By Pastor F. M. Riley
May 2, 2011
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me.
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,” Isaiah 46:9-10.
The Exodus Psalms…….The Departure
Psalm 42 – 72
Psalm 42…….This Psalm correlates with 1942. When the United States entered the Second World War, the American people threw their whole energies and expertise into winning the war and bringing peace to the world. That time was America’s finest hour!
Never before or since has this country gleamed so brightly as during those war years when this entire nation was fighting for “right and justice and truth.” All over this nation manufacturing plants were converted to producing the ammunition, weapons, planes, and ships that were needed to “win the war.” As a young boy at that time, I can still remember men and boys lining up at the recruiting centers in December of 1941 and early 1942 to “join up” to fight the enemy. I didn’t just “hear” about the patriotism of the American people. I SAW IT! I saw grown men break down and cry like babies when they came from the recruiting centers after being classified as “4-F,” meaning that they were declared medically unfit to serve in the military.
I saw the churches of America FILLED [often standing room only] with people praying for our boys in the military who were fighting the Germans in Europe and the Japanese on the islands in the Pacific. As a young boy growing up in America I was “proud” of my country and my fellow Americans. It was great to be an American!
Oh, what a contrast with the America I see today! What have we as a nation and a people become today? The inspired Word of God still says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people,” Proverbs 14:34. How far we have fallen over these past 69 years since 1942. May God have mercy on the American people living today!
In 1942 U.S. bases were hastily established in England and other countries and a steady bombardment of the German occupation forces in Europe began. That year the entire tide of the war in Europe began to change. It is not just “coincidence” that “42” is the Bible number associated with “the coming of Christ” all through the Scriptures. The God of Heaven was working out His own “time line” leading up to the end of the age. Believe it!
Now study this 42nd Psalm carefully. Notice how the Jews in the concentration camps in Europe continued to cry out to God for deliverance from their evil captors in verse after verse in this Psalm. But also notice their rising “faith” that the God of Israel would deliver them, “O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember Thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill of Mizar,” 42:6. Those suffering Jews were turning their hearts towards their own ancient homeland. A burning desire was springing up in
their hearts and minds to go “home,” even as the war continued to rage around them. Since that time I have personally heard Jews who survived the concentration camps say that they rejoiced when the bombs were falling from the American and RAF planes, for they knew that the God of Israel had heard their cries and was bringing about their deliverance. Glory to God!
Now let’s go forward again to…….
Psalm 46……This Psalm correlates with 1946. What brought an end to the Second World War in 1945? Anyone who lived back then, or those who have studied the history of the war, knows the answer. In Europe the German military was sorely beaten and driven out of one occupied country after another by the Allied Forces under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, forcing the German army to retreat back into their own country. The bombardment of Germany continued right until the day the Russian military marched into Berlin, and Adolph Hitler committed suicide rather than be taken alive. The war in Europe ended in May, 1945. Three months later in August two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan and the Second World War was over.
Now is it just “coincidence” that the end of that war is described in detail in Psalm 46? Read 46:1-5 keeping in mind that the Jewish year OVERLAPS the Gentile calendar year. Notice verse 6 explicitly stating, “The heathen [Gentiles] raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered His voice, the earth melted.” Numerous times in God’s Word it is stated that “the voice of the Lord” is like “mighty thunder.” See 1 Samuel 2:10, Job 26:14, 40:9, Psalm 18:13, 29:1-11, 37:2-5, 104:7, John 12:28-29, and several passages in Revelation. What do our readers think the explosion of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki sounded like when they exploded in the sky over those cities? And what was the result of those explosions? The “earth melted” and was “moved.” Is God’s Word “up to date” or not?
In 46:8-9 the Psalmist wrote, “Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire.” And so He did! At one time or another it is highly likely that every reader has seen photos of the “desolations” that existed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan after the explosions of the atomic bomb, and photos of the cities of Europe laying in ruins after the war ended. Remember that these Psalms were written 3,000 years ago, and yet they describe perfectly the actual conditions that existed in Europe and Japan at the end of the Second World War.
Even to the fact that when the war ceased, there was not a single war being fought any where on earth at that precise time. No, it didn’t remain that way long! Why? Because it is impossible for wicked, unbelieving, Christ rejecting humanity to live in peace with one another, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked,” Isaiah 57:20-21. Yet right after Japan surrendered bringing the Second World War to an end, there was no war going on anywhere on earth, totally verifying this Psalm. Lift up your voice and give glory to God for giving to mankind His wonderful Word! Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Immediately after stating these truths, the Lord then commanded humanity to “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen [Gentiles; nations], I will be exalted in the earth,” 46:10. I can only wish that humanity had taken this command of the Lord to heart after the Second World War. But they didn’t!
