What are the end times really about?
Earthquakes? Famines? Arguing about what the Mark of the Beast will be?
No, the real issue of the last days is God’s choice. Can the human race deal with the fact that God gets to choose?
God’s choices set up the conflicts of the last days; your responses to them determine where you stand.
(1) Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
(2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
(3) “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
(4) He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
(5) Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
(6) “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”
(7) I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”
(Psalms 2:1-7, KJV)
What does the Second Psalm tells us about the controversies of the end of days?
1. God gets to choose His Man. The spirit of antichrist which drives the final rebellion of this age refuses to submit to God’s choice of Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ. The world in opposition to God repeats the language of the parable, “We will not have this Man to rule over us.”
2. God gets to choose His people. Verse 1 tells us the heathen (goyim) are angered. Today the nations are furious at the idea that the God of Gods might have a particular plan for one people. The nations can be assured that He will keep his covenant promises to His ancient people, Israel.
3. God gets to establish the standards of behavior for the human race. The final antichrist is the Man of Lawlessness – he leads the nations to throw off the restraints of the God of the Bible, and the Christian religion in particular (verse 3). God’s response to this and to their rejection of Messiah’s government is to laugh.
4. God gets to choose His place. All places belong to God, but He has and will again choose to manifest His glory in Zion. In verse 6, He says that whether the nations like it or not, His Messiah-King is installed on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
As we move deeper into the last days, you can know if you are flowing with God’s heart by whether you agree with Him on these established and eternal purposes.
God has chosen His own Man, His own people, His own laws, and His own place.
Do you agree that God gets to choose?