This article was sent out by Erik Jonson and is posted here in its original form. Though I have not used this theory of the Psalms to arrive at my conclusions for 2010 to 2017 and have been somewhat skeptical in the past, there was some insight here that should possibly be considered more carefully.
It has been proposed that Daniel’s 70th Week starts in the year 2010 and runs through 2017. (Reference Daniel Matson’s work, in particular, Signs of the End.) These conclusions are reached in large part through a view of Ezekiel’s prophecy (from Chapter 5) of 430 years where the land did not observe her Sabbath. Seventy years were paid during the years Israel were in captivity in Babylon. This left 360 years to be paid. There is also the odd verse in Leviticus 26:23-24 where a payment for sin would be multiplied 7 times. This left a total of 2520 years remaining where the land was to be desolate as payment for Israel not observing her Sabbaths when in the land.
Daniel Matson shows in his work that the 2520 years, when converted to 360 day years, runs from:
July 16, 537 BC (Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon and issued a decree for the Jews to return to their land) until May 14, 1948 (Israel reborn as a nation).
See here (http://brittgillette.com/WordPress/?p=16) and here (http://2010rapture.org/booknews.html) for a more detailed description of these times, for there are many more than the one reference noted here.
Daniel Matson then uses day counts between Jewish feast days and the day counts given in the book of Daniel and Revelation (along with many additional arguments) to propose that the time of the Tribulation runs from 2010 through 2017.
J.R. Church and others (including recently F.M. Riley on his 15-Apr-09 posting at Five Doves) have also proposed that the Psalms may follow a prophetic sequence in terms of the year (in Gregorian calendar years). For example, Psalm 33 relating to the year 1933, Psalm 48 relating to the year 1948, Psalm 67 relating to the year 1967, and so on.
This study attempts to look at Psalms 110 through 119 from a prophetic standpoint, with the view in mind that this period of time may represent Daniel’s 70th Week.
A Little History
I became aware of Daniel Matson’s work in mid 2005, and the prophecy in the Psalms concepts somewhere around that same time. As we shall see, Psalm 110, 117, 118, and 119 are particularly intriguing, and initially gave me pause as they were read with the timeframe of 2010 – 2017 in mind. However, Psalms 111 through 116 did not appear to fit the description of what would be happening in the world during the time of the Tribulation and Great Tribulation. These ideas were placed on the back burner, and eventually forgotten.
In his 15-Apr-09 Five Doves posting (http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/apr2009/fmriley415.htm), Pastor FM Riley noted how Psalm 109 seemed to indicate the unveiling of the “opposing one”. With his thoughts on my mind, Psalm 109 through Psalm 119 were re-read again with the view of 2010 – 2017 in mind. It was during these subsequent readings that a new insight was noted which suddenly seemed to make everything fall perfectly into place. This study aims to convey these observations for further scrutiny.
Psalms 110 – 119 perfectly align with a potential timeframe of 2010 – 2019 representing Daniel’s 70th Week and the first two years of the Millennium.
Psalm 109 – Representing 2009
Psalm 109 sets the table for what is to follow. It starts by the plea for the appointment of an Evil One, the accuser, or one to oppose. This is in verse 6 of Psalm 109. But there is also another section of Psalm 109 that is striking. These are verses 21 – 31. Here the cry turns to the Lord to save the one who is poor and needy, the one who’s heart is wounded, and fading away. In verses 26 and 27, the Psalmist cries out “Help me, O Lord, my God; save me in accordance with your love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, O Lord, have done it.”
Imagine Israel crying out these words to God Almighty as the many accusers, and the newly appointed Evil One, stand around Israel and accuse her.
Psalm 110 – Representing 2010 – Daniel’s Final Week T = 0
Before you read any further, I ask you to do something. Go to your Bible, and read Psalm 110. Let the Spirit and the Word minister to you. In fact, read it several times through. For Psalm 110 happens to be one of the most amazing passages in all of God’s wonderful Holy Scriptures. Here it is, in its entirety, in the NIV:
Of David. A psalm.
1 The LORD says to my Lord:
"Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet."
2 The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion;
you will rule in the midst of your enemies.
3 Your troops will be willing
on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy majesty,
from the womb of the dawn
you will receive the dew of your youth.
4 The LORD has sworn
and will not change his mind:
"You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek."