Keep in mind that all through each of the Psalms are statements which will obviously have a greater prophetic fulfillment at the end of the age, even though each Psalm has a peculiar correlation with the year indicated by the number of the Psalm.
Now before proceeding let’s take a closer look at the aftermath of the Second World War. We will call this inserted section of our study…….
After the Second World War ended in Europe in May of 1945, hundreds of Jews who had survived the Holocaust left Europe seeking to find a measure of peace in some other place. Their
homes were gone, their fortunes were gone, their businesses were gone, their jobs were gone, and in many cases their families and relatives were gone. In some places in Europe where before the war there had been a large Jewish population, there were only two or three surviving Jews left in a whole town or city. In many Jewish families only one or two members of a family had survived the terrible genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people by Hitler and his depraved Nazi thugs. Some of the Jews who had survived the Holocaust came to America, some went to Canada, some to South America, and some to various other nations. All of them were trying to escape the memories of the horror them and their loved ones had been subjected to in Europe.
But the hearts and minds of many of the Jewish survivors in Europe turned towards their own ancient homeland. They realized that they would never be “safe” as a people while dwelling in the Gentile nations of the earth. Their head and their heart was telling them to “go home.” Once again, the Word of the Lord had written the headlines of the day some 2,600 years in advance, “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion,” Jeremiah 3:14. And just as this Scripture predicted their return so many centuries in advance, that is exactly what happened. A great EXODUS from Europe on the part of thousands of European Jews began right after the war ended.
The Second World War ended in Europe in May of 1945. For the next THREE YEARS Jews left Europe bound for their ancestral homeland in what had come to be called “Palestine.” Sadly, the British “Lion,” who still maintained a “Mandate” over the holy land reacted negatively. The British government imposed a blockade at the borders of “Palestine” and refused to admit any Jew trying to enter the country by land. This blockade effectively forced the Jews leaving Europe to cross the sea to reach their ancient homeland. For the next THREE YEARS the Jews crossed the Mediterranean Sea to get “home.” The British attempted to blockade the sea routes by guarding the beaches and searching incoming boats. But this didn’t stop the “homesick” Jews from coming. They came in every conceivable kind of boat by day and by night. Boats were built in Europe with secret compartments in them to conceal Jews hidden in those compartments from the prying eyes of the British authorities. The Jews who had already reached the holy land set up an intelligence network of their own to inform incoming Jews of locations all along the coast that were not being guarded by the British at a given time. The Jews outsmarted the British authorities at every turn. Thousands of Jews returned “home” during those THREE YEARS.
While this Exodus from Europe was going on, the Jews in the holy land were giving the British authorities “fits” through acts of terrorism. They made it so hard on the British authorities in charge of the “Mandate” over “Palestine” that Great Britain decided to turn the “Mandate” back to the United Nations, the successor to the original League of Nations. In May of 1948 the British flag was lowered and the British pulled out of the holy land.
Surely our readers who seriously study God’s Word can recognize the correlation between the Exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt 3,500 years ago, and the Exodus of the Jews from Europe. Some 3,500 years ago the Israelites left the land of Egypt and traveled by day and by night [Exodus 13:21-22] THREE DAYS under “the shadow of death” to reach the Red Sea. On the evening of Abib [Nisan] 17, which according to Jewish reckoning was the beginning of Abib 18, they crossed the sea [the Red Sea] during the night. On the morning of Abib 18 they stood on the east bank of the Red Sea A FREE PEOPLE, having been “resurrected” from their burial in the sea during the night. Does this also remind our readers of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ after THREE DAYS in the tomb? It should, for the flight of the Israelites from
Egypt was a type of the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection, and also typified the Exodus of New Testament believers from this present evil world through our faith in and identity with Christ. Read it for yourself in 1 Corinthians 10:1-11. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
But prophetically the Exodus of the Israelites from ancient Egypt also typified the Exodus of the Jewish people out from among the Gentile nations of the world, an Exodus which is still unfolding today, Micah 7:14-16. Remember that after the ancient Israelites crossed the Red Sea they still had to wander 40 years in the wilderness because of their unbelief. “40” is the Bible number for “testing or trial.” This is where Israel and the Jewish people are at today spiritually; “wandering in the wilderness” because of their failure to trust their God completely.
Now let’s go forward to…….
