Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Psalm 45

  I am about to begin an in depth article of this Chapter of the book of Psalms. Beneath it's surface is a rich description of the glorious joy that lies just ahead. The fulfillment of this chapter will bring the greatest of joy to both the faithful anointed, as well as all mankind on earth.

VERSE 1: "My heart has become astir with a goodly matter!"

  Yes, the enlightenment to follow promises to excite and uplift our hearts! It's information surrounds a matter of great benefit to all.
             "I am saying:, 'My works are concerning a King'.". Here we see the writer quotes himself as speaking. He has been summoned to declare the facts. These facts point out, that the information to follow is regarding a reigning who brings with him a "goodly" rulership. The details of his new Kingdom government surely cause this speaker awe, excitement and enthusiasm. He therefore soberly realizes the weight of his responsibility in declaring these facts, and so he prays, "Let my tongue be the stylus of a skilled copyist."

VERSE 2: "You are indeed more handsome than the sons of men," (literally, the sons of Adam). Yes, this king bears none of the blemishes of sinful mankind.
              "Charm has been poured out upon your lips." His speech, none are able to resist. He is the bearer of all good news. Nothing corrupt will ever pass his lips. Out of the abundance of his perfect heart, his mouth speaks. (Prov.16:23; Matt.12:34b).
              "That is why God has blessed you to time indefinite". Jehovah is so pleased with this handsome king, that He is moved to add to his glory, bestowing upon him eternal honor and praise.

VERSES 3,4:  "Gird your sword upon your thigh (Rev. 19:16), O mighty one, your dignity and your splendor. And in your splendor go on to success; Ride in the cause of truth and humility and righteousness".
  Here the king prepares for battle. The sword he uses is the truth (Rev. 1:16; Heb.4:12; John17:17) and is "two-edged". It can save as well as condemn. His mightiness in truth, causes all his hard-hearted enemies to fall (Ps.45:5), while no crushed reed is broken. Under his rule, these bruised ones will find refreshment for their souls (Isa 42:1,2,3,4; Matt.11:28,29,30).

                  "And your right hand will instruct you in fear-inspiring things."
  When Jehovah channels his spirit through the right hand of this king, even he himself will be in awe of Jehovah's will and accomplishments through him. In this new capacity as king, he himself will be learning more about his Father.

VERSE 5:  "Your arrows are sharp--under you peoples keep falling--In the heart of the enemies of the king."
  He brings with him the dignity and splendor of perfect justice. When he sends forth truth, none can oppose him. He will rescue the humble and righteous, while mortally piercing enemies of truth. (Rev.6:2) All the earth will be set aright.

                                                           -First Continuation-

VERSE 6: "God is your throne to time indefinite, even forever".
  The source of his power is from the Almighty One (Rev.12:5).
              "To time indefinite, even forever."
  This crown of authority will rest upon his head, even forever. Why?
              "The scepter of your kingship is a scepter of uprightness".
  Jehovah knows that this king will forever crusade for, and uphold, what is right (Isa.9:6,7). After bearing witness to the perverse and cruel rule of fallen man and their god Satan; Jehovah is pleased to install this beloved king over all creation (Matt.28:18), and return it back to perfection and love (Eph.1:10). It is God's desire to fully promote this king of the Dawn (2Pet.1:19); who will dispel the long dark night, forever Rev.21:22,23,24,25). Imagine the Joy, brimming in the heart of this king, as the King of Eternity, his Father, pours this honor upon his Son's head. Yet, in this blessing, he is not alone (Rom.8:17).

                                                        OIL OF EXULTATION

VERSE 7:  "You have loved righteousness and you hate wickedness. That is why God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of exultation more than your partners."

  Because of his love of what is right, God has anointed him with the "oil of exultation". We see that the gift of this oil of joy, is a reward for goodness. Would this reward be literal perfumed olive oil used to anoint his forefathers in Israel (among whom such partners would be Ahaz and Saul. Would they receive this reward for goodness?)?  There is no record of Jesus being anointed in this way. Rather, his anointing occurred upon his baptism, and was seen as a dove. No. He was not anointed with literal oil, but by Jehovah's own spirit! Therefore, the partners who are also anointed with this "oil", but to a lesser extent than this king, would also be spirit anointed. These are his true partner kings. When anointed as a king through this oil of exultation, the incomparable duties and joyous prospects are beyond any anticipated by human kings. (Isa.61:3; John 16:22; 2Cor.1:22; Rom.5:5)
  The context of Psalm 45, describes Christ in Kingly power. During this period, Jesus is not in a partnership with the ancient kings of Israel. He is rather, partnered in a covenant with his brothers, for a joyous Kingdom.
These are his true, spirit anointed partners, of which as truly stated in verse 7, Jesus is foremost. (Heb.1:9)
  This context of Psalm 45, introduces further details about these partners, logically to follow next.


