By Pastor F. M. Riley
December 31, 2012
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.”
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.”
From the rising of the Sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.”
Those of our readers who have read my series of Bible studies on the Psalms entitled “What is Wrong with God’s Time Line? already understand the correlation between each of the Psalms and the years of the 20th and 21st centuries of the same number. Those readers who have not read this series of studies need only request them and they will be sent to you. There is no charge for the studies as all of my Bible studies are sent out free to all who request them.
Psalm 113 correlates with the year, 2013. By a careful study of this Psalm serious Bible believers can discern some of what this new year is going to bring upon New Covenant believers, and upon Israel and the Jewish people. This is the subject matter which I will be dealing with in this Bible study. Join us for an enlightening study, which I hope will be a blessing and encouragement to all true New Covenant believers…….
For all true believers, and for those believing Jewish people whom the Lord God has blessed with spiritual discernment, this coming year of 2013 should be a year beginning with…..
Praise for the Lord
Why? Because it will be the year of transition for both New Covenant believers and for presently unbelieving Israel and the Jewish people. This is clearly set forth in 113:1-2, “Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forever more.” In this 2nd verse is a clearly stated “time marker.” Remember that “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth…….hath determined the times before appointed…..,” Acts 17:24-26. Here in Psalm 113:2 is one of those “appointed times.”
For the past 6,000 years since the fall of Adam, the name of the Lord God has been reviled, slandered, mocked, ridiculed, despised, and used as a filthy curse word by the wicked God hating, Christ rejecting lost world. The wicked have defiled and dragged the precious name of the Lord through the immoral slime of this lost, wicked, sin cursed world in every conceivable way imaginable. However, in this coming year of 2013 that is all going to change. The inspired Psalmist clearly states that the name of the Lord shall be “blessed…..from this time forth and for evermore.” No, this does not mean that the unbelieving wicked are all going to turn to the Lord in repentance and faith. What it does mean is that the Lord God Himself is going to do such works in the earth, that “from this time forth” His name shall be constantly praised by His
people, both Christians and Jews, and even the wicked will be made to speak of the Lord God with respect, even if with fear and trembling. That this will be a world wide change is seen from 113:3, which explicitly points out that the Lord’s name will be praised from “the rising of the Sun” [the east] “unto the going down of the same” [the west]. There are numerous prophecies in God’s Word which sets forth the reasons why this change will be absolutely certain, but I do not have time nor space to examine these many prophecies in this study. Our readers can look up the prophecies and study them for themselves.
The Position and Power of the Lord
In the next three Scriptures, 113:4-6, the Psalmist sets forth the exalted position and power of the Lord God. Verse 4 makes it clear that the Lord God looks down upon the earth from His position “high above all nations,” so high that His glory is even “above the heavens.” Verse 5 then confirms that the dwelling place of the Lord is “on high.” How high? So high above the earth and even above the heavens that 113:6 states that the Lord “humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in the heaven, and in the earth.” Wow!
Yet some unbelieving, wicked, lost people today choose to deny that Almighty God even exists. All I can say is that such people are in for a sad, sudden, awakening, and their awakening is going to begin in 2013! The awakening of unbelieving humanity will then continue for the next seven years until they either receive Christ as their own personal Savior, or are destroyed off the face of the earth, Psalm 37; 104:35; Isaiah 13:9; 66:16; Jeremiah 25:32-33. And just what work of the Lord is it that is going to begin this awakening? I’m so glad you asked…….
The Resurrection of New Covenant Believers
In the first half of Psalm 113:7, the Psalmist in speaking of the Lord God, explicitly states, “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust…..” What an amazing statement occurring in the 113th Psalm which correlates with 2013. Let’s examine this statement in detail…..
The Hebrew word translated as “raiseth up” in this Scripture is the word, “qum.” This Hebrew word literally means, “to arise; to rise up; to be raised up; to be lifted up; to stand up; to get up; to rise and go forth.” See Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, pages 727-728, Strong’s No. 6965. The definition of this word, along with the statement made in the Scripture, and the context in which it is made, makes it very clear that this Scripture is a prophecy of a resurrection occurring at some point of time during the year, 2013. However, this conclusion is not based on the definition of just this one word. There is more…..
