Make peace with me and come out to me. Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand? This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.
Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives. Do not be afraid of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. When he hears a certain report, I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword. When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word: And will you be delivered?
Where are the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. You have made heaven and earth. Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel! Long ago I ordained it. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! He returned to Nineveh and stayed there. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.
Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover. I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. I will defend this city. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid! He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; Thou that art enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. New American Standard Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, Thou who dost lead Joseph like a flock; Thou who art enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth! Jubilee Bible Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth.
King James Bible Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; you that dwell between the cherubim, shine forth. Douay-Rheims Bible Unto the end, for them that shall he changed, a testimony for Asaph, a psalm. Give ear, O thou that rulest Israel: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that sittest upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth. World English Bible Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock, you who sit above the cherubim, shine forth. Young's Literal Translation To the Overseer. Shepherd of Israel, give ear, Leading Joseph as a flock, Inhabiting the cherubs -- shine forth,.
PART 3 of the MESSIANIC PROPHECIES
Thus the LORD spoke to him. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And I know good men have made that claim. He thought Christ was coming back as soon as the Tribulation had run its course. So Peter, too, knew the Psalms. Now here come the requirements. Wherefore of these men That are gathered there in the upper room— At the very beginning of His earthly ministry—it had to be someone who had become a believer way back then and had continued as a follower of Jesus and these Twelve men for the whole three years.
That was the requirement. Paul was saved on the road to Damascus in Acts chapter 9. I thought politicians were the only ones that could do that. But see, they lie. You go back to the Book. And if they need to be helped, show them. Well, anyway, back to Matthew 19 and verse The Lord Jesus Himself. Here is the Lord and His throne, and around on a lower level will be the Twelve with their particular areas of responsibility. Now remember, this is all as the Holy Spirit led David to write.
So the Lord will have proximity with the Twelve all through the thousand-year reign. By this I know that thou favorest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. You know, I had an interesting conversation. I shared it, I think, with a couple of my classes in the last week or two. He used to come to one of my classes here in Oklahoma. He just uses his own income and goes over there and for six months does missionary work of various types.
The last time he was over, a fellow worker took him along up to one of the most uncivilized tribes in northern Thailand. And for the first time in all my readings and everything concerning foreign missions, I have never heard the likes of this. This tribe had no god. Now, even most uncivilized tribes have all these gods and so forth. This tribe had no god, no knowledge of God. But what do you suppose they knew? So, they had all these fetishes hanging around in the jungle to ward off the evil spirits, but they knew nothing of a god.
No, we are completely surrounded by the power of Christ because of His resurrection. All right, so verse 11 again. This is the guarantee. But listen, what caused it? Well, you see, beginning with the sixties and the hippy movement, most of those people moved on up into the university circles and became professors and administrators. And what was the first thing they kicked out of Harvard and Yale and all the rest of them? And, as I mentioned in an earlier program, atheism is becoming the popular religion of the time.
Well, when you kick God out, what goes out with Him? I can remember a quote from one of our Founding Fathers. If you cannot deal honestly, you cannot survive. Honesty has to be the bedrock of any form of government or whatever. And why did we lose it? They kicked God out. Okay, that was all free for nothing. Why can we trust Him? And why is Christ faithful? Because of His integrity.
Daniel chapter 7—now remember what the Psalmist just said. Oh, now remember this — how the Scripture fits again. How the Psalmist says the exact words that describe what Daniel is prophesying. Now back to the Psalms for the few seconds we have left. All because of verse 12 and His resurrection power. And then verse 13 is the capstone of it all. These are all promises made to the Nation of Israel. Okay, good to have everybody in this afternoon.
The camera that was over here has now gone all the way to the back. But anyway, those of you joining us on television, we just want to welcome you to an informal Bible study. So I have to take this opportunity — thank you, thank you for your kind remarks and for your encouragement and letting us know that the Word is indeed changing hearts and lives across the country. And we want to thank you for your financial help. Now, in spite of all the financial crunch that has gone through, we still had, without any drop, the biggest month ever last month.
And as we always have to do when we look at the Old Testament, we always have to remember that the whole picture was first the suffering and then the what? The glory that should follow. All right, Peter puts it so perfectly in his little epistle—I Peter chapter 1. I always like to start with verse 9. I do this on purpose. All right, I Peter chapter 1 starting at verse 9—now remember, who is Peter writing to? The Kingdom Gospel which was that Jesus was the Christ.
