The Prophecies in Psalms 108-110 – That Thy Beloved May Be Delivered (Part 2) – by J. R. Church –
The Verdict
Not only will the Antichrist be condemned for his heinous crimes, but his family will be punished as well. David wrote:
"Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
"Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
"Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.
"Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
"Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
"Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
"Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth" (Ps. 109:9-15).
It is a fact that when a criminal is prosecuted, he brings shame and suffering upon his family. It is not the fault of the judge or the jury, but of the criminal alone. In verse 14, David reminds the Lord of the iniquity of his "fathers." That would be the family lineage from which this arch-criminal comes. In the case of the Antichrist, his roots extend back into past ages — to the "seed of the serpent." Therefore, David points out that the entire family lineage should suffer — "that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth."
John tells us in the book of Revelation: "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone" (Rev. 19:20). Furthermore, Satan, who stands at the right hand of the Antichrist will be judged as well:
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
"And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
"And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season" (Rev. 20:1-3).
David tells us why such a harsh sentence will be meted out to this arch-enemy:
"Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
"As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
"As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
"Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
"Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul" (Ps. 109:16-20).
This psalm seems to allude to the Judgment of the Nations in addition to Satan and the Antichrist. In Matthew 25, Jesus refers to a judgment upon the nations because of the way they treated the Jews:
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
"And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
"And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
"Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
"Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
"When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
"Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
"I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
"Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
"Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
"And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal" (Matt. 25:31-46).
Life is a testing ground. This is something we should understand. God didn’t promise to make life easy for us. Quite the contrary, God is testing us every day to see how we react to every situation. Life is deliberately filled with problems to solve. Most important among them is how we treat other people. Do we live selfish lives, or do we seek to make life easier for those around us? Let’s face it. We will be rewarded for our acts of love and punished for our acts of hatred. It’s not complicated. But our human nature tells us otherwise. We conjure up fantasies about people hating us — thinking or saying unkind things about us when, in fact, 99% of the time, they are too busy trying to solve their own problems. Let us take the high road and think kindly of others, remembering that we will face the eternal judge some day. Race hatred, bigotry, and anti-Semitism should not be allowed to germinate and grow in our hearts and minds. As a child, I heard the old saying, "Be nice! Everybody is having a hard time!" That is a good idea for us all.
David takes on the persona of national Israel — the beleaguered Jews as he prays:
"But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
"For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
"I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
"My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
"I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads" (Ps. 109:21-25).
When Jesus returns in power and great glory, he will avenge the Chosen People. Divine judgment will be meted out to the nations; the Messianic kingdom will be established; and Israel will be placed at the head of the nations. Then the Abrahamic promise will be realized: "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:3).
David concludes his psalm with a plea for help:
"Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
"That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
"Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
"Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
"I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
"For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul" (Ps. 109:26-31).
Even though this psalm alludes to the future, David concludes with a prayer from his own generation. Somehow, he knows that Israel is going to face thousands of years of persecution before the final judgment, and he prays for God to avenge his people. He is saying, please punish our enemies, but at the same time, please keep us from becoming bitter. David is not asking to be delivered from testing, but that Israel might pass the test and be rewarded in the end.
The Prophecies of Psalm 110
This is one of the most popular psalms in Scripture. It is mentioned several times in the New Testament. Some have said it is the most often quoted psalm and is referred to in the teachings of Jesus, Peter, Stephen and Paul. The rabbis claim that God was talking to Abraham in its opening verse, but the Hebrew text renders the passage, "Yahweh said unto Adonai, Sit thou at my right hand." Adonai could not be Abraham. Nor could it be David, but the rabbis have said, "Abraham’s mission was continued by David, and it will be completed by the Messiah. This psalm is dedicated to these three pillars of Jewish tradition" (Tehillim, vol. 2, page 1339). Even though Jewish sages claim that God was talking to Abraham, they admit that the "mission" will be completed by the Messiah. In the end, even they think the Messiah will sit at the right hand of God. As we shall see in the New Testament, this passage clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is the one who sits at the right hand of God. The psalm is all about Jesus! David writes:
"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool" (Ps. 110:1).
Teaching in the Temple
One day, while teaching in the Temple, Jesus took the opportunity to bring up the subject of Psalm 110. A group of Pharisees were among those listening to Jesus teach. This encounter is recorded in three Gospels — Matthew, Mark and Luke. Jesus’ question concerned the one who was invited to sit at God’s right hand, indicating that it was generally believed that the scion of David would be the one — that is, the Messiah:
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
"Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.
"He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
"If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
"And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions" (Matt. 22:41-46, Mark 12:35-37 and Luke 20:41-44).
Our Savior implies that He is both the scion of David and the promised Messiah. But as far as being David’s son, He tells the Pharisees that David called him, Lord. Even though Joseph and Mary were both from the lineage of David, Jesus was virgin born, thus making him the scion of David, but not his direct son. He was, in fact, the Son of God. He was from the "seed" of the woman without a human father.
This teaching continued to haunt the Pharisees. Therefore, when Jesus was dragged before the Sanhedrin Court, the high priest, Caiaphas, asked Him about the passage that spoke of Him being seated at the right hand of God, intimating that the one who sits at the right hand of God is the Messiah:
"Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven" (Matt. 26:64 and Luke 22:69).
Mark’s account adds this perspective:
"But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
"And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
"Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
"Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death" (Mark 14:61-64).
The Ascension
Mark goes on to tell us that when Christ ascended into heaven, He took His place at the right hand of God:
"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
"And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen" (Mark 16:19,20).