"Messiah's Prayer and Praise in View of Psalm 22."
"A Psalm of David"
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Psalms 22 were the words that Christ spoke on the cross just prior to His death. After our Lord said those words from the cross, His last words were; "It is finished"; as written in John 19:30.
John 19:30 "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, "It is finished:" and he bowed His head, and gave up the ghost."
So this chapter will give a closer view into Christ's mind, however for us living in this final generation, when we are delivered up to stand before Antichrist, there will be those that will mock you for teaching the true Word of God. This will cover and apply to not only the body of Christ, but the many membered body of Christ as living in this time of the end.
Psalms 35:1 "Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: Fight against them that fight against me."
The word "Plead" in the Hebrew means to "Contend, or strive". To; "Fight against them which fight against me." This verse is looking forward to that day of vengeance, when the Lord Jesus Christ will make all things right. Remember Romans 12:19 "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord."
Psalms 35:2 "Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for mine help."
Father has promised us in Psalms 34 that He will take care of His own.
Psalms 35:3 "Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: Say unto my soul, "I am thy salvation." "
This is talking about your soul, and not your physical body. Father has told us over and over in these Psalms, that He is my Rock and my salvation. The word "soul", as written here pertains to your individual self. Salvation is very personal to only the one that it is intended for. You can not achieve salvation for anyone but for yourself. Only you determine whether you shall have salvation or not. Father has offered the eternal life to everyone, but each individual must determine for themselves.
Psalms 35:4 "Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: Let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt."
This again is talking about your soul only here. In these end times there is much confusion being peddled concerning the coming of Christ. The teachings of traditions of men spin their rapture doctrine, and all the other confusing doctrines which are not in the Word of God. Yet in the innocence of their ignorance, they strive to bring you into their confusion with them, but at the coming of Christ, they will be put to shame for their service given to Satan and his system.
II Thessalonians 2:8-9 "And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:"  "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and sings of lying wonders," 
This coming will be after the slaying of the two witness, and at the time when all souls living in these flesh bodies will be changed from their corruptible bodies of this flesh age; into their incorruptible bodies as the angels have, as recorded in I Corinthians 15:50-54.
II Thessalonians 2:10-11 "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."  "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  "That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 
Yes, at Christ's coming all souls will see what they have done in their flesh bodies, for they shall see clearly how they have been deceived. However the elect, the saints that held to the truth will receive their inheritance at that time of the coming of our Lord and Savior.
Psalms 35:5 "Let them be as chaff before the wind: And let the angel of the Lord chase them."
Just as the chaff is blown away in the wind, let them be blown away in the presence of the "ruach", the Holy Spirit. Just as the valued grain is saved while the shaff is blown away, so will our Father protect His own in that day. Peter identified David as a prophet in Acts 2:34, to let us know that these Psalms were prophecy. This then is saying, let God's Word confound them when in the presence of God's Holy Spirit, and bring them down.
Psalms 35:6 "Let their way be dark and slippery: And let the angel of the Lord persecute them."
The angel of the Lord will hinder ever effort they make to come against God's elect at this time. In the time of the end the followers of the evil one will say all sorts of things against us, but that is okay, for in the Millennium age of Christ's kingdom, they will be taught the truth with discipline.
Psalms 35:7 "For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, Which without cause they have digged for my soul."
In their traditions, they have tried to set traps for me to fall into. Keep in mind that Satan and his kind are not all that worried about your flesh, but he is determined to get your soul. Sure, we are all sinners, in that we all fall short of God's standards, yet by the Glory of God and His mercies there is salvation to those that will believe and repent in Jesus Name.
We do have two bodies, the flesh and the soul. Your brain or mind with all it desires of the flesh desires to control your entire being, but as Christians, we know that our soul and spirit had better be the controlling force. Your spirit is the intellect of the soul, and it through your spirit that God's Spirit leads in your life. Satan will tempt you through the physical flesh desires of the brain, to take control of your spirit and soul. This is why we must tell our flesh to sit still and be quiet, while the soul and spirit are being fed. Don't let Satan tempt your flesh and allow that to be the pit for your soul to fall into.
Don't listen to the traditions of men that differ from the Word of God, for all the events and prophecies will come to pass before Christ's return at the seventh trump happens. Listen to Father's Word, for He has given us the details of events of our day. The religious world today is setting you up, as they form their religious thoughts as to how they want you to believe. Satan is using religion, through the hidden dynasty that is very strong at this time, even more than the other three hidden dynasties of the Political, the Economic or Education. He is using it through his forms of one worldism.
Psalms 35:8 "Let destruction come upon him at unawares; And let his net that he hath hid catch himself: Into that very destruction let him fall."
In due time, God will destroy Satan and all that follow him. That time is following the testing of the Millennium age, at the close of this earth age of the flesh, and then following judgment day, Satan will be cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:10-15 identifies the time leading to the death of Satan, while Ezekiel 28:18 lets us know that Satan will be turned to ashes from within.
