“Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with You?” Psalm 94:20.
The above was retained for context.
“They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.” Psalm 94:21.
Both the future Antichrist and the current antichrists have and will continue to be in the process of devising evil laws to convict and persecute the innocent.
“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” 1 John 2:18.
They all gather together against the righteous to condemn them to death. History shows us that this is nothing new.
“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord [Yahweh] and against His Anointed [Jesus Christ], saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’” Psalm 2:1-3.
Rebellion has been in the heart of man ever since the fall in the Garden of Eden and these three verses confirm this. The above verses can be paraphrased in the following manner.
“Why do the Gentile nations rage, and the Jews plot a futile thing? The Gentile kings of the earth set themselves (resolutely), and the Jewish religious rulers take counsel (plot) together, against the Lord (Yahweh) and against His Anointed (Messiah) Jesus Christ, saying, ‘Let us together break Their bonds (God’s authority over men) in pieces and cast away Their cords from us (utterly reject God).’”
This amazing rejection of the Creator is by both the Gentiles and God’s own elect people. Two groups that should, technically, be at odds with each other have joined hands to defeat their common enemy, God!
“Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him [Jesus], how they might destroy Him.” Mark 3:6.
Again two groups which are in opposition to each other join up to destroy God’s Christ (Anointed). The Pharisees did this because they were offended that Jesus would dare to heal on the Sabbath, ignoring their own man made laws which they passed off as God’s laws.
“Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, ‘What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.’ And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.’ Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad. Then from that day on they plotted to put Him to death.” John 11:47-53.
Evil men will always band together no matter what their differences when it comes to rejecting God or His followers.
These evil men justify this by parroting the ridiculous, often disastrous, phrase, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”, origin uncertain but ancient. One site stated that it was spoken by a Middle Eastern prince who was eventually beheaded by his “friends”.
And what was Jesus guilty of?
“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38.
And if we are followers of the Lord Jesus we cannot expect to be treated any better by those who hate Him.
“For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer for it, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth’, who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree [cross], that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:20-24.
“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:12-13.
The hatred for Christ and those who are His has a long history.
This began with the Jewish persecution of the Christians in the early church, followed by the Roman games with thousands of Christians being turned over to horrendous deaths in the coliseums.
Followed by the Inquisition the means by which the Roman church persecuted thousands of both Christians and Jews in the Middle Ages.
Even so, Satan and his stooges have not stopped there, they have tormented and murdered the Jews through the pogroms in Russia, persecutions throughout Europe and finally in the Nazi holocaust of WW II.
And yet again anti-Semitism is returning in a tidal wave across Europe and within the United States, both by her refusal to support Israel, our only ally in the Middle East, and the rising, senseless hatred of the Jews within this country.
Even now the final battle between good and evil is forming up.
Satan is flexing his muscles and gathering his followers to him. Beginning in the Middle East and flowing throughout Europe and the Americas, they are gathering, “together against the life of the righteous, and [are condemning] innocent blood.”
“He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.’” Psalm 2:4-6.
The omnipotent God is inevitable.
“But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; the Lord our God shall cut them off.” Psalm 94:22-23.
If both those of us in this time period and those going through the tribulation fail to grasp the full meaning of the first sentence above, we will forfeit our peace of mind to the devil and cause ourselves no end of anxiety. Let me repeat that sentence again below.
“But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94:22.
“The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct. Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.” Psalm 37:12-15.
“The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him [the righteous] when he is judged [by the wicked].” Psalm 37:32-33.
“The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:17-21.
Just as the Lord has promised to be our defense, He also promises to bring disaster upon the wicked.
“He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off [destroy them] in their own wickedness; the Lord our God shall cut them off.” Psalm 94:23.
“…knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:3-9.
The day of the Lord is on hold until the very last person who is to accept Christ in this the church age comes to Jesus; and then the church will be removed from the earth (the rapture).
And then wickedness will spread unhindered throughout the world during the tribulation period.
Who knows, that last person may be a Muslim woman being repeatedly abused in an ISIS brothel. In despair she cries out, and God in His mercy reminds her of some fragment of Scripture that a Christian gave her about Jesus, saving her soul.
Pray for the Muslim victims in the Middle East as well as the Christians.
“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21.
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2.
This is the last of a series of 23 messages covering 7 Psalms beginning with Psalm 95 on 1-3-23.
Psalm 94:21-23 taken from godisrevealed.com posted on 4-8-15, updated on 3-14-23.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version, copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved.