to sharpen itself up a bit.  They constantly act like fools and think they are beguiling God with their nonsense.  Their focus is so narrow that they only care about themselves and their perceived rewards.  They have no understanding at all of what God plans to accomplish.  In short, God plans to populate the whole world with His inheritance, the people of Israel, who will displace the rest of humanity until the Kingdom of God fills the whole earth.  But there is a caveat here, and all those who choose to live according to the Laws God gave Moses for all Israel, can be grafted into the tree to become true Israelites, even though ethnically Gentiles.  Where such obedience exists, God will make no distinctions regarding race.  The evidence of this is attested to in this Levite Brotherhood.  We have Gentiles who are grafted Levites, and these have been anointed by God with the same Holy Spirit that leads to life everlasting.  God has made no distinction even in this final Levite ministry.  All those who turn to God in obedience and are taught by God’s Law (see V12 below), are grafted into the Olive Tree.  These are the ones who are granted relief in time of trouble (see V13 below).

 

Psa 94:9  Does he who implanted the ear not hear?  Does he who formed the eye not see?  Here God is confirming that He created the ear and the eye.  You may have noticed that Jesus often used the saying, ‘Let him who has ears let him hear’.  And here we have a good example of this: Matt13:10-17 “The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "`You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 17 “For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.  Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” 

 

Psa 94:10  Does he who disciplines nations not punish?  Does he who teaches man lack knowledge?  Contrary to general perception, God does indeed discipline nations.  He can rise up and destroy them in a moment, and their woes can come like the waves of the sea, until they are left desolate and empty and without hope.  And the other question asked in this verse has equal weight for those who truly want to serve their God.  First they have to realize that God teaches with a tremendous volume of knowledge.  The Word of God is filled with such knowledge, but as we just read in what Jesus had to say about closing their eyes and their ears, most people never come to the knowledge of the Truth.  The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom was not given to everyone, but only to His servants.  There are many secrets of the Kingdom concealed in the Scripture, but the Spirit of Prophecy is needed to unlock them.  This Spirit of Prophecy is indeed the Testimony of Jesus (Rev 19:10) and without the one you don’t have the other!  God gave the Spirit of Prophecy to the man He chose, and it’s from this man that men should seek knowledge and instruction (Mal 2:7).  In these last perilous days, it’s worthless to be seeking knowledge from those who have no knowledge, because all they’ll do is to make your eyes unseeing and your ears unhearing until you become calloused to the real message of God.  As the Lord Jesus pointed out, this is the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom.

 

Didn’t the Lord Jesus and all the Apostles teach from the only Scriptures that existed in their time?  Isn’t this where the secrets of the knowledge of the Kingdom are hidden?  On this occasion, didn’t Jesus Christ teach from the prophecies of Isaiah?  In telling us this, He was directing us to the prophets of old, and Isaiah in particular.  It was for this reason that the Book of Isaiah was the first to be commissioned by God for the first full study of prophecy.  And that study is now at our website.

 

Psa 94:11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile.  It’s a bad time for Christians to have futile thoughts.  God has said that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.  "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the LAW OF YOUR GOD, I also will ignore your children.”  Some people might believe they can tough it out and ignore God’s knowledge and Law, but they should be aware that their children will also suffer along with them.  God is not served through the futile thoughts taught in the churches today.

 

And just one other thing while we’re on the subject!  God has said that those who lack knowledge and ignore His Law will be rejected as priests.  Lo and behold, God’s servants today are a Brotherhood of Priests – Levite Priests!  Jesus Christ Himself is a Priest – a High Priest in service to the Father.  By now, the reader should be fully familiar of the Lord Jesus’ intentions, which we’ve quoted many times: 1Cor 15:24-28 “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.”  So here we find that the Greatest Priest of all has other duties as well – as do all the Priests of God.  Like the Warrior Priest Jesus Christ, God’s chosen Priests (whom He has not rejected) are also warrior Priests and their duty will be to fight to establish God’s Kingdom.  In this role, they’ll be called the Sons of Jerusalem.  These are specifically taught by God!  And their knowledge comes from Him.

 

Psa 94:12  Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law;

Psa 94:13  you grant him relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.  God disciplines and punishes every son He receives until they become proficient and knowledgeable to the teachings of His Law.  It’s these who are granted relief from the woes of the troubles of Jacob, their fellow Israelites.  In taking the Kingdom by force, the result will be many dead enemies who must be buried.  And the logical place to dig this pit will be in the Gehenna Valley outside of the Walls of Jerusalem.  This is where the dead bodies will be thrown!

 

Psa 94:14  For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.  Here we see that His people are His inheritance.

 

Psa 94:15  Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.  While many people continue to pontificate about the ‘sensitivities’ of the Muslim hordes over trivial issues, like the public burning of the Koran, God’s servants will be delivering long-overdue justice, and their judgments will be founded on righteousness – the type of righteousness that the pontificators could never understand!

 

In time to come, the Tribes of Israel will rue the day they self-righteously defended the feigned sensitivities of the Muslim hordes instead of burning their mosques along with the evil creatures in them.  You’ve heard of justice, haven’t you?  Like an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth?  For example, did you hear about the church-burning in Rhwanda, with the churches full of Christians – men, women and children?  How much outrage was expressed by you personally and all the Christians in your nation?  Now we have Muslims burning churches everywhere, most recently in Egypt, Tunisia, and even in Sydney, Australia.

 

Psa 94:16  Who will rise up FOR ME against the wicked?  Who will take a stand FOR ME against evildoers?  Well that’s God’s question – so is it you?  No, of course it isn’t!  And neither would I suggest you do so because you would be powerless against the forces of evil that prevail today.  As individuals, this is not possible, and as far as expecting a good result, you would probably be very disappointed.  In reality, this is the responsibility of your government through the law-enforcement agencies and even the military, but these don’t even recognize the enemy, even though they’ve been fighting wars with them for the past ten years!

 

Psa 94:17  Unless the LORD had given me help,  I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.  Just remember, we’re still considering the question God raised in the last verse about who would rise up FOR HIM against the wicked.  Anyone who does rise up without God’s help will finish up deadin the silence of death!  Obviously, someone must rise up for Him, and that someone will be given God’s help!  The first prerequisite for being this ‘someone’ is that he must be a servant of God.  And the second prerequisite is that he must not be weak and squeamish when dealing with God’s enemies.  It’s not a job for the faint-hearted!

 

But let’s be very clear about a few things.  God’s primary concern is not for the plight of the ‘lost sheep of Israel’, namely Ephraim, at this present time.  Ephraim (USA) did rise up for God in a half-hearted way and went to war against His enemies – though not to destroy them!  By their own admission, they went to war to ‘win their hearts and minds’.  What sort of war is this?  These Muslim hordes are breeding like flies and you could kill ten million of them and not even dent their populations.  How would Bible prophecy be fulfilled through such paltry efforts, when prophecy calls for the eradication of them?  Now there’s an interesting term, ‘paltry efforts’!  It should be ‘poultry efforts’ to reflect the word ‘chicken’!  Because all I’ve seen are chicken-hearted weaklings (with no reflection on the brave soldiers who were sent to war with both hands tied behind their backs!).  The chicken-hearted weaklings are the administration who sent their soldiers in to ‘win their hearts and minds’.  It’s Almighty God’s contention that the purpose of war is to kill the enemy!  And He makes this perfectly clear with these words: Zech 12:8-9 “On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.”  Well here’s a doubleheader for you.  Firstly, anyone who attacks God’s City Jerusalem will be destroyed – which is quite unlike what happened when Ephraim’s city was attacked.  And secondly, God’s chosen ones, who will live in Jerusalem at that time, will be endowed with the might and power of both David and God Himself.  What is more, they’ll have the Angel of God going before them into battle.

 

The reader will understand that the numbers of these evil creatures that surround the Holy Land number more that a billion people.  In fact, the number of these Muslims, on a world population basis, numbers close to one-fourth of humanity.  Thankfully, the Gehenna Valley is big so it will take some filling.  So when we speak of the battle prowess of the House of David, the number of dead Muslims will amount to many millions.  Understandably, the servants of God, who will establish the House of David, will have their work cut out to fulfill God’s instructions.

 

Psa 94:18  When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O LORD, supported me.  Contrary to the inane, senseless and childish attitude of the churches today, God’s servants will do their duty, and God’s love and support will be with them – even when the task seems impossible.

 

Psa 94:19  When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.  At the present time, the only anxiety is the anxiety to get going.  To take the fight to a growing enemy, whose numbers continue to grow exponentially!

 

Psa 94:20  Can a corrupt throne (government) be allied with you--  one that brings on misery by its decrees?  And this is the other side of the coin.  Presently, the Israelis have a so-called alliance with America, which is tenuously based.  When a government becomes so corrupt in their thinking that they no longer recognize the enemy, and begin to react against their allies as the enemy, and in favour of the real enemy, all Bible students should realize that it’s time for punishment!  In short, the House of David will not be seeking an alliance with Ephraim!  Ephraim has brought too much misery by their decrees.  Quite apart for their unsuitability to be allied with the House of David, their lunatic decrees are already starting to bite hard in their own country.  And it all began with multiculturalism and political correctness!  The spin-off from these crazy concepts has become disastrous.

 

And to get back to something we mentioned earlier, there is no possible way that the servants of God will have either the time or the inclination to be supportive of a mad, morally-corrupt government that has picked a fight with God over His Holy City Jerusalem!  America will be on their own for years to come, and will experience horror on a scale never seen before on earth.

 

Psa 94:21  They band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.  Well this confirms what we’ve just said!  America’s treachery against the Holy Land knows no bounds!  As the largest Christian nation on earth, they certainly got this wrong!  Since there is no logical reason for their treachery, they will certainly get what they deserve!  Even worse, it was only a slim majority, slightly more than half the people who engineered the election of this crazy administration – and they deserve it!  If they know what’s good for them, then they won’t blame God!  But of course, we know different: Isa 8:20-22 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.”  Well for starters, they are not speaking according to the Law of God and the Testimony of Jesus, so they won’t see the light of dawn after their long, dark night!  V21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.”  No sign of any light of dawn here.  Even though they might curse their elected ruler, they had better not curse God!  Their long dark night will last for years.

 

Meanwhile, God’s servants will be otherwise engaged with a people more attuned to their God and His Law.  The same people who have suffered persecution and death for centuries for their faithful obedience to God’s Law.  And of course, we are speaking of the faithful Jews.  Long ago, God chose them to be the saviours of the House of Israel.

 

Psa 94:22 But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take REFUGE.  Well, this is the answer to the question posed in V16 above, about who would take a stand for God against the enemy.  Naturally enough, the answer is the tried and tested servants of God!  They will be taking REFUGE for 3½ years out of Satan’s reach (Rev 12:14).  During this time they will be trained in the use of sophisticated weaponry (which this world has never seen or imagined), and they will be invigorated with youthfulness as warriors.  The first thing the world will notice is that they will depart in a ‘Great Eagle’ – a flyingGreat Eagle’.  The assumption drawn will be that it’s an alien spacecraft and those taken were really extraterrestrial beings.  Following this, it will seem logical to those who pose as Christians to hunt down anyone who has sought to emulate God’s servants and their obedience to God’s Law.

 

Meanwhile, Satan will launch his fury against others and a great persecution will begin.  The same people who hate the Jews today will launch the persecution against those who keep the Commandments of God, and hold to the Testimony of Jesus (V17).  It’s these Jew-haters that will get the ball rolling, but they’ll fail to notice the real enemy among them, and these will be rallied by God to administer the coup de grace, and this will be against those who killed God’s people in the Churches of God.  Cascading disasters will be their lot for years to come until the whole nation becomes a ruin!

 

Too many people today forget that the wages of sin is death.  Somehow it’s become entrenched in their thick skulls that the wages of sin means life everlasting.  When God says He will repay them for their sins by destroying them, this is what He means and this is what they deserve!  There’s no suggestion of any second chance being given when they have willingly sinned against their Creator God:

 

Psa 94:23  He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.  And isn’t this what we just read in Zech 12:9?  And yes, it is talking about the vermin that surround the Holy Land, but it’s also talking about those who support these Muslim hordes in their conquest.  Foremost in the world, it’s the American administration and the people who are doing this, and God has taken note!  The present administration in the White House has been actively participating in the persecution of the Jews – and in favour of God’s enemies.  What sort of justice would an unbiased observer prescribe in such circumstances?  Perhaps it would be ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’?  Well Almighty God feels the same way!

 

The writing was on the wall a long time ago concerning Ephraim’s treachery towards the Tribe of Judah and God’s Holy City.  Around 720BC they went into captivity for this very reason.  And now the wheel has turned full circle once more, and the penalty is exactly the same.  The White House knows very well the history of God’s Holy City of Jerusalem and who the rightful custodians are, yet they are determined to hand it over to God’s enemies!  If this is not provocative enough, they’ve now begun a pogrom against Christianity in their own country.  It’s now become virtually illegal to use the Name of God publicly.  They are systematically removing God’s Name from all public places – and this in the largest Christian nation on earth! 

 

To add to the madness, we recently had a Christian Pastor publicly burning a Koran, only to see him ostracized by the leftist media.  They condemned him for destroying a ‘holy’ book, which they consistently referred to as the ‘holy Koran’.  Have you ever seen these media lunatics condemn anyone for destroying a Holy Bible?  No!  The ‘holy Koran’, which they are so quick to defend, is an endless harangue against Christians and Jews and anyone else who doesn’t worship Allah the devil.  The evil Koran calls for the murder of all Christians and Jews – and they had the gall to ostracize the Pastor for burning these ‘satanic verses’ as Salmon Rushdie put it.  Salmon Rushdie was a Muslim until he realized just how satanic the Koran is.

 

Now we’re seeing the evidence of the changing wind against Christianity, and in favour of Islam.  You might have noticed that it’s rare indeed to hear the name of Jesus Christ mentioned by the media today, and never as a Prophet, yet He is the greatest Prophet of all.  He’s actually called the “Word of God”.  In other words, He is the embodiment of all the Scriptures.  On the other hand, how often do you hear the media refer to Mohammed by any other title than the ‘Prophet Mohammed’?  In their minds, Mohammed is a prophet, but the Lord Jesus isn’t!  It may seem to very subtle, but the trend has already begun – and God has noticed!

 

The very act of defending ‘satanic verses’ as ‘holy’ shows the mindset of those who control public perceptions and generate the trends.  They defend evil and persecute righteousness!

 

And if this wasn’t enough, Satan will drive them to kill true Christians, who keep the Commandments of God and hold to the Testimony of Jesus.  And this will complete the charge-sheet and justice will run its course.

 

 

PSALM 95

 

Psa 95:1  Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  We’ve been speaking a lot about salvation and where it will come from.  We already know that the Rock which poured out water in the desert to save the Israelites was Jesus Christ.  It’s this Rock which will feature prominently in saving the remnant of the House of Israel and returning them to the Promised Land.

 

It’s the Promised Land which will be the safe-haven for God’s people in that day, not only from the enemy, but also from the effects of the restoration of the earth.  Mountains will crumble, inland seas will be displaced, and landslides will devastate anything in their path.  All this will occur when the landmass of the earth is restored to its original shape.

 

It’s as well to get a head start on these things and understand them, because if you don’t, then you will never understand the meaning of salvation.  We all know the population of the earth numbers in excess of six thousand million people, most of whom are not welcome to live in God’s Kingdom.

 

We’ve spoken of the preparations needed for the establishment of the Promised Land, and the displacement of those who have no right to be there.  We’ve spoken about the digging of a pit in Gehenna Valley to bury their bodies, yet we would all realize that there would be a shortfall of space if thousands of millions are factored in.  In fact, it would be impossible, but God Himself has made provision.  He Himself will bury the unwanted dead.  This provision is made possible by the restoration of the earth.  When God restores Satan’s former willful destruction of the earth, God will also bury Satan’s brood.  In that day, there will be few men left (Isa 24:6).  Isaiah adds some more detail to this: V19-23 “The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken. 20 The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls--never to rise again (that is, the guilt of its rebellion).”  And it’s this guilt of its rebellion that will be punished, and it’s speaking of Satan and his rulers of the heavenly realms: V21 “In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below. 22 They will be herded together like prisoners bound in a dungeon; they will be shut up in prison and be punished after many days. 23 The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders, gloriously.” 

 

This will be a time of rejoicing and thanksgiving, which Isaiah also mentions in V14-16 They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the LORD's majesty. 15 Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. 16 From the ends of the earth we hear singing: "Glory to the Righteous One." 

 

All things considered and with a world in chaos, there will be joyous singing and acclaim throughout all the earth when the Sovereign God reigns.  The West will rejoice, but then so will the East – where there will be some survivors.  Australia and New Zealand are the only Christian, Israelite nations east of Jerusalem.  Though separate islands, they are both the same people.  But let’s also give credit to the Singaporean Christians whose expedition to Mount Ararat resulted in the discovery of Noah’s Arm.  They’ve certainly brought glory to God!

 

Many of those who were formerly dragon-worshippers in the Far East will have a change of heart.  But it should be pointed out that Satan and his demons will be locked up for a thousand years (which Isaiah terms as ‘many days’), but then released for a short time (Rev 20:3).  And to whom do you suppose Satan will go to for support?  It will be the former dragon-worshipers from the Far East!  He will rally them once again in huge numbers for a final showdown, but will come to his end and be no more.

 

And now the Psalmist reiterates these things with thanksgiving and music and song:

Psa 95:2  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Psa 95:3  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

 

Psa 95:4  In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.  In fact, the mountains came from the depths of the earth, being mostly of diorites and granites.  When God restores the earth, these mountains will go back to where they came from, and the earth will become like a plain.  All the useless, chaotic mountains will be no more.  All the land will be returned to productivity.  There will still be mining, but in that day the mineralization of the earth will be realigned and easily accessible.  Not the jumbled up mess we see today!

 

Psa 95:5  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.  We can therefore presume that since God made all these things, He has the right to restore them to their acceptable beginnings.  While this will result in the casualties of billions of people outside of the Holy Land, they were never God’s people anyway.  The sea is His, so is the dry land, but these people are not!  Just remember that Jesus Christ came to destroy the devil’s work, and this destruction must be concluded.  The work of the devil could be described as deceiving the whole world, and thus far, he has been exceptionally successful.

 

The importance of the next six verses can be seen by their inclusion in Heb 3:15-4:7.  It stresses the importance of not hardening our hearts when we hear His voice.  This is basically what Jesus said about ears that can’t hear and eyes that cannot see.  He was referencing those who have no interest in understanding God’s ways.  For this reason, He spoke in parables so they wouldn’t understand, lest they should turn and be healed by Him.  Christians today are notorious for twisting the Scriptures to suit themselves.  This will become evident as we begin to read the following verses and how they relate to keeping God’s Sabbath holy.  Just to summarize in advance, God is saying that if you don’t keep His weekly Sabbath Day holy, then you will not enter His Millennial Sabbath rest either.

 

We’ll first consider what the Psalmist says, before going to the Book of Hebrews:

Psa 95:6  Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

Psa 95:7  for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.  TODAY, IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,

Psa 95:8  DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert,

Psa 95:9  where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.

Psa 95:10  For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways."

Psa 95:11  So I declared on oath in my anger, "They shall never enter my rest."  This rest is speaking of entering the Promised Land where they will find peace.

 

Just a quick word about what happened at Meribah, which was a particularly sad event.  The Israelites were at the point of rebellion against Moses and complained that he had led them to the desert to die of thirst.  Moses became agitated and made a serious mistake: Psa 106:32 “By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them; 33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses' lips. 34 They did not destroy the peoples as the LORD had commanded them, 35 but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs. 36 They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them.”  After all they saw of God’s miracles in Egypt and in the desert, they still turned against God and followed the way of the heathen.  What is more, they refused to go to war against these heathen.  Instead they turned aside and went around them – even though they were commanded to destroy them!  You’ll never guess who these people were!  They were the Edomites (Num 20:13-21), the descendants of Esau, whom God hated with a vengeance!  And still does today. (See Mal 1:2-5).  As a result of this outrageous behaviour, God banned them from entering the Promised Land for 40 years.

