God’s Plan for the Nations (Part 2)

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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.

During our last message, we asked the question, why is the world the way it is? The psalmist asks, “Why do the heathen rage? Why do the people imagine a vain thing?” The answer to that question is simply because the nations have rebelled against God. They have turned their backs on God’s goodness, His mercy, His grace, His law, and His justice. That is why we have war, poverty, disease, crime, violence, death, and despair in our world. That is why it seems as though people cannot get along with each other — because the nations have rebelled against God.

2. The second thing we want to know is what will man do about his condition? Continuing his speech, the Psalmist says, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed.” The nations are already in a state of rebellion against God. They recognize the desperate straits that they are in. What is their solution to their problem? Their solution is not to humble themselves and to repent before God. Their solution is to band together and stand in opposition to God. Not only have they turned their backs on God, but they seek to oppose God.

The Bible says the rulers of the nations “take counsel against the Lord and against his anointed.” The word Messiah simply means “the anointed one.” The kings of Israel were anointed with oil by prophets or priests before they began their rule. Thus, they were known as “anointed ones.” Historically speaking, the heathen nations that surrounded Israel were foolish for trying to oppose the kings of Israel who were also God’s anointed ones. However, prophetically speaking, the ultimate “anointed one” is Jesus Christ himself — who is the Messiah and the King of kings who will sit on the throne of David for a thousand years in Jerusalem.

Just as heathen nations opposed the Jewish kings, heathen nations (led by the antichrist) will oppose the return of the King of kings in the last days. Man’s desire to rebel against God has always led it to band together. Somehow, rebellious man thinks that if he unites against God he will eventually be able to defeat God. Remember the Tower of Babel: God told man to scatter across the face of the earth after the Flood, but man did not want to do that. So they banded together in defiance against God. They set out to build a tower that would reach to Heaven as a monument to their own strength. Perhaps they thought that they would be able to build a tower so tall that it would reach the throne of God and enable them to overthrow their Creator.

Just as man united against God at Babel, man will unite against God, led by Satan and the antichrist, at Armageddon. They will attempt once and for all to throw off the rule of God and prevent the return of Jesus Christ to the earth.

Look at what the heathen nations say to each other about God and His anointed one: “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” Instead of realizing that the laws which God has set up for us to live by are for our own good, rebellious man — like Eve in the Garden — thinks that God is trying to hold them back, that God is trying to keep them in bondage. And, so, they try to get out from under the authority of God.

That is what is happening in our world today with the increase in what has been called “militant atheism”. Charles Spurgeon said, “I am persuaded that men think there is no God because they wish there were none. They find it hard to believe in God, and to go on in sin, so they try to get an easy conscience by denying his existence.”

Based on Scripture and historical evidence, we see that man’s sin and rebellion against God is what has put the world in the condition it is in today. Sadly, we see that rebellious man will not turn to God for the solution to his problems. Instead, the nations will band together to oppose God and continue their opposition to His authority.


If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “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.”

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 I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and 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! I want to congratulate you 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.

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