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Sunday, November 23 2014
Psalm 2: The Messiah's Rod Of Iron
"Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel"
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) changed Jacob's name to Israel (see The Origin Of Israel). In Jacob's own lifetime, "Israel" was merely a large family (see The First Census Of Israel). Jacob nevertheless knew that from one of his sons would come a Ruler of all nations (see Jacob's Prophecy To Israel).
"49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (Genesis 49:10 KJV)
The true prophets (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Prophets and The Battle Of The End-Time Prophets) consistently proclaimed that the Messiah is returning to Earth to rule His Creation. The era of man's corrupt and bungling politics will then be over forever.
The prophet Daniel saw it and proclaimed it to the political and religious "Babylon" that man has created for himself (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image).
"2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:31-35 KJV)
John was one of the twelve apostles and a cousin of Jesus (their mothers, Mary and Salome, were sisters; seeThe Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth). John wrote the Gospel Book of John (see John: Fishers Of Men) and four epistles (1, 2, 3 John and the Book of Revelation which is actually also an epistle, a letter; see 1 John: 'If You Love The World, The Love Of God Is Not In You', 2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots, 3 John: Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good and The Epistles: Revelation).
The apostle John was also a prophet who was given to see the same prophecies as Daniel had seen centuries before him. John too wrote how the LORD is returning to rule His Creation "with a rod of iron" that will defend those who love and obey Him and destroy those who choose to rebel against Him. The Messiah Himself spoke what John wrote.
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw." (Revelation 1:1-2 KJV)
David was the king of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David). He was also a prophet who was given to see great future events, including the only eyewitness account of the Messiah's Crucifixion - through the Messiah's own eyes (see The Messianic Psalms). David too saw the same "rod of iron" in the hand of the Messiah - and what He's going to use it for when He returns to restore Earth into Paradise (see the Fact Finder question below).
"2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Fact Finder: (a) What did the Messiah do when He returned to heaven? What was He given? (b) What is the Messiah going to do when He returns to Earth?
This Day In History, November 23
912: Otto I ("Otto the Great") was born. As German king, he was the Holy Roman emperor from 962 to 973 (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1174: Saladin captured Damascus. During the peak of his power, Saladin led the Muslim nations against the Church of Rome's European "Crusaders" (see The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1248: Seville surrendered to Ferdinand III of Castile after a two-year siege.
1510: Ottoman armies (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) sacked Kutaisi (today in European Georgia).
1531: In Switzerland, the Peace of Kappel was signed, ending the second civil war and ensuring Roman Catholic areas were recognized as part of the Swiss Confederation.
1616: Prospero Alpini died at age 63. The physician and botanist is credited with the introducing of coffee and bananas to Europe.
1654: French mathematician Blaise Pascal, 31, underwent a profound religious conversion. He abandoned science, stating that "the Christian religion obliges us to live only for God, and to have no other aim than Him."
1890: Princess Wilhelmina became Queen of the Netherlands at the age of 10 upon the death of her father William III. Her mother, Queen Emma, acted as regent until 1898.
1924: Edwin Hubble's discovery that the Andromeda Galaxy, which had been believed to be merely a nebula within our galaxy (known as the "Milky Way"), is actually another galaxy, and that the Milky Way is only one of a vast number of galaxies in the universe, was first published.
1936: The U.S. abandoned the U.S. embassy in Madrid, Spain because of the civil war there.
1947: Officials at Jerusalem's Hebrew University first learned of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Originating sometime between 200 BCD and 70 AD, they had been found the previous year by two Bedouin boys in a cave near Qumran (listen also to our Sermon The Dead Sea Scrolls).
1959: General Charles de Gaulle, President of France, declared in a speech in Strasbourg his vision for a European Union: "Europe, "from the Atlantic to the Urals."
1979: Thomas McMahon was sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Earl Mountbatten, cousin of Queen Elizabeth.
1980: A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Eboli in southern Italy, killing 2,735 people and injuring at least 7,500. It was Europe's most severe earthquake since 1915.
1985: 58 people were killed when Egyptian commandos stormed a hijacked Egyptair airliner in Malta.
2005: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected President of Liberia, thereby becoming the first woman to lead an African country.