By Pastor F. M. Riley
April 29, 2011
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation:….,” Acts 17:24-26.
Time lines! Time lines! Time lines!
We have arrived at “the end of the age!” Every serious student of Bible prophecy knows that. There is no argument whatsoever about this among those who are seriously studying Bible prophecy today. But there is a controversy going on, and it is all about whose “time line” is correct. Today the ranks of Christianity are being bombarded with “time lines.” The authors of each of these “time lines” claim that their “time line” is the only one which accurately sets forth the “dates” which give reliable insight into the prophetic events of the end time.
Wow! Isn’t this exciting? D-u-u-h-h…..
I am writing this study to encourage those of God’s people who are truly serious about studying Bible prophecy to study and accept the ONLY “time line” that really matters; GOD’S OWN TIME LINE.
Join us for an enlightening Bible study…..
Time Line Confusion
Today “time lines” setting forth a seven year Tribulation period are in competition with “time lines” setting forth a three and a half year Tribulation. The authors of each competing “time line” claim to have been “led by the Holy Spirit” in preparing their “time line.” Oh, is that so…??
Then there are “time lines” that claim that the seven year Tribulation began in 2008 and will end in 2015 or 2016. This “time line” places all the Tribulation events within the frame work of the eclipses that are predicted to occur in 2014, 2015, and 2016. How very convenient!
Some “time lines” insist that the Tribulation can only begin on a Jewish Holy Day. Other “time lines” totally ignore the Jewish Holy Days and the Jewish calendar and rely only on the “count of days” set forth in Daniel 8:13-14 and 12:11-12. Of course, these “day counts” are applied a dozen different ways in different “time lines,” depending on who prepared the “time line.” Oh my!
There are also “time lines” claiming that the Tribulation cannot begin before December 21, 2012. These “time lines” are obviously an accommodation to the ancient calendar of the pagan Mayans and the “dates” presumed to be set forth in the Great Pyramid in Egypt. I have always thought New Testament believers should be living by and following the inspired Word of God. It grieves me that some in the ranks of Christianity today now place as much or even more value on the utterances of Paganism as they do on God’s inspired Word. May the Lord have mercy!
Of course there are also “time lines” which claim that the Tribulation period is already past, having supposedly ended in 70 A.D. The authors of these “time lines” claim that we believers are now going to “take the world for Christ.” Once “we” accomplish that glorious task, life will become so good here on earth that the Lord just can’t stand to remain in Heaven any longer, and will return to resurrect the dead and reign gloriously in the kingdom that “we” have brought in for Him. Pardon me, but I think I am going to be sick. Barf! Barf!
Dear readers, anyone with spiritual sense above a goose knows that all of these conflicting and contradictory “time lines” cannot be right, and that ONLY what the inspired Scriptures actually and literally say and teach is still the inerrant and infallible truth, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints,” 1 Corinthians 14:33.
The truth is that many in the ranks of Christianity today are acting more like immature children competing with one another for the “lime light,” than mature grown up “sons of God” whose only desire is that the truth of God’s Word prevail to the glory of the Lord.
This is quite a dilemma! Is there a solution to this problem? A solution that true believers can trust and rely on? Certainly! Why not just lay aside all of these man-made “time lines” and go by and rely on….
GOD’S OWN TIME LINE..…???
The Book of Psalms is one of the greatest books of prophecy to be found in the entire Bible. I can and will in this study, PROVE this statement to any reader who has a mind open to the truth of God’s Word. Sadly, most Christians have never regarded the Psalms as anything more than the inspired hymn book of Israel and the Jewish people, and a good source of “devotional” material. It is so much more than that! In this series of studies I want to point out this truth for my readers.
The Book of Psalms is the 19th book in the Old Testament. Count the books for yourself. “19” is the Bible number associated with “faith” all through the Scriptures. Keep this in mind as you read this series of studies.
There are five divisions in the Book of Psalms, which the religious Jews have claimed for centuries correspond with the Jewish Torah, the first five books of the Bible; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These five divisions are clearly marked in most good reference Bibles today. In case your Bible does not mark these divisions, they are as follows:
Psalm 1 – 41 Genesis – Beginnings
Psalm 42 – 72 Exodus – Departure; to go out
Psalm 73 – 89 Leviticus - Worship
Psalm 90 – 106 Numbers – Wandering
Psalm 107 – 150 Deuteronomy – Renewal; redemption
That the Psalms are prophetic is clearly and explicitly stated in the inspired Word of God, a fact which is commonly overlooked by many of God’s people. Keep in mind that the Psalms are the inspired song book of Israel and the Jewish people. Now read these Scriptures for yourself and believe…..
“Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthin, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was;
Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.
Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the Lord,” 1 Chronicles 25:1-3.
Now if our readers will carefully examine the Psalms, they will find these same men mentioned by name in various Psalms numerous times. These men were giving inspired prophecies as they sang and played on the harp and other musical instruments in the days of King David. Many or perhaps all of their inspired prophetic songs were then later included in The Book of Psalms. Praise the Lord!
But of what do the Psalms prophesy? The Psalms correlate with the years of the 20th and 21st
centuries on the Gentile calendar, and are prophetic of the events occurring in each of the years in these centuries indicated by the number of the Psalm. By this statement I literally mean that Psalm 1 correlates with 1901, Psalm 2 with 1902, Psalm 3 with 1903, and so forth in ascending order just as the years of each century are also in ascending order. Each of the Psalms also consistently looked forward to
and prophesied of future events which would occur right up to the end of the age, the return of Christ, and the establishment of God’s kingdom upon the earth. Glory to God!
The Book of Psalms is one of the greatest books of prophecy in the Bible, and yet the great prophecies in the Psalms are commonly overlooked or ignored by most Christians today. This is sad because the Psalms set forth GOD’S OWN TIME LINE! Now I will PROVE what I have just stated…..
The Genesis Psalms…….The Beginning
Psalms 1 - 41
NOTE: I would love to point out the prophetic truths in every Psalm correlating with the year indicated by the number of the Psalm. However, if I did so it would require writing a book, which I have neither the time nor the inclination to do. Therefore, in order to save time I am going to emphasize only selected Psalms which set forth historical events which are prophetically important. Keep in mind that the main emphasis in all of the Psalms sets forth a prophetic picture of the Lord leading unbelieving Israel and the Jewish people out of the present world system and to redemption in Christ during the 20th and 21st centuries of this present era. Study them all! Glory to God!
Psalm 1…….This Psalm correlates with 1901. In the inspired Word the nation and people of Israel, that is, “the Israel of God,” [Galatians 6:16] is often spoken of in the masculine singular gender as if the whole nation of Israel was just one man with whom God is dealing. See Exodus 4:22-23, Psalm 25:22, Jeremiah 31:9, and other similar Scriptures as examples of this truth. This is why Psalm 1 refers to “the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” It is a fact that throughout the history of Israel, even in times when the nation as a whole went into apostasy, there were always some individual Jews who continued to fear and serve the Lord and hold His Word in their hearts. These God fearing believing Jews are introduced in this 1st Psalm as a male child. The account of this male child’s life and spiritual growth from infancy to manhood to redemption in Christ, representing “the Israel of God” during the 20th and 21st centuries is then portrayed throughout the rest of The Book of Psalms. Remember this as you study!
No! I DO NOT expect our readers to believe this just because I said so. What I would appreciate on the part of our readers is that they carefully read AND STUDY what follows to see if I PROVE the premise which I am setting forth. If I fail to do so, then I ask no reader to accept it. But if I do demonstrate that it is Scriptural truth, then those who refuse to accept it will have no one but themselves to blame for the consequences. Fair enough?
Psalm 2…….This Psalm correlates with 1902. Just as wicked King Herod conspired to destroy the Lord Jesus Christ in the 2nd year of His birth [Matthew 2:1-23], so in the second year of the 20th century “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,” Psalm 2:2-3. Here in the 2nd year of the 20th century the wicked rulers of the nations began “conspiring” together to set up a New World Order [one world government] which would not be bound in any way by the moral and ethical codes of what the wicked refer to as the “mythical God” of the Jewish people. It doesn’t take much spiritual sense to understand that if these wicked kings and rulers [Illuminists] desired to break the bands and cast away the cords that they felt were imposed upon them by the God of the Bible, then they also had to have a hatred for the Jewish people through whom the Bible had been given to humanity. 1 + 1 still equals 2. Simple logic! This explains the hatred for the Jewish people by the present world system.
Yet don’t fail to notice that right here in Psalm 2:6-9, in the 2nd year of the 20th century, the Lord began speaking about and looking forward to His own coming Millennial Kingdom, just as it was spoken about in
the 2nd year after the birth of Christ in Matthew 2:6. Is this just coincidence? Well…??
Now let’s go forward to…..
