Posted by: cindybythesea | June 19, 2011

Psalms 111-118 – A view to the future

      The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us, with boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.  Psalm 118: 27

We ended our last study with the 115th Psalm.  I’ve been thinking about it the past few days and decided to approach the remaining Psalms a little differently.  In reading this particular group of Psalms, known as the Egyptian Hallel (Psalms 113-118), I find it interesting that when cross referenced with the book of Revelation, a time-line appears to emerge that is consistent with both of these amazing portions of scripture.  It is my intent, therefore, in my next few posts to work backward from the 118th Psalm, using it as the anchor from which everything else will flow.

The Egyptian Hallel, as I discussed earlier, appears to progressive in nature. Read at every Passover for at least four thousand years and recited on the ascent to the temple on the major pilgrimages of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles during the days of the temple, its importance cannot be emphasized enough.

To start, let’s review:

The Passover Seder follows an order of service which is set by the drinking of four cups of wine. Each one has a name and each one corresponds to a promise made by God to the Israelites in Exodus 6:6,7.

The first cup, the cup of Sanctification corresponds to this promise: “I will bring you out from the yoke of the Egyptians.”

The second cup, the cup of Judgment corresponds to this promise: “I will free you from their bondage.”

The third cup, the cup of Redemption to this promise: I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.”

And, The fourth cup, the cup of Praise to this promise: “I will take you as my own people.”

The Seder is built around these four cups, therefore, these promises, read year after year for thousands of years are of extreme importance. And, as you can see, are progressive in nature.  I believe this same progression applies to the book of Revelation. Which, I hope to show as we go through this study.

Before I proceed any further, I want to emphasize that this is a suggested time line. It may or may not agree with that of other scholars (of which, I am not one of) far more sophisticated in intellect and understanding than I. So, I offer it up to you for your prayerful consideration and perhaps as an adjunct to your own study.

If the premise of my study is correct, the tribulation period will begin in the latter part of 2011 and will end in the latter part of 2018.

Let’s get started.

The year 2018 and the 118th Psalm:

I believe the 118th Psalm show us that two of the greatest events in history are little more than seven years away. The return of Jesus to the Mount of Olives on Yom Kipper at the Battle of Armaggedon on September 19, 2018 and the the start of the Millenial Kingdom on September 24, the Feast of Tabernacles.

As we read through this Psalm, we see that victory and deliverance are its major themes.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for her is good; his love endures forever.”

“Let Israel say, His love endures forever. Let the house of Aaron say, His love endures forever. Let those who fear him say, His love endures forever.”

“In my anguish, I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.  I will look in triumph on my enemies.”

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in Princes.”

“All the nations surrounded me, but, in the name of the Lord I cut them off. They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord, I cut them off. They swarmed around me like bees, but, they died out as quickly as burning thorns … I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song, (the song of Moses),  he has become my salvation.” (literally, my Yeshua).

“Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! (Victory). 

“I will not die, but, live and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord  has chastened me severely, but, he has not given me over to death.” 

“Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter, I will give you thanks for you answered me; you have become my salvation.” – (literally, Yeshua – Jesus said, ” I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 and ” I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved.” John 10:9).

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. The Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Compare with Zechariah ch. 9:10). Jesus also quoted this verse in reference to himself in Matt. 21:42,43  -“Jesus said to them,  ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes.'”  

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! O, Lord save us; O Lord, grant us success.

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”  Baruch ha ba b’shem Adonai! ( Remember when Jesus wept over Jerusalem telling them -“You will not see me again, until YOU say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”  Matt. 23:39 – these are the words that will prompt the return of Jesus!)

“From the house of the Lord, we bless you.”

The Lord  is God, he has made his light shine upon us, with boughs (palm branches) in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. (Both references to the Feast of Tabernacles, the Kingly feast and representative of the millennial kingdom).

“You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lod, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

So, as you can see, the 118th Psalm speaks volumes in regard to end time events and dovetails perfectly with Zechariah chapters 12, 13 & 14.  As well, as Revelation 19. 

I mentioned earlier the four cups of wine of the Passover table. On the night of his betrayal, at the last Passover Seder before his crucifixion, Jesus took the cup, gave thanks and told his disciples, “this is the blood of the new covenant poured out for many for the remission of sins”.  This was the third cup, the cup of Redemption.  Jesus did not drink the fourth cup that night, the cup of Praise.  That is because he is waiting to drink it with us at the marriage supper of the lamb. Remember the promise from Exodus 6:7 – “I will take you as my own people.”

Revelation 19:7 says:  
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

What a great and glorious day is ahead!

I had intended to back track from Psalm 118 to Psalm 111 in this post, but, I can see it would be far too long. I hope you are enjoying these Psalms as much as I am and with Psalm 118 providing the anchor date of 2018, it will be interesting to see how things progress from there, in our view to the future; these amazing prophetic Psalms!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6    Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

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  1. Cindy,

    I totally agree with your insight of working backwards from 2018.
    Though, why Yom Kippur and not Yom Teruah?