 

And now we come to the Book of Hebrews, where this very episode is used to reflect on the present day, which is referred to as “Today”.  Heb 2:12 – 4:13 “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. 15 As has just been said:  "TODAY, IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS as you did in the rebellion." 16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.”  Speaking of Today, people no longer want to hear the Words of God and as a result, they are not worthy to enter God’s Rest.  Heb 4:1-3 “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the GOSPEL preached to us, JUST AS THEY DID; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, `They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.”  And which ‘rest’ do we, who have believed, enter?  The true servants of God enter God’s Sabbath rest every week, even Today!  Just as God did during the Creation Week: V4 “For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work." 5 And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."  And here we see the difference between those who will enter God’s Millennial Rest and those who won’t because of their disobedience to the Sabbath Day rest, which was instituted in the Garden of Eden when God rested from all His work.  Even Today, the Tribes of Israel refuse to honour God’s Sabbath Day.  Yet, some few still do Today.  V6 It still remains that SOME will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."  And this is exactly what the Prophet David said, some 400 years later, in Psa 95:7, which we have just been reading.  Just to summarize: God’s Millennial Rest in His Kingdom is conditional upon His weekly Sabbath being kept holy.  Anyone who refuses will never enter that Rest!

 

Continuing in the Book of Hebrews: V8 “For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God's rest ALSO RESTS FROM HIS OWN WORK, JUST AS GOD DID FROM HIS. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”  Well you can’t get any plainer than this!  If God rested on the Seventh Day from His work, so must we rest on the Seventh Day from all our work!  This, in fact, summarizes what we’ve just read in the passage from the Book of Hebrews.  If you hope to enter God’s Millennial Rest, you must rest on His Sabbath-day.  V12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”  We’re already giving our account to God in all that we say and do.  He is already judging the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts and minds to determine our suitability for salvation in the Holy Land.  The bad news is that only SOME will make it; the rest will be banned through disobedience.  If your ears and eyes are open, then you will see how serious this will become in days to come.  In fact, even as God’s Word states, Today!  In effect, the meaning is that now is the time to enter the service of Almighty God because tomorrow may be too late!  The judgment has already begun Today for those of this generation.

 

 

 

PSALM 96

 

In this Psalm, God makes a plea to all the nations of the earth to come to their senses if they hope to be spared and see salvation.  Optionally, they can refuse and suffer the consequences – which at that time, many will have already seen.  The wreckage of their civilization will be very evident from where they stand.  Their future will look very bleak indeed – unless they come to their senses and turn to their Creator God.  To those who do, God will extend His mercy.

 

Psa 96:1  Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.  The songs which most of the world sings today are scarcely a reflection of their devotion to their Creator God.  The Prophet David was a writer of songs, and his songs were directed to the glory of God!  Therefore, it’s David’s example that should be followed when all the earth reconsiders their position.  In other words, they have to learn some new songs!  One of these is the Song of Moses (Rev 15:3), which we often refer to.

 

Psa 96:2  Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.  This is a good starting point for the people of the world who want to be like David and his most famous son, Jesus Christ.  Anyone who wants to be saved from their horrific circumstances will need to be attuned to God when seeking His help.

 

Psa 96:3  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  If they pay close attention to what David wrote, then they will learn a great deal about the marvelous deeds of the Almighty.

 

Psa 96:4  For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.

 

Psa 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.  It’s been a problem for what seems forever in the past that men have worshipped the sun, moon and stars.  So God is confirming He made them all, and He also confirms that He, as the Creator, should be worshipped – not the creation.  It should not go unnoticed that Islam glorifies the moon on their flags; the moon being the lesser light.  The Lord Christ, on the other hand, is symbolized as the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2) and the Bright Morning Star (Rev 22:16).  The Apostle Peter confirmed that when a certain day dawns the Morning Star will rise in our hearts (2Pet 1:19).  The context in which Peter makes this reference is in relation to the sure Word of Prophecy, which he advises to pay attention to.

 

Psa 96:6  Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.  There will be a sanctuary where people will find rest, and the protectors of this sanctuary will be fierce adversaries to all who oppose it.  They will also be imbued with both strength and glory which will include invincibility (remember Zech 12:8?).

 

Psa 96:7  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.  It will seem to the families of the nations (Gentiles) that the glory and strength they observe comes from transgressors rather than God.  In this, both Jesus and Isaiah made this clear: Isa 53:12 “Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.  For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”  And now we find out from what Jesus said that the so-called ‘transgressorswere His own disciples:  Luke 22:36-38 “He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors'; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment."  Well, soon it will be fulfilled and the families of nations had better ascribe this glory and strength to the LORD if they know what’s good for them.  And just to conclude what Jesus said in this regard: V38 The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords."  "That is enough," he replied.  If those two swords are in the hands of the Jews and the Levites, then it will be enough.  Collectively, these will be called the House of Davidas they were in days of old – and as we all know, they will be like both David and God (Zech 12:8).

 

Once again, the House of David will go out to battle as the ‘Armies of the Living God’ as David described his army.  Then the families of the nations will know they are not to be trifled with.  If they behave themselves, then they will be invited to attend God’s court.

Psa 96:8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.  They’ll need to ring the door bell with their elbow, because their arms will be full of the mandatory offerings for the Temple.  There is a perception today that as long as you give your heart to the Lord, you don’t have to give your money.  Almighty God disagrees!  God knows only too well that those who refuse to lay down their money and pay God’s portion (a tithe or tenth) would certainly not be willing to lay down their lives for Him.  It’s a situation of ‘your money or your life’.

 

Psa 96:9  Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.  Only those who have their priorities right will worship the LORD in the splendor of His Holiness, and this will require the deepest respect for Him.  By this time, all the world will know the consequences of failing to do so.  We are of course, speaking of the time when the LORD reigns and the earth has been restored and is no longer quaking or moving:

 

Psa 96:10  Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns."  The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.  God’s judgment will be equal to their conduct, and this will not necessarily bode well for nations of the world.  They will however, get a heads-up if they abandon their gods and turn to Him and seek His Truth.

 

Psa 96:11  Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it;

Psa 96:12  let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.  Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;

Psa 96:13  they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.  As we’ve said many times, “God’s Word is Truth!” – and so by this Word the whole world will be judged.

 

PSALM 97

 

Psa 97:1 The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.  This is speaking of shores that are very distant from Jerusalem where God will reign.  As one might imagine, there will be plenty of those remaining from the House of Israel on distant shores.  These are the only people He chose from all the families of the earth (Amos 3:1-2).   God’s chosen people will indeed rejoice when they are told the LORD reigns.

 

And now we get a preview of how God’s reign comes about, and the circumstances preceding it.

Psa 97:2 Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.  Doom and gloom are everywhere, and there is little comfort for man or beast.  Added to this is God’s trademark reaction to the nations who have defiled His righteous ways:

Psa 97:3 Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.  You’ll recall how God dealt with Sodom and Gomorrah ages ago.  Fire came down from Heaven and consumed them all including their cities, which disappeared without trace – and have not been found to this very day.  Luke 17:29-30 “But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”  Cities and nations will fall before the onslaught!  When very few are left alive, and they fear they’re next, they’ll have a complete change of heart.

 

Psa 97:4 His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The peoples of the earth will have a lot to contend with in that day!  When the fire starts coming down from heaven the whole world will be trembling with fear.  It won’t go unnoticed that the earth itself is also trembling and shaking with mountains melting away and disappearing:

 

Psa 97:5  The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.  The prophets of old knew that the earth had to be repaired and restored, and this is just one of the many occasions when they referred to this.  Unlike the prophets of old, the geologists of this age are totally confused and understand nothing about the earth.  They’ll be just as shocked as everyone else when they see the mountains melt like wax.  And as they do, the worthless theories of this world’s ‘scientists’ will take yet another setback.  We’re already getting pretty used to this with their lunatic theories on ‘manmade global warming’, which is an international scam of the highest order.  It seems that people are quite willing to be deceived as long as it sounds ‘scientific’.  As a real scientist said recently in regard to this scam, “It’s merely a quest for cheap virtue”, meaning it’s a way for people to show feigned concern for the earth and its people and appear virtuous in doing so.  You might also note how often the name ‘Gaia’ is mentioned in relation to the earth by many of these lunatics.  Gaia is the presumed pagan ‘goddess of the earth’, who “must be obeyed”.  If you love God then you’ll not get involved with it.  Leave it all to the fools who love cheap virtue!  They’ll soon find out that their ‘virtue’ wasn’t so cheap after all.

 

Psa 97:6  The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.  Yes, it’s true!  The whole world will see God’s Glory!  What is more, when the heavens proclaim His righteousness, it will be through catastrophic fire from the sky.  While they’ll see God’s GloryHis dwelling-place, they won’t be happy to see His Judgments.

 

Psa 97:7  All who worship images are put to shame, those who boast in idols-- worship him, all you gods!  Anyone who worships anything other than the True God will be put to a lot of shame.

 

But there will be exceptions:

Psa 97:8  Zion hears and rejoices and the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments, O LORD.  Those who know their God will rejoice to see His Judgments because they will know that this will precede a millennium of peace – the ‘Rest’ that God has spoken of.

 

Psa 97:9  For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.  There are presently 50 million of these on earth today.  God knows them all and they’re called demons.

 

Psa 97:10  Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and DELIVERS THEM FROM THE HAND OF THE WICKED.  This is the true meaning of the term ‘salvation’.  It means to be DELIVERED FROM THE HAND OF THE ENEMY.  Speaking of his son John the Baptist, Zechariah prophesied this: Luke 1:69-79 “He has raised up a HORN OF SALVATION for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 SALVATION FROM OUR ENEMIES and FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE 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 heaven79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."  You could just about write a book about what is spoken of in these few verses, but we’ll restrict it to just the pertinent points regarding the KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION.  I have yet to hear any church anywhere detail the true meaning of salvation.  They simply presume they are already ‘saved’ even though they’ve never even faced the enemy.  The KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION was destined to come from a PROPHET OF THE MOST HIGH just as the holy prophets of long ago prophesied.

 

It’s important to note that all that Zechariah prophesied here concerns his son John, and was a prophecy about him.  He was to precede the Lord Christ, the RISING SUN from heaven.  Jesus Christ was born six months later – after Zechariah prophesied these words.

 

So getting back now to the last verse in this Psalm (V10), we can understand whose ‘lives of the faithful ones’ He guards and delivers from the hand of the wicked.  It’s the prophet of the Most High and all his faithful brothers.  It’s these who become the HORN OF SALVATION in the HOUSE OF DAVID.  So don’t be too quick to be fooled by others who offer ‘salvation’ when they don’t understand what it is!  They have no light of dawn and they understand nothing.

 

Psa 97:11 Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.  Light is shed upon the righteous, and they know the true meaning of joy through obedience to God.  Not so with the unrighteous – they have no light at all!  So don’t listen to them!

 

Psa 97:12  Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.  Praising God’s Holy Name is usually done in song, which we spoke at length about in the last Psalm and which continues in the next.

 

PSALM 98

 

A psalm.

 

Psa 98:1  Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

 

Psa 98:2  The LORD has MADE HIS SALVATION KNOWN and revealed his righteousness to the nations.  Contrary to popular belief, the churches of this world don’t know anything about God’s salvation!  They imagine it to be some sort of feeling in the heart and they talk a lot about giving their hearts to the Lord.  It further enhances their reputation if they can speak in the archaic, old English language.  In this way their ideas about salvation sound so ‘spiritual’.  When God makes His SALVATION KNOWN to them, they won’t be speaking so ‘spiritual’, believe me!  They’ll be pounding on themselves for being so false and stupid!  As we just saw in Zechariah’s prophecy about his son John, it was John who was to bring the KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION.  John was the Elijah who preceded our Lord Christ’s first appearance.

 

Psa 98:3  He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.  The House of Israel, that is all 12 Tribes, have a special standing with God as the only family he ever chose out of all the families of the earth (Amos 3:1-2).  God made certain promises to Abraham which He intends to keep, and in these last days, God will remember them even if they are scattered to the ends of the earth.  When the time comes, hopefully they’ll be grateful to be rescued.  And when they are, they’ll see the salvation of God.

 

As one might well imagine, those who are enslaved in concentration camps and whose lives hang by a thread, will rejoice to hear good tidings.  Just think back to WW2 when the Allies liberated the Nazi concentration camps.  What the Jews went through will be repeated when the ‘lost ten Tribes’ face their destiny and their punishment.  Perhaps if they had paid more attention to the prophets of long ago, they might have known what to expect.

 

Well, the Jews hard service is almost over, and soon God will be comforting them (Isa 40:1-5).  On the other hand, Ephraim’s hard service is just about to begin.  It might have spared them a lot of heartache if they had been more supportive of Judah (the Jewish nation of Israel) against their enemies.  Instead, they’ve been at the forefront of betraying them, and especially since the occupation of the White House by the current President, whose modus operandi is to favour his Muslim religion over the nations of the West.

 

We shouldn’t forget that all of Western Europe are also from the northern Ten Tribes of Israel.  In fact, it’s from these nations that Ephraim drew most of their citizenry.  In Bible Prophecy, Ephraim (USA) is referred to as the ‘lost Ten Tribes’ who went into captivity around 720 BC, finally settling in Europe and Britain after generations of slavery.  These former slaves separated out into tribal areas in Europe and Britain, becoming nations in their own right, and even then border clashes became evermore frequent, resulting in endless wars.  Finally, colonization of other lands became the goal to provide peace, security and supply.  And right on cue, the bountiful land to the West was discovered.  The Americas! 

 

The Spanish and the French were the first to take full of advantage of this, securing vast areas of the New Land to the west.  Britain belatedly began to challenge the French for, what is today, Canada.  Acrimony ensued as they fought it out for possession of the land.

 

Meanwhile, the Eastern seaboard of North America was rapidly being populated by all the European nations.  Germans, Dutch, French, Spanish, Polish, Scandinavians, and of course, British, were slowly emerging as a nation in their own right, and in their new land, welcoming all who wanted to come and work to build a nation.  America became a multi-national European nation in its own right.  It was Ephraim who dominated, and this is evident from the fact that the acceptable language of the nation was the language of Ephraim, that is, English.  Not French, Dutch, German or Spanish, but English.  From that time on, there was no contest over who the ruling Tribe was.  And to further distance themselves from the manacles of Britain, they eventually fought the War of Independence to complete the separation and to become a nation in their own right.  The United States of America emerged.  Even this name had significance.  The states of Europe had never been united, and centuries of war had borne this out.  Yet here was the fledgling nation of America, under the auspices of Ephraim, uniting all these nations under one banner as one nation, and in their own right.

 

But the trump card was played when Ephraim established the nation through the founding fathers of the new nation with one of the most amazing documents of all time: The Constitution of the United States.  It was like a towering rock in a world gone mad.  It literally left Europe and Britain gasping for breath.  Such freedoms, such mastery of law, had never been seen or contemplated.  Europe and Britain were locked into a system of royal sovereignty and therefore “government by the people and for the people” seemed to be an outrageous concept, which they were convinced would never work.  How wrong they were!  And now, centuries later, they’re playing catch-up, but it seems they left their run too late.

 

Speaking of Ephraim, God says this: 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.  And it is speaking of Ephraim, see V11.  In fact, the whole Book of Hosea relates to Ephraim.  When God saw the founding fathers of the nation it was like finding early figs on a fig-tree.  Obviously, God was very pleased with them!  On the other hand, Europe and England were not!  God blessed this young nation with magnificent and limitless bounty in every way and this young nation became the greatest that ever was.  Today America dwarfs their former homelands in Europe and England.

 

The reader might recall that the Lord Jesus destroyed a fig tree that failed to produce early figs.  This was, in fact, a prophetic sign for Ephraim, which would be enacted once the documents of the founding fathers are no longer adhered to.  This is the generation that is now taking that stand.  And now, almost on a daily basis, the US Constitution is being violated.  The US Constitution was to be their training ground for the observance of just law, even though it wasn’t God’s Law.  But it was a start in the right direction and God was pleased with the founding fathers who instituted it, because they emphasized the importance of law.

 

Ephraim stands head and shoulders over all of Europe, and to be perfectly honest, the European states collectively are mere minions in relation to the might and power of America.  Ephraim is the single nation that has been holding back disaster for the entire Western nations; no other nation is willing to provoke them to all-out war.  For this reason all nations are forced to rely on diplomacy when dealing with Ephraim.  Yet if Ephraim’s back was to the wall through external threats, they would unleash such might and power as to obliterate any nation or group of nations on the planet – and the whole world knows it!  This is the reality today!

 

And yet, Bible Prophecy confirms that Ephraim will be taken out of the way and left powerless to defend itself.  Every Western observer knows there are forces of evil building up today.  The West is already fighting two limited wars with these evil creatures and every sane person knows these wars are against Islam.  In days of old, the Apostles and Prophets understood the Scriptures, and the Apostle Paul was one of these.  It was he who made reference to Ephraim when he said this: 2Thess 2:5-7 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him (the Beastsee V3-4) back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”  Paul was recounting a conversation he had previously had with these Christians in Thessalonica, in reference to the coming of the prophesied beast.  He confirmed that this would not happen until ‘he’ is taken out of the way.  The ‘he’ to whom he was referring is confirmed in the Scriptures as Ephraim.  Until the mighty Ephraim is taken out of the way, the Beast will not appear.

 

Paul may or may not have known where Ephraim was in his day, but he certainly knew who and what he, Ephraim, would be in the last days.  Because he understood the Scriptures, he knew that Ephraim would be a mighty force in the last days – before the Beast arose.  And he knew the Beast would not make his appearance until Ephraim was no more the mightiest nation and the most powerful restraining factor on earth.  We have been privileged to see these fulfillments of Bible Prophecy in our day.

 

So Ephraim must be taken out of the way!  It would be a serious mistake to assume that this will happen because Ephraim is the worst nation on earth, because it isn’t so!  In Truth, they are the best nation that ever was by human standards, but they fall way short of the standards of righteousness that God insists upon.

 

As this Psalm started out speaking of salvation from the ends of the earth, it’s clear that God’s people, the descendants of Jacob, will be in serious need of rescue.  The halcyon days are almost over and we are now living in the calm before the storm.

 

It’s unimaginable the horrors that the greatest nation on earth will encounter, but these things are virtually engraved on stone and it has to be this way.  By what other means could the nation be induced to return to God and begin obeying Him?  At the height of their splendorous living they’ve only succeeded in going further away to the point where they not only disobey Him, but now they openly challenge Him as the Creator God.  What is more, this insanity is now being taught in the schools under the title of ‘evolution’.  God intends to meet their challenge!  It will be a long, dark night before they see the Light of Dawn!  Years in fact!

 

By now, the reader should have a fair idea of the meaning of salvation, because all the prophets spoke of it at length – particularly David.  Since David is to be resurrected as the king over all the House of Israel, he has a vested interest in seeing that the meaning of salvation is clearly understood.  When he wrote all these things he knew that the Tribes of Israel would have to be rescued in order to enter the Promised Land and the Promised Rest.  At that time, the surviving remnant will be citizens of the Kingdom of God under David their king: Jer 30:7-9 How awful that day will be!  None will be like it.  It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it. 8 "`In that day,' declares the LORD Almighty, `I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them. 9 Instead, they will serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.” 

 

And now we come to the time when David will be raised up as king over the survivors of the House of Israel, and they will be a physical nation, who will bear children and live to a great age.  As God puts it, like the age of a tree (Isa 65:20-23).

 

Remember how the angels first shouted and sang for joy when God first created the earth and everything in it, and laid out the continental landmass?  Remember how God spoke to the Prophet Job and reminded him?  Job 38:4-7 “Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?  Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!  Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-- 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” 

 

Well all this is about to be reenacted when the earth is restored to its origin design:

Psa 98:4  Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;

Psa 98:5  make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,

Psa 98:6  with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn-- shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

Psa 98:7  Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

 

There will be one River of Life emanating from Jerusalem, and this will percolate throughout the entire landmass, flowing in all directions to provide river access to all the creation.

Psa 98:8  Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; (the mountains will have cause to sing and rejoice once they become productive ground)

Psa 98:9  let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.

