Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 79
PART 4 of the MESSIANIC PROPHECIES – PART 2
Psalms 45, 46, and 47
All right, let’s just go right in to where we left off in our last half hour in Psalms chapter 45. We just established in our closing remarks that this is a Messianic Psalm, because the Book of Hebrews quotes it word-for-word. These are indeed the words of the Lord Jesus as the Holy Spirit inspired David to write them.
Now always remember the timeline. David’s writing in 1,000 B.C. But as we’re going to see in one of our later programs, if I get that far, the Holy Spirit evidently prepared some of these Psalms to be used at a later time by Israel’s King. It’s just one of the amazing aspects of Scripture.
So, he is writing in 1,000 B.C. these very things that were spoken and fulfilled at the time of Christ’s first advent. Now we come into something that is further into the future. And that is the reference to when He becomes not only the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but He’s going to be the bridegroom. We’re going to look at that aspect in the rest of this chapter. And the language is so evident.
“All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. (In other words, all the perfume that was attendant with the bride.) 9. Kings’ daughters were among thy honorable women:…” In other words, what we would call the bridesmaids and so forth—the wedding company.
“Kings’ daughters were among thy honorable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.” Now when you think of someone being dressed in gold, what do we call it? Gold what? What’s the word? Lamé, isn’t it? That’s right.
Gold Lamé, it’s just like thin tissue paper. It’s gold, but it feels like a material. Well, that’s exactly what the ancients would do when they had all the wealth from their subjects. So here we have the beauty of this glorious union between the bridegroom and his bride.
All right, before we go any further, I’m probably going to shock some of you as I was almost shocked as I started chasing some of these things down. Turn with me to Isaiah. You know, when I get ready for all of these things, I have to make up my mind. Am I going do this early or late? Shall I do it after I’ve taught the chapter or before we teach it? So, I’m going to take it before. Turn with me to Isaiah chapter 62. I may get some repercussions. I don’t know. Somebody may just say “Les, you’re nutty as a fruitcake.” But I’m going to go where I feel the Book is teaching. Isaiah chapter 62 and we’re going to establish who this bride is who is going to become part of the bridegroom who is the King and the Messiah and God the Son.
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.” Who are we talking about? Jerusalem.
I wish you could have been with us the other day. Am I right, Roberta? Chuck? Jodi? Did you see it? Oh, what a glorious panorama, even from the wicked situation it is today. Can you imagine it when it becomes the capital of the Prince of Peace, and it’s going to be the capital of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth? It just boggles the mind. And that’s what I want you to get a glimpse of now—that this is what the Psalm is referring to.
All right, reading on in Isaiah 62. I don’t want to read too much, or I’ll lose your attention. But on the other hand, nothing speaks better or louder than the Scripture itself. All right, verse 2:
“And the Gentiles (Now we will see reference to them back in Psalms 45.) shall see thy righteousness, (Well, that’s not evidenced today. Oh, anything but. But the day will come when Jerusalem will be the epitome of righteousness.) and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. 3. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem (which speaks of kings and queens) in the hand of thy God.” Now remember, what are we talking about? Jerusalem. Don’t forget that now.
“Thou (Jerusalem) shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but, thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land called Beulah: (You know the song “O Beulah Land.”) for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be (What?) married.” You weren’t expecting language like that, were you? But this is the whole concept. When Christ returns and sets up His capital on Mount Zion, where David had his in the city of Jerusalem, it will be God’s bride. All right, let’s read on. This is too good to leave. Verse 5:
“For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: (Who? Jerusalem—the city) and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” You know what I did to this the other night. I practiced it on Iris. Didn’t I? I practiced it on her. I said, “Honey, do you see what it’s talking about? Jerusalem—that gorgeous city on the top of the mountain in pure white.” All right, read on in verse 6.
“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, (Now doesn’t that make it plain? What are we taking about? The city. The walls that surround the city.) O Jerusalem,…” Oh, don’t lose it. Don’t lose this. Oh, I wish you all could have been with us, and you could have seen what I’m talking about. Oh, it was just gorgeous this time for some reason or other. Maybe it was because of this.
“…O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, 7. And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. 8. The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn (or grain) to be food for thine enemies;…” That’s always been the case, you know. The Syrians would come in, and the Babylonians would come in, and the Egyptians would come in and take their crops of grain.
