A nice Chalcedon article on Psalm 2 today… which is actually a repost from a 1997 article by James Nickel.
“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” The plans and counsels of heathen cultures, vain and empty as they are, are against the Lord and His anointed one. In context, David was God’s anointed one (1 Sam. 16:1-13). The Hebrew word for anointed is mashiyach. It speaks of a consecrated person. In greater context, it points expressly to the Greater David, the Messiah (Christ) the Lord Jesus. The rage that David experienced was ultimately a rage against his Lord and his Christ (Ps. 110:1-2; cf. Mt. 22:42-45).
The Power Elite really, really
- love to tell others what to do
- hate being told what to do
They want to be little gods, having authority over others, and with none – not even their Maker – having authority over them.
Bands are fetters or halters; restraints used on horses in order to control them. Cords are ropes of control. The kings and rulers of the nations are saying, “Let us fling off the controls of God!” The prophet Jeremiah defines the bands of restraint as the way of the Lord; the judgments (laws) of God (Jer. 5:5). To rebellious nations, the laws of God are anathema. They cast away:
- God’s law for marriage and sex (monogamy and sex for the marriage bed only).
God’s law for the economy (just weights and measures).
God’s law for justice (restitution and death penalty for murder).
God’s law for welfare (he that does not work shall not eat).
God’s law for the education of children (the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge).
Just two addendums:
- “Just weights and measures” include a solid commodity currency, not based on mere paper or promises, and not to be destroyed – swiftly or slowly – to better protect the ability of the State and the Major Banks to get what they want.
- Parents, not the State, is to rear and teach the children.
Rebellious nations do not want God’s restraints. The result? Death. “But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all that hate me love death” (Prov. 8:36). They would rather die prematurely from AIDS or venereal disease than submit to God’s law. They would rather go down the tube of economic disaster than submit to God’s law. They would rather let murderers and other criminals walk the streets free to commit more crimes than submit to God’s law. They would rather watch their children smolder on the coals of Moloch than submit to God’s law. God, the Lord of the nations, responds to this testimony.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.” His first response is that He sits in the heavens. The raging of the nations does not catch Him by surprise for He has sovereignly decreed it. Not only does He sit, He laughs! (cf. Ps. 37:12-13; 59:1-8). He derides or scoffs (makes fun) at the evil plans and schemes of the heathen. His second response is that He will speak to them in His wrath. Christ is the word of God (Jn. 1:1-14). The word of God is like a sharp sword that smites the nations (Heb. 4:12; Rev. 19:11-16).
How long will God suffer the nations before He speaks to them in His wrath in time and on earth? How long did He suffer Sodom and Gomorrah with its rampant homosexuality, arrogance, abundant food, careless ease, and blind eye toward the poor and needy (Ez. 16:49)? In time, He smote these cities with fire and brimstone. How long did He suffer ancient Babylon when it captured God’s people and mocked the vessels of the holy temple? In time, God wrote on a wall and smote the city with the armies of Cyrus. Note that the remnant returned to their homeland at the command of Cyrus. How long did He suffer national Israel when it rejected the Messiah and persecuted the saints? In time, God sent Roman armies and rivers of blood flowed in the streets of Jerusalem. Note that their rejection brought salvation to the nations (Rom. 11:11). How long did He suffer Rome with the blood of Christian martyrs on its hands? In time, God sent a few thousand barbarians who walked over a culture that had lost all will to resist and survive. Note, the barbarians, ancestors of Western civilization, eventually converted to Christianity. How long did He suffer France with its massacre of the Huguenots, total hatred of Christianity, and mass abortions? In time, God sent a ravaging blood bath called the French Revolution. How long did He suffer the atheistic regime of Communist Russia? Only 70 years. How long will He suffer us? Isaiah 26:9, “For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”
God will trouble or terrify the nations in His fury. As He once terrified a godless Nebuchadnessar with a dream, He will also terrify the nations that reject His law.
- the destruction of European power
- “with a special focus on Germany”
- the destruction of Japanese power
- the destruction of Soviet power
Our Betters remain confident that God will never judge the West, regardless of how much contempt they throw in God’s face.
Well, maybe less confident than they were before, “due to recent events.” But still, basically confident.
You know, if you watch the Western-Secualrist-Darwinian Tower of Babel closely, you can already see it swaying, and the cracks in the foundation spreading…
The Church as Culprit
The nations follow the church. The reason why the nations are in a mess is because the church is in a mess (2 Chr. 15:1-6). That is why God’s first order of business is to “purify the sons of Levi” that their offerings might be pleasant unto the Lord (Mal. 3; 1 Pet. 4:17). He will judge the spirit of disunity, for the unity of God’s people provides the basis for the world to believe in the apostleship of Jesus (Jn. 17:21; Heb. 3:1). He will send a delusion upon those who disregard and despise sound doctrine in favor of “manifestations of the Spirit” (2 Thes. 2:11-12; 2 Tim. 4:3-4). He will either clean up or dispose of church leaders so that the saints will be “equipped for service” in order to bring about the “unity of the faith” (Eph. 4:11-13).
The Power Elite will not the the first to be judged.
The pastors and priests who lied about the nature of God, and claimed that God would NEVER act, will be the first to be judged.
After all, it’s their lies that gave the Ruling Class the confidence they needed to despise God in the first place!
“Laws that aren’t enforced do not exist.
And those who hand out such powerless laws can be ignored… with laughter.”
The problem is, God’s laws ARE ENFORCED.
Partially but quite painfully, in time and on earth:
and definitely after the resurrection, before the Throne of God.
The men who claimed otherwise, the Professional Christians — preachers and theologians, generally — are going to get punished more harshly than the gullible “ruling class” fools who so eagerly lapped up their lies.
These lawless God-haters propped up a clown idol, some Santa Claus, and claimed that this idol of their imagination was the Creator, Redeemer, and Judge of Heaven and Earth.
No, that clown idol of churchly imaginations is a fake.
And a lot of people are going to die, and go to hell, and the lake of fire, because of these corrupt priests and pastors and theologians.
God sees, and God will act against His core enemies first, and then deal with the minor league failures, the “kings of the earth”.