The Unrealized Divine Repentance Extending Beyond David’s Lifetime
The Everlasting Gospel According to the Spirit of Prophecy
Amazingly, very early on in David’s Wandering, his concept of the Kingdom of God was exceedingly broad. This is evident in the prayer, “Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth” (Ps. 59:13). It isn’t clear why David began to pray this way so early on. Nor can we be certain as to why he consciously decided to pray this way, except for the fact that David was burdened for the glory of God to be in operation worldwide (Ps. 59:5, 11). Certainly, David had sources of inspiration. Take, for example, the implications of what God promised to Abraham in that he would be “a father of many nations” (Gen. 17:4-5). Or, consider what is implied in that Abraham’s seed would be as the stars of heaven and the dust of the earth are innumerable in quantity (Gen. 15:5, 28:14), and that “…in [Abraham] shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:3).
Well, certainly, with due consideration, David would have beheld the fame and glory of God among the Patriarchs, the Exodus Generation, and Joshua’s Generation. It was required of Kings to make such things their constant meditation (Deut. 17:18-20). Hereby, David would have been acquainted with Jehovah as the Judge of all the Earth (Gen. 18:25, Ex. 9:14, 16, 34:10, Num. 14:21) and the Lord of all the Earth (Josh. 3:11, 13); but, as a standard bearer for a newly formed Covenant which is a living extension of all the former Covenants, David was moved to make Jehovah’s name to be remembered as the Most High over all the Earth (Ps. 83:18) and the King of all the Earth (Ps. 47:2, 7, Zech. 14:9)! In other words, David was unsatisfied with the recovery of the borders of Israel as outlined in Genesis 15:18-21 – the holy and choice location that he called, “the Land of the Living”.
David’s Success: The Promised Land (Ps. 52:5, 142:5, 56:13, 143:10, 140:11, 37:3, 9, 11, 22, 27-29, 34; Ps. 27:13, 116:9, 5:4-6)
David’s Failure: All the Earth (Ps. 64:9-10; Ps. 82:1, 7-8; 1 Chron. 16:23-36, Ps. 47:2-3, 7-8, 86:9-10; Ps. 9:7-8, 16-20)
Undoubtedly, David had good success in recovering the borders of the Holy Land according to the Abrahamic Covenant. Even so, he praised God for the inheritance of the Promised Land! However, David had powerful experiences of prophetic revelation that burned into his heart a desire for something much greater! Namely, that God would “inherit all Nations” (Ps. 82:1, 7-8) in the extension of the Kingdom of God worldwide; that all men might know that the LORD, Jehovah, is the dread Sovereign of all the earth! David did in fact set his heart upon this vision very early on in his reign over Israel and Judah. This was made abundantly clear at perhaps the most famous celebration of David’s lifetime – in the song composed during and upon the stationing of the Ark in Jerusalem (1 Chron. 16:7). According to the latter portion of this song, the scope of God’s majesty and glory far exceeds the bounds of the Promised Land!
“Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.” – 1Chron. 16:23-36
Apparently, in David’s mind, the Abrahamic & Mosaic Covenants weren’t merely about the inheritance of the Promised Land. Rather, the God of Israel was determined to get glory among “the heathen” in “all the earth” and among “all nations” (1 Chron. 16:23-24), as is repeatedly emphasized in the latter portion of the David’s song (“ye kindreds of the people” – 1 Chron. 16:28, “all the earth” – 1 Chron. 16:30, “let men say among all nations, the LORD reigneth” – 1 Chron. 16:31, “He cometh to judge the earth” – 1 Chron. 16:33). Thereunto, and much more thereafter, the prophetic vision only grew in clarity (Ps. Ps. 47:2-3, 7-8, 86:9-10) to wit David was certain that God was Covenanting with him that “his seed shall inherit the earth” (Ps. 25:13-14), but not without conditions. The only condition was that David would worthily fear the LORD.
“What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and He will shew them His Covenant.” – Ps. 25:12-14
This is the Davidic Covenant as revealed to David. All that God spoke to David via the Psalms was in conjunction with the Covenant begun in 2 Samuel 7 & 1 Chronicles 17. However, obviously, David failed to see the performance of these things in the Davidic Covenant. For, by reason of his manhood, he fell into sin at the 2nd Year of his reign. Horrific sin! David committed adultery, gluttony, drunkenness, conspiracy, and murder (2 Sam. 11:1-27) and was unrepentant for about the space of a year (Ps. 51). This episode radically affected the Davidic Covenant. For, the blessings of the Covenant were intended for David, his Seed, and his House (2 Sam. 7, 1 Chron. 17); and, at the rebuke of Nathan, God spoke judgment upon David, his Seed, and his House (2 Sam. 12:1-23). Therefore, tragically, THIS WAS A TURNING POINT IN THE LIFE OF DAVID.
The meteoric rise of David suddenly dulled in its luster of growing magnificence. Hereunto, David progressively attained all that was being prophetically revealed to him. Hereafter, David progressively realized all that would be unattainable to him because of the growing enormity of his shortcomings. The reading of history in 2 Samuel clearly identifies David’s sin and Nathan’s rebuke to be the critical TURNING POINT that changed everything. For, as the story goes, David’s life from that point onward entailed one calamity upon another with only one glimmer of hope, and that’s the birth of Solomon.
“Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.” – 2 Sam. 12:10-12
If it were not for Solomon (2 Sam. 12:24-25), David would have been entirely given over to despair. For, in accordance with Nathan’s prophecy, David was doomed to undergo an unstoppable chain-reaction of events beginning with Amnon’s folly with Absalom’s sister. For, then, Absalom was compelled to take vengeance by killing Amnon, for which Absalom was banished (2 Sam. 13:1-39), only later to return as an adversary at the enticement of Joab to bring him back. Then, upon his return, Absalom encroached the throne of justice in Israel and stole the heart of the people from God after a long duration of subtle dealings (1 Sam. 14:1-33, 15:1-12). Then, at last, far from inheriting all the earth in the glorious extension of the Kingdom of God worldwide, lo, David was thrust from the throne of Israel and exiled from Jerusalem!
David’s Chastisement, Temporary Exile, & Recovery
David’s Flight from Jerusalem, Ahithophel among the Conspirators, & Hushai is an Ally – 2 Sam. 15:13-37; Psalm 3
Ziba’s Lie & Mephibosheth a Prey – 2 Sam. 16:1-4
Shimei’s Curse – 2 Sam. 16:5-14; Psalm 7 (Shiggaion, Hab. 3:1)
Absalom in Jerusalem, Ahithophel’s Counsel to Lay with David’s Wives – 2 Sam. 16:15-23 (2 Sam. 12:11-12)
Ahithophel & Elders Pleased to Murder David, Plan thwarted by Hushai – 2 Sam. 17:1-29
Battle at Mount Ephraim & Absalom’s Death – 2 Sam. 18:1-18
Runners Report, David’s Misery, Joab’s Reproach, & David’s Appeasement – 2 Sam. 18:19-19:8; Psalm 9
David’s Return to Jerusalem, Rule Recovered in Judah – 2 Sam. 19:9-15
Shemei Ashamed & Pardoned – 2 Sam. 19:16-23
Mephibosheth Vindicated – 2 Sam. 19:24-30
David blesses Barzillai & takes Chimham – 2 Sam. 19:31-40
Israel in Strife – 2 Sam. 19:31-43
Shebna’s Rebellion, Israel’s Revolt, & Shebna’s Death – 2 Sam. 20:1-26
Psalm 14, 36, 53, 58 [Isa. 59]
Psalm 41, 42, 43, 44
Rebuke: Psalm 6, 38
Throne | Oracle: Psalm 11, 28
War: Psalm 35
Treachery: Psalm 31, 41, 55, 109
Psalm 109 à110
In respect to the Israelite People’s relationship to David, their under-shepherd (Ps. 78:70-72), THIS WAS NO SMALL ACT OF TREACHERY (Treachery: Psalm 31, 41, 55, 109)! This whole ordeal was a spiritual catastrophe. For, at the height of the rebellion, all the Elders of Israel were pleased to plot the murder of David in agreement with Absalom (2 Sam. 17:4)! Markedly, however, there are only three Psalms specified to this period of David’s chastisement and exile. This shows how the sun was setting on David’s life. In other words, God was directing the gaze of all truth-seekers to look beyond David’s life from here on out. God compels the Jews of every generation to come and behold the shattered dreams of David’s heart! For, even though this divine judgment was long awaited and many years in progress, and the actual experience of exile relatively brief, the divine blows of chastisement permanently weakened David.
In other words, David had a growing realization of all that was unrealized according to the Davidic Covenant. Despite David’s unrelenting confidence in the faithfulness of God, as demonstrated in Psalm 3, 7, & 9, he had a growing sense of his own failure to obtain the vision set before him: David was tormented by his own sin (Ps. 6, 38) and that of the people (Ps. 14, 36, 53, 58), and much more by the people’s horrific treachery in the insurrection of Absalom (Ps. 31, 41, 55, 109), but most of all at his shortcomings in respect to the heavenly vision (2 Sam. 23:1-7). Therefore, with no other choice, nor anywhere else to turn, David put his hope in the young lad, Solomon.
