“The LORD’s Terrifying Promise” – Psalm 2:6 Commentary

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The LORD’s terrifying promise, “I have installed My King.” Psalm 2:6 commentary

What Does Psalm 2:6 Mean?

Psalm 2:66 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

As we learned in previous studies of this psalm, Psalm 2:4-6 is the Father’s speech. He presently (v.4) responds with a holy mockery against the rebellious nations.

And in the future (v.5), He will speak and terrify them during the tribulation and the battle of Armageddon. And now, in the further future (v.6), He will install His king over all the nations.

This will happen after the tribulation period and after the battle of Armageddon is over.

Who is This “King” the LORD Will Install?

It is the Messiah, the “anointed” of Psalm 2:2 and the “Son” of 2:7. The Lord Jesus Christ will rule upon this earth during the Millennium, the 1,000 year reign of Christ upon earth.

It is worded in the past tense to indicate that it is as good as done. It is the law of God!

Where Will Jesus Reign?

Jesus will reign on Zion, the LORD’s holy hill. Zion is in Jerusalem and the “holy hill” is the temple mount.

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The Temple mount in Jerusalem is presently occupied by an Islamic shrine called the “Dome of the Rock”

Jesus will return to the temple mount in Jerusalem and will be installed as the King of the world. The following verses prove that the “holy hill” is the temple.

Daniel 9:16 16 “O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us.

Isaiah 56:7 7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”

Ezekiel 20:40 40 “For on my holy mountain, the mountain height of Israel, declares the Lord God, there all the house of Israel, all of them, shall serve me in the land. There I will accept them, and there I will require your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your sacred offerings.

At the holy mountain/hill is where offerings are made. Offerings are made in Temple. Therefore, the King when He comes will be installed in the Temple. The above verses indicate that the Lord’s holy hill will be in Zion, specifically in the rebuilt Temple. The Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem before the coming of the Lord, for it says in 2 Thessalonians 2:4

2 Thessalonians 2:44 [the antichrist] opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

When Will Jesus Reign in Jerusalem? Psalm 2:6 Commentary

After the tribulation period. When Jesus comes back, He will first defeat His enemies at Armageddon…

Revelation 19:11–1911 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.

Jesus will defeat His enemies at Armageddon and then He, with His glorified saints (“the armies of heaven”) will ride to Jerusalem and I like to think that the antiphony of Psalm 24 takes place.

Psalm 24:7–10 7 [Christ and His people marching to Jerusalem and say…] Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 8 [in reply, those inside the gates…] Who is this King of glory? [Those with Christ outside…] The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 10 [Again those inside, ] Who is this King of glory? [reply…] The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.

What a glorious day is coming!

So, don’t worry about the news; let God handle it. Everything is going according to plan!

And what does the Son think of all this? Let’s find out in our Psalm 2:7 commentary!

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