Bible Studies

Psalm 110 – Part 1 

November 18, 2012


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


There are a number of psalms that bear this title – “a psalm of David” – and David is one of the most notable figures in the Bible to represent the Lord Jesus Christ, appearing over 900 times in the Bible. The similarities are striking: 


  • David was born into a humble family. (1 Samuel 18:23)
  • He was a shepherd. (1 Samuel 16:11)
  • He was a tremendous warrior. (2 Samuel 17:8a)
  • He was a gifted musician. (1 Samuel 16:17-18)
  • He was a King. (1 Chronicles 11:3)
  • His love for God was exemplary. (Psalm 18:1)



The Seven Verses of Psalm 110


  1. “<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD [Yehovah:H3068] said unto my Lord [‘adown:H113 – one who rules – can be applied to God or man], Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.


This verse is also quoted in Hebrews 1:13, in which God is showing the infinite distinction between angels (who are created beings) and their God-given roles, and the eternal uniqueness and majestic deity of God the Son; I’ll read verses 1-13 as it is such a powerful testament to the Godhead: 


“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, {2} Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; {3} Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; {4} Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.{5} For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? {6} And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. {7} And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. {8} But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. {9} Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. {10} And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: {11} They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; {12} And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. {13} But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? {14} Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”


You might recall that Jesus Himself quotes this passage as He questions the scribes and Pharisees in verse 43 of Luke 20:39-47 (as well as in the parallel citations in Matthew 22:44 and Mark 12:36) after they ceased asking Him questions: 


“Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said. {40} And after that they durst not ask him any question at all. {41} And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son? {42} And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, {43} Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. {44} David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son? {45} Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples, {46} Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; {47} Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.”


The second part of Psa 110:1a,  “…until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” reminds us of what we read in 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,


“But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept. {21} For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. {22} For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. {23} But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. {24} Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. {25} For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. {26} The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed is death.”


It’s important to recognize that when people make the false assertion that “Jesus never claimed to be God,” they obviously are willfully ignorant of the fact that it was for this very reason, He was condemned to die, as verses 24-33 of the 10th chapter of the 4th Gospel illustrate:


“Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. {25} Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. {26} But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. {27} My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: {28} And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. {29} My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. {30} I and my Father are one. {31} Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. {32} Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? {33} The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”



  1. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.


As in verse one, God uses the same word  “Jehovah” (or “LORD” in caps) along with the identical word for “enemies” (‘oyeb:H341) here in verse two. Zion is synonymous with Jerusalem, a representation of the kingdom of God, and “the rod of thy strength” spiritually refers to Christ and to His Word, the Bible. The term “rod” is most frequently rendered as “tribe(s),” but also as “staff” or “staves.” Here are a few examples:


Do you recall Moses’ “rod” or “staff” that God turned into a serpent – one of the signs that Moses was commanded to show Pharaoh in Exo 4? God also commanded him to use that same “rod” to hold back the waters of the Red Sea so that the Israelites could cross over on dry ground; and similarly, Moses was told to stretch out his “rod” again over the waters, when it was time for those monumental walls of water to return to their natural state, killing Pharaoh Thutmosis III and the entire Egyptian army. What about Aaron’s almond “rod” that budded, blossomed, and bore almonds in Numbers 17:8 – a beautiful picture of the Word of God that is not only alive – but has the power to give spiritual life as well? 


 Hebrews 9:3-4 also refers to Aaron’s “rod”: “And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod [rhabdos:G4464] that budded, and the tables of the covenant;”


Turn with me to Hebrews 1 which I read earlier, and to verse 8, where the same word for “rod” is translated “scepter”:


“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter [rhabdos:G4464] of righteousness [is] the scepter [rhabdos:G4464] of thy kingdom.”


The Greek word rendered “scepter” (rhabdos:G4464) is also translated as “staff” (or “staves”),  and more importantly for our consideration, as “rod” in the following citations:


Revelation 12:1-5 declare: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: {2} And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. {3} And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. {4} And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. {5} And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule [poimaino:G4165] all nations with a rod [rhabdos:G4464] of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne.”


Similarly, Revelation 19:11-16 offer this vivid portrait:  “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. {12} His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. {13} And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. {14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. {15} And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule [poimaino:G4165]  them with a rod [rhabdos:G4464] of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. {16} And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”


By the way, the word translated “to rule” and “shall rule” in Revelation 12:5, and 19:15 respectively is also contained in Matthew 2:6, which is a quotation from Micah 5:2.


I’ll read Matthew 2:1-6 in order to understand the context:  “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, {2} Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. {3} When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. {4} And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. {5} And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, {6} And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule [poimaino:G4165] my people Israel.”


Micah 5:2 likewise asserts, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”


The word “enemies” (‘oyeb:H341) in the latter part of Psalm 110:2 is also found in verses 2 and 8 of Nahum 1:1-8, 


“The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. {2} God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth [wrath] for his enemies [‘oyeb:H341]. {3} The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. {4} He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. {5} The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. {6} Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. {7} The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. {8} But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies [‘oyeb:H341].”


  1. Thy people [shall be] willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties [hadar:H1926] of holiness from the WOMB [rechem:H7358] of the morning [shachar:H7836] : thou hast the dew [tal:H2919] of thy youth [yalduwth:H3208].


The following citations reveal some of the ways that God uses the various Hebrew words in Psalm 110:3,


Ezekiel 16:14 “And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness [hadar:H1926], which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.”


Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb [rechem:H7358] I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”


Psalm 63:1 <<A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.>> O God, thou art my God; early will I seek [shachar:H7836] thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;


2 Peter 1:19 “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:


Deuteronomy 32:2 “My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew [tal:H2919], as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:”


Ecclesiastes 11:9, “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth [yalduwth:H3208]; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.”


Who are God’s people? In Matthew 1:21 we learn, 


“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”


How were God’s people saved?  They were “made willing”…willing to serve…willing to follow the Shepherd…John 1:13


Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.


The question of the “new birth” also arises in John 3:1-12, when Nicodemus – described as “a ruler of the Jews” comes to Jesus by night with a troubled heart…reminding us of verse 44 in chapter 6


“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”


“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

 {2} The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. {3} Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. {4} Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?{5} Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. {6} That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. {7} Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. {8} The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. {9} Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?{10} Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?{11} Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.{12} If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly [SPIRITUAL OR PARABOLIC] things?


Nicodemus’ name appears only two other times in the Bible (for a total of 5) in the following accounts:


John 7:50. I’ll read verses 45-52 for the sake of the context: “Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? {46} The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. {47} Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? {48} Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? {49} But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. {50} Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) {51} Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? {52} They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.


Lastly, John 19:38-42 brings us full circle to the spiritual transformation that had taken place in Nicodemus’ life – this is also occurring in the late afternoon, Friday, because the bodies had to be taken off of the crosses by sunset in preparation for the Sabbath (verse 31):


“And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. {39} And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. {40} Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. {41} Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. {42} There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.”


I have a reason for focusing on Nicodemus, bear with me…as we pick this up in our next study.



Psalm 110 - Part 2 

December 23, 2012



Last time I spoke we talked about Psa 110, which I’d like to read again:


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


We spoke last time about the new birth and about Nicodemus – how he came to the Lord Jesus by night, and he was asking him about the new birth. And we’re remembering the birth of Christ, but I’d like to talk about a different birth, if you will, and this has to do with Christ being slain before the foundation of the world. This word in Psa 110, verse 3, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power [chayil:H2428]…” The power of God is like no other power on earth. It is incomprehensible to our minds that God can speak and create a universe, or take a dead soul, and bring that soul to life spiritually. There is no greater power in this universe. God Himself is clothed with majesty…He is clothed with power. This same word for “power” (chayil:H2428) we find in Zech 4:6b,


“…Not by might [chayil:H2428], nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”


In speaking about the new birth, we’re reminded of what it says in John 1:13…a lot of people like to look at John 1:12, and they stop there… 


“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:… 


They don’t go on to the next verse, which says,


{13} Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”


God is the One who is responsible for the new birth. Her not only has paid the penalty for the elect, and He has committed Himself so that none of the elect will be lost…everyone is kept faithfully in the Father’s Hand, and nobody can pluck them out of the Father’s Hand…and this is His commitment to us – an amazing commitment  – why would God do this? Why would God have this kind of mercy on individuals that are totally in rebellion against God, and want nothing to do with God…they want to go their own way…and their faces are “set like flint” to go their own way... “all we like sheep have gone astray”…like we read about in Isa 53, but God has to intervene, and He does so by His Word, for example, if we go to Jer 31:8, we see this quite clearly…


“I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn [shuwb:H7725] thou me, and I shall be turned [shuwb:H7725]; for thou art the LORD my God.” 


And that word “turn” is really the word “save”…God is the One that has to do the saving altogether, and in doing so, we become – and God has done this all throughout history – He saves His elect before the foundation of the world, and at some point in time, He had to regenerate their souls, and so they became a new “creature” or a new “creation” in Christ. Their soul was infused with eternal life…God Himself indwells us…we can’t understand that…by His Spirit, but this is what the Bible teaches…and so we become His. Now, getting back to Psa 110:3, it says, 


“…Thy People Shall Be Willing In The Day Of Thy Power…”


God’s people – the elect – were all saved before the foundation of the world, and that’s where we have to go back to, and that’s kind of where I’m headed to in this sermon today. This word for “power” (chayil:H2428) in Psa 110:3 stems from another word – a root word – and this root word has a number of different meanings associated with it.  It’s the idea of “pain” or “being formed” or “to bring forth,” or “to give birth, and this is significant, because of the fact that in Pro 8:22, and 24 – which is really what I’m going to be focusing on today – it is translated twice as “I was brought forth” and “was I brought forth.” Pro 8 is talking about “Wisdom” – the whole chapter is speaking about wisdom…let me read those verses…Pro 8:22-25. And the reason I bring this out, is because I believe it is speaking about Christ being slain before the foundation of the world, and I think the language that God uses here is very significant:  


“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. {23} I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. {24} When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth [chuwl:H2342]; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. {25} Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth [chuwl:H2342]:”  


The Wisdom Of God


As I said, this is talking about wisdom – as this whole chapter – but Who or What is wisdom? If you turn to 1 Cor 1:24b, we’ll get an answer:


“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.


So when it’s speaking about “Wisdom,” it’s talking about the Lord Jesus Christ. Now…if you go back to Pro 8:22-24…because this is what we are focusing on. Twice it is mentioned that “I was brought forth.” In other words, “I had a birth.” “I had a beginning,” so to speak. As I mentioned, God’s power – His greatest power – is seen in the salvation of His people, as far as we are concerned, because we are the recipients of this power…we don’t deserve it at all. We deserve to be destroyed…we deserve what Christ had to endure before the foundation of the world. And I hope to be able to explain this as we go through this passage. That He had to endure annihilation…that He had to be consumed, and yet that wasn’t the end of the story, because He rose again, because He is the very essence of eternal life. You know, you kill a human being, and that’s it – he’s dead – but not with God. You cannot kill Him…or that He remains dead…He has to come back to life, because He’s the very essence of life. But we’re seeing…we’re getting a glimpse of what transpired before the foundation of the world, so that we can better understand the nature of the Atonement – this is really what is in view. Now, it’s interesting because in Psa 110:3, it speaks about the “womb” – 


“Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb [rechem:H7358] of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.”  


I’m not going to go into that particular verse, because I want us to stay with Pro 8:22-25, but this same word for “womb” (rechem:H7358) that we find in Psa 110:3, is also found in Exo 13:2,and is Exo 13:2, we have another word that pops up, which is very important for our study, and that is the word, “firstborn.”   Keep that in mind that that word, “firstborn,” is exceedingly important:


 We read in Exo 13:2, “Sanctify unto me all the firstborn [bekowr:H1060], whatsoever openeth the womb [rechem:H7358] among the children of Israel, [both] of man and of beast: it [is] mine.”


And when we compare Scripture with Scripture, we recognize that when He’s speaking about the “firstborn” spiritually, it’s talking about Christ being “the firstborn from the dead.” This is Col 1:15-18…a very, very important verse in this respect…


“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn [prototokos:G4416] of every creature: {16} For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: {17} And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. {18} And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn [prototokos:G4416] from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.”


“The firstborn from the dead”… that is what is in view, I believe here in Pro 8:22-25, Let’s look at it word by word as we go through it:


To “Possess” Is To Purchase”


“The LORD [Jehovah] possessed [qanah:H7069]   me…” is the first phrase that we find, or “Jehovah possessed me” – it’s speaking about “Wisdom”…it’s speaking about Christ, but again, Who is “Wisdom”? It’s the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, this is not a normal word for “possession.” There are other words that speak about possessing something, or getting something. This frequently appears as the word, “bought” or “purchased,” and that’s really what’s in view. For example, if we go to Psa 74:2, we find this same word there:


“Remember thy congregation, [which] thou hast purchased [qanah:H7069] of old; the rod of thine inheritance, [which] thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.”


Also if you go to Pro 23:23…here it is translated as “buy”:


Buy [qanah:H7069] the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”


So, it’s really saying, “Jehovah ‘purchased’ me,  ‘bought’ me.”  Now, how can this be? We think of ourselves as the ones that are purchased…we don’t understand this fully because of the fact that how is it possible that Christ could be slain before the foundation of the world, and then  rise again from the dead? But that is the essence of what took place, and we’ll see this as we go through…particularly if you look at passages like Jonah 2, which uses 6 of the same words that we find here in Pro 8:22-25 are found in Jon 2:5-6, and Jon 2 is talking about Christ in Hell, Christ in the grave, Christ in the belly of the whale...and we know from Matthew that as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights even so the Son of Man is going to be in the heart of the earth…and so it’s really speaking about what is happening in the grave…and you see death – not in the case of Jonah – spiritually you see it – Jonah wasn’t killed, but that’s also because of the fact that there are also other things going on with Jonah, but there’s also a resurrection – that we see in Jonah – he speaks about that, and we see the same thing here as well. 


Alright back to Pro 8:22, the word, “beginning”“The LORD possessed me in the beginning [re’shiyth:H7225] of his way…” This same word is found in the very first verse of the Bible – Gen 1:1 – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  And remember, we just read from Col 1, where in Col 1 verse 17, he is called, “the beginning.”  We also see this in other places, for example, Rev 22:13,


“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning [arche:G746] and the end, the first and the last.”


The same Hebrew word “in the beginning” (re’shiyth:H7225) in Gen 1:1 and also here in Pro 8:22, is translated “firstfruits”; and again, this is a very important aspect of this word because again it’s linking to Christ, Who is the “firstfruits;” historically, as you know, the Israelites had to bring their offerings – their firstfruits – of whatever, their corn, or their wine, whatever they were bringing to the Lord as an offering, but Christ Himself is the “first of the firstfruits.” The firstfruits also typify believers…we see this in 1 Cor 15:20-23


“But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept. [died] {21} For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. {22} For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. {23} But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”


So we see Him as the “firstborn,” we also see Him as the “beginning”…we also see Him as the “firstfruits.” Back to Pro 8:22…


“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way [derek:H1870], before his works of old.”


“…in the beginning of his way…” and when you think about “way,” immediately we think of John 14:6, right off the bat:


“…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”


But what about this Hebrew word, that’s a totally different Greek word…what about this Hebrew word right here in Pro 8:22? We find that in a number of places. Let’s look at Pro 12:28,


“In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [derek:H1870] [thereof there is] no death.”


It’s the word, “and [in] the pathway.” And so we see again, this dichotomy that we find so often in the Bible, where there are two paths – and one is for the elect, and it leads to life; and the other is for those who are not elect and it leads to death. And the only reason anybody is on this right path is because God – in His mercy, and in His love – before the foundation of the world, placed these certain individuals on that path. And that is because He atoned for their sins, before the foundation of the world “…before his works of old.”   This is very important…we also see this in Psa 18:30,


“[As for] God, his way [is] perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he [is] a buckler to all those that trust in him.


So here we have the word, “way;” we also have the “word of Jehovah.” And Who is Christ if not “the Word of God,” the Word incarnate, “the Word made flesh”? And that is what we are celebrating at this time of year. The Word took on a human body…He became a man…the Word became flesh…He became like one of us – except – He had no sin. And you know… “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11) Yet there were those, that received him because – as we just read in John 1:13 previously – they were born from above – not by blood, nor by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man. Man plays absolutely no part in salvation, and this has to be hammered over and over and over again, because by nature, everything that we do is based upon our work – everything. And in this one area, there is no human work involved – unless you want to die. If you work for your salvation, it leads to death. It’s just like the man that picked up those few sticks on the Sabbath day – that is what that is picturing – according to Isa 63:3, Christ was in the winepress alonenobody was with Him…He was alone…He was being crushed. And this is what happened before the foundation of the world. He’s crushed…He’s decimated…He is annihilated…for His people. He didn’t remain that way though…He rose again…because He’s victorious…He’s greater than death…but He had to die because that’s the penalty that you and I deserve. We deserve that…that is what we deserve…anybody who thinks differently, unfortunately, does not understand what the Bible is teaching us about sin – and the   wages of sin, which is death – just like God told Adam, “in the day you eat thereof, ‘dying thou shalt die.’ ”  That’s literally how it reads in the Hebrew. Did they die right away? No. They died spiritually…much later they would die physically, but they died spiritually.


Before His Works Of Old


Let’s go on then to the next phrase in Pro 8:22, “before his works of old.”  You have two words here, “before [qedem:H6924]  (of old)” and “his works” [miph`al:H4659].  The word, “before” is commonly translated, “eastward,” where the sun rises in the east or “ancient,” or “everlasting.”  We find for example, right in the Garden of Eden in Gen 3:24, where this word is translated, “at the east”:


“So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east [qedem:H6924] of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”


The “cherubim” – “God as the Judge,” “the flaming sword,” is the Word of God, and that Word of God prohibited anybody from coming into the Tree of Life – trying to get to that Tree of Life. It’s like Jesus said, “all those that came before me are thieves and robbers…” They went up another way to get into the sheepfold. And the Word of God prevents them from doing that…it’s going to slay them, if they try to do that. There is only one way into the sheepfold, and that is through the Shepherdthrough the Lord Jesus – through the fact that He saved all of His elect before the foundation of the world, and He has consistently, methodically, throughout time, they come into the fold. We also see that this is translated “of old” in Psa 55:19,


“God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old [qedem:H6924]. Selah. Because they have no changes [chaliyphah:H2487], therefore they fear not God.”


It’s speaking about those who are unsaved, and the “changes” they don’t have, is a “change” of garment. Remember the man that came into the wedding feast, and he did not have on the proper attire – spiritually speaking – and the Host, Who is God Himself is very gracious…very condescending…and He says, “…Friend, how camest thou hither, not having a wedding garment?” (Mat 22:12) He wasn’t angry…He didn’t talk down to the man…He just asked him a very simple question. You don’t have what’s necessary to enter into this wedding feast. You don’t have the robe of Christ’s righteousness, which is needed, and only He can give that to us. I don’t care how many stores you go to…I don’t care how much money you spend…You can’t buy it…You can’t earn it…It’s a gift…Nobody deserves it, and yet He gives it to His elect…He clothes them with this beautiful righteousness – which is Himself – His goodness…His righteousness is what the believer possesses, even though we live in these bodies of clay; but in our souls, that’s where the beauty – and we don’t have time to get into it – but when we go down further into Psa 110, where it talks about the beauty of holiness and other  language that is similar to that, that’s what it’s referring to…it’s the beauty of Christ – the beautiful One that is pictured   as the Groom in Song of Solomon – He’s the One that is beautiful in every possible way. He is the One that has stooped so low that He would die, to be annihilated for His people, and again, we can’t understand that kind of love – we just can’t – but when you read 1 Cor 13, everything in that chapter is talking about Christ – everything! He’s the One in view, and we can look at that as a standard, and we need to – and we need to obey that, as much as God works in us, “…to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  He has to do that work in us…we don’t have what it takes – in the flesh – to do that, nobody does – as He has to do it through us; it’s supernatural – and He has, and the believer is clothed with each one of those attributes, because of what He did…because He is all, I believe, of those 16 attributes, that is talked about in 1 Cor. 13. Let’s go back then to Pro 8:22… “the works of old”: 


The word, “works” (miph`al:H4659) here, again, is only used two other times: it’s not a typical word for works; it’s only found in Psa 46:8,


“Come, behold the works [miph`al:H4659]of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.”


The other place is Psa 66:5,


“Come and see the works [miph`al:H4659] of God: [he is] terrible [in his] doing toward the children of men.”


And that word, I think, is “awesome,” not “terrible,” as a bad thing, but “awesome,” because His works reflect Who He is, His mighty power and holiness, and righteousness. Now we come up to this word, “I was set up” in Pro 8:23,


I Was Set Up


I was set up [nacak:H5258] from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.”


This is the only time, except one other place, where this word is used as “set up.” I

I’ll read the other reference as well, but every other time, it’s either “melt,” “pour,” “cover,” or “offer.”   It’s in verse 6 of Psa 2:1-7, which I’ll read for the context: 


“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? {2} The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, {3} Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. {4} He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. {5} Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. {6} Yet have I set [nacak:H5258] my king upon my holy hill of Zion. {7} I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

   

What we find here in this word, “I was set up,” here in Pro 8:23, is really speaking about an “offering”…it’s speaking about being “melted”…it’s speaking about being “poured out”…it’s speaking about being “covered. I’ll give you a few examples:


Gen 35:14, here it’s translated “and he poured”: “And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him [God], even a pillar of stone: and he poured [nacak:H5258] a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.”


It’s the first “poured,” which is this word, “I was set up;” if you go to Isa 30:1…this is a little different, it’s the word “and that covered.”  We spoke earlier about being clothed with the righteousness of Christ…and God is distinguishing between a man-made righteousness, a human righteousness, which doesn’t avail anything – and God’s righteousness: 


“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover [nacak:H5258] with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:”


It’s just like Adam and Eve in the Garden – they had a covering – fig leaves…but it wouldn’t do…it’s not what God was looking for…and there was no way that they could come up with an acceptable covering to cover their spiritual nakedness – which was being typified by their physical nakedness. It’s interesting that God doesn’t say a word to them…to me that’s huge!...He doesn’t say “Oh, no…Look, you got it all wrong” …No, He doesn’t say anything…He acts, and He took these bloody skins of animals – animals had to be killed…the blood had to be shed, and then He wrapped them around Adam and Eve – without saying a word…He acted…He performed…and that again shows us that it was all His doing…it had nothing to do with Adam and Eve – they did not have a clue…just like you and I don’t have a clue – apart from the grace of God – we just don’t have any idea…any possible understanding  of how we could get into Heaven, and if we have some understanding, it’s wrong…it’s flawed, because it’s the human mind, and the human mind cannot understand the mind of Christ…the Word of God. We need God to say, “Sit down at my feet, and I’ll tell you what you need to know.” And when a person becomes a believer, that’s where we are. Remember the two Gadarene demoniacs…after God saved them, where were they? Sitting down…and they were naked previously…they were in chains previously…clothed…they had on the righteousness of Christ, and they were in their right mind. Their minds had been transformed, just like it says in Romans, “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Only God can renew our minds…only He can renew our souls…only He can regenerate our souls…because that is His work…that is His domain…and human beings don’t enter in… somehow finagle their way into that domain. You know why? Because the sword – the burning Sword is there…twirling around…preventing anybody from doing that. And it’s only the ones that God draws to Himself, and that word, “draw,” you’ll recognize or maybe remember is the word, “drag”…He drags them into the kingdom…sometimes fighting…look at the Apostle Paul…look at his lifestyle…what he was doing… the vehemence, the anger, the hatred…against the children of God…willing to put men, women, and children in jail, and have them killed…because he misunderstood the Scriptures…he did not see that the Scriptures were talking about Christ, and that’s what the Pharisees missed, and that’s what the Sadducees missed, because they’re looking at trying to follow a law to get them into Heaven, instead of realizing that all the Scriptures are  all talking about Christ – they’re all pointing to Him…that’s why He says, 


“Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)

 

They are all about Him…He is the big focus…the spotlight is all on Him…there isn’t anything else…it’s all about Him…and we need to see that when we study the Scriptures…it’s all about Christ…it’s all about His sacrifice…it’s all about His love…everything is about Him! And He is being glorified…by the Godhead… He is being lifted up…He is the One being exalted…because He is worthy of that. And that is the essence of worship…we fall down at His feet, as it were, because He not only demands it, but that is our response…look at all the people in the Old Testament…when they were face to face with God, for example, Joshua, when He met the Captain of the Lord’s army, or John when He sees the revelation, He falls down dead, or Ezekiel…all of these people – as and they were believers, and they came very well commended by the Lord, but yet, boom – they fell down on their faces…because what else can we do? We’re talking about Almighty God, and who are we? If this universe is a speck to God, how big does that make you and me? We’re almost inconsequential…we’re so small. 


Let’s look at a few other verses, and then we’ll have to close.  Isa 44:10, here the word “set up” is translated “or molten”: 


“Who hath formed a god, or molten [nacak:H5258] a graven image [that] is profitable for nothing?” 


The word, “set up” is the word “molten” here. And to be molten is to melt. Remember, what did the Israelites do, when Moses was on top of Mt. Sinai, and they were all down at the base of the mountain with Aaron…and they’re going completely berserk, and they take the earrings (to melt them down) because they wanted the gods of Egypt…they had left Egypt by God’s miraculous power, but the problem was that Egypt had not left themEgypt was in their heartsthey were still in Egypt spiritually for the most part, and that’s why everybody that was 20 years and older died in the wilderness, because they weren’t saved. And so they ask Aaron, “we want the gods of Egypt”…we want the golden calves…and so he had them take out all their earrings, and throw them into the fire, so they melt, and it becomes molten gold. And out of that molten gold what does Aaron do, even though he lied about it later…he fashioned the golden calves…he fashioned a false god…that’s what they wanted, and he accommodated them, under the circumstances, and we won’t get into him doing that. This is the idea of being “melted.” So again, we think about the phrase “I was set up from everlasting.” Let’s look at one more passage, and then I’ll close –  2 Sam 23:14-17,


 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. {15} And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem [“the house of Bread”], which is by the gate! {16} And the three mighty men brake through the host [the army] of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out [nacak:H5258] unto the LORD. 


That’s the word – “poured it out” – These three men had risked their lives to get him the water from the well at Bethlehem…let’s go on…  



{17} And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.”


He “poured it out,” so really, legitimately we could say in Pro 8:23, we could translate it: 


I was poured out from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” 


We don’t have time today, but this is also substantiated by the other words in this verse” “from everlasting,” “from the beginning,” and “ever the earth was.” As I said, six of these words in Pro 8:22-25 tie in to Jonah 2, and it’s really quite remarkable the tie in there because again and again and again it’s talking about his death, and then its talking about a resurrection. And so this is where He became the “firstborn from the dead;” he became “the first of the firstfruits;” he became “the beginning;” in the sense that He died and was raised again for the elect, so I think this gives us a better idea – even though it is hard to assimilate – because our minds can’t comprehend this, but it helps to get a hook into each of these things, to help us to understand more about this glorious Atonement that Christ is responsible for.  

Psalm 110 – Part 3 

January 20, 2013


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


A Continuation of Pro 8:22-25


“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. {23} I was set up [“poured out”] from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. {24} When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. {25} Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:”


We discovered in our last lesson that Pro 8:23 could legitimately be read this way:  “I was ‘poured out’ from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” And this verse is profound in its implications as we shall see by looking carefully at the words, “from everlasting,” “from the beginning,” and “ever the earth was.