Latter Years of David
3 Year Famine on Account of Saul’s Sin & the Divine Appeasement – 2 Sam. 21:1-14; Psalm 85 [possibly], Psalm 67 [possibly], Psalm 33 [possibly]
Rehearsal of Wars with the Philistines & the Remnant of the Giants – 2 Sam. 21:15-22, 1 Chron. 20:4-8
Song of Deliverance – 2 Sam. 22:1-51; Psalm 18
David’s Sin in Numbering the People, the Purchase of the Temple’s Location – 2 Sam. 24:1-25, 1 Chron. 20:1-30, 27:23-24 (Unlawful to Number All: 1 Chron. 27:23-24, Ps. 71:15)
David’s Preparations for the Temple – 1 Chron. 22:1-5
David’s Charge to Solomon & the Princes – 1 Chron. 22:6-19
Adonijah, Abiathar, & Joab’s Rebellion, & the 1st Anointing of Solomon as King – 1 Kings 1:1-53, 1 Chron. 23:1
David Organized the Priesthood into Courses & Appointed New Tasks for the Levites – 1 Chron. 23:1-26:28
The Appointment of Officers, Judges, & Captains – 1 Chron. 26:29-27:22
David’s Personal Officers – 1 Chron. 27:25-34
David’s Solemn Assembly Address to the Great Congregation & to Solomon, and the Giving of the Pattern of the Temple – 1 Chron. 28:1-29:5
The Princes & People’s Freewill Offering to the House of God – 1 Chron. 29:6-9
David’s Thanksgiving & Prayer– 1 Chron. 29:10-19
Solomon made King a 2nd Time with Sacrifices – 1 Chron. 29:20-26
David’s Final Charges to Solomon, Instructions to Quell Apostates – 1 Kings 2:1-9
Last Words of David – 2 Sam. 23:1-7 (Messianic Prophecy)
David’s Death – 1 Chron. 29:27-30, 1 Kings 2:10-11
Ps. 85, 67, 33 [famine?]
Ps. 37 & 116 (Wandering Years in Retrospect)
For Solomon: Psalm 72
Asaph: Ps. 79, 80
Heman: Ps. 88
Ethan: Ps. 89
Scores of other Psalms could pertain to the Latter Years of David.
With much disquietness of soul at his own shortcomings, and with the waning strength of old age, David was determined to prepare for Solomon’s reign. David hoped that the boy, Jedidiah, could carry the torch of the Covenant beyond where he left off. As demonstrated in Psalm 72, it is very clear that David was putting his hope in Solomon to fulfill the lofty vision of the Davidic Covenant. Nevertheless, it is also true that David was looking beyond Solomon unto another more mysterious character who was destined to become King in David’s stead. In other words, there is a sense that David knew Solomon wouldn’t have the wherewithal to fulfill the glory foretold in Psalm 72 and other like prophecies. We know this is the case in retrospect, but David knew this while he was still alive! For, it was communicated to him by God as an answer to his groaning and weeping throughout the years. For example, consider Psalm 109 & Psalm 110.
Compilation Message: Psalm 109 à Psalm 110
Through the combined understanding of Psalm 109 & Psalm 110, we can grasp what David understood in his lifetime; and, by reading them together (back-to-back), the message is communicated with more abundant clarity to the subsequent readers of many generations. This is what I call a Compilation Message. This is a message intended for the reader through the organization of the psalms by the original compilers. Psalm 109 illustrates David’s declining strength and glory through the prevalence of his adversaries (Ahithophel & Absalom) – with whom Satan stood at their right hand (Ps. 109:6) – while David is portrayed as a disadvantaged and wounded soul whose only hope is that God would stand at his right hand (Ps. 109:31). In retrospect, however, knowing how things turned out in the Latter Years of David’s life, the eyes of the reader are made to look upon the real hope of the Davidic Covenant. Who? Namely, the one who David called, “my Lord”, to whom the Father said, “Sit thou at My right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” (Ps. 110:1). This signals a transition of hope for all believers who are forced to look beyond David’s shortcomings (and therefore the fading glory of his right hand) to gaze upon the glory of what only God could do (“My right hand” – Ps. 110:1) through the Messiah in fulfillment of all that was foretold (Ps. 110:1-7).
Evidently, according to Psalm 110, David knew about the coming of a just One – a coming King who would gloriously prevail in war against all the heathen of every country worldwide. Therefore, David, like us, was compelled to look to Christ for the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant. Furthermore, through the combined testimony of what the Spirit revealed to David and his closest companions (Asaph, Jeduthun, Heman, & Ethan), David came to understand the full extent of what would befall the Tabernacle of David in the coming generations. I am speaking of what was prophetically communicated to Asaph in Psalm 79 & Psalm 80, to Heman in Psalm 88, and to Ethan in Psalm 89, all of which foretells what we know to be the Babylonian Captivity. These men were contemporaries of David who pursued God with violence alongside him as close friends and fellow prophets. Thus, while David was still alive (let the reader understand), both he and they anticipated the horrific downfall of the House of David (“Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries…” – Ps. 89:40-43; Ps. 80:12-19; Amos 9:11, Acts 15:16), the utter desolation of the Davidic Throne (Ps. 89:44), and the voiding of the Davidic Covenant (Ps. 89:39). This brings us to another Compilation Message.
Compilation Message: Psalm 87 à Psalm 88 à Psalm 89 à Psalm 90 à Psalm 91
.| Davidic Covenant| à | Mosaic Covenant |
Psalm 87 speaks of the glory of the Kingdom of God during the Millennial Reign of Christ. Psalm 88 & Psalm 89 speak of the breach of the Davidic Covenant. Psalm 90 & Psalm 91 speak of the breach of the Mosaic Covenant in the Exodus Generation. In reading such psalms back-to-back, in retrospect, the message is clear: despite the coming calamities in the breaching of the Davidic Covenant (Ps. 88-89), which will take place similarly to how God breached the Mosaic Covenant (Ps. 90-91), God will preserve a remnant amidst the stormy tempest of wrath (Ps. 91) for the coming of a new age of unprecedented glory (Ps. 87). Therefore, all things considered, we can see how David anticipated the Babylonian Captivity (Ps. 79, 88, 89, 137, 126, 107; Ps. 14:7, 53:6). By interpretation, this means, David anticipated the wrath of God in the breaching of the Davidic Covenant, and the subsequent dispersion of Israel in Captivity for a time until the Lord wrought deliverance in the earth through what he understood to be a great War.
The Babylonian Captivity: Ps. 79, 88, 89, 137, 126, 107; Ps. 14:7, 53:6
The 2nd Advent War of the Messiah: Ps. 2, 110, 83, 46, 118, 58, 21, 144, & 104
The Coming Kingdom: 1 Chron. 16:23-36; Ps. 96, 97, 98
The Millennial Reign: Ps. 45, 87, 65, 66, 67, 148, 149
Fearfully, the War that David foresaw far exceeds anything this world has ever seen. For, it is none other than what we know to be the 2nd Advent War of the Messiah (Ps. 2, 110, 83, 46, 118, 58, 21, 144, & 104)! Therefore, because the Davidic Covenant would be revived through this War, David understood this to be the Coming Kingdom of a future Anointed One whom God would establish upon the earth according to the Davidic Covenant (1 Chron. 16:23-36; Ps. 96, 97, 98); and, evidently, the glory of this Kingdom can be none other than what we call, the Millennial Reign of Christ (Ps. 45, 87, 65, 66, 67, 148, 149)! Even so, let the reader understand, if David anticipated what we know to be the Babylonian Captivity, the 2nd Advent War, the Coming Kingdom, & the Millennial Reign of Christ, then he was anticipating the frustration of divine mercy and then the revival of divine mercy, or, the breaching of the Davidic Covenant and then the revival of the Davidic Covenant (Compilation Message: Psalm 136 à Psalm 137 à Psalm 138). In other words, David was anticipating the fulfillment of all his desire (2 Sam. 23:1-7) in a chosen generation of the future through one final Divine Repentance to end all ages!
“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.” – Ps. 22:27-31
“My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.” – Ps.102:11-22
Professedly, by way of prophecy, David knew that these events were calendared for a future generation of believers who would experience a divine repentance (Ps. 22:30-31, 24:6-10, 102:18; Matt. 24:34, Rev. 7:4-17, 14:1-5), not unlike but far exceeding the glorious revival that took place in his own generation (Ps. 14:5, 73:15, 78:65). Therefore, as a tutorial for future generations, God has showcased David’s Life like no other redeemed man in Biblical History. We, as the recipients of this divine tutorial, are called to feel after and find what eluded his grasp. Invoking this obligation to his own generation, Paul affirmed, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the Ends of the World are come” (1 Cor. 10:11). Therefore, we, much more than they, are called by God to realize what is yet unrealized in the Davidic Covenant.
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” – Mark 9:23
“the Gospel of Christ…is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” – Rom. 1:16
Yet, to do so, our understanding of the Gospel must be consistent with David’s understanding of the Gospel. Furthermore, our understanding of the Gospel must be consistent with Isaiah’s understanding of the Gospel. Speaking in broader terms, we need to come into agreement with “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” given to Paul (Gal. 1:12) and “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” given to John (Rev. 1:1). Or, if you will, we need to agree with the Gospel given to Paul and the Gospel given to John. Hereby, we will be able to decipher the Apostolic Methods of Interpreting Messianic Prophecy and all associated Mysteries. Then, and only then, will we know what Peter, James, and John saw in Paul when they agreed among themselves, as Paul said, “they saw that the Gospel of the Uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the Gospel of the Circumcision was unto Peter” (Gal. 2:7). The combined understanding of all these Gospels is none other than, what John calls, “the Everlasting Gospel” (Rev. 14:6) – the same one that will be declared by an Angel flying in the midst of Heaven to the shock and awe of babylonians worldwide! Of course, the angelic message is no mystery to 144,000 singing virgins of Zion (Rev. 14:1-5; Matt. 13:23).
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” – Luke 21:34-36
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.” – Rev. 14:1
If it weren’t for their faith in “the Everlasting Gospel” (Rev. 14:6), as declared by the angelic voices of Revelation 14:6-13, the 144,000 virgins would have no power to stand with the Lamb of God and “sing for the Majesty of the LORD” during the Great Tribulation (Isa. 24:13-16). That’s the message being communicated! God is setting forth this prophecy as an indication of what we must strive to comprehend (“…when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” – Lk. 18:8). Therefore, upon beholding all the peril foretold in the Book of Revelation, here’s the question: Are we going to be “accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Lk. 21:34-46)? Literally, the 144,000 virgins of Revelation 14:1-5 are standing with the Lamb in the throes of the Great Tribulation, and it’s all due to their enlarged understanding of the Gospel. Furthermore, according to Psalm 24:6, John is actually elaborating upon what David foresaw concerning this generation. For, according to Revelation 7:1-17, 9:4, & 14:1-10, the 144,000 virgins of Revelation 14 represent the Last Generation of believers who will see the End of the World. Therefore, evidently, this understanding (Dan. 11:32-35, 12:3) of the Gospel is quintessential to B-E-C-O-M-I-N-G the foretold generation of believers that David foresaw of old (Ps. 22:30-31; Ps. 102:13, 18; Ps. 24:6).
