WHY DO THE NATIONS RAGE?

Psalm 2:1 says, Why do the nations rage in uproar and the people devise vain things? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand. And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, 3“Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, 6 But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain. I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 10 Therefore you kings, be wise; be warned you rulers of the earth.11 Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate His rule with trembling. 12 Kiss His Son or He will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction for His wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2 is prophecy in old Testament ascribed to David in Acts 4:25. This frequent quotes and allusion to Psalm 2 in Matthew. 3:17;17:5; Acts 4:25–27; 13:33; Romans 1:4; Hebrew 1:5;5:5 shows Jesus Christ is the Son of David and Son of God in promises given to David come to fulfilment in Jesus. The Father God sent His Son Jesus as Saviour of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 25 who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, ‘WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE, AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS? 26‘THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.’ 27“For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, Herod, Pontius Pilate, Gentiles and people of Israel.
Though kings and rulers rage, Isaiah 7:7 says the Sovereign LORD God, “‘It will not take place or happen despite their fighting against God.  Their long-term motives or intentions destroyed by God forever. In Acts 4:26 kings of the earth rise up and rulers band together against Jesus. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed but Psalm 2:10 says Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth. In Psalm 48:4, see, the kings assembled, they passed by together. In Psalm 110:5, The Lord at your right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. In Matthew 2:16, Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by wise men, was exceeding  angry and sought to kill Jesus. In Luke 13:31 The same day there came certain Pharisees, saying to him,some Pharisees came and said to him, get away from here for Herod wants to kill you. He said to them, Go and tell that fox, Listen, I am casting out demons, performing cures today and tomorrow and on the 3rd day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Jerusalem the city that kills prophets and stones those sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings and you were not willing! See your house is left to you. I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. In Luke 23:11,12 Herod with his men of war set him at nothing and mocked him. In Acts 12:1-6 at that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain people in the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. In the Gospels, the Pharisees in Luke are largely antagonistic to Jesus and the disciples, apostles and believers. So nation is rising against nation. It feels as though we are on the brink of another world war. In the midst of the growing turmoil and increasing uncertainty. 

In Revelation 17:12-14 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received the power is the reason against Christ and Christians. So they gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place called Armageddon. “Then I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies in order to fight against God. In Matthew 26:3,59 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the the rulers against Jesus. In Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the  decided to kill JesusActs 4:5-8 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes killed Jesus. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord. The kings of the earth take their stand, and rulers meet together against the Lord and against his Messiah. So believers‘ pray Boldly for God to shorten the Psalm 2:2 attack by kings of the earth and the rulers band against God.The kings of the earth prepare for battle. The rulers plot together against the LORD Christ’s throne set up in His church in the hearts of all believers. Alpha male supremacists fight against God’s Anointed counsel on earth so gather kings against the Holy LORD God’s Chosen One. In 2:1-6 we are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this world is the kingdom of satan unconverted men of every rank, party and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. In Ephesians 6:12, believers wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places and rulers of the darkness of this world. The devil has unleashed a fierce battle for the souls of men, women, children, young people all over the world. Through wars, terrorism and severe persecution to try to prevent them from coming to the knowledge of God by faith in Jesus. The rulers of earth generally have been most active. The truth and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects of worldly lusts so they aim at this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience and cords of God’s commandments they will not receive but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies show no good cause for opposing God’s Just and Holy Government which received by all, would bring heaven upon earth in perfect peace. They wish for success in opposing so powerful a kingdom. These coalition nations listed in Psalm 83 are modern identities based on work by Bill Salus and Joel Richardson as follows:

  • Tents of Edom:  Palestinians and Southern Jordanians
  • Ishmaelites:  Saudis (Ishmael is the father of the Arabs)
  • Moab:  Palestinians and Central Jordanians
  • Hagrites:  Egyptians or possibly northern Jordanians
  • Gebal (Byblos):  Hezbollah and Northern Lebanese
  • Ammon:  Palestinians and Northern Jordanians
  • Amalek:  Arabs of the Sinai area (ISIS affiliate)
  • Philistia:  Hamas of the Gaza Strip
  • Tyre:  Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese
  • Assyria:  Syrians and Northern Iraqi’s

