About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Rage While God Laughs
To begin, we should understand that many Psalms speak to the history in which they were written. However, many of these Psalms are prophetic, differing little from the prophetic books of the Old Testament. This Psalm is a psalm of history, but you will find out that it really is relevant for us today and into the future. It does speak to the character of nations throughout history but I will approach this Psalm from an end of times perspective.
Nimrod was the first
recorded man who aspired
1 asks the question. "Why
do the nations rage or conspire in vain?" This
question portrays the thinking and actions of our nations as we approach
the end of this age. The
nations will rage more and more as we get closer to the end.
The ultimate fulfillment of this rage is seen in the book of
Revelation where the nations eventually fight against Jesus Himself, but
long before then the nations will rage and conspire against Christians
who represent God on earth.
Verse 1 tells us that the nations plot in vain, and
why do they plot in that?
The answer is simple. The
book of Revelation tells us that Jesus wins in the end.
It's not hard to figure out. He will defeat the
nations as God gathers them in the
2 tells us that the kings and the leaders of the nations will rise up
against both the Lord and His anointed one.
The Lord refers to God, and in an end time scenario His anointed
one refers to Jesus. The
Hebrew word "mashiyach" is translated here as "anointed."
It is translated into English as "Messiah."
We know that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ.
though our leaders rage in vain, as verse 1 states, they still take
their stand and gather together against the Lord and against His
anointed one, as verse 2 states. Revelation
17:14 confirms that nations will actually end up fighting against Jesus
Himself. This arrogance
shows the degree of depravity to which the nations will sink.
is interesting to note that Psalm 2:1 and 2 are quoted by Peter and John
in Acts 4:25 and 26 in reference to Jesus being arrested and executed by
the Jews and the Romans. This
does not necessarily mean that the death of Jesus is the fulfillment of
this Psalm. It just means
that Peter and John's generation fit the description of Psalm 2.
The final fulfillment of this psalm, as we will see, has to be at
the end of this age.
3 shows the insane state of our nations at the end of this age.
The national leaders say, "Let us break their chains and
throw off their shackles." National
leaders will attempt once and for all to free the world of any hint of a
God and submission to Him. This
insanity will end in destruction and bloodshed.
Revelation 14:20 says, "The blood will flow to the horses
bridle." No matter how you understand these words, we can
certainly see this last great battle will be a bloody mess.
word "their" in verse 3 refers to the Lord and his anointed
one, meaning, God and Jesus.
our national leaders gather to plot their attack, according to verse 4,
the Lord, meaning God, sits in the heavens and laughs at them.
The word "them" is in reference to national leaders.
Picture this. Our
leaders gather in some exclusive mountain retreat in the French Alps.
After a long day of strategizing, they spend a relaxing evening
cracking off-colored jokes around hot-tubs and whirl-pools.
While sipping expensive wine and gulping down cocktails, they
fixate their eyes upon voluptuous short skirted waitresses walking back
to the bar to pour them more drinks.
Little do they realize that while they are laughing in frivolity,
there is a God in heaven laughing at them.
If there was ever a time when God would roll on the floor in
hysteric laughter, this would be that time.
know it's not politically, socially, or even religiously correct these
days, but God does get angry, as seen in verses 5 and 6.
He will "rebuke the nations in His anger and terrify them in
His wrath when He installs His King on Zion." What the angel told
Mary in Luke 1:32 will come true. Jesus
will rule from David's throne in Jerusalem. He will be installed as
King of the world What a day that will be.
Hoping to demolish Jerusalem
with a couple of 4 megaton nuclear warheads, the nations of the world
are stopped dead in their tracks by the one they considered to be just a
first century teacher of morality. It's
called the Battle of Armageddon.
this point we should differentiate between the Throne of David that the
angel told Mary in Luke 1:32 that Jesus would sit on and the throne He
now sits on at the right hand of God. They are not the same throne.
The Throne of David existed centuries ago in the literal city of
also the words "my holy mountain."
7 says that He, who I believe is Jesus,
will make His (God) laws known to the world once He is installed as
king. After the nations fall
like pathetic wimps, a new world-wide constitution will be established
and implemented. No longer
will we have our national founding fathers.
We will simply have our Founding Father.
There is a debate
among Christians what laws of God the Psalm is speaking of here.
Some say they are the laws of love and truth as spoken by Jesus.
Others suggest these laws refer to the Laws of Moses.
I agree with the first scenario, but, I tend to believe the laws
include the Law of Moses. Without
getting bogged down in the details, I believe God will hold Israel
to its promise to keep the Law of Moses as they promised God in Exodus
19:8 and 24:3.
They will do so during the thousand year rule of Christ.