Psalm 11…….This Psalm correlates with 1911. It is interesting that this 11th Psalm, written 3,000 years ago, explicitly prophesied that the wickedness of the wicked would continue to increase against “the upright in heart” [both Jews and Gentiles] until the time would come when morals and ethics; “the foundations” which hold any civilized nation and people together would “be destroyed,” 11:2-3. Now study and think carefully about the statements made in this Psalm.
Exactly 100 years later  we who are living today are seeing the moral and ethical “foundations”
of society collapsing all around us. Before this present year is over there will be total moral and ethical collapse, not only here in America but in all the countries of the world. Further, this Psalm even tells us that once these “foundations” are “destroyed” there is NOTHING that “the righteous” can do to change the situation. Rather, the Lord Himself pronounces certain JUDGMENT upon the wicked who have brought mankind to this immoral and unethical state that we see humanity in RIGHT NOW. Read it for yourself in 11:4-7. Now you tell me…..is it just “coincidence” that what is occurring right before our eyes today was predicted here in this 11th Psalm 3,000 years ago in the days of King David and King Solomon? Does this sound like Almighty God was laying out HIS OWN TIME LINE for humanity even from ancient times? Read Isaiah 46:9-10 and believe what you read. Glory to God!
Now let’s go again to…..
Psalm 14…….This Psalm correlates with 1914. Any true believer who has ever seriously studied “Judaism,” knows that the young Jewish men take their “Bar Mitzvah” at the age of 13. This Jewish ritual confers upon the adolescent Jewish boy the responsibilities of “manhood,” although at that age he is not yet qualified to be a teacher and leader of men in the Jewish synagogue. Such responsibility is not conferred upon him until he reaches 30 years of age.
In view of this tradition of the Jews it is then interesting that Psalm 14 begins with the words, “The fool hath said in his heart, “There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good,” Psalm 14:1. The very first question that needs to be resolved in the mind of every Jewish young man after taking his “Bar Mitzvah” is whether God is real or just “symbolic.” Every young man, Jew or Gentile, either has or will at sometime ask themselves, “Is God real?” Not only is God real, but He is the Great King over all of His creation, Psalm 14:2-7; 2:4-12. Only “the fool” fails to learn that all important first basic truth of life.
Sadly, it was three Jews who refused to learn or believe this truth. It was in 1914 that the Communist Party was organized, having rejected God’s Word and having swallowed the corrupt teachings of Karl Marx, a hard hearted, stiff necked, unbelieving Jew. Two of the “Charter Members” of the Communist Party that year were Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, both of whom were Jewish apostates. Just three years later in 1917 the Communist Party had become strong enough to overthrow the Russian Tsar and establish the first government in human history whose official governing policy was “ATHEISM.”
The first Communist ruler of “atheistic Russia” was Vladimir Lenin, but he didn’t last long. Joseph Stalin then seized power by murdering his competition [one of the virtues of Communism..??]. Stalin then ruled with “an iron hand” over Russia and the satellite nations Russia conquered until his death in 1954. Don’t fail to notice that the only two Psalms that begin with this phrase, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God,” are Psalm 14 and Psalm 54. The 14th Psalm notes the year that the Communist Party was organized with Joseph Stalin, the man who would rule over Communist Russia the longest, being one of the charter members. The 54th Psalm notes the year Joseph Stalin died, dying as an unrepentant, unbelieving, murderous, blaspheming “fool.” Is it just “coincidence” that these two Psalms correlate with the exact years when Joseph Stalin first publicly appeared on the world scene and the year he died and WENT TO HELL….??
If our readers will carefully study the rest of this 14th Psalm, verse 2-3 point out that the Lord wasn’t overlooking any of the evil being perpetrated by the Communists and their evil companions, the Bolsheviks. There is little doubt in the minds of historians that this included instigating the first World War in 1914. It is certain that the Communist instigated the “pogroms” against the Jews in Russia which are explicitly described in 14:4. Those “pogroms” in Russia were terrible, but yet they appear to have caused a longing in the heart of the Jews in Europe to return to their ancient “homeland,” 14:7.
Now let’s go forward to…….
Psalm 17…….This Psalm correlates with 1917. Keep in mind that the years on the Jewish calendar OVERLAP the years on our Gentile calendar. This means that the details of some events which prophetically affect the Jewish people are given in both the Psalm which correlates with the year the event actually occurred, and also in the Psalm which follows the year of occurrence.