Each of these nations represented here above: Iran, Iraq, Lebanon/Hezbollah, and Hamas mentioned in the coalition of Psalm 83 nations enlist the help of the other ready and willing groups:  Jordanians, Syrians, Saudis and Sinai Arabs plus others. This prophecy as the watchmen believe is that the battle of Psalm 83 will occur before end-time invasion against Jerusalem described in Ezekiel 38.  That battle involves the following nations: “Persia [Iran], Cush [the upper Nile region] and Put [Libya, some of Egypt and north Africa] will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer [Ukraine] with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah [Turkey, Turkomen, Turkestan and Armenia] from the far north with all its troops the many nations with you stated in Ezekiel 38:5–6. Ezekiel’s latter-times invasion coalition comes to “plunder and loot” in v 38:12, not to destroy Israel.  There is a divine purpose as The Lord promises to Gog, the leader of the coalition, “I will bring you against My land, so the nations may know Me when I am proved Holy through you before their eyes in v 38:16. In the context of Ezekiel’s prophecy, the prophet observes that the invasion occurs after the land of Israel has “recovered from war” perhaps the war of Psalm 83 and after the people have been “gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate in verse 38:8. So while the nations of Ezekiel 38 do not seem to be in place yet to plunder and loot Israel, it does seem that the nations of Psalm 83 are already united and very close to invading in an attempt to wipe out Israel’s name forever. At this stage in God’s unfolding plan for Israel and the world, we can stay vigilant in our watch and prayer for wisdom in these last days, sharing with others the news of the Bible’s many prophecies, especially those that reveal the identity of the Jewish Messiah. Moreover, the purpose of the invasion in Psalm 83 is to attempt to wipe out Israel as a nation “so that Israel’s name is remembered no more”  Psalm 83:4 as their the stated goal. However, The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavours of His enemies. God’s answer to earth’s sorrowing cry is Jesus the Name above all names. God Loves humanity despite His Rejection as Theocratic Head so Compromised by sending Christ’s Physical Throne from God Who said,  “I have placed My chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem on My holy mountain in Psalm 2:6 so God Set up Christ in the hearts of all believers who will rule and reign as kings with Christ.

In verse 2. The kings of the earth set themselves; or draw themselves up in array in Jeremiah 46:4. Such kings as Herod the Great, Herod Agrippa, Nero, Galerius, Diocletian, Julian the Apostate, etc. There is always warfare between the world and the Church as some kings to take part mostly on worldly side. Rulers take counsel together having authority below rank of kings so give orders. In spite of great persecution, the Gospel is preached in all nations so overwhelmingly spiritually hungry billions are saved in Jesus Name to find the answer to life in God’s Vital Word for daily life. Such were the ethnarchs and tetrarchs of the first century, the governors of provinces under the Roman emperor, the members of the Jewish Sanhedrin, and the like. These last frequently “took counsel against the Lord” in Matthew 26:3 – 5; Matthew 27:1; Acts 4:5, 6; Acts 5:21-41). Against the Lord, and against his Anointed, saying. In David’s time the recognized “anointed of the Lord” was the divinely appointed King of Israel in 1 Samuel 2:10; 1 Samuel 12:3, 5; 1 Samuel 16:6; 1 Samuel 24:6, 10; 1 Samuel 26:7, 16; 2 Samuel 1:14, 16: 19:21; 22:51; Psalm 17:50; 20:6; 28:8, first Saul, and then David; but David here seems to designate the term to a Greater King than himself as The True Theocratic King, whom he typified. The kings of the earth set themselves so rose and stood up in great wrath and fury and presented themselves in a hostile manner and opposed the Messiah. As Herod the great, king of Judea bestirred himself, and sought to take away the life of Jesus in his infancy; and Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee called king in Mark 6:14; who with his men of war mocked him, and set him at nought and Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, who represented the Roman emperor, and condemned him to death, Matthew 27:26; and all the kings of the earth ever since, who ever persecuted Christ in his members, and have set themselves with all their might to hinder the spread of his Gospel and the enlargement of his interest; And the rulers take counsel together; as did the Jewish Sanhedrin, the great court of judicature among the Jews, the members of which were the rulers of the people, who frequently met together and consulted to take away the life of Christ: it includes all other governors and magistrates who entered into schemes against the Lord GOD and against Anointed Messiah Christ the Lord and Jehovah. In  In Matthew 22:41-46 and Psalm 110:1 the King David again prophesied, The LORD GOD Almighty said to my lord Jesus, “Sit at My Right Handthe place of honour until I Make your enemies a footstool for your feet. “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until i make your enemies. Christ baffled his enemies before David’s death on how His forefather call Him Lord for he must reign until God put all enemies under his feet. All things to be put under His feet, antichrist, enemy king’s wars waged. Jehovah Nissi is the Name of the LORD God Almighty in battle Who Puts enemies under His Feet. In 1 Corinthians 15:25, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:42 David said by Holy Spirit My Lord must Reign so all enemies under Jesus Feet.
This Psalm of David speaks about future events many years in advance before Jesus was born. This same verse is recounted in Bible in the book of Matthew 22:44, Luke 20:43, Acts 2:35, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at My Right Hand till humble tlll enemies making them a footstool under your feet. Jehovah Elohim LORD GOD said unto Lord Jesus Sit On My Right Hand till I make enemies your footstool. The LORD GOD declared Lord Jesus’ VICTORY over world governments in Armageddon. Temporary rulers will be footstool for Jesus Feet  in Psalm 110:1 as king David a type of Christ defeated God’s enemy Goliath.In Hebrew, the first “LORD” refers to Jehovah, or Yahweh, and the second “Lord” is Adonai Jesus. Therefore, the first verse actually reads, “Yahweh said to my Adonai. After Jesus conquered sin and death and rose from the dead, He returned to the Father. And the Father said, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” As Joseph Prince says, Jesus’ throne attitude is to Sit and expect His Father to bring all His defeated enemies under His feet. In biblical times, defeated enemies were brought back in chains and the victorious king would sit on his throne and put his feet up on the backs of his defeated enemies as a sign of victory. They were not mere head hunters collecting battle trophies as the accounts of the classical historians showed but ensured documented atrocious crimes of horrific images in graphic art form monument statutes on public display in museums as evidence against themselves. So, Jesus’ conquered enemies being dragged to Him one by one to put under His feet. God tells us to have same throne attitude as Jesus to rest while He makes our enemies our footstool. Jesus Raised from death is Seated at GOD’S Right Hand and God placed all things under His Feet and appointed Him to be head over Israel and the church in Ephesians 1:20, 22–23. The church body of Christ has God’s Power and Authority so more than Conquerors in Jesus Name. Jehovah Nissi the Mighty One Himself in battle is the One Who makes enemies our footstool. God’s Word is Truth so He keeps His Word, God is telling us to have same throne attitude as Jesus to rest as He makes enemies our footstool.