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” – Ps. 24:3-10
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” – Rev 14:1-13
As you can see, David and John are ultimately speaking of the same generation of believers (Ps. 24:6, Rev. 14:1). Namely, those who will be found worthy to spiritually ascend Mount Zion with the Lamb of God during the Great Tribulation; by interpretation, these are the same ones who will have power to overcome the Antichrist and the Beast Worshippers of Babylon’s World (Rev. 13:1-18) by virtue of the mark on their foreheads (Rev. 7:4-8, 9:4; Ezek. 9:1-11); and, as indicated in Hebrews 12:22-29, these are the same Zionists who will remain unshaken while all the obstinate refusers of the Messiah’s Call are prostrated with the crumbling spires of Babylon’s Empire in the End of the World. Speaking in biblical terms – in the Language of Divine Repentance – this foretold generation of ascenders will arise as those beholden to the arising of Christ (Ps. 94:1-2, 15-16).
The foreseen Last Generation will become triumphant because of their wisdom in comprehending the boundless glory of the Gospel – the same which the angel calls, “The Everlasting Gospel” (Rev. 14:6). Specifically, they will come to realize how the Gospel is ageless, intergenerational, and inter-covenantal. Like all saints of all generations, and much more those of the Last Generation (Rev. 10:5-7), belief in the Gospel changes everything (Rom. 1:16, 16:25, Matt. 17:20, Lk. 1:37, Zech. 4:7)! Therefore, as believers in “the Everlasting Gospel” (Rev. 14:6), they will be empowered to live and move in organic unity with the Lamb “whithersoever He goeth” and whatsoever He doeth (Rev. 14:4, John 15:15-16, Rev. 2:26-28; Eph. 4:12-13, Jn. 17:20-26). Speaking in terms of Revelation 14, this Gospel is definitively declared in all of what the Heavenly Voices are heralding – a total of four voices (one: Rev. 14:6-7; two: Rev. 14:8; three: Rev. 14:9-12; four: Rev. 14:13) whose combined testimony conveys the Majesty of the LORD in the special hour of His judgment resulting in the contrasting fates of the saints and sinners in Babylon’s World.
However, fearfully, such a Gospel Message is inconceivable to all illiterates of Holy Scripture; and, much worse, it is irreconcilable to “the Gospel” of an innumerable company of heretics in the 21st Century! Yet, the message is one and the same as the Gospel of David and the Gospel of Isaiah – all of which is one and the same as “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” given to John (Rev. 1:1). Therefore, like in the First Century, only much more in the Last Century, God will grant such an enlargement of heart and mind to the saints (Ps. 119:32, Zech. 10:1, Rev. 11:1-2) that they will understand the combined testimony of all these Gospels! Through an opening of their understanding to realize the meaning of the Scriptures (Lk. 24:45, Matt. 16:13-20), this generation will become a beautified & glorified Bride who is ready for her Bridegroom (Eph. 5:26-27, Isa. 52:1-2, Rev. 19:7-9). I repeat, realizing the boundless & intergenerational glory of the Gospel is key to B-E-C-O-M-I-N-G this generation! For, then, and only then, will we be enabled to overcome the adversarial Dragon of Revelation 12:11-17. For, according to Revelation 1:2, 12:11, 17, & 19:10, this understanding is the expressed virtue of all overcomers in the Last Generation.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” – Rev 1:1-3
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death…And the dragon was wroth with the Woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” – Rev 12:11, 17 [Rev. 11:7]
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” – Rev 19:10
The foremost virtue found in the lips of these overcomers is, statedly, “the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11, 17); which, according to Revelation 1:2 & Revelation 19:10, is the combined testimony of prophecy throughout all ages and, especially, that which was revealed to John in the Book of Revelation. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the personal testimony of each individual saint’s conversion to Christ. Rather, it is “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” revealed to John, which is “all things that he saw” through “the Spirit of Prophecy” (Rev. 1:2, 19:10), the same which he called, “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:2, 12:17). Furthermore, John’s prophetic revelation of the End of the World only elaborates upon Isaiah, who elaborated upon David, both of whom preached the fate of the world thus because of their understanding of the Gospel. Amazingly, what we understand to be the End of the World was and is in fact the Gospel!
The Gospel of David è The Gospel of Isaiah è The Everlasting Gospel
1st Advent: Son of God/Incarnation: Ps. 2:7, 12, 40:5-8; Suffering/Crucifixion: Ps. 22:6-26, 69:21; Resurrection: Ps. 16:9-10 (Acts 2:25-28); Kingly Enthronement: Ps. 2:6, 24:7-10, 110:1; Priesthood: Ps. 110:4
1st Advent: Son of God/Incarnation: Isa. 7:14-16, 9:6; Suffering/Crucifixion: Isa. 42:2-3, 50:4-11, 52:13-15, 53:1-12, 55:1-4; Resurrection: Isa. 25:8, 26:19; Kingly Enthronement: Isa. 9:6, 32:1-2, 33:17-18; Priesthood: Isa. 52:15
As for David & Isaiah, their understanding of the Gospel didn’t begin and end with the Person and Work of Jesus Christ in the 1st Advent. In other words, their Gospel Message wasn’t just the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, & ascension of Christ. Indeed, by way of prophecy, they knew about these doctrines; but… for them, the ascension of Christ wasn’t the end of the Gospel, it was the beginning. In fact, Isaiah was the first one to coin the term, “Gospel”, which also means “Good Tidings” or Good News; and, in every place the glorious announcement is prophetically declared by Isaiah he is declaring the coming of the Kingdom of God in worldwide sovereignty during the reign of the Messiah. In other words, the coming of the Kingdom of God brings about the End of the World!
The Gospel: “the LORD reigneth” – 1 Chron. 16:31; Ps. 93:1 (Rev. 4), 96:10 (1 Chron. 16:31), 97:1, 99:1; “God reignteh” – Ps. 47:8; “the God of Jacob…which executeth judgment” – Ps. 146:5-10
Ordered: 2 Sam. 23:5
David’s Prayer: 1 Chron. 29:10-13
The Gospel: “Good Tidings…Behold your God!” – Isa. 40:9-11; “One that bringeth Good Tidings” – Isa. 41:27; “My Servant” – Isa. 42:1-7, 13-14; “Good Tidings…Thy God reigneth!” – Isa. 52:7; “Good Tidings” – Isa. 61:1-2; “God Almighty…hast reigned” – Rev. 11:17-19; “the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth” – Rev. 19:6; “The Everlasting Gospel” – Rev.14:6-13; “King of Saints…Thy Judgments are made manifest” – Rev. 15:3-4
Ordered: Isa. 9:6-7
The Lord’s Prayer: Matt. 6:8-13
When the sovereignty of the Kingdom of God will extend worldwide in its domination of all nations and peoples, literally, this is the End of the World! Clearly, according to Psalm 96, 97, 47, & 136, this is what David understood to be the manifest judgment of the LORD reigning in the earth; and, what David did hereby introduce, Isaiah elaborated upon by coining the term, “Good Tidings”. Evidently, according to Isaiah 40, 41, 42, 52, & 61, Isaiah had the same understanding as David. With profound exactitude, Isaiah picked up where David left off in the preaching of the Gospel. Isaiah answered David’s unanswered agonies. Where David was downcast over his woeful shortcomings in respect to the glory of the Gospel in his lifetime (2 Sam. 23:5), Isaiah foretold a lifting up of the head (Isa. 9:6-7). Specifically, David lamented over the disorderliness of his house and Kingdom in that it was overrun by sinners (2 Sam. 23:5), while Isaiah speaks of the ordering and establishment of the Kingdom in justice and judgment forevermore (Isa. 9:6-7).
Notably, David was the first one to come to understand the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in the fullest sense of all its implications worldwide. I’m sure God would have revealed it to Saul, had he not been a reprobate King. For, matter of fact, the End of the World is not an End Time agenda of the LORD. Rather, it’s an agenda of the Gospel in every age, and especially that of the New Covenant! In fact, Isaiah coined the term later proclaimed by John the Baptist & Christ (Matt. 4:23, 9:35, 11:5, 24:14, Mk. 1:1, 14-15, 8:35, 10:29, 13:10, 16:15, Lk. 2:10, 4:18-19, 7:22, 9:6); and, remember, in every instance the message was declared by Isaiah, the Good Tidings was the coming of the Kingdom of God in worldwide sovereignty. Therefore, contextually, the Gospel of Isaiah is the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in what believers of the New Covenant would reckon to be the 2nd Advent of Christ.
Yet, gloriously, according to Mystery #7, what physically applies to the Jews in the Gospels of David & Isaiah does spiritually apply to the Christians of the current Gentile Church Age. Hereby, through this good understanding, the Christian believers of the Last Days will come to experience the reality of this “Everlasting Gospel” (Rev. 14:6)! They will know exactly why John the Baptist & Christ came preaching the Gospel in the 1st Century, by proclaiming, “Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:1-2), or, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mk. 1:15). Likewise, they will know exactly why the angelic voices of Revelation 14:6-13 are proclaiming the Gospel by alarming the inhabitants of the earth, saying, “the hour of His judgment is come” (Rev. 14:7), which is further clarified to mean the fall of Babylon (Rev. 14:8), the annihilation of all Beast Worshippers in the restless torment of burning flames (Rev. 14:9-11), and the eternal restfulness of all the saints as the happy inheritors of the newly established Kingdom (Rev. 14:12-13, 20:4-6; 1 Cor. 6:9-10, Gal. 5:19-21, 2 Thess. 1:3-10). Literally, the Gospel is the Kingdom!