Psalm 47…….This Psalm correlates with 1947. Study it carefully! Notice that it is a Psalm of triumph and rejoicing on the part of the Jews, 47:1-2. The British in either 1946 or 1947 [I don’t recall the year] announced their intention to turn the “Mandate” back over to the United Nations. The U.N. then on August 30th – 31st, 1947 voted to partition the land of “Palestine” into two separate states, one for the Jews and one for the Arabs. This was exactly 50 years to the day after Theodor Herzl had convened the First Jewish Congress in 1897 to seek out a “homeland” for the Jewish people. After 1,877 years since 70 A.D. a Jewish “remnant” representing the people of Israel had finally “returned home” and they needed a country of their own. The Lord God of Israel moved the hearts and minds of wicked men in the U.N. to make it possible, 47:7-8.
Notice that in 47:3-4 the Jews living at that time were absolutely confident about reestablishing their own nation, believing that “the Lord most high” would “subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom He loved.”
Almost immediately a group of Jewish leaders began assembling an “interim government” to reestablish the nation of Israel and serve as the nation’s “princes” [rulers] until elections could be held in the new nation. Is it just “coincidence” that this assembly of Jewish leaders is explicitly referred to in 47:9? Not hardly!
Now let’s look at…….
Psalm 48…….This Psalm correlates with 1948. The United Nations and many heads of governments strongly advised the “princes” of the Jewish people against establishing the nation of Israel when the British pulled out of “Palestine.” They warned those Jewish leaders that the Arab nations in the region would rise up against the Jews and totally wipe them out. This reminds serious Bible students of the warning given by Sanballat and Tobiah and their wicked followers in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, Nehemiah 4:1-3; 6:1-14.
Nevertheless, those Jewish leaders were not to be deterred. On May 14, 1948 [May 15th in Israel] the British authority ruling “Palestine” lowered the British flag from the pole in front of the Hall of Justice in Tel Aviv. Immediately David Ben Gurion and his companions stepped up to that same flag pole and ran THE FLAG OF ISRAEL up the pole. Ben Gurion then read a prepared statement declaring that the Sovereign Nation of Israel was once more taking its rightful place among the nations of the world for the first time since 70 A.D. This occurred exactly THREE YEARS to the month after the Second World War had ended in Europe. The EXODUS of the Jews from Europe was over!
On that 14th day of May, 1948 the Jews began fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy of the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37:1-28. Yes, the Jews which had returned were still in a state of unbelief exactly as prophesied. But the Lord had brought “bone to his bone,” and had given the Jews “sinews” and “flesh” and covered them with “skin,” 37:7-8. In other words, they now had been given organized structure as a “political body” in the world. Since the first part of this vision began to be fulfilled exactly as given, there is no reason not to believe that the “breath” of the “spirit of life” will not also be given to the Jewish people at the time appointed of the Lord
for their spiritual redemption. Oh, glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! The God of Israel LIVES! He is my God and Father, and by the grace of God He can be yours too! If you are already a true believer, then read Ruth 1:16-17 and let the truth stated there permeate your soul.
Study this 48th Psalm carefully. In verses 4-6 it is stated, “For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, and hasted away. Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.”
The “princes” of Israel; David Ben Gurion and other Jewish leaders, had not hidden their intention to establish the nation of Israel when the British pulled out. The “kings” [rulers] of the Arab nations immediately plotted together to attack the Jews simultaneously the day after the nation of Israel was established. Syria on the north and Egypt on the south, Jordan on the east, and other Arab nations had their troops ready to attack right on schedule. The Arab Muslim nations had formed a confederation and assembled their troops right on the borders of Israel in view of launching an attack the very next morning after Israel became a nation.
Israel was at a distinct disadvantage. Israel had no formal government, no military, no planes, no guns, no tanks, not much of anything to fight with other than the personal weapons of their people. But the Jewish people did have courage, faith in the God of Israel, and their God given ingenuity. So they devised a plan that was so simple only a miracle of God could make it work. And work it did! Praise the Lord!
The Jews knew that the Arab nations were planning to attack them on the morning of May 16th. So on the night of May 15th, under the cover of darkness, every automobile and truck in Israel, every taxi, every bus, every tractor, every bulldozer, every piece of road building equipment, even farm equipment, every piece of machinery that had an engine on it that would run and make a noise was drafted into service for the new nation of Israel. The exhaust mufflers were removed, the engines were started, and the lights were turned on. All night long those vehicles and machinery were driven up and down the coast and all through the highways and streets of Israel. The exhausts were bellowing with the sounds reverberating off the hills and mountains. Thousands of Jews were shouting back and forth to one another as if they were barking orders. In the dark of the night it appeared that the population of the whole land of Israel was on the move.
