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THE PSALMIST'S REVELATION OF THE
TIMES OF RESTITUTION,
PARALLEL PREDICTIONS OF THE SPIRIT.
While there are few portions of the sacred word so generally read as the book of Psalms, I believe it is seldom studied for the purpose of tracing in it the many and oft-repeated allusions to that blessed and glorious day, when Jesus the once despised and crucified one shall come again in power and great glory, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David ; when Israel shall be restored to their own inheritance; when the enemies of Jehovah shall be subdued, and when the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father, “and the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead thein unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
And yet most surely, such animating themes, such prospects, such ascendings of Nebo's mount would greatly tend to enkindle in the believer's soul, a vast increase of faith, patience, hope and joy.
Having lately been led to make those Psalms which speak most distinctly of these glorious events, my peculiar study, I now purpose laying a series of papers before my readers, with the earnest hope that each one
who peruses them may unite with me in the prayer, that the Lord the Spirit may bless them to the clearer elucidation of this portion of his precious word.*
Prophetic of the last confederacy against the Lord's anointed One.—Of its overthrow,—and of Christ's assumption of the kingly office. THE PSALMIST'S
PARALLEL PREDICTIONS. REVELATION. 1. Why do the hea For of a truth against thy holy child then rage, and the peo Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both ple imagine a vain Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the thing?
Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together. (1st fulfilment)
Acts iv. 27. 2. The kings of the And the ten horns which thou sawearth set themselves, est are ten kings which have received and the rulers take no kingdom as yet; but receive power counsel together against as kings one hour with the beast. the Lord, and against These shall make war with the Lamb. his anointed, saying, (2nd fulfilment) Rev. xvii. 12, 14.
3. Let us break their And I saw the beast, and the kings bands asunder, and cast of the earth, and their armies gathered away their cords from together to make war against him that
sat on the horse, and against his army.
(2nd fulfilment) Rev. xix. 19. 4. He that sitteth in But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at the heavens shall laugh : them : thou shalt have all the heathen the Lord shall have in derision. Psalm lix. 8. them in derision.
And it shall come to pass in that 5. Then shall he day, that the Lord shall punish the speak to them in his host of the high ones that are on high, wrath, and vex them in and the kings of the earth upon the his sore displeasure. earth. Isaiah xxiv. 21.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every, bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains ; aud
said to the mountains and rocks, Fall * I have quoted Bishop Horsley's and the Rev. J. Fry's translation when their reading appears to make the sense more obyious.
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6. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand ? Rev. vi. 15–17.
Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of Hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. Isaiah xxiv. 23.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah ix. 7.
God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again ; as it is also written in the second Psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. (1st fulfilment.) Acts xiii. 33.
When he bringeth again (margin) the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (2nd fulfilment.) Heb. i. 6.
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him : his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Dan. vii. 13, 14.
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron ; as the vessel of a potter shall they be broken to shivers : even as I received of my Father. Rev. ii. 27.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, and with it he shall smite the
8. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. Rev. xix. 15.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed : and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Dan. ii. 44.
A prayer of the Jewish Church that Messiah would establish his universal kingdom.
1. God be merciful Who is a God like unto thee, that unto us, and bless us; pardoneth iniquity. and passeth by the
transgression of the remnant of his heritage ? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities, and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the
days of old. Mic. vii. 18—20. and cause his face to Arise, shine; for thy light is come, shine upon us.
glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon
thee. Isa. Ix. 1, 2. 2. That thy way may Thus saith the Lord of hosts; it be known upon earth, shall yet come to pass, that there shall thy saving health
come people, and the inhabitants of among all nations.
many cities : and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong
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3. Let all the people praise thee, O God ; let all the people praise thee.
nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; in those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. Zech. viii. 20—23.
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fulness ? Rom. xi. 12.
Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein ; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands. Isa. xlii. 10–12.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth : make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp ; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands : let the hills be joyful together before the Lord : for he cometh to judge the earth : with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity. Psalm xcviii. 4—9.
And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out
4. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
6. Then shall the earth yield her increase;