 

PSALM 99

 

Psa 99:1  The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.  There are two cherubim who stand at God’s side.  One is Michael and the other is Gabriel.  Both these Cherubim are mentioned in relation to the endtime prophecies, and both are powerful warriors of God.  If the ruler of a nation offends God, then these are the ones He dispatches to destroy them.  And it’s happened many times in the past.  They’re very thorough in their work, and Sodom and Gomorrah are good examples.

 

Psa 99:2 Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.

 

Psa 99:3  Let them praise your great and awesome name--  he is holy.

 

Psa 99:4  The King is mighty, he loves justice--  you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right.  I think we all know what justice is.  It’s the punishment for wrong-doing, specifically disobedience to the law.  But of course, God’s justice goes way beyond this.  He reserves justice for whole nations, and even though they may not know God, these nations get the punishment they deserve.

 

Psa 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.

 

Psa 99:6  Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the LORD and he answered them.  There is an interesting aside to this.  All three, Moses, Aaron and Samuel were all Levites.

 

Psa 99:7  He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.  David is the writer of these Psalms, and he knew that God spoke to Moses and Aaron directly some 400 years previously.  David knew Samuel very well, and it was he that anointed David as King over all Israel.  David also knew that God communicated with Samuel directly, just as He did with Moses and Aaron.  All three men were faithful to God in keeping His Statutes and Laws.

 

Psa 99:8  O LORD our God, you answered them (that is, Moses, Aaron and Samuel); you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.  These men presided over the Tribes of Israel during the two great eras of their history.  Firstly the exodus from Egypt, and secondly, the establishment of the Kingdom, which will reach its fulfillment with the resurrection of David to rule over them! 

 

Psa 99:9  Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.  Since we’re speaking about Moses, Aaron and Samuel, there is a Holy Mountain in the Sinai Peninsula where Moses and Aaron led the people to worship God.  It was here on Mount Sinai (Horeb) that God gave them the Laws and Constitution to become a nation in their own right.  What they lacked was a territory or country of their own.  Much later, Samuel and David arrived on the scene to establish worship in God’s Holy Mountain in Jerusalem.  It was this Mountain in Jerusalem where God would establish worship forever.  A thousand years later, Jesus Christ confirmed this: John 4:19-24 “Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." 21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, FOR SALVATION IS FROM THE JEWS. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." 

 

The irony of this is that the Jews worshipped the God of the Old Testament, which was Jesus Christ!  It was Jesus Christ Himself who led the Israelites through all their journeys and finally to the Promised Land.  This is confirmed in 1Cor 10:2 as we’ve quoted many times before.  The Jews know what they worship, as Jesus said, but lamentably, most of Christianity does not!  In fact, Christianity generally has rejected the Law and the Prophets – that is, the Old Testament, and have no clear understanding of what God requires, and are therefore incapable of worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth.  How unlike Jesus they are!  Jesus quoted from the Scriptures many times, and which Scriptures were they?  The Old Testament, as we call it, was the only Scripture in His day.  And this is why the Jews have been chosen to bring Salvation.  The Jews have faithfully worshipped the God of the Old Testament (Jesus Christ) for thousands of years.  Mainstream Christianity has not!

 

There’s even more irony involved here.  The Jews know what they worship (as Jesus said), but does Christianity?  The truth is they’ve been fighting over doctrinal issues for centuries, and can’t agree on anything.  There are as many different doctrines as there are churches!  Even with such a diminutive knowledge base, you would think they could flange together some form of coherency based on Scripture.  But such is not the case!  Yet they all claim to worship God in Spirit and in Truthwhich they don’t!

 

 

PSALM 100

 

A psalm. For giving thanks.

 

Psa 100:1  Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

 

Psa 100:2  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

 

Psa 100:3  Know that the LORD is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Those who don’t believe God made us are probably of the opinion that all life evolved from nothing.  Therefore they should be prepared to accept the cycle of life that exists, where the strong devour the weak, and then philosophically accept their fate.  All life eventually ends up as dust, so when non-believers are torn to pieces by predators, why should they be surprised?  They are merely following the path of life.  After all, God hasn’t demanded that all human beings believe Him to be the Creator; He has merely given them that choice.  And there is good reason for this!  God intends to populate the earth with sound, rational, logical, compliant people, and as such, intelligent people know that life can only come from life.  Therefore, there has to be a Designer, Creator Source for the creation of life.  Those who accept this and who recognize their obligations to God for the life He has given them are the very progenitors who will populate His Kingdom.  All others must accept their fate according to the dictates of their beliefs.  As animals die and return to dust, so must they.  As animals have no hope of an afterlife, neither have they.  And this summarizes the meaning of life.

 

It should come as no surprise to the rational human being that God rewards those who diligently seek Him.  God loves the earth and His creation, and He intends to see it survive forever.  A lot of work went into its planning and design, and it’s worth preserving.  Jesus Christ felt so, because He gave His life for it (John 3:16).  Therefore it’s incumbent upon all His disciples to feel the same way.

 

Psa 100:4  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  Those who enter the gates of the Holy City Jerusalem will be those who acknowledge the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ (John 1:1).  They will acknowledge that He is the One through whom God made everything (V2).  They will also acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament.

 

Psa 100:5  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  Jesus Christ’s unquestionable faithfulness to His Father is well known to all Christians, and just as assuredly, His faithfulness through all generations has been demonstrated through all who think as He does.

 

PSALM 101

 

Of David. A psalm.

 

The life of David is an example one of those generations, and he now proceeds to give us some good advice.

Psa 101:1 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.

 

Psa 101:2  I will be careful to lead a blameless life-- when will you come to me?  I will walk in my house with blameless heart.

 

Psa 101:3  I will set before my eyes no vile thing.  The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.  We’ve seen too many faithless men in this day and age.  These are the ones who have divested of logic and now cling to the delusion that they are no longer accountable to a Creator God.

 

Psa 101:4  Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.  This is very good advice!  David is telling us to stay well away from evil.  The Apostle Paul also gave us some good advice in relation to having nothing to do with evil: 2Tim 3:1-5 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM.”  Paul was speaking of our days, the final days before the Kingdom of God is established.  All that he says can be clearly seen today.  Why would anyone want to be mixing with the type of people Paul describes here?  Even though they feign a form of godliness, they are not prepared to acknowledge the awesome power of the Creator God.  To further emphasize these things, Paul also gives a similar warning in Eph 5:11 about having nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness.  And in Eph 6:10-12 he speaks of the powers of this dark world and identifies them as the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms – who are not flesh and blood.  In these few verses, Paul has clearly given us the reasons for having nothing to do with those exhibit and practice the evil he spoke about.  All these things have satanic origins.

 

Psa 101:5  Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure.  You can see the similarities here to what Paul says above, when he speaks of the slanderous, the proud and the boastful.  These are the sorts of people we should have nothing to do with.  They are just troublesome and irritating!  As far as having a ‘form of godliness’ as Paul puts it, their fake hypocritical charades is something that no sound-minded person would want anything to do with.  The late Elizabeth Taylor, a Jewess, made an interesting observation in something she said, “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues." -- Elizabeth Taylor.  The point is that those who claim to have no vices and who preach virtue are frequently hypocrites and their hidden vices sometimes make the headlines – as we’ve all seen.

Psa 101:6  My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me.  David is making it clear his preferences for those who will minister in his royal court when he once more becomes the King over all of Israel.  Now is the time to be developing these credentials.

 

Psa 101:7  No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.  This confirms what David says in the previous verse.  Lying deceivers will have no place in God’s Kingdom.

 

Psa 101:8  Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.  The term ‘cut off’ is code for execution.  Hopefully, there will be less of these after a period of cleansing of habitual offenders.  Contrary to all the politically correct nonsense, capital punishment is definitely a deterrent to all would-be offenders!  And justice must be swift!  There’s an old legal saying, “Justice delayed is justice denied”.

 

Those in God’s Kingdom will have seen the carnage and cruelty of enemy forces and the slaughter of millions of their countrymen, will have no tolerance for those who want to perpetuate the cause of all this slaughter.  They’ll readily recognize that anyone who fails to remain faithful to God and His Laws have no rights to life.  Both David and Paul attest to the type of conduct that will be outlawed.

 

PSALM 102

 

A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the LORD.

 

As we saw in the last verse, the wicked must be silenced in the land, and this will be acknowledged by all who have learned their lesson through incredible hardship and humiliation and who now desire to serve God.  So now David speaks of the future horror that will bring them to this point.

 

 Psa 102:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you.  David is appealing on behalf of his future subjects – and this is confirmed in V18-20 below, which we’ll get to shortly.

 

Psa 102:2  Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.

 

Psa 102:3  For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.  Life drains away when one is in deep distress and the body begins to break down.

 

Psa 102:4  My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.  When your diet consists of ashes (see V9 below) it might be easy to forget.

 

Psa 102:5  Because of my loud groaning I am reduced to skin and bones.  Because of the stress of the situation there won’t be much to be happy about.  Generally, people in forced labor are reduced to skin and bones.  Even after an invasion, when everything is either looted or burnt, all food sources evaporate and there is nothing to eat.  Starvation becomes the norm.

 

Psa 102:6  I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins.  History tells us of the aftermath of war and the ruins that result.  I hope the reference to the owl doesn’t mean looking for rodents to eat, but this seems to be the implication.  Rodents do tend to survive well on rotting carcasses.

 

Psa 102:7  I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof.  Presumably, exposed to all the elements and at night when most birds refuse to fly. 

 

Psa 102:8  All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse.  Under such holocaust conditions, everyone becomes the enemy when the food wars begin.  There’s an implied meaning here that the Saints will be blamed for everything that has resulted; it’s generally called ‘scapegoating’.  It results when no-one is prepared to take responsibility for their own actions.  The litigious actions of people in the courts, even today, goes to show how quick they are to blame others for their problems.  Well, the ‘turn the other cheek’ principle is going to come back to haunt them.

 

Psa 102:9  For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears

Psa 102:10  because of your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.  While this is so, didn’t the House of Israel do this first to their Creator God?  The wheel that goes around comes around and this is how justice works.  It’s always a bit late to be lamenting after the event.  If you were told in advance would you listen and be warned-off from such a fate?  The truth is that most people won’t!  Some people just have to learn the hard way because they won’t believe God.  So whose fault is it?  It might be of interest to know that Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (James 2:23).  So what ever you do, trust and believe God!  When you find yourself thrown aside and in want of all things, just remember if you start believing God, then you will also be credited with righteousness.  God does have compassion on the righteous!

 

Psa 102:11  My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.  An evening shadow descends into the darkness of the night.  David is speaking of a long dark night before the dawning of a new day.  The days of punishment are not going to be kind to anyone because this is not what punishment was designed to do.  Because of false assumptions there are a lot of people who don’t believe they deserve punishment from God.  The Book of Hebrews would tell you different: Heb 10:26-31 “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  I can’t imagine dying any more severely than dying without mercy, but this is without taking into account the methods of the enemy.  To be sure, this is speaking of those who’ve been sanctified by God’s Holy Spirit and then turned away from Him, so I would imagine they can expect the worst!

 

There is a perception today that God should forgive everyone for everything, even those things that are deeply offensive to Him.  Most people have heard of the ‘mark of the Beast’ and they’re well aware that it’s something to avoid.  Yet if push comes to shove and they’re forced to accept it, then God will just have to forgive them!  But will he?  This is what God has to say on the subject: Rev 14:9-12 “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10 he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” 

 

There are no ifs or buts about this!  Accept this ‘mark’ and you’ll suffer the penalty!  It’s rated as the highest treasonable act anyone could commit!  You’ll notice the final verse about the patient endurance of the Saints.  The Saints, which are those who have God’s Holy Spirit, will endure whatever death is meted out to them – rather than to defy their God!  And by way of comfort to them, God adds this: V13-14 “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."  "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."  They will willingly die for their God, just as Jesus did, because they didn’t love their lives so much as to shrink from death!

 

And now David begins to speak of the endgame when the Lord Christ arises.  His first objective will be to show favour to Zion the City of God and His servants.

Psa 102:12  But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations.

 

Psa 102:13  You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.  This is a reference to the dawning of the new day when the Sun of Righteousness arises with healing in His wings (Mal 4:2).  You’ll recall that the Apostle Peter also spoke of this in 2Pet 1:19 “…until the day dawns and the Morning Star arises in your hearts.”  The Morning Star or Sun, of course, is Jesus Christ (Rev 22:16).

 

Psa 102:14  For her (Zion or Jerusalem) stones are dear to your servants; her very dust moves them to pity.  Only the servants of God will feel real compassion for Jerusalem, enough to fight for her liberation.  And they will fight – as we’ve said many times before!  God’s servants have been trained not to placate the enemy, and any rational human being would know that the real enemies of Jerusalem are the Muslim hordes that surround God’s Holy Land.  Now these enemies of God will die without mercy!  They will be guilty of desecrating the Holy things of God, including the Temple Mount, and the Holy City, and death will be their only mercy.

 

Psa 102:15  The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.  Does anyone really believe that the nations of the earth will suddenly have an epiphany and turn to God out of the goodness of their hearts?  They’ll fear God because they’ll understand the might and power of the ‘Armies of the Living God’ who will wreak havoc on every nation they attack.  When “the appointed time has come” the Sons of Jerusalem will drive hard into the neighbouring nations leaving devastation in their wake.  So of course, the nations will fear the Name of the LORD!  They’ll have no answer for the weaponry involved!

 

Psa 102:16  For the LORD will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory.  Zion, the City of God, will be rebuilt, and the nations will offer no resistance.  In fact, there will be nations that will offer huge quantities of valuable materials in great profusion as a trade-off for their lives.  At that time, the LORD will appear in His Glory; that is, the Glory will be seen!  It will be stationed over Jerusalem like a great cloud, and people everywhere will see it.

 

Psa 102:17  He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.  Obviously this follows a period when God refused to respond to their pleas!  This was when they refused to listen to Him, so He refused to listen to them.  This is something God has warned about many times.  When God judges that they’ve suffered enough and are completely destitute, God will recognize the sincerity of their pleas.  It’s a fact of life that when someone faces imminent death, suddenly God is very real to them – as a last hope.  This is not ideal behaviour!  People tend to want to learn the hard way.

 

Psa 102:18  Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD:

Psa 102:19  "The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth,

Psa 102:20  to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death."  This is what is referred to in V1 regarding David’s future subjects of future generations.  It is of course speaking of the last days of human rule, and the future generation that will remain when David is resurrected to rule over the 12 Tribes of Israel.  But it has other ominous portent in the reference to ‘generations’.  Generally, it’s the young and fit who survive such conditions, that is, the new generation.  The oldies, from the present generation are the first to go in holocaust conditions.  The old generation had their lifetimes, their allotted span, and did nothing to distinguish themselves in the service of God.  God is looking for a new generation who don’t have the baggage of the past generation.  God knows He can create in them a virtuous nation.

 

There are precedents for this, and these can be seen in the days of Moses, when God ensured the bodies of the present generation fell in the desert, and they were refused entry to the Promised Land.  It was the new generation that were led into the Promised Land.  This is confirmed in the Book of Hebrews: Heb 3:16-4:1 “Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.  1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest STILL STANDS, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.” 

 

Psa 102:21  So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem

Psa 102:22  when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the LORD.

 

Psa 102:23 In the course of my life he broke my strength; he cut short my days.  This is rather interesting, because David’s life was cut short, that is, short of the allotted 70 years.  Though it’s hard to nail down exactly, it seems that David died around the age of 65 years.  His death came after a short co-regency with his son Solomon, who was anointed as king before David died.

 

Jesus Christ’s life was also cut short as were the lives of many of his disciples.  It seems that only John lived to a great age – and this was prophesied: John 21:19-24 “Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!" 20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple (John) whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is going to betray you?") 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?" 22 Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me." 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple (John) would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?"  And of course, this was fulfilled on the Isle of Patmos where Jesus Christ appeared to John some 65 years later.  V24 “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.” 

 

Psa 102:24 So I said: "Do not take me away, O my God, in the midst of my days; your years go on through all generations.  It’s clear that David was speaking for others as well, who were to follow him, including his most famous descendant Jesus Christ. 

 

Psa 102:25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

 

Psa 102:26  They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.  Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.  The clothing or the appearance of the foundations of the earth, the landmass, will be changed like a garment and the old will be discarded.  This also includes the heavens, and most particularly the sun and the moon.

 

Psa 102:27  But you remain the same, and your years will never end.  People seem to believe that the LORD God of the Old Testament dramatically changed when He came to earth as the man Jesus Christ.  Yet David confirms that He remained the same.  The Book of Malachi confirms this: Mal 3:6 I the LORD do not change.  So you, O descendants of Jacob are not destroyed.”  Jesus Christ is the Creator that laid the foundations of the earth, and created everything in it.  All this was the work of His hands! This is confirmed by the Apostle John: John 1:1-8 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God [the Father], and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome (see margin) it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John (John the Baptist). 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.”  Jesus Christ was the Light of Life, and John the Baptist came to bear witness to this.  John was not the Light itself.  God the Father deemed it necessary to send a man ahead of His Son Jesus to prepare the way for Him.

 

In short, John the Baptist was a man of God who came to prepare the way for the Creator Jesus Christ, through whom all things were made.  Jesus Christ is the Light of Life, and without Him there is only darkness.  Yet darkness can never overcome this Light, but still dark forces try incessantly to do so!  There are dark, evil forces in this world.  Remember how the Apostle Paul referred to them?  Eph 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the POWERS OF THIS DARK WORLD and against THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS.”  There is a spirit world and these evil creatures presently rule the whole world.  But now their days are numbered!  And their end will come with the dawning of a new day.

 

Psa 102:28  The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you."  We could speak a lot about this concerning the children and descendants of His Servants, but the time is not right for this disclosure now.  But then, you should already understand the nature of Jesus’ birth and how He was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Nevertheless, the offspring of Jesus will inherit the Kingdom of God and become members of the God Family, and they will have children.  Though Jesus never married and had children while on earth, He did have offspring, and these were conceived through His Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Christ.  This is why the Scriptures state that “He will see His offspring and prolong His days [on earth]” (Isa 53:10).

 

PSALM 103

 

Of David.

 

Psa 103:1  Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Here we see that the soul is your body along with all its innermost parts, but most particularly your mind.  Your thoughts and your mind determine what you are as a human being.  It’s a strange quirk of the mind that so many people believe we all have an ‘immortal soul’.  God says the soul that sins shall die (Eze 18:4), but according to these people, the ‘immortal soul’ lives on after death.  Somehow they believe that they discard their body when they die, and go on living through their ‘immortal soul’.  Even Jesus didn’t discard His Body when He died – His body was resurrected and came to life again!  Noticeably, the words ‘immortal souldon’t appear in the Bible.

 

The next four verses detail the benefits of serving the Creator God, and these are things we should not forget.  All those who repent and begin to serve God have their past sins forgiven.  And just as assuredly, God heals all our diseases.  And no, He doesn’t do this through the medical profession!  Surely Jesus Christ proved this often enough!  He healed many people, and even raised Lazarus from the dead.  All this was done without recourse to the medical profession.  The truth is that the medical profession kills more people than they cure.  Some of their medications are positively dangerous, and while they might alleviate symptoms of one organ, they are doing devastating damage to others.  Doctors freely admit that their medications are designed to ‘contain’ diseases rather than cure them.

 

Surgery is a slightly different thing, particularly on the battlefield or in severe accidents.  Immediate action must be taken to stem the flow of blood or a patient will die within minutes.  Stitching wounds and removing bullets and other foreign objects are a part of surgery.  Organ transplants however, are not – and they are against all that God teaches us.  Nevertheless, it’s up to the individual whom he will trust for his healing.  God counsels us to trust in Him and no other: 

Psa 103:2  Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--

Psa 103:3  who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

Psa 103:4  who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

Psa 103:5  who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.  Notice the apostrophe here in the word ‘eagle’ – it’s speaking of one eagle in particular – a bird of prey!  To those who are advanced in age, do you really believe that you will live on in God’s Kingdom as old men?  God plans to demonstrate the renewing of our youth in His servants, and this is one of the means by which you will recognize them.

