GOOD SHEPHERD, IN DEATH"
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This beautiful Psalm gives us proof that God's Word is true. This Psalm is the proof for those that doubt the Word of God, for it was written a thousand years before the crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. this should strengthen your faith to where you could not be shaken by any wind of doctrine. Yet even the words that were stated at the foot of the cross are recorded in the prophetic chapter. This Psalm is the Psalm of the crucifixion. It would happen exactly as it is recorded here, right down to the Roman soldiers gambling for Jesus' clothing. The High priest even spoke the words when he was against what he was saying; for God brought all the detail of the crucifixion to pass exactly as He stated in this prophecy. Man simply cannot bring such a thing to pass, and even trying to reenact it in a play, he messes up. So this ought to support of faith in His Word, as we read of these things that would come to pass a millennium later.
The time that Jesus Christ hung on that cross before His death, He stated this entire chapter of Psalms. He began with verse one and continued to the end, in the Hebrews "He hath done this". Many teach that God actually forsook Christ as He hung there on the cross. What a lie! How could our Heavenly Father forsake His own Son at the time He was paying the price for our sins? It is stupidity to even think such a thing; it's blasphemy. It even shows their ignorance concerning the Scriptures.
Every time Jesus Christ spoke to the Father, He called Him Father, not God. Not one place where he spoke to the Father did He call Him anything but Father. So it is written here in the first verse as Jesus was nail to the cross, that these words were spoken just prior to His death.
Matthew 27:46 "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
In the Hebrew text as pointed out by George Lamsa's book on "Idioms, key to the original Gospel". It reads; "Eli, Eli, Lmana Sabachthani"; meaning "My God, My God, for this I was kept."; meaning; "This was the destiny that Jesus came into the world for." On the cross Jesus did not quote as was written in the Hebrew, but in Aramaic the language of the location at that time. If He would have stated "forsaken me", it would have been "Nashatani" and not "Sabachthani". So we see that what Jesus was saying in Matthew 27:46, He was quoting this first verse of Psalms 22.
"To the chief Musician, upon Aijeleth Shahar"; "A Psalm of David". "Aijeleth Shahar" means "The Hind of Day-dawn", this is looking to the Day-dawn of the Messiah's Coronation, which is the subject of Psalms 22. the hind is an animal that runs free, and Christ was about to free many souls in captivity. The kingdom will now be bought and paid for in full.
Psalms 22:1 "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art Thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?"
The notes on this verse is given above, Of course God did not forsake His Son, and if you believe that He did, then it weakens your faith. Our Savior was teaching even as His blood was flowing out of His veins, that was the payment for your sins. Jesus was not thinking of Himself at the time, but was quoting Scripture.
"Roaring" in the Hebrew text "sha`ag" would be better translated "lamentation" as spoken of a lion, and of thunder. Roaring is used to give a solemn emphasis.
Psalms 22:2 "O my God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not; And in the night season, and am not silent."
Lord, day or night I get no rest. We all go through a little trial at times, and it was a serious trial that Jesus went through on the cross. Jesus knew while He hung there, that Father would never desert Him, and in these words Jesus was setting the example for us living today. When the times get tough, and the testing comes, Our heavenly Father will never forsake you either.
Psalms 22:3 "But Thou art holy, O Thou That inhabitest the praises of Israel."
This is the entire creation.
Psalms 22:4 "Our fathers trusted in Thee: They trusted, and Thou didst deliver them."
Father brought the Israelites forth out of Egypt and led them through the wilderness and into the promise land.
Psalms 22:5 "They cried unto Thee, and were delivered: They trusted in Thee, and were not confounded."
When the oppression became to great in Egypt, Israel cried unto You Father and they were delivered. When Israel finally trusted or confided in you Father, they were not disgraced. When you believe in Father in these end times, you will not be disgraced either. You absolutely will not be deceived. We can get strength from these words given from the cross. God made this a promise to you and I living in this final generation.
Psalms 22:6 "But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised of the People."
In translating this verse, it needs to be adjusted to match the Hebrew text. this word "worm" in the Hebrew text is "tola", and is not the ordinary word for "worm", but the crimson "coccus" from which the scarlet die was obtained. Hence rended "Scarlet" as in Exodus 25:4; "And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair." There was a lot of scarlet around Jesus as He hung there on the cross.
"and no man" In the Hebrew text was not "enosh, for an ordinary man, but it was "ish" a "great man" and at times is even given in meaning to an angel. Satan is called "ish" in Isaiah 14 in the Hebrew text. So it should read; "But I am in scarlet, and I am no great man or angel," for Jesus had come in the flesh to pay the price for you and my sins. He was not supernatural, in the sense of an angel where the pain of the flesh is not felt. Jesus felt all the pain, as the crown of thorns were placed on his head and the whip laid the stripes on His back. He felt the nail being run through his hands and feet, and as His bone joints were stretch as he hung there on the cross. Isaiah 53 gives us all the detail as to how Jesus was "despised of the people" as He hung there on the cross.
He did it so that you and I come back to our heavenly Father with the barrier of sin removed from us.