From Everlasting


Exo 15:18 “The LORD shall reign for ever [`owlam:H5769] and ever.” 


Psa 41:13 “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting [`owlam:H5769], and to everlasting [`owlam:H5769]. Amen, and Amen.”


*Psa 110:4 “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever [`owlam:H5769]  after the order of Melchizedek.”


Jonah 2:6 Detour


Jon 2:6 explains that Jonah (Who typifies Christ) experienced eternal “corruption” or death and annihilation, which is the spiritual import of this citation: 


I went down [yarad:H3381] to the bottoms [qetseb:H7095] of the mountains; the earth with her bars [was] about me for ever [`owlam:H5769]: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.”


A similar “watery grave” is in view in Exo 15:1-5, where the phrase “I went down” is rendered “they sank” in verse 5: 


“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. {2} The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.  {3} The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. {4} Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. {5} The depths have covered them: they sank [yarad:H3381]into the bottom as a stone.”


The word translated “bottoms” is generally rendered “size” and is only in found in 2 other places (besides Jon 2:5) which speak about the “size” of the two “cherubim” in the Holy of Holies, and the “size” of the bases of the 10 brass lavers in the Temple which were used by the priests for ceremonial washing. So we’re left scratching our heads…until we see that the root word for “size” is made up of the identical 3 Hebrew letters. And this word is only found in one passage – 2 Kings 6:6; I’ll read verses 1-7 to get the context, and then you tell me what you think the word is:


“And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. {2} Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. {3} And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. {4} So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. {5} But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. {6} And he cut down [qatsab:H7094]a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. {7} Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.”


This reminds us of Psa 86:13,


“For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest  hell.


The same two Hebrew words for the lowest [tachtiy:H8482] hell [sheol:H7585]” also surface in Deu 32:22, along with the identical word for “mountains” (har:H2022) that we find in Jon 2:6, 


 “For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest [tachtiy:H8482]  hell [sheol:H7585], and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.[har:H2022]”


Of The Mountains


In the Bible, the term “mountains” is synonymous with “kingdoms” – referring to either the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Satan. Most notably is the account found in Exo 19:16-18, in which Israel was to be gathered at the base of Mount Sinai, to hear God pronounce a summary of His law (the 10 commandments) to them; this is also repeated in the book of  Deuteronomy  (which incidentally means “double law”). Please note how God repeats the word, “mountain” (har:H2022) four times in these three passages:


“And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount [har:H2022], and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. {17} And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount [har:H2022]. {18} And mount [har:H2022] Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount [har:H2022] quaked greatly.”


Incidentally, the word “nether” (tachtiy:H8482) is the same term that is rendered “unto (or) from the lowest (hell)” that was mentioned previously in Deu 32:22 and in Psa 86:13. Mount Sinai is representative of God’s Law (which is the Bible – as is Moses himself). Furthermore, we have understood that the penalty prescribed by the law is death and annihilation, as Rom 6:23a states so succinctly:


“For the wages of sin is death…


So, in essence, when Christ became sin for each of God’s elect (prior to Creation), He became subject to the Law’s demands – going down to “the bottoms of the mountains” to be cut off by death and annihilation for the sins of each of His beloved people. Do you recall what we read in 2 Cor 5:21,


“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”


The Earth With Her Bars


The same word for “to the earth” in Jon 2:5 (which is now the 4th occurrence) is also found in Ecc 12:7, 


“Then shall the dust return to the earth [erets:H776] as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”


Additional information regarding “the earth” (symbolizing death) is described by the phrase “with her bars [was] about me for ever” (beriyach:H1280). Verse 16 in particular – along with verses 10 and 14 – of Psa 107:8-16 provide insight as to what these “bars” are referring to, as the context unfolds: 


“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! {9} For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. {10} Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; {11} Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: {12} Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. {13} Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. {14} He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.{15} Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!{16} For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars [beriyach:H1280] of iron in sunder.”

 

The words “darkness,” “shadow of death,” “bound in affliction and iron,” “bands,” and “cut the bars of iron in sunder” all point to spiritual captivity, confinement, and death that unsaved man is subjected to; Christ (whom Jonah pictured) was delivered over to the same fate – before the foundation of the world. 


We have noted how God associates the word “for ever” in Pro 8:23 and Jon 2:5 with a downward progression in Jon 2:5, amplifying our understanding of what it means to be “poured out”: I went down…to the bottomsthe earth with her bars…[was] about me for ever…from corruption.This is speaking about the grave…do you remember 1 Cor 15:42-44, which clarifies the nature of death, as well as the nature of the resurrection, which is also very much in evidence in Jon 2:5?


 “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: {43} It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: {44} It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.


From The Beginning


In our last study, we looked at Col 1:18 where we saw that Christ was named “the beginning” in that verse:


And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning [arche:G746], the firstborn [protokos4416] from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence [proteuo:G4409].”

 

The Greek words rendered as  “the beginning,” “the firstborn,” and “the preeminence” are similar with respect to being “the first” in time as well as in authority


Let’s consider the Hebrew word found here in Pro 8:23, “from the beginning.” It is used close to 600 times, and over 500 times in terms of greatest frequency, as “head,” “chief,” or “top.” Here are just a few examples:


Psa 118:22 declares,  “The stone which the builders refused is become the head [stone] of the corner.”


Psa 119:160 also acknowledges, “Thy word [is] true [from] the beginning [ro`sh:H7218] and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”


Just as we saw the word “everlasting” tied in to Jon 2:6, the word “from the beginning” is translated “my head” in Jon 2:5


“The waters compassed me about, [even] to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head [ro`sh:H7218].”


The next word, “or ever,” is the same word rendered “before” in the phrase in Pro 8: 22, “…before his works of old.”


When [There Were] No Depths


Here again, we find for the fourth time, another word in Pro 8:24, “when [there were] no depths” (tehowm:H8415) which also appears in Jon 2:5,


“The waters compassed me about, [even] to the soul: the depth [tehowm:H8415] closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head [ro`sh:H7218].”


This same word “depths,” in Pro 8:24, is translated “of the deep” in Gen 1:2; so when we compare these two verses (as well as the five words in both Jon 2 and Pro 8:23-25) we find further confirmation that what is transpiring in Pro 8:23-25 is taking place before Creation


“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep [tehowm:H8415]. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”


I Was Brought Forth


The next Hebrew word, “I was brought forth” (chuwl:H2342) is found twice in Pro 8:24 and 25 as I have indicated before: 


“When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth [chuwl:H2342]; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. {25} Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth [chuwl:H2342]:”


This Hebrew word, “I was brought forth” (chuwl:H2342) is the same word that we find, for example in… 


Psa 51:5, where it is rendered, “Behold I was shapen”: Behold, I was shapen [chuwl:H2342] in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”


In Isa 51:1-2 it is translated as “bare”: “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. {2} Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah [that] bare [chuwl:H2342] you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.”


When [There Were] No Fountains


This is yet another reference to the fact that the time frame in view is prior to the Creation of our universe. Like the word “depths,” the “fountains” (ma`yan:H4599) are also mentioned in Gen 7:11 and 8:2 in connection with the Flood:


Gen 7:11 and 8:2 proclaim, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains [ma`yan:H4599]of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened…{8:2} The fountains [ma`yan:H4599] also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;”


Incidentally this same word for “fountains” is rendered “out of the wells” in Isa 12:2-3


“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. {3}  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells [ma`yan:H4599]  of salvation.” 


Keep in mind that as Jesus sat on Jacob’s well (indicating that He alone is the One Who dispenses salvation (“the water of life”) conversing with the Samaritan woman in John 4:10, and 14, He made the following observation:


“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water…{14} But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”


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Abounding With Water


In the next phrase, “abounding with water,” we find the same word for “water” (mayim:H4325) as well as the 5th occurrence of an identical Hebrew word that appears in either Jon 2:5 (or 2:6) and Pro 8:23-25,


“The waters [mayim:H4325] compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.”


The similarity between Jon 2 and Pro 8:23-25 is so because they are both describing the death (or ‘hell”) and resurrection of Christ before the foundation of the world, as Jesus expressed in Jon 1:17, and later commented on, in Mat 12:38-40.


 “Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”


In so doing, God associates Jonah’s ordeal with Christ suffering “in the heart of the earth” – as we read in Mat 12:38-40,


“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. {39} But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: {40} For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. {41} The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.”


Before The Mountains


This same word for “mountains” (har:H2022) appears in Jon 2:6 – this is now the 7th time that an identical word is found in Jon 2:5-6 and Pro 8:23-25 – again both are dealing with Christ being slain before Creation – and rising victoriously from the dead.


Were Settled


The subject of the Hebrew verb, “were settled” (taba`:H2883) are the mountains, which can refer spiritually to one of two opposite kingdoms – either God’s or Satan’s. However speaking of creation we find a strikingly similar passage to Pro 8 in Job 38. I’ll read only verses 4-6 of Job 38, in which the word “were settled” is rendered “thereof  fastened” in verse 6,


“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.{5} Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? {6} Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? [taba`:H2883]or who laid the corner stone thereof;”


Before


However the next word “before” (paniym:H6440) further underscores the fact that what is occurring, is taking place, prior to the formation of this world and universe. 


The Hills


Frequently God associates “hills” with “mountains.” Just as mountains refer to kingdoms, so “hills” (gib`ah:H1389) can refer to either the worship of God, or the idolatrous worship of false gods. In Psa 114:1-8 the context is describing the Exodus, and the 40-year wilderness sojourn of the Israelites:


“When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; {2} Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. {3} The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.{4} The mountains [har:H2022] skipped like rams, [and] the little hills [gib`ah:H1389] like lambs. {5} What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?{6} Ye mountains [har:H2022], that ye skipped like rams; [and] ye little hills [gib`ah:H1389], like lambs? {7} Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; {8} Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.”


Was I Brought Forth


This is the second time the terms, “was I brought forth” is utilized in Pro 8:23-25. I felt it was critical to make this “detour,” since it greatly aids in our understanding of how Christ was sacrificed and annihilated in the atonement…but He did not remain in that state…He rose from the dead – since He is stronger than death – being the very essence of eternal Life, so He is the “firstborn” or “firstbegotten” of the dead, as Rev 1:5-6 maintains,


“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten [prototokos:G4416] of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, {6} And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”


Lord willing, we will continue looking at the rest of Psa 110 next time.


Psalm 110 – Part 4 

February 17, 2013


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power [compare to its root word, “brought forth,” which appears twice in Pro 8:22 and 24], in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


Different Words For “Poured Out”:


*In case you might be wondering if this word “set up” (or more accurately, “poured out”) in Pro 8:23 that we have been looking at in our last two studies is an isolated case, there are 7 other Hebrew words and 2 other Greek words that are rendered “poured out” besides this one that we have been looking at in Pro 8:23 that we won’t have time to develop right now; however, I do want to mention two of them for your prayerful consideration, and perhaps at a later time we’ll be able to look at these. 


Isa 53:12 is the first one: “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out [`arah:H6168; used 14 times] his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”


Psa 22:14 I am poured out [shaphak:H8210; used 111 times] like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.”


Actually, if you were to look up all the words in these two studies, I think you would be pleasantly surprised to see how they confirm what we have already discovered about Christ making atonement for His elect prior to Creation, but as it turns out, we will be re-visiting this word “poured out,” a little later on in our study today.


From The Womb Of The Morning


Going back to Psa 110, we left off at the latter part of verse 3, which states, “…from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.”


This particular Hebrew word, translated “of the morning,” (mischar:H4891) only appears in this one verse; its root word (shachar:H7836), however, is found in 12 other citations. Here are a few examples:


This word, “of the morning” is rendered in Pro 8:17 as “…early shall find me”:


“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me [shachar:H7836].”


If you recall, the context of Pro 8 is all about “Wisdom” – which personifies the Lord Jesus Christ – as God defines it in 1 Cor 1:24b, 


“…Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.


Proverbs 1 is another chapter where “Wisdom” (or Christ, Who is the Word of God) is prominently in view, and in verse 28, the word “of the morning” in Psa 110:3 is also translated as “…they shall seek me early...” I’ll read verses 20-30 to get the context; notice the many references to the Word of God, reminding us of the numerous synonyms for the Scriptures in Psa 119,   


Wisdom crieth without [“outside”]; she uttereth her voice in the streets; {21} She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, {22} How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? {23} Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. {24} Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; {25} But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: {26} I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; {27} When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. {28} Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early [mischar:H4891], but they shall not find me: {29} For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: {30} They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.


In Mal 4:2 Christ is personified as the “S-U-N of righteousness” Who brings spiritual “healing” (or salvation):“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”


Similarly, in the New Testament Christ calls Himself the “bright and morning star” in Rev 22:16,


“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star.


 2 Pet 1:19 presents the same idea only in this instance, God uses a different word – “day star”: 


We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star [phosphoros:G5459]arise [anatello:G393] in your hearts:”


God makes the contrast between darkness and light (harkening back to creation) and spiritually to man’s deadness and subsequent need for the light of the Gospel – the need to be spiritually resurrected, typified when Christ rose from the dead in the early dawn on that first Resurrection Sunday.


This is why genuine believers are referred to as “children of the day” or “children of light” in 1 The 5:5, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”



But we have to ask the question: how can we understand the spiritual significance of the terms, “from the womb” and “morning” (which on the surface do not appear to relate to each other) in Psa 110:3? You might recall from an earlier study that the same word for “womb” in Psa 110:3 is found in Exo 13:1-2. I’ll read Exo 12:51 – Exo 13:1-2 so we can pinpoint when and where this commandment was given:


“And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies. {13:1} And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, {2} Sanctify unto me all the firstborn [bekowr:H1060], whatsoever openeth the womb [rechem:H7358] among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.


In this passage God is linking the word “womb” with the “firstborn.” Furthermore, we have understood that the “firstborn” points to the Lord Jesus Christ, and Col 1:15 and 18 assist us greatly by defining what the term firstborn entails spiritually; I’ll read verses 12-18,


“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: {13} Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: {14} In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: {15} Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: {16} For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: {17} And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. {18} And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”


Thou Hast The Dew Of Thy Youth


The next two words that we want to look at are in the English phrase, “…thou hast the dew of thy youth.”


In Deu 32:2 we discover that God equates “rain,” “dew,” “small rain,” and “showers” (i.e., water – which spiritually represents “the water of life”) with “doctrine” and “speech” – in other words, with the Bible:


“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew [tal:H2919], as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:”


Psa 133:3 also likens “dew” to God’s blessing or everlasting life: As the dew [tal:H2919] of Hermon, [and as the dew] that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, [even] life for evermore.”


The word for “youth” (or “childhood) is only used in Ecc 11:9-10, referring to man, but our verse is speaking about the Savior – “…thou hast the dew of thy youth.Obviously, God does not “grow old” as we do, as Isa 40:28-31 expresses; note the reference in verse 30 to “youths” and “young men,” even though these are different Hebrew words:


“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. {29} He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. {30} Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: {31} But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” 


There is a beautiful portion of Scripture that speaks of God’s glory in Creation – and specifically that of the “sun” who is compared to a “Bridegroom” and a “Strong Runner” in verses 4b-6; I’ll read Psa 19:1-6 for the context:


“<<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.{2} Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.{3} There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. {4} Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, {5} Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. {6} His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” 


The idea of youth and strength and energy is encapsulated here – as well as the figure of the sun (in the sky) – symbolizing the Lord Jesus; notice, however the shift to the Word of God in verses 7-9; this should not surprise us because Christ is the Word of God: 


The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. {8} The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. {9} The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”


I believe that these verses help us to understand the phrase, “…thou hast the dew of thy youth,” remembering the “dew” has to do with “doctrine.” Also you might recall that in the wilderness the “dew” fell on the ground, and on top of the dew was the Manna (again typifying Christ and His Word).





Psalm 110 –Part 5 

March 17, 2013

“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power  in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



We’ve been working on this psalm for a while, and we’re still on verse 4, and it says in verse 4, 


“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”


And we saw that in the New Testament there are three commentaries on this whole episode with Melchisedec and with Abraham, and we looked at Heb 5 and 6, which I would like to recap, and then, Lord willing, we can move on to Heb 7. We saw in Heb 5:1-10, where Christ is setting forth the superiority of Christ’s priesthood over that of the Levitical priesthood. And in that passage there are two verse that are being quoted; one is the Psa 110:4 and that appears in Heb 5:6, and 10. And also Psa 2:7 is quoted in Heb 5:5. I’ll read verses 1-10,


“For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: {2} Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. {3} And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 


And this is important what it says in verse 4:


{4} And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 


If you remember, God told Moses, Aaron is going to be the high priest…he is going to be the spokesman. I’m going to talk to you, and Aaron is going to transmit that to the people. So, Aaron was the first high priest, and last time – if you recall – I made the point that Melchisedec appeared to Abraham before Moses and Aaron even came on the scene. And so that fact, by itself, should alert us that there is something tremendously significant going on with Melchisedec.



{5} So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten [gennao:G1080] thee.” [Psa 2:7]


This is quoting Psa 2:7, so keep your finger in Hebrews 5, and we’ll go back and read Psa 2:7, and I’ll start with verse 6. You’ll remember that we spent some time on verse 6:


Yet have I set [nacak:H5258] my king upon my holy hill of Zion…”

 

In every other place this word, “yet have I set,” [except for Pro 8:23, in which it is rendered, “I was set up” (nacak:H5258)], this word is translated  “poured out,” and “offered.” And there is a very good reason of why God chose this word, as we have been learning that Christ was “poured out” – He was “offered” before the foundation of the world. For example, a different word, but the same English translation is in verse 2 of Psa 2, 


“The kings of the earth set [yatsab:H3320] themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD…”


Now God could have used that word there, which has the idea of “standing” or “presenting oneself,” but He didn’t…He chose to use this other word in verse 6, because I believe He wants us to understand this concept that the Atonement took place before the foundation of the world. So then in verse 7, we find was is quoted here in verse 2 of Heb 5:


“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten [gennao:G1080] thee.”


And you know, it’s very significant that He says “this day” because Christ is the “Day,” just like He is the “Sun.” And we’ve understood, for example, from Rev 1:5, that He is the “…first begotten from the dead…” So the word “begotten” is not just that somebody has a birth, and as we go along and get to Heb 7, we’ll realize that God is making that point that this Melchisedec is not just an ordinary human priest or human king, as some of the commentaries would want you to believe. This is an entirely different being altogether. This is God in the flesh – God appearing as a theophany – as He did for example if you recall, when Joshua encountered this soldier with His Sword drawn out, right before the battle of Jericho, and he asked him, “whose side are you on?” And he said, “Neither…I am the Captain of the LORD of hosts.” And that word “hosts” is the word “armies,” or in the New Testament you have the word – it’s a different word –   “sabaoth.”  When you run across that phrase, “Lord of the sabaoth”  it’s not talking about “sabbath” – “sabaoth” means “armies,” or “hosts.” And immediately, Joshua fell down on his face, and worshipped Him. The same is true of the “three men” (i.e., the Trinity) that appeared to Abraham and Sarah in the afternoon, and had lunch with them, and later on Abraham is speaking to God, and then the other two members of the Trinity head for Sodom… and we know that they spent the night at Lot’s house. And again, it’s a theophany – God appearing as a man – so you could not tell that is wasn’t a man. He had all the characteristics of a man, and this is how He chose to appear – and this is the same thing with Melchisedec – He is God Almighty coming in human form, and should that present a problem? No….because the Lord Jesus Himself came as a man – He humbled Himself  and became like one of us. He was born through the virgin Mary, even though He was divinely conceived – that was a mystery by the Holy Spirit – but that is how He chose to come… “He came unto his own, and his own received him not…” And we know why that is…it’s because only the elect – those for whom He died for, before the foundation of the world – are going to be the only ones that “receive” Him – not for salvation – but in the sense of “accepting” Him because their lives have been transformed…they know belong to Him. You know that verse that says, we have been bought with a price, so we are to glorify God in our spirit and in our body as well. This is why believers are servants – nothing more, and nothing less. And what a privilege it is to serve this “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.”   We also find a similar term to “firstbegotten from the dead” in Col 1:18, and we’ve looked at that before – “firstborn from the dead,” and that is the key. He rose from the dead, before the foundation of the world. Let’s read Heb 5:5 again:


“So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten [gennao:G1080] thee.”


This is God the Father speaking to God the Son. Notice how He calls Him “my Son”…my Son” When did Christ become God’s Son? Perhaps you’ll recall that Me. Camping taught this very extensively in Rom 1:4, and I’ll read verses 1-4,


“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, {2} (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) {3} Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; {4} And declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:


And declared [to be] the Son of Godby the resurrection from the dead:That is when He became the Son, and that took place before the foundation of the world, which is why, for example, we find this statement in Dan 3:25… Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are in the furnace – the fiery furnace – and what does Nebuchadrezzar say…well let me start with verse 24,


“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, [and] spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. {25} He [Nebuchadnezzar] answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.


This is way before Christ ever came on the scene. If you look at the word, “son of God” as well, it’s found most frequently before He went to the Cross. So, He became the “Son” – not at the Cross – before the foundation of the world, as we read in Rom 1:4, and God is hammering that home. We also looked at Heb 10:1-14, we found three of those verses – verse 10, verse 12, and verse 14 – it says that “once” He became the Atonement…that once He suffered for sin. I’ll read starting with verse 10, and then I’ll go to 12 and 14,


By the which will we are sanctified through the offering OF THE BODY of Jesus Christ ONCE [FOR ALL]... {12} But this man, AFTER he had offered ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD… {14} FOR BY ONE OFFERING HE HATH PERFECTED FOR EVER them that are sanctified.”


Time and time again God is emphasizing, “I want you to understand something…”: It was before the foundation of the world that the Atonement took place. Alright, the second passage we looked at was Heb 6:13-20, and here in this passage, God swears, or takes an oath, like somebody would do in a court of law. He takes an oath that He will bless Abraham. The Hebrew word that is translated “swear” (omnuo:G3660) appears three times in this passage, and twice we find this word for “oath,” (harkos:G3727) and of course both of these words tie into our verse in Psa 110:4,  “The LORD hath sworn – He’s taking an oath – and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”  The same emphasis on God’s promise to Abraham we also saw in Gen 14:19,


“And he [Melchisedek] blessed him [Abraham], and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:”


Now, in the same passage – Heb 6:13-20 – there are two words that I want to focus on; one of them is the “veil” – as in the “veil” of the Temple; I’ll read verses 17-19. Now keep in mind that this is one of those passages, that has this word, “oath”:  


“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath [harkos:G3727]: {18} That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: {19} Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil [katapetasma:G2665]; {20} Whither the forerunner is for us entered, [even] Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”

 

And we saw last time that God likens that giant veil of the Temple that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple, that only the High Priest could go into once a year, on the Day of Atonement, and he had to go in with special garments, and he had to go in with incense and blood… and he had to not only atone for his own sins  – every priest had to do that – they had to atone for their own sins first, and then they atoned for the sins of everybody else. And this is why when as get to Heb 7…this is one of the main differences with Christ’s priesthood – He didn’t have to do that because He had no sin of His own – He was the sacrificial Lamb, bearing the sins of all the elect, but it was before the foundation of the world. Alright, let me read Heb 10:19-20, where God makes this association with his “flesh” and the “veil of the Temple”: 


“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, {20} By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil [katapetasma:G2665], that is to say, his flesh [sarx:G4561];”  


It’s always wonderful when God gives us a “definition verse,” or He gives us the spiritual meaning of a particular verse, and here He’s associating that “veil” – that very long and thick carpet that hung down – with His flesh. Now keep in mind that that veil was torn – we are told – from top to bottom. We won’t look at all the parallel passages…let’s just look at Mat 27:46-50. And we’ll read that account, and as we do so, keep that in mind that it’s spiritually talking about His flesh. And of course we understand that it was through His sacrifice that there can be atonement. In other words, when the veil of the Temple was ripped open, that exposed the very presence of God – that is where God dwelt – and that is why it’s called “the Holy of Holies” – nobody could just saunter on through, they would be killed instantly! In the same way, if you remember when, the Philistines had taken the cart with the Ark of the Tabernacle for a period of 7 months they had that in their possession, and finally God plagued them, so they decided let’s get rid of it, and they put it on the cart pulled by two oxen, and get it out of here! Somewhere along the journey – the oxen stumbled – and so it was about to fall over, and one of the men, Uzza, put up his hands to touch the Ark so that it wouldn’t fall down, and he died. At that wasn’t even in the Temple, at that point, and so the very presence of God was wide open, because of the Lord Jesus Christ, and as a consequence, we know that Jerusalem was no longer the “holy city,” the Temple was no longer “holy,” that whole thing came to an abrupt end…a very abrupt end. In the same way – as although we could not see it – as these events – the ripping of the veil was very physical…the earthquake was very physical…we did not see that because it wasn’t physical  when God ended the church age on May 21, 1988….we did not see anything…that’s OK, we don’t have to… if God chooses to make something literal, He can make it literal; if He chooses not to, that’s OK. Is that going to lessen my dependence on the Word of God, or not? No, it’s not, and it shouldn’t. And we have the greatest example of those who saw the 10 plagues of Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and 40 years in the wilderness…they saw day after day, after day God’s mercy, God’s blessing…did that impact their life? No…the majority of them died in unbelief…they never made it to the land of Canaan, and ever since, men and women, boys and girls, have fallen into the same trap…and the trap is…walking “by sight. A young person I know told me once, “oh, if only I could see what the Israelites saw, I would believe.” No…I tried to tell him, no you wouldn’t, it doesn’t work that way…because sight doesn’t bring faith. It’s faith that brings life, and it’s the faith of Christ that brings life, and so that is where our trust has to be, that is where our dependence has to be; regardless of how God wants to show us, or not show us…it doesn’t matter because it’s all here [the Bible]. The real question is, do I believe it? It’s a matter of belief or unbelief…and that is where the rubber meets the road. Do I abandon everything to the Word of God, and trust it, as Mr. Camping used to say so often, “hang your life on the Word of God.” Is that really what I’m doing? Is that really what you are doing? As a believer, we don’t have an option…it’s like saying “stop breathing.” If I stop breathing I’m going to die…I can’t stop breathing, unless God takes away my breath, and then I’ll stop breathing. And so that is very critical… OK, I get sidetracked…sorry…Mat 27:46-50,


“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? {47} Some of them that stood there, when they heard [that], said, This [man] calleth for Elias. {48} And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. {49} The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. {50} Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. {51} And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;”


As I was working on this, the thing that really impressed me is the fact that there is a “take home” message here, and if you don’t remember anything else I’ve said today, remember this one thing: everything in the Temple…all of the elements…the table, the bread, the candlestick, the altar, the holy of holies – all of that was pointing to Christ – it was a giant demonstration, if you will…that they had to re-enact every single day…the sacrifices had to be made every single day…the lights had to be stay lit with the olive oil every single day… all of this had to take place, day after day, year after year, decade after decade, century after century…all of this was going on….but it was to demonstrate that Christ was the one in view…He was the focal point of this whole system. And then God ended it… very abruptly…He ended it…and that’s His prerogative to do so, and we can’t forget that….it’s always His prerogative to do as He wills, because His will is supreme…He knows what’s best. We’re not in a position to tell God, “oh, you should have done it this way”…or I think this other thing. No. Who are we to tell God anything at all. We should just be grateful, number one, that we are alive in Christ…that’s everything…what else is there? If you have that, you have everything…you have everything going for you…you have eternity going for you. You are “...heir(s) of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” of this marvelous kingdom that I can’t even begin to describe because it is so wonderful…that we could be part of this family of God…that we could be His children…that He will take us by the hand, and lead us to living fountains of water…where we will never thirst again…we will never be hungry… there won’t be any more pain…there won’t be any more sorrow…there won’t be any more aches…none of these – not only will they not be remembered – they won’t even exist! And that is what’s in store for me? So I can surely manage  – with God’s help – to go through the vicissitudes of life, knowing that’s what’s ahead, and it’s not a long wait. The Bible says that our life is a vapor…it’s a blade of grass…it’s here today, and gone tomorrow. It’s just that fast, and of course, we have no guarantee that we are going to be around for the next second, much less this week, or next year, or whatever it might be… but we know, wonderfully, that God does everything perfectly. We can rest with that…and that’s all we need to know: “Lord, you know what you are doing…may your perfect will be done.” We can’t emphasize that enough. Let’s go to Heb 9:1-17…this is to keep in mind the elements in the Temple…they’re all pointing to Christ, and I’m saying this for a reason, because of the fact that if the Temple is a demonstration, so is the Cross. Do people in the churches understand that the Temple was a demonstration?  That everything they did in the Temple had no intrinsic value – could not atone for sins – do they understand that? Yes, they do. They know that, because the Bible very clearly spells that out… [God says:] “I’m not pleased with the blood of bulls and goats…” That’s not where it’s at…God is not pleased with anything that man can do…He’s only pleased with the work of His Son. There’s nothing else…if you add anything to that, you have a “works/grace” Gospel…it cannot save, and it will snare somebody every single time. Look how the Israelites were snared…for 40 years in the wilderness…and people are being snared today, left and right, because only God can open our minds to understand that He is everything that the Scriptures are pointing to, and He says that about Himself (in John 5:39),


“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”


He’s the focal point –as far as the Temple is concerned, but also as far as the Cross is concerned…it is the same thing – it’s a demonstration… because as we’re reading about Melchisedec, and we’re reading about the atonement, it all happened when nobody was around – before Creation – and Who created the world? Colossians and other verses tell us that the Lord Jesus Christ is prominent in Creation – even though, of course, the Trinity works together. He’s singles out as the Creator…He’s also singled out as the Judge…He’s also singled out as the Savior. Heb 9:1-17, 


“Then verily the first [covenant] had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. {2} For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein [was] the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. {3} And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; {4} Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein [was] the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; {5} And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. {6} Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service [of God]. {7} But into the second [went] the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and [for] the errors of the people: {8} The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: {9} Which [was] a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; {10} [Which stood] only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed [on them] until the time of reformation. {11} But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; {12} Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]. {13} For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: {14} How much more shall the blood [or “life] of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot [ or “sin”] to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 


Now these next three verse are critical because they speak about the will that God wrote, and now He’s switching over, using the language of a will – when a person dies, they leave a will –


{15} And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. {16} For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. {17} For a testament [is] of force [or “in effect”] after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.”


