Christ and the Church Revealed and Typified in the Psalmsby Witness Lee
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Sixty percent of Psalm 2 has been quoted by the New Testament, either directly or indirectly. The thought of Psalm 2 is the same as that of the New Testament; thus, in a sense, we may find every part of Psalm 2 there. If we put all the New Testament parts together, we will have another Psalm 2. Let us look briefly at some of these verses in the New Testament so that we may be more deeply impressed.
We have seen that the first section of Psalm 2, verses 1 to 3, is the opposition of world rulers against Christ. It began to be fulfilled at the time Christ was betrayed and brought to the judgment of Pilate. This is recorded in Acts 4:25-28: “Who, through the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, has said, ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples devise vain things? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ.’ For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do what Your hand and Your counsel predestined to take place.” This fulfillment will continue to the time of Revelation 19:19: “I saw the beast [the coming Antichrist] and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war with Him who sits on the horse and with His army.” Christ is the One sitting on the horse, and the Antichrist, the kings, and all the armies are making war with Him. This will be the final attempt of world rulers to oppose Christ. Praise the Lord! The fulfillment of the first section of Psalm 2 began with Pontius Pilate and will be ended with the beast, the Antichrist.
In the second section of Psalm 2, God declared that He has anointed Christ as His King upon Zion, His holy mountain. Here we must read Acts 2:36: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you have crucified.” This is God’s declaration. Now, Revelation 19:16, 20, and 21 say, “He has on His garment and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS...And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet, who in his presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeds out of the mouth of Him who sits on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.” Then Revelation 20:4 says, “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and of those who had not worshipped the beast nor his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” This declaration of God in the second section of Psalm 2 lasts so long—from the time that Jesus was resurrected and ascended, God made this declaration; it is still continuing and prevailing, and it will do so until the thousand years of the kingdom come. On the other hand, along with His declaration, God has accomplished and will accomplish much destruction upon the enemy: He has destroyed the Roman Empire and many other worldly powers trying to oppose Christ.
The third section of Psalm 2 is Christ’s declaration. Let us read Acts 13:33: “God has fully fulfilled this promise to us their children in raising up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son; this day have I begotten You.’” “This day” is the day of resurrection. This same verse is quoted in Hebrews 1:5. In Psalm 2 Christ declared that God the Father will give Him all the nations as His inheritance. That word is fulfilled in Revelation 11:15: “The seventh angel trumpeted; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.” Psalm 2:9 concerning Christ’s rule is fulfilled in Revelation 2:26-27: “He who overcomes and he who keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; and he will shepherd them with an iron rod, as vessels of pottery are broken in pieces, as I also have received from My Father.” Also, Revelation 19:15 says, “Out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, that with it He might smite the nations; and He will shepherd them with an iron rod.”
Revelation 6:15-17 is the fulfillment of the last section of Psalm 2, the gospel preaching, admonishing people to return to Christ, to take refuge in Christ, and to kiss Christ, for His anger will be kindled: “The kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains; and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” This is not a direct quotation from Psalm 2, but the thought, the concept, is adopted from Psalm 2. One day Christ will be angered; the wrath of the Lamb will be exercised. The kings must be prudent and take refuge in Him.
If you would properly understand Psalm 8, you must keep Psalm 2 within you. Psalm 2 tells us that Christ is the center of God’s economy, the center of God’s administration. God declared to the whole earth, “I have installed My King / Upon Zion, My holy mountain” (v. 6). Do not care for many things; only care for this: God has declared that He has anointed, installed, and established Christ as the King. I do not think there could be any word more clear than Psalm 2. It is so brief, yet so strong. There is God’s declaration, then Christ’s declaration, and then the gospel preaching.
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