Nobody has told those Jews to stop Temple worship. The Temple is still operating. Go through there with what we call a fine-toothed comb and you will not find one reference to the Body of Christ. You will find not one reference to salvation through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection as Paul shares in I Corinthians Now, Peter is addressing the twelve tribes. The reason I use this as a kick-off for things in the Old Testament is just that very reason. What does that mean? Now then verse All right, so this is what it means—they searched and they searched. All right, so these Old Testament Prophets: The beauty of Scripture is prophecy.
Remember when we first started this series several tapings back—go back with me now to Psalms chapter 2, which I have used over the last thirty years in my teaching as the outline of that Old Testament timeline—the Old Testament timeline that completely knew nothing of this Age of Grace. It knew nothing of Paul and his apostleship—as everything was Jewish looking forward to the time when the King and the Kingdom would reach out to the Gentile world through Israel. All right, Psalms chapter 2 and always use this, like I said, as an outline of the Old Testament program. Because of their rejecting the Messiah and killing Him.
They like to ridicule. All right, turn with me to where we left off in our last taping. We were in Psalms Not every Psalm is, although some are still definitely Messianic, but not to the point that these special ones that we pick now. We will start at verse 1. These are the words of Christ as the Holy Spirit inspired David to write them.
They become a reality at some future day. I speak of the things which I have made touching the What? It is this coming King and Kingdom. But before the King could come, what did He have to do? He had to suffer. So, all the Old Testament is constantly looking forward to the suffering—which, of course, was the work of the cross—and then the horrors of the Tribulation and then the Glory—the Kingdom which would follow.
Now back to verse 1. I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: The tongue that was on the lips of the Lord Jesus Himself was as ready to go as someone getting ready to write. But you know why? As soon as I say Dear Someone and a comma, I go blank. Now some people are terrific letter writers.
They can hardly wait to get past that comma. Here the prophet is speaking of Christ as being ready to speak forth as quickly as someone who is ready to write a letter. King David is writing at what point in time historically?
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A thousand years before Christ. The Holy Spirit inspired David to write the actual words of the Messiah. Am I making that plain? And this is the whole concept—that David is writing in the Psalms what the Messiah is actually going to speak and do at His first advent when He brings about the work of the cross. And God the Son is one of those Three. All right, so what we have here, then, is that God the Son is still being blessed by the Godhead, which includes all three: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Let me show you where I get the term Godhead. I have to do this scripturally. You know, this is what thrills me so in my teaching experience—that everybody has their own Bible. And, you know, we hear it from stem to stern. Why do all of your people have their own Bible? See how plain that is? Here we have the Godhead: Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. I will never stop using as many Scriptures as I can. All right, Revelation 19 starting at verse 11 and this is after the horrors of the Tribulation have run their course. Armageddon is part and parcel of His Second Coming, of course.
And we were just there at Megiddo a few days ago. To be there where this final battle is going to be fought. 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. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Remember how Psalms Which, of course, will take place as soon as He sets up that glorious Kingdom. All right, back to Psalms and let us see how perfectly David pictures it in his own day and time a thousand years before. Again in verse And in thy majesty ride prosperously That makes reference to the White Horse, of course.
Now verse 5, this is all part of His fighting the enemy of satanic powers and the human race in general. This verse is a reference to His ascension, when He left the Mount of Olives. You know, in our tour of Israel last week, a lot of our people thought the Mount of Olives was the most touching place. And it was from the Mount of Olives, of course, that He ascended. From the Mount of Olives He ascended and went back to Glory.
Now Psalms verse 1 is the prophecy. Time word, at some point in the future on a particular month, day, and year. I make thine enemies thy What? What does that denote? Little David killed Goliath—what did he do with him? What did it denote? Total defeat of the enemy. Come back to Psalms Now, after the horrors of the Tribulation—when He has totally defeated the enemy, and the human race has come under the judgment and the vexation of a righteous God—now we come into the proof that this is a Messianic Psalm. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness; therefore God, thy God , in other words, the Father hath anointed thee the Son with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
All right, in the couple of minutes we have left, I think we can do this. Go back with me to Hebrews chapter 1, and this is what ties this in as a Messianic Psalm. Here we have an exact repetition in a New Testament setting. The God of verse That is the angels. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?