 

Speaking of the renewing of the youth of His servants, we now launch into the duties of God’s servants for the purpose of righteousness and justice:

Psa 103:6  The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.  God set a precedent for this in the time of Moses.  Moses and the Israelites left devastation in their wake as they advanced against their enemies and it was all done in the interest of righteousness and justice:

Psa 103:7  He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:

Psa 103:8  The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  And this describes God very well in relation to His people Israel.  After all, they are the only people God ever chose from all the families of the earth (Amos 3:1-2).  God has no reason to favour the offspring of the devil, who represent all the darkness that exists on the earth.  And He certainly has no obligation to extend to them compassion and mercy.

 

God made His ways known to Moses, and this was done in the presence of all 12 Tribes of Israel – and no others!  Yet there is a caveat to this.  Gentiles who chose to live according to the teachings of Moses are grafted into the Tree to become as Israelites, and such people are equally loved by God.  And we all know exactly what ways God made known to Moses, don’t we?

 

In view of this, human beings are without excuse if they fail to follow God’s

Ways.  If they make their choices to oppose God’s Ways, then those choices will lead to death – forever!  The time is coming when God will punish His people for their sins in the most horrendous time of carnage imaginable, then at their lowest point, He will move to reassure them:

Psa 103:9  He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;

Psa 103:10  he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  In the next verse, God gives the proviso for this, and it’s something that doesn’t exist in the House of Israel today.  To most people today, God is merely a vague entity, which they are conscious of, but they certainly don’t fear Him!

 

Psa 103:11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for THOSE WHO FEAR HIM;

Psa 103:12  as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.  That is, from THOSE WHO FEAR HIM!  Anyone who doesn’t FEAR to disobey God, don’t FEAR Him at all.  Too many people today consider God their equal, and feel they have the right to dictate the terms of their worship.  This is a right that has never been given to anyone.  God is the Great Creator, and He dictates the terms of worship; He always has and He always will.  There is no nation on earth today that doesn’t have laws to regulate the conduct of their citizens.  Lawlessness leads to anarchy; this should be well understood by all humanity.  Some nations have draconian penalties for the slightest infraction of their law, and this is a fearful deterrent to all would-be offenders.  We all know that, wherever we live, disobedience to the law carries a penalty, and for some offences the penalty is death.

 

Psa 103:13  As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on THOSE WHO FEAR HIM;

Psa 103:14  for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.  So it’s those whom God considers His children that He has compassion for.  Only those who have God’s Holy Spirit will honour their Father, their God, and they have a healthy fear of disobeying Him.  Jesus Christ was such a Son, and He was also the Firstborn of many brothers who would follow His example of obedience to God.  Even if it means death in martyrdom!

 

Others won’t be so lucky.  Every human being is appointed to die once and return to dust.  The LORD God made this very clear at the outset in the Garden of Eden, and the cemeteries are full of such people.

Psa 103:15  As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;

Psa 103:16  the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.  The winter grasses of the field flourish for a season and afterwards they are gone.  This is the perfect analogy for human life.  We have our season, and then we are gone.  In time, no-one will remember us.  Only those who died with God’s Holy Spirit will be remembered, and only by God!  Only these will have distinguished themselves enough to be included in the resurrection.  The rest will remain dust forever!

 

Psa 103:17  But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, and his righteousness with their children's children--

Psa 103:18  with those who KEEP HIS COVENANT and REMEMBER TO OBEY HIS PRECEPTS.  Only those who obey God precepts or ways, and keep His Covenant faithfully, will experience God’s love from everlasting to everlasting – that is, eternity!

 

Psa 103:19  The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.  As we’ve just pointed out, every form of government has rules and laws, and God’s Kingdom is no different!

 

There is a form of worship today which mandates that obedience to the Law of God is not required.  Such people insist that God accept them ‘just as they are’ and with no strings attached.  It’s a lip-service form of worship, and those who participate are fully convinced that saying a few nice things about Jesus is all the service God requires.  Yet even the mighty angels of God obey His Word!

Psa 103:20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.  Even God’s angels obey Him!  Yet many humans, who claim to worship Him, refuse!  Anyone who thinks otherwise can never be the servants of God!

 

Psa 103:21  Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, YOU HIS SERVANTS WHO DO HIS WILL.  And isn’t this they type of service God stipulates?  Since the angels of God do the will of God, why would any human servant feel themselves to be exempt?

 

Psa 103:22  Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion.  Praise the LORD, O my soul.  Here the Prophet emphasizes that all the works of God’s hands maintain their role in praise of God, with particular emphasis on the earth, sun, moon and stars and the heavens in general, which we get to in the next Psalm.  The earth dutifully provides the days with absolute precision, with each seven days providing a unit of one week.  The moon provides the months to complete the year and with an accuracy that continues forever.  It’s the moon that provides the timing for the three Holyday seasons prescribed by God in the Bible.  The sun provides the four seasons of the climate we are all familiar with as the earth courses around it.  It’s the sun that provides the climate for all who dwell on earth with minimal processional variation.  All these things are praiseworthy of God and the provision He has made for His Creation.

 

PSALM 104

 

The theme of this Psalm is about water and its importance to all life, both now and forever.  It may seem to be a fundamental statement of obvious importance, but David was a prophet, and he’s setting the theme for something of greater prophetic value.  Water has played a significant role in the overall Plan of God.  Some of the major roles for water are obvious from Biblical history, most notably the Great Flood in the days of Noah.  Then we have the departure of the Israelites from Egypt and the destruction of Pharaoh’s armies in the Red Sea.  Soon after, we saw the Rock in the desert that poured forth life-sustaining water for the Israelites, not once but twice.  And then, much later in the time of Jesus, we have a remarkable conversation between Him and with a woman at Jacob’s well.

 

God has provided natural barriers of rarified air and great distances, to prevent human beings advancing beyond the earth.  Beyond the earth is the realm of God.  There is no viable existence possible beyond the limits of earth for any of the human kind.  This is, however, not true of His angels, who have no such barriers.

 Psa 104:1 Praise the LORD, O my soul.  O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

 

In this next verse, God speaks of stretching out the heavens like a tent.  In the Book of Isaiah, He mentions this, and confirms that this is where He lives: Isa 40:22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.  He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out LIKE A TENT TO LIVE IN.” 

 

Some of the verses that follow are difficult language to explain, and the meaning supplied may relate to the best efforts of the translators.  Either something was lost in the translation, or the prophet reported what he saw to the best of his knowledge.  Nevertheless, the whole heavens beyond the earth are God’s realm where He can move without restriction – as can all His angels.

Psa 104:2  He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent

Psa 104:3  and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.  Today, human beings do the same thing when they fly in an aircraft.  They are literally flying on the wind in a ‘chariot’ or airplane.  The Prophet would have a difficult time explaining this in his day.  Later prophets would have had a better idea because of the account of Elijah, who flew off in one of God’s flying ‘chariots’ or aircrafts, for want of a better descriptive word.

 

Godwraps Himself in light as with a garment”.  This light cannot be seen by human beings, so God is invisible to us: 1Tim 6:15-16 “…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.”  It may seem strange that light can’t be seen, but certain types of light, like ultraviolet light, cannot be seen with the naked eye.  Similarly, light in a vacuum cannot be seen either.  The Tyndall Phenomenon holds that the light of a torch shone in an endless vacuum would be invisible.  Only if something of substance was placed in the path of the light would it be seen.  So although God’s Dwelling-place is generally close to the earth, it cannot be seen.

 

And then we find this statement in V3 above: lays the beams of His upper chambers on their [the cloud’s] waters.”  We’ll see a further reference to this in V13 below: Ps 104:13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied BY THE FRUIT OF HIS WORK.”  Our Lord Christ had something to say about this in relation to the fruit of God’s work: John 5:17 “Jesus said to them, "My Father is always AT HIS WORK to this very day, and I, too, am working."  This tells us the type of work God does every day.  He provides rain to the mountains, controlling the weather and the climate.  Everything functions according to God’s will.  Human beings have no power to regulate either the weather or the climate!  Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themselves.  The upper chambers of God’s dwelling-place are above the mountains and in the vicinity of the clouds.  While God’s dwelling-place cannot be seen by human beings, the day will come when people will see it, as we mentioned earlier.

 

Psa 104:4  He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.  High winds and powerful storms are often the unwelcome messengers of God, and it’s as well to take notice of this.  Frequently, God sends them to warn when He is not pleased.  Raging fires can also be another warning.  Lightning often starts fires that become catastrophic.  There was an occasion in south-eastern Australia when environmentalists refused to allow fire-breaks to be cut through vast forest areas for fear of disrupting koala bears in their habitat.  A lightning strike set fire to the forest, and thousands of koalas perished.  This should have been a warning to all governments to refuse to listen to environmental lunatics, but it seems they still haven’t heeded the warning!  The result was that about 160,000 hectares of forest, together with countless animals were destroyed.  And still these environmentalists have the ear of governments, and governments never seem to get the message!

 

The Creator God micromanages all climates on the earth for good or for bad, and there is nothing that mankind can do about it, except, of course, to acknowledge Him as the Creator and trust in Him for good outcomes.  The inhabitants of this earth should lose the arrogance of believing they understand all about the earth’s climate as well as the delusional state of mind where they believe they can regulate it.  Money, in the form of carbon credits, is the form of delusional thinking that is likely to invoke God’s displeasure for their arrogance.  God knows these AGW advocates are lying, greedy parasites, and this is why God has been hammering the earth with the freezing conditions which has exposed them as liars.  The latest demented offering from these liars is that the freezing conditions are a sure sign of global warming, which they’ve conveniently tagged ‘climate change’ when circumstances refuse to cooperate with their delusional thinking.  Raving lunatics is the term that best describes them!  The problem is that by listening to such lying deceivers the punishment falls on everyone.  There is a passage in the Prophets that illustrates this principle about those who take advantage of the people for gain: Eze 13:19 “You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live.”  It’s bad enough that these creatures are deceiving people for gain, but now they’ve become steeped in voodoo and have begun referring to the earth as the ‘goddess Gaia’.  As a matter of fact, this is Oprah Winfrey’s religion, which illustrates the growing source of this madness.  It hasn’t gone unnoticed that this is when Winfrey’s show started to ‘bomb’ when she began to offend many Christians, so she played the smart card and closed down the show in an effort to salvage her remaining credibility.

 

The foundations of the earth are its landmass as the next couple of verses will show.

Psa 104:5  He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.  Oh dear!  This is not what the earth ‘scientists’ have been saying, is it?  They would have us believe that the earth’s landmass is riding on tectonic plates that move across the earth.  Always constantly moving, they say, and this is what is causing earthquakes.  The exception, of course, is when earthquakes occur, which they frequently do, where there are none of these mythical tectonic plates boundaries.  This always causes heartburn for the theorists!

 

There was a time long ago when the mantle of the earth went into meltdown and the continent broke up, sliding the pieces of landmass across the earth.  If you were to figuratively move all these pieces back towards Jerusalem, you would see the approximate shape of the earth’s landmass originally.  Well, these chunks of landmass, which we call islands and continents today, had to be stabilized and prevented from moving, before God put mankind on the earth.  Consequently, the continents are no longer moving so commiserations to the fools that still believe they are.

 

It was this stabilized and unmovable landmass, which was to be covered with water in the days of Noah’s flood.

Psa 104:6  You covered it with the deep [the oceans] as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.  This is the worldwide flood of Noah’s day.  Noah’s ark eventually came to rest on the top of Mount Ararat, where it was discovered in July, 2010.  This amazing discovery was like throwing the cat among the pigeons.  Atheists everywhere went mad!  Some claimed these hundreds of tons of huge beams were carried up the mountainside by the discoverers to fake the finding of the ark.  Others claimed it was the remains of a house, which was built anciently.  Presumably, this ‘house-builder’ carried all this timber up the mountain because he liked the vicinity of being jammed into the cleft of mountain rock.  In truth, the discovery of Noah’s Ark is the greatest discovery of our time.

 

Atheists have long disputed the story of Noah’s Ark in the Bible.  They also disputed that ‘the waters stood above the mountains’, and now we find this massive Ark came to rest 13,000 feet up Mount Araratjust as God has stated!  The only way Noah’s Ark could have gotten there was by floating there on the waters!

 

 Psa 104:7 But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;

Psa 104:8  they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.  It took about four months for the waters to recede into the underground vaults where God stores it.  And there is a storage of water that will one day flow again, and this will flow from the threshold of the Temple in Jerusalem (Eze 47:1-2).  This River is also confirmed in the Book of Revelation (Rev 22:1-2).

 

Psa 104:9  You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.  God also gave this undertaking immediately after the flood in Noah’s day and He provided a sign in support of this.  Gen 9:11-17 “I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." 12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." 17 So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth."  So now we know that God will not again destroy all life from the earth with a flood.  Instead, God speaks of the flood of war which will decimate the peoples of the earth in the last days, and war will continue to the end.  Dan 9:26 “….The end will come like a FLOOD: WAR will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.”  A result similar to that in the days of Noah will come from the ravages of war, and very few will be left alive: Isa 24:5-6 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.” 

 

There is a lot more to this last passage from the Book of Isaiah than is immediately evident.  The earth has been defiled by the people living on it.  The reason being, that they have disobeyed God’s Laws, violated His Statutes, and broken the everlasting Covenant.  You’ll notice that Daniel said that war would continue to the end, and that desolations have been decreed.  These desolations have been decreed by God and will leave the earth desolate and with few survivors.  These desolations were decreed from the beginning, and relate to the restoration of the earth as it once was, with the landmass having a precise shape and configuration.  When God restores the earth to a single continent once more, everything manmade will be flattened and destroyed and nothing will be left standing.  This is the type of desolation that God speaks of.

 

And now the Psalmist begins to explain the complexities of God’s Work and how He accepts responsibility for the care and feeding of all lifeforms.  And He does it all without the need to recruit environmentalists, greenies, and global warming advocates.

Psa 104:10  He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.  First of all, He takes care of the most vital ingredient for the sustaining of life – water!  Without water, all life would cease on earth.  A fact well-known to those who advocate interplanetary travel – an obvious barrier to their ambitions!

 

Psa 104:11  They [the springs and rivers] give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.  Springs and rivers provide the essential water for all the creatures of the earth, without which, nothing would survive.

 

Psa 104:12  The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.  The branches of the trees which grow by the waters provide the ideal nesting places for birds to rear their young.

 

Psa 104:13  He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.  This was explained in V3 above.  The highest clouds or water chambers are those which water the mountains.

 

It may seem to be a fairly elementary description of the ecology here, but there are a number of points to it all.  The primary point is that all living things are dependent on the Creator God who works to provide for them.

Psa 104:14  He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-- bringing forth food from the earth:

Psa 104:15  wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.  Fermented wine is a blessing when taken in moderation.  It relaxes us and gladdens us and has great medicinal value as well because of the alcohol content.  Olive oil tends to make our faces shine, so it should be everyone’s first choice for cooking and for salads.  On the other hand, trans-fats are very unhealthy.  These are the types of fats that are manufactured from things that were never meant to be a source of oil for human consumption.  As an example: palm oil, which is highly modified and hydrogenated for human consumption, should be avoided.  Grain was designed to make bread, and it sustains the heart.  Bread is a staple food throughout the Bible.  So in this verse we see three well-known staples of life: wine, olive oil and bread.  All three of which have great significance in our worship of God.

 

Psa 104:16  The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.  The Cedars are native to Lebanon because this is where God first planted them.  There are many references to the cedars of Lebanon in the Bible.

 

Psa 104:17  There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the pine trees.  All the creatures of the earth know their place, and each lives in the place provided for them.  It’s important to note this because some human beings don’t seem to know the limits of their boundaries.  This becomes very important when we get to Psalm 105.

 

Psa 104:18  The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the coneys.  The rocky crags of mountains are the natural place for these creatures.  The sure-footed goats do very well there.

 

Psa 104:19  The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.  This is a reference to God’s seasons – there are three.  The first is the Passover Season, the second – the Pentecost Season, and the third is the Feast of Tabernacles Season.  God’s seasons are determined by the moon.  The sun also plays a part in God’s holy seasons; it’s when the sun goes down at sunset that the first day of each Holy Day season begins.  The Passover season is also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  The Pentecost season is sometimes called either the Feast of Weeks (see Deut 16:16) or the Feast of Harvest.  The Feast of Tabernacles is alternatively called the Feast of Ingathering.  God’s appointed seasons are marked off according to the growing season as it occurs in the Holy Land: Ex 23:15-17 Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Egypt.  No one is to appear before me empty-handed. 16 Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.  Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field. 17 Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD.”  There are a total of seven Holy Days throughout the year, and these are divided into three seasons.  The first season is the planting season, the second the harvest of the first-fruits, and the third is the ingathering of the larger harvest.

 

Psa 104:20  You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.  The nighttime is the time for the predators to prowl.  It’s under cover of night that they seek out prey.  This is especially true of lions who have no natural predators.

 

Psa 104:21  The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.  Lions seek the prey that is provided by God.  In this, the strong devour the weak, and this was the intended means to provide for all animals.  It’s the function of natural life that the lion’s prey breed far more prolifically than the lions, so there is always plenty of food.  This is how God designed it to be for the allotted six thousand years.  There will, however, be changes in the Millennial rule of God.  It will begin throughout the Holy Land when lions will eat straw like an ox, and dangerous creatures will not harm our offspring: Isa 11:7-10 “The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.  8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. 10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.” 

 

Psa 104:22  The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.  The predators of this earth do their work in darkness.  And this is the nature of the beast. 

 

All creatures know what they are appointed to do, and this also includes the birds that the Prophet Jeremiah refers to: Jer 8:7-8 Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration.  But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD. 8 " `How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?  And this summarized the whole point being made.  God made the seasons, and all His creation observe these seasons, except His people Israel.  The House of Israel was given the Law of God and they should know the requirements of the LORD, but as always, the scribes, the teachers and the preachers get it all wrong – because they are all liars!  Their lying pens continue to handle it falsely!  They know all about God’s Holy Day seasons, but they substitute other ‘holy’ days in place of them.

 

Psa 104:23  Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.  But not with the sure knowledge of the rest of God’s creatures, who automatically obey the designs of God’s seasons.  The animals, the birds, the sea life, all have their seasons which they obey.  They know instinctively what God has planned for them and they live accordingly.

 

Psa 104:24  How many are your works, O LORD!  In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.  There are religious teachers and philosophers today, who would have difficulty organizing a chook raffle, yet they presume to teach through their lying pens the ways of God or the function of the earth.  Some of them would have difficulty changing a light bulb, yet here they are trying to philosophize about the operations of all life.  Even worse, this has crept into the schools as a teaching called ‘evolution’.  The Truth is they refuse to acknowledge God as the Creator.

 

The Prophet now begins to point out their errors by reminding one and all of the complexities that no-one, even today, can fully understand.

Psa 104:25  There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number--  living things both large and small.

 

Psa 104:26  There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

 

Psa 104:27  These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time.  All the creatures of the earth understand the seasons, and know that their lives depend on them.  They know of the lean times and they understand the time of plenty, and they regulate their behaviour accordingly.

 

Psa 104:28  When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.  All the animals know to expect this in the proper seasons.  On the other hand, should God withhold His blessings, then they will return to dust.  What is more, there was a time when God did this on a grand scale, and all the former lifeforms perished.  The time of Noah’s flood was one such time, but this was minor in comparison to the catastrophe that preceded it.  This greater event occurred before God RENEWED the face of the earth (see V30 below).

 

Psa 104:29  When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.  It was at this time when all life was extinguished from the earth.

 

Psa 104:30  When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you RENEW the FACE OF THE EARTH.  It was through God’s Holy Spirit that the face of the earth was renewed.  The designing and the planning had all been done, and all that was required was for God to command matter to obey Him, and accordingly, this was done.  God merely said, “Let there be….” And by this means, God’s Spirit RENEWED the FACE OF THE EARTH and everything in it.  It was this new creation that God so loved.  So much so, that it will endure forever.  This present creation is God’s preferred creation, rather than the former, the dinosaur or reptilian era, which became hopelessly corrupted under Satan’s rule.  It should come as no surprise that Satan and his rulers are still depicted today in the Bible as serpent or reptilian-like creatures.

 

Satan’s rule has continued during this past 6,000 years, but God is in the process of training those who will replace Satan as the ruler of this earth.  This was begun in the Garden of Eden, when God created mankind in His own image.  Not as another animal, but as the embryonic form of the God Family.

