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Revelation 14:6-7

Issue 201012
Why Do The Heathen Rage?

An unknown psalmist declared:

    “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”  Psalm 2:1

    We need to ask, “Why are the heathen raging, and why are the people imagining a vain thing?”  The word imagine means “to moan, growl, and speak.”  The phrase vain thing means “something of no purpose, and empty.”  The unknown psalmist asked the question, "Why should God’s people concern themselves with what the heathen do? Or why should God’s people worry when the heathen rage? We as God’s people should live above these common things. We know what the psalmist is declaring:   

    “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying,” Psalm 2:2

    Yes, the heathen of the earth have many plans and schemes against God’s anointed. This has been true down through the ages. Christians have been burned at the stake and  thrown to the lions, but Christianity has always prevailed, no matter what the heathen plan against them. The heathen declare:

    “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”  Psalm 2:3

    The heathen declare, Let us break all things that tie us to the Christian faith. Let’s do away with Christmas, the nativity senses. Let’s outlaw the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings. Let’s make a mockery out of everything these Christians believe in. We will lift up other religions to take their place. We will take prayer out of schools. We will make it illegal to pray at public sporting events.  And any teacher who mentions or talks about Jesus, we will see that she or he is dismissed. Yes, the heathen are raging against all that is called God, but . . .

    “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”  Psalm 2:4

    The God who sets in heaven will laugh at these heathen who try to destroy His name. The Lord shall have them in derision. The word derision means “To mock, scorn, and ridicule.”  All their anger against our God will be for nought.

    “Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure.”  Psalm 2:5

    God will speak to these heathen in His wrath, and vex them; or He will disturb and trouble them. They will be amazed when all they have planned to discredit God comes crashing down around their ears in the wrath of God. God has promised His people:

    “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”  Psalm 2:8

    If we will ask God, He has promised He will give us these heathen for our inheritance. This is the day when the utter most parts of the earth will be our possession. God has promised the meek will inherit the earth. Then God informs us:

    “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”  Psalm 2:9

    Those who have maligned our God will be broken like a potter’s vessel. This is a promise we can stand on in the days ahead. We may think all is lost, and the earth is for the heathen, but we are going to be the victors.  We can stand in the presence of God on that day with our heads held high because we remained faithful during the trying days that lie ahead. In his letter to the Romans, Paul declared:

    “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”  Romans 8:22

    Paul understood about the day in which we live. He understood that the whole creation would groan and travail in these last days. But Paul gives us hope:

    “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption to wit, the redemption of our body.”  Romans 8:23

    We only have the firstfruit of the Spirit, but God is about to pour out His double portion anointing upon His faithful. Many times Paul had to groan and travail for the church, when he saw the condition of the people. Today we are also groaning and travailing when we witness the condition the church is in today. We are so close to the redemption of our mortal bodies. Those who know their God are groaning and travailing, waiting for their new bodies. Praise God!

As always in Christ,

George and Jeannie Kirkpatrick


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