How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 26 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #241)

TEXT: Psalm 2

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.

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

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

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A. W. Pink said, “The first time Christ came to slay sin in men. The second time He will come to slay men in sin.”

One of the great epics of classic Greek literature tells of a woman who was separated from her husband. He had gone off to a foreign war. The months and the years had passed by, but no word had come of the missing Ulysses, tossed up and down on the waves of the ocean and tempted by sirens. The multitude of suitors pressed about Penelope, as she sat surrounded by her maids “laying her hands to the spindle and holding the distaff,” and urged their claims upon her; but she was faithful to her absent lord—in Stephen Phillips’ words, “True to a vision, steadfast to a dream, Indissolubly married to remembrance.” At length Ulysses himself in the guise of a beggar appeared one day among the suitors, took his own great bow and bent it, and thus revealed himself as the lost husband; and the fidelity of Penelope was rewarded. Even so, the church, the bride of Christ shall be rewarded if we remain faithful to Jesus, rejecting the advances of the suitors of the world, sin, and the devil.

By way of introduction, the Bible Knowledge Commentary reads, “This psalm is familiar to students of the New Testament by virtue of its relevance for Christ. However, the passage was a royal psalm in the Old Testament and therefore was used by the Davidic kings. Its contents describe a celebration at the coronation despite opposition by rebellious people in surrounding territories. In a word, the psalmist exhorted the pagan nations to abandon their rebellious plans against the Lord and His anointed king and to submit to the authority of the Son whom God has ordained to rule the nations with a rod of iron. The first three verses express the psalmist’s amazement at the plans of the nations to overthrow the Lord and His Anointed One (“Messiah,” which in Greek is christos, the Christ). Every king anointed by a prophet was a “messiah,” an anointed one. If he obeyed God his rule had the authenticity of God’s election and the support of God’s power. This often made the plans of other nations futile. Verse 1 expresses the psalmist’s amazement in the form of a rhetorical question. He cannot believe “the nations” would plot something destined to fail. These earthly kings actually were taking a stand against the Lord when they stood against His Anointed One. Verse 3 records the nations’ resolution: they wished to be free of the political control of this king. Their expression describes their bondage to this king as if they were tied down. This they could not tolerate. The psalmist turned from his description of the nations to portray the Lord’s response to their plan. In a bold description he envisioned God laughing at it. The Lord sits enthroned high in heaven and discerns how foolish is their plan to oppose Him. ////// The description is anthropomorphic; God’s reaction is stated in human terms. Based on His contempt for their evil plan God will speak in His burning wrath against them. Probably verse 6 summarizes what He says, for His resolution to install His king in Jerusalem will be the end of their rebellion. Zion, referred to 40 times in the Book of Psalms, was originally a Canaanite city conquered by David. Later Zion referred to the temple area and then to the entire city of Jerusalem. Holy hill is a synonym for the temple mount. When God establishes His king, He also subjugates those who oppose His king. It was true with David; it will also be true at the end of the age with David’s greater Descendant, Jesus Christ.”

In our last message, we looked at how the hope that we have for the Second Coming based upon the Covenant that God made with King David. We continue that theme in this message. This passage is about King David, but from it we see several parallels to King Jesus and His future kingdom on earth. Notice three points from this passage:

First, the enemies of the Lord. This passage describes how the rulers of the nations surrounding Israel plotted to conquer God’s chosen people and dethrone King David. Even so, today’s society rebels against God’s Word and His authority. In Revelation, we see the armies of the world, led by the AntiChrist, who gather to “make war with the Lamb” and “gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army.”

Second, look at the assurance of Christ’s reign. All the armies of the world cannot stand against the King of the World. This passage tells us that the heathen nations are imagining a vain or futile thing when they plot to overthrow God’s Anointed. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” The Lord has decreed that Christ is King and shall take the heathen nations of the earth as His inheritance when the time is right. When we as Christians feel marginalized by a society that promotes and celebrates sin, we can take hope in knowing that the earth is the Lord’s, and He will eventually come to claim it.

Third, look at God’s wrath and His blessing. God warns those who work against Christ that they will be broken to pieces by the wrath of God. When Jesus returns, evil will not be able to stand. Revelation 20:9-10 tells us, “Fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Those who attack Jesus when He is gone will be judged when He returns. Hell awaits those who reject the rule of Christ. There is no hope for them, unless they repent and accept Christ as Saviour.

However, there is a blessing waiting for those of us who put our trust in King Jesus. Revelation 21:3-4 tells us, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Are you one of those who have put your trust in the Lord? Then take hope. Your King will return, and if you are faithful and true to Him, then He will return blessings to bestow upon you for your service.

John Brownlie wrote:

The King shall come when morning dawns
and light triumphant breaks,
when beauty gilds the eastern hills,
and life to joy awakes.

Not as of old a little child
to bear, and fight, and die,
but crowned with glory like the sun
that lights the morning sky.

O brighter than the rising morn
when He, victorious, rose
and left the lonesome place of death,
despite the rage of foes.

O brighter than that glorious morn
shall this fair morning be,
when Christ, our King, in beauty comes,
and we His face shall see.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.



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