Ezekiel 28:18 "Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; there fore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee."
This will happen when God's plan is right.
Psalms 35:9 "And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: It shall rejoice in His salvation."
You can have joy and rejoice in the salvation of your soul right here and now today.
Psalms 35:10 "All my bones shall say, "Lord, who is like unto Thee, Which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, Yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?"
"All my bones" is an idiom meaning "all my members", for this is looking forward to the many membered body of Christ. This is a promise that if the wicked one shall come upon any member of the body of Christ, Our Father will protect you. However you must have the faith and believe that He will, and ask for that protection. You just cannot play at being a Christian. Christianity is a reality, not a form of religion. You have to know Father's plan first and live it.
Psalms 35:11 "False witnesses did rise up; The laid to my charge things that I know not."
They will charge you with things that you never heard of when you teach the truth from God's Word. That is what they did to Christ, and that is what they will do to you. Stop and look for a moment at all the different teachings being taught, that are just not supported by the Scriptures. The rapture dogma just is not in the Scripture anywhere, but there is a teaching against such a fly away doctrine in Ezekiel 13:18-22.
Ezekiel 13:20 "Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; "Behold, I am against your pillows [false rapture doctrine], ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly."
So if God thinks that of their doctrine, what does He think of those that teach it?
Ezekiel 13:22-23 "Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:"  "Therefore ye [those that teach false rapture doctrine] shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver My People out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.' ' " 
The rapture theory is not Scriptural, but started from a mentally ill woman back in 1830. The entire story of its development and groweth of the origins of the rapture theory are laid out in the Book "the Incredible Cover-up" by Dave MacPherson. This same person, Margaret MacDonald was also the founder of what is called "speaking in tongues" of today. Yes, false witness are arising today and they are preparing the way for the world to accept the Antichrist as the True Christ is ignorance. Time to wake up to see what Satan has done to the religious community.
Psalms 35:12 "They rewarded me evil for good To the spoiling of my soul."
In other words every time I did something good, they would do something evil. When I would say something was false, they would claim it was true with their lies.
Psalms 35:13 "But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; And my prayer returned into mine own bosom."
Think back to Christ on this verse. He mourned and healed them when they were sick. This fasting goes back to that great day of atonement, the bread of atonement, which Christ became. His body became that bread in our communion.
Psalms 35:14 "I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother."
I behaved toward my enemies, those that cursed me with all the lies, and still treated them as a brother. I treated even those that scorned me like I would a member of the family. The reason for this is that they were. Even in their ignorance, they were family of the family of God. That is why Jesus died on that cross, to pay the price for all sinners, even those that crucified Him, if they would repent and believe on His name. This is why we take the time to search the Scriptures for the truths of His Word. The religious world today just doesn't care to know the truths of the Word of God, but they are more interested in what certain man say that God's Word says.
Watch out for those that say that, "the Holy Spirit tells me what to say," and do not study the Word for themselves." The Holy Spirit leads thought the study of the Word. Jesus Christ is the Word, and the Holy Spirit will not go against anything that Christ has put in His Word. We must have that love and attitude for those that are blind to the truth, for had not God touch your soul and given you the eyes to see and ears to hear with understanding, you would be just as they are.
Psalms 35:15 "But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:"
"The abjects" were the smiters or outcasts, those that hit and mocked Jesus at his trial. Once they started their attacks against me, they did not stop until Christ was on the cross.
Psalms 35:16 "With hypocritical mockers in feasts, They gnashed upon me with their teeth."
When Jesus Christ gave them His friendship, they returned that friendship with their hypocritical mocking. They came together for that great day of atonement on the day of our Lord's crucifixion, and in their hatred and gnashing against me, in ignorance offered up the the sacrificial Lamb for one and all times. On our feast days, days of communion even to these end times, we look to that bread, the body of Christ that hung on the cross, and to the wine representing the precious shed blood of Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ was worthy to become the sacrificial Lamb to take away the sin of all those that will believe on His name.
Man in the flesh body is not prepared to face the man in the supernatural form. Satan will come disguised in the supernatural form or Jesus the Christ, and you must be prepared with the entire gospel on and in place in order to stand on that day. When Satan starts his miracles and tells his lies, all mankind without that armor on will fall to his lies. That armor is the seal of God that must be in your mind.
Psalms 35:17 "Lord, how long wilt Thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, My darling from the lions."
How long will you allow this to happen, Lord? Remember this Psalm looks back to Psalms 22, and this verse is in reference to verses 20, and 21 there. The word "darling" means "my only one". Deliver my only soul from the hand of the "lions", those that kill by shaking and taring apart. That is as the fallen angels will be when they return with Satan to this earth.
Revelation 9:7, 8 "And the shapes of the locust were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men."  "And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions." 
