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Thursday, February 19 2015

Psalm 89: The Messiahs Of Prophecy

"Thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him ... I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him"

"Christ" is the English-language rendering of the Greek word, pronounced khris-toess, which means anointed. It was used, in the "New Testament" (which was written in the "world language" of that time, Greek - even though most people spoke and taught in Hebrew or Aramaic; see also The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus) as the Greek term for the "Messiah" - from the Hebrew word, pronounced maw-shee-awkh, which also meant anointed. "Christ" and "Messiah" are identical in actual meaning.

Two people (and their direct descendants who carried on their prophetic role) were "anointed" (maw-shee-awkh i.e. Messiah-ed) as direct living prophecies of the dual responsibilities of the Son of God. They were all merely men, but the LORD established them as living prophecies of Himself. The Levite Priesthood and the Israelite Monarchy were genuine creations of the LORD, not of any man or nation's "religion" or "politics."

The first was the Levitical High Priest who prophetically-portrayed humanity's High Priest before God the Father (see The Christian Day Of Atonement: Past, Present and Future). It seems like no mere coincidence that the LORD established the prophetic priesthood before the prophetic kingship of Israel (perhaps another primary reason that Moses was not made a king at the time that his brother Aaron was given to create the Priesthood - apart from his being of Levi, not Judah; see Jacob's Prophecy To Israel) because it is being fulfilled by Jesus Christ in that order - the Sacrifice and Deliverance, then the authority given to Him by the Father to rule (see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).


"40:13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint [maw-shee-awkh, "messiah"] him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest's office." (Exodus 40:13 KJV)

"9:11 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; 9:12 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. 9:13 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: 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:11-14 KJV)

The second prophetic figure of the Messiah is the King of Israel - which was a prophecy of the Kingdom of God that will be composed of repentant people of all nations - just like Israel came into existence from all nations, beginning with a "gentile" from Iraq named Abraham (see What Are Gentiles Doing In Israel? and The Prophecy Of King David's Messianic Throne).

"16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed [maw-shee-awkh, "messiah"] him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah." (1 Samuel 16:13 KJV)

"1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David" (Luke 1:32 KJV)

"19:11 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. 19:12 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. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:11-16 KJV)

"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)

The Psalms are a treasure of prayers (e.g. see The LORD Is My Shepherd and When Does God Listen To Prayer?) and prophecies (e.g. see David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise and King David's Zion Prophecy). The prophecies include the Bible's only eyewitness account of the Crucifixion through the Messiah's own eyes as He hung on the Cross. Appropriately, it was given to be seen by the king, David, that portrayed the ultimate King, Jesus Christ, in prophecy (see David's View From The Cross).

Like many of the others, Psalm 89 contains even the Word of the LORD, directly, Who is the fulfillment of what He was saying, as He spoke it e.g. "I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him" and "I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations."


"89:1 Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. 89:2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.

89:3 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, 89:4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

89:5 And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. 89:6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. 89:8 O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?

89:9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them. 89:10 Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm. 89:11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. 89:12 The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name. 89:13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. 89:16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. 89:17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. 89:18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king. 89:19 Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

89:20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: 89:21 With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. 89:22 The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. 89:23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. 89:24 But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. 89:25 I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. 89:26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. 89:27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. 89:28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. 89:29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

89:30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; 89:31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; 89:32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. 89:33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 89:35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. 89:36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. 89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

89:38 But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed. 89:39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. 89:40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin. 89:41 All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours. 89:42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice. 89:43 Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle. 89:44 Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground. 89:45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

89:46 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? 89:47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? 89:48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah. 89:49 Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth? 89:50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; 89:51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. 89:52 Blessed be the LORD for evermore.

Amen, and Amen." (Psalm 89:1-52 KJV)

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This Day In History, February 19

197: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated rebel commander Clodius Albinus at the Battle of Lugdunum, the greatest battle between Roman armies (see The Politics Of Rome, Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Legions Of Men And Angels).

356: Emperor Constantius II issued a decree to favor the Roman newly-created version (perversion) of Christianity in the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

New Amsterdam 842: The Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ended. A Council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of graven images (which they called "icons"). This debate over icons is often considered the last event which led to the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Roman Churches.

1401: William Sawtree, regarded by some as the first English religious martyr, was burned in London.

1408: The English Northumberland Rebellion ended when Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, was defeated by Henry IV at the Battle of Bramham Moor.

1473: Nicholas Copernicus was born in Poland. He is considered by some to be the founder of modern astronomy.

1568: Miles Coverdale died at age 80. He was the translator and publisher of the first complete Bible to be printed in English, in 1535. He was also the editor of the "Great Bible" of 1539.

1674: England and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Westminster to end the Third Anglo-Dutch War. The treaty surrendered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, after which it was given its present-day name - New York.

1797: Pope Pius VI signed the Treaty of Tolentino with Napoleon under which Bologna, Romagna and Ferrara were ceded to France.

1800: Napoleon Bonaparte established himself as first consul in France.

1861: Serfdom was abolished in Russia.

1915: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British and French warships began attacks on Ottoman (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) fortifications at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of Gallipoli.

1918: With the beginning of communism in Russia, a decree abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee.

1942: Japanese forces made the first attack on the Australian mainland, bombing Port Darwin.

1942: During the Second World War (which actually began in September 1939 for the rest of the world, but only in December of 1941 for the U.S. with the Japanese attack on the U.S. military base in Hawaii), President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the arrest and camp internment, without charge or legal due process, of many people of Japanese race, even those born in the U.S.

1953: Georgia approved the first "literature censorship board" in the U.S.

1959: The Prime Ministers of Britain, Turkey and Greece signed an agreement in London for the independence of Cyprus.

1976: Iceland severed diplomatic relations with Britain during the "Cod War," a dispute over fishing rights of depleted Atlantic cod stocks.

1976: Executive Order 9066 of 1942 (see listing above), which provided the legal means to incarcerate racial-Japanese U.S. citizens (including those born in the U.S. for generations) to "internment camps" without charge or trial during the Second World War, was rescinded by President Gerald Ford.

1986: The Soviet Union launched its Mir space station. It remained in Earth orbit for 15 years.


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