 

It was from the human kind that God would make the selections for the new ruling body in His Family.  At the appointed time, the present rulers of this world will lose their powers and be removed.  It was not God’s intention for them to be replaced with untried, untested, incompetent rulers who were no better than their predecessors.  Instead, the new rulers would be tried and tested in every way to ensure their competence for the task.  God’s Kingdom will be governed by His Law, and naturally enough, the God Family will be fully competent in understanding the Law, since they will have a prior history of observing it.

 

The selection process will require not just obedience to God’s Law, but obedience under all circumstances, even if it involves great suffering.  The Lord Christ set this example for all of us to follow, and the outcome will be the same for all who succeed in following His example.  Trials and hardship, and even pain and suffering, will determine who is totally committed to God’s Way.  Don’t be too surprised to learn these things, because didn’t God’s own Son have to go through it all first?  God doesn’t only seek our verbal assurances of faithfulness, He requires us to be tested.  God even likens this to silver and gold being refined in a furnace: Mal 3:2-5 “But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will PURIFY THE LEVITES and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years. 5 "So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me," says the LORD Almighty.”  As we can plainly see here, this passage is speaking about the Day of the LORD’s coming.  There’ll be a big cleansing operation under way in Judah and Jerusalem to get rid of the sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers.  Deceivers, liars and those who pervert the Truth will be ejected from the region.

 

To be sure, the Levites will be refined first, because it’s the Levites who must be in place to prepare the way for the day of His coming (see V1).  Not to be uncharitable to the churches, but it is not their role to prepare the way for the Lord Christ.  Their role is to follow the example of the Levites and to prepare themselves to be tested in the refining process of fire, to hold fast and to endure to the end.  Remember how the Levite John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus Christ?  All these things were in the planning from the very beginning.  And this is how it will be with the return of the Lord Christ.  At that time, only the Levites will have been purified and able to bring offerings in righteousness.  The Jews will quickly realize this and will become allied with the Levite Sons of Jerusalem.  This will fulfill the words of Jesus Christ when He said ‘Salvation is from the Jews’ (John 4:22).  Why would God choose anyone else?  The Jews have been faithful to the Holy City Jerusalem and the Holy Land for thousands of years, and they alone have been willing to fight for it, right up to this present day.

 

With the return of the Lord Jesus, the whole world will see Him in His Glory and His reign will last forever.

Psa 104:31  May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works--

Psa 104:32  he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.  As we clearly see, this is a big departure from the One who originally came as a humble carpenter.  The mere look of this Mighty One will set certain processes in progress.  As we saw in the previous verse, God intends, once again, to renew the face of the earth.  The works of God is to create, that is, to make something that doesn’t exist suddenly appear.  The face of the earth is presently chaotic, and the boundaries of the islands and continents are clearly removed from their matching boundaries.  In the days of Adam and Eve, God renewed all life on earth, and life-forms appeared as we know them today.  And now God’s works will involve restoring and renewing the whole face of the earth.  When this is done, Jerusalem will be the center of the earth.

 

The glory of the LORD is to endure forever, and for this to be so, many changes will need to be made.  Physical changes to the face or landmass of the earth will occur.  Nations must be conquered and brought into subjection of the Lord of lords and King of kings.  This means compliance with the Laws and Statutes of God under the Kingdom of God.  There will be a starting point and an endpoint to all these things.  Once the Mighty One has accomplished all these things, then He will hand the Kingdom over to the Father (1Cor 15:24-25).

 

We who are alive today have been privileged to see all these things.  All the Prophets longed to see this day, but they never saw it.  This was also true of the Apostles, who were told they would not see one of the days of the Lord, and this is the day we are now discussing: Luke 17:22 “Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.”  The day will come when the Apostles will be resurrected, but they won’t see the day when the Lord Jesus returns to mete out the justice prophesied.  We can tell you about one of these days and it occurs in the Edomite-held lands to the south of the Dead Sea.  These lands extend from Jordan to Yemen on the western side of Arabia.  It’s in these lands that Mecca and Medina reside.  Isa 63:1-6 “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 (of Israel) 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. 5 I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. 6 I trampled the nations (plural) in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground."  This describes the greatness of the strength of Jesus Christ and His determination to confront His enemies directly.  In this role, He is the promised Warrior of God – the Mighty Messiah!  It certainly appears that this slaughter will occur during the Islamic Ramadan period when all these degenerates are in Mecca worshipping Allah the devil.  Ironically, their ‘once in a lifetime’ pilgrimage will effectively end their lifetimes. 

 

Psa 104:33  I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.  Like David, there will be many people who will long to see this day and to praise Him for His actions just as Bible Prophecy states.

 

 Psa 104:34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.  In anticipation of these events, we need to have our minds attuned to the things of God and to be thinking and meditating about them.  It’s time to lose the stupidity of political correctness and multiculturalism, and to start believing that God’s Way has always been right.  It’s the state of our minds that need an overhaul if we are still thinking in terms of these failed political ideologies.  Failing to do so will result on being on the wrong side of the ledger.  We must always be accountable for our thoughts as well as our actions, or we must prepare to suffer the consequences.  There will be only one culture in the Kingdom of God, and it will be God’s way or the highway!

 

Psa 104:35  But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more.  Praise the LORD, O my soul.  Praise the LORD.  It stands to reason that there will be no place for sinners, and the definition of a sinner is one who transgresses God’s Law.  Along with the incorrigible wicked, these sinners will be wiped off the face of the earth.  Anyone who chooses to disobey God will have no future in God’s Kingdom.

 

PSALM 105

 

The Prophet Daniel wrote this: Dan 2:21-22 He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. 22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.”  This virtually sets the theme for the next few Psalms.

 

Psa 105:1  Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.  The problem today is that most people don’t know what He has done or with any degree of certainty as to whom He is referring.  He didn’t do all these wonderful acts for those who opposed Him; in fact, He destroyed many nations along the way.  The wonderful acts He did were on behalf of the sons of Jacob – the 12 Tribes of Israel.  The odd thing about this is that the Israelites, that is, the ‘lost Ten Tribes’ seem to have forgotten the wonderful acts God did on their behalf.  With this in mind, the Psalmist begins a revision course.

 

Psa 105:2  Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.  Well all these wonderful acts are recorded in the Old Testament, and although these are the Scriptures that the Lord Christ and all the Apostles used (the only Scriptures that existed at that time), Christianity all but ignores them.  So they are hardly in a position to be making these things known among the nations, are they?  Did they learn anything from all God’s wonderful acts, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced.  If they did, then it’s not evident from what they teach!

 

Psa 105:3  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.  You would have noticed that some of God’s wonderful acts were killing the enemy which threatened His people Israel.  Why wouldn’t any rational person not glory in God’s Name for this type of justice.  Have we all become so insensitive to justice that we would want the most wicked and evil of all people to continue to live?  If this is so, then why do we send our young men to war?  We send them to war to deliver the justice we crave!  They’re sent to war with instructions to kill the enemy.  In so doing, we are demonstrating that we agree with God’s justice.  After all, we don’t send our soldiers into battle armed with water pistols and pepper-sprays.  We arm them with lethal weapons capable of doing the job – to kill the enemy!  In war, it’s kill or be killed, and we all understand this perfectly.  It’s not the duty of our soldiers to decide on the battle field who deserves to die and who deserves to live.  Those who deserve to die are collectively the enemy!  All of them – at least until they surrender and lay down their weapons.  War is not pleasant, but there is no alternative when confronted with an enemy determined to kill us all.

 

In the Western world, we have laws relating to justifiable homicide.  This usually involves self-defense or the defense of others.  For instance, if some madman comes at you with an axe, intent on cleaving your head in two, you reach for the shotgun and blow his head off.  It’s a simple act of self-preservation that is recognized under law.  Of course, if it went the other way, and you were killed, your wife and children would have to sit through a messy court trial listening to the defense lawyer arguing that his client is not responsible.  And the reason is he was abused as a child.  The inference being that the murderer deserves sympathy and mercy, with no regard for the plight of the victim.  Thankfully, this ‘abused as a child’ defense is starting to wear very thin, and juries are less inclined to listen to this form of madness today.

 

The point is that, today, we’ve sacrificed justice for psychotic reasoning where the offender’s rights outweigh that of the victim.  Today we live in a ‘nanny’ state where the state provides ‘cradle to grave’ protection against having our feelings hurt.  The slightest infraction of the ‘political correctness’ doctrine demonstrates everyday that there is no such thing as free speech, except if you happen to be a left-wing looney.  In which case, you have unfettered rights to accuse and abuse everyone or anyone falsely and unjustly, without any fear of the recourse of the law.  Years after they left office, President Bush and Dick Cheney are still the whipping boys for these mindless fools.

 

Psa 105:4 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.  God doesn’t favour emotional cripples and weaklings who can never rise above misfortune.  He favours those who have the character and fortitude to advance against all odds.  It’s called faith.  Those who rely on Him and seek His face always, are the ones who can rise above the misfortunes of life.  As we wind down to the end of the age, there will be enough misfortune to go around for everyone.  The Apostle Paul spoke of these last days with these words: 2Tim 3:1 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.”  He was warning Christians of what to expect.  Throughout Muslim countries today, and throughout Africa, Christians are being persecuted and killed in droves.  These murderous onslaughts are giving us fair warning of what to expect.  Most Christian nations put out the welcoming mat for these Muslim swine years ago, and only now are they realizing their mistake.  It never seems to occur to these nations that the only solution is to reverse the process and kick them all out.  They need to be sent back to the hell-holes from where they came.  In their own dark lands, they can happily kill each other – which they are prone to do in the absence of easy targets like Christians and Jews.

 

There is a very strange mentality permeating the Western nations today.  It all began in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak.  A civil war broke out in Egypt and a killing and destruction spree ensued.  The solution, according to the West, was for Mubarak to surrender to the rebels as the sacrificial lamb.  Mubarak was supposed to endanger himself, his family, and all his government officials to assuage the murderous rebels.  Apparently, this is the American way – for others only!  Never mind that America experienced the worst war of their history on their own soil.  The Civil War was the most catastrophic mistake of their entire history.  All this occurred because a mad President wanted to deny the States their accorded rights under the Constitution.  Forget the myth that this war was fought to free the slaves!  It was all about power and control.  As a result, millions of Americans became casualties at the hands of their own people.  Was justice served when Lincoln was shot while attending the theatre?  I have my own idea about this, and you probably have yours.

 

But let’s not get too reminiscent of the Civil War of 1861; there’s a worse one coming!  This war too will involve those who are ‘strangers’, that is, those who are not of the Tribes of Israel.  These are destined to rise up against the American Israelites, and they include South American Indians, Africans, Asians, and of course, the source of all the troubles in the world – the Muslims.  Even now, events are creeping rapidly towards that day!

 

It will be the most testing time in all history for Christians.  It will be like a long dark night that will seemingly never end.  Those who were accommodated through political correctness will rise up against you and then you will see the futility of the PC doctrine in all its glory.

 

It’s during this time that Christians will need to reflect on many things.  Chiefly, how did they get to this point?  They’ll be wondering what happened to the salvation that they fondly spoke about for so long.  Salvation seemed to offer deliverance from all adversity, yet they’ll wonder why adversity is closing in on all sides.  As reality strikes home, they’ll begin to realize that there was something lacking in their church doctrine.  As it happens, this will prove to be correct.  It will be time to take stock and to start remembering what God’s doctrine is all about.

Psa 105:5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

Psa 105:6  O descendants of Abraham his servant,  O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.  The sons of Jacob, that is, the 12 Tribes of Israel, haven’t done a good job of remembering anything about their history or of God’s requirements.  They side-stepped it all in favour of their own ideas!  They should have known that the many prophecies about the last days would eventually present themselves. 

 

God has set down judgments for these last days, and His judgments will extend throughout all the earth for the first time since the days of Noah.

Psa 105:7  He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.  Some may wonder why God’s judgments will now come on all the earth.  The reason is that God’s Kingdom will spread throughout the earth, and remedial measures need to be taken to clear the way for a successful transition.  As it was in the days of Noah, there are people on this earth for whom God has no interest.  These aligned with Satan generations ago, and adopted the dubious status of becoming God’s enemies.

 

God, on the other hand, remembers His Covenant with Abraham and with Isaac his son, for a thousand generations. 

Psa 105:8  He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,

Psa 105:9  the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. As an actuary might calculate a generation, one generation would be about 22 years.  So the implied thousand generations would exceed 44,000 years.  It’s obvious then that God’s concern for the children of Israel didn’t end after 4,000 years at the time of Jesus Christ – as some churches would have you believe.  God’s love and concern for the House of Israel will extend virtually forever into the future.  And neither did God omit the Gentiles who chose to live as He instructed the Israelites.  They too, have a future in God’s Kingdom.  In the matter of obedience, God makes no distinction between Israelite or Gentile – though understandably, the Gentile must be grafted into the tree.  An olive tree as it happens to be.

 

When God mentions a thousand generations, He’s actually using a figure of speech.  He uses it as a time scale beyond our understanding.  In the next verse, He clarifies the Covenant as lasting forever!  A Covenant without end!

Psa 105:10  He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:

Psa 105:11  "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit."  Concerning the name of Israel and who should bear it, Jacob made it very clear.  We should all know that the children of Jacob became the 12 Tribes of Israel.  Yet Jacob centered on the sons of Joseph for a special blessing.  Jacob singled out Joseph and his two sons (Ephraim and Manasseh) for a special blessing: Gen 48:15-16 “Then he blessed Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, 16 the Angel [Spirit Being] who has delivered me from all harm  -- may he bless these boys.  May they be called by MY NAME and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth."  Ephraim and Manasseh were to be called by Jacob’s new name of ‘Israel’.  Ephraim later ruled over 10 of the 12 Tribes of Israel, and these 10 Tribes were collectively called Israel (or the House of Israel), while the two nations to the south were called Judah (or the House of Judah).

 

As a point of interest, Ephraim was to be greater than Manasseh.  It was Britain that established the American colonies, but it was Britain that was unceremoniously booted out during the War of Independence, and a new nation emerged.  This nation has become infinitely greater than Britain ever was!  The United States of America is not only a Christian nation, the largest in the world, it’s also an Israelite nation – the largest in the world!  It also happens to be the home of the Church of God – the very Church that Jesus Christ built – you know, the one that obeys God’s Commandments!  One day soon, they might also hold to the Testimony of Jesus once they understand what it means.  They don’t know it yet, but their lives will depend on it!

 

As the rightful owners of the Land of Canaan, Jacob’s entourage of his sons, daughters and servants were virtual strangers in the land.

Psa 105:12  When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,

Psa 105:13  they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.  These were perilous times and hostility was always present.  Even Jacob’s twin brother Esau confronted him, but thought better of attacking him, even though Jacob expected him to.  Esau seemed to understand that this could be a hazardous move with unforeseen consequences, and as it turned out, he was right!  God was watching over Jacob and his family.

 

Psa 105:14  He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:

Psa 105:15 "Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm."  Of course, Esau wasn’t fully aware of this, but his ‘spirit handlers’ were, and they know God too well to provoke Him.  As it turned out, Jacob was no slouch with a sword and a bow either.  There was a certain ridge of land that was strategically important to him, and the occupiers were reluctant to vacate.  So Jacob led the attack against them and drove them out (Gen 48:21-22).  Sensibly, he killed their warriors with both arrow and sword to discourage any form of retaliation.

 

When God says, “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm” He was referring to two prophets – Jacob and Joseph.  Jacob prophesied about many things in Gen 48, but particularly about Joseph.  Joseph was a prophet and was known to have dreams.  It was these dreams which seemed to upset his brothers as well as Jacob.  One dream in particular seemed to get up everyone’s nose: 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.”  His father Jacob rightly understood the meaning of the dream, and lived to see it fulfilled later in Egypt.  This was occasioned by a widespread famine that began to impact on the Land of Canaan.  Joseph was already in Egypt, and had risen to power, being subject only to Pharaoh himself, when the famine struck.  Joseph had prophesied about it and made the necessary preparations.

 

All these things came about to fulfill God’s purpose for the sons of Jacob.  He intended for them to live in Egypt until later, when He would call them out with wonderful acts.

 

Psa 105:16 He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;

Psa 105:17  and he sent a man before them--  Joseph, sold as a slave.  It’s quite amazing how God always seems to send a man to prepare the way, and this was the role He chose for Joseph.  However, sitting in an Egyptian dungeon for 2 years wouldn’t have been pleasant, and especially since he was there on trumped-up charges.

 

Prior to this, Joseph was sold by his jealous brothers to the Ismaelites:  Gen 37:28 “So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.”  This is one of the verses that tell us that Midianites were Arabs or Ishmaelites.  So although this is a prophecy for Joseph’s time, it also has portent for Joseph today.

 

Arabs have some cruel methods of dealing with slaves:

Psa 105:18  They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,

Psa 105:19  till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.  And this was the point of the severe persecution that Joseph suffered!  Eventually Joseph was proven to be a prophet.

 

Psa 105:20  The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.  It was a lucky break for Pharaoh when he released Joseph.  He managed to stumble onto the right side of God who said this: “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm”.  As a result, Pharaoh was greatly blessed through Joseph.  It could easily have gone the other way!

 

Psa 105:21  He made him (Joseph) master of his household, ruler over all he possessed,

Psa 105:22  to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.  All in all, it turned out to be a smart move by Pharaoh.  God has a habit of destroying those who attempt to harm His prophets.  As a matter of fact, there will be a demonstration of this in the near future.  Typically, they will be swallowed up by the earth (Rev 12:16).  It will be typical of what happened to Moses enemies: Num 16:28-34 “Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me. 30 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt." 31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!" 

 

This account of Moses actually became an oath used by the Levites for over a thousand years.  In the days of Alexander the Great, he sought assurances from the Levite/Celtic nation in Britain that they would not attack Greece during his crusade through the Middle East.  The Levite/Celts gave this assurance, calling on the earth to swallow them up if they broke their vow.  Alexander was perplexed by this, but upon learning this was the most sacred vow they could make based on the account of Moses, he accepted it.  And of course, they kept this pledge.

 

As an interesting aside to this, the king of Greece in the last days will make a similar covenant with the rulers in Jerusalem, but will break it himself (Dan 9:27) immediately after the Temple has been rebuilt and is fully functioning.

 

Psa 105:23  Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.  God gave Africa to the black race – the sons of Ham.  As a result, all of Africa is a basket case today, including Egypt.  Any observer can plainly see today that Africa has no future under the present rulership.  It stands to reason that remedial steps will be necessary in the future to appoint rulers there, and God has already decided who these will be.  If the Queen of Sheba were alive today she would tell you.  She was the sovereign ruler of Ethiopia.  A thousand years later, Queen Candace of Ethiopia sent an envoy to Jerusalem to enquire about the appearance of the Lord Jesus (Acts 8:26-29).  In days to come, the rulers of Egypt will rule over the land of Ham; in that day, there will be no Muslims living there!

 

In the days of Moses, the Children of Israel had grown into a formidable population that caused the Egyptians concern.  They attempted to kill all the male babies to prevent a future insurrection.  Through unusual circumstances, Moses escaped this fate and finished up a prince in Pharaoh’s household.  He enjoyed a very good lifestyle there, but concerns for his fellow Israelites began to alarm him.

Psa 105:24  The LORD made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes,

Psa 105:25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.  Moses could see what was happening, and sought to intervene but it backfired and he was forced to flee the country, and finished up living in the Sinai Peninsula for 40 years.

 

After this, he was wandering near Mount Sinai, when a voice told him to take off his shoes because he was walking on holy ground.  This is generally called the account of the burning bush.  It was here that God instructed him on what he had to do.  All that he was to do would culminate with his return to Mount Sinai – together will all the Tribes of Israel!  And so he set out on his mission.

Psa 105:26  He sent Moses his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen.  It was these two men who were sent to confront Pharaoh, whom God ensured would not listen.  God had no intention of providing Pharaoh with a lifeline or a quick exit out of his predicament.  God fully intended to punish him severely for enslaving His people Israel.  But there was another issue as well.  In V28 below, you will see that the rulers of Egypt had rebelled against His words.  They knew all about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and knew their offspring were the chosen people of God.  Generations before this, Abraham had visited Egypt, and Pharaoh had taken a fancy to Sarah – thinking she was Abraham’s sister.  Suddenly, Pharaoh realized that calamities had befallen him and his household, and immediately realized that it had something to do with Sarah.  Out of fear of God he paid off Abraham and pleaded with him to leave and go far away.  He’d had a small taste of God’s wrath when he overstepped the mark with a prophet of God.  The account in found in Gen 12:14-20.

