Wednesday, December 12, 2012
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 KJV).
Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” After our Dispensation of Grace, God will exhort believing Israel, who will suffer the antichrist’s tyrannical reign: “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6). “[The antichrist] will speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High…” (Daniel 7:25ab). Believing Israel will suffer the death penalty for rejecting the satanic antichrist (Revelation 13:6,7,15).
The Apostle John, foreseeing what would happen during that Tribulation period, wrote: “…I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?… and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelation 6:9-11).
“For thou art with me.” God encourages believing Israel to not fear, for He is with them: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). This is why the “Our Father” prayer says, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). The “temptation” and “evil” is the awful Tribulation (see James 1:12,13; 1 Peter 1:6-9; 1 Peter 4:12-17). God encourages believing Israel to not grow weary, even if they experience death for His sake (Hebrews 12:1-4).
“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” The Lord will use these Scriptures to console believing Israel in her troubles, as a shepherd quiets his terrified sheep.