Notice the words “out of the dust.” These English words are translated from the Hebrew word, “apar.” This Hebrew word literally means, “dust; earth; ground; soil in any form.” See Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, pages 645-646, Strong’s No. 6083. So the Scripture is actually saying in the Hebrew text, “He [the Lord God] raiseth up the poor out of the ground or soil of the earth…” Any reader willing to deal honestly with the Scriptures can see for themselves that this is then speaking of a resurrection taking place during 2013. But there is still yet more to the matter. Who is it then that is going to be resurrected?
The Scripture actually says, “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust…” So let’s look up the word “poor” and see who it applies to. This Hebrew word translated as “poor” is the word, “dal.” This word literally means “poor; needy; humble; weak; haggard; scrawny; feeble; powerless.”
See Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, page199, Strong’s No. 1800. This Hebrew word occurs 48 times in the Old Testament, and is repeatedly connected with deliverance of the “poor” so that the “poor” are “kept from” the wicked and “the hypocrite.” See Job 5:15-16, 20:4-10; 20:19; Psalm 41:1-2; 72:13; 82:3-4 and numerous similar Scriptures. In studying each of the
places in the Old Testament where this particular Hebrew word is used, it certainly appears that it is speaking of the pre-tribulation rapture of Gentile believers. But if so, why are they referred to as the “poor”?
Consider the economic situation that America and the whole world is facing RIGHT NOW! Folks, tomorrow [January 1, 2013] our U.S. economy is going over the so-called “Fiscal cliff!” This doesn’t really mean much to the mealy mouth politicians who are throwing the term around, for they all draw fat salaries and are exempt from many of the regulations imposed upon the general public. But it will bitterly effect the common working man in this country, and throw the entire nation into such poverty as we have never previously known in this country. The collapse of the U.S. economy will also effect all of the nations and peoples of the whole world. Those in other countries all over the world are already struggling under massive taxation, which leaves them hardly enough income to survive on. In essence, the entire world is going into a period of unparalleled poverty, such as modern mankind has never previously known or experienced, and it is going to begin in 2013. Businesses will fail, factories will close, and there will be multiplied millions of people out of work. This will result in rioting, looting, robbing, burning, raping, and killing on a scale that we living in this country have never known or seen previously. The government will impose Martial Law and imprison and bitterly oppress all who they deem to be “resisters.” Totally ignoring the fact that the government will have caused the situation to begin with, the government will rather present themselves as the “saviors” of the people in taking such brutal actions against the people. Sic!
It ought to be obvious to any reader that Bible believing Christians and Jews will be singled out for bitter oppression and persecution, for it is we who have spiritual discernment who can see and understand what the wicked world system is doing to the people. Therefore we will be “marked” by the PTB for bitter persecution and even possible elimination in order to “keep us quiet.”
Does this depress some readers? It shouldn’t! For this entire scenario is not solely in the hands of the political leaders in the governments of the world. Rather, the Lord God of Heaven is still watching over His people, and knows full well what is happening. Just as this Scripture clearly states, He will “raise up [resurrect] the poor [New Covenant believers] out of the dust” and catch them away to glory, just as He promised to do so long ago. See John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Revelation 3:10. And our resurrection and rapture will occur sometime in 2013, immediately before the beginning of the seven year Tribulation period. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20.
The Redemption of Israel and the Jewish People
But what about the rest of this 7th verse? Who is being referred to where the Scripture says,
“…and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;” 113:7? Who are “the needy” in this Scripture?
The Hebrew word translated as “needy” in this Scripture is the word, “ebyon.” This word literally means, “needy; often as a class of persons with physical needs; regarded as being of low status and little political power, with an associative meaning of being oppressed and in misery.” See Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, page 5, Strong’s No. 34. This particular Hebrew word is used over and over again in the Old Testament in reference to Israel and the Jewish people.
