The above line is from a old but popular Christian song. The rest of the line continues: “of a new life for me”. I was in Greg (not the Texas Governor) Abbot’s Bible Class, yesterday, and was inspired by his message and use of the book of life to write what is here as a followup to yesterday’s post.
We all, who have experienced that wake up call to follow the Shepherd, who loves His sheep, probably started just as this song states with a proper understanding of life’s end. For without that knowledge there is no proper fear of the Lord, which brings us wisdom. And because of that we know that our work on earth for Him is not over until He says it is over.
In this vein, I was reading the Psalms 1&2 earlier this week and I realized that God must have set this truth in motion even in David’s awakening unto Him, because David’s first and second Psalm’s are both recognizing the end game for not just God’s people, who are called the righteous, but also for the wicked. — Those, who have none of God’s righteousness; but rely on just their own, which in the end reveals only their own wickedness.
The first Psalm speaks of the wicked perishing at the Judgment. The second Psalm, which I’ve read many times before this week, yet it this week spoke a different message to me, one that frankly I had not seen in this passage before. I had understood the truth it presented, but never before had I seen it so clearly stated here. Other writers of the scripture — yes they have stated it, but now here it was being confirmed to me yet one more time. What was that message you say?
Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers conspire together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, [saying,] 3 “Let’s tear their shackles apart And throw their ropes away 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.” (NASB2020)
Verse 5 tells us that following the Fathers great laughter over the the nations and their leaders casting Him off and breaking the bonds which He had placed around about them for their own protection; then having already installed His son as King to rule for 1000 years with the rod, it is then that His anger and terror befall them. And it is His Son to whom He says:
Psalm 2:9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'”
These nations, which today are engaged in these exact same actions as God speaks of through David in this Psalm, are within this passage warned against such actions as David’s psalm concludes:
Psalm 2:12 Kiss (pay respect to) the Son, so that He does not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled [and] set aflame. How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] are all those who take refuge in Him! (AMP)
For it is when the Son is installed as King over all the earth, that He will put away all evil powers of this world, and He will do it with the rod in His wrath. In yesterday’s lesson brought by Greg, his subject was king Josiah, of whom it was said that there was none who would come after him as king in this age of human rule, who was so completely dedicated to his mission. He completely destroyed the evil from his midst. And there has been none like unto him, even to this day, but the King of Heaven is coming soon to be installed upon this earth, and when He comes God’s wrath will be completely satisfied, and confined to the lake of fire that burns forever and forever, and which will never again escape its boundaries.
Revelation 19:19 Then I saw the beast and the kings [and] political leaders of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against Him who is mounted on the [white] horse and against His army. 20 And the beast (Antichrist) was seized [and] overpowered, and with him the false prophet who, in his presence, had performed [amazing] signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were hurled alive into the lake of fire which blazes with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds fed ravenously [and] gorged themselves with their flesh. (AMP)
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Revelation 3:5 KJ21)
Even so come Lord Jesus.