Every serious student of Bible prophecy knows what happened in relation to the Jewish people in 1917. That year marked the end of World War I. That war was effectively brought to a close when General Allenby, the British General commanding the Allied Forces, drove the Turks out of the land of “Palestine,” as the holy land was then called, thereby bringing an end to the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The holy city of Jerusalem, the ancient capitol of the Jewish people, was at that time delivered out of the hands of the Turkish forces by the unseen hand of Almighty God Himself. Regardless of the time and space required, I MUST share this truth with those readers today who are not aware of the circumstances of Jerusalem’s deliverance from the Turks in 1917.
The final campaign on the part of the Allied Forces under the command of General Allenby in 1917 swept through North Africa towards the Middle East driving the retreating Turkish forces northward ahead of them. The Allied forces pushed forward through the Sinai into the Middle East and entered the holy land. The Turkish forces were driven back and finally retreated all the way to Jerusalem. Upon reaching Jerusalem the Turkish forces “dug in,” swearing before “Allah” that they would retreat no further but would defend the holy city with their blood to the last man.
Just two weeks previously while still in North Africa, Allenby’s Allied Command had received two airplanes unassembled and boxed up in crates. In 1917 airplanes were still considered an oddity, and these two planes had been shipped to General Allenby accompanied by their pilots and the mechanics necessary to assemble them. The planes were to be used in spotting where the enemy forces were located on the ground. Significantly, these two airplanes would be the first airplanes ever used in war.
On December 6, 1917 the assembly of these two airplanes was completed. On December 7th, these two planes were started up and tested. The report was then given to General Allenby that same day that the planes were ready to fly. General Allenby was expecting that a furious battle would be required to take the city of Jerusalem, for he knew that the Turkish Muslim forces had vowed to die to the last man rather than give up the city of Jerusalem.
On the morning of December 8, 1917 General Allenby ordered the two pilots to take their planes to the air and fly over the city of Jerusalem to see exactly where the Turkish forces were “dug in.” At the same time he sent a messenger under a flag of truce to the commanding officer of the Turkish forces demanding the immediate unconditional surrender of his command. Then TWO GREAT MIRACLES occurred simultaneously!
Miracle No. 1…….None of those early airplanes had mufflers on their engines. In building the early planes the engineers were striving for power in the engines. No mufflers! More power! Those two planes flew over the city of Jerusalem that crisp December morning so long ago with the engines bellowing and the sounds echoing back and forth off the mountains in and around the city. The engines were so loud that the people on the ground could hardly hear one another speaking. The Turkish soldiers were absolutely terrified! They had never previously even seen an airplane. They literally did not know what they were seeing and hearing.
Miracle No. 2…….At approximately the same time the commander of the Turkish forces received the letter which had been sent by General Allenby’s messenger, demanding the unconditional surrender of the Turkish forces. When the Turkish commander read General Allenby’s letter, while he also was looking at and listening to the planes flying overhead, he too became absolutely terrified.
What in the world was going on? I’m so glad you asked!
The Turkish forces had never seen or heard an airplane previously. Therefore being ignorant of airplanes and also highly superstitious, they assumed that the objects flying over their heads and making such a terrifying noise had to be the “angels of God’s wrath.” Their just as ignorant commanding officer was also reading a letter signed by “Lord General Allenby.” [Allenby had been designated a “Lord” by the British Monarchy]. All of us living today should know that “Allah” is the Muslim term for “God.” But many do not know that “bey” or “ben” is also the Muslim word for “Son.” What the Turkish commander assumed was that the “angels of God’s wrath” were flying over his head and that “the Lord, the Son of God,” the commanding General of the armies of Heaven, had sent him a letter demanding his immediate
unconditional surrender. Can our readers even begin to imagine the terror that this chain of events struck into the minds and hearts of the Turkish forces and their commander?
In absolute panic the Turkish forces left their positions, their weapons, their supplies, everything, and ran screaming and crying from the city of Jerusalem begging “Allah” in fervent prayer to spare their lives. They headed north towards Turkey as fast as their legs and their camels could carry them. By the evening of December 9th, the Turkish forces had deserted the whole city of Jerusalem without even firing a shot at the advancing Allied Forces. December 9th that year was Hanukkah, the 24th day of the ninth month on the Jewish calendar, the very day set aside by the Jews hundreds of years previously in commemoration of the deliverance of the city of Jerusalem by the Maccabees. Glory to God! 1917-1918 was also a Jubilee year, a year according to Leviticus 25 when “liberty” was to be proclaimed and every man was to “return unto his possession.” This Jubilee year, 1917-1918, marked the beginning in modern times of the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland. Read Haggai 2:18-19. Glory to God!