We know from Ephesians, that the elect were predestined before the foundation of the world – their names were written in the Lamb’s “Book of Life” – but in order for that to take place, and we know that that took place before the foundation of the world, there had to be a death. The Testator – the Owner and Maker of that will had to die, and that’s precisely what happened. He died before the foundation of the world, and rose again to be the “..firstbegotten from the dead” or to be “the firstborn from the dead.”  And that is why the names could be written in the will…the will went into effect at His death. And so God, essentially, was saying, because I died and paid for your sins and rose again from the dead, you – (pointing to all the elect) at whatever time you’re going to live out your life in history – you belong to Me. You have my seal on your forehead, and that cannot be reversed…I have sworn…I have taken an oath, if you will, that this will take place. And this is another wonderful assurance that we are on the right track with this because if He died in 33 AD, the will could not have gone into effect. What about all those people before that have lived and died? The 11,000 years before? And so it had to be, like we’ve been reading from all these other verses…there is only one offering…once and for ever... that that took place. And you know, that harmonizes with other things that we read in the Scriptures, where it says, for example, if we go to Eph 4:4-6,


“[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; {5} One Lord, one faith [the faith of Christ], one baptism [of the Spirit], {6} One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”


We also know there was one offering, and it took place before the foundation of the world. Alright, that was a long time to go through the word, “veil”  the other term I want us to look at, before we get to Heb 7 is the word, “forerunner,” in Heb 6:20. Christ is the forerunner, and we follow Him. In Heb 12:1, we are exhorted to “…run with patience the race that is set before us…” knowing that He went before us, just as He is the “firstbegotten” or “firstborn from the dead” and we follow Him, not only when our souls are resurrected, but on the last day when our bodies (if we’ve died) are resurrected, or if we’re still alive, these bodies will be transformed. He always precedes us in everything, and we follow in his train. In 1 Cor 15:23, we read,


“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”   


Jam 1:18 says something similar: “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”


Heb 7:1-21


Alright let’s move on, in the time we have left to Heb 7:1-21,


“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; {2} To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; {3} Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. {4} Now consider how great this man [was], unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. {5} And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: {6} But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. {7} And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. {8} And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. {9} And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. {10} For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. {11} If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? {12} For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. {13} For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. {14} For [it is] evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. {15} And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, {16} Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. [“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”] {17} For he testifieth, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” [Psa 110:4 again] {18} For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. {19} For the law made nothing perfect… 


What is the point of the Law? It is to point out my sin. The Law cannot save. All the Law can do is point the finger – you deserve to die…you deserve to be annihilated – that is the purpose of the Law…the Law can never save. We need a Savior.


…{19} For the law made nothing perfect but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God. {20} And inasmuch as not without an oath [he was made priest]: {21} (For those priests were made without an oath; but this [Christ] with an oath by him that said unto him, [it’s going to repeat it] The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) {22} By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. {23} And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: {24} But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. {25} Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him… 


How do they come? By Him. By the faith of Christ. Not by anything we did… (Isa 53:6) 


“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” 


If you re-read Isa 53 – not with AD 33 in mind – but before the foundation of the world in mind, it changes that whole marvelous passage.


...seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. {26} For such an high priest became us, [who] is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; {27} Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. {28} For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity [they have sin]; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, [maketh] the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.”


In other words, God the Father told God the Son, “…today have I begotten thee…” There was a resurrection. After the atonement, there was a resurrection…and that is in a nutshell, how salvation took place. And, as you can see…verse after verse, after verse…that’s why I wanted to spend the time here, because there is so much information about this, verse after verse talking about this. Now, we just have a few minutes…what can we learn about Melchisedec? 


  • He blessed Abraham…only God can confer blessing. So again, this is not an ordinary man… “…the less is blessed of the better…” (verse 7)


  • He’s called “the king of  Salem (or “peace) as well as “king of Righteousness,” as God Himself interprets that. It’s not that that’s the word “righteousness,” it’s the word “peace,” but it has another root word which I forget now what that is, but God is also saying He is the Lord of Righteousness, because we are righteous through Him. And of course, “prince of peace,” we can think about Isa 9:6. “The Lord our righteousness” is in Jer 23:6; in the New Testament we find it in 1 John 2:1, where it’s His name – “…Jesus Christ the Righteous…”  


  • We also saw that Abraham “paid tithes” to Melchisedec. Normally, the people had to give tithes to the priest, so that the priesthood would be sustained, so that they could continue their work. But here, Abraham pays tithes to Christ [Who is the High Priest], and of course, as we’ve seen over and over again, He is the very essence of eternal life...He has no mother or father, He has no genealogy… “Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, to day, and for ever…” (Heb 13:8) This is eternal God that appeared to Abraham, and blessed Abraham, and in turn – since he is “the father of all believers” – the blessing is on all the believers, because of the work of Christ. 


  • And of course, then we saw the numerous times that Psa 110:4 is being quoted.


  • And the fact that He was made a priest by the oath – God was declaring like He did in Psa 2:7, “I will declare the decree…” Now I don’t know if we can tie that into the oath, but certainly, the decree is a declaration, and the fact that He says “I will declare the decree…” and what is it that is being declared – “Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee.”  He is the “firstborn,” the “…firstbegotten from the dead.”  


Well, I think we’ll have to stop here…Lord willing, we’ll pick up with verse 5 next time.





Psalm 110 – Part 6 

April 14, 2013


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power [compare to its root word, “brought forth,” which appears twice in Pro 8:22 and 24], in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



Thou [Art] A Priest For Ever After The Order Of Melchizedek


We have taken a detour in our study of  Psa 110, in order to understand what God has to say about this priest, Melchizedek in verse 4: “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”  Keep in mind that this psalm is a declaration of God the Father to God the Son. In order to understand the context of this statement we need to go back to the original account in Genesis, as well as three commentaries which are all found in the book of Hebrews. Perhaps then, we will be in a better position to understand the first part of the verse, “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent…”


Gen 14:18-20


To recap a bit from our previous study. In Gen 14 we read of 4 kings who went to battle with 5 other kings – who dwelt in the five cities in the very fertile region that surrounded these cities – one of the them being, Bera, king of Sodom, where Abraham’s nephew Lot lived. The 5 kings were defeated and so Lot and his family and possessions, among others, were taken captive. Abraham then took 318 of his own trained servants and subsequently fought against these 4 kings, and rescued Lot and his family, and his possessions. However, what really stands out in this account is the appearance – seemingly out of nowhere – of this mysterious priest named, Melchizedek, who is also named the King of Salem [which signifies “peace,” and its identically spelled root word which denotes “perfection”] in verses 18-20 of Gen 14,


“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread [typifying the Word of God] and wine [representing the “blood” or life of Christ – Lev 17:11 – in other words, the true Gospel]: and he [“was” – note this word is not in the original] the priest of the most high God. {19} And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abraham], and said, Blessed [be] Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: {20} AND BLESSED BE THE MOST HIGH GOD, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he [Abraham] gave him [Melchizedek] tithes of all.”


In verse 20, we find God is blessing God – which reminds me of Exo 34:5-7, in which Moses goes up to the mount the second time so God can inscribe the 10 Commandments on the two tables of stone, which Moses had chiseled out of stone, after breaking the first set, and he encounters something truly extraordinary


“And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. {6} And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, {7} Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”


What makes this account of Melchizedek in Gen 14 even more remarkable is the fact that Aaron – the first high priest – would not be born for hundreds of years, along with the establishment of the Levitical priesthood.  Let’s turn to a commentary about Melchisedec which is recorded 9 times in the book of Hebrews in chapters 5-7; let’s begin in…


I. Heb 5:1-10 


“For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: {2} Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. {3} And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. {4} And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. {5} So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I BEGOTTEN [gennao:G1080]  thee. [Psa 2:7]{6} As he saith also in another place, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. [Psa 110:4]{7} Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; {8} Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; {9} And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; {10} Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.”


In Heb 5:1-10, we see a comparison between Aaron’s high priestly office and Christ’s high priestly office, but before addressing that part of this passage, I’d like you to note the two quotations in verse 5 and 6. Verse 5 is taken from Psa 2:7; while verse 6 is quoting our verse today – Psa 110:4.  I’ll read verses 6-8,


Yet have I set [“poured out”] [nacak:H5258] my king upon my holy hill of Zion. {7} I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day HAVE I BEGOTTEN [yalad:H3205] thee. {8} Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”


You might recall that Psa 2:6, along with Pro 8:23 are the only two examples where this Hebrew word is translated as “Yet have I set” and “I was set up” respectively, which was discussed at some length in our previous studies. Every other time this word is rendered as “pour out,” “pour,” “cover,” “offer,” “melteth,” and “molten.” 


  • Back to Hebrews. Heb 5:2 explains that Aaron – as a man could identify with the sins of others – as he himself was part of the human race, and as a result, was commanded by God to offer sacrifices for sin. All those sacrifices could not literally atone for anybody’s sins – but served to point to the atoning work of Christ, before the foundation of the world. This is highlighted in Heb 10:1-14,


“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. {2} For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. {3} But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. {4} For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. {5} Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a BODY [soma:G4983] hast thou prepared me: {6} In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure... {7} Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. {8} Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; {9} Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. {10} By the which will we are sanctified through the offering OF THE BODY of Jesus Christ ONCE [FOR ALL]. {11} And every priest standeth daily  ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: {12} But this man, AFTER he had offered ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD; {13} From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. {14} FOR BY ONE OFFERING HE HATH PERFECTED FOR EVER them that are sanctified.”


  • The usage of the words in this passage – one [mia:G3391] offering” or one [mia:G3391] sacrifice” reminds me of the “ones” (same word) in Eph 4:4-6, particularly the idea of baptism, which has been greatly misunderstood throughout church history. If there is only one baptism, it must be the baptism of the Holy Spirit (at the moment of salvation), and it cannot be referring to physical water; and this would agree with the rest of the “ones” in this citation: 


“[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; {5} One Lord, one faith, one baptism, {6} One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.


  • This is also the case with the word “once” (ephaphax:G2178) in the phrase in Heb 10:10, “…we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [ephapax:G2178] [for all]. This same word is also utilized in the following verses:


Rom 6:10 declares, “For in that he died, he died unto sin once [ephapax:G2178]: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”


Heb 7:27 maintains, “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once [ephapax:G2178], when he offered up himself.”


And Heb 9:12 further adds, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once [ephapax:G2178] into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us].”


Sat Down At The Right Hand Of God


Please note that the phrase “sat down on the right hand of God” in Heb 10:12 is also repeated in the following verses as well:


Heb 1:3 proclaims, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, WHEN he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”


Likewise, Heb 1:13 states, “But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”


II. Heb 6:13-20


Abraham is also in view in our next passage – Heb 6:13-20 – which discusses Melchisedec,


“For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, {14} Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. {15} And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. {16} For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation [is] to them an end of all strife. {17} Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: {18} That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: {19} Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil [katapetasma:G2665]; {20} Whither the forerunner is for us entered, [even] Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”


Verse 19 speaks about the veil of the Temple. Do you remember what happened to it when Christ hung on the Cross? The same word, “the veil”(katapetasma:G2665) appears in verse 38 of Mark 15:37-38,


“And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. {38} And the veil [katapetasma:G2665] of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”


It is also found in Heb 10:19-20, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, {20} By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil [katapetasma:G2665], that is to say, his flesh;”  


Notice also how Christ is the forerunner – and we follow Him by running “…the race with patience the race that is set before us.” (Heb 12:1) in the same way that He is the “firstborn” or “firstbegotten” from the dead; in other words Christ is the “first of the firstfruits,” followed by all His elect people, who are themselves “firstfruits.” (1 Cor 15:23; Rev 14:4)




Psalm 110 – Part 7 

May 12, 2013



“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


Before delving into verse 5, let’s not forget that God has graciously allowed us to listen in on this intimate conversation within the Godhead, and this alone is humbling beyond measure. Who are we that we should even be allowed access to such information? We get the sense, “I don’t belong here”… much like Abraham, or Joshua, or the apostle John, or Ezekiel, or Daniel, or Moses and Aaron, or Peter, or the Samaritan leper, and, amazingly – even the Lord Jesus Himself – when they “fell on their faces”…or as Isaiah recorded in Isa 6:1-7,


“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. {2} Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. {3} And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. {4} And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. {5} Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. {6} Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: {7} And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”


As unworthy as every human being is, we are made worthy because the burning hot coal represents the Lord Jesus Christ – the Word of God“Is not my word like a fire…?” as we read in Jer 23:29.  So we find ourselves in the very presence of the Godhead, and only because of God’s condescending love and mercy, and grace, He has qualified us to partake of this heavenly conversation (and of course the entire Bible is a divine pronouncement because God is speaking to you and to me.) He gives us these majestic details in Psa 110, for example, for us to assimilate – to feed upon if you will – for our growth and edification. Thus, we can not only relate, but be eternally grateful for Jesus’ High Priestly prayer in John 17. I’ll read verses 22-26, and 18:1 which affirm:


“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: {23} I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. {24} Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. {25} O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. {26} And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. {18:1} When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.”


The Lord At Thy Right Hand


Psa 110:5 states: “The Lord at thy right hand [yamiyn:H3225] shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.”  We are immediately reminded of verse 1, which also speaks about the “right hand”: “<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, [yamiyn:H3225] until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”


The same word is used in Psa 80:17, “Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand [yamiyn:H3225], upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.”


The question that needs to be answered, (and one that we need to be reminded of) is: When exactly did Christ sit down on the Father’s right hand? The answer to that is: After He rose from the dead (before the foundation of the world). Let’s consider the following references which substantiate this premise:


Heb 10:10-12 makes this point and verse 12 contains most of the same language – albeit in Greek – as Psa 110:1, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all]. {11} And every priest standeth daily  ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: {12} But this man, AFTER he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD; {13} From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. {14} For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”


Heb 1:3 also declares, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, WHEN he had by himself purged our sins, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND of the Majesty on high;”


Heb 1:13 further quotes Psa 110:1, “But to which of the angels said he at any time, SIT ON MY RIGHT HAND, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”


The word, “once” (ephapax:G2178) in Heb 10:10 also appears in the following citations as well; I’ll read Heb 10:10 again: “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].


Rom 6:10 similarly declares, “For in that he died, he died unto sin once [ephapax:G2178]: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”


And Heb 7:27 maintains, “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once [ephapax:G2178], when he offered up himself.


Heb 9:12 further testifies, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once [ephapax:G2178] into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us].”


Shall Strike


The next word that we want to examine in verse 5 is “shall strike” (machats:H4272). It appears 12 other times (for a total of 14 times) in the Old Testament, besides verse 5 and 6 here in Psa 110:


“The Lord at thy right hand shall strike [machats:H4272] through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound [machats:H4272 the heads over many countries.”


In verse 6 it is rendered as “he shall wound.” In 12 of these passages, there is a recurring theme of judgment upon the enemies of God. In the other two references – namely Deu 32:39 and Job 5:18 – God is contrasting some of His divine characteristics, while at the same time in Deu 32:29, He also emphasizes the certainty of His just retribution against the non-elect:


In Deu 32:39 it is rendered as “I wound;” I’ll read down to verse 43 for the sake of the context: “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound [machats:H4272], and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. {40} For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. {41} If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. {42} I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. {43}| Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.”


Verse 18 of Job 5:12-26, translates this term as “he woundeth;” likewise the context outlines both the fate and futility of the wicked, as well as the hope and expectation of the true child of God, including chastisement, which God deems to be a critical aspect of salvation. Please notice the stark contrast:


“He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. {13} He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. {14} They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night. {15} But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. {16} So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth. {17} BEHOLD, HAPPY IS THE MAN WHOM GOD CORRECTETH: THEREFORE DESPISE NOT THOU THE CHASTENING OF THE ALMIGHTY: {18} FOR HE MAKETH SORE, AND BINDETH UP: HE WOUNDETH [MACHATS:H4272], AND HIS HANDS MAKE WHOLE. {19} He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven THERE SHALL NO EVIL TOUCH THEE. {20} In FAMINE he shall redeem thee from death: and in WAR from the power of the sword. {21} Thou shalt be hid from the SCOURGE OF THE TONGUE: neither shalt thou be afraid of DESTRUCTION when it cometh. {22} At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: NEITHER SHALT THOU BE AFRAID OF THE BEASTS OF THE EARTH. {23} For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. {24} And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, AND SHALT NOT SIN. {25} Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth. {26} Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.”




Psalm 110 – Part 8 

June 9, 2013


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


In our last study we began looking at the first part of verse 5: “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath”


We noted that the phrase “The LORD [Jehovah – or Savior – Who is Christ] at thy right hand…” is a repeat of the phrase, “…Sit thou at my right hand…” in verse 1: The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  


In our last study, we concluded from numerous Scriptures, that Christ sat down on the Father’s right hand after the Atonement and Resurrection, which took place before the foundation of the world.


To that eye-opening principle, we can add the following themes as well:


  • Verse 1 opens up in the context of a timeline – from the Atonement (prior to Creation) “…until… I make thine enemies thy footstool” – as I mentioned in our last study, in which we are listening in on this conversation that is taking place amongst the Godhead. This timeline encompasses “the unfolding of God’s salvation plan” throughout history as Mr. Camping has stated so frequently over the past 50 years; and its chief component, includes both the salvation of the elect, and all of the the non-elect who will ultimately be annihilated.  We also recognize that this present universe – like mankind – is under the curse of sin, and subject to the law of decay and eventual destruction, and its final outcome in described in Heb 1:1-13, and curiously, brings us full circle to the starting point of this timeline in verse 13; I’ll read starting in verse 1, as the context contains quotes from both Psa 110 and a number of Old Testament references, and majestically exalts the glorious Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ:


“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, {2} Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds [Rom 1:3-4; REMEMBER – He was the “Son” prior to Creation – meaning He had already risen from the dead]; {3} Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person [or “substance”/ “confidence” in Heb 11:1], and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; {4} Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. {5} For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? [***PSA 2:7…8>>> “SET UP” OR “POURED OUT” - “ROD” OR “SCEPTER” OF IRON>>> “STRIKE THROUGH” OR “BREAK IN PIECES”/SHATTER…PSA 110:5***] {6} And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. [Psa 89:27] {7} And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. {8} But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter [shebet:H7626] of righteousness is the scepter [shebet:H7626] of thy kingdom. {9} Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. [Psa 45:6-7] {10} And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: {11} They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; {12} And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. [Psa 102:25-27] {13} But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”



Shall Strike


In our previous study I mentioned that the Hebrew word rendered “shall strike” (machats:H4272) appears 14 times in the Old Testament; out of these 14, two of them are found in verses 5 and 6 of this psalm, and are translated as “shall strike,” and “he shall wound,” respectively:


“The Lord at thy right hand shall strike [machats:H4272 (“BREAK IN PIECES”)] through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound [machats:H4272] the heads over many countries.”


In all 14 of these passages, which contain the word “shall strike,” or “shall wound” there is a recurring theme of judgment upon the enemies of God – which is at the very “end” of the timeline. Last time we looked at Deu 32:39 down to verse 43, and verse 18 of Job 5:12-26. Today I would like to at least list the rest of these passages in order to get a comprehensive view of what God is teaching us by this word; if you are so inclined, you might consider reading the entire chapter in which these verses are drawn from: 


We read, for example, in Num 24:7-9 and 17, part of Balaam’s parable concerning Israel as a nation – spiritually, however, this is speaking about Christ; notice again the reference to “Scepter” or “Rod” in verse 17, and how God uses the words, “and pierce” in verse 8, along with  “and shall smite” in verse 17:


He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. {8} God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce [machats:H4272] them through with his arrows. {9} He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee. {17} I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a SCEPTRE shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite [machats:H4272] the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”



Psalm 110 – Part 9 

July 7, 2013



“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


In our last study together we began looking at the remaining verses that contain the word “shall strike” [which literally reads, to “shatter” or “break in pieces”] (machats:H4272) in Psa 110:5. We looked at a number of Old Testament references (including Psa 110) which were quoted in Heb 10, and one in particular stood out – Heb 10:5 – which states: 


“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?” 


This verse is taken from Psa 2:7, 

“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”   


I’ll also read verses 6-9 of Psa 2, since we learned a while back of the great significance of verse 6 as it explains that Christ was slain before the foundation of the world, and verses 8 and 9 relate to our study today:


Yet have I set [“poured out, “melted,”or “offered”] my king upon my holy hill of Zion. {7} I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. {8} Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. {9} Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 


In Psa 2:9, we find two different Hebrew words, even though they are similar in meaning to the word, “shall strike” (which literally means “break in pieces” as well) in Psa 110:5. These two terms are:“thou shalt break” and “thou shalt dash them in pieces.” 


Today we want to continue examining the remaining 7 occurrences (out of a total of 14), of this word “shall strike,” and as I indicated previously, they are all dealing with the same subject of judgment: 


Psa 18 (along with its almost identical counterpart, 2 Sam 22:38-41) is a Messianic psalm in which David (as a type or figure of Christ) rejoices over the defeat of his enemies, and (in the historical setting) over Saul in particular; the word “shall strike” is rendered “I have wounded” in verse 38. I’ll read verses 37-40: “I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed. {38} I have wounded [machats:H4272] them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet. {39} For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. {40} Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.” 


Hab 3:13 also makes this amazing double pronouncement regarding salvation as well as with judgment, reminding us of the message that was proclaimed prior to May 21, 2011: “Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed [or “Messiah”]; thou woundedst [machats:H4272]  the head [ro’sh:H7218] out of the house of the wicked [rasha`:H7563], by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.”


The phrase “the house of the wicked” is only used 5 times; here are a few examples:


Pro 3:33 acknowledges, “The curse of the LORD [is] in the house [bayith:H1004] of the wicked [rasha`:H7563]: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.”


Pro 14:11 likewise affirms, The house [bayith:H1004] of the wicked [rasha`:H7563] shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.”


Who is “the head…of the house of the wicked” in Hab 3:13b? Is it not Satan? The same word for “the head” in the phrase “thou woundest the head [ro’sh:H7218] out of the house of the wicked” appears in Gen 3:15,


“And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman [the Body of Christ], and between thy [Satan’s] seed and her seed [Christ]; it [or He] shall bruise thy [Satan’s] head [ro’sh:H7218], and thou shalt bruise his [Christ’s] heel.”


We also know that Satan was bound at the Cross, according to Rev 20:1-3, after which he was loosed for a “little season” during the time of the Great Tribulation which lasted for 23 years, 


“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. {2} And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, {3} And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.


Shall Strike (Cont.)


We also find this word rendered “smite” in verse 11 of Deu 33; I’ll read verses 1-5 first which prefaces this chapter, in which Moses, prior to his death, blesses the tribes of Israel; after which I’ll read verses 8 and 11 which specifically relate to the tribe of Levi (spiritually alluding to Christ – the great High Priest), in which this term “strike” appears as “smite” in verse 11: 


“And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. {2} And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. {3} Yea, HE LOVED the people; ALL HIS SAINTS ARE IN THY HAND: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words. {4} Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. {5} And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together… {8} And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah… {11} Bless, LORD, HIS SUBSTANCE, and accept the work of HIS HANDS: smite [machats:H4272] through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.”


Jud 5:26 recounts when Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite killed Sisera – the general in charge of the army of Jabin, king of Canaan – who symbolizes Satan: “She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced [machats:H4272] and stricken through his temples.”


And Job 26:12 declares, “He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth [machats:H4272] through the proud.


In Psa 68:21 and 23, the word “shall strike” is translated “shall wound” and “may be dipped” respectively: “But God shall wound [machats:H4272] the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses…{23} That thy foot may be dipped [machats:H4272]  in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.”


Please note in the foregoing verses, the terms that are being used for those who are under God’s judgment:  “enemies,” “those that rose up against me,” “the head out of the house of the wicked (or Satan),” “them that hate me/him;” “Sisera” (also typifying Satan), and “the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.” In other words, Satan and those in his kingdom are in view.


Through Kings


Well, how are we to understand the term “through kings” in our verse – Psa 110:5 – “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath”? In the Bible, this word for “king” (melek:H4428) is used very extensively…over 2500 times! It can refer to either: 


  • A literal sovereign of a country. 
  • A child of God. 
  • A non-believer. 
  • Satan (who is represented by the king of Babylon for example). 
  • The Lord Jesus, Who is ultimately, “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,” and is also typified by Melchizedek, King of Salem, as we saw in Psa 110:4 


As an illustration, 1 Sam 2:10 is the last verse of Hannah’s prayer, in which the word “through kings” in Psa 110:5 is translated “unto his king,” and is similar in scope to Hab 3:13, and repeats the salvation/judgment theme: 


“The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king [melek:H4428], and exalt the horn [synonym for “power] of his anointed [or ‘Messiah’].”