VERSE 8: "All your garments are myrrh and aloeswood and cassia."
  We see the king is dressed for the joyous occasion to follow. He is clothed in fragrant trees. The scriptures speak of eternal life as being provided through Trees of Life (Rev.22:2). These particular varieties all produce prized and costly fragrance (Matt.2:11). Precious fragrance is scripturally linked with prayers and sacrifices that Jehovah finds pleasing (Psalm 141:2; Lev.16:12,13; Rev.8:4). Therefore, our king Jesus is clothed with, and exuding a presence, of constant life-giving sacrifice and praise to God, resulting in life for all the creation under his kingdom.

Verse 8 continues:
  "Out from the grand ivory palace stringed instruments themselves have made you rejoice."
  The intrinsic beauty of ivory is derived from the nature of it's source. It is in actuality, made from layers of tooth bone; usually from the elephant. Both teeth and horns within the Bible, stand for one's power and free will. Each layer of ivory, is formed through a living process over time. Each layer has it's own properties of color and content based on the conditions and experiences of the life that contributed the piece of ivory. As lovely and meaningful as each piece of raw ivory is, each piece is yet to be carved into it's intended work of art. Once a piece of ivory is completely formed by the living animal, it is then harvested through the death of the animal. The ivory that is harvested, now represents that animal's life. Each layer of denton within the ivory, represents a season of it's life. Each layer adds depth and beauty to the finished work.
  We are told in verse 8, that the grand palaces (plural in original text), are made of this precious substance. In addition, each palace constructed of this precious material, has further been worked and carved, designed into a habitation or, temple. And so we see these structures (grand ivory palaces) are the result of two contributions.... the raw material of ivory from the life of the fleshly creature, and the laborious work of the artisan.
  Who provides the raw material for each of these ivory palaces? We know that for this material to be used, it must be harvested from the life of a living creature; a life given in sacrifice. The ivory used in each palace represents the power and free will of each anointed one; their entire life's history of righteous acts (Rev.19:8), used in the submissive service of God. Though the life of the creature is lost (1Cor.15:36), it's life is now represented in a durable and beauteous substance, ready for fashioning. (1Cor.15:38,42,50,53; 2Cor.5:1,2) Each victorious anointed one provides the basis for their spiritual inheritance. Their individual faithful life's history, provides the raw material for their new immortal body (2Cor.5:1,2).
  Yet what of this fashioning of this raw material into a carved and fitted dwelling, to inhabit? (Rom.9:21, Rev.6:11) The scriptures indicate that Jehovah and Jesus are directly involved in creating the incorruptible resurrected spirit body that each anointed one will inhabit. They are the artisans. (1Cor.15:35-38; Phil 3:20,21)
  The interpretation of the "grand ivory palaces" as being the immortal spirit bodies given each anointed one, is confirmed in scripture, as follows:
  Continuing in Psalm 45:8, "Out from the grand ivory palaces, stringed instruments themselves have made you rejoice".
We are told that from within these "palaces", "stringed instruments themselves have made you (the king) rejoice". Who are these musicians, each one's heart within their own palace, whose united heartfelt song, makes the heart of this king, brim with joy? (see Rev.14:2,3; 15:2-4)
Again we see the source of this melodious praise, is coming from the heavenly chorus of the anointed ones.
How heartwarming to know, that our future humble praise of God, will cause our bridegroom's heart to swell!
We also know that each of these palaces are carved in such a way, that they can be joined together as living stones into one Great and Holy City. This City will be inhabited by Jehovah God and Christ. (Psalm 46:5; Rev.22:3) There is no higher an undeserved honor. Yet these precious ivory temples are not simply regarded as building materials. They are personally beloved and honored, as a Daughter and a Bride.