It is Israel and the Jewish people who are the “needy” in this Scripture. Compare such passages as “Psalm 9:18, 12:5, 35:10, 37:14, 72:4, 72:12-13, 82:3-4, and numerous other similar passages
Notice that this Scripture explicitly states that the Lord God will “lift up the needy out of the dunghill.” Folks, it is a historical truth that the Muslim nations around Israel have been “crapping on” Israel and the Jewish people since the day Israel was re-established as a nation in 1948, but especially since Israel regained their holy city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in
the Six Day war in 1967. Today as I write, Israel is totally surrounded by their wicked Muslim
enemies whose fervent desire is to totally destroy the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. From the human viewpoint, Israel’s situation looks almost hopeless, and Israel is standing in dire “need” of some help. I urge our readers to pray for Israel, but don’t despair over them. You see, the “crapping on” Israel by the wicked Muslims, and others, is about to come to a screeching halt!
The Scriptural Scenario….
On some “date” in this coming year of 2013, the Lord Jesus Christ is going to suddenly come in the air and with a mighty shout, He will resurrect and rapture all of His “poor” New Covenant believers to glory, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10. The resurrection and rapture alone will “shake up” and change the whole world scene, both economically, and morally. Whether some like to admit it or not, it is honest, hard working, law abiding, tax paying, Bible believing citizens of this country and other countries throughout the world who keep the economy moving and who undergird humanity with a sense of moral values. When all true believers are suddenly removed off the face of the earth, all peoples left on the earth will enter into immediate economic collapse, and all sense of morality will vanish from among men. Read Micah 7:1-6 and Isaiah 57:1-2 for an inspired description of what it will be like on the earth immediately following the resurrection and rapture of all true New Covenant believers from off the earth.
Yet Immediately after the resurrection and rapture has occurred and the Tribulation period has begun, the Lord God will then remember Israel and the Jewish people, who are already in dire “need” of His help. The Lord God will then “lift up” 144,000 Jews from among the 12 tribes of Israel, Revelation 7:1-8. The 144,000 will be saved, sealed, and sent forth to preach “the gospel of the kingdom” [Matthew 24:14] to every place on earth where there is even one living soul to hear their message. Millions will turn to Christ during the first half of the Tribulation under the preaching of the 144,000 and also under the ministry of God’s “two witnesses,” Revelation 7:9-17; 11:3; Joel 2:28-32.
Today the doors are basically closed to Christian evangelism in almost all of the Muslim countries in the world. It just plain “tickles my funny bone” that the 144,000 will march boldly into the Muslim countries which are presently closed to the Christian gospel, and preach the way of salvation and the truth of God’s Word right in the streets and cities of those countries, and no one will be able to stop them until their ministry has been completed. Glory to God! Doesn’t the Lord God have a great sense of humor? Praise His Holy Name!
Folks, the seven year Tribulation will then take up part of 2013, all of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and part of 2019. Each of the Psalms correlating with these same years lays out this scenario exactly. Study them carefully for yourself.
I have no idea as to the “date” when the resurrection and rapture will occur in this coming year, and I am not trying to search out a “date.” But this Scripture in Psalm 113:7 makes it absolutely certain that our Lord is coming for His New Covenant believing church and people on some “date” in 2013. Our “home going” is then very close. If you are a true believer then take heart, be encouraged, and “look up, for our redemption draweth nigh,” Luke 21:28. If any reader is not a true believer then it is far past time that you begin seriously seeking the Lord as your own personal Savior. “Religion” is just ready to be finished on this earth, and the “reality” of the God of Heaven is soon going to break upon the hearts and minds of all peoples. There is a Heaven to be gained, and a Hell to be shunned. Every reader will spend eternity in one of these
two places. Which one? John 14:6; Acts 4:12.
Following the rapture, the Lord God will then turn His attention back to His chosen nation and people of Israel, bringing a chosen “remnant” through the Tribulation while redeeming and purifying them in the process, Zechariah 13:8-9. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
While 2013 may bring upon us believers some hardships and afflictions before the Lord comes for us, it will still be the most wonderful year for God’s people in human history, for it is the year we New Covenant believers are going “HOME!. Oh glory to God! Praise the Lord! This is the year we are going to meet our Lord “face to face.” Are you ready for this grand meeting? Read again 1 John 3:2-3 and Philippians 3:20-21 and let this truth sink into your heart and soul. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
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