Saturday, March 18 2023The one trusting in Jehovah is surrounded by His loyal love.—Ps. 32:10.
Just as the walls surrounding an ancient city protected its citizens, so Jehovah’s acts of loyal love surround us, providing spiritual protection from dangers that could test our integrity. Further, Jehovah’s loyal love moves him to draw us to him. (Jer. 31:3) The psalmist David used another word picture to describe the protection that God’s people enjoy. He wrote: “God is my secure refuge, the God who shows loyal love to me.” David also stated about Jehovah: “He is my loyal love and my stronghold, my secure refuge and my rescuer, my shield and the One in whom I have taken shelter.” (Ps. 59:17; 144:2) Why did David connect Jehovah’s loyal love with a refuge and a stronghold? No matter where we live on earth, as long as we are his servants, Jehovah will provide us with all the protection we need to safeguard our precious relationship with him. w21.11 6 ¶14-15
Examining the Scriptures Daily—2023
Psalms #18 - Jehovah comes down to fight the war of Armageddon
Over the course of history, there have been countless wars. Before Christ Jehovah was directly involved in some wars. On one occasion God even caused the sun and moon to stand motionless in the sky for the length of a whole day while Joshua and the Israelites routed
September 16th, 2022 Part 1
Over the course of history, there have been countless wars. Before Christ Jehovah was directly involved in some wars. On one occasion God even caused the sun and moon to stand motionless in the sky for the length of a whole day while Joshua and the Israelites routed the Amorites. It truly was the longest day. On other occasions God caused storms and hailstones to annihilate Israel’s enemies.
The word “Armageddon” only appears in one place in the entire Bible—Revelation 16:16. What exactly is Armageddon? Needless to say, the word has been incorporated into the world’s lexicon to mean anything destructive, no matter how trivial. According to Revelation though, Armageddon is the result of demons luring the kings of the earth into a conflict with Almighty God.
It is natural to wonder why human rulers would be so stupid to engage heavenly forces in what will surely be a suicidal war. The 18th Psalm reveals the reason. The demons lure the kings into a scheme to eliminate Christians; specifically, a campaign to eradicate anointed Christians. It does not matter if humans do not recognize the chosen ones as belonging to God—His special property. The demons surely do. It was the demons who outed Jesus, so to speak; when in a synagogue a demon-possessed man spoke and said: “Did you come to destroy us? I know exactly who you are, the Holy One of God.”
To appreciate the context of the rather lengthy 18th Psalm consider the last verse first: “He performs great acts of salvation for his king; He displays loyal love to his anointed one, to David and his offspring forever.”
The superscription of the Psalm reveals that David was inspired to compose it because God protected him from all his enemies and the murderous rage of Saul. Even so, we know that Jesus is the greater David; whereas David was merely anointed from a flask of fragrant oil, Jesus was anointed by God’s holy spirit. And not only Jesus but after Christ ascended back to heaven others from among his followers were similarly anointed—becoming as it were “his offspring forever.”
Even so, Jehovah showed restraint. It was not time for God to vent his anger. Over the course of the Christian era, most of the offspring of the woman have already been chosen and finished their earthly course, as Jehovah’s Witnesses say. As noted in the verse quoted above though, there will be “remaining ones of her offspring” whom Satan will seek to devour.