 

The Pharaoh in Moses day had no intention of divesting of the cheap slave labour that he’d become accustomed to, and which had continued for some centuries.  Sure their numbers were becoming a threat, but he’d already addressed this problem by increasing their workload and working them to death under harsh whips.  What’s more, he could make their burden even harder if provoked.  He actually did this after being confronted by Moses and Aaron, making the biggest mistake of his life.  Now he had really provoked God!

Psa 105:27 They performed his miraculous signs among them, his wonders in the land of Ham.  Moses and Aaron performed God’s miraculous signs in the Hamite nation of Egypt and in the presence of a spirit ruler of the spirit world.  These are the dark forces of evil that we see so much of today among the rulers of the nations.  We now know that there were several rulers of the spirit realm in power in the days of Moses.  Remember how we quoted 2Tim 3:1 regarding the last days a few verses back?  Well in V7-8, Paul mentions two of these demons by name – Jannes and Jambres.  These two opposed Moses and were steeped in the magic arts of the spirit world.  They were actually able to duplicate some of the miracles that Moses did.

 

Psa 105:28  He sent darkness and made the land dark-- for had they not rebelled against his words?  There seems to be a subliminal message in this between a dark land and dark forces of evil.  As we mentioned above, this had been going on for a long time, and the Egyptians knew very well who the Creator God was, but Pharaoh himself was the self-appointed god in place of Him, and he had no intention of divesting of his ‘deified’ position.  Pharaoh had indeed rebelled against God’s words a long time before this.  In fact, as a rebellious spirit being, he rebelled long ago, before God came and said, “Let there be light” – when He renewed the earth with new life forms.  Pharaoh typifies the dark forces of evil that live on this earth even today.

 

Earlier pharaohs had shown favour to the Israelites because they believed that Joseph was a prophet of the Most High God, but over time all this changed.  In time, the chosen people of God became the enemy, and had to be treated as such.  This tells us a whole lot about the ‘spirit rulers of the heavenly realms’.  There are 50 million of these demons on earth today, and a great many of them hold positions of power over the human realm.

 

Psa 105:29  He turned their waters into blood, causing their fish to die.  Well fish can’t live in blood!  If it were colored water, they would have survived quite well.  In some capital cities today, we have polluted rivers which are too thick to drink yet too thin to plow, but fish still survive very well there.  I mention this because some people seem to believe that only the color of the water changed.  God says the water turned into blood, and He ought to know!  This caused the fish to die.

 

The Egyptians were forced to dig beside the Nile River to get some drinking water.  The blood in the rivers continued for seven days, after which Moses and Aaron appeared to Pharaoh again.  This time the plague was frogs.

Psa 105:30 Their land teemed with frogs, which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.  They were in the bedrooms, the kitchens, the ovens, the kneading troughs and everywhere else (Ex 8:2-4).  So Pharaoh agrees to a deal with Moses to let God’s people go.  But as soon as the frogs disappeared into the Nile River, Pharaoh broke his word, and this became a continuing theme until the final conclusion.

 

Psa 105:31  He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country.  In the outback desert parts of Australia, we have what is called the ‘Aussie wave’ where everyone you see is waving the flies away.  At times you have to talk through your teeth to prevent flies from going down the throat.  This verse speaks of swarms of flies, so I imagine this plague of Egypt was magnitudes worse.  On top of this, there were gnats that bit any exposed flesh, so an hour or two of this would be enough to send them half-mad.

 

Pharaoh knew the source of all these curses and calamities, but still he refused to yield to the Creator God.  Pharaoh considered himself a god, and demanded that he be worshipped as such.  So yielding to any other god, even the Great God, was completely alien to him.  He intended to tough it out.  Such is the mentality of demons!  And Pharaoh was a demon!

 

It’s not generally recognized, but idols and false gods are demons, and when people worship them, they are in fact worshipping demons.  In the Book of Revelation, God reminds everyone of the reasons for plagues, just as He reminded Pharaoh: Rev 9:20-21 “The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop WORSHIPING DEMONS, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”  And here we see what results from worshipping demons!  People who worship demons are generally very superstitious people who rely on magic tokens or supernatural signs to bring them luck.  It’s these very people who have the mentality to commit the vilest outrages, like murder, sexual immorality, and theft.  A common defense in the courtroom after being caught is to plead insanity as justification for their actions.  Insane or not, they are still guilty of their crimes, and the purpose of this passage from the Book of Revelation is to demonstrate that death is the penalty.  Those who succumb to the influence of demons and commit these outrageous acts must be put to death.  Any student of the Bible would know what type of sexual immorality God finds the most abhorrent.  It’s homosexuality!  Those who are prone to justifying this are literally following the doctrine of demons.  The Western nations are being forced through political correctness to accept this as a natural sexual lifestyle.  Almighty God strongly disagrees!  I think every rational person is smart enough to know that this type of behaviour will not exist in the Kingdom of God, and nor will anyone who follows this practice.

 

Yet still people don’t heed God’s warnings.  And neither did Pharaoh in Moses’ day.  Pharaoh continued to resist God, and so God upped the stakes.  Now the Egyptians would have all their possessions destroyed, their crops their livestock and everything that ensured their continuing existence.  Their whole country would be brought to ruin.

Psa 105:32  He turned their rain into hail, with lightning throughout their land;

Psa 105:33  he struck down their vines and fig trees and shattered the trees of their country.  Their vines, their fruit, their crops – all were destroyed!

 

Psa 105:34  He spoke, and the locusts came, grasshoppers without number;

Psa 105:35 they ate up every green thing in their land, ate up the produce of their soil.  There was literally nothing left!  No crops, no feed for the livestock, and the situation became extremely grim for the Egyptian population. 

 

Psa 105:36  Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their manhood (the firstborn male).  The livestock that survived the lightning and hail were yet decimated again with the destruction of the prime animals – the firstborn of the flocks and herds.  Not only this, but on the night of the Passover, the firstfruits of all their manhood, the human firstborns, were also killed. 

 

As a point of interest, the killing of all the firstborn sons of Egypt was quite a miracle in itself.  Obviously, God had marked them for slaughter at least over the prior generation.  When the death angel flew over, he knew who his targets were.  It wasn’t just a random kill.  Why just the firstborn?  Well, this would be a study in itself and there are good reasons for it, but we’ll defer this for this present time.  Just bear in mind that it had to do with the correct observance of the Passover and the penalty for failure.

 

And finally, Pharaoh had a change of heart and decided to let the Israelites go, but not before God plundered them of all their wealth.  We talk today of economic downturns, and the ominous signs of lower standards of living, yet our nations are not learning from the example God made of Pharaoh.  The House of Israel have, like Pharaoh, defied God’s instructions, and they are about to suffer the same consequences.

 

Having suffered catastrophic calamities, the Egyptian people actually paid the Israelites to leave:

Psa 105:37  He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold, and from among their tribes no one faltered.  There were 600,000 men among the Tribes of Israel (Ex 12:37), and a reasonable estimate of the total number of men, women and children would be around 2,000,000.  Not one of them faltered in their exodus.  What is more, they were laden with silver and gold:  Exodus 11:1-2 “Now the LORD had said to Moses, "I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. 2 Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold." 3 (The LORD made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh's officials and by the people.)  This goes to show that the Egyptian people and even Pharaoh’s officials had learned their lesson, but still the demon Pharaoh held out in rebellion to God.  Only this demon monster refused to yield!  This tells us a lot about some of the evil rulers of this world!   When the Israelites finally left Egypt, they were laden with gold and silver in great abundance.  A good portion of the wealth of Egypt went with them.  You could say that their years of slavery were finally rewarded with wages.

 

Psa 105:38  Egypt was glad when they left, because dread of Israel had fallen on them.  I’ll bet they were glad!  Yet it does show what happens when a demon rules over a nation and the disastrous consequences that can result.  Pharaoh, however, was not happy at all!

 

Logically now, the storyline would take us to the crossing of the Red Sea, and the destruction of the Egyptian army, but this particular episode is taken up in the next Psalm.  Instead, this Psalm concludes with a description of their travels in the deserts of the Sinai Peninsula.  The point the Psalmist is making in doing this is to remind the Israelites some 400 years later, in David’s day, how quickly they were transformed from slaves to free men in the days of Pharaoh.  This is a good lesson to learn because it’s going to be very important for the House of Israel in days to come.  Through David’s writings, God is teaching us that He can rescue whole nations as well as individuals.  When the prospects for survival become very grim, He is showing us that He can reach out His hand against the enemy and complete the rescue.  When He brings His people Israel out of all the lands where they will be scattered, they’ll be provided with the sustenance for survival.

 

Presently, the House of Israel is headed for captivity and slavery once more.  And although, based on human reasoning, this may seem to be many years in the future, the truth is that it will come like a tornado, a lashing storm, smashing and destroying everything in its path.  At that time, there will be no peace for man or beast.  Remember how quickly Pharaoh was brought to ruin!

 

On the way to their final destination, which concluded some 40 years later, God provided the Israelites with His protection and sustenance.  During this sojourn, it should be noted that God was more accommodating towards these people than they were towards Him.  After hundreds of years of slavery, they were now free, but in terms of gratitude, they weren’t exactly faithful to their Deliverer.  In Egypt, they had lived under the law of a satanic tyrant and death could be a mere breath away. 

 

But now they were free and it was time for righteous and just laws to govern them.  God Himself led them to the place where they would receive them.  It was Mount Sinai or Horeb where God would establish them as a nation under divine laws.  This Mountain was a very special place.  This was where Moses saw the burning bush which was not consumed by the fire.  It was where Moses was told to take off his shoes because He was standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:1-5).  This Mountain was also where Moses struck the rock and living water gushed from it (Ex 17:6).  The water flowed like a river into the desert (see V41 below).  It was at this Mountain that Moses built an ark of acacia wood in which to place the two Tablets of Stone containing the Law that God had given to His people through Moses.  Moses built this ark of acacia wood (Deut 10:1-5) according to God’s instructions.

 

Psa 105:39  He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.  The pillar of fire also allowed the 12 Tribes of Israel to travel by night (Ex 13:21).  The cloud hid God from view, but it also guided the Israelites as God led them.  On occasion, this cloud also shielded them from the enemy: Ex 14:19-22 “Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” 

 

As the Israelites proceeded onwards, they were provided with food – the food of angels.  All they had to do was gather it each day.  Yet, in no time at all, they became dissatisfied and complained because they craved meat.

Psa 105:40  They asked, and he brought them quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven (Manna).  Well, they had a funny way of asking, but nevertheless, God provided them with flocks of quail and they gorged themselves on them.

 

Their next demand was for water, so they ‘asked’, and once again God obliged.

Psa 105:41  He opened the rock, and water gushed out; like a river it flowed in the desert.  As we can see here, this wasn’t a trickle of water!  It was a torrent that formed a river in the desert.  Two million people with all their flocks and herds availed themselves of its abundance.

 

God wasn’t pleased with them because they never valued their liberty after generations of slavery.  They expected to be pampered and began to become lazy lay-abouts.  They had many challenges ahead, not least of which was the displacement of the hordes that stood between them and their destination.  You might have noticed the words we just quoted from Ex 14:19“Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of ISRAEL'S ARMY….”  Lounging around and continually complaining was not a good way to organize an effective army.  They should have been making weapons, organizing their fighting men and learning tactics in preparation for confronting the enemy.

 

The Tribes of Israel should have been remembering the exploits of their forefather Abraham.  What a warrior he was!  As we pointed out earlier, Abraham rode out against four kings and their armies with only 315 men, well-trained no doubt, and slaughtered all four armies.  They should have remembered that their God, the very One who had delivered them from the hand of their enemy, met Abraham when he returned from the slaughter and blessed him (Gen 14:17-20).

 

Psa 105:42  For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham.  It was because of the exploits and the faithfulness of Abraham that God delivered Abraham’s descendants from the hand of their enemy and freed them from slavery.

Psa 105:43  He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy;

Psa 105:44  he gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for--

Psa 105:45  that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws.  Praise the LORD.  Just as Abraham did!  Gen 26:4 “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."  There was no-one closer to God than Abraham, and God frequently met him face to face.  Of course Abraham knew all about God’s requirements, His Commandments, His decrees, and His Laws.  What is more, Abraham obeyed them!  God gave Moses the very same Commandments and Laws that He gave to Abraham some 430 years before.

 

In V44 above, we find that the Israelites fell heir to the possessions of other nationseverything they’d toiled for – and God Himself gave it all to them.  And why did God do this?  He did it so they “might keep His precepts and observe His Laws”.  Failure to do so would not result in “all the nations of the earth being blessed”.  The Israelites were to set the example for all the inhabitants of the earth – and in this, the Israelites have failed miserably!  The only thing that holds them in good stead today is the faithfulness of Abraham and this is the point being made by the Psalmist.

 

God’s promise to Abraham can never be annulled, so while the House of Israel fails in their duty to obey God, others will set the example – as Abraham did – and will duly establish a righteous nation and begin to provide a homeland for the hordes of disobedient Israelites – which they are today!  This is how God does things and His love and care is toward those who obey Him.  It should come as no surprise that God’s army will follow after the exploits of Abraham.

 

PSALM 106

 

Psa 106:1  Praise the LORD.  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.  God’s love doesn’t extend to the disobedient!  Mercy perhaps, but not His love!  God’s love is for those who obey Him, and this is something that God has always made very clear.

 

Psa 106:2  Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare his praise?  Isn’t this what we’ve been speaking about?  And isn’t this what most Christians today baulk at?  They don’t explain it as it is, and neither do they care.  Their only concern is for imaginary rewards which they hope for.  If they concentrated too much on the mighty acts of the LORD, they might stumble on the requirements for obedience – and this would never do!  They’re happy to receive rewards as long as there are no strings attached, like living according to God’s Law.  They are, however, willing to obey some laws, provided it’s not the fourth Commandment.  Their only concession to this is that God accepts their substitute, which of course is Sunday worship.  And even then, God must accept their right to work on this day if they so choose.  God freely acknowledges their right to work on this day, but utterly forbids working on the Sabbath Daythe Seventh Day!  So their substituted day isn’t holy after all!  Yet God’s Sabbath Day is, and what is more, the violation of this Holy Day carries the death penalty.  So don’t expect God’s love; instead, hope for His mercy!

 

Psa 106:3  Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.  The blessed ones fulfill all God’s requirements and constantly do what is right.  As for justice, it’s not something we see much of these days.  The Laws of God tell us what justice means, and in some cases, justice means the death of the offender.  At the grassroots level when a murderer is convicted, public opinion usually objects to putting the offender to death.  This is not justice!  When a family is left fatherless, they have a right to see justice carried out according to the Creator’s instructions.  It’s God’s right to determine who lives or dies, and He Himself has set those parameters, and they must be followed!  When the authorities refuse to do this, then they become as guilty as the one they are protecting.  The reason is because they have discounted God’s instructions in favour of their own.  On a national level all will pay the prescribed penalty.

 

Since the Tribes of Israel are at the forefront of denying justice as a result of disavowing God’s instructions, they’ve now placed themselves in a vulnerable position.  It should have been obvious to all that the judgment day would come and that they would be judged for what they have done.

 

The Psalmist is speaking of justice, and justice will be done.  When the fate of God’s chosen people Israel hangs by a thread, they will need to be saved.  David asks God to remember him when God rescues them and restores their fortunes.  David asks to be with them when they receive their inheritance.  This is the inheritance promised to Abraham and his descendants.

Psa 106:4  Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them,

Psa 106:5  that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your NATION and join your inheritance in giving praise.  When the House of Israel receives their inheritance, they will become one NATIONGod’s NATION.  This is how God explains it all: Eze 37:15-28 “The word of the LORD came to me: 16 "Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, `Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, `Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.' 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.”  No matter how you look at it, the Kingdom of God will be one nation, and it will consist of two premier Tribes – the Tribe of Joseph and more specifically Ephraim, the son of Joseph, and Judah.  These  two Tribes will become one nation along with all the Israelites associated with them.  In days of old, Ephraim rebelled against God and His Holy City, taking ten Tribes with him.  It’s these ten Tribes that are associated with Ephraim.  Judah remained faithful to God and they were associated with the Priesthood Tribe of Levi.  12 Tribes in all.  Even today, the Tribe of Joseph is still the most formidable nation on earth, but it’s divided into two separate nations in accordance with the names of Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.  Ephraim was to be the greater of the two.  In the last days, when God is about to join the two sticks together – that is, Judah and Ephraim, Ephraim was be head and shoulders above Manasseh in both influence and power.  In the Song of Moses, Moses gave this prophecy: Deut 33:17 “In majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox.  With them he will gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth.  Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim; such are the thousands of Manasseh."  It’s quite obvious who the mightiest power on earth is today.  It’s the United States of America!  And incidentally, America comprises all the Tribes of Israel.  From earliest times of their establishment, members of all the Tribes of Israel migrated there.  This was in accordance with Bible Prophecy.

 

Continuing in 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.”  When God says He is going to cleanse them, He’s speaking of their disobedience to Him along with their perpetual back-sliding.  Their offences are many!  In short, they’ve been worshipping demons through paganism. 

 

As we all know, David ruled over all 12 Tribes during his 40 year reign.  And once again he will ruler over all 12 Tribes after he is resurrected.  He will be both King and Prince.  He will be King over the House of Israel and a Prince under God Himself: 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.'"  At the present time, the Archangel Michael is the Prince of Israel (Dan 10:21).  When David is resurrected there will be a new order of things.  Human beings will become the new ruling class in the God Family.  This ruling class in God’s Kingdom will be called Princes or Sons of God.  They will all possess the character and Spirit of Christ.

 

In the last verse from Psalms, David spoke of the joy of God’s nation and their inheritance.  So now he speaks of a similar situation that occurred anciently when they were brought out of slavery in Egypt.  He recalls how quickly they forgot all the things that God did for them, not least of which was ending their slavery.  In short, David is making a comparison between a future event and a historical event.  He begins with the status quo:

Psa 106:6  We have sinned, even as our fathers did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.  Liberty is one thing, but too much freedom leads to anarchy where people begin to imagine that morality is anything they desire.  One thing leads to another, and before long, God’s Law becomes the enemy of their freedom.  Their desires override any form of a restraining factor.  Throughout history this has become a reoccurring cycle of drifting from one end of the spectrum to the other.  When the people of Israel were obedient, they were blessed by God; when they descended into disobedience they suffered the consequences.  They should have recognized this pattern and avoided it, but the truth is that people soon forget the lessons of history.

 

And now David gives us examples of these things in order to bring them to remembrance:

Psa 106:7  When our fathers were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.  The Tribes of Israel had just seen many miracles which enabled them to leave the forced slavery in Egypt.  Yet here they were with their bags of gold and silver, all their herds and flocks, and being led by God in a cloud above.  He led them into a promontory or peninsular to the edge of the Red Sea.  Behind them was Pharaoh and his army blocking off the escape route.  They looked at the Red Sea and realized it was an impenetrable route of escape and they felt trapped.  They knew where the cloud had led them, and they followed it.  But now they thought they were trapped, and in their minds, the logical person to blame was Moses.  God was merely testing their faith in Him and His ability to provide the pathway to salvation.  After all the miracles they’d seen just days before, they accused Moses of trying to kill them.

 

Psa 106:8  Yet he saved them for his name's sake, to make his mighty power known.  The lesson to be learned here is to remember that we suffer trials to build our faith in God.  Nothing is impossible for Him, and through His mighty power, He can do anything He pleases.  In this particular case, the Israelites might have considered two options.  Either God was going to remove the obstacle before them, or destroy the threat behind them.  As it turned out, God did both!

 

Psa 106:9  He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert.  After their acrimonious insults the night before, the Israelites awoke to the mighty act of God’s Power.  A highway stood before them between two great walls of water.  In jubilation they fled to safety, reaching the Sinai Peninsula.