The Arab military leaders and their troops were watching all this activity going on from their positions on the borders of Israel. As those Arab military leaders observed all of the activity in Israel, just as this Psalm says, “They saw…..they marveled…..they were troubled…..and hasted away. Fear took hold upon them…..pain, as of a woman in travail,” 48:5-6. The Arab military leaders and their troops in watching all the activity going on in Israel in the dark of the night assumed that a great army was being imported into Israel during the night. They reasoned that the Jews had hired the U.S. or Great Britain or some other country to fight for them against the Arab forces. The Arab leaders assumed that all the lights and sounds and movement was due to ships unloading troops and tanks and guns, and taking up positions throughout the land of Israel. What those Arab leaders saw that night terrified them. During the night the Arab leaders made the decision to retreat. The Arab armies broke ranks and retreated in panic. When the morning dawned there was not a single Arab soldier to be seen anywhere. They were all gone!
This ingenious plan gave the new nation of Israel about a two week “breathing spell” to get organized and obtain the weapons they needed before they had to fight their War of Independence. Glory to God! Isn’t the God of Israel great? Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
If any reader doubts that this actually happened, and thinks I have just “made up” this story, you better think again. Every word of this account can be verified by researching the early history of the birth of modern Israel. And remember, it was prophesied to occur right here in this 48th Psalm written 3,000 years in advance. Praise the Lord! Those readers who are true believers should never forget that “…..God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence,” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Notice also 48:11-13. In these verses the Jews are admonished to, “Walk about Zion, and go round about her…..” Verse 13 explicitly instructs them, “Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.” This is a fascinating statement. If our readers will look up the Hebrew words translated as “the generation following” in their Concordance or Lexicon, it will be seen that this statement literally means, “the last generation.”
In other words, right here in the inspired Word the Lord placed a “time marker” for His people. What occurred when Israel became a nation again in 1948 was to be told to “the last generation” in this present dispensation. This clearly implies that the final or “last generation” was swiftly approaching. Now think about how much time has passed since then. At what time then would this “last generation” begin? Carefully study the Parable of the Fig Tree given by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself in Matthew 24:32-35, and you will find the answer. Dear readers, we who are true believers are living RIGHT NOW in the “last generation” in this present dispensation, yea, even at the end of it, and our Lord’s coming is “right at the door,” Revelation 3:8; 4:1. He is coming to take all true New Testament believers “home” to glory, and renew His covenant with Israel, Revelation 3:10. Are you ready? Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Now let’s move on to…….
Psalm 49…….This Psalm correlates with 1949. Israel’s War of Independence was brought to a successful conclusion in 1949, and a temporary “peace” settled over the whole region. But that is not the main emphasis in this Psalm. Rather, notice that in 49:1-2 the Lord called for the attention of “…all ye inhabitants of the world: both low and high, rich and poor, together.” The Lord in this Psalm had two revelations that He wanted to make known to all humanity.
The first revelation is contained in 49:3-4, “My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.” The Hebrew words translated as “dark saying” in this Scripture literally means “hidden sayings.” Look it up in your Concordance or Lexicon for yourself. Every serious student of Bible prophecy knows that immediately after Israel became a nation in 1948, the Lord began “opening up” the end-time prophecies of His Word exactly as prophesied in Daniel 12:4. Prophecies which had been in the Word in plain sight all through the centuries suddenly began to “come alive,” opening up meanings and revealing truths which were never understood by previous generations of believers. These “hidden sayings” have continued to be “opened up” to those of God’s people who have seriously studied the Word all through these past 63 years since Israel became a nation. Glory to God! Praise the Lord!
The second revelation in 49:6-20 pulls the cover off the ultra-rich Illuminists, pointing out to all humanity that these wicked men are the enemies of God and of Israel, and that they are the “movers and shakers” who are really running the governments of the world “behind the scenes.” It is these wicked men who create wars, manipulate the world economy, control world politics, finance the world drug traffic, enslave and oppress the nations, corrupt the world judicial systems, promote atheism and other evils in the worlds school systems, seek to corrupt everything and everyone who stands for God’s righteousness and truth, and who is behind the breakdown of morals and ethics in nations all over the earth. Read again Psalm 11:2-6 and
12:1-4. And why do they do these things? For money and power, 49:6. These wicked men have actually convinced themselves that they will live forever, 49:11. Notice that the Lord God Himself refers to these wicked men in this Psalm as “fools” and “brutes,” 49:10.