These locust are not locust but those angels that came with Satan. They had the faces of men because we are made in their image in these flesh bodies. They had the hair of women, appearing to be gentle as young woman, yet in their gentleness, they had the teeth of lions. It is these fallen angels and their tactics that we are talking about in Psalms 35:17, only they are not out to tare at your physical body, but destroy your very soul. Remember that the war of Satan in the end times is a spiritual battle, and the battle field is in your own mind.
Psalms 35:18 "I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise Thee among much People."
My friend, that "great congregation" is coming back to this earth with our Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 19:11-16 tells us of that coming of Jesus Christ with all his saints. Revelation 19:14 "And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." This army is a congregation that had heard the truth and believed and by faith repented for their sins in Jesus name. When this happens we will be in the first day of the Millennium age of Jesus Christ's kingdom.
Psalms 35:19 "Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: Neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause."
As these evil men make fun of your for trying to follow the truths of God's Word, there is nothing wrong with righteous men crying out to the Father to get even with them for their insults. Any time God corrects someone, they are better off for that correction. When you love your children, you correct them when the do something wrong, and when your enemies do something wrong against you, they are to be corrected also. That is a way of showing your love for them.
Psalms 35:20 "For they speak not peace: But they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land."
Sure they come crying "peace, peace" but all the time they are crying peace, they are devising their deceitful lies to use against you and God's people. I Thessalonians 5:1-8 tells us how this travail will come upon the earth, suddenly with destruction catching those asleep off guard, as a thief in the night. God expects you to remain sober in mind and watching with the helmet of Salvation on and in place. The helmet of Salvation is what you put in your mind from the Word of God that protects you when those deceitful lies start coming your way. Paul said, I don't even have to tell you about it, for you are suppose to know pf this false peace that is spoken of here, as a Christian.
Psalms 35:21 "Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, And said, "Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it."
You know the type, those false preachers and teachers that quote one verse and go on for the rest of the time speaking from their own imaginations. Just as those wicked ones falsely accused Jesus, they did not know what they were talking about. Their eye had not seen, but only imagined what they wanted to see, and it was a lie.
Psalms 35:22 "This Thou hast seen, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me."
The Lord observes all these wicked acts and the time will come where He will respond to every wicked act that has gone unrepented. "Lord, be not far from me." These are the same words that Jesus gave on the cross.
Psalms 35:23 "Stir up Thyself, and awake to my judgment, Even unto my cause, my God and my Lord."
To those that love Him, "judgment is rewards and inheritance".
Psalms 35:24 "Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Thy righteousness. And let them not rejoice over me."
Praise Father for those times when you witness that Father is correcting those that need correcting.
Psalms 35:25 "Let them not say in their hearts, "Ah, so would we have it:" Let them not say, "WE have swallowed him up."
Historical speaking here, when Jesus Christ hung on that cross, they said, "we have killed him, we will not be bothered with this one anymore." "Crucify Him!" Their problem was that they forgot about the resurrection three days later. They forgot the prophecies that had been written all the way back to the Garden of Eden, in Genesis 3:15. Just as Satan and his little Kenites thought they had destroyed Jesus, Jesus was at the gates of heaven waiting to come back and destroy death, that is to say Satan. When Jesus came out of that tomb, He freed our people from the sting of death and the bonds of sin. The two books of Peter lay this out completely.
Just as the enemy, Satan and his hoards of followers, slay the two witnesses and lay them for review in the streets of Jerusalem, three and one half days later, the the spirit of life returns and they will arise to their feet."
Revelation 11:11-12 "And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they sttood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them."  "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, "Come up hither." And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them." 
This is the only time that an ascending of witness will ascend into heaven in a cloud. Now stop and think for a moment, what has happened, these two witnesses were changed, just as the changing that takes place in I Corinthians 15:50-54. It is at the last trump, for the trumpet sounds and all flesh is changed into their new incorruptible bodies. Why? Christ is coming back to earth at the sounding of the seventh trump. Read verses 13 and 14.
Revelation 11:15 "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever."
Instantly as the change comes and life is brought to these two witness, all flesh is done away with, and that is why those that see Christ will be ashamed and desire for the mountains to fall on them. They will all, good, bad and ugly, all will be in their incorruptible bodies as the angels have for the next thousand years. They will see what they have done, and how they have follow Satan and be ashamed for what they had done. But we shall have the victory.
Psalms 35:26 "Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor that magnify themselves against me."
Every last one of them will be shamed by the words that they have spoken against you at the coming of our Lord and Savior. Many of those that think today that they are placing stars in their crown, are really placing judgment upon their soul, and they do it in ignorance, because they just do not understand the word of God. God has blinded their eyes. Don't let any anyone deceive you, that Christ is coming back before the coming of Antichrist, for it will not happen. Antichrist will sit on his throne in Jerusalem and declare himself to be God, and kill those two witnesses before our Lord will return. That is a fact, Jack. See II Thessalonians 2:2-6.
Psalms 35:27 "Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: Yea, let them say continually, "Let the Lord be magnified, Which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."
This "righteous cause", is Christ's justification.
Psalms 35:28 "And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long."
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