If you have trouble with that, and I can certainly understand why
you would have trouble, read the last 8 chapters of Ezekiel and ask
yourself when have these chapters been fulfilled, and, if they haven't,
when and how will they be fulfilled?
These chapters are one of the least commented on chapters in the
apostle Paul spoke of this day in Philippians 2:10.
He said, "Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord." Picture
CNN's breaking news flashing across your flat screen TV.
The stock market report is abruptly interrupted.
In real time, and in high definition, the world is in shock as
they see the American president falling to his knees.
In a moment of embarrassing weakness he admits he was wrong.
Jesus Christ was really the only Lord all along.
Before the president can rise to his feet, CNN shows breaking
is breaking news all over the place.
Leaders of all stripes, colors, nationalities, and religious
affiliation, fall to their knees in confused astonishment.
Cable news networks around the world can't keep up with what's
screens go wacky. Reporters
and camera men fall to their knees.
Microphones and video cameras fly in all directions.
Earthquakes and tsunamis kill millions.
Heart-wrenching screams are heard in every corner of the planet.
All of creation is immobilized as King Jesus lights up the sky
with brilliant flashes of electromagnetic energy that plunders the world
into a dreaded darkness.
history as we know it comes to an end.
God will give His Son the nations of the world as an inheritance,
and the ends of the earth for His possession, as stated in verse 7.
The United States of America, Russia,
8 says, "Today I have become your Father."
It is debatable just what day this verse is speaking of.
Some suggest that it was when Jesus ascended into Heaven, but,
even at His baptism by John, the voice from Heaven proclaimed Jesus to
be God's Son. Also, when Jesus
stayed behind at the temple when He was 12 years old He told Mary that
He had to be about His Father's will. Jesus understood that God
was His Father. I believe that
Jesus was God's son since conception, but, as Galatians 4:1 states, a
son is no different than a slave. He
is looked after by others until he comes of age.
Only then will he receive his inheritance.
Jesus has an inheritance and it has not yet been given to Him.
When the day comes for Him to receive His inheritance, that is,
the nations, He will be the Son in full measure.
9 says that Jesus will "Break them with a rod of iron."
Jesus, as He is pictured in Revelation, chapter 1 and 14, is not only our
Saviour; He is a mighty military officer from Heaven.
He will break the nations and He will "dash the nations to
pieces like pottery" as verse 9 also says.
Muslim nations who eagerly wait for the Twelfth Imam to
to let you know, during the thousand year rule of Christ,
nations will still have a measure of free will as seen in Zechariah
14:17. If a nation chooses
not to worship Jesus, there will be consequences.
No, Jesus won't bomb that nation.
He will simply stop the rain from falling.
It's quick and easy, but very effective.
word of the Lord to our nations today is found in verses 10 and 11.
"Be wise, be warned, and serve the Lord with fear and
celebrate His rule with trembling."
In context, I believe this statement is directed to the leaders
of the nations that will be in existence when Jesus begins His thousand
year rule on earth, but, before that day comes, I believe this should be
the prophetic word that is preached to the nations as a warning of what
is to come.
12 says, "Kiss His Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in
your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment."
No nation or individual is exempt from this admonition.
We embrace Jesus or face the consequences.
The picture we see of both God and Jesus in this verse is not our
new age view of Jesus in our western culture these days. The
world views Jesus as a meek, mild, and quiet spirited teacher, but He is
more than that. God, and
Jesus, can get angry. This
anger, really wrath, will be visible when this age ends.
this point we should distinguish between anger and wrath.
In Biblical terms wrath is much more strong and intense than
anger. Wrath, is an
explosive, near uncontrollable outburst of heavy duty anger.
Psalm 2 ends with, "Blessed are those who take refuge in Him." The future is almost upon us. Our only hope of survival, our only refuge, is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many, including so-called Christians will attempt to take refuge in many places. As people have done before, some will move out into the countryside, hoping to escape the wrath of God, but there is no escape. We should remember the saints we read about in the book of Revelation. They did not shrink back in fear. They did not hide. They trusted their lives with Jesus, even as they were executed for association with Him (Revelation 12:11). Nowhere in the Bible does it tell Christians to go and hide. As a matter of fact, we are told just the opposite. In the first few verses of John 16 Jesus told the apostles that they would suffer, even be killed, for their faith in Him. Jesus did not tell them to hide and try to escape being executed. No, He told them to go into all the world and make disciples from all nations, despite the fact that they would die in the process.
2 has a lot to say about the days in which we live and the days yet
ahead of us. This Psalm is
well worth studying and meditating upon. It
not only clues us in on some future events, it shows us the majesty of
the God we love and serve.