 

Then the second stage of God’s Mighty Power came.  The Israelites looked back to see the destruction of their enemies:

Psa 106:10  He SAVED them from the HAND OF THE FOE; FROM THE HAND OF THE ENEMY he redeemed them.

Psa 106:11  The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived.  Here we see the classic example of the meaning of salvation – a concept that Christianity is not familiar with!  Salvation means to be delivered from the hand of the enemythose who hate you! 

 

The words above in V10 are virtually the same words used by another prophet six months before the birth of our Lord Christ.  This man was the Levite Priest and Prophet Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist.  It was John’s role to prepare the way for his cousin, Jesus Christ.  This is Zechariah’s account: Luke 1:66-79 “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.”  This tells us very clearly what salvation means.  It’s not an emotional feeling or a vague concept; it’s exactly what David said it was in Psa 106:10 above!  It means to be rescued from the hand of the enemy.  David was actually prophesying about John the Baptist, who was to be a “horn of salvation for us in the HOUSE OF HIS SERVANT DAVID”.  The horn of salvation is a reference to a fighting force that will defeat the enemy and establish the House of David once more.  All this must be done in preparation for the return of the Mighty Jesus Christ.

 

Continuing Zechariah’s prophecy about his son John: V76 “And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."  And this confirms what we’ve been saying.  It was the role of John’s latter-day counterpart to give God’s people the “KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION”.  Today, Christians and Jews need to have this knowledge, because this knowledge will affect both.  It’s the House of David that is to rise up and bring them salvation through the destruction of their enemiesjust as God stated through His holy prophets long ago.  The Rising Sun, who will come from heaven, is the One who will guide our feet in the path of peace.  Without the guidance of the Mighty One Jesus, nothing would be accomplished.  Logically, the Prophet of the Most High, who is to prepare the way for the Lord Christ, must have the Spirit of Christ.  It’s to this man that God will impart the knowledge of Salvation.

 

Getting back to the Psalms:

Psa 106:12  Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.  They had just crossed the Red Sea and saw God’s two-fold miracle: their salvation from their enemy and the destruction of these ruthless hordes.  Jubilantly, they believed God’s promises and sang His praise.  And everyone lived happily ever after.

 

Well, not quite!

Psa 106:13  But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel.  This brings to mind the Second World War.  Throughout WW2, Winston Churchill was like ferocious bulldog in defense of his nation against the evil hordes determined to destroy them.  He tirelessly encouraged them, driving them on to action, constantly instilling the hope of victory, steadfastly standing firm against all adversity.  Churchill was like a towering rock in his resolve to secure victory.  At the end of it all, the people forgot what he had done and rejected him, throwing him out of office at the very next election!  Understandably, Churchill was shattered by their ingratitude towards him.  After saving them from death and destruction, they no longer sought his counsel.   God feels the same way when His people forget so easily, and refuse His counsel.

 

Psa 106:14  In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test.  No sooner were they in the Sinai Peninsula when they began to whine and complain about minor discomforts.  They forgot all about the miracles that had gotten them there, and which freed them from the curse of Pharaoh.  They had come out of Egypt with all their flocks and herds and without any loss of life.  They didn’t even have to fight a rear-guard action to prevent an attack from Pharaoh.  God fought the battle for them and completely destroyed the enemy.  All this was soon forgotten as their craving set in.

 

This is the account of their craving: Ex 16:1-4 “The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."  In Egypt, the Israelites lived in the fertile lands of Goshen.  They had their own flocks and herds, they planted vegetables, grew vines and fig trees, planted cereal crops, so from this point of view they were self-sufficient – but they were still slaves, and were required to do forced labor under the whips of Pharaoh.  God had sent Moses and Aaron to free them and to take them to their own land – the Promised Land.  In Egypt, it was freedom from slavery they craved!  God fulfilled His promise, and they were freed. 

 

As Peter said, people are slaves to whatever has mastered them: 2Pet 2:19 “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity--for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”  What Peter said here is directed towards those who will live in the last days, and this is the context 2Pet 3:1-4 “Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this `coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."  So, it seems that time doesn’t erase the tendency to whine and complain and to scoff and ridicule the message of the holy prophets and the Apostles.  Even in these last days, people are not thankful for the abundance of good things they enjoy.  The Tribes of Israel presently live in freedom, with a super abundance of everything, but they’ve divested of the wholesome thinking that God requires of them.  Foremost in their minds today is the pursuit of pleasure, and they can never get enough of it in all its forms.

 

God knew that He had to teach the Israelites lessons about life, including the need to be content in whatever situation they find themselves.  This involved wholesome thinking and appreciation for everything He had done for them.  Yet this wasn’t their state of mind shortly after leaving Egypt.  Instead they besieged Moses and Aaron with their complaints, actually saying it would have been better to die in Egypt.  This is the provocative type of dialogue that is likely to get people in trouble with God!  This is as true today as it was then.

 

Yet God made allowances for their short-term memory in those days and overlooked their slanderous insults.  Ex 16:4-16 “Then the LORD said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days." 9 Then Moses told Aaron, "Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.'" 10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the LORD appearing in the cloud.”  In the midst of all this grumbling, the Glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud as a stark reminder to beware!  God demands certain protocols to be observed.  One of these is that we asknot demand!  And this must be done with the utmost respect!  V11 “The LORD said to Moses, 12 "I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, `At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.'" 13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?" For they did not know what it was.  Moses said to them, "It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. 16 This is what the LORD has commanded: `Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.'" 

 

As we will see, God gave them what they asked for, but it came with a penalty for their grumbling and their wanton disrespect:

Psa 106:15  So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease upon them.  David describes this wasting disease in one of the earlier Psalms: Psa 78:27-32 “He rained meat down on them like dust, flying birds like sand on the seashore. 28 He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents. 29 They ate till they had more than enough, for he had given them what they craved. 30 But before they turned from the food they craved, even while it was still in their mouths, 31 God's anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel. 32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.” 

 

Death is not something to be taken lightly.  People should realize that we only have one shot at life before we return to dust.  It’s only the comparative few to whom God has given His Holy Spirit, and who have lived by it, that will be brought up in the resurrection to live again.  Jesus Christ made this qualification when He said this: Luke 13:22-30 “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. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."  Without the Spirit of Christ, no-one can enter the Feast in the Kingdom of God.  Without the Spirit of Christ no-one can know Him, and just as assuredly, Jesus confirms that He doesn’t know them either.  Not only will Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be there, but so will ALL THE PROPHETS.

 

After God had given them everything they wanted, the ancient Israelites sought more.  Certain individuals started to demand status.  They considered themselves as good as Moses and Aaron, and they demanded the same privileges of counsel and direction of their affairs.  We see a lot of this in politics as well as religious organizations.  Some people are not willing to earn their positions of leadership, instead they demand it!  However, God does favour good organization, and for this reason, seventy elders of the Tribes were selected for responsibility in governing procedures as counselors. (Num 11:24-25).  On these men, God placed His Spirit to guide them.  These seventy elders were chosen by God through Moses.

 

Suddenly, there were hundreds of councilors in addition to the seventy.  These were obviously self-appointed ones who felt they had as much clout as anyone else including Moses and Aaron.  250 of these decided to oppose Moses and Aaron, and they were led by four men – Korah, Dathan, Abiram and On.  Num 16:1-3 “Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites--Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth--became insolent 2 and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. 3 They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD's assembly?"  It’s funny they should say this!  After all, who was it that God spoke directly to?  And through whom was it that God did many miracles?  Who was it that God used to lead the Israelites out of slavery?  God made the choice of His faithful servants, and these were Moses and Aaron!

 

Not content to be God’s holy nation, these 250 self-appointed councilors sought power and influence over God’s servants as well as all the people. 

Psa 106:16  In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.  It’s the age-old disease that inflicts some people; those who are never content unless they are exercising authority over others.  Give them a little status and they want it all!  These are typically those who envy others, and it was envy that led to their demise.  First they campaigned to build their base of 250 men, and then they approached Moses and Aaron as a group.  Today we might call it a ‘peaceful demonstration’ which accords with the fundamental principles of democracy.  These four, in particular, wanted to establish their right to ‘free speech’ and to make it clear that they didn’t accept God’s authority through His servants.  They were demanding that God accept rulership through committee, and of course, these four wanted authority in the committee.

 

To the average person today, this might have seemed an acceptable way of handling things.  After all, this is how things are handled today in democracy.  In democracy, the aspirations of the people are decided by the few who have the loudest voices – those who make the most fuss!  This type of procedure can lead to the people-in-general accepting things they formerly would never have contemplated.  An obvious one is the legalization of homosexuality!  But the list is endless today.

 

When Jesus spoke of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets being in God’s Kingdom and others being thrust out, He was delivering an important message.  That message was:  If you want to enter into God’s Kingdom, then listen to the Prophets!  When people crave things that are outside of the parameters of God’s Law, then they are setting themselves up for destruction, and God Himself demonstrated this very principle in the presence of Moses and Aaron and all the people who didn’t participate in this form of rebellion.  It’s what might be called today, ‘shock therapy’.

Psa 106:17  The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it buried the company of Abiram.  The Israelites who viewed this event learned a valuable lesson.  They learnt that God is not to be trifled with.  Contrived human logic doesn’t invalidate God’s instructions.  He is the Creator God and He will be obeyed!  Anyone who thinks otherwise are deluding themselves – just as these four men and all their followers were.  This was quite an event, and as you will see, the penalty suffered included their wives and children as well.  It demonstrates the principle that when you cut off the head of the snake you destroy its body as well.  Because of the wickedness of the principle player, his offspring also suffered the penalty – as with ‘the sins of the fathers are upon the children…’ (2nd Commandment).

 

The account of this is found in the Book of Numbers, and is well worth reading because it details important information for the future time when God’s Kingdom will be established.  This is the account: Num 16:12-35 “Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, "We will not come! 13 Isn't it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the desert? And now you also want to lord it over us? 14 Moreover, you haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you gouge out the eyes of these men? No, we will not come!"  This alone accurately describes the mindset of these people!  Their memory of Egypt was that of a land flowing with milk and honey.  They had already forgotten they had cruel task-masters lording it over them, and now they were implying that Moses was doing the same thing.  And just to enhance their distortions of the truth, they added that Moses was wanting to gouge out the eyes of these men.  Pure theatre so common among unruly mobs!  Tell the lie loud enough and often enough and the people will believe it.  Naturally enough, Moses became very angry, and appealed to God in his defense:  V15 “Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, nor have I wronged any of them."  God knew this to be true, and instructed Moses on procedures: V16 “Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow--you and they and Aaron. 17 Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it--250 censers in all--and present it before the LORD. You and Aaron are to present your censers also." 18 So each man took his censer, put fire and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 19 When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to them at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the glory of the LORD appeared to the entire assembly. 20 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 21 "Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once."  It was typical of Moses and Aaron, both men of God, that they would appeal on behalf of those who had not been directly involved with the sinful accusations: V22 “But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, "O God, God of the spirits of all mankind, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?"  And God responds to his request: V23 “Then the LORD said to Moses, 24 "Say to the assembly, `Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.'" 25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 He warned the assembly, "Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins." 27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.” 

 

It’s not clear what happened to On, son of Peleth, who was the fourth offender, but perhaps he decided to shut his mouth prior to this and to fade from the limelight.  V28 “Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me. 30 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt."  Well, you can’t be fairer than this!  Either God had sent Moses or He hadn’t, and the outcome would determine this!  V31 “As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"  As you can imagine, this was a terrifying event that left the whole community of Israelites fear-stricken, and perhaps they were feeling some degree of guilt themselves.  Whole families, with their tents and all their possessions disappeared into a huge crevasse which then closed on them, never to be seen again.  But it was not over yet!  There were still the 250 who had joined the rebellion, and they had to be dealt with: V35 “And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.”  Though they had no choice in the matter, it was either burial or cremation, and this is what happened.

 

Hundreds of years later, David reminds us of this event:

Psa 106:18  Fire blazed among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.  Because we live in democracies today, people believe they are free to do as they please, even if their actions are wicked.  Most people today are not prone to learning from such examples as taught in the Scriptures.  They’ve developed the idea that God is obligated to accept their standards of behaviour with perpetual forgiveness.  So if misfortune befalls them, then it’s automatically God’s fault.  According to their well-rehearsed views, God is obligated to forgive them for everything.  Do the laws of the land forgive us for our offenses when we transgress them?  No?  And neither does God!  Under our national laws, all offenses remain forever unless there are statutes of limitations where they expire after a period – usually seven years for minor offences.  With God’s Law, all offences remain unless they are forgiven following repentance.  If we make the effort to learn God’s requirements and obey them, then God will forgive all our past offences. 

 

Every sin against Gods’ Law carries a penalty, and unless repented of, the penalty is ultimately death – forever!  Whether or not you worship the Creator God, it doesn’t nullify this penalty.  The only thing that nullifies this penalty is repentance and obedience to God – and for one reason only!  This one reason is because His Son Jesus paid the ultimate Sacrifice that others might live.  This noble Sacrifice was done out of obedience to God, and it paved the way for all those who choose to obey God to be spared from eternal punishment through death.  He didn’t say they would not die, because all of His followers died.  Rather, it’s through His Sacrifice for our past sins that He has enabled us to live again.  Any sin that remains unforgiven by God remains an indictment against us.  There is a judgment coming, and this begins in the FAMILY OF GOD, that is, the family or House of Israel.  Of all the families of the earth, God chose just one family – the Family He brought out of Egypt: 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."  The Apostle Peter referred to verse when he wrote this account in: 1Pet 4:16 “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the FAMILY OF GOD; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 

 

The whole Family that God brought out of Egypt got off to a bad start:

Psa 106:19  At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal.  We can’t pretend that a servant of God, Aaron, was not involved.  He was!  Sometimes the servants of God do take missteps, or make mistakes, or even commit outright sins.  In this case, it was the latter.  Aaron succumbed to the mood of the people, and decided to assuage them by giving them what they wanted.  With a bit of ‘creative’ reasoning he was even able to justify it.  We’re hearing plenty of ‘creative’ reasoning all the time now.  For example: “If two men are in love with each other, why shouldn’t they marry?  What have you got against love?  The implication being that if you don’t favour homosexual perversion, then you must be anti-love.  This example is not too far off the mark when it relates to what the people did with Aaron’s cooperation, because the whole purpose of the casting of the golden calf was so that the people could get involved in naked activities.  Moses returned to see the Israelites ‘running wild’ (Ex 32:25) which doesn’t suggest quietly bowing down to an idol, although no doubt this is how it all began!  The KJV plainly states they were naked in the same verse.  The Apostle Paul provided the association between idol-worship and sexual misconduct in 1Cor 10:6-8 “Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry." 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did--and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.” 

 

The truth of the matter is that idol-worship seems to switch on certain neurons in the brain to engage in sexual activity.  This is the fundamental attraction of it.  This is also true of mind-altering illicit drugs, which is a form of idol-worship to those who indulge.  Such people don’t like reality; they prefer fantasy, even if it destroys them.

 

It was on the occasion of the worshipping of the golden calf that God took the decision to set the Levites apart as His own Tribe.  This is the account of what happened: Ex 32:25-29 “Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. 26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, "Whoever is for the LORD, come to me." And all the Levites rallied to him.”  In fact, it was only the Levites!  The rest of the Tribes liked what they did and weren’t keen to divest of their sexual misconduct.  And so God used the Levites to execute His punishment on the ringleaders of this outrage: V27 “Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.'" 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, "You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day."

 

This was quite an undertaking by the Levites, who, out of zeal for their Creator God, rose up against their own brothers among their fellow Israelites.  By this very act, they proved themselves worthy of God.  The ringleaders were punished and the rest of the people saw justice done.  Perhaps we’re reminded of the travesty of justice that occurs when a willful murderer is convicted and suddenly the people rise up to spare him from capital punishment.  These people, who refuse to allow the law to take its course, are on a par with those who fell under the Levites swords.  They can rationalize all they like, but punishment must always be a deterrent to others.

 

It goes much further than this though.  Today we have lunatics who defend the enemy over their own people.  We have murderous, sex-driven maniacs who have only one goal, and this is to wipe out the Israelite nations, and they do this in the name of their religion – Islam!  Anyone who doesn’t recognize these vile, evil creatures for what they are, could hardly claim to have anything in common with their Creator God.  One thing is certain, they could never aspire to be Levites!  What happened to their sense of justice?  Don’t they realize that by their actions they are empowering Islam?  Today, most of Europe is held captive to every whim of Islam, and in many cases, Islam has become the de facto power regulating the legal system.  Every day they gain more power for the imposition of their sharia law, which is weighted against Christians and Jews.  The central doctrine of sharia law is dhimmitude.  If you don’t know what dhimmitude means, it would be a good time to find out.  It would be worthwhile reading “The Third Choiceby Mark Durie, which is available in most bookstores.  A link can be found here: The Third Choice.

 

Those who still possess a functioning brain would know who the enemy is today.  Those who have read the many examples in the Bible would know what the fate of this enemy is.  Yet while the Tribes of Israel remain so steeped in self-righteousness and placation of the enemy, they are unlikely to act in the manner in which the Levites did in the service of God.  In the days of Moses they took the decision to put God’s enemies to the sword.  On this particular day, it was a certain section of the Israelite community who had defied God in disobedience, and it was these who paid the ultimate penalty.

 

Just before leaving this subject, there is a future prophecy yet to be enacted, which involves a Levite – a writer as it happens – whom God will send against the enemies among His own people.  This prophecy will be fulfilled when the time comes to cleanse Jerusalem and to kill off those who are still steeped in evil.  Lest there should be any confusion over this, the Levite will identify the offenders, and the angels of God will slay them.  The account about this can be found in Eze 9:1-11.  You’ll find it very similar to what happened in Moses’ day.

 

This next verse follows on from the previous, which speaks of the golden calf.  The Glory of God was right above them, but they chose to worship the image of a bull:

Psa 106:20  They exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull, which eats grass.  As we all know, idols don’t place any restrictions on their worshipers.  How could they when they can’t speak?  So the worshiping of an idol doesn’t relate to a code of conduct.  People worship idols as a means to gain rather than to restrict themselves to standards of conduct.  The superstitious assumption is that if they worship the idol, all good things will flow to them.  The truth is that those who worship idols are usually the poorest and most miserable people on earth.  As we’ve pointed out many times, those who worship idols are worshiping demons and eventually, insanity results as superstition embeds in the minds of the worshiper.  The result is that they are incapable of making rational decisions.

 

The question now arises as to the means by which people worship God today.  Do they do it in recognition of Him being the Creator God?  Do they acknowledge that, as the Creator, He is the One who directs the activities of His creation?  Did He instruct His Family, His only Family, to obey Him in everything He says?  And didn’t the Apostle Peter confirm that judgment would come – and that it would “begin with us”, that is, Christians?  So, on what basis does God judge?  Is it according to law?  God is the Great Lawgiver and the Great Judge, and He judges according to His Law. 

 

As Jesus Christ said, “If you want to enter into [eternal] life, keep the Commandments”: Matt 19:16-17 “Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?" 17 "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter [eternal] life, OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS."  The man who spoke to Jesus was of the opinion that if he did some good thing, like donating to the poor or something similar, that this would gain him entrance to eternal life.  Jesus retorted by reining him in about what he perceived to be good.  The man actually believed that his own ‘righteousness’ would get him over the line.  Perhaps Jesus was referring to the Scripture from Isaiah when He responded to the man: Isa 64:6-7 “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. 7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins.”  As we all know, sin is the transgression of God’s Law (1John 3:4) – the Ten Commandments.  Jesus then had to point out to the man who asked Him what they were, and gave a number of examples.  As it happened, the man responded by saying he’d been keeping the Ten Commandments from his youth.

 

And now David begins to speak about the Family of God, that is, the 12 Tribes of Israel, and their selective memory.  They quickly forgot the many miracles of God when He saved them, and as we saw in the previous verse, they were very quick to turn to pagan idol-worship.

Psa 106:21  They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt,

Psa 106:22  miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

 

Psa 106:23  So he said he would destroy them-- had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.  God does listen to His faithful servants, and in this case, God listened to Moses and changed His planned course of events.  This account is found in Ex 32:9-14.