Earlier I quoted Psa 2, and in verse 1 we find this same word for “kings” being utilized with   respect to non-believers; I’ll read verse 1-5 for the sake of the context:


“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? {2} The kings [melek:H4428] of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed [or “Messiah”], saying, {3} Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. {4} He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. {5} Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath [aph’:H639], and vex them in his sore displeasure.”


By the way, the same word for “of his wrath” in Psa 110:5 is rendered “unto them in his wrath” in Psa 2.


A Preface To Discussing Judgment


Before delving into the subject of judgment, inherent in this last phrase of Psa 110:5, “in the day of his wrath,” I would like to remind us of a few things:


  • We have had the privilege of learning that the calendar of history as revealed in the Bible is absolutely accurate. It indicates with great precision, when God would utilize certain people for His own purposes, when certain events would occur in time, and when God would use the rise and fall of His “divine institutions” – first, national Israel, then the institutional churches and denominations – to fulfill His sovereign will. Moreover, during the 23 year Great Tribulation, God began to “unseal” many of the truths of the Bible which had been “sealed up,” right up to our present day and undoubtedly until “the very last day,” since this is the nature of progressive revelation:


Dan 12:4 records, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”


  • Rev 5:3-6 describes the only One Who had power to unseal the Book (the Bible) is the same one that sealed it – not Daniel the man – but rather “Daniel” (typified by the Lord Jesus Christ) whose name means, “God is my judge”: 


“And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. {4} And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. {5} And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. {6} And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” 


Lord willing, we want to focus our attention on the phrase “in the day of his wrath,” in our next time together. 


Psalm 110 – Part 10 

August 25, 2013



“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



We’re continuing our examination of Psa 110:5, “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath,” and last time I said that I wanted to take a detour in order to investigate two New Testament passages – 2 Pet 3:10-12 and Luke 17:26-37. However, in re-thinking this, I’ve come to the conclusion that it will be easier to try to first understand the spiritual import of the verses regarding “the day of his wrath” in Psa 110:5 – and then we’ll be in a much better position to tie them back into these New Testament references. 


Shall Strike


To refresh our memories the Hebrew word in Psa 110:5 rendered “shall strike” (machats:H4272) appears 14 times in the Old Testament; out of these 14, two of them are found in verses 5 and 6 of Psa 110, and are translated as “shall strike,” and “he shall wound,” respectively:


“The Lord at thy right hand shall strike [machats:H4272 (“BREAK IN PIECES”)] through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound [machats:H4272] the heads over many countries.”


In some of our earlier studies we looked at all 14 of these passages which contain this word “shall strike,” or “shall wound” and we discovered a recurring theme of judgment upon the enemies of God. Remember that Psa 110:1 is a “timeline” which stretches from Christ’s atonement prior to Creation all the way to the very end – “<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.


When exactly did Christ sit down on the Father’s right hand? We discovered the answer to that was: After He rose from the dead (before the foundation of the world). Let’s review some of the citations which substantiate this:


Heb 10:10-12 declares, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all]. {11} And every priest standeth daily  ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: {12} But this man, AFTER he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD; {13} From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. {14} For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”


Heb 1:3 likewise affirms, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, WHEN he had by himself purged our sins, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND of the Majesty on high;”


And Heb 1:13 actually quotes Psa 110:1, “But to which of the angels said he at any time, SIT ON MY RIGHT HAND, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”


In The Day Of His Wrath


The phrase, “in the day of his wrath” is comprised of two Hebrew words “in the day” [(yowm:H3117) – used over 2000 times as “day”] and “of his wrath,” [(’aph:H639) –predominantly translated as “anger” and is found 276 times]. These two words appear together in about in 28 verses, and 10 of these, besides Psa 110:5, are specifically related to the phrase “in the day of his wrath.” I’ll read all of them as an overview, and then I would like to try, Lord willing, to take our time to ferret out the spiritual meaning in each of these citations to see how they relate to our situation today, as some of these contain multiple verses – as in Lam 2 and Zeph 2, and some, in fact, the entire chapter – as Isa 13 – is devoted to this theme of judgment, and we’re very interested to see who the objects of God’s judgment are. Is it referring to Christ?...or to the churches and denominations?...or to the non-elect in the world at large, as 1 Pet 4:17-18 outlines: 


“For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


  1. Job 20:28 describes the fate of all the unsaved:  “The increase of his house shall depart, [and his goods] shall flow away in the day [yowm:H3117] of his wrath [‘aph:H639].” 


  1. Isa 13:9 states, Behold, the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger [‘aph:H639], to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.”
  2. Isa 13:13 warns, “Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day [yowm:H3117] of his fierce anger [‘aph:H639].”


  1. In Lam 1:12 we see the wrath of God on the institutional churches and denominations as well as and on Christ: “[Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day [yowm:H3117] of his fierce anger [‘aph:H639] .”



  1. Lam 2:1 refers to the churches and denominations under God’s wrath as of May 21, 1988: “How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger [‘aph:H639], [and] cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day [yowm:H3117] of his anger [‘aph:H639]!”


  1. And Lam 2:21 adds, “The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: -my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain [them] in the day [yowm:H3117] of thine anger [‘aph:H639]; thou hast killed, and not pitied.”


  1. Lam 2:22 continues this theme, “Thou hast called as in a solemn day [yowm:H3117] my terrors round about, so that in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [‘aph:H639] none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.”


  1. Zep 2:2 records, “Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day [yowm:H3117]  pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger [‘aph:H639] of the LORD come upon you, before the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [‘aph:H639] come upon you.”


  1. Zep 2:3 is a familiar passage referring to the elect: “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [‘aph:H639].”


  1.  In Zep 3:8, we find the nations – or Gentiles – in view: “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day [yowm:H3117] that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger [‘aph:H639]: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.”


Psalm 110 – Part 11

September 22, 2013



We are continuing our examination of 10 verses (besides Psa 110:5) which contain the two Hebrew words found in Psa 110:5, “in the day of his wrath.”  Our objective for doing so is to discover what God might teach us concerning the nature and attributes of this “day of wrath,” to help us understand where we are today spiritually. In this regard I think it is critical to remember the following key passages – Ecc 8:5 and 1 Pet 4:17.


Ecc 8:5 states, “Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.


1 Pet 4:17 pinpoints God’s judgment as it relates to our day, according to the Biblical calendar: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


With those verses in mind, we want to take our time by carefully looking at each of these 10 passages which contain the Hebrew words, “in the day” (yowm:H3117)  and “of his wrath” (‘aph:H639) found in Psa 110:5… 


  1. Job 20:28 is the first reference: “The increase [yebuwl:H2981] of his house shall depart [galah:H1540], [and his goods] shall flow away in the day [yowm:H3117] of his wrath [‘aph:H639].”


  • “Increase” is also translated as “fruit” and is tied to the blessings which accompany obedience, and contrariwise, the curses which accompany disobedience, as the following references indicate:


Lev 26:3-4 declares, If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; {4} Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase [yebuwl:H2981], and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”


On the other hand, Deu 11:16-17 promises, “Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; {17} And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit [yebuwl:H2981]; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.”


I’m reminded of Jam 5:17-18, “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. {18} And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.


A lack of fruit is also apparent in Hab 3:17-18, in which this word is translated “neither [shall] fruit” in verse 17: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall] fruit [yebuwl:H2981] be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: {18} Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”


I’ll read Job 20:28a again,“The increase [or “fruit”] of his house shall depart…” Remember the story of the Ark being taken by the Philistines for 7 months in 1 Samuel 4:21-22 that I mentioned in my last message? “And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed [galah:H1540]   from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. {22} And she said, The glory is departed [galah:H1540] from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.” This verb “is departed” which God mentions twice in 1 Sam 4:21-22 is the same word found in Job 20:28, “The increase of his house shall depart…” His goods – his material possessions will be taken away from him, as Luke 12:19-21 indicates: “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. {20} But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? {21} So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.


But even more tragic is the loss of so-called spiritual “riches,” as God pronounces His indictment against the Laodicean church in Rev 3:17-19, 

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing [A FALSE SENSE OF SPIRITUAL SECURITY]; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: {18} I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. {19} As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”  


Sadly, this is the fate of all the non-elect, as verse 29 – the last verse in  Job 20 describes: “This [is] the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.”


Please note, however, that this word “shall depart” (galah:H1540) also conveys the opposite connotation – namely that of  “revealing” or “opening” of the Scriptures as these next citations underscore – with respect to the elect: 


In Amos 3:7, a very familiar passage, it is rendered “but he revealeth”: “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth [galah:H1540]his secret unto his servants the prophets.”


And in Psa 119:18, it is rendered “open”: Open [galah:H1540]  thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”  


  • What about the last half of Job 20:28, “…[and his goods] shall flow away [nagar:H5064] in the day of his wrath” ? God is really re-iterating what He said in the first half of the verse, only using different words.


If we go to verse 10 of Psa 63:7-10, the word, “shall flow away” in Job 20:28, is rendered “they shall fall”: “Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. {8} My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. {9} But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. {10} They shall fall [nagar:H5064] by the sword:[cut by the Sword of the Spirit – Heb 4:12] they shall be a portion for foxes. {11} But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.”


Psa 75:7-10 likewise asserts, “But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. {8} For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out [nagar:H5064] of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. {9} But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. {10} All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”


This contrast between the righteous and the wicked is a major theme throughout the Bible, as well as in this discussion regarding judgment as Rev 22:11 points out: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”




  1. Isa 13:9 “Behold, the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger [‘aph:H639], to lay [suwm:H7760] the land desolate [shammah:H8047]: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.”


Let’s consider the former statement first: “…to lay the land desolate…” The two Hebrew words, “to lay” (suwm:H7760) and “desolate” (shammah:H8047) appear together in 9 other passages; let’s see what God intends by this phrase in one notable chapter, for the sake of time: 


Jer 25:1-12, and 15-29, “The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; {2} The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, {3} From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.{4} And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. {5} They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever: {6} And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. {7} Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt. {8} Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words, {9} Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and NEBUCHADREZZAR THE KING OF BABYLON, MY SERVANT, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make [suwm:H7760] them an astonishment [shammah:H8047], and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. {10} Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. [cf.:Rev 18:22-23; Jer 7:34; 16:9; 33:10-18] {11} AND THIS WHOLE LAND SHALL BE A DESOLATION, AND AN ASTONISHMENT; AND THESE NATIONS SHALL SERVE THE KING OF BABYLON SEVENTY YEARS. {12} AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, WHEN SEVENTY YEARS ARE ACCOMPLISHED, THAT I WILL PUNISH THE KING OF BABYLON, AND THAT NATION, SAITH THE LORD, FOR THEIR INIQUITY, AND THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS, AND WILL MAKE IT PERPETUAL DESOLATIONS… {15} For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause ALL THE NATIONS, to whom I send thee, to drink it. {16} And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. {17} Then took I the cup at the LORD’S hand, and made ALL THE NATIONS to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me: {18} To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day; {19} Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people; {20} And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod, {21} Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon, {22} And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea, {23} Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost corners, {24} And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert, {25} And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes, {26} And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, AND ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD, WHICH ARE UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them. {27} Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you. {28} And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink. {29} For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon ALL THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH, saith the LORD of hosts. 


Doesn’t this remind us of the language in 1 Pet 4:17? “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


  • We have been looking at the words in Isa 13:9, “to lay” and “desolate;”  let’s now turn our attention to the word “and he shall destroy” (shamad:H8045) sinners:


Psa 37:38 records, “But the transgressors shall be destroyed [shamad:H8045] together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.”


Psa 92:7 adds, “When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; [it is] that they shall be destroyed [shamad:H8045] for ever:”


Psa 145:20 promises, “The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy [shamad:H8045].”


And Pro 14:11 declares, “The house of the wicked shall be overthrown [shamad:H8045]: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.”


JER 13:9 RECAP – LAND IS DESOLATE; SINNERS DESTROYED  


  1. Isa 13:13 warns, “Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day [yowm:H3117] of his fierce anger [‘aph:H639].”


Let’s look at Heb 12:26-27, “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. {27} And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”


Isa 2:19 and 21 paint a similar picture: “And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly [ragaz:H7264] the earth…{21} To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly [ragaz:H7264] the earth.”


Rev 6:12-17 adds this commentary, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; {13} And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. {14} And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. {15} And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; {16} And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: {17} For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”


Psalm 110 – Part 12 

October 6, 2013



“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


We are continuing our examination of 10 verses (besides Psa 110:5) which contain the two Hebrew words found in Psa 110:5, “in the day of his wrath.”  Our objective for doing so is to discover what God might teach us concerning the nature and attributes of this “day of wrath,” to help us understand where we are today spiritually. In this regard I think it is critical to remember the following key passages and principles:


  • Ecc 8:5 states, “Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.As with any aspect of truth we are entirely dependent on God to reveal it to us. 


  • 1 Pet 4:17 pinpoints God’s judgment as it relates to our day, according to the Biblical calendar: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” We also noted in our last lesson that this same questions appeared in Jer 25:29, For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.


  • We also need to keep in mind that believers have always gone through judgment historically – as I’ve mentioned before: Consider Noah and his family; Abraham, and Lot and his two daughters; the Israelites during the 10 plagues in Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace; or the New Testament believers who went through the experience of God divorcing Himself from Israel; all the way to our day, as we have witnessed the end of the church age.


So, in all these “judgments,” we see parallel tracks – representing the elect as well as the non-elect; and how God tests both of them. We read in 1 Cor 3:11-15, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. {12} Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; {13} Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. {14} If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. {15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”  


1 Pet 1:3-9 has been literally and physically manifested in the lives of God’s elect throughout history, but in our day it has reached a crescendo spiritually speaking: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, {4} To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, {5} Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. {6} Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: {7} That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: {8} Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your ]souls.


  • We must also keep in mind the context of verse 5 of Psa 110, which is speaking about “kings” (quote-unquote) – whether in a church or not – and as such can only be referring to the non-elect: “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.”


So, let’s review the first two verses we discussed in our last two studies, before moving on to verse # 3…  


  1. Job 20:28 is the first reference: “The increase [yebuwl:H2981] of his house shall depart [galah:H1540], [and his goods] shall flow away in the day [yowm:H3117] of his wrath [‘aph:H639].”


JOB 20:28 RECAP: NO FRUIT



  1. Isa 13:9 “Behold, the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger [‘aph:H639], to lay [suwm:H7760] the land desolate [shammah:H8047]: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.”


ISA 13:9 RECAP: LAND IS DESOLATE; SINNERS DESTROYED  



  1. Isa 13:13 warns, “Therefore I will shake [ragaz:H7264] the heavens [shamayim:H8064], and the earth [’erets:H776] shall remove [ra`ash:H7493] out of her place, in the wrath [`ebrah:H5678] of the LORD of hosts, and in the day [yowm:H3117] of his fierce anger [‘aph:H639].”


It’s worth noting that four words – “shake,” “heavens,” “earth,” and “remove” –   in Isa 13:13 are also found together in two other citations: verse 10 of Joel 2:1-11, and 2 Sam 22:4-8. 


Verse 10 of Joel 2:1-11 offers the following scenario concerning “the day of the LORD,” and we have to bear in mind that when God speaks about a “day” we have to carefully check the context, because it can exceed a 24-hr. period of time, as the following examples teach:


Psa 95:8-11 (quoted in Heb 3:8-11) warns: “Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation [testing] in the wilderness: {9} When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. {10} Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: {11} Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”


2 Pet 3:8 adds “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”


With that in mind let’s turn first to Joel 2:1-11, “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; {2} A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. {3} A  fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. {4} The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. {5} Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. {6} Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. {7} They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: {8} Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. {9} They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. {10} The earth [’erets:H776]  shall quake [ragaz:H7264]  before them; the heavens [shamayim:H8064] shall tremble [ra`ash:H7493]: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: {11} And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?


Verse 8 of 2 Sam 22:4-8 states,  “I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. {5} When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; {6} The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me; {7} In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. {8} Then the earth [’erets:H776] shook and trembled [ra`ash:H7493]; the foundations of heaven [shamayim:H8064] moved [ragaz:H7264]  and shook, because he was wroth.”  CF, THE CROSS…JUDGMENT DAY


Isa 2:19 and 21 utilize the same word for “therefore I will shake”: “And they shall go into the holes [me`arah:H4631 – in Jer 7:11, rendered “den”] of the rocks [tsuwr:H6697], and into the caves [mechillah:H4247 – only used in this verse; root word means “pollute,” “defile,” “profane,” etc.; see Jer 25:29, “BEGIN”; Isa 53:5, “WOUNDED”] of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly [ragaz:H7264] the earth…{21} To go into the clefts [neqarah:H5366] of the rocks [tsuwr:H6697], and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly [ragaz:H7264] the earth.”


The words, “into the clefts” and “of the rocks,” appear together only in one other passage – Exo 33:22, “And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift [neqarah:H5366] of the rock [tsuwr:H6697], and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:” 


The “Rock” in this instance can only be the Lord Jesus – our only refuge for salvation as we learn from Psa 61:1-2, “<<To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.>> Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. {2} From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock [tsuwr:H6697] that is higher than I.”


A different word – but still referring to Christ – is employed in Son 2:14, in which Christ is addressing His bride: “O my dove, [that art] in the clefts [chagav:H2288] of the rock [cela`:H5553], in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance [is] comely.”


However the identical word for “clefts” and “rocks” in Son 2:14 appear together in only two other citations, which assist us to see what God has in mind in Isa 2:19 and 21 – as He refers to those within the institutional churches and denominations, who are trusting that their church affiliation can somehow save them – in much the same way that the Israelites sadly trusted that their physical circumcision was all that was required for salvation.  


Jer 49:16 declares, “Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts [chagav:H2288] of the rock [cela`:H5553], that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.”


Ob 3 affirms that this is an issue of great pride: “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts [chagav:H2288] of the rock [cela`:H5553], whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?”


Rev 6:12-17 also adds this commentary, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; {13} And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. {14} And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. {15} And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; {16} And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: {17} For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”


Now, let’s look at Heb 12:26-27, “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. {27} And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”


Psalm. 110 – Part 13

(10-20-2013)

“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


We are continuing our examination of 10 verses (besides Psa 110:5) which contain the two Hebrew words found in Psa 110:5, “in the day of his wrath.” 


As I have mentioned numerous times, 1 Pet 4:17 is a major key to understanding the end of the church age and substantiates where we are in time, according to the Biblical calendar: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


We also noted that the crux of 1 Pet 4:17 appeared first in the Old Testament – in Jer 25:29, in which God emphasizes His judgment against both the corporate churches and denominations as well as the non-elect who are outside of them in 26 different nations, including Satan – or the “king of Sheshach (or Babylon)” who is mentioned last. I’ll read verses 15-17, and then 29-31 of Jer 25, in which God repeats the theme of 1 Pet 4:17, “For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. {16} And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. {17} Then took I the cup at the LORD’S hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me…{29} For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts. {30} Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread [darak:H1869] [the grapes], against all the inhabitants of the earth. {31} A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead [or “judge”] with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.”


The identical word for “as they that tread [the grapes]” (“the grapes” is in italics), is rendered in Isa 63:3 as “I have trodden;” I’ll read verses 1-6 as they underscore the solitary nature of the atonement for all the elect (which took place before the foundation of the world), as well as God’s judgment on all the non-elect: 


1 Pet 4:17 is vitally significant as it encompasses both the Great Tribulation which we have witnessed (from May 21,1988 to May 21, 2011) as well as those days after the Great Tribulation – in which we are now living in – as Mark 13:24-27, and Mat 24:29-31 which are very similar, teach:


“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, {25} And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. {26} And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. {27} And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”


“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: {30} And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. {31} And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”


Allow me to recap what we learned about in the first two verses:


  1. Job 20:28 is the first reference: “The increase [or “fruit”] [yebuwl:H2981] of his house shall depart [galah:H1540], [and his goods] shall flow away in the day [yowm:H3117] of his wrath [‘aph:H639].”


JOB 20:28 RECAP: NO INCREASE (OR FRUIT)

You might recall that the same word for “shall depart” in Job 20:28 also appears in 1 Sam 4:21-22 as “is departed,” and spiritually refers to the first part of 1 Pet 4:17: “And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed [galah:H1540]  from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. {22} And she said, The glory is departed [galah:H1540] from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.”


However we also noted that this same term, “shall depart,” is rendered as “but he revealeth,” and “open,” in other words – in a positive sense – when referring to the elect, as Amos 3:7, and Psa 119:18 respectively state: 


In Amos 3:7 testifies: “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth [galah:H1540]his secret unto his servants the prophets.”


And in Psa 119:18, we read: Open [galah:H1540]  thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”  


These passages remind us of the principle that Christ pointed out in verse 15 of John 15:12-15, in which Christ makes an interesting distinction between the terms “servants” and “friends.” Notice how this occurs within the context of obedience which He defines as love: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. {13} Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. {14} Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. {15} Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

 

The second half of Job 20:28 features the word, “shall flow away,” and appears, for example, in verse 8 of Psa 79:7-10 as “and he poureth out,” and is very similar to what we discovered in Jer 25:


“But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. {8} For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out [nagar:H5064] of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. {9} But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. {10} All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”


  1. Isa 13:9 “Behold, the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger [‘aph:H639], to lay [suwm:H7760] the land desolate [shammah:H8047]: and he shall destroy [shamad:H08045] the sinners thereof out of it.”



ISA 13:9 RECAP: LAND IS DESOLATE; SINNERS DESTROYED  


The Hebrew word, “desolate” in Isa 13:9 is also translated as “astonishment,” “waste,” “desolation(s),” and “wonderful” (in a negative sense). We looked at Jer 25, where it appears in verses 9, 11, 18 as “astonishment.” I’ll read verses 8-11, and then verses 15-18 again, to get some of the context:


“Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words,

 {9} Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment [shammah:H8047], and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. {10} Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. {11} And this whole land shall be a desolation, [and] an astonishment [shammah:H8047]; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years…{15} For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. {16} And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. {17} Then took I the cup at the LORD’S hand, and MADE ALL THE NATIONS TO DRINK, unto whom the LORD had sent me: {18} To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment [shammah:H8047], an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day…”[Verse 19ff - 26 nations to follow, including the “king of Sheshach (Satan)”]


Please note verse 10: “Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.


This same idea is also expressed in the following citations:


Rev 18:22-23 makes this declaration: “And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; {23} And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”


Jer 7:34 reveals, “Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.” [Another word for “desolate,” but the same thrust spiritually.]


Verse 9 of Jer 16:9-13 adds, “For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride. {10} And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God? {11} Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; {12} And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: {13} Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.”


- NO TIME TO CONSIDER JER 33:10-18: RETURNING TO ISRAEL AFTER THE 70 YR. CAPTIVITY IN BABYLON - 


The word, “and he shall destroy” in Isa 13:9, appears in Psa 92:7, speaking about the non-elect: “When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; [it is] that they shall be destroyed [shamad:H08045]  for ever:


However, this same word, “and he shall destroy” is found 7 times in Deu 28 as a severe warning to the people of God. In this chapter God emphasizes the blessings of obedience, and the subsequent curses that result from disobedience:


Deu 28:20, 24, 45, 48, 51, 61, and 63: “The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed [shamad:H08045], and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me… {24} The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed [shamad:H08045] …{45} Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed [shamad:H08045]; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:… {48} Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed [shamad:H08045]  thee… {51} And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed [shamad:H08045]: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee… {61} Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed… {63} And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.”



Psalm 110 – Part 14

(11-10-2013)

“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


We are continuing our examination of 10 verses (besides Psa 110:5) which contain the two Hebrew words found in Psa 110:5, “in the day/ of his wrath.”  And we have learned that a “day” can refer spiritually to a period longer than 24 hours. Remember what we read in verses 1-10 of Psa 95,


“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. {2} Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. {3} For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. {4} In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. {5} The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. {6} O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. {7} For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, {8} Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness {9} When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. {10} Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: {11} Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”


Likewise, 2 Pet 3:8 makes a similar assertion, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”


And 2 Pet 3:8 (set in the context of the end of the world as well as the Flood) greatly aided our spiritual understanding of Gen 7:4 – the 17th day of the second month – corresponding to our calendar day 7000 years later of May 21, 2011, when a similar judgment began, as the world was entesively warned to get inside the “Ark” (representing salvation) when God “shut them in”: “For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.”  


So we continue looking at this theme of judgment – which is never a happy subject – yet, we do have to keep in mind some foundational principles, which I have mentioned before numerous times, but they are so important that they bear repeating again:


  • 1 Pet 4:17 is a major key to understanding the end of the church age and substantiates where we are in time, according to the Biblical calendar: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


  • We also noted that the crux of 1 Pet 4:17 appeared first in the Old Testament – in Jer 25:29, in which God emphasizes His judgment against both the corporate churches and denominations as well as the non-elect who are outside of them in 26 different nations, including Satan – or the “king of Sheshach (or Babylon)” who is mentioned last: “For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.”  


Notice the transition from the churches and denominations to the “all the inhabitants of the earth.”


  • Ecc 3:17 further adds, “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”


  • Ecc 8:5-6 also reveals, “Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. {6} Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.”


So far we have considered the following three passages:



  1. Job 20:28 “The increase [or “fruit”] [yebuwl:H2981] of his house shall depart [galah:H1540], [and his goods] shall flow away in the day [yowm:H3117] of his wrath [‘aph:H639].



JOB 20:28 RECAP: NO INCREASE (OR FRUIT)

  1. Isa 13:9 “Behold, the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger [‘aph:H639], to lay [suwm:H7760] the land desolate [shammah:H8047]: and he shall destroy [shamad:H08045] the sinners thereof out of it.”



ISA 13:9 RECAP: LAND IS DESOLATE; SINNERS DESTROYED  

  1. Isa 13:13, “Therefore I will shake [ragaz:H7264] the heavens [shamayim:H8064], and the earth [’erets:H776] shall remove [ra’ash:H7493] out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day [yowm:H3117]of his fierce anger [‘aph:H639] .”

ISA 13:13 RECAP: SHAKE THE HEAVENS…EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE


  1. In Lam 1:12 we again see the wrath of God on the institutional churches and denominations, harkening back to 1 Pet 4:17, “[Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day [yowm:H3117] of his fierce anger [‘aph:H639] .”


“How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! {2} She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. {3} Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits. {4} The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted [yagah:H3013], and she is in bitterness. {5} Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath afflicted [yagah:H3013] her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy. {6} And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer. {7} Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths. {8} Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward. {9} Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself. [ISA. 14:12-17; 2 THE. 2:3-12] {10} The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation. {11} All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile. {12} Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow [mak’ob:H4341] like unto my sorrow [mak’ob:H4341], which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [yagah:H3013] me in the day of his fierce anger. {13} From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day. {14} The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up. {15} The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress. [SEE ISA. 63:1-6] {16} For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.


The term “sorrow,” is doubled up in verse 12 for emphasis, and found in 14 other verses. Here are a few examples:


It is also found in Lam 1:18, “The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow [mak’ob:H4341]: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.”


In Ex 3:7, it describes the hardships that the Israelites had to endure as slaves in Egypt:  “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows [mak’ob:H4341];”


In Isa 53:4-5, it is likened to Christ’s sufferings on earth, and more importantly, before the foundation of the world, in the atonement:  “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows [mak’ob:H4341], and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. {4} Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows [mak’ob:H4341]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”


In Jer 51:1-9, and later in verse 34-64 we read about judgment against “Babylon” representing the kingdom of Satan, and all the nations – as we learn from Jer 25:15-17 where the cup of judgment is given to Judah and Jerusalem first – typifying all the churches and denominations – and then to all the nations:   


“Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind; {2} And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about. {3} Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host. {4} Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets. {5} For Israel [representing the Body of Christ] hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel. {6} Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. {7} Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. {8} Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. {9} We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies…”


Psalm 110 – Part 15

(11-24-2013)

“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


We are continuing our examination of 10 verses (besides Psa 110:5) which contain the two Hebrew words found in Psa 110:5, “in the day/ of his wrath.” 