    Orthodox (Hillel Calendar)
    1st of Tishri, 5779 = Mon, 10 September 2018

    Karite (Observational)
    1st of Tishri, 5779 = Mon, 11 September 2018

    This is a fascinating coincidence…

    There was a historical parallel of the Antichrist during the Maccabees.

    Q- Why did Antiochus IV Epiphanes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IV_Epiphanes
    pick 15 Kislev – (162 BCE) for the Abomination of Desolation? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kislev

    A- It was his birthday.

    Thursday, August 04, 2011

    2550 (1260+1290) Dan:9

    Grape Harvest, July 27/28, 2018 Tu B’Av (Central Eclipse)

    +45 (1335) Dan:9

    Final Harvest, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 1 Tishri

    August 2011 is also Ramadan, when Islam is looking for their leader to step up.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_holidays

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=August+4+
    Blessings
    Mike
    [ Hi Michael, Thanks for writing! I really appreciate your comment and you pose a good question. The reason I didn’t mention Yom Teruah in this post is because I believe the feast of Trumpets will be fulfilled earlier with the catching up of the church ending the church age. I’m wondering though if there is perhaps a dual fulfillment as September 11, 2018 would certainly be the grape harvest of Rev 14:14 as you mentioned. Maybe I can address this in my next post.

    Question – What is August 4, 2011? Maybe I have not had enough coffee yet this morning, as I can’t seem to grasp the signficance of that particular date.

    Thanks so much for the feed back, it really adds alot to the discussion and helps clarify my own study. Blessings! C]

    • Cindy,

      Here is my reasoning, if the Fall Feasts indicate the period of Christ’s return then why not work backwards from those dates using Daniel 9. Let’s suppose for now the 2011-2018 timeframe is correct.

      There are signs pointing to a Fall Tribulation, and 1 Tishri could be the start…

      1. UN meeting proposing the declaration of the division of Israel September 2011.
      2. Israel’s 63rd to 70th year from 1948.
      3. Prophetic Psalms 111-118.
      4. Turmoil in Psalm 83 Countries.
      5. Revelation 12 Celestial Sign with Comet Elenin 29 September 2011.

      [If] the rapture is fulfilled on 1 Tishri then the timeline might look like this.

      Thursday, September 29, 2011 1 Tishri (Trumpets)
      2550 (1260+1290) Dan 9
      Saturday, September 22, 2018 13 Tishri (Prior to Tabernacles)
      45 (1335) Dan 9
      Tuesday, November 06, 2018 27 Chesvan (New Beginning)

      27 Cheshvan – (2104 BCE) – Flood ends
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheshvan

      On the 27th of Cheshvan “the earth dried” (Genesis 8:14), which finished the duration of the great flood which wiped out all life on earth except for the eight human beings and the animals (two of each species) that were on Noah’s ark. On this day, God is said to have commanded Noah to “Come out of the ark” and repopulate, settle and civilize the earth.

      ———————————————————————————-

      But if 1 Tishri fulfills the second coming then “Jacobs Trouble” looks like this.

      Thursday, August 04, 2011
      2550 (1260+1290) Dan:9
      Grape Harvest, July 27/28, 2018 Tu B’Av (Central Eclipse)
      45 (1335) Dan:9
      Final Harvest, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 1 Tishri

      August 04, 2011 is Obama’s birthday.

      If either view is correct or incorrect it will soon be apparent.

      Blessings

      Michael

  2. Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

    YosoY Chilqiyyah

  3. Hello Cindy,

    I’ve just been thinking how easy it is to overlook seemingly insignificant details in passages of scripture, yet they have been recorded for a reason.

    For example, in Matt. 26:30 we are told the disciples and Jesus sang a hymn before they went out to the Mount of Olives. Since the Hallel is recited during Passover we now know that they were singing Psalm 118 as that is the final Psalm of the Hallel. Psalm 118:27 says “God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.”(KJV) How amazing that the very next morning, at the third hour (another seemingly insignificant detail) which was the time of the morning sacrifice, Jesus was bound to the cross and at the very same time the High Priest was binding the Passover lamb to the altar! Then at the ninth hour, which was the time of the evening sacrifice, when Jesus said “It is finished” and gave up the ghost, the High Priest killed the Passover lamb and said “It is finished”!

    They also would have sung Psalm 118:21 “I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.” (KJV) Since the Hebrew word for Salvation in this passage is Yeshuwah (OT: 3444), they are acknowledging that Jesus (Yeshuwah) has become their salvation!

    Very soon Israel’s eyes will be opened and they will recognize their Messiah!

    p.s. It’s interesting you chose to work backwards from Psalm 118 especially since Hebrew is read from right to left.

    [Great comment Coreen! Don’t you just love it! God’s word is so amazing; so incredible! I really appreciate you taking the time to share these insights, they add so much to the beauty and understanding of this phenomenal 118th Psalm! Grace and blessings! C]


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