Hello, John and Doves,In literature, the recounting of the past is called a "flashback."As such, Psalms 116-118 can be considered in that light.If you don't agree there are flashbacks in the Bible, consider the following study.
Sometimes we have to praise God first, before anything happens.
This is where you are now:
"For the director of music. To [the tune of] "The Doe of the Morning." A psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?
"O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.
"Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.
"In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
"They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed."
Psalm 22:1-5 NIV
This is where you can find rest:
"A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
"He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
"he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." Psalm 23 NIV
And this is the victory:
"Of David. A psalm. The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
"for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
"Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?
"He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul
to an idol or swear by what is false.
"He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior."
And don't forget:
"Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle."
Be sure of the LORD's promises. The LORD maintains His Holy Word
in a position above His Holy Name:
"...[Y]our promises are backed by all the honor of your name." Psalm 138:2 NLT
God's promises are not vague:
"The LORD's promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.
"Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed,
preserving them forever from this lying generation,
"even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land." Psalm 12:6-8
Psalm 22:4-5 is the essence of flashback--right to the book of Exodus.Baruch HaShem Adonai Roi,Mike C._________________________________________________________________________________
Jesusrocks (29 Dec 2011)
"Mathman: a question about Psalms 111-118"
I have really enjoyed reading all of your posts on Fivedoves. I have long been under the belief that the tribulation had to be 7 years long and that we believers had to be gone before that 7 years started. Now I am not so sure. It has been a stretch for me to think outside the box--especially where numbers are concerned. I am more of an English person than a math person. But you have made it easy to understand! I really liked the posts where you made the odds into short stories. There is no question about it that the numbers you have uncovered are NOT coincidental.
After reading your posts very carefully (and Ron Reese's new post about the NWO), however, there is one thing I just can't get past. J.R. Church and other prophecy scholars have written accounts that suggest the Psalms are prophetic lining up with years in recent history. For instance, Psalm 48 lines up with the year 1948, Psalm 67 lines up with the year 1967, etc. In addition, Psalms is the 19th book of the Bible, therefore Psalm 48 is book 19 psalm 48 (1948). If that is the case, then Psalm 111 would line up with 2011, 112 would parallel 2012, etc. These Psalms follow a menorah pattern. Psalm 111-113 start with "Praise the Lord." Psalm 114 has no "Praise the Lord." Psalms 115-117 end with, "Praise the Lord." They also illustrate a picture of the tribulation in the wording.
So my question to you is, how can the math you have presented (final 7 years =2008-2015)line up with the potentially prophetic Psalms (final 7 years = 2011-2017)? I only ask because it is the final straw of which I can't seem to let go. I know you are very busy, but if you can find the time, I look forward to reading your response on Fivedoves. Blessings to you and all of the work you are doing for the Lord. May He come quickly and find us in the center of His will!