Sadly, most of humanity has totally ignored these two revelations given by the Lord in this
49th Psalm and continues to walk in their own spiritual ignorance and darkness right to this hour. Is it then just “coincidence” that we living today see these prophetic revelations, given by the Lord some 3,000 years in advance, being fulfilled right before our eyes today? Well…??
Now let’s go to…….
Psalm 56…….This Psalm correlates with 1956. This was 8 years after Israel became a nation, and the year of Israel’s second war. In 1956 Israel was forced to go to war again in what historians now refer to as “The Suez Canal War.” This war over Israel’s right for her ships to use the Suez Canal is alluded to in statement after statement in this 56th Psalm and also in Psalm 57. Study both of these Psalms carefully. The Suez Canal war was settled by the intervention of the major “superpower” nations. While the war was obviously another attempt on the part of the Arab Muslim nations to destroy Israel, the Lord God of Heaven once again gave Israel victory, 56:13; 57:2-3; 57:6. Glory to God!
But now let’s move forward to…….
Psalm 67…….This Psalm correlates with 1967. This is a Psalm of praise for the Lord, not only by Israel, but by “all the peoples” who love Israel and the Jewish people. This Psalm looks forward to the time in the future when “all the peoples” on the earth will love and praise and serve the Lord in righteousness and truth as the Lord Himself will “govern the nations upon earth,” 67:4. Glory to God!
1967 was the year of Israel’s third war, just 19 years after becoming a nation in 1948. “19” is the Bible number associated with “faith” all through the Scriptures. The whole world was made to marvel in 1967 when little Israel defeated in just six days the combined hordes of the Arab armies which rose up to destroy them. During the “Six Day War,” the whole city of Jerusalem including the Temple mount, the west bank, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula, were all conquered by the Israeli Defense Forces and restored to the nation of Israel. Again, it is not just “coincidence” that this war occurred exactly 50 years after Jerusalem was freed from the Turks in 1917. 1967 – 1968 was a Jubilee year exactly as 1917 – 1918 had been. “50” is the Bible number for “the Jubilee” all through the Scriptures, Leviticus 25:8-13.
The Six Day War was also the time when “the fig tree…….putteth forth leaves,” Matthew 24:32-35. Israel is symbolized by the “the fig tree” in the Scriptures regardless of whether some want to believe it or not. I can read just as well as most folks and better than some, and Jeremiah 24:5-6 and Hosea 9:10 are stated so clearly that it is undeniable that these inspired passages attach the symbolism of the “fig tree” to Israel. Those who attempt to deny this truth are absolutely denying the plain statements of God’s Word. PERIOD!
I am laboring this point because the Lord Jesus Christ Himself explicitly stated that the “generation” living at the time “the fig tree…….putteth forth leaves” [expands its territory] would not “pass away” [die off] before “the kingdom of God” is established on this earth, Matthew 24:32-35. Read these exact words for yourself in Luke’s account of the Lord’s same discourse in Luke 21:29-33. I personally was living at the time the Six Day War occurred, and therefore am a part of “this generation.” This ought to tell every true believer how very close we are to the end of the age and the coming of Christ to resurrect and rapture His New Testament believers to glory. If you are a true believer, then look at this through spiritual eyes. The “lights” of “home” are now in sight. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Glory to God!
At that very time in 1967 Israel should have rebuilt their Temple and turned to the Lord with their whole heart, for their Temple mount and much land had been restored to them. Sadly, their own “faithless” secular leaders betrayed them, just as their “faithless” leaders betrayed them 3,500 years ago in Numbers 13 – 14. Study this account again and see the amazing parallel between ancient Israel and modern Israel. Notice especially Numbers 14:26-35. In 1967 these “faithless” secular leaders gave the Temple mount back to the Muslims along with most of the conquered territories in order to “curry favor” with the Muslims and the nations. Appeasement
never works! Because of the decision made by those “faithless” secular leaders, Israel went into their modern 40 plus years of “wilderness wanderings.” This is where they are still at today as a nation and a people; “wandering in the wilderness.”
I again remind our readers that the Jewish years OVERLAP the Gentile years. The details of the Six Day War are actually set forth in Psalm 68. Both of these Psalms should be studied carefully, for both contain details verifying the correlation of these Psalms with the years, 1967 and 1968, and both Psalms also set forth additional prophecies yet to be fulfilled.
GOD’S OWN TIME LINE moves forward in each of these inspired Psalms. Praise the Lord!
TO BE CONTINUED…….
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