|Psalms 2 |
1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against his anointed one, saying,
3 "Let us break their bonds apart and cast their chains away from us."
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision.
5 Then he shall speak to them in his wrath and trouble them in his deep displeasure, saying,
6 "I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion."
7 I will proclaim the decree that the LORD has said to me, "You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will give you the heathen for your inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."1
10 Now therefore, be wise, O you kings; be instructed, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with [reverent] fear and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish from the way for his wrath is quick to be kindled. Blessed are all those who put their trust in him.2
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1 I will give you the heathen for your inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Look at Revelation 2:26-27:
He who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end. And to him (who overcomes) I will give power over the nations. And he will rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter they will be broken to pieces; even as I received from my Father.
He who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end. End of what? Natural death; No! To the end of grace and the end of the spiritual journey: what you hope for: the visible appearance of the glorious Jesus Christ within your heart, Him bringing your salvation, union with Him and the Father, and entrance into the Kingdom of God.
to him (who overcomes) I will give power over the nations. And he will rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter they will be broken to pieces; even as I received from my Father. Note! Jesus is not going to rule the nations himself; Jesus is going to give power over the nations to his saints, who have overcome the world and have become free from sin. Jesus will rule the nations through his saints, but he will not be physically on the earth. Jesus' saints will not be "raptured" into heaven out of the world; they will remain in the world to rule the world, and rule it with a rod of iron. The rapture is a personal experience, when a purified believer receives salvation, enters into union with God, and is translated into the Kingdom of Christ. To be translated does not mean one leaves the earth, as Paul and others were on the earth, but whose consciousness and sight had been translated into the Kingdom, a parallel dimension sharing the same physical space.
Sinners will never be taken into heaven, otherwise heaven would be full of evil, selfish, cheating, lying, stealing, murdering, drunken, angry, jealous, envious, profane, hating, raging people. Hell is for sinners, where they learn the consequences of their selfish hearts and eventually become pure too; and then be able to enter heaven.
2 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish from the way for his wrath is quick to be kindled. When Jesus told the Jews he was the Son of God, the Jews accused him of blasphemy, yet here David ascribes great power to the Son, advising everyone: Blessed are all those who put their trust in him, and to kiss the son. So David tells the Jews and everyone to put their trust in the Son of God. The Jews, who took great pride in knowing the scriptures, did not know them as well as they thought they did. They interpreted: I will give you the heathen for your inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession, to be a promise that a son of David will be ruler of the earth, physically; when the Gentiles throughout the world became the spiritual inheritance of a descendant of David, Jesus, the Lord, the Son of God.
Revelation foretells how the Lord's wrath will be kindled. There is a day coming when the Lord will destroy all sinners from the earth, whether they think they are saved or not — all sinners will be destroyed. This agrees with Isaiah: This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. Isa 14:26. AND He shall destroy the sinners out of the land. Isa 13:9. Because every one of you walks after the imagination of his evil heart, and therefore you do not listen to and obey me. Jer 16:12. And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth; they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground. Jer 25:33. He shall execute judgment on the nations. He shall fill all places with the dead bodies. He shall crush the rulers across the earth. Psa 110:6.
George Fox wrote extensively about how all these destructions were then taking place, but taking place in the earth within a man's heart, not the earth as we know it. So it is entirely possible that all these messages below, and many more detailed in the footnote to Isaiah 24:6, do not refer to the present earth, but refer to the earth inside every man's heart, which is to be renewed into a new earth and a new heaven as detailed in the footnote to Rev 21:1. It is also possible that the messages apply to both the earth we know as well as the earth in every man's heart. Based on the absolute reliability of Fox's and other early Quakers' testimonies of the seals, trumpets, and vials of Revelation being a personal experience, we should focus only on expecting personal troubles, trials, and tribulations so that we can enter the kingdom and be prepared for whatever physical events occur afterwards. The Lord has previously said: "I will warn people about the coming troubles, about which there is no comparison. I will give ample time before the destruction of sin." When you, (along with the rest of the world), hear the warnings clearly stated, you will know to complete any required preparations.
If you understand that the more selfish acts a person commits while on earth, the longer it takes that person to dig themselves out of Hell; (see Is There Hope for All), then you can see how death can be a merciful act, if performed by He who can see the future and knows how much deeper a person would have dug themselves in if they had remained alive. And, when considering how evil the world has become, how difficult it is for children to grow up in a world full of sexual immorality, drugs, and violence; you might agree, all the evil must come to an end. The world must be freed from its preoccupation with selfishness, greed, sexual immorality, violence, deceit, etc; otherwise children don't really have much of a chance to see and embrace virtue, goodness, truth, and God.
Before this happens, as Jeremiah said in Jer 25:31, "he will plead with all flesh." Related messages from the word of the Lord within in 2008: "There has never been a time like this; all men will twist in the earth. Listen everyone! There is a time coming when the Voice of the Lord will be heard by everyone; take heed and obey. I will recompense my enemies. There is a time coming when all men of the earth will be tried. Behold, I bring a plague upon the whole earth. I will betray those who are happy in their sins. Whoever does wickedly and unjustly will be punished. Clearly there are some who will be greatly preferred. I will make men more precious than rubies. I will destroy all men without light. I will fill the whole earth with the bodies of dead men."
Those who love the Lord must seek him intensely until they are following the Voice of the Lord from within their hearts; then they will be protected and sent to a place where the madness in the cities will not prevail. But they must be brave for the time will be frightening; follow the Voice and the Lord, trust him to protect you, and you will survive to live in a wonderful earth ruled by the Lord through his saints. Take courage and trust.
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