So with each passing day, we have all things, including the defeated enemies of disease, poverty, depression and all kinds of curses, being put under our feet in Jesus Name. Many think Jesus will rule in the future and is not doing so right now. Genesis tells us, But The God of peace shall soon crush Satan under your feet. They corrupt the head by deceiving the heart; perverting the judgements by winding people into sin and death by the devil. So believers have assurance as good soldiers of Jesus Christ, they are “shortly” to bruise satan’s head under their feet. In Genesis 3:15, God announces the serpent’s head will be crushed by the seed of woman Jesus Christ. King Solomon told Hiram king David in 1 Kings 5:1-5, “You know David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which surrounded him, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet. 4“But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor misfortune so God’s Temple will be rebuilt for perfect peace in Israel once again. 5“Behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name. The return of God’s son merits new temple for worship of God. The Bible shows satan as the personal, arch-enemy of Almighty God. So Jesus partook of the nature of humanity through death to bring life and restoration to mankind. As with a swift stamping of the feet one crushes a snake’s head Jesus will BRUISE the head of satan the devil. How does the devil bruise the HEEL of Christ by death of Jesus yielding Himself freely as The Sacrifice to ransom many from sin. The consequence of sin is erased for believers as Jesus bruised the serpent’s head. So the God of peace will soon crush satan under your feet forever after 1000 year Rule. When the enemy was placing his head under THE FEET of Jesus Christ, All Jesus has to do is to come and Conquer him. God Already Authorised and Empowered Jesus before the foundations of the earth. So put all things under His feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church. Christ Already puts down all enemies beneath His Feet so all can Rest assured, HE IS ON THE THRONE NOW ruling from heaven. So in vain the enemies of God rant and rage because Jesus already WON the battle. God Says, “I am bringing My righteousness near, it is not far away; and My salvation will not be delayed.  I will grant salvation to Zion, My splendour to Israel in Isaiah 46:13. The Messiah called Mashiach will wage war against the enemies of Israel and succeed in battle. We know that a day is coming when all nations will gather to battle against Israel; but Yeshua the Messiah will fight for Israel and gain the victory.  All the spoils of the nations will come into the hands of the people of Israel. In that day, we will receive back all that the enemy has stolen from us.  God will restore the years that the swarming locusts have devoured stated in Joel 2:25 so will receive a double portion in our land. Halleluyah! Instead of shame will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace will rejoice in your inheritance.  You will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours in Isaiah 61:7.

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