READ THE FOLLOWING VERSES:




1. JOB 20:28 RECAP: NO INCREASE (OR FRUIT)



2. ISA 13:9 RECAP: LAND IS DESOLATE; SINNERS DESTROYED


3. ISA 13:13 RECAP: SHAKE THE HEAVENS…EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE



4. LAM 1:12 RECAP: SORROW BECAUSE THE LORD HATH AFFLICTED


Before moving on to the 5th verse, I wanted to mention a few passages that contain the same word “sorrow,” (mak’ob:H4341) found in Lam 1:12, since we were not able to look at these last time. This term “sorrow,” is doubled up in verse 12 for emphasis, and found in 14 other citations. Here are a few examples:


It is also found in Lam 1:18, with regard to the end of the “church age”: “The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow [mak’ob:H4341]: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.”


In Ex 3:7, it describes the hardships that the Israelites had to endure as slaves in Egypt:  “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows [mak’ob:H4341];”


In Isa 53:4-5, it is likened to Christ’s sufferings on earth, and more importantly, before the foundation of the world, in the atonement:  “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows [mak’ob:H4341], and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. {4} Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows [mak’ob:H4341]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”


Then, in Jer 51:1-12, and throughout the chapter, we read about judgment against “Babylon”as we learn from Jer 25:15-17, where the cup of judgment is given to Judah and Jerusalem firsttypifying all the churches and denominations – and then to all the nations – representing the kingdom of Satan. The same word, “sorrow,” is rendered “for her pain” in verse 8:  


“Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind; {2} And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about. {3} Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host. {4} Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets. {5} For Israel [representing the Body of Christ] hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel. {6} Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. {7} Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. {8} Babylon  is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain [mak’ob:H4341], if so be she may be healed. {9} We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies. {10} The LORD hath brought forth our [the true believers’] righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God. {11} Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple. {12} Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.


We’re looking at Lam 1:12, which states: “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [yagah:H3013] me in the day of his fierce anger.” This word “hath afflicted” is only found 7 other times (besides Lam 1:12). Let’s consider a few of these: 


In Job 19:2 it is rendered as “how long will ye vex” as Job spiritually portrays the Lord Jesus Christ, as he underwent death and annihilation for all the elect before the foundation of the world:  How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?”


Besides verse 12, the term “hath afflicted” also surfaces in verses 4-5 of Lam 1: “The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted [yagah:H3013], and she is in bitterness. {5} Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath afflicted [yagah:H3013] her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy.


In Lam 3:32-33 there is a glimmer of hope it is translated as, “but though he cause grief,” in verse 32, and in verse 33 as “nor grieve” – referring to the elect who were saved before the foundation of the world:But though he cause grief [yagah:H3013], yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.{33} For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve [yagah:H3013] the children of men.”


5. Lam 2:1


The 5th verse that we want to look at is Lam 2:1, which refers to the churches and denominations under God’s anger (which is repeated twice) as of May 21, 1988 – and typified by three descriptions – “the daughter of Zion,” “the beauty of Israel,” and “his footstool”: “How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger [‘aph:H639], [and] cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day [yowm:H3117] of his anger [‘aph:H639]!”


In this passage, we note the phrase (comprised of two Hebrew words) “cast down [shalak:H7933] from heaven [shamayim:H8064]” The only other place where these two words are found is in Jos 10:11; I’ll read verses 1-14 for the sake of the context. By the way, this event occurs after the Gibeonites – a picture of the elect – sue for peace. You might recall what God had stipulated in Deu 20:10-12,  


“When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. {11} And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, [that] all the people [that is] found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. {12} And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:”


So in Jos 10:1-14 we read this amazing account:


“Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them; {2} That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. {3} Wherefore Adonizedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, {4} Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. {5} Therefore the five [this number signifies judgment or salvation] kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it. {6} And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us. {7} So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour. {8} And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee. {9} Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night. {10} And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah. {11} And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down [shalak:H7933] great stones from heaven [shamayim:H8064] upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. {12} Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. {13} And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher [“Right” or “Upright”]? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. {14} And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.


This account is an illustration – a historical parable of you will – of what Psa 110:5 states: “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.” Joshua, of course, is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, as Joshua [or “Jehoshua” – meaning “Jehovah is salvation.”] is the Hebrew transliteration for “Jesus.” Even though this a stupendous miracle as God temporarily suspends the celestial clock, it also underscores the principle that judgment can most definitely take place even though the physical timekeepers – sun, moon, and stars – are still “giving off light”. Moreover, we see that this “day” is also a longer period of time than 24 hours, as we discovered in Psa 95:8 and 10, where the “day of temptation in the wilderness” lasted 40 years, or as 2 Pet 3:8 equates “one day” as “a thousand years” and “a thousand years” as “one day.”  In turn the hailstones remind us of both the plague of hail or hailstones in Egypt (Exo 9:18-35), as well as that which is spoken of in Rev 8:7, 11:19, and 16:21.  



And we have also understood from Psa 95:7-11 that when God speaks about a “day” with regard to judgment, it does not necessarily equal one 24-hour period of time: 


“For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, {8} Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness {9} When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. {10} Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: {11} Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”


Likewise, 2 Pet 3:8 makes a similar assertion, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.And 2 Pet 3:8 (set in the context of the end of the world as well as the Flood) greatly aided our spiritual understanding of Gen 7:4 – the 17th day of the second month – corresponding to our calendar day 7000 years later of May 21, 2011, when a similar judgment began, as the world was extensively warned to get inside the safety of the “Ark” (representing salvation) when God “shut them in”: “For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.”  


We also must consider the important time clues in both Mat 24:29 and Mark 13:24 respectively, that are speaking about the days following the 23 years or 8400 days of the “Great Tribulation” of our day which ended on May 21, 2011:


“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”


“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, {25} And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.”


We find similar parabolic references in the Old Testament as well, which along with the Mat 24 and Mark 13 verses need to be carefully studied word-by - word, which I can’t do today, but we will, if God allows us to:


For example, Ecc 12:1-3 is recalling a period of time before the day of judgment: “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; {2} While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: {3} In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,”


In fact, Isa 13:9-13 includes two of the verses that we have been considering that contain the words “in the day” and “of his wrath” in Psa 110:5 – verse 9 and verse 13:


Behold, the day [yowm:H3117]of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath [‘aph:H639] and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. {10} For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. {11} And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. {12} I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. {13} Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath [‘aph:H639] of the LORD of hosts, and in the day [yowm:H3117] of his fierce anger.”


Joe 2:31 similarly concurs, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”


And Joe 3:15 likewise affirms, “The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.”


Acts 2:20 also quotes Joel 2:31, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:”


And Luke 21:25-35 further explains, And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; {26} Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. {27} And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. {28} And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. {29} And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; {30} When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. {31} So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. {32} Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. {33} Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. {34} And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. {35} For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.”


We find the same ominous language in Rev 6:12 as well, “And I beheld when he [Christ] had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;”


1 Pet 4:17 is a major key to understanding the end of the church age and substantiates where we are in time, according to the Biblical calendar: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


We also noted that the crux of 1 Pet 4:17 appeared first in the Old Testament – in Jer 25:29, in which God emphasizes His judgment against both the corporate churches and denominations as well as the non-elect who are outside of them in 26 different nations, including Satan – or the “king of Sheshach (or Babylon)” who is mentioned last: “For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.”  


Notice the transition from the churches and denominations to the “all the inhabitants of the earth.”


In Ecc 3:17 we read the following: “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”


And Ecc 8:5-6 reveals the tremendous importance of both time and judgment: “Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. {6} Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.”


Job 24:1 poses this rhetorical question: “Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?”


And lastly, Jer 8:7 also underscores this vital principle: “Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.”



We can add to these what we read concerning the duration of the Great Tribulation of our day (and what follows) which lasted precisely 23 years (or 8400 days from May 21, 1988 – May 21, 2011.” This period is the third “great tribulation” era spoken about in the Bible. The other two are the 70-year Babylonian captivity (or 840 months – from 609 BC- 539 BC), and prior to that the “great tribulation” of Joseph’s day (which lasted 84 months, or the seven years of famine, from 1879 BC – 1872 BC.)


Psalm 110 – Part 16

(12-08-2013)


We are continuing our examination of 10 verses (besides Psa 110:5) which contain the two Hebrew words, “in the day” and “of his wrath” found in Psa 110:5, “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. In our last study we saw a literal, historical fulfillment of this verse with regard to the defeat of the 5 Amorite kings who wanted to do battle with Gibeonites because they sued for peace with Israel, and God gave the victory to the Israelites during that “long day” in which the sun “stood still” and the moon “stayed” in order for Joshua (who represents Christ) to win the victory, as God had foretold him. From this amazing account we learned that God can bring judgment, even though the “timekeepers” are still intact and functioning. And we could add, of course, that “the battle is the LORD’s” – as David gloriously pronounced to Goliath, under divine inspiration in 1 Sam 17:47, 


“And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.”


In the historical context they needed the extra “time’” or “daylight,” if you will, in order to secure the victory. Remember, “the night cometh, when no man can work,” as Jesus remarked in John 9:4-5, in which we find the lengthy account of the healing of the blind man on the Sabbath day:


“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. {5} As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 


Here’s something to ponder…what did Jesus mean spiritually by alluding to a period of “time” called “night,” in which no man can work? And when is that time? 


We know that the Lord frequently healed on the Sabbath to drive home the point of the true meaning of the Sabbath, as He explained to the ruler of the synagogue in Luke 13:13-16, 


“And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. {11} And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. {12} And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. {13} And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. {14} And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. {15} The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? {16} And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham [or one of God’s elect], whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”


Do you recall how God details the essence of the Sabbath in Isa 58:6, as He relates “fasting” to the Gospel, and in turn, to the Sabbath:


“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 


A similar account to the woman with the infirmity for 18 years, appears in the next chapter – in Luke 14:1-6, but in this instance he poses the question to the religious leaders, which they could not answer:


“And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. {2} And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. {3} And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? {4} And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; {5} And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway [eutheos:G2112] pull him out on the sabbath day? {6} And they could not answer him again to these things.”


Incidentally, the word “straightway” in Luke 14:5 is the identical word that we find in Mat 24:29, and reveals how God utilizes and defines this word in 79 of the 80 times it appears in the New Testament; in the one exception it is translated, “shortly,” 


Immediately [eutheos:G2112] after the tribulation of those days [May 21, 1988 – May 21, 2011] shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”


The one “exception” of this word “straightway” or “immediately” is found in verse 14 of 3 John 13-14, where it is rendered “shortly,” (eutheos:G2112); this passage really refers to our day spiritually, in which God is revealing much truth from the Bible, but not adding to the Bible (i.e., “I will not with ink and pen write”)


“I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: {14} But I trust I shall shortly [eutheos:H2112] see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.”


For example, we know from Rev 5:1-5, that Christ unloosed the “seven seals” of the Bible, 


“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed [katasphragizo:G2692] with seven seals. {2} And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open [onoigo:G455] the book, and to loose [luo:G3089] the seals thereof? {3} And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open [onoigo:G455] the book, neither to look thereon. {4} And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open [onoigo:G455] and to read the book, neither to look thereon. {5} And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open [onoigo:G455] the book, and to loose [luo:G3089] the seven seals thereof.”

 

By the same token, Christ – not Daniel (the man) – but Daniel (whose name is “God is My Judge” – in other words, Christ) also had “shut up” and “and seal[-ed]” the same book in Dan 12:4, and 9-10


“But thou, O Daniel, shut up [catham:H5640] the words, and seal [chatham:H2856]  the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased…{9} And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [are] closed up [catham:H5640] and sealed [chatham:H2856] till the time of the end. {10} Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. ” 


Both of these words, “shut up,” or “closed up”like the opening and closing of a door – can be understood literally (in the historical context), as we see Isaac unstopping the wells of water that his father, Abraham, had dug, according to Gen 26:12-19,


“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. {13} And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: {14} For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. {15} For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. {16} And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. {17} And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

{18} And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped [catham:H5640] them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. {19} And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing [“living”] water.”  


Though the wells were temporarily stopped up, the water was still there – underneath the dirt or rocks that might have been used to stop it up – it was merely hidden until the time that Isaac unstopped them. 


Again, we must bear in mind the importance of the Biblical Calendar Of History, which nobody to date has been able to disprove, and without it we would not have any understanding of where we are in relationship to time, as 1 Pet 4:17-18 reminds us:


“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


Notice the transition from the churches and denominations to the “all the inhabitants of the earth,” according to Jer 25:29 – an Old Testament verse that is remarkably similar to 1 Pet 4:17 

 

“For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.”



In Ecc 3:17 we read the following: “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”


And Ecc 8:5-6 reveals the tremendous importance of both time and judgment: “Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth [or better translated “will know] both time and judgment. {6} Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.”


Job 24:1 poses this rhetorical question: “Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?”


And lastly, Jer 8:7 also underscores this vital principle: “Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.


And Luke 21:25-35 further explains, And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; {26} Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. {27} And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. {28} And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. {29} And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; {30} When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer [or harvest] is now nigh at hand. {31} So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. {32} Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. {33} Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. {34} And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares  [aiphnidos:G160]. {35} For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.”


The word, “unawares” [“not” and “appear”] (aiphnidos:G160) is only found in one other place in the New Testament – in 1 Thes 5:3-5, 


“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden [“not” “appearing”] [aiphnidos:G160] destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape {4} But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. {5} Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.



Psalm 110 – Part 17

(12-22-2013)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


We are continuing our examination of 10 verses (besides Psa 110:5) which contain the two Hebrew words found in Psa 110:5, “in the day/ of his wrath.” 


Before we review the 5 verses we have studies thus far, let me make a correction from the last time I spoke. In speaking about Jer 25:29 which is similar to 1 Pet 4:17, I made the statement that after the cup of wrath is given to Judah and Jerusalem, God then instructs Jeremiah to give it to “all nations.” 


READ THE FOLLOWING VERSES:




1. JOB 20:28 RECAP: NO INCREASE (OR FRUIT)



2. ISA 13:9 RECAP: LAND IS DESOLATE; SINNERS DESTROYED


3. ISA 13:13 RECAP: SHAKE THE HEAVENS…EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE



4. LAM 1:12 RECAP: SORROW BECAUSE THE LORD HATH AFFLICTED


5. LAM 2:1 RECAP – 3-FOLD INDICTMENT: COVERED WITH A CLOUD IN HIS ANGER…CAST DOWN FROM HEAVEN…REMEMBERED NOT HIS FOOTSTOOL


Lam 2:21


We have arrived at verse #6, which is found in Lam 2:21, and like verse #5 (Lam 1:12) has to do with God’s judgment on the corporate churches and denominations:


6. The young [na`ar:H5288] and the old [zaqen:H2205] lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain [them] in the day [yowm:H3117] of thine anger [‘aph:H639]; thou hast killed, and not pitied.”


We have learned from 1 Pet 4:17, as well as from Jer 25:29 – and actually from the entire book of Jeremiah, as well as many other passages in both the Old and New Testaments – about the end (or death) of the New Testament church age. This is typified by the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC, and the 70-year period in which Judah went into captivity to Babylon. The book of Lamentations bemoans this judgment that God has brought upon Judah in the historical context, which in turn is characteristic of how God abandoned the institutional churches and denominations of our day, and in the process, removed the Holy Spirit from them, as of May 21, 2011.  This theme is picked up in the first phrase of Lam 2:21, “The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets:…,” which also appears, for example in Deu 28 and Jer 51, in which God uses Nebuchadnezzar (a type of Satan) and the nation of Babylon to punish Jerusalem and Judah, even as He did with Assyria 100 years earlier when He brought judgment against Israel and the 10 tribes:


Deu 28:45-58 affirms,“Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: {46} And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. {47} Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; {48} Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. {49} The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; {50} A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: {51} And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. {52} And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. {53} And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee: {54} So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: {55} So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates. {56} The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, {57} And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. {58} If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;”


In Jer 51, on the other hand, we find both Satan and his kingdom (represented by “Babylon”) as well as the churches and denominations (also exemplified by Babylon) in view:


In verses 6 and 45 of Jer 51, God instructs His people to flee out of “Babylon” (which are the churches and denominations worldwide, and without exception): 


“Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence…{45} My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.”

But in Jer 51:33-39 we read that Babylon, in turn, will also be subject to God’s wrath, even as He used Babylon to chastise Judah and Jerusalem for their great wickedness:


“For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon [churches and denominations] is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come. {34} Nebuchadrezzar [or Satan] the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out. {35} The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say. {36} Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry. {37} And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant. {38} They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions’ whelps. {39} In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the LORD.”


The idea of “The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets:…” is also repeated by the next phrase, “…my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword…” and this also language surfaces in the following passages as well:


Lam 1:15 and 18 reveal: “The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men [bachuwr:H970]: the Lord hath trodden the virgin [bethulaw:H1330], the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress… {18}The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins [bethulaw:H1330], and my young men [bethulaw:H1330], are gone into captivity.”


Deu 32:15-25 likewise highlights Israel’s rebellion during the wilderness sojourn (remember, she is called the church in the wilderness” in Acts 7:38): “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. {16} They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. {17} They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. {18} Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. {19} And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. {20} And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. {21} They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. {22} For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. {23} I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. {24} They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. {25} The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man [bachuwr:H970] and the virgin [bethulaw:H1330], the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.”


2 Chr 36:11-17 takes place just prior to the Babylonian captivity: “Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. {12} And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD. {13} And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel. {14} Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. {15} And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:{16} But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. {17} Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees [Nebuchadnezzar – typifying Satan], who slew their young men [bachuwr:H970] with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man [bachuwr:H970] or maiden [bethulaw:H1330], old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.”


God’s anger and lack of pity toward the nation of Israel (Whom He was married to) is very much in view in Eze 8:18 - 9:1-7,


“Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. {9:1}He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. {2} And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. {3} And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; {4} And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. {5} And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: {6} Slay utterly old [and] young [bachuwr:H970], both maids [bethulaw:H1330], and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. {7} And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.”



Psalm 110 – Part 18

(1-5-2014)

“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


We’ve been considering 10 verses that contain the words, “in the day” and “of his wrath.” Let’s briefly recap what we have learned from the first six verses, before turning to verse #7: 



1. JOB 20:28 RECAP: NO INCREASE (OR FRUIT)



2. ISA 13:9 RECAP: LAND IS DESOLATE; SINNERS DESTROYED


3. ISA 13:13 RECAP: SHAKE THE HEAVENS…EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE



4. LAM 1:12 RECAP: SORROW BECAUSE THE LORD HATH AFFLICTED



5. LAM 2:1 RECAP – 3-FOLD INDICTMENT AGAINST THE CHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS: COVERED WITH A CLOUD IN HIS ANGER…CAST DOWN FROM HEAVEN…REMEMBERED NOT HIS FOOTSTOOL


6. LAM 2:21 RECAP – GOD HAS SPIRITUALLY KILLED – USING 3 VERBS – “FALLEN,” “SLAIN,” AND “KILLED” – THOSE IN THE CHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS, AND HAS SHOWN NO PITY ON THEM.



Lam 2:21 (Cont.)


In our last study we began looking at some of the passages in which the terms “the young” and “the old” in Lam 2:21 are found. These words, “the young” and “the old” refer to all those in the churches and denominations that came under God’s wrath on May 21, 1988, according to the Biblical Calendar of history, which God graciously allowed Mr. Camping to discover, and which has been such a wonderful blessing to learn the various dates for individuals and events in the Bible record – in addition, to pinpointing where we are in time today.


Let’s turn to Lam 2:21,The young [na`ar:H5288] and the old [zaqen:H2205] lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain [them] in the day [yowm:H3117] of thine anger [‘aph:H639]; thou hast killed, and not pitied.”


The idea of “The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets:…” is also re-stated by the next phrase, “…my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword…” and this language also surfaces in the following references as well:


Lam 1:15 and 18 reveal: “The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men [bachuwr:H970]: the Lord hath trodden the virgin [bethulaw:H1330], the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress… {18} The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins [bethulaw:H1330], and my young men [bethulaw:H1330], are gone into captivity.”


Deu 32:15-25 likewise highlights Israel’s rebellion during the wilderness sojourn (remember, she is called the church in the wilderness” in Acts 7:38): “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. {16} They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. {17} They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. {18} Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. {19} And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. {20} And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. {21} They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. {22} For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. {23} I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. {24} They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. {25} The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man [bachuwr:H970] and the virgin [bethulaw:H1330], the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.”


2 Chr 36:11-17 takes place just prior to the Babylonian captivity: “Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. {12} And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD. {13} And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel. {14} Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. {15} And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:{16} But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. {17} Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees [Nebuchadnezzar – typifying Satan], who slew their young men [bachuwr:H970] with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man [bachuwr:H970] or maiden [bethulaw:H1330], old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.”


God’s anger and lack of pity toward the nation of Israel (Whom He was married to) is very much in view in Eze 8:18 – 9:1-7,


“Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. {9:1} He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. {2} And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. {3} And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; {4} And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. {5} And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: {6} Slay utterly old [and] young [bachuwr:H970], both maids [bethulaw:H1330], and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. {7} And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.” 


Notice the phrase, “begin at my sanctuary” in Eze 9:5, which mirrors the language of 1 Pet 4:17-18, as well as that of Jer 25:29. Let’s review those again, as we need to keep these critically important verses clearly in the forefront of our minds:


1 Pet 4:17-18 acknowledges, “For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


Jer 25:29 likewise reveals, “For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.”


Lam 2:22


The next citation that we want to consider is Lam 2:22, which follows Lam 2:21, 


“Thou hast called as in a solemn day [yowm:H3117] my terrors round about, so that in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639] none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.


Let’s consider these three terms – “none escaped,” “nor remained,” and “consumed”:


  • “none escaped”…read Eze 6:8-9, and 7:16


  • “nor remained… read Isa 1:9 (remnant) and Oba 18 (remaining)


  • “consumed”… read Isa 1:28 (consumed); Jer 5:3 (consumed), Jer 8:20 (ended)


Psa. 110 – Part 20 (2-2-2014)

“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


We’ve been considering 10 verses that contain the words, “in the day” and “of his wrath.” Let’s briefly recap what we have learned from the first six verses, before turning to verse #7: 



1. JOB 20:28 RECAP: NO INCREASE (OR FRUIT)



2. ISA 13:9 RECAP: LAND IS DESOLATE; SINNERS DESTROYED


3. ISA 13:13 RECAP: SHAKE THE HEAVENS…EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE



4. LAM 1:12 RECAP: SORROW BECAUSE THE LORD HATH AFFLICTED



5. LAM 2:1 RECAP – 3-FOLD INDICTMENT AGAINST THE CHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS: COVERED WITH A CLOUD IN HIS ANGER…CAST DOWN FROM HEAVEN…REMEMBERED NOT HIS FOOTSTOOL


6. LAM 2:21 RECAP – GOD HAS SPIRITUALLY KILLED – USING 3 VERBS – “FALLEN,” “SLAIN,” AND “KILLED” – THOSE IN THE CHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS, AND HAS SHOWN NO PITY ON THEM.


Lam 2:22


The next citation that we want to consider is Lam 2:22, which follows Lam 2:21, 


“Thou hast called as in a solemn day [yowm:H3117] my terrors round about, so that in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639] none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.


Let’s consider these three terms – “none escaped,” “nor remained,” and “consumed”:


  • “none escaped”[paliyt:H6412]…read Eze 6:8-9, and 7:16


Eze 6:8-9 reveals, “Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have [some] that shall escape ”[paliyt:H6412] the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries. {9} And they that escape [paliyt:H6412] of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.”


Eze 7:16 “But they that escape of them shall escape [paliyt:H6412], and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.”


  • “nor remained [sariyd:H8300]… read Isa 1:9 (remnant) and Oba 18 (remaining)


Isa 1:9 says, “Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant [sariyd:H8300], we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”


Oba 18 further adds, “And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be [any] remaining [sariyd:H8300] of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken [it].”

 

  • “consumed”[kalah:H3615]… read Isa 1:28 (consumed); Jer 5:3 (consumed), Jer 8:20 (ended)


Isa 1:28 promises, “And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners [shall be] together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed [kalah:H3615].”









Psalm 110 – Part 21 (3-23-2014)

“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


Review of Verses Thus Far Considered That Contain the Words “In The Day” And “Of His Wrath”


We have been focusing on the nature of Judgment Day as expressed in the words, “in the day” and “of his wrath,” in Psa 110:5 – as they are found specifically in 10 verses (out of a possible total of 28) that deal with this most important subject which is presently occurring. In our study thus far we have correctly understood from 1 Pet 4:17 and Jer 25:29 that judgment began at the “house of God” on May 21, 1988 (which are the churches and denominations of our day, which are typified by Israel and Judah in the Old Testament, and then it transitioned to the world on May 21, 2011. As we have examined 6 of these 10 verses, we have been learning quite a bit, as we have gone through the first six of these 10 passages, as the Bible alternates between these two decisive judgments in its emphasis.  Let me try to briefly recapitulate what we have discovered so far just to refresh our memories…include past “recaps”


Summary Of Previous 6 Verses


Sun Is Darkened…Moon No Longer Shines


Include after Isa 13:9-10


Isa 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.


Why is this important? It can’t be speaking about the very last day – although quite literally, God will somehow speak this universe out of existence, in the same manner that He spoke into existence. 


Ecc 12:1-2 “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; {2} While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:”


Isa 24:23 “Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.”


Eze 32:7 “And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.”


Joe 2:10 “The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:”


Rev 6:12 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;”


Rev 8:12 “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.”


Joe 2:31 “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”


Joe 3:15 “The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.”


Hab 3:11 “The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.”


Mat 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”


Mark 13:24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,”


Lu 21:25 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;”


Acts 2:20 “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:”


Three Verbs In Lam 2:22


We are down to Lam 2:22, the 7th reference in our list of 10 citations, which declares, along with Lam 1:12, 2:1, and 2:21, the deplorably sad condition of the end of God’s usage of the churches and denominations, which we must bear in mind is a repetition of what God did to national Israel when Christ hung on the Cross, and the veil of the Temple was rent for ever, indicating that God was no longer utilizing that particular divine institution any longer. Most professed “Christian” churchgoers understand that. If you ask them if salvation is still viable within that institution, most will admit, “No, not any longer.” But yet they don’t recognize that they also are subject to this same divine indictment…and we can carry this even further when many are in our day deny that we are living in the day of judgment, in spite of numerous Scriptures that affirm that just the opposite is taking place as I quoted a little while ago, in reviewing the numerous passages – both in the Old as well as in the New Testaments – that characterize our day (that is, after the Great Tribulation ended on May 21, 2011), in which the sun (or Christ) is darkened, and the moon (representing the Word of God) is no longer giving her light.  Now, let me be very clear, I must emphasize this again and again, lest we somehow forget – this doctrine in no way, shape or form, impacts, contradicts, or hinders God’s sovereign  election program which He set up before the foundation of the world.      