Two days later on December 11, 1917 General Allenby mounted a white horse and rode to the Jaffa gate in the wall of Jerusalem. There he dismounted and passing through the Jaffa Gate he walked into the city of Jerusalem. The permanent residents of the city poured out into the streets to meet him, bowing at his feet and doing obeisance to him, believing that the Son of God was walking in the streets of their city.
Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! What a deliverance! What a Savior is our Lord! Let every reader who is a true believer give Him glory and honor and praise!
While it might appear to some readers that this was all just a string of mere “coincidences,” that is not really the case at all. I say without hesitation that It was all brought together by our miracle working God. How can I be so sure? Because what happened that day in Jerusalem in 1917 was clearly and explicitly prophesied to occur some 2,600 years in advance. Read the prophecy for yourself in Isaiah 31:4-5, “For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion [Britain] and the young lion [U.S.] roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds [the Turks] is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. As birds flying [the airplanes], so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also He will deliver it; and passing over He will preserve it.” The city of Jerusalem suffered no destruction whatsoever, but was wonderfully and miraculously delivered and preserved that day in 1917 without a shot being fired. Praise the Lord!
But this isn’t all of the story…….
Psalm 18…….This Psalm correlates with 1918. At that very point in time the holy land should have been returned to the Jewish people, for Great Britain [England] knew that the Jews had been actively seeking a national homeland since Theodor Herzl convened the First Jewish Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1897. The Balfour Declaration explicitly stated that the government of Great Britain recognized and “favored” the cause of the Jewish people. But did Great Britain give them back their ancient home land? No, they did not! Instead the British government betrayed the Jewish people because Great Britain wanted territory in the Middle East themselves, and this presented a great opportunity to obtain it. The British government succeeded in having a great amount of territory in the Middle East placed under “British Mandate.” They did allow the Jews to begin “legally” returning to the holy land in 1918, but then just a few years later actually set up laws limiting the number of Jews who could return.
It is not then just “coincidence” that Psalm 17:8-12 records a warning about the enemies of the Jewish people, which explicitly includes the British “lion” and the “young lion” [the U.S.]. Read the passage for yourself and believe what God’s Word says.
It has long been recognized by God’s people that Psalm 18 speaks about the “suffering Messiah” [18:1-24], but notice that this Psalm also speaks about the “triumphant Messiah,” 18:25-50. Read it carefully. This 18th Psalm not only prophetically set forth the suffering and crucifixion that Christ would endure at His first coming, but it also prophetically set forth His victory over His enemies and the enemies of His people at His second coming. Now why would this particular Psalm be inserted into the inspired Word right at this point? I think the answer is obvious! Christ is repeatedly identified with His people throughout both the Old and New Testaments, Matthew 25:40. Psalm 18 portrays in type the suffering that Israel and the Jewish people have had to go through during the 20th century and are still going through in this 21st century, with the worst yet to come, 1 Peter 4:13. No, I AM NOT reading something into this Psalm. Does verse 27 explicitly speak of the Lord saving “the afflicted people” or does it not?
Well…?? The “betrayal” and “suffering” and of the Jews at the hands of the wicked of the earth has occurred over and over throughout the 20th century, and their time of “crucifixion” is yet to occur during the coming Tribulation period. But God is faithful, who will deliver them just as He delivered His own Son 2,000 years ago. Study Psalm 17 and 18 together, remembering what has actually happened to the Jewish people in these past 93 years. Careful readers will be amazed at what they see.
Now let’s go forward to…….
Psalm 33…….This Psalm correlates with 1933. Notice carefully that verse 8 sets forth a warning, “Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” Why such a warning? Because obviously the whole world in 1933 was not paying attention to the statement made to Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, by the Lord God of Heaven in Genesis 12:3.
In 1933 Adolph Hitler was made Chancellor [dictator] of Germany, and immediately began the persecution of the Jewish people in Germany and Europe which we who are living today look back on and refer to as “the Jewish Holocaust.” Adolph Hitler and his Nazi butchers began a systematic “genocide” against the Jewish people in 1933, and not a single nation so much as lifted a finger to help the Jews. Rather, the nations refused to “see” what was occurring in Germany. But the Lord wasn’t overlooking any of it. Read Psalm 33:10-15.
At that precise time Nazi Germany had become the most technologically advanced nation on earth. They had the largest, most mechanized, military with the most advanced equipment of any nation on earth. Every other nation in Europe stood in awe and fear of Hitler and his Nazi storm troops. But the Lord wasn’t overly impressed. Read verses 16-17. In fact, right here in this Psalm marking the beginning of the Jewish Holocaust, the Lord explicitly prophesied that He was going to save His Jewish people. Read it for yourself in verses 18 – 22.
