Psalm 2: 1-4 reads;
Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!” He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them.”
The rest of this Psalm is definitely worth reading and discussing, but I want to focus on this first part for a moment.
It’s almost like the Bible is asking a rhetorical question, rolling its eyes at the futility and absurdity of the situation in the world. But although it is posed as a somewhat rhetorical question, it has, in my humble opinion, a practical answer.
The nations rage at Israel and the Jewish People because they are a tangible reminder of the truth of the Bible and the faithfulness and consistency of the God who wrote it. Israel is a fulfilment of the prophecies in the Bible. Seeing Israel right in front of their faces forces people to consider the possibility that if the Bible was telling the truth about the re-gathering of the Jewish People and the reconstitution of their country on the map of the world, than maybe it’s telling the truth about all that other stuff, including their responsibility to avoid sin and the consequences they’ll suffer if they don’t.
The last thing people want is to be reminded of that reality, and so they “rage” at the things which force them to think about it. That means Israel first and foremost but it also, increasingly, means the Church of Jesus Christ which is faithfully following Him and refusing to compromise on the truth of Scripture.
That makes a lot of people very angry because it interferes with their desire to live as if they are the masters of their own lives, ignoring God and the spiritual reality that they have a soul which will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell. Because the human race in 2017 is very impressed with itself, puffed up with pride and arrogance at the machines it has invented, especially computers, smart phones, ipads, etc. and the internet which connects and empowers them all. Who wants to think about denying oneself, living a life of repentance and righteousness before a Holy God when one can instead indulge in carnal pleasure and distract oneself from any sense of guilt or shame about it with all those neat toys and the endless media they allow one to consume?
But several things are currently happening which are making the issue of Israel, and all its existence implies, impossible for people to ignore. US President Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced that he’ll be moving the US Embassy there soon and other world governments are beginning to follow his example. At the same time, the ancient hatred of anti-Semitism is increasingly manifesting itself all over the world, which is having the perverse effect of making many Jewish to consider taking one of two steps, to completely abandon Judaism and assimilate into their surrounding culture, or to move to Israel.
At the same time, many Christian churches all over the world are being forced to take some kind of public stand on Israel, either to support or condemn her. Being neutral and just sort of ignoring the issue isn’t really an option any more, as much as many church leaders probably wish it was.
While all this is going on outside Israel, something is also stirring inside Israel, as the Messianic Jewish community here is all of a sudden getting a lot of attention. Many other KNI contributors have reported and/or commented on this and I don’t have much to add to what they said except to say that Israel is also a “nation” and sometimes it also “rages” against the Messianic community for the same reason the nations rage against Israel.
Just as Israel is a reminder to the nations of the truth of the Old Testament prophecies which they would rather not deal with, Messianic Jews are a reminder to Israel of the truth of Messianic prophecies (including the rest of Psalm 2) which point to the truth of the New Testament which they would rather not deal with.
All of this activity in the natural world is, in my humble opinion, a reflection and manifestation of the acceleration of prophetic activity in the spiritual realm. We’ve been hearing for a long time that “time is getting short” and the related idea that “it’s long past time to get serious” but that’s not just rhetoric anymore.
We who follow Jesus Christ need to be URGENTLY cleaving unto Him by seriously engaging in daily prayer, Bible study and fellowship with others who also follow Him. We also need to remember Luke 21:28, which says;
“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near”