Chief Shepherd in Glory."
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Psalms 24:1 "The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof; The world, and they that dwell therein."
"The earth" [erez] in the Hebrew text, as it was created good, in Genesis 1:1. All of the earth and the universe and all that is upon the earth was created by Father and it is His. that deed that you have to your lot gives you the right to live and use that piece of land and pay taxes on it, but with mankind missing from the land, of course it belongs to Father. The "world" on the other hand is "tebel" in the Hebrew, and that includes all that inhabit the earth. Why? because God created every living thing on the face of the earth.
Psalms 24:2 "For He hath founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the floods."
God created all the earth, the oceans, the mountains and all that is on the face of the earth. In Isaiah 45:18 "For thus saith the Lord That created the heavens; God Himself That formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: "I am the Lord; and there is none else."
God created the earth to be inhabited and after Satan fell and brought one third of the souls down with him, God took the souls from off the earth and destroyed it. Genesis 1:2 "And the earth became [was, verb (to be)] without form [tohu va bohu, became a ruin], and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep."
Psalms 24:3 "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy place?"
This "hill of the Lord" is mount Zion. We are about to see a very rich acrostic about to take place. Remember that before Jesus stands on mount Zion, the Antichrist will stand in that holy place and declare himself to be God. That is what Jesus called the Abomination of desolation, as he was quoting from Daniel in 9:27. II Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,"
II Thessalonians 2:4 "Who
opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or
that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of
God, shewing himself that he is God."
In as much as this is prophetic, ask yourself, "Who will stand in this holy place? You had better have the answers, first Satan as the Antichrist, and after that the True Christ.
Psalms 24:4 "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; Who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, Nor sworn deceitfully."
This does not fit the Antichrist, so Satan will not stand there long. Only Jesus Christ has the clean hands and a pure heart. Who has not lifted up His soul to lies [vanity], nor even sware to that lie; that abomination by the desolator. There will be millions of well meaning Christians that will in ignorance sware to that lie of Antichrist, as he stands on Mount Zion and declares himself to be God. Yet most Christians today just don't believe it.
Psalms 24:5 "He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation."
Here we have the Messiah that will deliver that salvation to His elect and those that believe.
Psalms 24:6 "This is the generation of them that seek Him, That seek Thy face, O Jacob. Selah."
God has just told us of that generation that will seek after Jesus, and then we are told to sharpen up, pay attention; Selah. The point that has to be brought out here is that the older manuscripts of the Syriac Version, made from the Hebrew for Christians used before the fourth century BC, and the Septuagint Version of the Hebrew Old Testament in Greek prior to the time of Christ, it reads; "O God of Jacob" and not just "O Jacob". The later translators have removed God from this verse, and centered the focus on Jacob. The God of Jacob is "YHVH", our Heavenly Father. Selah, stop and think on those things, Who stands on Mount Zion?
So we have just read in prior chapters of the birth, the life and death of Jesus Christ and of His return. That is what this chapter is about, Christ return, and the one who stands on mount Zion.
Psalms 24:7 "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; And be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; And the King of glory shall come in."
We are talking about the eternal Jerusalem, that one spoken of in Revelation 21:2-5 that comes down out of heaven after the great white throne judgment. The King of glory that shall come in can only be the Messiah, Jesus the Christ.
Psalms 24:8 "Who is this King of glory: The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle."
The King of glory is not the Antichrist that deceived the whole world, but Jesus the Christ the one that offered His life for the payment of your sins on the cross.
Psalms 24:9 "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; Even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; And the King of glory shall come in."
This battle spoken of here has not taken place yet, but it shall and is given in detail in Revelation 19:11-21. This is given two times for emphasis, and what a beautiful verse.
Psalms 24:10 "Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah."
Verses seven and verse nine sets the acrostic that is about to begin. As we stop and look up we see from the twenty third Psalm that Christ has risen. The battle at the end of this earth age is still be waited on, at His return. So this prepares us for the twenty fifth Psalm which is an Acrostic Psalm.
There are twenty two letters within the Hebrew Alphabet, however in this acrostic only twenty one are used. Three times seven is spiritual completeness. The letter that is left out is "koph". We will discuss this acrostic at the start of the next chapter.
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