That being the case (namely that the Gospel is the coming of the Kingdom of God), and considering the fact that Babylon does openly and combatively oppose the coming of the Kingdom of God in the Last Days (the 6th Vial – Rev. 16:12-16, 17:14, 19:19), the preaching of the Gospel focuses on the removal of all adversarial kingdoms, nations, peoples, and individuals. This is the clearest possible way to communicate the Gospel in such circumstances. The Kingdom is coming and there’s no stopping it. Literally, the only way to survive is submission to the Lordship of Christ! However, that being said, let the reader understand how Christianity in the 21st Century is in the same desperate circumstances as the Jews who will be physically captive in Babylon (Zech. 14:1-2). I speak of the common plight of the average Christian in the current Gentile Church Age.
Now, more than ever, we are in need of our King to rescue us from the rampant unwanted and forced seizures of invading spirits that are commonplace in our day (Eph. 6:12). We are witnessing a spiritual catastrophe of souls on every side! A general and commonplace spiritual captivity among backslidden believers who are bound by the demonic spirits of Babylon (“…taken captive by him at his will.” – 2 Tim. 2:26)! In other words, instead of overcoming the world, we are being overcome by Spiritual Babylon. The Churches of the 21st Century are being overrun with sinners! Therefore, spiritually speaking, we are in the same condition as the Jews will be, physically speaking, exactly as foretold by David, Isaiah, and John.
Sinfulness of the Jews: Ps. 10, 14, 50, 53, 58, 73
Sinfulness of the Jews: Isa. 5:1-25, 28:7-22, 29:9-14, 30:1-17, 31:1-3, 42:18-25, 43:8, 22-28, 45:9-10, 20, 47:6-7, 49:14, 50:1-3, 57:1-14, 58:1-7, 59:1-16, 63:15-18, 64:5-12, 65:2-7, 66:3-5
Babylonian Captivity: Ps. 79, 88, 89, 137, 126, 107 (Ps. 14:7, 53:6)
Babylonian Captivity: Isa. 13:1-14:27, 21:1-11, 47:1-15, 49:5-6, 24, 51:14, 52:2
Sighing Prisoners / Captives / Poor & Needy: Ps. 12:5, 74:21-22, 79:11, 102:20, 146:7-8, 103:6, 113:5-9, 147:1-20, 14:7, 53:6, 126:1, 4, 137:3
Sighing Prisoners / Captives / Poor & Needy: Isa. 5:13, 22:17, 25:4, 26:6, 41:17, 42:7, 49:8-9, 21, 24, 51:14, 52:2, 57:15, 61:1, 66:2
According to the Spirit of Prophecy, this is the grim scenario of the Last Days for both Christians and Jews in their respective applications. The Jews will be helplessly captive to Physical Babylon for the whole duration of the 3 ½ Year Great Tribulation, and, the Christians will be helplessly captive to Spiritual Babylon leading up and going into the manifestation of Physical Babylon (Mystery #7). Of course, both peoples are captive for the same reasons. Then, in a sudden act of Divine Repentance (to the Gentile first and then the Jew), the LORD will move to restore the Kingdom of God according to and beyond what David and his companions called, “the years of the Right Hand of the Most High” (Ps. 77:10), also called, “the years of ancient times” (Ps. 77:5), or, “the days of old” (Ps. 143:5; Ps. 119:49-56). So far exceeding what David experienced in the Divine Repentance of his lifetime (Ps. 135:13-15, 105:42-45, 136:23-24), the prophecy shall be fulfilled, which stated, “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.” (Ps. 102:13)!
Years of the Right Hand / Ancient Times: Ps. 77:5, 10, 143:5 (119:49-56), 78:42, 102:13
The Generations of Old / The Ancient Time: Former Things è New Things: (Isa. 28:21-22, 41:22, 43:14-19, 46:9-13, 50:2, 51:9-16, 54:9-10, 63:7-64:4) à (Isa. 42:9, 43:14-19, 48:6, Jer. 31:22)
Therefore, like David & his companions, we need to remember “the years of the Right Hand of the Most High” (Ps. 77:10, 136:12); and, in so doing, we will avoid the folly of the Exodus Generation when “they remembered not [God’s] hand” (Ps. 78:42) and sinned against the Gospel of their day. Likewise, we need to remember the devastation and loss brought about by a breach of the Davidic Covenant when the LORD “set up the Right Hand of [David’s] adversaries” (Ps. 89:42). Hereby, we will be compelled to pray in a language that won’t go unanswered by God (Ps. 10:12, 74:11, 80:15, 17; Isa. 45:11, 64:5)!
“Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me.” – Isa. 45:11
Also, like David & his companions, we need to remember the mighty exploits of the Arm of the LORD in days of old (Ps. 44:3, 136:12, 77:15, 89:10, 13, 21); and, in so doing, we will be poised to realize the sudden intervention of the Arm of the LORD in the foreseen divine repentance of the future beheld by David (Ps. 98:1) and declared by Isaiah (Isa. 40:10, 50:2, 51:5, 9, 52:10, 53:1, 59:16, 63:5). For, statedly, in reference to these pastime glories, Isaiah declared the utter outdoing of all Former Things (Isa. 28:21-22, 41:22, 46:9-13, 50:2, 51:9-16, 54:9-10, 63:7-64:4) in the accomplishing of New Things (Isa. 42:9, 43:14-19, 48:6, Jer. 31:22), all of which are calendared during the same 1,335 Days! Explicitly elaborating upon the Gospel of David, Isaiah speaks of the grand fulfillment of all things in the Divine Repentance of the Last Days resulting in the fruition of the Gospel in the End of the World via the awakening of the Arm of the LORD & the Right Hand of God!
The Arm of the LORD: Ps. 44:3, 136:12, 77:15, 89:10, 13, 21, 98:1
Right Hand: Ps. 10:12, 16:8, 11, 17:7, 20:6, 21:8, 44:3, 48:10, 74:11, 77:10, 80:15, 17, 89:13, 98:1, 109:6, 31, 110:1, 5, 118:15-16, 136:12
The Arm of the LORD: Isa. 40:9-11, 50:2, 51:5, 9, 52:10, 53:1, 59:16, 63:5
Right Hand: Isa. 41:10-11, 13, 48:13, 49:22
Explicit Language of Divine Repentance
Sleep è Awake: Ps. 59:4-5, 73:18-20, 78:65-72, 35:23, 7:6, 44:23 (Judges 5:12)
Explicit Language of Divine Repentance
Sleep è Awake: Isa. 51:9 (51:17, 52:1)
The captives of Spiritual Babylon will one day mourn the absence of God in thoroughly Biblical Terms (Ps. 80:15, 17; Ps. 10:12). Likewise, saintly intercessors will mourn the prevalence of Babylon in the Church (Rev. 8:2-5). Therefore, like God slept for generations prior to David, and, then suddenly awoke to perform the word of the Covenant with David in his days (Ps. 59:4-5, 78:65-72, 7:6); even so, after many generations prior to the Last Generation, the LORD will suddenly awake to perform the word of the New Covenant (Isa. 51:9 [Isa. 51:17, 52:1]; 2 Pet. 3:9, Rev. 7:14, 19:7-10)!
“Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm…Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.” – Ps. 89:10, 13
“Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?” – Isa. 51:9-10
Evidently, according to Psalm 89:10-13 & Isaiah 51:9-10, this is good news to the disquieted souls of David and his companions! Right? David and his companions foresaw the final awakening of God that Isaiah elaborates upon (Psalm 73:18-20, 35:22-24, 44:23-26) and they were distressed to come short of it in their lifetime. That’s not to say that David didn’t have considerable success in realizing the promises of God according to the Abrahamic & Mosaic Covenants. For, as a recipient of a divine repentance, David became the right hand man in his lifetime (Ps. 16:8, 17:7, 20:6, 21:8, 89:21, 109:31). Remember? However, because he fell short of the greater vision of the Davidic Covenant, David looked forward to another Right Hand Man of the future who is far superior to himself (Ps. 110:1, 5, 118:15-16). Marvelously, things are clarified by Isaiah’s preaching of the Gospel in that he clearly identifies the Man foreseen by David (Isa. 7:14, 9:6-7)!
“O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” – Isa. 40:9-11
This kind of gospel preaching simply cannot be denied any longer! Nor the fact that the language of divine repentance is woven throughout the rhetoric of the Gospel of David & the Gospel of Isaiah! Nor the fact that this divine repentance is scheduled to synergistically bring about the fulfillment of all things in the Last Generation, even as the angel declared, saying, “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets” (Rev. 10:7)! Besides, all divine repentances of this sort in past ages have always been a ratification of the existing Covenant in those times (Forgetting / Remembering Covenants [breaching / performing promises]: Ps. 106:1-5, 44-45, Lev. 26:40-46, Ps. 74:20, 77:8, 10:12 [Implicit: Hab. 3:2, Ps. 138:7-8, 2 Sam. 23:1-7]). Therefore, now, in the Gentile Church Age, a divine repentance would mean the ratification of the New Covenant – which, in turn, means the fulfillment of all unfulfilled words that pertain to the New Covenant!
None of these Gospel Messages neglect or exclude the atoning work of Jesus at the Cross. However, the modern day “Gospel” of so-called Christianity does neglect and exclude the Gospels of David, Isaiah, and the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to John! Therefore, a correction needs to be made. Take, for example, Isaiah’s doctrine of the Arm of the LORD in Isaiah 40:9-11, 50:2, 51:5, 9, 52:10, 53:1, 59:15-17, & 63:5 in which he foretells both the 1st Advent (after 400 years of general apostasy and silence) and the 2nd Advent of Christ (after many generations of general apostasy). Speaking in reference to this doctrine, only one seventh of Isaiah’s prophecies have come to fruition! My reader, does that surprise you? That’s a lot of Gospel still to come! Like I said before, the ascension of Christ is not the end of the Gospel but its beginning! And, Paul is very bold to say that we, as Christians, will be saved “much more” by the “life” of Jesus, comparatively to how much we have been saved by the “death” of Jesus (Rom. 5:10, 1 Pet. 1:5)! Such an oversight by the so-called “Gospel Preachers” of today would hardly be impressive to Isaiah. However eloquent they may be, they’re still only preaching a seventh of the message!