 

Psa 106:24  Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his promise.  This was when they sent a man from each of the Tribes (except Levi) to assess the Promised Land.  Instead of sending a Levite representative, Moses sent two representatives of Joseph – one each from the Tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh (Num 13:1-15).  Those who went and saw the Land of Canaan, came back and reported rich, fertile and productive lands; the perfect place to settle and raise their families – but they reported a problem!  The land was inhabited with giants; huge fearsome men, whom they reported could not be destroyed.  Only two of these explorers believed God and confirmed they could defeat the inhabitants of the Promised Land.  These were Caleb of the Tribe of Judah, and Joshua of the Tribe of Ephraim.

 

Psa 106:25  They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the LORD.  Even worse, they began to speak about stoning Moses and Aaron and returning to Egypt.  This is the type of madness that besets people when they have no faith in God.  This is the account: Num 14:1-10 “That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! 3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?" 4 And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt." 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, "The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them." 10 But the whole assembly talked about stoning them.” 

 

We can learn a lot of things from these words.  The Israelites had seen many miracles through the power of God, but still they became irrational at the slightest provocation.  They hadn’t even begun to fight and they were already speaking of defeat.  This is what happens when one listens to irrational people.  First someone makes an alarmist statement, and then everyone fears the worst.  Mob-rule takes over and everyone begins to act like irrational lunatics.  In our nations today, we generally call these ‘peaceful’ demonstrations, even though they are usually anything but.  Remember the Watts Riots of the 1960’s?  Today we’re seeing these so-called ‘peaceful’ demonstrations, supposedly in pursuit of democracy in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, Iran and wherever the festering influence of Islam is present.  Apparently, rising up and killing one’s own people is desirable in the interests of democracy.  France and Europe believe it to be so virtuous that they’ve joined in the kill – and for all the wrong reasons!

 

Leaving aside the decaying motivations of today and getting back to that of the ancient Israelites, Joshua and Caleb confirmed that the enemies protection was gone.  They could see that the enemy was vulnerable to attack, and that through God’s Power, the victory would be theirs.  Yet the mob-rule mentality took over, and so God withdrew His offer.  The rebels would not go in and possess the Promised Land; instead they would die in the desert and a new generation would enter in their stead.  For forty years they would have to endure desert living.  This turned out to be quite a penalty because of their irrational behaviour.

Psa 106:26  So he swore to them with uplifted hand that he would make them fall in the desert,

Psa 106:27  make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands.  And so the forty year penalty droned on – and so did their insolence!  It seems they learned nothing from penalty for their actions.  In no time at all, they were worshipping the gods of their enemies.  And not just any god, but the original Baalthe devil!  The occupants of the Middle East today still worship this same god, only they call him ‘Allah’.

 

Psa 106:28  They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;

Psa 106:29  they provoked the LORD to anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them.  As we’ve pointed out many times, the worship of foreign gods has strong sexual overtones.  This is the attraction of such worship.

 

And now we see the account of Phinehas, and what he did when an Israelite decided to couple up with a Midianite woman of one of the tribes of Ishmael, the father of the Arabs.

Psa 106:30  But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.  Phinehas was of the priesthood line and was the grandson of Aaron.  There’s an interesting account of what he did in order to end a plague that was sweeping through the Israelite community.  Num 25:6-13 “Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them--through the Israelite and into the woman's body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; 9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000. 10 The LORD said to Moses, 11 "Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them. 12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites."  You can see by the description of the Israelite man and the Midianite woman that they seemed to be engaged in coitus when the spear went through both of them.  What is equally interesting, this Midianite woman was an Arab of the line of Ishmael.  Ishmael had 12 sons who became tribes in their own right and the Midianites were one of these.  As we found out earlier (Gen 37:28) the Midianites were Ishmaelites and were slave traders.

 

After this episode, God passed judgment on the Midianites and instructed Moses to kill them wherever they encountered them, and gave him the command to take a census of the Israelites to establish an army for the purpose: V16 “The LORD said to Moses, 17 "Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them, 18 because they treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the affair of Peor and their sister Cozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of Peor (or the Baal of Peor incident)."  Num 26:1 “After the plague the LORD said to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, 2 "Take a census of the whole Israelite community by families--all those twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army of Israel."  Now the Army of Israel had been given specific instructions to kill one of the tribes of Ishmael – the Midianites, and it was time to organize the army into a fighting force.  It’s hardly surprising that thousands of years later, the House of Israel is still fighting wars with the descendants of Ishmael – the Arabs.  All of whom are Baal worshippers who worship the devil Allah!

 

This act of Phinehas in killing the Israelite who was copulating with the Arab woman was to be remembered favourably by God for endless generations.  It’s something we shouldn’t forget!  God even expanded on this by requiring an army to be raised to continue the killing of the Arabs.  It sounds like good advice even today.  As for Phinehas, God greatly blessed him for his honourable act: 

Psa 106:31  This was credited to him as righteousness for endless generations to come.  Phinehas exhibited all the warrior qualities of his forefather Abraham, and this was credited to him as righteousness.  These are the same words that were spoken about Abraham (Gen 15:6, Rom 4:3, James 2:23).  In Gen 15:6, this was immediately after Abraham had gone to war against four powerful kings and defeated them with just 318 men from his own household.  This is when Melchizedek, the Priest of the Most High, met him on his return (Gen 14:17-18).  We’ll be discussing this in greater detail when we get to Psalm 110.

 

David continues with the many issues concerning ingratitude by the Israelites.  He refers next to Meribah, the second action by Moses in causing the Rock to bring forth water.

Psa 106:32  By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them;

Psa 106:33  for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses' lips.  Moses had the Holy Spirit of God as all true prophets do, and in a brief act of carelessness, Moses finished up forfeiting his life over this incident.  Moses was told to touch the Rock and the water would gush out, but instead he became angry and struck the Rock.  This act, together with what he said, offended God.  God’s punishment was that he would die and be buried on Mount Nebo, and would not enter the Promised Land.  It’s certainly something to remember, especially today when lunatics like to mouth off about God with their derogatory comments.  If it happened to Moses, no-one should imagine it won’t happen to them!  One thing is certain, there’s a checklist of those who will never enter God’s Kingdom!  These are the ones who have openly and publicly denigrated the Spirit of Prophecy.

 

Psa 106:34  They did not destroy the peoples as the LORD had commanded them,

Psa 106:35 but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs.  Well whadya know!  Instead of killing the pagan hordes, they mingled with them and adopted their customs.  I wonder what the big attraction was?  Surely not the worship of pagan idols that always ended in sex orgies!  Surely not!  Well, of course it was!  It didn’t take much to get the Israelites cranked up like lusty stallions.  They were prepared to worship the devil if it meant an illicit sexual encounter.  The most powerful narcotic in those days was the sexual drive induced by pagan worship and the sex orgies that followed.  It was an irresistible state of mind that drove them, brought on by demonic influence.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that it’s also a problem today!

 

Now if they had killed and destroyed these pagans the problem wouldn’t have existed.  But apparently they knew better than God!  This is also a disease of the mind today, where some pastors, priests, evangelists and religious leaders use their position to entice others into clandestine sexual encounters.  All in the name of their god of course!  Obviously they are not serving the Creator God, though they’re expert in creating the illusion that they are.  As preachers feigning righteousness, we can assume they are not remembering the account of Phinehas, to whom God credited righteousness for endless generations to come.

 

Psa 106:36  They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them.  Idols, eh?  With the Glory of God overhead in a cloud, they still pursue idols?  Once they join the culture, their minds become warped.  Step by step they advance into greater perversions and atrocities.  You’d think it couldn’t get much worse than this, but they soon find a way.  For their perverted lifestyle to continue, they must appease the gods.  Would a glass of sherry and some cookies do the trick?

 

Not likely!

 

Psa 106:37  They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.  Demons had a vested interest in destroying the House of Israel, and the best way to do this is to stop the breeding cycle.  So the demons demanded their sons and daughters to be sacrificed in appeasement.  With mindless solemnity, the Israelites handed over their children to be burned alive in order that the cycle of orgies might continue.

 

Psa 106:38  They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.  Can you imagine the mindset of these people who would hand over their own children to be burned alive – just to appease pagan gods?  This is about as low as they could get in the depravity stakes!  And it was all done with the solemnity of the pagan mindset.  That is, unbridled madness!

 

Psa 106:39  They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves.  A rose by any other name is still a rose!  They were faggots, harlots and degenerates and they willingly prostituted themselves – all in the honour of demons!  If you were an observer to all this, what would be your judgment?  Hopefully, you would see things as Phinehas did, and administer the same retribution as him.

 

God thinks the same way!

Psa 106:40  Therefore the LORD was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance.  God’s inheritance is the children of Israel, and He was as angry as could be! 

 

Psa 106:41  He handed them over to the nations, and their foes ruled over them.  The worship of idols and the accompanying sexual promiscuity was the tipping point and God handed them over to the enemy to be defeated and ruled over.  I might add these were the same enemies whose gods the Israelites worshipped – the idols of Canaan.

 

Psa 106:42  Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power.  Foreigners gained control of their country and subjected them to their rule.  There were sporadic periods of this, but the most notable period was when the Philistines ruled over them.  It was David himself who turned the tide of battle when he killed Goliath.

 

Psa 106:43 Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin.  There were many occasions when others ruled over them, but even when they again got the upper hand, they still failed to wipe out all the enemy.  They just never seemed to learn, and this is true to this very day.  All the Western nations are overrun by foreigners today, and the age-old enemies, now called Muslims, are at the forefront of incessant terror, and still no-one wipes them out.  Now they are literally gaining the upper hand and plotting the destruction of the West.

 

Christianity, generally speaking, has never been compliant with God’s Law, yet they seem to be willing to bend to Islamic Shariah law.  Since they’re so unwilling to live by Gods’ Law, perhaps they’ll find Shariah law a welcome change.  They should be aware though, that disobedience to Shariah law carries the death penalty for ‘infidels’ – as Islam calls them.  This is especially applicable to Christians and Jews.  The whole purpose of satanic Islam is to target all Christians and Jews to prevent them from worshipping the Creator God.  Young women and girls will fare better than the men because of the Muslim’s voracious appetite for sex slaves.  Men will be killed in order to eliminate the competition, except for those who are suitable to be working slaves.  Islam knows all about slavery; they control the slave trade throughout the world even today.  It took a hundred years of badgering by the Western Nations to eradicate the slave trade in Saudi Arabia, and it was only in 1962 when it ended – at least publicly.  It’s still widely reported that purchased girls still occupy the harems of sheiks.  A Saudi princess called ‘Sultana’ wrote a series of books, which were penned by Jean P. Sasson, relating to the appalling treatment of slave women in Saudi Arabia.  The first of the series was called ‘Princess’.

 

In the living hell that is coming, male slaves will be prevented from reproduction, and the method to prevent this is castration.  There’s going to be a lot of eunuchs in the House of Israel in days to come.  As a matter of fact, God actually addresses eunuchs as having a place in His Kingdom: Isa 56:4-5 “For this is what the LORD says: "To the eunuchs who keep my  Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant-- 5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.”  Those who undergo forced castration for the sake of God’s Kingdom will not be abandoned, but honoured.  V7These I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer.  Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations." 

 

Yes, well there will be burnt offerings and sacrifices on God’s Altar in the Kingdom of God, but generally speaking, Christians don’t believe God in this regard.  They’ve got their own ideas about a lot of things.  The point being made here is that some people will become eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of God.  They’ll suffer castration, or even death, rather than break God’s Sabbath or defile His Covenant.  These are the type of courageous people that God favours – and their rewards will be great!  Such faithful people will enter God’s Kingdom and their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on God’s Altar.

 

In this Psalm, we’re presently discussing God’s deliverance, and how often He delivered the House of Israel from adversity.  As God states in the last verse, the trend was, that after all this, they would rebel against Him and adopt their own ways again.  Throughout their entire history, they never seemed to learn.  It was always just a remnant who remained faithful and obedient to God!

 

Psa 106:44  But he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;

Psa 106:45  for their sake he remembered his covenant (with Abraham concerning his descendants) and out of his great love he relented.  God’s love for Abraham outweighed His anger for his descendants, and He showed them mercy.

 

Psa 106:46  He caused them to be pitied by all who held them captive.  At a rough guess, their plight must have been particularly horrendous to induce any form of pity from these evil creatures.  Satan’s hordes are not known for their pity.  Ruthlessness and unrestrained cruelty, yes, but pity – no!  Yet, God knows how to induce pity in the most pitiless of people; you’ll recall how the Egyptians showed pity by giving the Israelites bags of silver and gold after they themselves began to feel vulnerable.  God has ways of making anyone vulnerable, even whole nations.

 

And now David continues to speak as a Prophet, speaking of the future of the House of Israel and the outcome of their long history.  As we saw a few verses back, David foresaw the day when he would be remembered by God and stand with the House of Israel in His Kingdom.  As a Prophet and Patriarch, he is speaking of our day.

Psa 106:47  Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.  You’ll realize that David was not saved and gathered from the nations in his day.  So he’s clearly speaking of another day at a future time.  David was still ruling as king when he died peacefully.

 

Psa 106:48  Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  Let all the people say, "Amen!"  Praise the LORD.  The remnant of the House of Israel when they are saved and gathered from the nations will have a complete change of heart towards God.  In that day they will praise Him as the God of Israel.

 

Their destination will be their ancestral allotments in the Promised Land from where they were driven in 720 BC, and have never returned.  They disappeared from the region and finally settled in faraway lands to become nations in their own right.  In the interim, they were ruled over by the pagans who had conquered them, and they took this paganism with them when they finally settled in Europe.

 

Centuries later, they were visited by men of God and learned of the appearance of Jesus Christ, and slowly Christianity was adopted as their religion.  In the 4th century AD, Emperor Constantine decreed Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire.  It was not Christianity in its purest form by any means, but it was far better than the paganism that was, at that time, firmly embedded in Europe as the universal belief system.

 

 

PSALM 107

 

This Psalm begins with the migration to the lands where the House of Israel would settle and become nations in their own right following their period of captivity in strange lands and the massacre and enslavement that occurred in 720 BC.  Hundreds of years of slavery ensued before they finally gained independence and freedom.

 

Psa 107:1  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.  God specifically says for the redeemed of the LORD to say this!  It took many centuries before they did say this, and it was after they became Christians that it was finally fulfilled.  The European nations eventually became Christian nations.

 

Psa 107:2  Let the redeemed of the LORD SAY THIS-- those he REDEEMED FROM THE HAND OF THE FOE,

Psa 107:3  those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.  Here we find that the term ‘redeemed’ means essentially the same thing as ‘saved’.  Redemption means to be saved FROM THE HAND OF THE FOE or enemy.

 

Psa 107:4  Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.  Following the slavery that ensued after the 720BC defeat of the northern Ten Tribes of Israel, they sought an escape route from where they were enslaved. 

 

No doubt many attempts were made to escape to a far-off land where they might live in peace, but it seems that many failed:

Psa 107:5  They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.  For what may have been three or four hundred years, the ‘lost Ten Tribes of Israel’ sought escape from their misery, but many of these ended in failure.  No doubt they’d heard of cities in Europe where their fellow-Israelites had gone.  Later in this Psalm we’ll see that some had, long ago, escaped in ships and settled in Britain.  It was to these cities that the Israelites hoped to make their destination.

 

In the meantime, the Israelites who were still in slavery heard many reports about their fellow-Israelites, and that their codes of conduct were vastly different from their own.  These early British or Berith-ish people were the Covenant people (‘Berith’ means ‘covenant’ in Hebrew).  The original ‘Brits’ were called Celts and they ruled the British Isles.  They remembered and taught of their ancestry and the Covenant that God had made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and later confirmed to Moses.  And so the Celtic fame spread abroad and reached the enslaved Israelites, who then had a complete change of heart and realized that they too, had hope. 

 

No more death and misery through slavery and failed escapes, instead, they would trust in God for delivery:

Psa 107:6  Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.  What had happened in the interim was, the Celts had spearheaded a pathway all the way from Europe to Galatia in what is called Asia Minor or Turkey today.  You’ll recall how we mentioned earlier about an agreement between Alexander the Great and the Celts.  Alexander had sought assurances that the Celts would not invade his land while he was away conquering the Middle East.  Alexander was given this assurance:

 

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For those who have an interest in the history of the Celts, it was the historian Strabo that gave this account and which is reproduced in an old historic book: ‘Literature of the Celtsby Magnus Maclean, pages 7-8: “So formidable were the Celts during the period of their ascendancy that it served the purpose of the classic nations – Greeks and Romans – to keep peace with them as best they could, and even play them off against their hereditary foes.  And so the expansive tribes were for the most part on friendly terms with both, especially the Greeks.  We have an account in Strabo of an interview which Alexander the Great had with their ambassadors.  It is given on the authority of Ptolemy, his general.  The young potentate knew well the advantage of cultivating good fellowship with his powerful neighbours, and when the tribes of the Adriatic sent delegates he received them with all due courtesy and respect.

 

While they were drinking, says the general, Alexander asked them what was the object of their greatest fear, thinking they would say himself.  But the imaginative Celts had quite other views.  They feared no man.  One thing only alarmed them, they replied, and that was lest the heavens should one day fall and crush them.  Still, they added, that they valued the friendship of such a man as he was above everything. (General Ptolemy obviously misunderstood the meaning.  They feared no man; they only feared the power of heavenwhich is a reference to God.)

 

“How vainglorious these Celts are!” muttered the young autocrat to his courtiers, a little piqued, perhaps, at their rejoinder.  Yet, if such was really the object of their superstitious dread, the promise they made was not without its own grim cogency.  “If we fulfill not our engagement,” they said, “may the sky falling on us crush us, may the earth opening swallow us, may the sea overflowing its borders drown us”

 

With Alexander they kept their pledge, but in 280 BC, when another king ruled Macedonia, they over-ran his territories, slew him in battle, and pillaged the Temple of Delphi itself – an act so shocking to the Greeks that it roused their patriotism to such a pitch that they were able to repulse the enemy in neighbouring gorges.

 

Thus compelled to evacuate Greece, the Celts invaded Asia Minor in 278 BC, and established there the well-known colony of Galatia.  It was to their descendants (Celts) that St. Paul addressed his trenchant Epistle, and the words, “O foolish Galatians, who has druided you.”  The very name of Galatia is derived from the region in Europe called Gaul, which was a stronghold of Celtic Tribes.

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Just to add some comments to this last sentence where it says that Paul supposedly wrote the epistle to the Galatians.  Paul didn’t!  Whoever wrote this spurious book was trying to condemn those who were ‘Judaising’, that is, keeping the Commandments of God.  This well-known colony of Celts in Galatia wereJudaising’ – they were keeping the Commandments of God, as did Paul and all the other Apostles.  The spurious epistle of Galatians was probably written at least a century after Paul died.  And it was written by someone who had renounced obedience to God in favour of the weird form of ‘grace’ that we all hear so much about today.  It’s the oddest thing, but this spurious writer actually did us a favour.  He proves by his words and his contempt, beyond all doubt, that the Celts were Commandment-keeping people.  This is the crux of the whole epistle, where the writer castigates the well-known colony of Celtic Galatians for obeying God’s Law.  As we have learned from the historic record, this well-known colony were Celts.

 

The Celts were the original British people and they tended to colonize far and wide.  We shouldn’t however, be confusing the Irish with the Celts (which many people do).  Most of the Irish are descended from the Vikings – a completely different breed of people who mainly live in southern Ireland.  They were driven there from the region of Denmark, after they were overrun and displaced by the fierce ‘North Men’ – who were later called ‘Normans’.  The Danish people today have little in common with the Vikings, though some individuals like to think so.  The Vikings from the Tribe of Dan have very little going for them in God’s view.  In fact, the Tribe of Dan is omitted from the chosen tribal portions in Rev 7:4-8. 

 

It didn’t go unnoticed that President Obama visited Ireland in May, 2011, and strongly identified with them, almost to the point of mendicancy.  Years ago, Yasser Arafat the terrorist also visited Ireland, and was rewarded by the IRA (Irish Republican Army) with an endless supply of plastic explosives to use for killing Jews in suicide bombings.  It was also these Danites who schooled Arafat in the techniques of fighting a war through terrorism, together with the concept of waging a rebellion through the attrition of the innocent.

 

It should come as no surprise to anyone that