Psalm 110 – Part 22 (4-06-2014)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


Review Of Previous Verses  


Three Verbs In Lam 2:22


We are down to Lam 2:22, the 7th reference in our list of 10 citations, which declares, along with Lam 1:12, 2:1, and 2:21, the deplorably sad condition of the end of God’s usage of the churches and denominations, which we must bear in mind is really a repetition of what God did to national Israel when Christ hung on the Cross, and the veil of the Temple was rent for ever, indicating that God was no longer utilizing that particular divine institution. Most professed “Christian” churchgoers understand that. If you ask them if salvation is still viable within that institution, most will admit, “No, not any longer.” But yet they don’t recognize that they also are subject to this same divine indictment…and we can carry this even further when many in our day deny that we are living in the day of judgment, in spite of numerous Scriptures that affirm that just the opposite is taking place.  Numerous passages – both in the Old as well as in the New Testaments –  characterize this day (that is, after the Great Tribulation ended on May 21, 2011), in which the sun (or Christ) is darkened, and the moon (representing the Word of God) is no longer giving her light, as was discussed last time I spoke.  Now, let me be very clear, I must emphasize this again and again, lest we somehow forget – this doctrine in no way, shape or form, impacts, contradicts, or hinders God’s sovereign  election program which He set up before the foundation of the world.  


Lam 2:22


Let’s read Lam 2:22,  “Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about so that in the day of the LORD’S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.”  [You will recall that the phrase rendered “My terrors round about” was the name (“magor missabib”) given to Pashur (governor of the Temple) by God through Jeremiah  in Jer 20, and this expression actually ties together the Cross, the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC, and the end of the world typified by the end of the church age, and symbolized by the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC.] 


Three Verbs… “None Escaped”… “Nor Remained”… “Consumed”

Let’s take a closer look at three of the verbs in Lam 2:22. These same terms “none escaped,” (paliyt:H6412), “nor remained” (sariyd:H8300), and “consumed” (kalah:H3615)  which in Lam 2:22 are speaking about the death of all those within the churches and denominations are also found in verses 22-23 of Jos 8:18-28, which describes the siege against Ai that God orchestrated:  


“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city. {19} And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire. {20} And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers. {21} And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai. {22} And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain [sariyd:H8300] or escape [paliyt:H6412]. {23} And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua. {24} And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end [kalah:H3615] of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword. {25} And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. {26} For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. {27} Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua. {28} And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.”


Please note how this account underscores the total destruction of all those within the city of Ai – which spiritually parallels the fate of all who remain in the corporate churches and denominations, and by extension, all the inhabitants of the world today, as we have discussed by looking at a passage like Jer 25:29-33,


“For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city [Jerusalem – typifying the churches and denominations] which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts. {30} Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. {31} A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead  [translated “judge” 90% of the time ] with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. {32} Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. {33} And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground”



 










Psalm 110 – Part 23 (5-04-2014)

“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



Remaining Verses: “In The Day” (yowm:H3117) and “Of His Wrath” (’aph:H639)


In our study of the two words in Psa 110:5, “in the day” (yowm:H3117) and “of his wrath” (’aph:H639) we are down to the last three verses – out of 10 – that we have been investigating for some time now to get a clearer understanding of the time that we are now living in known as “the day of judgment” or “after those days,” (referring to after the Great Tribulation) which ended on May 21, 2011, and lasted a full 23 years – or 8400 days – since May 21, 1988.


All three of these passages are found in the book of Zephaniah; I’ll read them all, and then we can focus on each one individually…


Zep 2:2 declares, “Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day [yowm:H3117] pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger [’aph:H639] of the LORD come upon you, before the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639]come upon you.”


And Zep 2:3 continues, “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day [yowm:H3117]of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639] .”


Lastly, Zep 3:8 exhorts, “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day [yowm:H3117] that I rise up to the prey: for my determination[is] to gather [’acaph:H622]  the nations [gowy:H1471], that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger [’aph:H639]: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.”


The Context Leading Into Zephaniah 2


We read in Zep 1:14-2:3 the following, and please note how many times our word, “day” (yowm:H3117) is repeated – 12 times – perhaps on another occasion we can take a closer look at this passage, since it contains so much information related to “the day of judgment,” but we won’t be able to do that today:


The great day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, [even] the voice of the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. {15} That day [yowm:H3117] [is] a day [yowm:H3117] of wrath, a day [yowm:H3117]of trouble and distress, a day [yowm:H3117]of wasteness and desolation, a day [yowm:H3117] of darkness and gloominess, a day [yowm:H3117] of clouds and thick darkness, {16} A day [yowm:H3117] of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. {17} And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. {18} Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. {2:1} Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; {2} Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639] come upon you. {3} Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639].”


Zeph 2:1


“Gather yourselves together <07197> (8703), yea, gather together <07197> (8798), O nation <01471> not desired <03700> (8737);”


Gather Yourselves Together


The first word in Zeph 2:1 is repeated: “Gather yourselves together <07197> (8703), yea, gather together <07197>…so we know that God is highlighting the importance of what is in view. In Zeph 3:8, we find a different word, but similar in scope to the verb, “to gather” (’acaph:H622) used in connection with the same word for “nation” (or “Gentiles”)  in Zeph 2:1. This second word, “to gather”  (’acaph:H622) in Zeph 3:8 also appears in a very pertinent  passage – Gen 49 – in which we find Jacob blessing his 12 sons, heads of the 12 tribes of Israel. Notice the time frame of “the last days” that God specifies in Gen 49:1, 


“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together [’acaph:H622], that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.”


This same theme is also reiterated in Gen 49:2, even though God chose to utilize a different term for  “Gather yourselves together” (qabats:H6908):


“Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.” 


Gen 49 is another intriguing chapter and we wonder how this relates to us today, but we will have to postpone that for another day as well.  



Zeph 2:2


Before the decree <02706> bring forth <03205> (8800), before the day <03117> pass <05674> (8804) as the chaff <04671>, before <03808> the fierce <02740> anger <0639> of the LORD <03068> come <0935> (8799) upon you, before the day <03117> of the LORD’S <03068> anger <0639> come <0935> (8799) upon you.


Before The Decree


We encountered this same Hebrew word “before the decree” (choq:H2706) in Psa 2:7, in one of our earlier studies; it is usually rendered as “ statute(s),” “ordinance(s),” and “law;”  less frequently it is translated as: “due,” “portion,” “bound,” “custom,” “appointed, etc.


Psa 2:7 affirms,“I will declare the decree [choq:H2706]: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”


You might recall that we were directed there when we were investigating Psa 2:6, which states 


Yet have I set [nacak:H5258] my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”


Pro 8:23 is the only other reference where this word is rendered “set” – in every other place – and there are 22 of them – it is translated as “pour (-ed) out, “cover,” “offer,” “melteth,” and “molten,” and is describes the death and annihilation that Christ was subjected to, before the foundation of the world, and prior to the creation of our present universe:


I was set up [better translated “poured out” – as one would in pouring out a drink offering [nacak:H5258] from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.   


Bring Forth


The next term that we want to consider in Zeph 2:2 is the word rendered “bring forth” (yalad:H3205), and it is found close to 500 times in the Old Testament; it surfaces, among other places, in Gen 25:19-26, in which we see three different ways in which this word is translated in verses 19, 24, and 26. Incidentally this passage and the New Testament commentary associated with it (in Rom 9:7-25), is exceedingly helpful in illustrating the essence of God’s election program:


“And these [are] the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat [yalad:H3205] Isaac: {20} And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. {21} And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. {22} And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If [it be] so, why [am] I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. {23} And the LORD said unto her, Two nations [are] in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and [the one] people shall be stronger than [the other] people; and the elder shall serve the younger. {24} And when her days to be delivered [yalad:H3205] were fulfilled, behold, [there were] twins in her womb. {25} And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. {26} And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare [yalad:H3205] them. {27} And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob [was] a plain man, dwelling in tents. {28} And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of [his] venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.”


We also read the following in Mal 1:1-4, concerning Edom (or Esau):


“The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. {2} I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, {3} And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. {4} Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.


 

















Psalm 110 – Part 24 (6-1-2014)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



Last Three Verses In Our Study Of The Two Words: “In The Day” And “Of His Wrath”


We’re down to the last three (out of 10) passages in our study of the two words in Psa 110:5, “in the day” and “of his wrath,” – namely, Zeph 2:2-3, and Zeph 3:8. In the process we are getting a better understanding of the nature of judgment day – this most unique time that we are now living in – which frankly, most of us never thought we would be here. Do you recall the parable in Luke 17:7-10?


“But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field [represents the world], Go and sit down to meat? {8} And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? {9} Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow [“think”] not. {10} So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”


How do we understand what it means to, “…Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken…”? We get our answer by going to Mat 25:40, in which Christ sets forth the following principle:


“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.”


This is why Jesus commanded Peter three times (signifying the “purpose of God”) after the great catch of 153 fish in John 21 (typifying the “great multitude”): “…Feed my lambs…feed my sheep…feed my sheep…” Rev 7:9, and 13-14 offer further commentary:


After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands… {13} And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? {14} And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

 

We are in a different “season,” now – one that is unique from all others. Do you remember that Ecclesiastes 3 mentions various “seasons” within God’s Biblical timeline of history. We read in Ecc 3:17,


“I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work.” 


This verse reminds us of 1 Pet 4:17-18…


“For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


…and we discovered that the Old Testament counterpart to 1 Pet 4:17 is found in Jer 25:29-31,


“For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name [Jerusalem – representing the churches and denominations spiritually], and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts. {30} Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. {31} A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead [shaphat:H8199 –  JUDGE – over 180 times out of 203 times it appears] with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.”


We should not be surprised or dismayed at all when God makes a change in His dealings with mankind…nor with His people; after all, He has been doing this throughout history. Do you recall how Mr. Camping would state from time to time, that “history is the unfolding of God’s salvation program”? Consider this… God started out with one man – Abraham – and out of his family came the Patriarchs – and in turn, the nation of Israel that God was married to, and out of which came the Messiah, and all the Old Testament elect; Israel was the earthly representation of the Kingdom of God for centuries. Then God divorced Himself from national Israel, and no longer used them, but in its place He raised up the New Testament churches and denominations and used them as His earthly representatives for 1955 years, until May 21, 1988, when they came under His wrath. Then God began using individuals and organizations – especially Family Radio – to send forth the Gospel all over the world in order to fulfill the Great Commission, as we read in Mat 24:14…


“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


…And now we are living in those days, after the Great Tribulation, as we read in Mat 24:29,


Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”


Zeph 2:1-3


We began looking at Zeph 2:2 last time I spoke, so I’ll read Zeph 2:1-3 again, for the sake of the context: 


“Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; {2} Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day [yowm:H3117] pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger [’aph:H639] of the LORD come upon you, before the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639]come upon you. {3} Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day [yowm:H3117]of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639].”



[Before] The Day Pass As The Chaff


We left off last time with the phrase, “…[before] the day [yowm:H3117] pass as the chaff…


Who or What Are The Chaff?


The first thing we need to do is ask the question, who or what are the chaff, since the phrase says “the day” – referring to the “day of the LORD’S anger” will “pass as the chaff”? So, let’s see where the Lord will take us, as we look at the ways in which God utilizes this Hebrew word that is rendered “as the chaff” (motes:H4671) in order to better understand, how and why God is connecting the “passing of the day of the LORD’s anger” with “chaff.” We learn that God employs this term in 7 different places, besides  Zeph 2:2, and we’ll just consider a few of them. If you have an Englishman’s Concordance, which is very useful, all you have to do is look up the Strong’s #4671, and you will see all 8 references listed at-a-glance. If you have a Strong’s Concordance, you can also look up the English word, “chaff,” and you will find a list of 12 verses that contain the word chaff in the Old Testament, made up of 4 different Hebrew words that are rendered “chaff,” along with 2 verses (with the same Strong’s #) from the New Testament. For the purposes of this study, we are concerned with Strong’s # 4671:


The first occurrence is in Job 21:18, where it is translated, “and as chaff;” please also note the similar word, “they are as stubble” in this verse:  “They are as stubble before the wind [ruwach:H7307, “Spirit”], and as chaff [motes:H4671] that the storm carrieth away.” If we back up to VERSES 7-18, AND 28B-33 we’ll see that the context is speaking about the wicked, or the non-elect. 


In Psa 1, after describing the elect in verses 1-3, verse 4 (I’LL ALSO READ VERSES 5-6) focuses on the “ungodly,” comparing them to chaff:   “The ungodly [are] not so: but [are] like the chaff [motes:H4671] which the wind [ruwach:H7307, predominantly as“Spirit”] driveth away.”


Psa 35:5 (READ VERSES 1-8)  Let them be as chaff [motes:H4671] before the wind [ruwach:H7307, “Spirit”]: and let the angel of the LORD chase [them].”


Another citation, Isa 29:5, takes place against the backdrop of Jerusalem or “Ariel” – typifying the churches and denominations under God’s wrath – and is the only other reference, besides Zeph 2:2, which contains both words – “chaff” and “pass” (’abar:H5674), while the expressions, “strangers” and “terrible ones” in this context point to the non-elect: “Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones [shall be] as chaff [motes:H4671] that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.” 


There are still two New Testament verses to consider, with regard to “chaff,” and both are part of the message that John the Baptist brought with regard to the Lord Jesus Christ:


Mat 3:12 (READ 7-12) teaches, “Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat [the elect] into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff  [the non-elect] [achuron:G892] with unquenchable fire.”


And Luke 3:17 (READ 15-17) likewise states, “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff  [achuron:G892] he will burn with fire unquenchable.”


Before The Fierce Anger Of The LORD


We find one interesting usage of the words, “fierce” and “anger” in Psa 78:49, but I’ll read some of the context which is laying out the history of national Israel, even though the first two verses make the point that what follows is a “dark saying” and “a parable,” and related quite precisely with the time we are now living in:


“<<Maschil of Asaph.>> Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. {2} I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old… {49} He cast upon them the fierceness [charown:H2740] of his anger [’aph:H639], wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. {50} He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; {51} And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham: {52} But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. {53} And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. {54} And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased... {70} He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: {71} From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. {72} So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.


Come Upon You


Psa 96:13 “Before the LORD: for he cometh [bow’:H935], for he cometh [bow’:H935] to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.”


Psa 98:9 “Before the LORD; for he cometh [bow’:H935] to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.”


Ecc 12:1-2 pinpoints what is now taking place: “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come [bow’:H935] not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; {2} While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain [the “latter rain”]:


Ecc 12:14 “For God shall bring [bow’:H935] every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.”













Psalm 110 – Part 25 (6-29-2014)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



Last Three Verses In Our Study Of The Two Words: “In The Day” And “Of His Wrath”


We’re down to the last two (out of 10) passages in our study of the two words in Psa 110:5, “in the day” and “of his wrath,” – namely, Zeph 2:3, and Zeph 3:8. In the process we are getting a better understanding of the nature of judgment day – this most unique time that we are now living in – which frankly, most of us never thought we would be here, but as I mentioned last time we see God’s prerogative to change the manner or “season” in which He utilizes His people at any given point in history, as Dan 2:20-23 reminds us, in which Daniel worships God with thankfulness because he had just revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to him:


“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: {21} And he changeth the times and the seasons [zeman:G2166]: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: {22} He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what [is] in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.”


By “seasons” I am referring to God’s dealings first with Abraham, for instance, and then the Patriarchs, which expanded to Jacob’s family and the 12 tribes, out of whom the nation of Israel grew during their bondage in Egypt, and to whom God was married to, and then later divorced; then you had the advent of the Messiah, and the New Testament church age, which lasted 1955 years until May 21, 1988, when God began to bring judgment on that divine institution during the first 2300 days, when virtually nobody was saved. Following that you have the period known as the “latter rain,” in which God would save this “great multitude” for the next 6100 days, ending that chapter in God’s salvation program, and transitioning his judgment to the world starting on May 21, 2011, and initiating a new period known as “after the tribulation of those days,” in which we are currently living.


Zeph 1:1 – 2:3


I’ll read from Zeph 1:14 down to 2:3 again because the foregoing context is especially helpful in order for us to keep in mind why Zeph 2:3 is written the way it is – after all, it was one of the many verses that the believers used prior to May 21, 2011 to warn the world of their need to be reconciled to God before it would be too late; notice, again the extensive use of our word “day” (yowm:H3117) – 12 times – in this passage: 


The great day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD is near [qarowb:H7138], it is near [qarowb:H7138], and hasteth [maher:H04118] greatly [me`od:H3966], [even] the voice [qowl:H6963] of the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. {15} That day [yowm:H3117] [is] a day [yowm:H3117] of wrath, a day [yowm:H3117]of trouble and distress, a day [yowm:H3117]of wasteness and desolation, a day [yowm:H3117] of darkness and gloominess, a day [yowm:H3117] of clouds and thick darkness, {16} A day [yowm:H3117] of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. {17} And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. {18} Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. {2:1} Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; {2} Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day [yowm:H3117] pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, befor] the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639] come upon you… 


With that backdrop of judgment day in view, the following warning preceding May 21, 2011 took on greater significance…and as you recall, it took on an even greater sense of urgency as that day got closer and closer:


{3} Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639].”


Seek Ye the LORD (Jehovah)


For this reason, we see in this verse a three-fold emphasis here to “seek”:seek ye Jehovah”seek righteousnessseek meekness. The words – “Jehovah” (which is the term, “Savior”), “Righteousness” (one of Christ’s names) and “Meekness” (his very character – also rendered as “gentleness” or “humility”) all point to Christ. The word, “seek” (baqash:H1245) is used 225 times, predominantly as “seek,” (189 times) along with 12 other terms, far less frequently. One of the places it is found is in verse 6 of Ecc 3:1-8, which very definitely acknowledges various “seasons” in a person’s life individually we could say, but even more importantly spiritually how God has engaged His people to do His bidding throughout history, as God’s salvation program has unfolded, as I mentioned at the onset of today’s study. We read there…


To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: {2} A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted; {3} A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; {4} A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; {5} A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; {6} A time to get [baqash:H1245], and a time to lose [’abad:H06]; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; {7} A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; {8} A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 


In the main, the words that are translated in English in these axioms are accurate, but in verse 6, we find an anomaly. The word, “to get” is only rendered this way, in this one verse. And this really should be translated “to seek,”“a time to seek” – but what about the rest of the axiom, “a time to lose”?  The term, “to lose” is only translated as such in 10 verses; however, in 174 other occurrences it appears most of the time as either “perish,” or “destroy,” – in other words, “a time to perish”: “A time to seek, and a time to perish.”  But again, please do not take my word for this, check it out for yourselves.

 

All Ye Meek Of The Earth


The Hebrew term, “meek” (`anav:H6035) in the phrase, “all ye meek of the earth” is used 26 times, and is rendered by four English words: “humble,” “meek,” “lowly,” and “poor.”  These “meek” are actually the elect – in much the same way that God refers to “widows, fatherless, and strangers.” One is a “widow” spiritually when her husband – the law of God – has died; (Rom 7:1-4) one is “fatherless” spiritually when Satan is no longer their father – as the widow whose former husband had died); “strangers” are foreigners in the sense that their citizenship is not on this earth, but in Heaven (as being elect, but not saved yet – Heb 11:13-16). Please note the emphasis that God places upon these three spiritual groups in Deu 10:18-19, revealing His care and commitment to them:


He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless [yathowm:H3490] and widow [almanah:H490], and loveth the stranger [ger:H1616], in giving him food and raiment. {19} Love ye therefore the stranger [ger:H1616]: for ye were strangers [ger:H1616] in the land of Egypt.”


Here are some illustrations of how God employs this word, “meek” (`anav:H6035) in the Old Testament:


Moses, as a type of Christ, is described in Num 12:3, “(Now the man Moses [was] very meek [`anav:H6035], above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth.)


Psa 149:4 affirms, “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek [`anav:H6035] with salvation.”


Psa 37:11 But the meek [`anav:H6035] shall inherit the [New] earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”


Verse 9 of Psa 76:7-10 instructs: “Thou, [even] thou, [art] to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? {8} Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, {9} When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek [`anav:H6035] of the earth. Selah. {10} Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.”


Isa 11:4 records, “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek [`anav:H6035] of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.”  (cf.: Rev 19:15)


Which Have Wrought His Judgment


The phrase, “…which have wrought his judgment”[mishpat:H4941] is speaking about the “meek” – or the genuine children of God, as these next examples underscore. This Hebrew term appears 406 times, and 2/3 of those occurrences as “judgment,” and the rest as “manner,” “right,” “cause,” “ordinance,” “lawful,” “order,” “worthy,” “fashion,” “custom,” “discretion,” “law,” “measure,” “sentence” and besides these there are still numerous other miscellaneous ways it is rendered. This is a good example of why we can refer to God’s words as being “pregnant” with meaning, as one searches out how God uses a word throughout the Bible, it is like being in a gold mine, discovering a nugget of truth here, and a another nugget of truth over there. Here are some passages to consider:





Psalm 110 – Part 26

(7-29-2014)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



Zeph 2:3 (Cont.)


Which Have Wrought His Judgment (Cont.)


In our last study we were discussing Zeph 2:3, which states:


Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639].”


I would like to pick up where we left off at the phrase, “…which have wrought his judgment…” As I mentioned previously, this is Strong’s # H4941. This is speaking about the “meek” – or the genuine children of God. This Hebrew word  appears 406 times, and 2/3 of those occurrences as “judgment,” and the rest as “manner,” “right,” “cause,” “ordinance,” “lawful,” “order,” “worthy,” “fashion,” “custom,” “discretion,” “law,” “measure,” “sentence” and besides these there are still numerous other miscellaneous ways it is rendered. This is a good example of why we can refer to God’s words as being “pregnant” with meaning, as one searches out how God uses a word throughout the Bible, it is like being in a gold mine, discovering a nugget of truth here, and a another nugget of truth over there. 



Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do [it], and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments [mishpat:H4941].” 


Similarly, we learn of Abraham in Gen 18:19, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment [mishpat:H4941]; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”


An example of those who did not obey God’s law are the sons of Samuel in 1 Sam 8:1-3, “And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. {2} Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: [they were] judges in Beersheba. {3} And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment [mishpat:H4941].”


One last Scripture to look at is Ecc 8:5-6, which is in keeping with the theme of time (or seasons) and judgment (or the law): “Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment [mishpat:H4941]. {6} Because to every purpose there is time and judgment [mishpat:H4941], therefore the misery of man is great upon him.”



Zeph 1:14


Is Near [Qarowb:H7138]


Job 17:11-12 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart. 12* They change the night into day: the light is short <07138> because of darkness.


Isa 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand <07138>; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.


Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near <07138>:


Eze 7:1-9 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land. 3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations. 4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. 6 An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. 7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble [is] near <07138>, and not the sounding again [hade:H1906] of the mountains. 8 Now will I shortly <07138> pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. 9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.”


(hade:H1906) for (heydad:H1959)


Isa 16:9 “Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting [heydad:H1959] for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.


Isa 16:10 “And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made [their vintage] shouting [heydad:H1959]  to cease.”


Jer 25:30 “Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout [heydad:H1959], as they that tread [the grapes], against all the inhabitants of the earth.”


Jer 48:33 “And joy and gladness is taken from the plentiful field, and from the land of Moab; and I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses: none shall tread with shouting [heydad:H1959]; [their] shouting [heydad:H1959]  [shall be] no shouting [heydad:H1959].”


Jer 51:14 “The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout [heydad:H1959] against thee.”


And Hasteth [Maher:H04118] Greatly [Me`Od:H3966]


Psa 79:8 “O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily [maher:H04118] prevent us: for we are brought very [me`od:H3966] low.”


Exo 32:8 They have turned aside quickly <04118> out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.


Deu 4:26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon <04118> utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.


Deu 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once <04118>, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.


Deu 9:3 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly <04118>, as the LORD hath said unto thee.


Deu 9:12 And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly <04118> from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly <04118> turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image.


Deu 9:16 And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly <04118> out of the way which the LORD had commanded you.


Deu 28:20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly <04118>; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.


Jos 2:5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly <04118>; for ye shall overtake them.


Jud 2:17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly <04118> out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so.



[Even] The Voice [Qowl:H6963]


Psa 95:7-11, “For he is our God; and we [are] the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day [yowm:H3117] if ye will hear his voice [qowl:H6963], {8} Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, [and] as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: {9} When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. {10} Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: {11} Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”


“For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days [yowm:H3117], the voice [qowl:H6963] of mirth, and the voice [qowl:H6963] of gladness, the voice [qowl:H6963] of the bridegroom, and the voice [qowl:H6963] of the bride.”


Joe 2:11 “And the LORD shall utter his voice [qowl:H6963]  before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?”


Hab 3:16 “When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice [qowl:H6963]: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day [yowm:H3117] of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.”

Zep 1:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, [that there shall be] the noise [qowl:H6963]  of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.”


The Mighty Man – “Men Of Renown”


This word can refer to “religious leaders”: [or “men of renown” (“men of the name”)], of Christ/God Himself, of believers, of believers’ children, and of physically strong soldiers, etc., of which, the first category is quite significant, as the “men of renown” or “men of the name” in Gen 6:4 point spiritually to those in authority within the churches and denominations, which helps us to understand why they are crying bitterly:


“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men [gibbowr:H1368] which [were] of old, men[enowsh:H582] of renown [shem:H8034].”


Shall Cry


Interestingly, the word “shall cry” (tsarach:H6873) in Zeph 1:14, is only used in one other account – in Isa 42:13 – where it is rendered “yea, roar,” and is describing God’s “roar” – against His enemies:


“The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar [tsarach:H6873]; he shall prevail against his enemies.”


There Bitterly


The next word in Zeph 1:14 is the term, “there bitterly.” One of the saddest verses in the Bible which contains this same word “bitter” (mar:H4751) pertains to Esau (who is a picture of all the non-elect) and specifically, his reaction upon hearing that Jacob had deceitfully acquired the blessing of the firstborn from their father, Isaac in Gen 27:24,


“And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter [mar:H4751] cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.” 


The same words translated “bitter,” “bitterly,” and “bitterness” (mar:H4751) can also be found in Eze 27:25-32, which has to do with the sending forth of the Gospel during the church age, and typified by ships being sent out to catch fish – rather men – as Jesus commanded in the Great Commission. Much of the language in this passage includes a great deal of imagery related to ship, sailors, and fishing:  


“The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas. {26} Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas. {27} Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin. {28} The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots. {29} And all that handle the oar, the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships, they shall stand upon the land; {30} And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly [mar:H4751], and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes: {31} And they shall make themselves utterly bald for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness [mar:H4751] of heart [and] bitter [mar:H4751] wailing. {32} And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?”   


Zeph 1:15


We read in Zeph 1:15, That day <03117> is a day <03117> of wrath <05678>, a day <03117> of trouble <06869> and distress <04691>, a day <03117> of wasteness <07722> and desolation <04875>, a day <03117> of darkness <02822> and gloominess <0653>, a day <03117> of clouds <06051> and thick darkness <06205>,


The “day” in view is of course “judgment day,” as we shall continue to see…


A Day Of Wrath


The two Hebrew words – “day” (yowm:H3117) and “wrath” (`ebrah:H5678) are found together in the following citations, for example:


Job 21:30 “That the wicked is reserved to the day [yowm:H3117] of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day [yowm:H3117] of wrath [`ebrah:H5678] .


Psa 90:9 For all our days [yowm:H3117] are passed away in thy wrath [`ebrah:H5678]: we spend our years as a tale [that is told.]”