“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment. And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore His Arm brought salvation unto Him; and His righteousness, it sustained Him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.” – Isa. 59:14-17 [Ps. 35:1-3, 17, 22-24]
“How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.” – Ps. 73:19-20
Apparently, there’s an awakening coming after a long duration of divine unwillingness (sleep). Statedly, God is saying, “I have long time holden My peace; I have been still, and refrained Myself” (Isa. 42:13-14); and, that’s not the only way He is saying it. There is a fully developed language of biblical terminology pertaining to this paramount doctrine of Holy Scripture. Why? Because, according to the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Apostles, this decisive action of God via a divine repentance affects to both Christians and Jews respectively in the Last Days; and, as explained in Mystery #7, this sudden intervention of God has been prolonged because of sin among God’s people.
Isaiah 59:14-17 indicates a prolonging of wicked affairs while God is looking for men. Like, for example, when God said in David’s day, “Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” (Ps. 94:16). Similarly, Jeremiah was commissioned to find one man in Jerusalem who executed justice and judgment with the promise that God would spare the City because of it, but he didn’t find any (Jer. 5:1-5). Ezekiel, separately from Jeremiah, came to the same shocking realization concerning the estate of things in Jerusalem (Ezek. 9:1-11). Professedly, God said, “…I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” (Ezek. 22:23-31). This the meaning of the statement, “He saw that there was no man”, in Isaiah 59:14-17. God is looking for men to cooperate and co-labor with Him in an ideal work of redemption for the fulfillment of the objectives of the Covenant (Isa. 50:2, 63:5, 64:7, 1 Cor. 3:9-10). Only as a last resort will God perform the objectives of the Covenant by overwhelmingly circumventing man’s instrumentality in the use of Babylon to punish the backslidden Church.
“And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” – 2 Chron. 36:15-16
This contextualizes the situation of the foretold divine repentance that results in the End of the World. This contextualizes why Babylon the Great is coming again in the near future (Celestial Origin: Rev. 9:1-11, 11:7, 17:8; Terrestrial Origin: Rev. 13:1, 17:15)! Babylon will serve its purpose as a divine instrument in the New Covenant just like it did in the former Covenants. Therefore, in this context, we need to understand what scheme of redemption is going to apprehend both Christians & Jews leading up to, going into, and after Babylon. In other words, God wants us to understand what He is going to do and why He is going to do it, and for what reason any decisive action on His part was prolonged throughout time. Therefore, our mission is to understand God’s conversational interactions with the prophets in respect to these weighty matters of the Kingdom – when, why, and how God decides to act in performance of the Covenants all throughout time as abundantly communicated in the language of divine repentance.
To make things unmistakably clear (Prov. 1:5-7), the LORD took the time to crystalize an explicit language of divine repentance in the Psalms. This language was definitively amplified in the Psalms by the firsthand testimony of David and his companions. Therefore, upon understanding what took place with them in the making of the Davidic Covenant as a growing extension of the Abrahamic & Mosaic Covenants coming to fruition, we will be enabled to comprehend the significance of the subject matter of Isaiah’s Ministry. For, remember, Isaiah merely elaborates upon the Gospel of David, he doesn’t reinvent it or introduce his own. Furthermore, the Gospel of Christ in the New Covenant merely elaborates upon the Gospels of David & Isaiah; which means that the New Covenant is also a growing extension of the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic Covenants (“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” – Matt. 5:17; Rom. 3:31).
Therefore, through understanding the language of divine repentance utilized in the making of the Davidic Covenant as the fruition of former Covenants, we will be enabled to discern the fruition of the Davidic Covenant in the making of the New Covenant. Or, in other words, we will be enabled to discern what is happening when God decisively acts in the future as described in Isaiah 42:13-14 & Isaiah 59:14-17, and other such like instances, all of which pertains to things fulfilled and unfulfilled in all Covenants within the greater context of the New Covenant. However, sadly, people are so ignorant of the language of divine repentance, or they outright deny that God can repent, that such prophecies seem vague, ambiguous, and seemingly insignificant. They read the prophets and simply don’t understand to whom, for what, or why the LORD is saying such things. This is a tragedy of catastrophic proportions (Isa. 29:9-14)!
The remnant of Israel in the days of the kings knew that God was angry and then repented at the intercession of David (Ps. 135:13-15, 105:42-45, 136:23-24). The fact that God does repent was both ancient and undeniable among the saints of old (Gen. 6:6, Ex. 32:14, Ps. 90:13, Judges 2:18, 1 Sam. 15:35, 2 Sam. 24:16, 1 Chron. 21:15, Jer. 18:7-11). In anger, the learned Israelites knew that God was effectually forgetting the Covenants (Ps. 77:8-9, 10:12, 74:19). Likewise, in repenting, they knew that God was remembering the Covenants (Lev. 26:40-46, Ps. 106:1-5, 44-45, 74:20, Hab. 3:2). Therefore, in David’s early years, when he perceived God’s wrath upon Israel and therein an unwillingness to perform the Abrahamic & Mosaic Covenants, he and his companions prayed for a change in the heart of God, by crying, “awake” (Ps. 59:4-5, 73:20) or “arise” (Ps. 13:13). This illustrates to us their perception of God’s unwillingness as a kind of divine sleep or stillness when they needed the LORD the most. Gloriously, and as an exemplification to all, the LORD heard their prayers, and said, “now will I arise” (Ps. 12:5)! Seeing that, hereby, the Davidic Covenant was born (“God standeth” – Ps. 82:1, “the Lord awaked as one out of sleep” – Ps. 78:65-72), this underscores the importance of such praying in respect to the fulfillment of the New Covenant.
It is true that the formation of the Davidic Covenant indicates the fruition of the Abrahamic & Mosaic Covenants. Yet, this didn’t stop David from interceding in the exact same way! Rather, as can be observed, the language of divine repentance grew in maturity and clarity as the covenantal revelations were enlarging the forecasted events of the Gospel. Therefore, despite the formation of the Davidic Covenant, David continued to pray in the language of divine repentance. My reader, it’s important you understand this! With a growing confidence, and with a growing understanding of all that was happening in real time, while simultaneously growing in foresight of all that God was planning to do in the future, David continued to pray in the same fashion. Why? David was obliged to continue interceding because he continued to encounter just causes of wrath upon Israel.
In being consciously aware of divine wrath potentially thwarting the ever-increasing prophetic vision of the Davidic Covenant (which we now understand to be the fruition of the Gospel in the End of the World), David and his companions prayed, “hide not Thy face far from Me” (Ps. 27:8-9), or, “hide not Thy face from Thy servant” (Ps. 69:17), and, “make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant” (Ps. 31:16, 119:135), or, “lift Thou up the Light of Thy countenance upon us” (Ps. 4:6). They knew the covenantal significance of such prayers going unanswered before God (Num. 6:25, Ps. 44:3, 89:15)! For, these are synonymous intercessory requests like as the aforementioned illustrations speaking of God forgetting or remembering, and, being asleep or awake, or, abiding still or arising. This was the language of the learned who sought the realization of all the forecasted events of the Gospel – a light of glory that still shines upon and beyond our time in this late hour of human history! Therefore, I say, let us learn this language and come into agreement with the ways of God (Isa. 26:8-9, 64:5, Amos 3:3), for only then can we be sure that we will be heard by Almighty God (Ps. 66:18, Hos. 8:12, Isa. 8:20, 59:1-2).
“Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me.” – Isa. 45:11 (Ps. 138:8)
By following David’s life from beginning to end (the Wandering Years, Reign over Judah, Reign of Israel & Judah, Exile, & Latter Years), we can understand the significance of what he was praying for in respect to the Gospel when he continued to cry to God, saying, “arise” (Ps. 82:8, 68:1-2, 3:7, 7:6) and “awake” (Ps. 7:6, 35:23). Also, given the subsequent declension that took place after David from generation to generation, we can understand why subsequent generations interceded, by praying, “arise” (Ps. 74:22, 10:12, 44:26), and “awake” (44:23). They were praying for the performance of the Gospel in the End of the World! The unfulfilled glories of the Gospel according to the David Covenant was before their eyes! Likewise, David and his companions prayed, “shew Thyself”, by which they meant, “lift up Thyself” (Ps. 94:1-2), both of which are another way of requesting that God would be unhidden and arisen on their behalf. Where the words are not the exactly the same, the ideas are perfectly describing the same divine inaction or action. So, instead of crying “arise”, David and his companions would call upon the LORD, saying, “stand up” (Ps. 35:1-3), or, “lift up Thyself” (Ps. 94:2, 7:6). Also, subsequent generations would cry to God, saying, “lift up Thy feet” (Ps. 74:3), “lift up Thine hand” (Ps. 10:12), or, “Why withdrawest Thou Thy hand, even Thy right hand? Pluck it out of Thy bosom.” (Ps. 74:11), when praying for the exact same thing.
Furthermore, like David and his companions would intercede, saying, “Hide not Thy face”, subsequent generations would pray for the same thing by simply asking God to “shine forth” (Ps. 80:1). Literally, and contextually, they were asking God to “cause [His] face to shine” upon them (Ps. 80;3, 7, 19). My reader, they knew what they were asking for (“Why standest Thou afar off, O LORD? Why hidest Thou Thyself in times of trouble?” – Ps. 10:1)! They read and observed the disquietness of David’s soul in the Latter Years of his life as he reflected upon his shortcomings to the glorious vision of the Gospel. They read about what David beheld in prophecy, like what is described in Psalm 66:1-5. They knew that this vision would come to fruition when and if “[God’s] eyes behold the nations” to forbid them from exalting themselves (Ps. 66:7). They knew how it was foretold that one day the LORD would “arise” to “appear in His glory” in the performance of these things in the End of the World (Ps. 102:13, 16)!
“He shall judge the world in righteousness” – Ps. 9:8, 96:10, 13, 98:9
Obviously, they understood how this sudden appearance of God is the same thing for the LORD to no longer be still or keep silent concerning the judgments of the gospel (“awake for me to the judgment that Thou hast commanded” – Ps. 7:6). Depicting this expectancy, subsequent generations would pray, “Arise, O God, plead Thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth Thee daily.” (Ps. 74:22). For, the prophetic psalms were very clear in the declaration, “Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence” (Ps. 50:3; see Ps. 50:1-6), even though a long duration of silence was underway (“…and I kept silence” – Ps. 50:21). This is exactly what David meant when he prayed, “hold not Thy peace”, “stir up Thyself”, and “plead my cause” in the Psalms (Ps. 109:1, 35:1, 23, 119:154).
