The Trilogy of the Psalms - Part One
The Book of Psalms is largely attributed to King David, but also to Moses and Asaph. Traditionally, we view the Psalms as a “poetic” book, but Jesus, Matthew and Peter tell us that the Psalms are prophetic. After His crucifixion, Jesus appeared to the Disciples and told them that all these things had to happen to fulfill what was written about Him in the Law of Moses (which contains prophecy), the Prophets and the Psalms. (Luke 24:44) Matthew says that when Jesus spoke to the people in parables, He was fulfilling what was spoken through the prophet. Matthew then quotes Psalm 78:2. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter stated that David was a prophet. (Acts 2:29-30)
The Psalms are prophetic.
There are one-hundred fifty Psalms. One of the ways they can be viewed is in three sets of fifty (Psalms 1-50, Psalms 51-100, and Psalms 101-150.) These groups of fifty possibly show redemption. In the Bible the number fifty represents redemption. The fifty years of the Jubilee cycle resulted in the redemption of the land back to the original owners. The fifty days from the Resurrection of Jesus until the Day of Pentecost represent Christians’ redemption.
I believe I have found parallels between the respective Psalms of each set. The following examples only focus on the ninth through the eighteenth Psalm of each grouping; Psalms 9 through 18, 59 through 68, and 109 through 118. These groups appear to describe the years leading up to the Tribulation, the seven years of the Tribulation, and God’s Final Victory. All references are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. For emphasis and clarity I have added underlining and italics to some of the text.
The Gentile Wicked Man (Psalms 10, 59, 109)
The first group evidences the “wicked man” who is a Gentile. It shows hatred of the Jews, and shows the Gentile world gathered around Israel without cause. It concludes with the so-called “Psalm of Curses.” (Psalm 109) This grouping possibly speaks of the Anti-Christ and those who will oppose the Jews in the Last Days.
In these first two groupings (the Gentile, wicked man and the Messiah) Psalm 9 and 10 appear to be combined. In fact, in the Septuagint translation they are given as one psalm. According to scholars the structure of the psalms indicates unity between the two.
- (9:16) The LORD is known [by] the judgment He executes; The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.
(10:11) He (the wicked man) has said in his heart, “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.”
(10:15) Break the arm of the wicked and the evil [man];
- (59:2) Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloodthirsty men.
(59:6) At evening they return, they growl like a dog, and go all around the city. This phrase is repeated for emphasis in Psalm 59. In the scripture, Gentiles were alluded to as dogs.
- (109:2) For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful have opened against me (109:3)
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
(109:8) Let his days be few, [and] let another take his office, etc.
The Messiah (Psalms 9, 60, 110)
The second grouping presents Jesus, the Messiah, the other side leading up to the End Time struggle.
- (9:3) When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
(9:9) The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble (Tribulation)
(9:10) And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
(10:16) The LORD [is] King forever and ever
(10:17-18) You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more.
- (60:5) That Your beloved may be delivered, Save [with] Your right hand, and hear me.
(In Psalm 60:6-9, the Lord states that the Holy Land is HIS.)
(60:11) Give us help from trouble, for the help of man [is] useless.
- Psalm 110 is the most quoted Psalm in the New Testament. It is easy to see that it refers to the Messiah, Jesus, and the upcoming Wrath, or Tribulation.
(110:1) The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,”
(110:4) “You [are] a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”
(110:5) He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.
(110:6) He shall judge among the nations.
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