Pro 11:4 “Riches profit not in the day [yowm:H3117] of wrath [`ebrah:H5678]: but righteousness delivereth from death.”


Isa 13:9 Behold, the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath [`ebrah:H5678] and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.”


Isa 13:13 “Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath [`ebrah:H5678] of the LORD of hosts, and in the day [yowm:H3117] of his fierce anger.”


Eze 7:19 “They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day [yowm:H3117] of the wrath [`ebrah:H5678] of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.”


Eze 38:19 “For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath [`ebrah:H5678]  have I spoken, Surely in that day [yowm:H3117] there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;”


Zep 1:18 “Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S wrath [`ebrah:H5678]; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.”


A Day Of Trouble…


The next two words in Zeph 1:15 are: “a day” (yowm:H3117) and “of trouble” (tsarah:H6869). The term, “of trouble” is found, for example, in Dan 12:1, which is a chapter that deals with “the end of the church age” and the Great Tribulation: 


“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble [tsarah:H6869] such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.


This last statement also reminds us of what we read in Rev 7:13-14,


“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? {14} And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” 


And Distress


Besides Zeph 1:15, the word, “distress” (metsuwqah:H4691) is only found once in Psa 25:17, 4 times in Psa 107 – in verses 6, 13, 19, and 28 – and once in Job 15:24.  I’ll read Job 15:20-30 to get the context:


“The wicked man travaileth with pain all [his] days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. {21} A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. {22} He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. {23} He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where [is it]? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. {24} Trouble and anguish [metsuwqah:H4691] shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. {25} For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. {26} He runneth upon him, [even] on [his] neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers: {27} Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on [his] flanks. {28} And he dwelleth in desolate cities, [and] in houses which no man [Christ] inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps. {29} He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth. {30} He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.” 


A Day Of Wasteness And Desolation


The next two words to consider are “…wasteness” (show’:H7722) and a closely related word, “desolation (meshow’ah:H4875)…which appear together in two other citations, besides Zeph 1:15,


Job 30:3 “For want and famine [they were] solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate [show’:H7722] and waste [meshow’ah:H4875].”


Job 38:27 “To satisfy the desolate [show’:H7722] and waste [meshow’ah:H4875] [ground]; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?”


A Day Of Darkness And Gloominess


 

Eze 32:8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness [chosek:2822] upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.


Joel 2:2 A day of darkness [chosek:2822] and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, [even] to the years of many generations.


Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness [chosek:2822], and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.


Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness [chosek:2822], and not light.


Amos 5:20 [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness [chosek:2822], and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?




Jude 14-16 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, {15} To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly [asebeia:G763] deeds which they have ungodly committed [asebeio:G764], and of all their hard speeches which ungodly [asebes:G765] sinners have spoken against him. {16} These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.”


1 Pet 4:17, “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly [asebes:G765] and the sinner appear?”



Psalm 110 – Part 27 (9-28-2014)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day [yowm:H3117] of his wrath [’aph:H639]. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


In The Day Of His Wrath (Cont.)


We have been focusing on the nature of Judgment Day as expressed in the words, “in the day” and “of his wrath,” in Psa 110:5 – as they are found specifically in 10 verses (out of a possible total of 28) that deal with this most important subject which is presently occurring. And in the process we are learning many things about this “extended” period – which is the final “season” or stage of God’s program for mankind:  


  • This is an “extended” day, very much like the 40 years in the wilderness is likened to a “day” in Heb 3:7-9,“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, {8} Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: {9} When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.


  • We have understood that believers have always gone  t-h-r-o-u-g-h Judgment Day, as we noted last time with the examples of Christ Himself, Noah and his family, Abraham and Lot, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and Daniel, and now… ourselves.


  • And this is a time of GREAT testing…a “fiery trial” designed by God to test each human being – believer and non-believer alike to see if they are “…gold, silver or precious stones…” or “…wood, hay, and stubble…” 


  • We have understood that we are to “feed sheep,” (see John 21) which are the ones that God has saved, and are scattered throughout the world.


  • Part of “feeding sheep,” is to “declare and publish” what we are learning about this time with others. The believers are always to testify – during the “day of salvation” – as we used the “two-edged Sword of the Spirit” (signifying both mercy and wrath); and today, during the “day of judgment” we continue to testify that God has finished His salvation program – the Temple has been gloriously COMPLETED!     


Well, let’s continue looking at Zep 2:3, the 9th verse that contains these two Hebrew words, “in the day” and “of his wrath;” after which we will consider the last one, which is also found in Zephaniah, chapter 3, verse 8. 


Zep 2:3


“Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought [or “worked”] his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day [yowm:H3117] of the LORD’S anger [’aph:H639].”


I’m sure you will recognize this most familiar verse that was on the lips of so many of us prior to May 21, 2011, as we sought to warn the world of the approaching   Judgment Day (which would signify the completion of the Great Commission) in which the magnificently glorious Temple that God has been building since He drew up the “heavenly blueprint,” before the foundation of the world, and was completed on May 21, 2011. This “blueprint” which God has been following as He saved this one and that one – each of the Elect – throughout history, whose names He had recorded in the figurative “Book of Life,” and for whom He made Atonement, by paying the awful price of death and annihilation, so they could be forgiven of their sins, and be part of this holy spiritual Temple. 


The term, “his judgment” in the phrase, “…which have wrought his judgment…” is (mishpat:H494). The context is speaking about the “meek” – or the genuine children of God. This Hebrew word  appears 406 times, and 2/3 of those occurrences as “judgment,” and the rest as “manner,” “right,” “cause,” “ordinance,” “lawful,” “order,” “worthy,” “fashion,” “custom,” “discretion,” “law,” “measure,” “sentence” and besides these there are still numerous other miscellaneous ways it is rendered. This is a good example of why we can refer to God’s words as being “pregnant” with meaning, as one searches out how God uses a word throughout the Bible, it is like being in a gold mine, discovering a nugget of truth here, and a another nugget of truth over there. Here are a few examples of how God uses this word: 


Ezra 7:10 records, “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do [it], and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments [mishpat:H4941].” 


Similarly, we learn of Abraham in Gen 18:19, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment [mishpat:H4941]; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”


An example of those who did not obey God’s law are the sons of Samuel in 1 Sam 8:1-3, “And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. {2} Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: [they were] judges in Beersheba. {3} And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment [mishpat:H4941].”


ATT: WE WILL SEE THIS WORD, “JUDGMENT” (mishpat:H4941) IN THE 10TH VERSE –  ZEP 3:8


Ye Shall Be Hid


The next word in Zep 2:3 is: “…ye shall be hid…” This is the same word, rendered “to conceal” in Pro 25:2, which states:


“[It is] the glory of God to conceal [cathar:H5641] a thing [dabar:H1697]: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter [dabar:H1697].


God certainly hides truth, as well as reveals it, in His own timing; in the same manner believers are “hidden” in Christ – even as Noah and his family were hidden in the Ark, which represents Christ – for 370 (37 X 10) days, in which 37 points to judgment and 10 points to completion. And of course, only God knows who they are. They are safe and secure kept in His care, as Psa 17:8 teaches,


“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide [cathar:H5641] me under the shadow of thy wings,”


Psa 27:5 also concurs: For in the time [yowm:H3117] of trouble [ra’ah:H7451 – “evil,” “wickedness”] he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide [cathar:H5641] me; he shall set me up upon a rock [Christ].”


Zep 3:8 (Read verses 1-8)




We read in Zep 3:8, “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day [yowm:H3117] that I rise up to the prey: for my determination [mishpat:H4941] [is] to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger [’aph:H639]: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.”


This is a similar chapter to 1 Pet 4:17-18 and its Old Testament counterpart, Jer 25:29… in that it speaks about judgment on the “city” (i.e., Jerusalem – typifying the churches and denominations) in verse 1-5 – but notice the adjectives that God uses – “filthy,” “polluted,” and “oppressing.”


“For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? {18} And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”


“For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city [`iyr:H5892] which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth [’erets:H776], saith the LORD of hosts.” 


So, starting in Zep 3:6-8 the “location” changes from Jerusalem (and Judah) to the “nations”:  and what do we find there? 


  • The nations are “cut off”
  • Their “towers” (also translated “cornerstone”)
  • The streets are “waste”
  • None “passeth by”
  • Cities are “destroyed”
  • “No man” (Christ)
  • None inhabitant (Christ)


Psa 110:6


In Psa 110:6 we read:


He shall judge [diyn:H1777] among the heathen, he shall fill [male`:H4390] the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound [machats:H4272] the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink [shathah:H8354] of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up [ruwm:H7311] the head.”

 

It’s worth noting how God uses the pronoun, “he” (with regard to Himself) five times in verse 6 and 7, as part of the declension of each of these verbs: 



He Shall Judge Among The Heathen  


With that in mind, let’s consider the first phrase in this verse, which is actually comprised of two Hebrew words: He shall judge” [diyn:H1777] and  “among the heathen” [gowy:H1471]…” These two words are only found together in two other citations (besides here in Psa 110:6a):


First, in Gen 15:14, which is a prophecy concerning Egypt – a spiritual representation of slavery to sin – and how God judged them by the ten plagues, and ultimately, at the Red Sea, where Pharaoh Thutmosis III and his entire elite army perished: And also that nation [gowy:H1471], whom they shall serve, will I judge [diyn:H1777]: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.”


Secondly, in Psa 96:10, which affirms, “Say among the heathen 

[gowy:H1471] [that] the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge [diyn:H1777]the people righteously.” 


The word rendered, “among the heathen,” in Psa 110:6 is also translated, “nation,” “heathen,” “Gentiles,” and  “people.” As such, it applies to God’s corporate people, and to the non-elect as well, as these next passages testify, respectively:


The term, “nation” [gowy:H1471] appears in verse 4 of Isa 1:1-9, and refers to national Israel – which we have learned, points to the churches and denominations that came under God’s judgment: “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah. {2} Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. {3} The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: [but] Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. {4} Ah sinful nation [gowy:H1471], a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. {5} Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. {6} From the sole of the foot even unto the head [there is] no soundness in it; [but] wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. {7} Your country is desolate, your cities [are] burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and [it is] desolate, as overthrown by strangers. {8} And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. {9} Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”


On the other hand, in Psa 149:6, this same word, “upon the heathen,” [gowy:H1471] points to the non-elect. I’ll read the entire psalm, since it is quite short: 


“Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in 

the congregation of saints. {2} Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. {3} Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. {4} For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. {5} Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. {6} Let the high [praises] of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; {7} To execute vengeance upon the heathen [gowy:H1471], and punishments upon the people; {8} To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; {9} To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 110 – Part 28 (10-26-2014)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day [yowm:H3117] of his wrath [’aph:H639]. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


In The Day Of His Wrath (Cont.)


He Shall Fill [male`:H4390] [The Places] With The Dead Bodies [geviyah:H1472]


The next phrase we want to examine is: “…he shall fill [male`:H4390]  [the places] with the dead bodies…”[geviyah:H1472]


We find a similar statement in verse 14 of 2 Kings 23, in which the same word, “he shall fill” is rendered “and filled;” the context highlights what King Josiah did to clean up the high places, which were used to worship heathen gods. I’ll pick up the context in verses 1-14: 

  

“And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. {2} And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD. {3} And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all [their] heart and all [their] soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. {4} And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel. {5} And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. {6} And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped [it] small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. {7} And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that [were] by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove. {8} And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that [were] in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which [were] on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city. {9} Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. {10} And he defiled Topheth, which [is] in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. {11} And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which [was] in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. {12} And the altars that [were] on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down, and brake [them] down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. {13} And the high places that [were] before Jerusalem, which [were] on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. {14} And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled [male`:H4390] their places with the bones of men.”


It also appears in verse 6 of Isa 34:1-6 “Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. {2} For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. {3} Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. {4} And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. {5} For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. {6} The sword of the LORD is filled [male`:H4390] with blood, it is made fat with fatness, [and] with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.” [Idumea and Bozrah are relate to Edom or Esau – all of which are spiritual pictures of the churches and denominations that God abandoned.]


Similarly, verses 7 and 9 of Eze 9:1-10 reveal God’s judgment, which begins with “the house of God” as we read in 1 Pet 4:17 and eventually encompasses the entire world: “He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. {2} And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. {3} And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; {4} And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. {5} And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: {6} Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. {7} And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill [male`:H4390] the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city. {8} And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? {9} Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full [male`:H4390] of blood, and the city full [male`:H4390] of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not. {10} And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.” 


Let’s look at one other citation, having to do with the word – “with the dead bodies” – in Psa 110:6. In is found in verse three of Nahum, chapter 3, where it is rendered as, “of [their] corpses”; I’ll read verses 1-7 for the sake of the context, which again points to the churches and denomination of our day, who are typified by Nineveh, or Babylon:


WOE TO THE BLOODY CITY! IT IS ALL FULL OF LIES [AND] ROBBERY; the prey departeth not; {2} The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots. {3} The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and [there is] a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and [there is] none end of [their] corpses [geviyah:H1472]; they stumble upon their corpses [geviyah:H1472]: {4} BECAUSE OF THE MULTITUDE OF THE WHOREDOMS OF THE WELLFAVOURED HARLOT, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. {5} Behold, I [am] against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. {6} And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock. {7} And it shall come to pass, [that] all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, NINEVEH [BABYLON] is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?”



Nah 3:1 provides an excellent illustration of the importance of key phrases found throughout the Bible. In this instance, let’s consider the first phrase in verse 1, “Woe to the bloody city!” The first thing we want to do is see if this same exact phrase is repeated elsewhere in Scripture; we can do this by means of a Bible software program, or by looking up the individual words with either of three study helps:


  1. The Interlinear Bible – the best one is authored by Jay P. Green, Sr. – each Strong’s number is located above each Greek and Hebrew word; this “tool” is an invaluable resource, as it also enables the reader to see the “word order” in the original Greek and Hebrew (which is different than English obviously).


  1. Englishman’s Greek or Hebrew Concordance – two indispensable reference books, that show the reader “at-a-glance” all the different ways that a particular Greek or Hebrew word is translated in English; this shows you why I like to say that each Hebrew or Greek word is “pregnant with meaning.” 


  1. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance – allows the reader to find the Strong’s number for any English word in the Authorized (or King James) Version of the Bible, and also provides synonyms (like the Englishman’s) for each Greek and Hebrew word – but unlike the Englishman’s – takes much longer to access the same information. A word of caution: DO NOT TRUST THE DEFINITIONS IN THE BACK OF STRONG’S – they are not reliable, as they only reflect the opinions of Dr. Strong (and/or simply the grammatical usages of a word) – instead of the spiritual meaning that God has hidden in each of the 14,565 unique Hebrew and Greek words that He penned.  


Back to our phrase – “Woe to the bloody city!” – found in Nah 3:1. The exact phrase also appears in Eze 24:6 and 9. Furthermore, when one looks up each of these words in all three passages, one discovers that all the Strong’s numbers match, except for the “woe” in Nah 3:1, which is slightly different (the difference of one letter) but embodies the same idea. Each phrase is comprised of the same three Hebrew words – “Woe,” “to the bloody,” and “city”:


Nah 3:1, Woe [howy:H1945] to the bloody [dawm:H1818] city [’amar:H5892]…”


Eze 24:6, Woe [’owy:H188] to the bloody [dawm:H1818] city [’amar:H5892]…”


Eze 24:9, Woe [’owy:H188] to the bloody [dawm:H1818] city [’amar:H5892] …”


Earlier, I stated that Nineveh (or Babylon) is a representation or “type” of the churches and denominations of our day. But how can we prove this from the Bible? In order to come up with an answer that is Biblical and does not contradict anything else in the Bible, we have to investigate the context of Eze 24, as we did with Nah 3 earlier to try to find some clues. Eze 24:1-24 says:


“Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, {2} Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon [who typifies Satan] set himself against JERUSALEM this same day. {3} And utter a parable unto the REBELLIOUS HOUSE, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it: {4} Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones. {5} Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein. {6} Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; WOE TO THE BLOODY CITY, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it. {7} For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust; {8} That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered. {9} Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; WOE TO THE BLOODY CITY! I will even make the pile for fire great. {10} Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. {11} Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed. {12} She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire. {13} In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee. {14} I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD. {15} Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, {16} Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. {17} Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. {18} So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded. {19} And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so? {20} Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, {21} Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; BEHOLD, I WILL PROFANE MY SANCTUARY, THE EXCELLENCY OF YOUR STRENGTH, THE DESIRE OF YOUR EYES, AND THAT WHICH YOUR SOUL PITIETH; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword. {22} And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men. {23} And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another. {24} Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.”


In Nahum 3 we noted that “the bloody city” is called “Nineveh” (which is Babylon), and a “harlot.” If one were to search out the numerous places where this word, “harlot” is found, one would find corroboration that this is indeed a representation of the churches and denominations of our day, and as a result of her adultery (or idolatry) God divorced Himself from national Israel, which took effect when Christ hung on the Cross in 33 AD. In Eze 24, she is also identified as “Jerusalem,” and as “the bloody city” twice; additionally, God commands Ezekiel to tell “the house of Israel” specifically that He would “profane” (or make “unholy”) “my sanctuary.” Furthermore God sets up a historical parable in front of their very eyes, by informing Ezekiel that his beloved wife, would die, and that he was to do the following in verses 16-18: 


“Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. {17} Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. {18} So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.


God was equating the “death” of Ezekiel’s wife with the death of His sanctuary, as well as “the bloody city” itself, to show by means of this tableau, that they were forbidden to mourn or cry because of this action that God had taken.


Psalm 110 – Part 29 (11-30-2014)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


He Shall Wound The Heads 


The two Hebrew words, “…he shall wound…” (machats:H4272) and “…the heads…” (ro’sh:H7218) only appear together in the following three references, besides Psa 110:6:


In Jud 5:26, a historical parable, we read about the death of Sisera (who represents Satan) at the hand of a woman named Jael:  “She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head [ro’sh:H7218], when she had pierced [machats:H4272] and stricken through his temples.”


Verse 21 of Psa 68, along with verses 1-2, 7-8, and 23 is a Messianic psalm that also speaks of God defeating His enemies: “<<To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.>> Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. {2} As smoke is driven away, so drive [them] away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God... {7} O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah: {8} The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. {21} But God shall wound [machats:H4272] the head [ro’sh:H7218] of his enemies, [and] the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses…{23} That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of [thine] enemies, [and] the tongue of thy dogs in the same.”


Hab 3:13 is similar in scope to Psa 68, by underscoring God’s judgment in verse 1-14: “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. {2} O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. {3} God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. {4} And [his] brightness was as the light; he had horns [coming] out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. {5} Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. {6} He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways [are] everlasting. {7} I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: [and] the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. {8} Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? [was] thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses [and] thy chariots of salvation? {9} Thy bow was made quite naked, [according] to the oaths of the tribes, [even thy] word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. {10} The mountains saw thee, [and] they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, [and] lifted up his hands on high. {11} The sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, [and] at the shining of thy glittering spear. {12} Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. {13} Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, [even] for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst [machats:H4272] the head [ro’sh:H7218] out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.”


Over Many Countries


In the foregoing three passages we note that Satan and his kingdom are in view – he and all those within his dominion are indeed the enemies of the Kingdom of God – and ultimately they will be destroyed – typified by “the wound to the head” – as God had predicted, among other places, way back in Gen 3:15 with regard to Satan:  


“And I [God] will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman [the elect], and between thy [Satan’s] seed and her [the elect’s] seed [Who is Christ]; it [He – Christ] shall bruise thy [Satan] head, and thou [Satan] shalt bruise his [Christ’s] heel.”


Indeed, Satan was defeated on May 21, 2011 and this is typified by the language of Dan 5:30-31, in which Daniel interprets God’s message to Belshazzar, the king of Babylon, predicting his kingdom’s demise:   


In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. {31} And   Darius the Median took the kingdom, [being] about threescore and two years old.”


Because of the immediate fulfillment of that prophecy - “in that night” - one is struck with the parallel imagery of Christ (whom Darius represents spiritually) coming as a “thief in the night,” according to these next verses:


1 The 5:1-4 reveals, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. {2}For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief [kleptes:G2812] in the night. {3} For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. {4} But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”


2 Pet 3:10 maintains,“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief [kleptes:G2812] in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. {11} [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, {12} Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”


And Mat 24:43 gives this warning: “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief [kleptes:G2812] would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.”

Psalm 110 – Part 30 (12-28-2014)

 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



Over Many Countries


In verse 7 of Jer 27:1-10 we find the same two Hebrew words, “over many” (rab:H7227) and “countries” (’erets:H776) that appear in Psa 110:6, and are rendered as  “of his land” and “then many” :


“In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, {2} Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck, {3} And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah; {4} And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters; {5} I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. {6} And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. {7} And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land [’erets:H776] come: and then many [rab:H7227] nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him. {8} And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand. {9} Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: {10} For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.”


The context of Jer 27 is especially helpful as it is describing the second “Great Tribulation” period in the Bible – namely the 70-year Babylonian captivity – in which God commanded Judah and Jerusalem to submit to the king of Babylon, who typifies Satan. Spiritually, this is highlighting the end of the era of the institutional churches and denominations, which is the fulfillment of the “abomination of desolation” spoken of in Mat 24:15, Dan 11:31, and 12:11. This began on May 21, 1988, when God commanded His people to leave the churches and denominations, since God began His judgment program with them by handing them over to Satan, as both Isa 14:4, 12-17 and 2 Thes 2:3-4 declare respectively:


“That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!…{12} How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! {13} For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: {14} I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. {15} Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. {16} They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, [and] consider thee, [saying, Is] this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; {17} [That] made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; [that] opened not the house of his prisoners?


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


He Shall Drink Of The Brook


The phrase “He shall drink of the brook” is a curious statement indeed. What could God have in mind by these enigmatic words?


We find a clue in Pro 18:4, which says,The words [dabar:H1697] of a man’s mouth are as deep waters [mayim:H4325], [and] the wellspring of wisdom [chokmah:H2451]  [as] a flowing brook [nachal:H5158].”


In this most interesting verse we find two comparisons: “words” (dabar:H1697) are compared to “waters” (mayim:H4325), and “wisdom” (chokmah:H2451) is associated with “brook” (nachal:H4325); spiritually we could also add that “words” are linked to “brook,” and “waters” to “wisdom.” Furthermore, the term “words” (which is the Hebrew word, “dabar” – and is most commonly translated as “the Word of God”) –  is associated with “Wisdom,” since Christ, Who is the “Word of God” is also the essence of Wisdom, according to 1 Cor 1:24,


“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ  the power [dunamis:G1411] of God, and the wisdom [sophia:G4678] of God.”


However,  I had to remind myself that the context surrounding Psa 110:7, namely verses 1-2, and 5-6,  has to do with judgment: 


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies… {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill [the places] with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


When one compares 1 Cor 1:24 let’s say with a verse like Mat 24:29,  in which the same word for “power(s)” (dunamis:G141) is employed, one discovers that God is teaching a number of significant truths: 


“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers [dunamis:G1411] of the heavens [ouranos:G3772] shall be shaken:”


The “powers of the heavens,” which are in view in Mat 24:29 relate to the “sun” (Christ), the “moon” (the Bible), and the “stars” (believers)






The Significance of Christ Drinking From The Brook And Elijah Drinking From the Brook


How then can we understand the significance of Christ drinking from the brook? We discover that these two words, “He shall drink” (shathah:H8354) and “of the brook” (nachal:H5158) only appear together in two other accounts (besides here in Psa 110:7) and concern Elijah the prophet – 1 Kin 17:4 and 6 and 2 Kin 3:17. For the purposes of this study we will concentrate on the former, and I’ll read verses 1-7 of 1 Kings, chapter 17 to get the historical context:


“And Elijah the Tishbite, [who was] of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. {2} And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, {3} Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that [is] before Jordan. {4} And it shall be, [that] thou shalt drink [shathah:H8354] of the brook [nachal:H5158]; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. {5} So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. {6} And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank [shathah:H8354]  of the brook [nachal:H5158]. {7} And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”


We want to take our time with this detour since God has directed us here, as we are using God’s methodology of comparing “…spiritual with spiritual…” (1 Cor 2:13) with the prayer that God will indeed teach us. 


First of all we learn that Elijah’s name means “my God is Jehovah,” and he was a Gileadite. Ahab the king was one of the most wicked kings to ever rule over Israel, (only to be surpassed by his wife, Jezebel, who was a very evil woman) as we read in 1 Kin 16:30-33


And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that [were] before him. {31} And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. {32} And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. {33} And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.


In 1 Kin 17:1 we find Elijah making this pronouncement to king Ahab: “…As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”


From the New Testament we find additional information regarding the duration of this drought in Luke 4:25, and Jam 5:17-18 respectively; please note the Greek transliteration of his name – “Elias”:


“But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, [42 months is representative of the Great Tribulation of our day which lasted 23 years, or 8400 days; it was during the first 6 ½ years of this period that virtually nobody was saved, hence the figure of heaven being “shut up”] when great famine was throughout all the land;”


“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. {18} And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”


From Deu 11:16-17 God stipulates why He withholds the rain, and this is especially the case as we read about the rebellious practices that Ahab and Jezebel engaged in:   


“Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; {17} And [then] the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and [lest] ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.”


In verse 3 we find God giving the command to Elijah to go eastward and to hide himself by the brook Cherith (which is a word that has to do with being “cut-off”), which is before Jordan; the command is also repeated in verse 5, along with Elijah’s obedience to it. In verse 4 God tells Elijah to drink of that brook, and indicates that the ravens would feed him. In verse 6, we are told that the ravens (who represent unclean animals) brought him “bread and flesh in the morning” and “bread and flesh in the evening” and he “drank of the brook.”   Lastly, in verse 7 we learn that after a while the brook “dried up” because there had been “no rain in the land.”


Turn Thee Eastward


God gives Elijah the command in 1 Kin 17:3, “Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that [is] before Jordan.”  The term “eastward” (qedem:H6924) is usually rendered as “east,” “east part,” “east side,”  “eastward,”  “old,” “ancient,” and a few others. The “east” is also associated with the sunrise, and Christ is typified as the “Sun of righteousness” in verse 2 of Mal 4:1-6, in which Elijah – prefiguring John the Baptist – is also mentioned. Notice the context of judgment in most of these verses:


“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. {2} But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. {3} And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts. {4} Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, [with] the statutes and judgments. {5} Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: {6} And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”  


The same term, “eastward” (qedem:H6924) is also translated, “eternal” in Deu 33:27, 


“The eternal [qedem:H6924] God [is thy] refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy [them.]”



Psa 110 - Part 31 (1/18/2015)


“<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink [shathah:H8354]  of the brook [nachal:H5158] in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”


1 Kin 17:1-7


We have taken a detour to look at 1 Kin 17:1-7 to see if it can shed any light on verse 7 of Psa 110, as this and 2 Kin 3:17 are the only other references, in which these two words appear; please note that these two words are found twice in this passage - in verses 4 and 6:


“And Elijah the Tishbite, [who was] of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. {2} And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, {3} Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward [qedem:H6924], and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that [is] before Jordan. {4} And it shall be, [that] thou shalt drink [shathah:H8354] of the brook [nachal:H5158]; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. {5} So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. {6} And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank [shathah:H8354]  of the brook [nachal:H5158]. {7} And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”


2 Kin 3:17 concerns the kings of Judah, Israel, and Edom who go against the king of Moab, and on their journey over a period of seven days, there is no water for the army nor for the animals; God not only provides the much needed water - mind you, without clouds nor rain - but He also gives them victory over the Moabites: “For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley [nachal:H5158]  shall be filled with water, that ye may drink [shathah:H8354], both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.” 



