Kingdom Prophecies: Psalms 83-91

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III. Kingdom Prophecies.. Scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway. Unless otherwise noted, notes are from the Ryrie Study Bible (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D.; 1925-2016) 

A. Psalm 83:4-5.

Verses. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” 5  For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant. 

Note. Ringed by their enemies, the psalmist pleads with God for help (v 1-4), pictures the confederacy (vv 5-8), and prays for vengeance (vv 9-18). 

My Note. War is coming to Israel. Psalm 83 tells about a future day when Israel is savaged by her Arab enemies, and emerges victorious in a great Islamic purging. See my article on The Psalm 83 War, “The Road To Tribulation 5 – The Psalm 83 War, in the following link. There are a total of fourteen articles that address the road to tribulation, and should be studied

B. Psalm 84:9.

Verse. Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed.

Note. “shield.” Speaks of protection. “anointed.” Refers immediately to the Davidic King (though ultimately to Christ.

C. Psalm 85:9-11.

Verses. 9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land. 10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11  Truth springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven.

Note. When the “glory” (presence) of God reigns in the land, the people will experience the characteristics of verses 10-11 (fully so in the Millennium).

D. Psalm 87:4. 

Verse. “I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: ‘This one was born there.’”

Note. “Rahab” stands for Egypt. See note on Isa 51:9 (“Rahab.” The chaos monster of mythology symbolizing Egypt [as in 30:7, mistranslated “strength.”]) In the millennium, all will be citizens (born there) of the kingdom. 

E. Psalm 89:29.

Verse.  “So I will establish his descendants forever, And his throne as the days of heaven.

Note. Messiah is the one who ultimately fulfills the Davidic covenant by reigning on the “throne” of David on the earth. Christ is not now on David’s throne in heaven.

F. Psalm 91:10.

Verse. No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.

Note. This psalm of trust may be outlined as follows: the bases of security found in the character  (vv 1-2) and care (vv 3-8) of God; and the blessings of security — His protection (vv 9-13) and His love (vv 14-16).

My note. As with the twenty-third psalm, and other Old Testament scriptures, this ninety-first psalm must also be understood  in their proper context, as follows: 

Psalm 147:19: “He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.” (My note: Other Scriptures in the Old Testament also point to Israel, as follows. (Ryrie note: His word commands the forces of nature (vv 15-18), but particularly communicated His laws to Israel, thus distinguishing her from all other nations (vv 19-20).

Exodus 16:29: “the Lord has given you the sabbath” (My note: The Sabbath was a gift from God to Jews).  Exodus 31:12-13: 12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying 13 But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. (Ryrie note: The Sabbath was made a “sign” of God’s unique relationship with Israel as His own people. The importance of this sign is seen in the insistence of later prophets that Sabbath-keeping was an indication of the spiritual keeping of the people (Jer 17:19-27; Ezek 20:12-24). (Ryrie note: Ex 20:8-11: The church made Sunday her day of worship (Acts 20:7), commemorating the resurrection of Christ ).

Exodus 19:17: “And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.” (Ryrie note: Israel at Sinai. The giving of the Law. The rest of this book, and the first 10 chapters of Numbers contain the block of teaching known as the Mosaic Law.) (My note: Only Jews were present in this verse.)

Exodus 20:22: “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven.” (My note: Moses gave these Words of God to Jews. Only Jews were present.)

Leviticus 1:1-2:  1 Then the Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2 Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them….” (Ryrie note: Though the book (Leviticus) is a manual for the priests, many of its laws pertain all the Israelites). (My note: Only Jews are addressed, as the Book of Leviticus is opened.) 

Leviticus 26:46: These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the Lord established between Himself and the sons of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai. Leviticus 27:34: These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai. (My note: From the first words of Leviticus, through the last words of Leviticus, God is speaking only to Jews. )

2 Kings 24-25. In the years of 605-586 B.C., during three invasions of Israel by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, many Jews were taken captive to Babylon where they remained captive for 70 years (Note Ezra 3:8), and the Temple and every great house were burned with fire, and the walls of the city were broken down (2 Kings 24-25). Jeremiah 52:28-30, and Ryrie note: 4,600 adult male Jews were taken to Babylon . The total number of captive Jews was estimated to be 14,000 to 18,000 (New World Encyclopedia). 

The fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. When the Roman legions destroyed Judea and Jerusalem in A.D. 70, Josephus says that more than 1,100,000 Jews perished and nearly 100,000 taken captive. 

Holocaust. Six million Jews were murdered by Hitler’s Nazi Party during the time period of 1941-1945.

Revelation 6-19. During the Tribulation many Jews and Gentiles who are left behind from the Rapture (1 Thes 4:13-18) will be killed.  Zechariah 13:8-9 says that two-thirds of Jews will be killed. Of Jews and Gentiles, Revelation 6:8 says that one-fourth of the world’s population will be killed; Revelation 9:18 says that one-third of remaining mankind will be killed.

Isaiah 9:6. For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; (the first advent of Christ). And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (The second advent of Christ).

Isaiah 2:1-4. vs 4: And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.

Isaiah 11:6-9. vs 6: And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them.

Isaiah 65:20. “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days;

There is teaching that physical protection is guaranteed in our world now, in such writings as in the twenty-third and ninety-first psalms. However, the perfection and protection that are written in those psalms, and other writings, will not be present until the perfection of Christ’s rule takes place during the millennial Kingdom Age. We have to be honest with our thoughts and recognize that horrible things happen to God’s people, and will continue to happen to God’s people as long as we are alive in this time of world history. If the physical protections that are addressed in the twenty-third and ninety-first psalms are available for some of God’s people, now, they must be available for all of God’s people, now, which is not the case at this time in God’s timeline. Consider the environment of righteousness that will possess the world when Jesus sits on His throne in Jerusalem during the millennial age of the Kingdom: Isaiah 2:1-4; 11:4-9; 65:19-24; Zechariah 14:1-5, 9. It will only be when Christ rules over the world as “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16) that the perfection of the twenty-third and ninety-first psalms will be provided to all of God’s people.

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