2002-01-26 - Messiah: His Final Call to Israel
Who is this King of Glory? Why is He thus called? When these questions are studied in the light of Psalm 110:1-3, one sees that the Messiah, upon His first coming to Earth when He is rejected and executed by the nation, accepts the invitation of God to leave earth and return to glory, where He has been ever since His Ascension.
Psa. 110:1-3 (ASV) Jehovah saith unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2 Jehovah will send forth the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3 Thy people offer themselves willingly in the day of thy power, in holy array: out of the womb of the morning Thou hast the dew of thy youth. ASV
The oracle in Daniel 7:13-14 gives additional light upon this passage. Generally speaking,it is recognized as a Messianic prediction.
Dan 7:13-14 I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. ASV
The Ancient of Days, seated upon the throne, is God the Father. The one like unto a Son of Man is God the Son. Being the second person of the Trinity and having entered the world by miraculous conception and virgin birth, the Song of God became historically the Son of Man, the "God-Man."
According to the prophetic Word, the Messiah appeared upon the earth on scheduled time and performed the work for which He came. He, as the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world (Isaiah, chapter 53), was crucified and buried ; but He arose triumphantly over the evil powers of the unseen world. Then, at the invitation of God, He ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High, where He has been ever since. When he arose from the dead, all authority in Heaven and Earth was given to Him.
Matt 28:18-20 And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. ASV
Because of these facts, He is spoken of as the King of glory.
The penitent remnant of Israel of the end time, thought of as doors having bowed heads, are urged to lift up their heads and to welcome this King of glory. He will not leave glory until the people of Israel plead for Him to return. (Ps. 24:7)
The rhetorical question is asked, "Who is this King of glory?" The writer answers the question saying, "Jehovah strong and mighty, Jehovah mighty in battle." Jehovah, the "Mighty One" fought the battle with Satan and the forces of evil at the time of His Crucifixion and Resurrection. He is ready to go into battle against the Antichrist of the end time and all the forces of evil. But He will not take the field of battle until the nation of Israel penitently call upon Him to come and champion their cause.
Again, penitent Israel is called upon to arise and accept Messiah (Ps. 24:9). Once more the rhetorical question, "Who is the Kind of glory?" is asked. This time, the answer is given: "Jehovah of hosts [armies], He is the King of glory." Jehovah of armies "the Lord Jesus Chris" is the only one who can conquer the forces of evil and bring salvation to Israel and to the world.
To be continued next week.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
In His Service,