Psalms 22:7 "All they that see me laugh me to scorn: They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,"
As Jesus hung there on the cross, the people that walked by and looked up at Jesus on the cross, laughed and shouted out their scorn. Matthew 27:29-31; "And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"  "And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head."  "And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put his own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him." 
Remember that this Psalms 22 was written a thousand years before the even happen to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is prophecy to David's time. In Matthew 27:39 "And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads."
Psalms 22:8 "He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: Let Him deliver him, seeing He delighted in him."
Almighty Father used the Kenite High priest to say these word at the time of the fulfillment of this prophecy. That right the very authority of those that sought to murder our Lord.
Matthew 27:41-43; "Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said,"  "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down off the cross, and we will believe Him."  "He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, If He will have Him: for He said `I am the Son of God.' " 
Even to the exact words this prophecy was fulfilled.
Psalms 22:9 "But Thou art he That took me out of the womb: Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts."
Father, even as a baby You watched over me and kept me safe.
Psalms 22:10 "I was cast upon Thee from the womb: Thou art my god from my mother's belly."
This speaks of He that was the Firstfruit, and even to God's election to this day.
Psalms 22:11 "Be not far from me; for trouble is near; For there is none to help."
There were none to help because every one had deserted Jesus. Even Peter the rock had denied Christ three time, and all the rest of the disciples were gone. Matthew 26:73-74 "And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, "Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee."  "Then began he to curse and to sware, saying, "I know not the man." And immediately the cock crew."  As Christ hung there on that cross there was not one person to help Him, except our Father which did not desert Jesus. .
Psalms 22:12 "Many bulls have compassed me: Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round."
"Bashan" is know as being the strongest of the bulls. From the aggressors to the chief priest were the bulls that had compassed around Christ as He hung there on the cross.
Psalms 22:13 "They gaped upon me with their mouths, As a ravening and a roaring lion."
As Pilate offered the choice to the mob, Barabbas or Jesus, the mob cried out "Let Him be crucified" Matthew 27:23 "And the governor said, "Why, what evil hath He cone?" But they cried out the more, saying, "Let Him be crucified."
Psalms 22:14 "I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; It is melted in the midst of my bowels."
Jesus the Christ's life blood was draining from Him, His bones jerked out of their sockets, as he hung there on that cross. When Jesus was run through His side with the spear, the water flowed out and death would come shortly.
Psalms 22:15 "My strength is dried up like a potsherd; And my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; And Thou hast brought me into the dust of death."
In John 19:28 "After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, "I thirst." Yet He refused to take the or the vinegar that was offered to Him. So this day has almost ended, by the time of this verse. Jesus physical flesh body was approaching the death of this life.
Psalms 22:16 "For dogs have compassed me: The assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: They pierced my hands and my feet."
The "dogs" are my enemies, and these enemies of Christ pierced him as they nailed his hands and feet to the cross.
Psalms 22:17 "I may tell all my bones: They look and stare upon me."
As Jesus hung there, the people stared upon Him; the ladies stood by and watched, Matthew 27:55-56 "And the women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him:"  "Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Jose, and the mother of Zebedee's children." 
Psalms 22:18 "They part my garments among them, And cast lots upon my vesture."
"Casting lots" meant that they were gambling for His cloths. Matthew 27:35 "And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, "The parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots." This was prophecy being fulfilled.
This chapter should give you assurance that just as our Heavenly Father fulfilled each small detail of this event of Jesus Crucifixion; the events dealing with the end times with Antichrist coming to earth will be fulfilled also. Antichrist will appear first, and then after the world has gone out following his world system, then Christ shall come to end this earth age of the flesh just as it is written and prophesied in His Word. This is why it becomes a must to know the events of our day as it is written in the manuscripts, for that is as the events will take place. Those that know will not be deceived.
Psalms 22:19 "But be not Thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me."
Death is coming very soon at this time.
Psalms 22:20 "Deliver my soul from the sword; My darling from the power of the dog."
This word "darling" in the Hebrew text means "soul". "Deliver my soul from the sword, My only soul from the power of my enemies."
Psalms 22:21 "Save me from the lion's mouth: For Thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns."
You have strength in the Spirit, as you call out in prayer; "Father help me". This is true for each of us even today. God is there watching and listen to us every moment of the day. Being a true Christian is being a reality.
Psalms 22:22 "I will declare Thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee."
My friend, as a believer and follower of Christ, this is exactly what you and I are suppose to do. Jesus fulfilled His duty and accomplished His mission, and now the brethren are to declare it in the midst of the congregation, and Praise His holy name. What Name? YHVH, the Almighty Father, the sacred name of God. This is given in Hebrews 2:11-13.
Hebrews 2:11 "For both He That sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of One: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren, "
If you are in Him and He is in you, than you are both brethren.
Hebrews 2:12 "Saying, "I will declare Thy Name unto My brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee."
This name is the Lord's name, YHVH the sacred name.
Hebrews 2:13 "And again, "I will put my trust in Him." and again, "Behold, I and the children which God hath given Me."