Hide Thyself By The Brook Cherith


Elijah, whose name means “my God is Jehovah” is sent toward the east  – toward Christ and the kingdom of God – (thee eastward [qedem:H6924] - we saw this same word in Pro 8:22-25, “before” in the phrase, “before his works of old”). However, this word is not merely referring to a point on a compass, or even the term “eternal” as in Deu 33:27a, which I quoted at the end of last month’s study:


“The eternal [qedem:H6924] God [is thy] refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…”


Amazingly there is much more behind this little word - as we see the context unfold - in these verses - in which “qedem” also surfaces twice -along with  concerning Christ being slain before the foundation of the world:


The LORD possessed [“purchased”] me in the beginning of his way, Before [qedem:H6924] his works of old. {23} I was set up [“poured out,” or “melted”] from everlasting, from the beginning, Or ever [qedem:H6924] the earth was. {24} When there were no depths, I was brought forth [chuwl:H2342]; When there were no fountains abounding with water. {25} Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth [chuwl:H2342]


We also see that Elijah is commanded to hide himself by the brook, Cherith (keriyth:H3747), which signifies to be “cut off.”  Actually Cherith is only used twice, and in this account, however it is derived from another word which is (karath:H3772), and is used predominantly as “cut off” or “cut down.”  Here are a few examples of how God utilizes this word:


Exo 4:25 highlights the importance that God placed on the physical sign of circumcision, as it pictured the far greater necessity of spiritual circumcision (in other words, Christ was “cut-off” by death and annihilation for the sins of His elect, prior to Creation) which God alone can perform:“Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off [karath:H3772] the foreskin of her son, and cast [it] at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband [art] thou to me.”


In verse 7 of Jos 4:1-9 the parting of the waters of the Jordan River (a picture of Hell, or death) is described as being “cut-off” two times; additionally, the spiritual analogy of being “cut-off” not only applies to the brook Cherith with regard to its name, but to the Jordan River as well: 


“And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, {2} Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, {3} And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night. {4} Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: {5} And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: {6} That this may be a sign among you, [that] when your children ask [their fathers] in time to come, saying, What [mean] ye by these stones? {7} Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off [karath:H3772] before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off [karath:H3772]: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. {8} And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the LORD spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. {9} And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.”


The “Season” Of The Great Tribulation


It helps greatly to be able to pinpoint the spiritual “season,” in which this incident is a picture of – namely, the first part of the Great Tribulation, in which virtually nobody was saved. We noted is our previous lesson that this conclusion can be verified by the following passages:


Luke 4:25 affirms, “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias [the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Elijah], when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, [42 months is representative of the Great Tribulation of our day which lasted 23 years, or 8400 days; and it was during the first 2300 days of this period that virtually nobody was saved, hence the figure of heaven being “shut up”] when great famine was throughout all the land;”


And Jam 5:17-18 likewise reveals: “Elias [the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Elijah] was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. {18} And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”


Keep in mind that the James passage includes some very crucial information concerning the period known as the  “latter rain,” (or the second part of the Great Tribulation of our day) in which God saved a “great multitude” of people throughout the world from 1994 – 2011; furthermore, the words “early” or  “former” rain, along with the “latter rain” are terms which are both mentioned in Jam 5:7 and Joel 2:23, respectively, and the first one is a picture of the beginning of the church age, on the day of Pentecost in 33 AD:


“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early [proimos:G4406] and latter [opsimos:G3797] rain.”


“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain [mowreh:H4175] moderately [or “righteously”], and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain [mowreh:H4175], and the latter rain [malqowsh:H4456] in the first [month].”


Who Does Elijah Represent? 


We want to determine who Elijah represents, and we are helped by virtue of the fact that frequently God makes reference to the Old Testament, as “…the Law (of Moses) and the Prophets…” or “…the law of Moses, [and] in the prophets, [and] in the psalms…” as Luke 24:44 records. This truth is also highlighted on the Mount of Transfiguration, where we find Moses and Elijah on one side, and Peter, James, and John on the other side, with the Savior in the middle. This is a spiritual illustration of the Bible itself – Moses and Elijah are a portrait of the Old Testament – and Peter, James, and John typify the New Testament. Christ, of course is “The Word of God,” and all Scripture points to Him, according to John 5:39, 


“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.

Psa 110 - Part 32 (1/25/2015)



He shall drink [shathah:H8354]  of the brook [nachal:H5158] in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”



We have taken a detour to consider 1 Kin 17:1-7 (which is a historical parable), in which the two words “he shall drink” (shathah:H8354) and “of the brook” (nachal:H5158) found in Psa 110:7 also appear in verses 4 and 6 of 1 Kin 17:1-7; and we are also attempting to see if we can glean any further spiritual enlightenment regarding verse Psa 110:7 by comparing it with 1 Kin 17:1-7.


“And Elijah the Tishbite, [who was] of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. {2} And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, {3} Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that [is] before Jordan. {4} And it shall be, [that] thou shalt drink [shathah:H8354] of the brook [nachal:H5158]; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. {5} So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. {6} And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank [shathah:H8354]  of the brook [nachal:H5158]. {7} And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”

 

In our previous study, we concluded that the time frame in which this event is occurring is the first 2300 days of the Great Tribulation (May 21, 1988 - May 21, 2011). We ascertained this by a number of verses in the New Testament which verify this:


Luke 4:25 affirms, “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias [the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Elijah], when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, [42 months is representative of the Great Tribulation of our day which lasted 23 years, or 8400 days; and it was during the first 2300 days of this period that virtually nobody was saved, hence the figure of heaven being “shut up”] when great famine was throughout all the land;”


And Jam 5:17-18 likewise reveals: “Elias [the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Elijah] was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. {18} And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”


Keep in mind that the James passage includes some very crucial information concerning the period known as the  “latter rain,” (or the second part of the Great Tribulation of our day) in which God saved a “great multitude” of people throughout the world from 1994 – 2011; furthermore, the words “early” or  “former” rain, along with the “latter rain” are terms which are both mentioned in Jam 5:7 and Joel 2:23, respectively, and the first one - “early” or  “former” rain -  is a picture of the beginning of the church age, on the day of Pentecost in 33 AD:


Jam 5:7 also states,“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early [proimos:G4406] and latter [opsimos:G3797] rain.”


And Joel 2:23 likewise adds: “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain [mowreh:H4175] moderately [or “righteously”], and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain [mowreh:H4175], and the latter rain [malqowsh:H4456] in as the first [month].”


Why Is Elijah [“The Word Of God”] Commanded By God To Hide?


Previously, we also learned that Elijah signifies the Word of God, so the next question we need to answer is, “Why is Elijah (“God’s Word”) commanded by God to hide himself?” Let’s consider a few citations that contain this same word “and hide” (cathar:H5641):


Isa 45:15 declares, “Verily thou [art] a God that hidest [cathar:H5641] thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.”


And Isa 49:2 provides this description of the Lord Jesus, Who in the context is referred to as “Israel”: “And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid [cathar:H5641] me;”


This same word “hide” (cathar:H5641) is also found in Pro 25:2, as “to conceal,” in this key verse which teaches that God hides truth (from the non-elect) as well as reveals truth (to the elect) from His Word, and according to His divine discretion:


“[It is] the glory of God to conceal [cathar:H5641] a thing [dabar:H1697]: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter [dabar:H1697].


This concept of God “hiding” His Word (or Himself) is not just relegated to the Old Testament, but also appears in the New Testament. Do you recall how the Lord Jesus “hid” Himself from the two men on the way to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-16, and then in verses 30-32 and 44-45, He revealed Himself to them, as they were “breaking bread”?


“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. {14} And they talked together of all these things which had happened. {15} And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. {16} But their eyes were holden [krateo:G2902] that they should [epiginosko:G1921] not know [epiginosko:G1921] him...{30} And it came to pass, as he [Christ] sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed [it], and brake, and gave to them. {31} And their eyes were opened [dianoigo:G1272], and they knew [epiginosko:G1921] him; and he vanished out of their sight. {32} And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened [dianoigo:G1272], to us the scriptures?... {44} And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me. {45} Then opened he [dianoigo:G1272] their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,” 


Another excellent example is found in Luke 9:44-45, which when compared with the Mat account, reveals that He was speaking quite “plainly” to His apostles, and yet they could not “understand,” nor “perceive” what was being said, because it was “…hid from them, and they feared to ask him of that saying”:


“Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. {45} But they understood not [agnoeo:G50] this saying, and it was hid [paraklypto:G3871] from them, that they perceived [aisthanomai:G143] it not: and they feared [phobeo:G5399] to ask [erotao:G2065] him of that saying.”



The Significance Of The Brook Cherith


Notice that it is God, Who is instructing Elijah to hide Himself. God is purposefully hiding the Word of God - especially with regard to the churches and denominations. Let’s not forget the time frame in which this is occurring spiritually: the first part of the Great Tribulation – when virtually nobody was being saved. To further highlight this point, God specifies that Elijah was to hide himself  “…by the brook Cherith…,” and in our previous study we discovered that Cherith (keriyth:H3747) denotes being “cut-off,” and is also repeated twice. Additionally, we are also told that this brook faces the Jordan River, which in turn, symbolizes Hell, or the grave. Thus we could say that during the first part of the Great Tribulation, the Word of God was “cut-off” or subjected to death, for all practical purposes. And of course, since we have entered into “the day of judgment,” the glorious light of the Gospel is no longer shining forth - as we have discovered in the Mat 24:29 series -  as it had for the past 13023 years.


And The Ravens


Why the “ravens” - which are unclean animals? The Hebrew word (`oreb:H6158) is translated “raven” 10 times in the Old Testament; in the New Testament is is found only once (korax:G2876) - in Luke 12:24 - a chapter, among other truths, that deals with the time leading up to May 21, 2011 and after.   Incidentally, the term “raven” (`oreb:H6158)  is identical to the name of the Midianite king, Oreb (`Oreb:H6159), as we read in Jud 7:25 - one of four passages, in which this word appears, 7 times. (You might recall that Judges 7 is the account of Gideon and his 300 men - another historical parable which points to our present day.)


“Make their nobles like Oreb [`Oreb:H6159], and like Zeeb: Yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:”


So how does this help us to understand the spiritual significance of the ravens bringing Elijah (who typifies “the prophets” or the Old Testament, i.e., the Word of God), “bread and flesh in the morning” and “bread and flesh in the evening”? Let’s consider how God utilizes this term to see if we can find any other clues to help us, besides verses 4 and 6 of 1 Kin 17:


We see the word “raven” early on in the book of Genesis - in 8:7, “and he sent forth a raven [`oreb:H6158], which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.” 


Psa 149:7 also contains this word, and the context has to do with some of God’s mighty acts which He has done on behalf of mankind, and this universe:  “He giveth to the beast his food, [And] to the young ravens [`oreb:H6158] which cry.” 


Another citation surfaces in Isa 34:11, which is another chapter that is dedicated to explaining much information about our current “day of judgment”: “But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven [`oreb:H6158] shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.”


There is also a very unique statement regarding the “raven” in Song 5:11, which is actually describing the Groom - the Lord Jesus Christ - which is surprising at first, when one considers that the raven is an unclean bird: “His head is as the most fine gold, His locks [are] bushy, [And] black as a raven [`oreb:H6158].”   


 Psa 110 - Part 33 (03/29/2015)


Recap:


We have been looking at the first part of the last verse (7) in Psa 110, which states: 


He shall drink of the brook in the way: Therefore shall he lift up the head.”

We’ve also taken a detour, since the two Hebrew words, “He shall drink”   (shathah:H8354) and “of the brook” (nachal:H5158) in Psa 110:7 only appear together three other times in the Old Testament - twice in 1 Kin 17:4 and 6 - which spiritually is typifying the first 2300 days of the Great Tribulation, in which virtually nobody was saved: 


And it shall be, [that] thou shalt drink  [shathah:H8354] of the brook [nachal:H5158] and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there… {6} And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank [shathah:H8354] of the brook [nachal:H5158].”  


This period of time is aptly referred to as a spiritual “drought” or “famine,” according to the following passages, and is characterized by 3 ½  years or 42 months, as we learn from these next references. During Elijah’s day, the 3 ½ years, (or 42 months) were a literal period of time.


Luke 4:25 affirms, “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias [the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Elijah], when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, [42 months is representative of the Great Tribulation of our day which lasted 23 years, or 8400 days; and it was during the first 2300 days of this period that virtually nobody was saved, hence the figure of heaven being “shut up”] when great famine was throughout all the land;”


And Jam 5:17-18 likewise reveals: “Elias [the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Elijah] was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. {18} And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”


Rev 11:2, “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.


The Great Tribulation - in its entirety - is also characterized by the spiritual number 42 months, whereas the entire church age is referred to by the spiritual number 1260 days. 


The 3 ½ days, on the other hand is another spiritual number that refers to only the first part of the Great Tribulation, or the first 2300 literal days. as Rev 11:9 and 11, point out, which commenced on May 21, 1988, in which the true believers in the congregation were driven out or “silenced”/ “killed.” Then, beginning on Sept. 6, 1994, the third period of spiritual “rain” began to bring in the final harvest of souls, bringing God’s salvation program to an end on May 21, 2011.


Rev 11:9, “And after three days and an half [84 hours] the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.”  


Rev 11:11, “And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half [84 hours] , and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.”    


Elijah is also in view in 2 Kin 3:17, which parallels the second part of the Great Tribulation, in which God saved a “great multitude” of people from all over the world during that significant spiritual “season,” known as the “latter rain”: 


“For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley [nachal:H5158] shall be filled with water, that ye may drink [shathah:H8354], both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.”


Rev 7:9, and 13-14 provides additional confirmation:


“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands... And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?{14} And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” 


The Significance Of The Ravens Bringing Bread And Flesh To Elijah In The Morning And Evening, And Elijah Drinking From The Brook


Last time I spoke we spent some time looking at the individual words in  Son 5:11 to try to grasp the significance of the ravens - who are unclean birds - supplying Elijah with bread and flesh in the morning and evening: 


“His head [Christ is the head of the (eternal) church] [is as] the most fine gold [only used in Isa 13:12 -  make a man more precious (rare) than gold” - our time now], His locks [only other usage is in Son 5:2 - “dew” or doctrine] [are] bushy [meaning: “eminent”], [And] black as a raven.”   


We also have to keep in mind that the 1 Kings 17 account corresponds spiritually to  judgment beginning at the house of God, and virtually nobody being saved, which is one reason why Elijah (whose name means “Jehovah is my God”)  is in “hiding.” 


Black As A Raven


I said that I would look more closely at the word, “black” - referring to Christ’s locks - again having to do with “doctrine” in the phrase, “...and black as a raven...” since it is the opposite description of what we find, for example, in Rev 1:14,


His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;”


The word, “black” can symbolize judgment, depending on the context. For example, the identically spelled root word for “black” (shachor:H7838) only surfaces in Job 30:30, in which Job is a figure of Christ undergoing the wrath of God: 


“My skin is black [shachar:H7835] upon me, And my bones are burned [charar:H2787] with heat.”


The Hebrew term rendered “are burned” (charar:H2787) in this same verse is also found in the following citations, and again highlights the wrath of God upon Christ, as well as the judgment that we are presently living in, as the Isa 24:6 passage affirms,


 Psalms 69:3,  “I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried [charar:H2787] : Mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.”


Psalms 102:3,  “For my days are consumed like smoke, And my bones are burned [charar:H2787] as an hearth.” 


Isa 24:6, “Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned [charar:H2787], and few men left.”


In spite of the fact that 1 Kin 17 is set in the spiritual context of the first 2300 days of the Great Tribulation, Elijah as a true believer, was still sustained by God physically - as God sent the ravens to meet his physical needs - and we can also understand the raven to emphasize the environment of judgment, in which Elijah (representing the Word of God) had been hiding by the brook Cherith (meaning to be “cut-off”), which is adjacent to the Jordan River (another representation of Hell or the grave). Remember too, that eventually the brook Cherith, dried up, because there had not been any rain - which further underscores the drastic pinching off of the Gospel during this time - which would remain that way until the latter rain would commence in 1994.


 Psa 110 - Part 34 (04/12/2015)


We have been looking at the last verse (7) in Psa 110, which states: 


He shall drink [shathah:H8354] of the brook [nachal:H5158] in the way [derek:H1870]: Therefore shall he lift up [ruwm:H7311] the head [ro’sh:H7218].”


He Shall Drink Of The Brook 


In 1 Kin 17, we saw that Elijah (whose name means “Jehovah is my God”) - and he represents the Word of God - also drank from the brook Cherith, which means to be “cut off.” In fact, part of David’s elite bodyguards were comprised of a group of soldiers, called Cherithites.  How can we understand Christ - Who is the Word of God “made flesh” (John 1:14) drinking from a brook? 


In an earlier study, we looked at Pro 18:4, which is a very interesting verse:


“The words of a man's [Christ] mouth are as deep waters, And the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.” 


So we can understand that this is speaking of Christ, Who is the very essence of Wisdom, in both His Word - and in all the marvellous attributes of His being, along with His tremendous works - and especially - the work of salvation. 


But we can also think of another aspect of His divine character with has to do with Christ drinking judgment. For example, He figuratively drank “the cup” of the wrath of God in the Garden of Gethsemane in 33 AD, as we read in the following citations, to demonstrate the fact that from the foundation of the world - He had drunk the contents of that cup - all the way down to the bitter dregs - on behalf of each of His elect people, which is what each of them deserve. Mat 26:39,42, and 44 reveal Christ’s three-fold (signifying “the purpose of God”) request to the Father “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt... {42} He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done… {44} And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.  


Luke 22:41-42 likewise affirm the same - reinforcing the concept of “death by stoning”  “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, {42} saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”


Death by stoning was prescribed in Deu 21:18-21, as punishment for a “stubborn and rebellious son” - who was typified by Christ, as He was laden with the sins of His people - prior to Creation:


“If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:{19} then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; {20} and they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. {21} And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. {22} And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:{23} his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.”  


Notice too, how God immediately follows up this account with that of death by crucifixion in verses 22-23.


The Lord Jesus Christ also mentions the misplaced appellation of “drunkard” and “winebibber” by the Pharisees and Sadducees in Mat 11:18-19 as He contrasts the two erroneous ways in which the religious leaders of His day viewed Him, as well as His “forerunner” - John the Baptist:


“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.{19} The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.” 


The idea of death by stoning is further emphasized in John 10:22-39, in which Christ exposes the extent of the religious leaders’ sinful misconception of His divinity:


“And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. {23} And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. {24} Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. {25} Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. {26} But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. {27} My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: {28} and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. {29} My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.{30} I and my Father are one. {31}Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. {32} Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? {33} The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for BLASPHEMY; AND BECAUSE THAT THOU BEING A MAN, MAKEST THYSELF GOD. {34} Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?{35} If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;{36} say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? {37} If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. {38} But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. {39} Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,” 


We also read of Christ drinking other substances, as these next passages indicate:


Psa 69:21 utilizes a different word for “drink,” than that which appears in Psa 110:7 (shathah:H8354), “They gave me also gall for my meat; And in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink [shaqah:H8248].”


We find the fulfillment of this prophecy in Mat 27:48, “And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.”


However in Psa 75:8, which speaks about the wicked, the same word for drink (as in Psa 110:7) is utilized; we understand that Christ “drank” the same cup of wrath (for the elect) that all the wicked are now drinking (which will eventually lead to their annihilation when they die, or on the very last day of this “day of judgment”) - when God destroys this universe -  since they do not have a Savior: 


“For in the hand of the LORD, [there is] a cup, and the wine is red; It is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: But the dregs thereof,
All the wicked of the earth shall wring [them] out,
[and] drink [shathah:H8354] [them].” 


Red wine (or blood) can also indicate judgment, as the subsequent verses illustrate, when God turns water (which normally points to “the water of life”) into blood or judgment/death:


Psa 78:44 recounts, “And had turned their rivers into blood; And their floods, that they could not drink. [shathah:H8354]  


God also makes the spiritual association between water and blood in 2 Sam 23:16-17, in the historical parable of David longing for water from the well at Bethlehem, when it was under siege: “And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink [shathah:H8354]  thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD. {17} And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink [shathah:H8354] it. These things did these three mighty men.”   


Christ also is pictured as drinking both wine and milk - since wine is a reference to the “blood” or life of Christ [which constitutes the “true Gospel” - the opposite of the “wine” - (a portrait) of false gospels]. Milk also symbolizes the “milk of the Word,” according to 1 Pet 2:2,


“as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” 


The use of both words - wine and milk - are are also found in the subsequent passages, and relate to the true Gospel, which was available during the day of salvation:


Isa 55:1 declares, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine [yayin:G3196] and milk [chalab:H2461] without money and without price.”  


We spent some time in our last lesson, looking at Song 5, and verse 1 also contains these same words - wine and milk: 


“I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk [shathah:H8354] my wine [yayin:G3196] with my milk [chalab:H2461]: Eat, O friends; Drink [shathah:H8354], yea, drink abundantly [shakar:H7937], O beloved.”


The spiritual representations of “wine” and “milk” are also carried over in Gen 49:12, which is spiritually speaking of the tribe of Judah - and by extension - of Christ Himself, Who was from the tribe of Judah: 


“His eyes shall be red with wine [yayin:G3196], And his teeth white with milk [chalab:H2461].”


 Psa 110 - Part 35 (05/10/2015)



READ - the entire scope of God’s plan of salvation and judgment for mankind - from before the foundation of the world all the way through judgment day, the two sides of the Word of God (Who is the Lord Jesus Christ) the Sword of the Spirit: A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. {3} Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, In the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: Thou hast the dew of thy youth. {4} The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. {5} The Lord at thy right hand Shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; He shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink [shathah:H8354] of the brook [nachal:H5158] in the way [derek:H1870]:Therefore shall he lift up [ruwm:H7311] the head. [ro’sh:H7218]”
 

In The Way


In our last Bible study we were concentrating on the phrase “He shall drink of the brook,” in which we see Christ but we did not have time to discuss the last part of that phrase, “in the way” [derek:H1870]:


This word appears, for example, in verse 6 of Deu 8:2-6, as “in his ways,” and the experience of the Israelites in the wilderness is very similar to our present time of testing: 


And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. {3} And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. {4} Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. {5} Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. {6} Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways [derek:H1870], and to fear him.”

We also read in Jos 22:5 this admonition: “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways [derek:H1870], and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”


Deu 31:29 is another passage that spiritually points to the “end of the church age,” as it introduces what follows in Deu 32 with regard to the “song” that Moses had Joshua rehearse in the ears of the Israelites, providing further detail, and even about the nature of judgment day: “For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way [derek:H1870] which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.” 


Lastly, Psa 37:34 - a chapter that concerns judgment day -  includes the same word for “way”, as well as the word for “lift up” - or as it is rendered here - as “exalt”: Wait on the LORD, and keep his way [derek:H1870], and he shall exalt [ruwm:H7311] thee to inherit the land: When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.”


The Last Two Words In Verse 7 Are Used Together In 8 Verses


The last phrase in verse 7 is comprised of two Hebrew words: “therefore shall he lift up” (ruwm:H7311) and the head” (ro’sh:H7218). We find these two Hebrew words together in 8 verses, two of which are particularly relevant to our discussion of Psa 110. They are found in two “psalms of David,” and both pertain to David’s (who is a spiritual representation of Christ) victory over His enemies. It is helpful to look at the contexts for each of these two psalms:


Psa 3:1-8 poignantly declares, A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. {2} Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. {3} But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; My glory, and the lifter up [ruwm:H7311] of mine head [ro’sh:H7218]. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, And he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. {5} I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. {6} I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, That have set themselves against me round about. {7} Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: For thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. {8} Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

And Psa 27:1-14 likewise affirms, A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? {2} When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, They stumbled and fell. {3} Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: Though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. {4} One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. {5} For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: In the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. {6} And now shall mine head [ro’sh:H7218] be lifted up [ruwm:H7311], Above mine enemies round about me: Therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. {7} Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. {8} When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. {9} Hide not thy face far from me; Put not thy servant away in anger: Thou hast been my help; Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. {10} When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take me up. {11} Teach me thy way, O LORD, And lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. {12} Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: For false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. {13} I had fainted, Unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. {14} Wait on the LORD: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”


This last verse - has always been a great encouragement to God’s people - in every generation - but especially today as we draw so close to the the consummation of all things - and the final stage of God’s salvation program - in which all the elect will receive a glorified spiritual body, and finally enter into the “new heavens and new earth” forevermore.


In Ezra’s prayer in Ezra 9:6 we find the inability to lift up one’s head - as a result of national sin - as Ezra (representing the nation) mournfully confesses to God - “And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, {6} and said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over [our] head [ro’sh:H7218], and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.” 


A similar passage appears in Psa 40:12 (another Messianic psalm), even though God employs a different Hebrew word - in this case to “look up” - with one’s eyes (which of course, are in one’s head): “For innumerable evils have compassed me about: Mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up [ra’ah:H7200]; They are more than the hairs of mine head [ro’sh:H7218]:Therefore my heart faileth me.” 


This same repentant attitude is also expressed in the familiar account of the publican and the Pharisee in Luke 18:13, providing us with the reason why the publican was likewise ashamed to “look up”: “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up [epairo:G1869] so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” 



A Look Back At Psa 110


You will recall that the he same emphasis of God’s triumph over His enemies in Psa 3 and Psa 27 occurs in the initial verses of Psa 110:1-2, as well as in verses 5-7:


“A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. {2} The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies… {5} The Lord at thy right hand Shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. {6} He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; He shall wound the heads over many countries. {7} He shall drink of the brook in the way: Therefore shall he lift up the head.”



Let’s turn back to 1 Kin 17:4 and 6, which, as we have discussed previously, is the only other reference (besides Psa 110:7) - along with 2 Kin 3:17 - in which the two words, “drink” [shathah:H8354] and “brook” [nachal:H5158] are found together. The former passage relates to the first 2300 days of the Great Tribulation, while the latter relates to the “latter rain” (or the last 17 years of the Great Tribulation):   

1 Kin 17:4, and 6 records: “And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook…{6} And it shall be, [that] thou shalt drink [shathah:H8354] of the brook [nachal:H5158] ; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.”  


And 2 Kin 3:17 states: “For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind (“Holy Spirit”), neither shall ye see rain (“the Gospel”); yet that valley [nachal:H5158]   shall be filled with water, that ye may drink [shathah:H8354], both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.” 


We have understood that Elijah represents the Word of God, which is “in hiding” - by God’s decree -  during the first 2300 days of the Great Tribulation, when virtually, nobody was being saved. This is accentuated by the brook Cherith - which means “to be cut off,” and remember, that eventually the brook “dried up,” as 1 Kin 17:7, underscores: “And it came to pass after a while, that the brook  [nachal:H5158] dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.Another relevant factor, is the location of the brook Cherith - which faced the Jordan River - which spiritually signifies “Hell,” or the grave. We also have learned that Elijah the man, was sustained physically with “bread” (lechem:H3899, masc. noun) and “flesh” (basar:H1320, masc. noun) each morning and each evening. However it’s significant that the identically spelled root (or parent) words for both “bread” (lacham:H3898) and “flesh” (basar:H1319, verb) signify “fighting” and “tidings” respectively - which relates to God “fighting” against the churches and denominations worldwide - and proclaiming the “tidings” that they were now under His wrath.