And again, the Scripture says I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But Here it comes now. Just as we saw in Psalms We just established in our closing remarks that this is a Messianic Psalm, because the Book of Hebrews quotes it word-for-word. Now always remember the timeline.
So, he is writing in 1, B. Now we come into something that is further into the future. And the language is so evident. In other words, all the perfume that was attendant with the bride. So here we have the beauty of this glorious union between the bridegroom and his bride. Turn with me to Isaiah. You know, when I get ready for all of these things, I have to make up my mind. Am I going do this early or late? Turn with me to Isaiah chapter I may get some repercussions. I wish you could have been with us the other day.
Am I right, Roberta? Did you see it? Oh, what a glorious panorama, even from the wicked situation it is today. It just boggles the mind. All right, reading on in Isaiah But on the other hand, nothing speaks better or louder than the Scripture itself. All right, verse 2: But the day will come when Jerusalem will be the epitome of righteousness. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem which speaks of kings and queens in the hand of thy God. But this is the whole concept. This is too good to leave. Jerusalem—the city and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
I practiced it on Iris. I practiced it on her. Jerusalem—that gorgeous city on the top of the mountain in pure white. What are we taking about? The walls that surround the city. Oh, it was just gorgeous this time for some reason or other. Maybe it was because of this. And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
The Syrians would come in, and the Babylonians would come in, and the Egyptians would come in and take their crops of grain. Have you ever seen so many?
I mean the land is covered with rocks. But, of course, where they till it—you remember that, Nancy. But, you see, I have to talk to her.
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She was on one of the first trips we made. You remember when we were in the field there where He preached the Sermon on the Mount? It went down like a dish that was all just weeds and grass. Only this is unbelievable. How the land is increasing in production areas. But it has to be cleared. Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Now here it comes. This is frosting on the cake. All right, now with that as a backdrop, come back to Psalms 45 verse So the Gentile city of Palestine will be there like guests at a wedding. Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. All right, come back with me a minute to Deuteronomy. We looked at it I think maybe in our last taping. Deuteronomy 28 and goodness sakes, who wrote Deuteronomy? How long before King David was Moses?
He was only B. Hundreds of years in between and it all fits. This is the Word of God! But of course, it will come to reality in the Kingdom, because only believing Jews will be part of that—just like believing Gentiles are part of the Body of Christ. Nobody is going to try and take it away from them, because their King is in their midst. All right, now verse 11, I just read that one—verse Israel is going to be the money center of the world.
Oh, my goodness, this is beyond comprehension. Today, if you were to depict all the Nations of the world in a beast of some sort, an animal, where would Israel be? Put on at the tip of a tail. But, oh, their day is coming. Remember what our verses say? First the suffering and then what? Their glory is still coming. All of that in the verses above is part of the timeline regarding the Tribulation and the Second Coming and then the bringing in of this glorious, glorious Kingdom.
Jump ahead to Isaiah chapter I knew I wanted to use it sometime this afternoon. But this is probably as good as I can take when it speaks of their children. All right, verse 4: All right, now you jump down from the authority of the King, and we see the operation of the Kingdom itself in the everyday life of the people. They will not be hungry and seeking out food from another species.
This is what made me think of these verses. From their Jewish parents who were part of this glorious Kingdom. There will be no evil. There will be no unrighteousness. There will be no weeds or thistles or things that deter food production. To verse 16, where he said: I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: Now, all of the Old Testament is looking forward to this glorious Kingdom.
Jump ahead to Isaiah chapter 2. These are verses that we have used in times gone by. But when I think something was less than couple of months ago, I come to find out it was a couple of years ago. And the Jewish people will be preeminent in everything that they do. Maybe not as soon as we think, but it is going to happen.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, In other words, after the Tribulation and the Second Coming have taken place. All the world looks to America.
They look for America. They hate us, but, oh, they want all that we can do for them. And again, I want to welcome our television audience wherever you are. I know we get all kinds of letters. Some of you watch it in the shower, and some of you watch it in the living room. And then we get some that have to cover up the canary. We get all kinds of descriptions of where they watch our program. But anyway, we just like the fact that you are watching and listening and learning.
