About the kingdom

Then the restraining Spirit of God is withdrawn from the earth. As Jacob was threatened with death by his angry brother, so the people of God will be in peril from the wicked who are seeking to destroy them. And as the patriarch wrestled all night for deliverance from the hand of Esau, so the righteous will cry to God day and night for deliverance from the enemies that surround them. . . . {CC 68.3}
The righteous will cry to God day and night. Will God hear them? He will. What about the wicked? He won’t.
When in his distress Jacob laid hold of the Angel, and made supplication with tears, the heavenly Messenger, in order to try his faith, also reminded him of his sin, and endeavored to escape from him. But Jacob would not be turned away. He had learned that God is merciful, and he cast himself upon His mercy. He pointed back to his repentance for his sin, and pleaded for deliverance. As he reviewed his life, he was driven almost to despair; but he held fast the Angel, and with earnest, agonizing cries urged his petition until he prevailed. {CC 68.4}
Have we learnt that God is merciful? Now is the time to learn this. If we don’t learn it now we will crumble at that time. Jacob laying hold of the angel with such a determined manner is similar to God’s people in the hour of trial. There are many promises in the word of God we need to learn now. Scripture should be committed to memory. When we are in flight, we won’t have a bible in our hand. We need to be able to give reason for our faith. Satan will bring before us the sins of our life. No man but Jesus has gone through this example before, we can only look at Jesus. Jesus experience was really one which was quite horrifying and he was the innocent one.
Psalms 22:1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my roaring?
22:2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
22:3 But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
22:4 Our Fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
22:5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
22:6 But I [am] a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
This was Jesus experience. On the cross, in his last breath, almost last breath, he cried, my Father my Father why have you forsake me. Jesus felt that his Father had forsaken him. Why are you so far? You’ve helped me all my life, all 33 years. Where was the Father?
“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.” Not only did the darkness enshroud the immediate vicinity of the cross, but “there was darkness over the whole land.” {ST, December 8, 1898 par. 6}
God dwells in the thick darkness; He hides His glory from human eyes. The Father, with His heavenly angels, was inclosed in that thick darkness. God was close beside His Son, tho not manifesting Himself to Him or to any human being. Had one ray of His glory and power penetrated the thick darkness that enveloped Him, every human spectator would have been destroyed. And in that thick darkness God hid from prying eyes the last human agony of His Son. He clothed nature with sackcloth, that she might not look upon her suffering, dying Author in His last humiliation. {ST, December 8, 1898 par. 7}
The Father was right there with his angels in the darkness. The angels were desiring to help Jesus on the cross but they were told no, this must happen. Jesus suffered and died alone for our sins.
Psalms 22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from my mother’s belly.
22:11 Be not far from me; for trouble [is] near; for [there is] none to help.
22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look [and] stare upon me.
22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
22:19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
22:21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
The Father was not in a position where he could help Jesus as he had to pass through this. Jesus went through 33 years of character building to pass that trial.
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
53:5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Do we have peace today? It’s a nice day, birds are singing, the governments good to us, we have peace because Jesus suffered. Otherwise there would be no peace.
Psalms 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
53:12 Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
He shall see the travail of his soul and he shall be satisfied. This is such a beautiful promise that all his life Jesus prepared himself for what was going to come. I’m not going to focus on the trial but the end result. He knew that perseverance of his Father’s unending love would help. In gethsemane he said if it be possible let this cup pass from me. In Isaiah 63 he said I have trodden the wine press alone. He bore the burdens of our iniquities. This describes what the faithful few will experience in the time of Jacob’s trouble. It will be self-awareness. Jesus felt like the sin placed upon him was separating him from his Father and we also in the time of Jacob’s trouble will have a greater degree of self-awareness. Satan will bring all kind of things to our awareness telling us how great a sinner we are. We know but Jesus died and he conquered. This needs to be our confident answer. Not in our self but in Christ.
Such will be the experience of God’s people in their final struggle with the powers of evil. God will test their faith, their perseverance, and their confidence in His power to deliver them. Satan will endeavor to terrify them with the thought that their cases are hopeless; that their sins have been too great to receive pardon. They will have a deep sense of their shortcomings, and as they review their lives their hopes will sink. But remembering the greatness of God’s mercy, and their own sincere repentance, they will plead His promises made through Christ to helpless, repenting sinners. Their faith will not fail because their prayers are not immediately answered. They will lay hold of the strength of God, as Jacob laid hold of the Angel, and the language of their souls will be, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” {CC 68.5}
Jesus on the cross when enveloped in darkness and when separated from his Father could have thought I’ve done something wrong, the Father has separated from me, I have to get off the cross, this is not where God wants me to be. But he remembered his Father’s mercy. It says we remember our own sincere repentance otherwise we can’t remember it at that time. We see here Jesus focus. Where did he turn his eyes to? What did he contemplate? He was despised and afflicted forsaken of everyone.
Psalms 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
22:23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
How did Jesus know that the Father heard? He didn’t. It’s a thing called faith. Only by faith did he know my Father hath heard my affliction and is with me through the trial. We read in Isaiah 53 he saw the travail of his soul and was satisfied.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
That was a shameful death. Something I wouldn’t wish upon my enemies but yet we are so thankful that Jesus went through it. After Jesus death and resurrection, the first one to see him was Mary. A dear friend of Jesus. She didn’t recognise him at first thinking he was someone else. He was resurrected in new flesh. When she recognised him she went to embrace him but he said not yet as I’ve not seen my Father. Jesus wanted to return to heaven to see that his sacrifice was sufficient. When Jesus returned to heaven, the picture is given.
Psalms 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
That applied to Jesus
Psalm 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
24:6 This [is] the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
24:7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
We understand from different passages in the bible, especially Ezekiel that when God creates thing he creates living creatures. It’s speaking to the gates, lift up, the king of glory is coming in. what is the reply?
Psalm 24:8 Who [is] this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
24:9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift [them] up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he [is] the King of glory. Selah.
Why was he the king of glory? He was strong and mighty in battle. He had fought the battle to every last degree and was victorious. Praise to him. That tells us the experience of Jesus going through that darkest trial and the victory afterwards. What about during the trial? Where was he? What were his thoughts? What encouraged him? It is no coincidence that Psalms 23 is placed between the two. It is so precious in the concept that when Jesus was in the darkest moment, this Psalm was dear to him. It will encourage us countless times.
Psalms 23:1 The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.


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