The enemies of the LORD in Psalm 92-99
The throne of iniquity in Psalm 94:20
What has been briefly hinted at in other apocalyptic psalms is now revealed in depth. Psalm 45 has one verse which mentions the enemies of the king. Psalm 72 has a verse which states Messiah will “crush the oppressor” and another which anticipates “his enemies will lick the dust”. These are very brief references to the enemies of the LORD; but here in The Apocalypse of the Sabbath the enemies of the LORD are revealed to us in full tale. Let us examine the entire passage of Psalm 92-99 focusing on the wicked.
Your thoughts are very deep.
6 A senseless man does not know,
Nor does a fool understand this.
7 When the wicked spring up like grass,
And when all the workers of iniquity flourish,
It is that they may be destroyed forever.
8 But You, Lord, are on high forevermore.
9 For behold, Your enemies, O Lord,
For behold, Your enemies shall perish;
All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
Psalm 92:5-9 proleptically reveals the fate of the wicked at the beginning of the psalm. It’s like giving their destination before explaining how they get there. When the wicked rise up, it is like the grass since they are doomed to be mowed down. All the enemies of the LORD will perish. Being that this is revealed so early in the psalm, we see that it will be a major theme throughout this passage.
1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs—
O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth;
Render punishment to the proud.
3 Lord, how long will the wicked,
How long will the wicked triumph?
4 They utter speech, and speak insolent things;
All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves.
5 They break in pieces Your people, O Lord,
And afflict Your heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger,
And murder the fatherless.
7 Yet they say, "The Lord does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob understand."
Psalm 94:1-7 is an invitation for God to shine forth, but for a purpose. The voice which is attempting to summon the God of glory wants the wicked to be destroyed. Here some of the characteristics of the wicked are revealed. They specifically persecute, crush, kill, and afflict the people of God, 97:5-6. In their ignorance, they believe that God does not see the evil which they inflict on His people, 97:7. Since the passage is linked to the shining forth of God (I will show later that this is the Messiah), we must see that the events here are linked to the coming of Jesus the Messiah in glory. We know that Jesus will come immediately after the great tribulation. So the persecution here can be directly linked to the affliction which God’s people will experience during the great tribulation.
Let’s look again at 94:1-7. The invitation for God to shine forth must be the voice of the people of God being afflicted by the wicked. Surely this is the voice of God’s people in the midst of the great tribulation. Verse 2 states, “Repay the proud what they deserve.” It’s a cry for vengeance from God’s people (martyrs). These wicked are literally crushing God’s people, all the while stating aloud that the God of Jacob cannot see what is going on. These may be the very words that are used during the great tribulation. As God’s people are tortured and put to death, perhaps these evil ones will taunt saying, “The God of Jacob can’t see what I’m doing to you.”
8 Understand, you senseless among the people;
And you fools, when will you be wise?
9 He who planted the ear, shall He not hear?
He who formed the eye, shall He not see?
10 He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct,
He who teaches man knowledge?
11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man,
That they are futile.
In 94:8-11, the words addressed to the stupid sinners remind us of the language for those stupid sinners described back in 92:5-9. This demonstrates somewhat of the continuity of this set of psalms. These words show the folly of what these stupid sinners are saying about God’s inability to see. The one who formed the eye can see everything. The one who endowed us with ears and created sound waves can hear the cries of His people. Notice also that the passage states that the LORD disciplines nations. We believe that God disciplines individuals, which is true. But we need to remember that God also disciplines nations as entities. This is an aspect of the psalm which I’ll address later in another post.
20 Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
21 They gather together against the life of the righteous,
And condemn innocent blood.
22 But the Lord has been my defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness;
The Lord our God shall cut them off.
94:16-23 is probably one of the most in depth looks at the enemies of the LORD which will be destroyed by Him at His coming available in the psalms. We have not only a description of the wicked, but keen insight into the governmental system which the wicked will utilize against the righteous at the time when the LORD comes in judgement. It is not just that they are wicked, they are wicked rulers, 94:20. Those in positions of authority are altogether wicked. Further, it’s not simply that the people in positions of authority are wicked either. The very laws that they have brought into existence have been devised to perform evil against the righteous. The wicked generation which will be judged by the LORD at His coming will frame injustice under the pretense of laws. Can you imagine a law passed which was designed solely for the purpose of killing a righteous man who worships God? Verse 21 is an explanation of verse 20. They band together against the righteous, condemn the innocent to death, and they do it by passing laws. Praise the LORD that He will cut down this wicked generation. He will bring their sins upon their own heads.
16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the Lord had been my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
18 If I say, "My foot slips,"
Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Remember that we are to let the LORD fight back for us. 94:16-19 gives the attitude of the godly as the wicked proceed with their plan. Should the end-times assembly rise up in war against this evil system? Should they try to get involved in the government in order to keep the evil laws from being passed? Should they rely solely on the LORD to help?
20 Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
The throne of iniquity in verse 20 is set in opposition to the throne of the LORD. We are certainly talking about a governmental system which is completely wicked. This is the governmental system which will be empowered by Satan himself. There can be no treaties that the throne of iniquity can make with the everlasting throne of the LORD. They cannot coexist. Once the LORD establishes His everlasting throne here on earth at His coming in power and glory, there can be no throne of iniquity here on earth. The thrones (or throne) of the rulers of wickedness will be judged by the throne of God. Psalms 96-99 are largely focused on the establishment of the throne of God here on the earth.
3 A fire goes before Him,
And burns up His enemies round about.
At the coming of the LORD, fire goes before Him to burn up His enemies, 97:3. The earth witnesses this and trembles. Mountains are melting like wax before the LORD. Here we see Psalm 46:6 being fulfilled, so we can also reason that the LORD will forcefully cause wars to cease at this time, 46:9. Worshipers of idols are put to shame at this time, 97:7. I believe that idolatry is in existence today, and will be acutely revealed as the day draws near. When Messiah comes, there will be idol worshipers to be judged.
Even though God judges the wicked, and specifically the wicked government system which is possessed by Satan at the time of His coming, we need to be careful in reading our own views into the passage. I do not see from these psalms that God eliminates all sinners from the earth. Certainly the thrones, rulers, and kingdoms of this world are judged in such a way as to be unsustainable when Messiah establishes His throne. But these things are done “in the sight of the nations”, 98:2. The message is proclaimed as He comes in glory “among the nations”, 96:3. The people of God begin to say “among the nations” that the LORD reigns, 96:10. Messiah assumes the governmental duty of administering justice for all, 96:13, 97:2, 98:9, 99:4. All other kings will bow before Him, Psalm 72:11. That’s not an elimination of all sinners, but forced subjugation of the nations of the earth, Psalm 2.
In summary, the wicked will be judged at the coming of the LORD. When He comes and establishes His throne, the throne of iniquity which will have been in existence at that time will not be able to exist after the LORD comes. The LORD judges these evil rulers in the sight of the entire world. He begins to reign assuming the role as head of the governments of all nations which will be left vacant by the one(s) whom the LORD has just destroyed.
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