Neither David nor his companions could bear to see the inglorious condition of the Kingdom of God with respect to the glory of what it is foretold to be. Therefore, …they prayed! All the learned intercessors who lived to see the Latter Years of David experienced the same agony and disquietness of soul as David himself. For example, in a thoroughly prophetic psalm, Asaph prayed, “Keep not Thou silence, O God: hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God” (Ps. 83:1)! Such prayers were far from extraordinary among David’s closest friends (Prov. 22:11-12). Literally, David wanted to see and hear the world-conquering Gospel in his lifetime! Therefore, he prayed, “say unto my soul, I am Thy salvation.” (Ps. 35:3), while hoping to behold a vision of Jehovah going forth to War in real time (Ps. 35:1-3) – a sight nothing short of what Isaiah would behold by prophecy in Isaiah 59:16-19!
“Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” – Ps. 35:1-3 (Isa. 59:16-19)
The bestirring of God in this manner is a bestirring of His heart and bowels; and, as a universal law, from the abundance of the heart a person speaks and acts (Matt. 12:34, Lk. 6:45). Even so, the chief focus of intercessors is the heart of God. For example, this is what Asaph was in anguish about very early on (before the formation of the Davidic Covenant), when he asked, “…will [God] be favourable no more? Is His mercy clean gone for ever? Doth His promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? Hath He in anger shut up His tender mercies?” (Ps. 77:7-9). Asaph was directly concerned for his own soul and that of his generation perceiving that the wrath of God was shutting up the bowels of the LORD – that God wasn’t minded to show favor, mercy, or grace to the people!
Literally, this is because God wasn’t feeling favorable emotions towards the people. Likewise, at the decline of glory during the Latter Years of David, his ultimate concern was that God would be “merciful”, he said, “as Thou usest to do unto those that love Thy Name (Ps. 119:132). He was not praying for any kind of mercy, so to speak; he was praying for an outpouring of divine mercy that ratifies unfulfilled Covenants! Likewise, from the vantage point of subsequent generations, they hoped for the same when praying for the “favour” of God (Ps. 106:4). Even so, with no improvement for want of godly men and intercessors, Isaiah was forced to pick up the same mantle of intercession and voice the same concern, crying to God,
“…Where is He that brought up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? Where is He that put His Holy Spirit within him? That led them by the right hand of Moses with His glorious Arm, dividing the water before them, to make for Himself an everlasting Name? …Look down from Heaven, and behold from the habitation of Thy holiness and of Thy glory: where is Thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of Thy bowels and of Thy mercies toward Me? Are they restrained? …O LORD, why hast Thou made us to err from Thy ways, and hardened our heart from Thy fear? Return for Thy servants’ sake, the tribes of Thine inheritance.” – Isa. 63:11-12, 15, 17 [Jer. 2:1-9]
All intercession is preceded by a perception of divine wrath. Here, Isaiah was longing for the sounding of God’s bowels as in ancient times! Namely, that when God would think upon the Jews that He would feel mercy! And, in feeling mercy, this means that LORD’s heart would no longer be “restrained” from salvific “zeal” (“The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will perform this.” – Isa. 9:7)! For, according to Isaiah 63:15, Isaiah perceived that the LORD was not thus minded. The prayer that came out of Isaiah’s heart was a classical intercessory outcry in the language of divine repentance. Even so, one would think that such outcries of prayer and intercession are a critically important to the fulfillment of the New Covenant (Ps. 106:44-48)?
As a matter of fact, the scope of Isaiah’s prophecies far exceeds the timeframe of the current Gentile Church Age in the New Covenant. Therefore, Isaiah interceded in the same fashion of David concerning the unfulfilled Gospel of David; and, lo, when God spoke to him, the things revealed do far exceed the scope of what has been accomplished for the past 20 Centuries! That’s one reason why Isaiah is quoted by the apostles more than any other prophet of the Old Testament. If anyone doubts the relevance of Isaiah to the New Covenant, might I suggest a rereading of the Book of Romans? Might I suggest a formal introduction to the Gospel of Paul? For, according to Paul, Isaiah’s prophecies do substantiate the current operation of redemption among Gentiles more than any other prophet of the Old Testament. Even more emphatically, Isaiah prophesied concerning the salvation of the Jews as it relates to the mass conversion of the Gentiles. In doing so, Isaiah prophesied of the 2nd Advent War, the Regathering & Restoration of the Jews, & the Millennial Reign of Christ with marvelous and unprecedented clarity.
Therefore, as David and subsequent generations were compelled to pray, Isaiah was compelled to proclaim the coming exploits of God in that the LORD will, Isaiah said, “awake” (Isa. 51:9, 51:17, 52:1) or “arise” (Isa. 31:2, 60:1-2)! By this Isaiah meant, “rise” (Isa. 33:10) or “rise up” (Isa. 14:22, 28:21), and, “stand” (Isa. 11:10) or “stand up” (Isa. 47:12-13), even as Habakkuk saw the LORD stand of old (Hab. 3:6), or, as the apostle John beheld the LORD standing anew on Zion in the near future (Rev. 14:1). Isaiah’s language could not be any clearer, than when he said, “The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people” (Isa. 3:13), or, “Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up Myself.” (Isa. 33:10)! Suffice it to say, the hiding of God (Isa. 8:17, 45:15, 54:8, 59:2, 64:7) that directly precedes this sudden appearance and glorious shining of the LORD (Isa. 9:2, 40:9, 60:1-2) is absolutely unprecedented (Ezek. 39:29)!
As further elaboration upon the Gospel of David, Isaiah conveys how when God does, statedly, “lift up Myself” (Isa. 33:10), it is one and the same as when He acts to “lift up an ensign” (Isa. 5:26, 18:3), or, “set up an ensign” (Isa. 11:12) – all of which is the same as when the Messiah does “stand for an ensign” (Isa. 11:10) and “lift up a standard” (Isa. 59:19). Likewise, all of the above acts are in the same series of events wherein the LORD will “set His hand again…to recover the remnant of His people” (Isa. 11:11), and, “lift up [His] hand to the Gentiles” (Isa. 49:22). All of this is preceded by a “long time” of stillness and silence wherein professedly God was holding His peace (Isa. 42:12-13, 59:1-2, 65:6-7); a long duration when God’s “jealousy” and “strength” are unstirred because His “bowels” are “restrained” / “refrained” (Isa. 42:13-14, 51:9, 63:15). Then, suddenly, a divine repentance takes place to wit the silence is broken with the crying, roaring, and pleading voice of Almighty God in matrimonial jealousy and rage (Isa. 42:13-14, 66:16)!
“The LORD shall go forth as a Mighty Man, he shall stir up jealousy like a Man of War: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.” – Isa. 42:13-14 (Ps. 83:1)
“Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment. And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore His Arm brought salvation unto Him; and His righteousness, it sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon His head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.” – Isa. 59:15-17 (Ps. 35:1-3)
Far from stillness and silence, lo and behold: the LORD puts on “the Garments of Vengeance for clothing” while being “Clad with Zeal as a Cloke” (Isa. 59:17)! This is certainly a change in heart from God standing afar off and shutting up His bowels of mercy and salvation (Ps. 10:1, 77:7-9, Isa. 63:11-12, 15, 17)! Oh, my reader! Are you comprehending the message? Are you hearing and understanding the Testimony of Prophecy in the Gospels of David & Isaiah? For, evidently, the language of divine repentance is the medium by which God is proclaiming to mankind Messianic Prophecy!
Explicit Language of Divine Repentance
Years of the Right Hand / Ancient Times: Ps. 77:5, 10, 143:5 (119:49-56), 78:42, 102:13
Sleep è Awake: Ps. 59:4-5, 73:18-20, 78:65-72, 35:23, 7:6, 44:23 (Judges 5:12)
Hiding è Shew Thyself / Shine Forth / Look: Ps. 4:6, 67:1, 13:1, 69:17, 31:16, 27:8-9, 44:3, 119:135, 10:1, 94:1, 80:1, 3, 7, 19, 66:7, 102:2; Num. 6:25, Ps. 89:15
Arise / Rise Up / Lift Up Thyself / Stand Up / Lift Up Thy Feet: Ps. 3:7, 7:6, 12:5, 13:13, 68:1-2, 94:1-2, 82:1, 35:1-3, 74:3, 22, 10:12, 102:13, 44:26 (Judges 5:7)
Silence / Stillness / Holding Peace è Stir Up Thyself / Withdraw Thy Hand / Lift Up Thine Hand / Stir Up Thy Strength / Plead: Ps. 50:3, 21, 35:1, 17, 22-24, 109:1, 74:11, 22, 10:12, 83:1, 80:2, 35:1, 43:1, 74:22, 119:154
Angry è Repent: Ps. 135:13-15 + 105:42-45 + 136:23-24 (repent, in retrospect acknowledging the repentance in David’s time); Ps. 90:13 (Moses prays for Exodus Generation); Ps. 79:5, 80:4, 106:44-45, 47-48 (anticipating the Last Days repentance)
Forgetting / Remembering Covenants (breaching / performing promises): Ps. 106:1-5, 44-45, Lev. 26:40-46, Ps. 74:20, 77:8, 10:12 (Implicit: Hab. 3:2, Ps. 138:7-8, 2 Sam. 23:1-7)
Explicit Language of Divine Repentance
The Generations of Old / The Ancient Time: Former Things è New Things: (Isa. 28:21-22, 41:22, 43:14-19, 46:9-13, 50:2, 51:9-16, 54:9-10, 63:7-64:4) à (Isa. 42:9, 43:14-19, 48:6, Jer. 31:22)
Sleep è Awake: Isa. 51:9 (51:17, 52:1)
Hiding è Shew Thyself / Shine Forth / Look: Isa. 8:17, 45:15, 54:8, 59:2, 64:7; Isa. 9:2, 60:1-2; Isa. 40:9; Ezek. 39:29
Arise / Rise Up / Lift Up Thyself / Stand Up / Lift Up Thy Feet: Isa. 3:13, 14:22, 28:21-22, 31:2, 33:7-10, 13, 60:1-2 (Challenge: Isa. 47:12-13, 50:8); Hab. 3:6; Rev. 14:1
Silence / Stillness / Holding Peace è Stir Up Thyself / Withdraw Thy Hand / Lift Up Thine Hand (standard, ensign) / Stir Up Thy Strength (put on strength) / Plead: Isa. 3:13, 5:26, 11:10, 12, 18:3, 42:13-14, 43:26, 49:22, 51:9, 59:19, 62:10, 65:6-7, 66:16
Angry è Repent: Isa. 5:25, 10:4-6, 20-22, 14:5-6, 34:2, 42:25, 51:17-20; Isa. 12:1, 40:1-2, 51:22-23, 54:8, 57:16, 59:18, 63:1-6, 66:15
Should the decisive reasons as to why the Messiah is going to bring about the End of the World be of no real importance to Christians in the 21st Century? Perhaps if they knew that this event is on the prophetic calendar as the grand finale of the Gospel, then things would be a little different. Maybe then they would see the importance of the Book of Revelation in the Canon of the New Testament. Maybe then they would devote some time and effort into understanding what is foretold in the Book of Revelation and keep what is written therein (Rev. 1:3). For, as of now, they are being taught that the Book of Revelation is a side issue of no real importance.