Whoa! How do I know this Psalm applies to the Jewish people and marks the beginning of the Jewish Holocaust? Some readers may think I am just “reading into” these Psalms my own personal “theory.” Not hardly! PROOF? I’m so glad you asked!
The Jewish Holocaust in Europe began in 1933 immediately after Hitler was exalted to the position of Chancellor of Germany. It lasted until the end of the war in Germany in 1945. Now carefully study Psalm 33 through Psalm 45. This is 12 Psalms correlating precisely with the 12 years of the Jewish Holocaust, one year for each of the 12 tribes of Israel. In studying each of these 12 Psalms, the careful reader can easily see that the situation and sufferings of the Jews in Germany and Europe during those 12 years are described in detail. Even the plight and apathy of other nations are described in these 12 Psalms. Let’s see if our readers don’t agree….
I remind our readers that from 1929 [the year Adolph Hitler began his rise to power] through 1941 the whole world was in the grip of “the Great Depression.” Perhaps the real [spiritual] reason for it has been totally overlooked. Think about it!
Psalm 34…….This Psalm correlates with 1934. In Psalm 34 the inspired Word explicitly states, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” In
America [young lion] in 1934 there were people actually starving to death. The “Great Depression” had began in October of 1929. Hundreds of thousands of people in America [and other countries] were out of work. The central plains of the U.S., the “bread basket” of America, had become one vast “dust bowl” producing nothing to feed the masses of hungry, starving, unemployed people. Yet, just as the Lord says right here in His Word, those who truly sought the Lord during that time had their needs met and made it through those bitter years. I KNOW! I was born in 1934 and my family went through those hard, bitter years of the “Great Depression.” I could write a book on what I personally saw and experienced as a young child growing up in those years. Notice the Lord’s exhortation in Psalm 34:11-15 for people to seek Him. Notice also the Lord’s explicit statement against the wicked who were persecuting His Jewish people in Europe in verses 16 and 21. Carefully study this whole 34th Psalm and be blessed.
Each of these 12 Psalms, 33 – 45, describe in detail the very things the Jews in Germany and Europe were subjected to during the Holocaust. Being spied upon, falsely accused, being placed under oppressive laws and regulations, being forced into silence, being forced to report on and betray one’s own family members, friends, and neighbors, being arrested without provocation or on trumped up charges, being imprisoned without cause, and even being taken to the gas chambers and the crematoriums. Oh yes, all these details are right here in these 12 inspired Psalms. If you haven’t seen them, perhaps it is because
you haven’t been looking. Again, I could write a book on just these 12 Psalms pointing out the details of the 12 years of the Jewish Holocaust in every Psalm. It is right here in plain sight for those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear.” Does that include you?
During those terrible years from 1933 when Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany one European nation after another fell as the German army advanced across Europe. It seemed as if the German juggernaut simply could not be stopped. And in every nation the Germans conquered, the Jews were rounded up and shipped to the concentration and extermination camps. But then our gracious God intervened again…….
Psalm 41…….This Psalm correlates with 1941. On December 7, 1941, exactly 24 years to the day after the Lord had began the deliverance of Jerusalem out of the hands of the Turks in 1917, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the next day, December 8, 1941, the United States of America entered the war.
I urge every reader to read this 41st Psalm through the eyes of the suffering Jews in Europe who were being bitterly persecuted under the heels of the Nazi regime. Over and over again in this Psalm, the “Israel of God” describes their suffering and the mockery of their enemies against them, and yet their unswerving faith in the God of Israel as they cry out and confess their sin to Him. Those readers who can’t feel the heart’s cry of those suffering Jews in Europe at that time as they read this Psalm are entirely too “hard hearted.” You need to ask the Lord to work a change in your cold heart.
Even while the Jews in Europe were crying out to God for deliverance as clearly set forth in this 41st Psalm, the Lord was already moving the nations to bring about their deliverance. It was not until the United States of America entered the Second World War after Pearl Harbor that the course of the war in Europe began to change. Any good history of the Second World War will verify this statement.
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It should already be obvious to anyone who is willing to deal honestly with the Scriptures that the events mentioned, the years in which they occurred, and their correlation with the Psalms of the same year number, DID NOT occur just by “coincidence.” By God’s grace I will continue to present PROOF of this truth as we continue to set forth GOD’S OWN TIME LINE in the second division of the Psalms.
TO BE CONTINUED…….
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