                                                           -Second Continuation-

VERSE 9: "The daughters of kings are among your precious women. The queenly consort has taken her stand at your right hand in gold of Ophir."(Rev.21:2)

The occasion that this King is so majestically dressed for, involves these partner-kings. They are described as a queenly consort, a regal Bride. She has taken her stand beside him, arrayed in gold (both in 9b and 13b) ("as a bride adorned for her husband" Rev.21:2). Verse 9 speaks of her as both singular and multiple; as she is not in actuality, a single woman; but she is made up of many regal "precious women". Again, this emphasized Christ's victorious brothers, as a bride class. They have now been "arrayed in gold", as standing for their new, spiritual bodies. She is also said to be arrayed in "clean, white, fine linen", which stands for "the righteous acts" of faithfulness, performed by each and every individual holy one within the Bride (Rev.19:7&8).

VERSE 10: "Listen, O Daughter, and see, and incline your ear; And forget your people and your father's house."

  Here, in verse 10a; the adopted anointed are asked (while on earth) to focus on the promised blessings of Psalm 45; allowing those blessings to inspire them forward toward the fulfillment of God's purpose for them. Once in heaven, this request asks them to focus on the reality before them....that of learning directly from the thrones in heaven (Rev.4:4,5; 22:1-5).
  In 10b; Just as a new bride may look back to her father's house with tears of loss; this heavenly Bride of Christ will be faced with leaving behind her earthly home and existence; including all the ties of family, friends and possessions. (see Isa.43:18) Yet as mentioned, she should "listen" intently to Psalm 45 (while on earth) and "see"...meditate on all the future promises it reveals. She should allow all the joyous prospects of sharing the future with her beauteous Bridegroom, to compel her forward!
  Once in heaven with the reality before her eyes; she should behold the glorious instruction Jehovah and Christ are giving her....instructions that impart her glorious place, in the joyous restoration of Creation. Certainly her attentiveness will allay any fleeting sense of loss; as she replaces her focus on the past, with her focus on her excelling future, forever joined in purpose with her Groom.

VERSE 11: "And the king will long for your prettiness, For he is your lord, So bow down to him."

  To complete "her" motivation, she is told, "the king will long for your prettiness".
  How compelling to realize, that after a lifetime spent in a hostile world largely lacking appreciation for these ones; this glorious king of love and goodness is awaiting to share his Kingdom joy, with them! His heart is filled with appreciation and desire for "her" spiritual beauty. How else can her heart respond, other than what we read as verse 11 continues.
  "For he is your lord, So bow down to him." 

  Yes, your lord loved you to the end of his earthly life, giving his life for you. He left you with living bread and water, to carry you through. He stayed with you through your refinement on earth (Matt.28:20; 1Pet.5:10)
And so, what earthly possession could possibly compare, or hold you back in hesitation, from fulfilling your submission to his will for you?

                                                        -Third Continuation-

VERSE 12: "The daughter of Tyre, also with a gift--The rich ones of the people will soften your own face"