And we always like to thank you for your financial help and your prayers as well as your encouraging letters. Because this is the whole theme of the Old Testament prophetic program—first the suffering, and then the glory that would follow. Of which salvation the prophets the Old Testament writers have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied or foretold of the grace that should come unto you: These prophets were-- Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ who was in them did signify, when he testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory which should follow.
Now, if you want to see how Paul puts it, just back up a little ways and stop at Romans chapter 8. We have very nearly the same kind of language even for believers of the Church Age. Even though we may have to go through suffering, yet we know that the glory is going to follow. Romans chapter 8 verse Here Paul is writing to Gentiles in the Body of Christ. Peter was writing to Jewish believers in the Kingdom economy, yet the format is still pretty much the same.
All right, back to Psalms chapter 46, and now the bridegroom of chapter 45 is going to be the Almighty, All-Sufficient God of chapter Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. What King saved Jerusalem by chiseling out a place where a river could flow and become the place of safety?
Come on, you just saw it the other day. I hope you out there as listeners will be patient with me. Most of them the Scripture says—and King so-and-so did what? And remember, Hezekiah is ruling from Jerusalem, so he has access to the Temple mount and the priesthood and all that goes with it. Isaiah is the contemporary prophet. Now, I think we can surmise here that Psalms 46 was written around 1, B. But Hezekiah and Isaiah held forth about what point in time? So what can we sort of intimate?
That God in the work of the Holy Spirit caused David to write Psalms 46, which in turn would be an encouragement for Hezekiah who is under the siege of the Syrian General, Emperor Sennacherib. Now try to keep that in concept. David wrote it about 1, B. You can do that at home. Do that in your spare time. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.
Well, Sennacherib just ridiculed all that. Now, of course, Hezekiah realizes the only hope he has is the God of Israel, because all the cities have already capitulated. Jerusalem alone is standing against this Syrian army. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And Rab-shakeh said unto them, speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Now Sennacherib says to King Hezekiah-- Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? Hezekiah is depending on the Lord of Israel.
All right, verse Now therefore, I pray thee, Now this is the Assyrian talking. So they could use the name of the Lord, even though they had no conscience relationship with Him. Let not Hezekiah deceive you: Well anyway, Hezekiah knew better than to come in on any of that. This Syrian army is surrounding the city, and the rest of Judah has already been defeated by the Syrian army.
The only hope he has left is the God of Abraham. Now, of course, Isaiah is holding forth north of Jerusalem up in the mountain area. And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. And they said unto him, That is unto Isaiah. Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. Behold, Now here it comes. I will send a blast upon him, That is the Syrian, Sennacherib.
He just lays all this out. LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: And have cast their gods into the fire: All right, now what did the prophecy say that we just read up in verse 7? Which was the capital of Assyria, just over there northeast of present-day Baghdad.
And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead. So there is the background for what we feel is the reason for Psalms Now come back to that, and for the moment we have left, we will just consider how appropriate this Psalm of encouragement was to Hezekiah at the time of certain annihilation.
What is their attitude toward military service? They will not serve and are not for any kind of military. Their approach is like this—the God of Israel will take care of us. Well, the problem is, Israel is not in the same relationship with Jehovah today as they were then. They will not serve. And they will not promote anything that would indicate using anything but the power of God to spare them. But always remember, Israel is not in the same relationship that they were back in Old Testament days.
Now keep your mind on Hezekiah who is being surrounded by the hosts of the Assyrians. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: Just keep going ahead—Joel chapter 2 verse I want to make that impression on you, that this is not just a little quirk of one prophet. Well, good to have everybody in here this afternoon. For those of you joining us on television, I know most of you have this program with a cup of coffee, if I can believe our mail. All right, Psalms chapter Then we saw Him as the great God who intervened in the history of Israel from time to time.
That reminds me, I probably should have done this while we were doing the last lesson. But jump up a minute to Zechariah, because a lot of times when I use these verses, people probably wonder—what does he mean by—he has done in the foretime. Zechariah chapter 14 and this is just one example of what the prophet is talking about. How the Lord at the last moment will come in and rescue the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Zechariah 14—we can start at verse 1.