They are made to believe that the End of the World is a doctrine that pertains to Eschatology, and that Eschatology is a subject of interest at every man’s leisure or personal preference, like a hobby of sorts. The common sentiment of Christendom is that only divisive people are serious about the Doctrines of the Last Days. Or, even worse, they feel that only crazy people confidently affirm anything certain pertaining to anything urgent in the Book of Revelation! Yet, realistically speaking, should the decisive reasons that the Messiah performs “salvation” (Isa. 59:16) on behalf of Jews/Christians in the Last Days be obscure, confusing, or offensive to Christianity?
Salvation: Ps. 65:5, 69:13, 29, 79:9, 88:1, 96:2, 98:1-3, 132:16, 146:7-10
Vengeance / Revenge: Ps. 58:10, 79:10, 94:1, 149:7
Salvation: Isa. 25:9, 26:1, 33:2, 6, 45:8, 17, 46:13, 49:6, 8, 51:5-8, 52:7, 10, 56:1, 59:11, 16-19, 60:18, 61:10, 62:1, 6, 11, 63:5
Vengeance / Revenge: Isa. 1:24, 34:8, 35:4, 57:17-18, 61:2, 63:4, Jer. 46:10; “the Days of Vengeance” – Lk. 21:22, Rev. 17:17, Ezek. 38:17
The Apostle Paul was certainly preoccupied by these prophecies (Rom. 9:1-3). Therefore, shouldn’t we be? He refused to stop praying for the salvation of the Jews, even though he was “the Apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13). Nor can we be certain he understood the scheme of redemption that joins the fate of both Christians and Jews synergistically during the last 1,335 Days of the World. That’s because Paul never read the Book of Revelation. It was given to John long after his death in Rome. Nevertheless, Paul knew that God was going to turn from the Gentiles back to the Jews in the performance of a much greater work of redemption! Even though Paul’s entire ministry existed as a result of God turning from the Jews to the Gentiles, as recorded in the Book of Acts, Paul was careful to explain how this does not nullify (Rom. 11:25) God’s superior purpose of saving the Jews according to the prophecies of Isaiah. Paul was careful to explain this in Romans 11:1-36 with indisputable clarity, even quoting Isaiah 59:20-21 in Romans 11:26-27. Under inspiration, Paul dogmatically stated that God would turn from the Gentiles to the Jews for one final work of unprecedented glory in the coming of the Messiah’s Kingdom in the earth.
Little did Paul know that John would behold the whole story in an unprecedented fashion. Most prophets hear from God on earth and tell fellow earthlings what the LORD said. John what taken up into Heaven itself to see and hear things no prophet has ever beheld (“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in Heaven…” – Rev. 4:1)! Furthermore, what was revealed to John in the content of its message vindicates the past, explains the present, and declares the future, while harmoniously justifying the words of all the apostles & prophets of recent and of old. This, too, was peculiar to John’s revelation. In other words, John opened and enlarged what Paul dogmatically stated in Romans 11:1-36; namely, that God would send prophets back to Jerusalem while turning from the Gentiles to the Jews in fulfillment of the word of the LORD to the Jews (Rev. 11:1-12). That is exactly why the Anointed Ones first beheld by Zechariah will be in Jerusalem during the 3 ½ year Great Tribulation (Rev. 11:4, Zech. 4:14). For, this perfectly contrasts the divine mandate of the Great Commission which sent the apostles out of Jerusalem, commanding them: “Go ye into all the World…” (Mark 16:15).
I repeat, Paul didn’t know exactly how it was going to happen, but only that it would happen! Nor did Paul know that the current Gentile Church Age would be protracted some 2,000 years before the End of the World! For, Paul was one of the main characters of the Book of Acts – which was a record of all the mighty deeds of the Holy Spirit in the 1st Century as God turned from the Jews to the Gentiles. Contrastingly, instead of looking back into history, the Book of Revelation looks forward into futurity; and, instead of recording all of the mighty acts of the Holy Spirit in the 1st Century, the Book of Revelation is a record of all the mighty acts of the Holy Spirit in the Last Century! Essentially, the Book of Revelation is the Book of Acts of the Last Century!
Notwithstanding, Paul could have known more than we think. Given the fact that Paul was “the Apostle of the Gentiles” who wished he could have been sent to the Jews (Rom. 11:13); that he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews” (Php. 3:5) in flesh and a lover of the Jews in the Spirit (Rom. 10:10); and, given the fact that Paul went to the third Heaven and beheld things that weren’t lawful for him to speak (2 Cor. 12:2-4), we can be sure that there’s more than what meets the eye concerning his knowledge of the Last Days. Also, considering that Paul never ceased to intercede in prayer with great agony of soul on behalf of the Jews throughout his entire ministry to the Gentiles (Rom. 9:1-3), it is very possible that he was the living fulfillment of the prophecy contained in Psalm 44:17-26.
“All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant. Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way; Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death. If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? For he knoweth the secrets of the heart. Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.”
An accurate description of 1st Century Jewish Converts to Christianity during the current Gentile Church Age, as explicitly stated by Paul in Romans 8:36.
“Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? Arise, cast us not off for ever. Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.” – Ps. 44:17-26
A prayer of the Jewish Remnant of believers in Christ on behalf of the generally castaway Jewish People (Rom. 11:15), explicitly asking God for the foretold divine repentance of the End of the World.
Psalm 44:17-22 describes the exact scenario of suffering and persecution experienced by 1st Century Messianic Jews. Moreover, this description is virtually inapplicable to any other time period of Jewish History. Normally, according to the Old Covenant, if the Jews suffered things such as death and slaughter, it was because of their false dealings with the Covenant. However, in the New Covenant, all such things came upon the Jewish Converts to Christ because of their true dealings with the Covenant. Therefore, not only does the situation in description exactly match that of 1st Century Messianic Jews, Paul dogmatically affirms the fulfillment of this text in the suffering of the saints by quoting Psalm 44:22 in Romans 8:36.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” – Rom. 8:35-37
Unashamedly, and while being perfectly aware of the accusations of the unconverted Jewry worldwide (Rom. 11:33-34), Paul confirms the reality of things pertaining to the New Covenant: namely, that tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, the sword, and such like things that the Jewish Converts were experiencing (Rom. 8:35), were all for God’s sake as a direct result of a predestinated purpose to conform all the redeemed into “the Image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). This was a common understanding among early Christians (John 12:23-28 Lk. 6:40 [1 Jn. 2:6, Heb. 2:10, Acts 14:22], Jn. 7:6-7 [1 Jn. 3:1, 13, 1 Pet. 4:1], Jn. 12:35-36 [Matt. 5:14-16, Eph. 5:7-17, Heb. 13:12-13], Jn. 15:18-25 [1 Jn. 3:1, 1 Thess. 1:6, 2:1-4, 13-16, 2 Tim. 3:12]). Thus, upon comprehensively describing the real time suffering at hand among Christians at large, and as a counter argument to the accusatory charges of unconverted Jews, Paul celebrated the fulfillment of the prophecy written in Psalm 44:22, which states, “For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” (Rom. 8:36).
This proves that Paul had Psalm 44:17-22 upon his mind, even as he celebrated the fulfillment of prophecy right before his eyes! However, this also proves that Paul had Psalm 44:23-26 upon his mind as an unfulfilled prophecy! All things considered, who could deny that Paul was uttering Psalm 44:23-26 in prayer on behalf of the Jews all the while knowing exactly what he was requesting? There can be no doubt that Paul prayed Psalm 44:23-26 by quoting it in prayer to God! For, we’re speaking of a man who bore the Jews upon his heart in prayer with untold degrees of anguish, as he said, “…I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” (Rom. 9:1-3). Only a fool would argue that Paul was oblivious to the foretold divine repentance through which God would turn back to the Jews in performance of salvific Messianic Prophecy (Ps. 44:23-26). The apostolic messenger explicitly wrote about it in Romans 11:25-27 while warning the general assembly of believing Gentiles not to be “ignorant” of this fact! Thus, it is impossible to entertain the idea that he himself was ignorant of this doctrine.
Even so, we can be sure Paul wasn’t ignorant of the language of divine repentance used in Psalm 44:23-26; I mean, especially because he quoted Psalm 44:22 in Romans 8:36 and spoke of his anguish-ridden prayers in Romans 9:1-3, all the while preparing to make the case and point for God turning back to the Jews in Romans 11 by verifying the outstanding and soon-to-be divine repentance of Isaiah 59:14-21. Evidently, Paul discerned that God would turn back to the Jews because the language of divine repentance was intelligible to his learned and thoroughly Jewish soul. The bold appeals to God in prayer recorded in Psalm 44:23-26 were a relief to the righteous soul of the apostle Paul. I say this because the language of intercession is a relief to intercessors! The divinely authored language is a word-bank of choice vehicles that carry to God otherwise unspeakable emotions! Therefore, as God has ordained, the intercessors “take with [them] words” that they might “render the calves of [their] lips” (Hos. 14:2).
