Friday, December 28, 2007

Psalm 102

Jeff, Evan and I listened to another installment of the Revelation study with John Courson tonight. Interestingly, Pastor John only referred to the book of Revelation once. The rest of the hour was about Psalm 102 and its prophecy of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. I'd read this psalm over and over and never really realized what it is talking about. Now I see it perfectly. Let me explain.

Psalm 102 (NKJ)

A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the LORD.
1 Hear my prayer, O LORD,
And let my cry come to You.
2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day that I call, answer me speedily.

3 For my days are consumed like smoke, - speaks of the mass cremations
And my bones are burned like a hearth.
4 My heart is stricken and withered like grass, - speaks of those who were so sickened
So that I forget to eat my bread. they couldn't eat (because of what they
5 Because of the sound of my groaning saw)
My bones cling to my skin. - ever see pictures of the survivors?
6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
I am like an owl of the desert. - God's people out of their "element"
7 I lie awake, they are not in their "natural" home
And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.

8 My enemies reproach me all day long;
Those who deride me swear an oath against me. - Star of David was made a curse
9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, symbol by the Nazis
And mingled my drink with weeping, - ashes fell like snow from the death
10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath; camp burning
For You have lifted me up and cast me away.
11 My days are like a shadow that lengthens,
And I wither away like grass.

12 But You, O LORD, shall endure forever, - God is in control
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
For the time to favor her, - Israel was made a nation again in 1968
Yes, the set time, has come.
14 For Your servants take pleasure in her stones,
And show favor to her dust.
15 So the nations shall fear the name of the LORD,
And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
16 For the LORD shall build up Zion;
He shall appear in His glory.
17 He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.

18 This will be written for the generation to come, - we are that generation
That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
19 For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
From heaven the LORD viewed the earth,
20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To release those appointed to death,
21 To declare the name of the LORD in Zion,
And His praise in Jerusalem, HOPE!!!!!
22 When the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

23 He weakened my strength in the way;
He shortened my days.
24 I said, “O my God,
Do not take me away in the midst of my days;
Your years are throughout all generations.
25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
26 They will perish, but You will endure; - Events in Revelation
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
27 But You are the same,
And Your years will have no end.
28 The children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You.”

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