Many Christians believe in error that the New Testament scriptures were written for only the New Testament Christians, and the Old Testament scriptures for the natural born Jews, or the OT saints before Jesus. This belief could not be more erroneously harmful to the life and belief system of a Christian! Today I would like to talk a little about one of my favorite Psalms. If you don’t understand Psalms 74, then you will never understand the “Abomination of Desolation” foretold and spoken of by the prophet Daniel (Dan. 11:31), and mentioned by Jesus (Matt. 24:15), this is indeed the biggest sign that the end is near in all of scriptures.
Let’s get started:
(Psa 74:1) Maschil of Asaph. O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
Most people today prefer to apply a different scripture to themselves, “I will never leave you or forsake you”, the one Jesus spoke to his disciples before he was caught up into heaven. It reminds me of what Daniel said in ch. 11 – “many shall cleave to them of flatteries”, this is spoken of those who do not know the Lord (Dan. 11:34). One may want to read passages like Lam. 3 to understand this dilemma of the forsaking of God, Jeremiah the prophet laments that God had filled his mouth with gravel. Until one comes to a clear understanding of the forsaking of God, they will never be ready to be received by God. These are great truths for the mature in Christ who have made the fear of God their great treasure.
(Psa 74:2) Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
Today God has left the group, he is now dealing with the individual. Just as Jesus said in Matt. 24:16, “let them which be in Judea, flee unto the mountains”. Judea is the group, or as most refer to it, “the Church”; Judea or Jerusalem, has become a harlot, Jerusalem is Babylon.
(Psa 74:3) Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.
Today where is the sanctuary? The sanctuary is not a physical building, Acts 7:48; 1 Kings 8:27, tells us that God does not dwell in physical buildings. 2 Co. 6:16 tells us that we are the temple, God dwells in his people, so the “Abomination of Desolation” does NOT happen in a physical temple (false doctrine), but in the spiritual temple of our collective hearts. The enemy has done wickedly inside of the hearts of God’s people, that is where the sanctuary of God really is.
(Psa 74:4) Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
The enemies of God roar inside the “groups” of today, they claim to have signs that God is for them, money, the approval of men, the souls and talent of men.
(Psa 74:5-6) A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.
They are famous according to their ability to make idols to worship, today we are certainly at a time of “American Idols”, are we not? But these idols will all be broken to pieces before our eyes.
(Psa 74:7-8) They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground. They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
(Joh 15:6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
(Psa 74:9-12) We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom. For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Just like the times of the Judges, there is no king among us and none of us knows how long this will last. God has left the group and is now dealing with individuals in the wilderness, he knows how to preserve those who belong to him. The truth is, only God can cause brethren to dwell together in unity, only God can bring true fellowship and his glory again to his congregation or company of saints. We are living in the times of the “Abomination of Desolation”, that I am certain of.