The language of divine repentance will become the love language of the saints in the Last Days, just as it was with the saints of Former Times. They will speak as those beholden to the heavenly vision. However, unlike David and his companions, the saints of the last generation will intercede while looking into the future instead of the past. This is truly extraordinary because, ordinarily, righteous men like David interceded in hopes for a revival of the Glory of God in the Ancient Time or in the Generation of Old (Ps. 77:5, 10, 143:5 [119:49-56], 78:42). Yet for obvious reasons, this is impossible for the last generation of saints! This comes with understanding “the Everlasting Gospel” by “the Spirit of Prophecy” (Rev. 14:6, 19:10). For, what is reserved for the last generation (Ps. 102:18) at the coming of the Kingdom in the End of the World far exceeds the glory of any Former Time.
Anyone deeply acquainted with the prophecies of “the Set Time” of Zion’s favor in Psalm 102:13-22 would heartily agree. Isaiah, who elaborated upon the Gospel of David, was very bold to declare the unprecedented nature of things to come. In prophecy, Isaiah juxtaposed the mighty works of the Ancient Time with the Future for the expressed purpose of showing the surpassing greatness of things to come. Not that Isaiah defamed the glory at work in the Generations of Old! Nor did he portray the mighty acts of the Former Times as irrelevant or insignificant to the End of the World. Rather, through Isaiah, the LORD declared Himself to be the Champion of all the former wonders (Isa. 28:21-22, 41:22, 46:9-13, 50:2, 51:9-16, 54:9-10, 63:7-64:4)! However, in reminding the people of these ancient works, the LORD was emphatically demanding the attention of all to consider anew what the Almighty will do in the earth.
“I am the LORD: that is My Name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images. Behold, the Former Things are come to pass, and New Things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” – Isa. 42:8-9
“Remember ye not the Former Things, neither consider the Things of Old. Behold, I will do a New Thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?...” – Isa. 43:18-19
“Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee New Things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.” – Isa. 48:6
By looking through the lattice of time – away from history and into futurity – the saints will behold the glory of a new era of redemption dawning upon them! In seeing it, they will be enraptured by its beauty! They will stagger in amazement at the terrible majesty of the Kingdom soon-to-invade the earth! This is the Gospel. A last resort rescue mission to save the elect from Babylonian Captivity! Therefore, as those truly beholden to the glory of what is to come, it will be impossible to pray for the glory of pastime generations. Not only is this to be expected (“For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.” – 2 Cor. 3:10), but this is what is divinely commanded in the words, “Remember ye not the Former Things, neither consider the Things of Old.” (Isa. 43:18). Therefore, for the excellence of the “New Things”, the saints of the last generation will be unable to pray for a mere revival of the “Former Things”. The saints will be compelled to pray for what they lovingly desire to behold concerning the mighty working of the LORD in the earth.
“Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. Thine heart shall meditate terror.” – Isa. 33:17-18
Men will only pray for what they think is beautiful. Likewise, men will only fear what they think is terrible. Just like what was beautiful to Moses (Ps. 90:16-17) became beautiful to David (Ps. 27:4); or, like how what was beautiful to David became beautiful to Isaiah (Isa. 33:17-18); we need to see the beauty of the Lord in all of its terrible majesty unveiled in the Book of Revelation. The Conqueror of Egypt worked with David in the conquering of Canaan because, like Moses, he was enamored with the beauty of the Lord; and, a little later, the Conqueror of Canaan spoke to Isaiah and elaborated upon what was revealed to David to clarify a divine plan to conquer Babylon’s World in one final generation! This is certainly an unpleasant message to all lovers of the world and friends of Babylon. For, if the LORD comes to reign worldwide, this is the end of man’s free expression of sin in Babylon’s World!
“…We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” – Rev. 11:17-18
Heavenly thanksgiving resounds in that the “Lord God Almighty…has reigned” (Rev. 11:17)! This is the long-awaited fruition of the Gospel the prophets have been speaking about for generations; and, if the Kingdom of God is going to come in the foretold manner declared by David & Isaiah, this has radical implications upon the Kingdoms of Men as a whole. Unsurprisingly, this is the Gospel Message of the Book of Revelation (“God Almighty…hast reigned” – Rev. 11:17-19; “the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth” – Rev. 19:6; “The Everlasting Gospel” – Rev.14:6-13; “King of Saints…Thy Judgments are made manifest” – Rev. 15:3-4)! Albeit, consequentially, it was written, “the nations were angry” (Rev. 11:18). This is to be expected.
At having surrendered to Babylon long ago, saying, “Who is like unto the Beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev. 13:4, 17:12-18), the nations will have become the happy beneficiaries of Babylon’s Prosperity (“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” – Rev. 18:3). However, what’s worse is that the Jews will be romanced by the Antichrist to become the Mother of all Harlots! Therefore, firstly, the Jews will be physically subservient to and confederate with Babylon as beneficiaries, but only until Babylon turns upon them and takes them Captive as a judgment from God (Zech. 14:1-2); and, preceding everything, the saddest part is that the Christians will be overrun by Spiritual Babylon as spiritual captives to Celestial Principalities. Therefore, seeing that the goodliness of the Gospel is undesirable to the elect peoples of the Jews & Christians in the Last Days, God will humble them in turning Babylon against them.
“If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God. And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.” – Deut. 28:58-63
Remember, when the Jews were adulterous and therefore less than favorable to the Lordship of God in Christ, the LORD punished the people like in the Egyptian Captivity that preceded the ministry of Moses. The same reasons warranted the likes of Assyria & Babylon in the Captivities of latter generations in history. God did not abandon the Jews in bringing them to Babylon. God ushered them into Babylon while under the careful oversight of “the Majesty of the LORD” (Isa. 24:14). In other words, this was a redemptive process for the greater good of the Kingdom of God (Isa. 6:1-13). Hereby, God will make the Jews & Christians (respectively) fear and acknowledge what they refused to fear concerning the Majesty of the LORD (Isa. 26:8-10). Take Nehemiah for an example. As a recipient of these just and due punishments historically speaking, and as one coming out of Babylon during a Restoration Generation, Nehemiah addressed God, saying,
“…O LORD God of Heaven, the Great & Terrible God” – Neh. 1:5
“…remember the Lord, which is Great & Terrible” – Neh. 4:14
“…our God, the Great, the Mighty, & the Terrible God” – Neh. 9:32
Nehemiah was compelled to address God in this manner because he regarded Babylon as a judgment from God; and, fearfully, the last generation is doomed to relearn this hard truth! That’s why the coming of Babylon is announced by the Angelic Trumpets of Heaven! No concerted effort of Hell could amount to the formation of Babylon in the End of the World unless God willed for it to happen (“For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” – Rev. 17:17). Therefore, when reading the 5th Trumpet, God intends for us to understand the origin of Babylon beginning with The Angel of the Bottomless Pit. Namely, that Christ gave the Angel the key to The Bottomless Pit – for The Opening of the Bottomless Pit – because Heaven has decreed the opening of Hell for the spawning of Babylon as a divine instrument of chastisement upon Jews & Christians.
The Majesty of the LORD is on full display in the spawning of Babylon because Heaven Rules Hell! This is the famous and renowned Strange Work of the LORD of old and anew. That’s why God was careful to exhaustively describe the Celestial Army of Babylon in Biblical Prophecy – that all men would fear God instead of the Devil, Hell’s Army, or Babylon; that all men would regard the destroying hand of God rather than the destructive rampage of the Devil, Hell’s Army, or Babylon; that all men would acknowledge the wrath of God instead of the anger of the Devil, Hell’s Army, the Antichrist, or Babylon! Such acknowledgements are possible thanks to the ministries of Jeremiah & Ezekiel. Their prophesying showed us how God controls the practicals of warfare insomuch that The Sword of the LORD is the Sword of Babylon! These doctrines convey to us the details of the redemptive operation at hand in Babylon, all of which is implied by the majestic display of the Kingdom of God in Revelation 7-9.
Graciously, chosen men will act as Friends of the Bridegroom in the Midnight Hour (Matt. 25:1-13) because they understand the divine utility of Babylon long before the Beast is awakened. Therefore, in foreseeing the need of Babylon as judgment upon the backslidden Church in the Gentile Church Age, and welcoming it, these men will call upon God for the manifestation of Babylon according to the will of God. They will pray this way knowing that the coming of Babylon is the beginning of a chain reaction of events that result in the coming of the Kingdom of God in the End of the World! These intercessors will be a living fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy in Revelation 8:1-6 (Isa. 26:8-10; Ezek. 9-10), where it states,
“And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the Throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” – Rev. 8:2-5
What choice words of intercession would set in motion the Armies of Heaven? What argumentation of prayer is fit to come before the ears of the Lord of Hosts at such a time as this? Nothing but the language of divine repentance being uttered from the lips of learned intercessors who welcome the coming of Babylon as God’s last resort and only remedy for the backslidden Church! For, no other language is permissible in the high court of Heaven’s Holiness! Yet, how shall the saints of the Last Days pray thus except they are awakened to the glory of what is to come? How, except they behold the significance of what John witnessed, when he said, “I beheld…” (Rev. 5:6), or, “I looked” (Rev. 14:1)! How, except they see what Daniel saw, when he said, “I beheld…” (Dan. 7:9-12)! For, then, and only then, will we pray to God and preach to Babylon as Daniel exemplified!
We need the eye-opening experiences that these prophets had while reading the Holy Writ of the Book of Revelation. We need the “eyes of [our] understanding…enlightened” (Eph. 1:18), for only then can we truly behold the glorious significance of how God has “set [Jesus] at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Eph. 1:20)! Therefore, let us humble ourselves to the word of God. Let us count the cost of what’s ahead. For, unless we are “seeing” what God wants us to see (Heb. 14:14-16) in respect to “the Testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 1:1-3, 12:11, 17), we’ll never overcome the likes of Babylon during the Great Tribulation.