These children are all those that are chosen, that have the eyes to see and the ears to hear the truth of God's Word. So now we see exactly why Christ came to this earth.
Hebrews 2:14 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil."
Just as your soul came into your body at conception, so also Christ's soul entered into his flesh body in the virgin Mary at conception, and Jesus lived his life in the flesh for the purpose of dying on the cross, and destroying the power of death that the devil held on us. That was the purpose of Christ shedding of His blood. Christ going to the cross was no accident, for it had to happen for you and I to have eternal life. Now let me ask; Do you share His name in the congregation of your brethren? If you love them, you will.
Psalms 22:23 "Ye that fear the Lord praise Him; All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; And fear Him, all ye the seed of Israel."
If you love God and respect Him, and are of the natural seed of Israel, then glorify Him and respect Him with reverence. If you believe on That Son, than you become a child of Abraham.
Psalms 22:24 "For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Neither hath He hid His face from him; But when he cried unto Him, He heard."
Did you get that? Father has never hid his face from His Son, not even when He hung there on the cross and the sins of the world were placed upon Him. Did God reject Jesus for a short period? Now read this again: "He [Father] hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted [Jesus the Christ]; Neither hath He [Father] hid His [Father] face from Him [Jesus];" It is blasphemy for someone to claim that the Father turned His back on the Son, Jesus the Christ. This is one of the points that we must boldly make a stand when the claim is made that Father turned His face from His only begotten Son, as He hung there on the cross.
Psalms 22:25 "My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation: I will pay my before them that fear Him."
God is going to remember you after this earth age, when you give reverence to His Son for going to the cross.
Psalms 22:26 "The meek shall eat and be satisfied: They shall praise the Lord that seek Him: Your heart shall live for ever."
Those that are humble before Almighty God shall have eternal life and praise the Lord. By taking a stand for Him, He will give you eternal life. This is why it is important that we put a stop to the blasphemy that is taught in the churches today. That YHVH the heavenly Father deserted His only Begotten Son while He hung there on the cross.
Psalms 22:27 "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: And all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee."
This will happen at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, and they every knee will bow before Jesus Christ. It is important that we understand His word and believe on His name. Have Faith in His Word, and the confidence that you will put actions to these words. The end of this earth age is very close and far closer than most Christians think.
Psalms 22:28 "For the kingdom is the Lord's: And He is the Governor among the nations."
Jesus will come to rule the earth and all those that are in it. Revelation 20:6 "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of god and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." This kingdom is the Millennium age kingdom when Jesus is right here on earth, and the entire world is part of that kingdom.
Psalms 22:29 "All they that be fat upon the earth shall eat and worship: All they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him: And none can keep alive his own soul."
We are taking abut souls here, not physical bodies. Not even Satan can keep his soul alive one moment following the great white throne judgment. Revelation 20:10 "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are..." Satan and all those that follow him, their souls will end up in in the lake of fire. This is the second death, the death of the soul. The first death is the death of your physical body.
Psalms 22:30 "A seed shall serve Him; It shall be counted to the Lord for a generation."
This "seed" is God's elect, those with eyes to see and ears to hear with understanding all of God's Word. We are living in that generation that this verse is talking about, for only then will the elect be face to face with Satan and his fallen angels in person. There will be a certain number of God people that can be counted upon to make that stand. Remember when Jesus was carrying His cross up the hill to His death, He said to the daughter of Jerusalem, "weep not for me". He was thinking of the day that is coming when He stated "blessed are they that are barren." Those that haven't taking place in the first marriage feast with Satan the Antichrist.
Luke 23:28-29 "But Jesus turning unto them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem,, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children."  "For, Behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, `Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.' " 
Those that give such are the rapture theory boys, and the Kenites that help them in their translations.
Psalms 22:31 "They shall come, and shall declare His righteousness unto a People that shall be born, That He hath done this."
These people that shall be born to our generation. "That
He hath done this" in the Hebrew text is "It is
Even to His very last words, these words were directed to us, that we can know that Father is true to His Word even to our generation. In paying for your sins with His life, He destroyed the devil, and gave us the assurance that He will be with us to the sounding of seventh and last trumpet of this earth age. Then He shall return and we shall reign as joint heirs with Him in Jesus Christ's heavenly kingdom. This generation is the generation of the fig tree that shall not pass away until all the prophecies of this earth age have been fulfilled. God has given each of instruction as to what we are to do through His Word when we see these things coming to pass.
Matthew 24 tells us of the seven seals that must come to pass before His return, and these are also called the seven trumpets of the book of Revelation. They are the events of the last generation that are suppose to be sealed in our minds, after Israel has gone back, that warns us of the Satan's deceptive activities. By not having them sealed in your mind is what is referred to as "the mark of the beast". It is what is called the "great deception" or "Apostacy"; the falling away from the truth of God's word in favor of lies, traditions and deceptions. Part of that great lie beside the rapture, is the statement that "Almighty God forsook His son while he hung there on the cross."
Watch out my friend what you accept as the truth, for truth will be only in the mind of the sealed when Satan arrives here on earth. The lies of Satan will be believed even in the church houses.
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