The following blog post was originally posted here: In Times Of Trouble…Psalm 10 pt 1
Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.(Psalm 10)
The ninth and tenth Psalm are of a set, they go together. Like the first two Psalms, the one is about the individual(Psalm 1, Psalm 10), and the other about everyone in the world(Psalm 2 and Psalm 9). The ninth Psalm is about the nations of the world, Israel and the return of the King Messiah. The Tenth Psalm is a lament about the persecution and nature of the coming Anti-Christ.
The Psalm is set in “Times of trouble”. Such can be a general term, for we all live in a troublesome and turbulent world, but there is foretold a specific Time of Trouble warned of in Holy Scripture such as Daniel and Jeremiah warned of,
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.(Daniel 12:1-3)
For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.(Jeremiah 30:5-7)
The Bible has long warned that the regathering of Israel in the turmoil of the very last days would provoke the nations of the world into a tremendous conflict which would only be resolved by the intervention of the LORD himself. Jesus told us “unless those days be shortened, no flesh would be saved…”.
Like a “perfect storm”, the conditions are currently falling into place; an exploding Muslim world, empowered by petro-dollars, radicalized by their own “reformation”, (which called them back to seventh century barbarism), and metastasized throughout the world by the insanity of mass immigration. Add to that the condition of a debauched and culturally exhausted Western World, having lost her faith(Judeo Christianity) and drifting into various forms of neo-paganism, and going broke due to the expansion and adoption of failed socialistic policies, yet dependent upon oil to maintain her standard of living.You can add into the mix China, a nation once humiliated by the West, yet flexing her muscles militarily, sensing the weakness and fecklessness of the West, as is Russia.
We are seemingly at an August 1914 moment, breathlessly waiting for the spark that will trigger the series of explosions which will engulf the entire world.
Add into the mix a factor that has re-emerged after almost two thousand years, the rebirth of Israel as a nation, as prophesied by the Biblical prophets.The tiny nation’s very existence is perceived as an ever growing ‘problem’ to the “Kings of the Earth and their rulers”, for they(The Kings) believe that the way to avoid an explosion is to pacify the rapidly growing Muslim world.
But to the Muslim world, May 15, the anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel, is called ‘Al Naqba” , the disaster! In the almost seventy years of the reborn state’s existence, the Arab and Muslim world has been unable to overthrow the nation, in sprite of five major wars, with the element of complete surprise, overwhelming military superiority and numbers and weapons.
Since 1974 the shamed Arabs have resorted to Petro political leverage to turn nearly the entire world against the tiny state.It seems we have arrived at that time of terrible trial Jesus, Daniel and all of the prophets warned of.