“…Surely I will no more give thy grain to be food for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast labored: 9. But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; (See, that’s what Israel is going to enjoy when their King sets up this glorious Kingdom.) and they who have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness. 10. Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones;…”
Stones! Have you ever seen so many? I mean the land is covered with rocks. But, of course, where they till it—you remember that, Nancy. You’ve been there years back. But, you see, I have to talk to her. She was on one of the first trips we made. Now it’s expanded and expanded and expanded. You remember when we were in the field there where He preached the Sermon on the Mount? It went down like a dish that was all just weeds and grass. Now it’s all bananas. Only this is unbelievable. How the land is increasing in production areas. But it has to be cleared. It’s solid rock!
“…gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. 11. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, (And who’s the daughter of Zion? Jerusalem!) Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. (Now here it comes. This is frosting on the cake.) 12. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou (Jerusalem) shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” Now, isn’t that gorgeous. All right, now with that as a backdrop, come back to Psalms 45 verse 10.
“Hearken, (listen) O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; 11. So shall the king (God the Son, Jesus of Nazareth, now, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords) greatly desire thy beauty:…” Whose beauty? Jerusalem’s—don’t lose it. Jerusalem’s beauty!
“…for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 12. And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; (Now, Tyre was a Gentile city up on the Mediterranean Sea coast. So the Gentile city of Palestine will be there like guests at a wedding.) even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favor. 13. The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.” Gold lamé again, that’s what it’s called—where actually the thin sheets of gold can be constructed in a way that become a garment.
“She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.” In other words, that will be the fellow companions of the Nation of Israel.
“With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace. 16. Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.” In other words, out of Jerusalem, you see, the Jews will scatter throughout that kingdom period of the 1,000 years. They’re going to be actually the leaders of all the Gentile part of the world.
All right, come back with me a minute to Deuteronomy. We looked at it I think maybe in our last taping. But some of these things bear repeating, now, when we talk about Israel’s role in this thousand-year millennial reign. Because they’re not just going to be cooped up in the little land of Israel, they are going to be evidenced throughout the Kingdom. And Israel as God’s righteous people will be superior to all the other Gentile nations and what have you.
Deuteronomy 28 and let’s jump in at verse 9. Deuteronomy 28 and goodness sakes, who wrote Deuteronomy? Well, Moses. How long before King David was Moses? Five hundred years. So you’ve got Moses at 1,500 B.C., and David at 1,000 B.C. Then in one of our next programs, we’re going to be dealing with Isaiah who was 300 years still later. He was only 700 B.C. Everything fits. Hundreds of years in between and it all fits. That’s why I love this Book. It’s so supernatural. This isn’t the work of men. This is the Word of God!
“The LORD shall establish thee (the Nation of Israel) an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.” Now this, of course, is at the onset of Israel’s nationhood. But of course, it will come to reality in the Kingdom, because only believing Jews will be part of that—just like believing Gentiles are part of the Body of Christ. See, it doesn’t include the lost, the unbeliever, but only the believers.
“And all people of the earth (From stem to stern, see?) shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. (because of their position) 11. And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, (In other words, they’re going to have children till who knows.) and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land (the Promised Land) which the LORD swear unto thy fathers to give thee.”
They’re finally going to get it. And nobody’s going to argue with them. Nobody is going to try and take it away from them, because their King is in their midst. I’ll be coming to that in another half hour this afternoon—how the Lord is in the midst of Israel throughout this 1,000 year period of time. All right, now verse 11, I just read that one—verse 12.
“The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thy hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” My, wouldn’t Wall Street love to have this? Israel is going to be the money center of the world. The King of Kings is going to be in control of whatever financial needs they’re going to have. Oh, my goodness, this is beyond comprehension.
“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail;…” See how plain that is? Today, if you were to depict all the Nations of the world in a beast of some sort, an animal, where would Israel be? Put on at the tip of a tail. That’s what the Scripture’s saying—you’re not going to be the tail; you’re going to be the head.
That’s Israel’s future, beloved, get excited for them. They’ve been downtrodden for 4,000 years, ever since Abraham. They’ve been the scorned and persecuted. But, oh, their day is coming. Remember what our verses say? First the what? First the suffering and then what? The Glory that’s going to follow. Here it is. Their glory is still coming.
“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; (They’re not going to be at the bottom of the totem pole. They’re going to be at the top.) if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:” Well, that’s Israel’s future once the King and the Kingdom are brought in. But, of course, we have to realize that can’t happen until the Body of Christ is complete, because that’s where God is dealing today.