  In addition to the blessings from the Groom, verse 12 continues,…“The daughter of Tyre also with a gift".        
During the days of David and Solomon, Tyre was a rich supplier of materials and labor to these kings of Jehovah's people. Although it is understood that all blessings and success come from Jehovah; the scriptural point, meaning, and significance of this historic record, is as follows: Without the skills and resources of Tyre, the projects of these anointed Kings would not have met with the same success. But this prophecy concerns the Marriage of the Lamb, and so; who does "Tyre" represent during this end-time period? Who does Jehovah view as not "Israel", yet as vital to the efforts of end-time anointed kings? This comparison would only fit the un-anointed worshipers of Jehovah, who have contributed all their resources to the efforts of last-day anointed. They have provided the great majority of the materials, labor, and time used to preach the good news, earth-wide (Matt24:14).
  Yet, according to the historical development of Tyre, their disposition toward Israel changed. We are told that they turned to "scorning" God's chosen (Eze.28:24-26). How might the un-anointed of end-time Christians, "scorn" the true chosen ones? According to other prophecies concerning this time period, the sealed anointed ("two witnesses" Rev.11:3,47,9,10) will go through a "scorning" and "death". At Rev.11:10, we see that "those dwelling on the earth" (not the world), do indeed scorn these anointed kings of God. What is the reason for this? We are told that their lack of appreciation and disloyalty toward the sealed anointed, is due to their following the deceptions of the wild beast who killed the chosen (Rev.11:7; 13:7,8,13,14,16). In this way, the great majority of this deceived earth commits spiritual adultery with this wild beast (Rev.13:8). Jehovah sees this disloyal "Tyre" as committing spiritual prostitution. Does ancient Tyre develop according to this scenario as well? Yes. Let us consider the outcome. At Isaiah chapter 23, we are told of the divine consequences to befall traitorous Tyre. In verses 16-18, her spiritual prostitution with the wild beast is addressed. After a divinely determined period of seven times, Jehovah will return His attention to her. She will turn her "hire" back to it's proper place. Her resources will no longer be diverted to the wild beast. She will instead, serve the Millenial kings of the earth, and her "hire" will be viewed as cleansed and "holy to Jehovah". She will then be in the servitude of those "dwelling before Jehovah"...His Kingdom heirs. Now we can clearly see the reason why Psalm 45:12a refers to the "daughters of Tyre" as being associated with the marriage of the Lamb.
We are told that they present "a gift" to Christ's bride (whom they formerly "scorned"). In Isaiah 23:8 we are told that this gift will be her "hire". She will now serve the kings of Jehovah (Christ's bride), rather than the wild beast. Other prophecies about Tyre indicate the same organizational structure as end time developments within God's people.
[This is a large subject to cover, but for those interested; the summary is: Satan=king of Tyre (Eze.28:10); Wormwood/Babylon the Great/Man of lawlessness=Leader of Tyre (Eze.28:2)]

  But "the daughter of Tyre" is not the only one to present a gift to Christ's bride. According to Psalm45:12b; "The rich ones of the people will soften your own face.”. The Bride can add to her considerations, another sight. Here, those of the "new earth" (2Peter3:13) who are rich in spiritual attributes, offer to this Bride a most valuable wedding gift. It is their submission, honor and gratitude for any sacrifice she may have made in their behalf to become this Bride. They will give all their earthy resources when she comes to them. (see Rev. 21:26) As stated in Psalm 45:12, this additional consideration will “soften” the face of the Bride. She will look ahead to the needs of her new earthly children, seeing their cooperative spirit and need of her aid. Yes, the Bride’s heart is now further compelled toward fulfilling her role. For, as it continues in verse 13, she has indeed proceeded forward into this wedding.

VERSE 13: "The king's daughter is all glorious within the house; Her clothing is with settings of gold."

  Verse 13 states that she is now “within the house” (John 14:2,3), indicating that her full number has now been completed. All her members have been resurrected.She is ready for the marriage/adoption. Verse 9a & 13 highlight that this/these “daughter”/“women” have become the daughter(s) of none other than Jehovah himself. After their adoption, they have Jehovah’s name sealed on their foreheads . They are now permanent “slaves” of His household, a “daughter“, and “sons“. (Deut.15:16,17; Rev. 22:3,4) (Isa.52:1,2) (Deut 14:1,2; Hebrews 2:10; John 1:12,13) (see footnote #1)

 Also mentioned as entering this heavenly house, or palace, at the same time, are the virgins in the bride’s train (verse: 9 “precious women“). These also are being brought in to the King’s palace (verse14b), entering it from within the figurative Bride’s garments. They are contained within the tent of her train. As this cleansed procession enters into the heavenly King‘s palace, they are individually becoming a part of this heavenly temple arrangement (1Cor.3:16).
  Has the context suddenly broken away to a different subject, with different characters? Are the virgin companions mentioned here, imperfect earthly participants in this heavenly wedding scene? According to scripture, who are these individual virgin companions of this collective bride? Who attain to enter the wedding within the tent of her “train“…her crowning sign of subjection to her Lord? The scriptures clearly tell us.
  Paul was speaking about these same spirit-anointed partner kings of Christ, members of this same bride class, when he said to individuals, “ I personally promised you in marriage to one husband that I might present you as a chaste virgin to the Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:2b) Jesus himself, in speaking to these hopeful wedding attendees and participants, referred to them as a group of virgins (Matthew 25:1,6,10). Yet these very ones he was counseling were also to be, collectively and at a later time, the Bride. What becomes of these spiritual virgins when they faithfully finish their earthly course and are resurrected to spirit? They join the procession into the marriage feast. They enter the heavenly Temple… within the symbolic Bride’s “train“. They then become part of God’s House, Christ’s Bride, and the Holy Temple, all of which the anointed comprise. (1Cor. 3:9,16,17; Eph. 2:19-22) These ones within the symbolic Bride, have proven to be faithful attendants to their heavenly Covenant, Sarah (Gal.4:24,25,26,31). They have seen to and fulfilled, all the needs and requirements belonging to the station they hope to attain. Individually, they have supported and contributed to the Bride’s long awaited appearance. They have personally sacrificed everything they individually had to give, to contribute to the Bride’s value, beauty and praise. They therefore can also be individually considered, the symbolic Bride’s (Covenant's) attending companions.


