Thursday, December 13, 2012
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:5 KJV).
Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.
Halfway through the future seven-year Tribulation, the antichrist will break his covenant with Israel and desecrate her newly rebuilt Temple (Daniel 9:27; cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4). Jesus Christ warned believing Jews in Jerusalem and Judaea who would witness that event, to flee to nearby mountains (Matthew 24:15-21; Mark 13:14-19; Luke 21:20-24).
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” This believing remnant of Israel (God’s people)—symbolized by “woman”—will escape to the mountains, angering the bloodthirsty antichrist. The Godhead will feed these believing Jews for the remaining 42 months of the Tribulation (Revelation 12:6,14). Thus, the “Our Father” prayer says, “Give us this day, our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Those Jews will depend on God for their daily meals (remember, Matthew 24:15-21 and Mark 13:14-19 explain how they quickly abandoned their homes, unable to bring neither food nor possessions). God will make a “table” in the presence of Israel’s enemies: Satan will attempt to destroy these Jews in the mountains, but he will be unsuccessful (Revelation 12:15-17).
God will feed these believing Jews with “bread.” Revelation 2:17, which applies to the Tribulation, says “hidden manna.” Just as God fed Israel with manna during her 40-year wilderness wanderings (Exodus 16:4-36; Psalm 78:18-29), He will repeat that during the future Tribulation with those Jews who will seek refuge in the mountains.
“Thou anointest my head with oil.” A glimpse of Israel’s coming salvation: anointing with oil is a type/picture of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20,27), whom Christ will pour upon Israel at His Second Coming (Zechariah 12:10).
“My cup runneth over.” A foretaste of Israel’s joy and prosperity in her kingdom (Isaiah 35:1-10; Joel 3:18; Amos 9:13-15; et al.), which Christ will establish on earth at His Second Coming. God nourishing Israel’s believing remnant in the mountains, is a shadow of what her kingdom will be like.