He’s dealing with the Gentile world right now. He’s calling out a people for His name (I Corinthians 15:1-4). All of that (in the verses above) is part of the timeline regarding the Tribulation and the Second Coming and then the bringing in of this glorious, glorious Kingdom.
“Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children,…” In other words, there’s going to be a tremendous reproduction in the Kingdom economy. They’re going to have children.
That reminds me. I think I’ve got time. Let’s jump ahead to verses we have used before. Jump ahead to Isaiah chapter 11. I knew I wanted to use it sometime this afternoon. I just didn’t know exactly when. But this is probably as good as I can take when it speaks of their children. They’re going to be reproducing. They’re going to have families. There’s going to be a tremendous reproduction—Isaiah chapter 11 verse 1, speaking again of God the Son, the Messiah.
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem (or the family line) of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:” The word Branch is capitalized, because it is referenced as God the Son throughout the Old Testament.
“And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;” Those are all the seven-fold spirits, or attributes, of the Spirit. They’ll all be centered on the King. All right, verse 4:
“But with righteousness he shall judge (or rule) the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, (Which, of course, is previous to all this during the Tribulation.) and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” Everything that is unrighteous will be removed.
“And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.” In other words, all the attributes of God Himself will be shown forth in this King of Kings. All right, now you jump down from the authority of the King, and we see the operation of the Kingdom itself in the everyday life of the people.
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, (In other words, no more carnivorous activity. They will not be hungry and seeking out food from another species.) and the leopard shall lie down with the (baby goat) kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; (Now here it comes. This is what made me think of these verses.) and a little (What?) child shall lead them.” Well, where did the child come from? From their Jewish parents who were part of this glorious Kingdom.
“And the cow and the bear shall feed; (That is in the same pasture.) their young ones shall lie down together: and (Oh, this is shocking, isn’t it?) the lion (the most carnivorous of all) shall eat straw (or forage like cattle or) like the ox. 8. And the nursing child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.” They’ll be put out with these wild (what we call wild) carnivorous animals, but they’re going to be tame as pets. And here’s the reason in verse 9.
“They shall not hurt nor destroy (no death because of these wild animals) in all my holy mountain:…” That is His whole Kingdom like I said earlier—from stem to stern, from one end of this earth to the other. From pole to pole, it’s all going to be a heaven-on-earth environment.
“…for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” That’s going to be the environment of this Kingdom. There will be no evil. There will be no unrighteousness. There will be no weeds or thistles or things that deter food production.
All right, let’s come a minute to chapter 45 of Psalms. To verse 16, where he said:
“Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, (That’s why I went back to this in Isaiah.) whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. (They’re not just going to be confined to Israel. They’re going to be used throughout the Kingdom.) 17. I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: (And remember, I think we’re still talking about the bride. We’re talking about the city of Jerusalem.) therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.”
Now, all of the Old Testament is looking forward to this glorious Kingdom. I haven’t got enough time to start on chapter 46. But let’s pursue a few more of these prophetic scriptures concerning this Kingdom. Jump ahead to Isaiah chapter 2. These are verses that we have used in times gone by. But when I think something was less than couple of months ago, I come to find out it was a couple of years ago. I mean, it’s just unbelievable. So it’s probably been that long since we used these. Isaiah chapter 2 dropping in at verse 2, and it’s all in reference to this same Kingdom over which Christ will rule in Jerusalem which will be the bride, the wife of Jehovah. And the Jewish people will be preeminent in everything that they do. Verse 2:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, (And how do I always follow those words? When the Bible says it’s going to happen…it’s going to happen. Maybe not as soon as we think, but it is going to happen.) And it shall come to pass in the last days, (In other words, after the Tribulation and the Second Coming have taken place.) that the mountain (or the Kingdom) of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of mountains, (In other words, it will be above any earthly kingdom that has ever existed. It’s going to be superior to anything.) and shall be exalted above the hills; (or any other previous empires or kingdoms) and all nations shall (What?) flow unto it.”
In other words, I’ve said it over and over. All the world looks to America. Whenever they get into a jam, or there’s a big disaster or whatever, what do they look for? They look for America. They hate us, but, oh, they want all that we can do for them. And it’s the same way now with this financial debacle. Even though we’ve triggered it, yet they are looking for us to be able to bring the whole thing to fruition. And that’s going to be Israel’s role someday.