  But most compelling, at Rev. 14:1,4,5;   A heavenly scene:  the king, groom, and Lamb is standing with the complete number of his queen and bride, who now contains all 144,000 of her virgin constituents.  The collective materialized bride has already been adopted by her new Father, as she is seen with Jehovah’s name on her forehead the same as His son. The members of the Bride are further described in verses 4&5.  “In fact, *they* are virgins.”  Why would God’s word state as a notable fact, this rare virtue as belonging to the 144,000, if the great crowd were also virgin attendants to the bride? Could this rare virtue also be universal and common among the great crowd? Not according to this scripture. “In fact, they (the 144,000) are virgins.” Rev.14:4

[It is a current opinion that the identity of these virgin companions in Ps 45, are the great crowd.  [dx 86-07] What is the scriptural basis for this?]

The "Great Crowd" is described by scripture as the final anointed (dressed in white robes Rev.19:8), who endure the final Great test, or Tribulation (Rev.7:14).
(The Greek for "before the throne", means "in heaven".)

 The imperfect ones on earth will not yet be “without spot”(Eph.5:27), nor are they given a righteous standing equal to that of the Bride during her wedding. They have yet to attain to perfection at the time of this wedding (Rev.14:1,5; 20:5,6). They cannot therefore, be present in heaven, within the spotless Bride’s veil.

  So, reasonably and according to its context, Psalm 45 did not divert away from its ongoing description of this bride class when including the virgins. The symbolic Bride is the anointed, as a class. Consistent with Jesus’ description of what “the Kingdom of the Heaven’s will become like”, and his own definition of these virgins, …the virgin companions awaiting entry into the wedding with the Bridegroom are the anointed as individuals. (Matt.25:1) (This is consistent with the scriptural understanding of the “Slave” as being the whole class of anointed, it’s individual members being called “domestics”, while the “Steward” over the remaining domestics is the Director of the anointed household. All the domestics work to provide spiritual food, while the Steward is called upon to oversee which food is served, and when. These combined and unified efforts would serve to care for the holy priesthood of living stones belonging to God’s spiritual household (the Israel of God), as well as his precious belongings, the “desirable things” coming in from the “Nations“ (1Pet.2:5; Haggai 2:7). Any of the slaves who obediently fulfill their own role, will receive the distinction of, “faithful and discreet” by the returned Master.
(note: the scriptures clearly indicate the structure of this building “not made by hands”. Jesus is the cornerstone. As the “Word” and chief spokesman of God, he is responsible for the writing of all scripture; from the Hebrew prophets of the Law, to the 12 apostles, which became the foundations of truth. (Matt. 22:40; Rev.21:14). But the 12 foundation stones were not the whole building. For there were to be 144,000 stones. Upon these 12 foundation stones additional “living stones” would be added. At 1 Peter 2:4-6, these living stones are identified as the “holy priesthood”, the new Zion.  These living stones would be given living spirit bodies, “not made with hands”, who would, when joined together, comprise a temple for God to inhabit by spirit. (2 Cor. 5:1) In speaking of this very temple, or tent in heaven, we are told again that it too, is “not made with hands”. Then clearly, according to these scriptures, these living stones are to be the heavenly ones.)

So to summarize the point, in God’s word, we see at least a few instances of comparing a singular class to the many individuals that comprise it, as follows:  ( Building/Stones; Slave/Domestics;  Bride/Virgins)

And so the virgins in the Bride’s train can certainly be the members of the symbolic Bride/Covenant.
  So then, is it reasonable to think that the remaining verses of Psalm chapter 45 break away from this same subject? Or, do they also continue to describe this Bride/New Covenant-class and the wedding blessings bestowed upon it?  Let us closely examine the rest of the chapter according to this consistent context.

                                    -to be continued-