5 The Lord is at your right hand;
he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead
and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
7 He will drink from a brook beside the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.
These passages surely point to Christ, and the ministry he was going to have – one in the order of Melchizedek. But look at verse 1! Christ today is ministering for His bride in the Heavenly Holy of Holies. This we are told in Hebrews (reference Chapter 7, esp vs 25). But again, look what happens in verse 1: The Lord (the Father) says to my Lord (Jesus): “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” It is as if the Father is telling his Son, “WELL DONE! Now, sit and watch my mighty arm work on your behalf.” Do you see the tie between Psalm 109 (the accuser, the Evil One, and Israel crying out to be saved) and Psalm 110 (the Lord starting to move to make his enemies a footstool for the Messiah)? Verse 5 in Psalm 110 speaks of how the Lord will “crush kings on the day of his wrath.” Oh, that day is nearly here!
Psalm 111 – Representing 2011 – Daniel’s Final Week T = 1 Year
This is where the key comes to understanding the next six Psalms, from Psalm 111 through Psalm 116. Do not read them from the perspective of the world, which will start down the process of literally being torn apart at the seams. Read them, instead, from the perspective of the Jewish people, and in particular, the 144,000 sealed by the Holy Spirit and those who hear the ministry of the Two Witnesses! These Psalms, praise God, show Israel’s heart starting to soften!
Look at Psalm 111:1 (yes, there are the 1:11’s and 11:11’s – I see them all the time too). “Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.” And verse 4 “He has caused his wonders to be remembered:”, and verse 5 “he remembers his covenant forever.” Will God Almighty work wonders to allow Israel to remember the wonders of old? You better believe it! What might these be? Look at verse 6: “He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations.” Now, here is an interesting idea. In verse 6, “giving them the lands of other nations.” Could this, by chance, be the Psalm 83 war? Or could it even be the Ezekiel 38 war? Or both?
In any event, look how Psalm 111 ends, in verse 10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Is this verse talking about national Israel beginning to learn true wisdom, from the fear of the Lord? Oh, Glory is this is so!
Psalm 112 – Representing 2012 – Daniel’s Final Week T = 2 Year
The themes expressed here seem to represent one standing firm in the Lord when those around in the world are experiencing great anguish and fear. Sound reasonable for the second year of Daniel’s 70th Week? You better believe it! From verse 4 “even in darkness light dawns for the upright”, verse 7 “He will have no fear of bad news;” verse 8 “His heart is secure, he will have no fear;” while all the time, as verse 10 notes “The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.”
Note also the blessing in verse 2 “the generation of the upright will be blessed.” Will this be THE GENERATION that lives to see the return of Messiah? Oh, praise God! Will this be THE GENERATION of Israel that finally, finally lives uprightly in full view of the KING?
Psalm 113 – Representing 2013 – Daniel’s Final Week T = 3 Year
Here, praise of the Lord continues. Enough said.
Psalm 114 – Representing 2014 – Daniel’s Final Week T = 4 Year
We will now be entering the last half of the final week of Daniel. This is otherwise known as the Great Tribulation. This Psalm proclaims that the land of Israel is God’s dominion, and that the earth will tremble at the presence of the Lord.
1 When Israel came out of Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
2 Judah became God's sanctuary,
Israel his dominion.
And, verse 7 “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,”
Psalm 115 – Representing 2015 – Daniel’s Final Week T = 5 Year
This Psalm speaks to the glory of the Lord, and the Lord remembering the house of Israel and Aaron. Look especially at verse 12 “The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron”. Do you think this remembrance will be important to the nation of Israel one year into the Great Tribulation? But this Psalm also exhorts Israel and the house of Aaron to trust in the Lord, their “help and shield”, as noted in verses 9 and 10.
This Psalm in verses 4 – 8 also speaks of the futility of human idols, made of silver and gold, and by the hands of men. Israel’s God, the God who is in heaven, by contrast, “does whatever pleases him”, as noted in verse 3.
Psalm 116 – Representing 2016 – Daniel’s Final Week T = 6 Year
Approximately six years will now be completed of Daniel’s final week. The earth will be weary, and those left will be drastically reduced in number. Those who have come to faith during this period, both in Israel and in the gentile lands, will also have faced severe persecution. Zachariah speaks how 2/3 of the nation of Israel will be cut off during this time. Revelation speaks of those loosing their lives on behalf of the Lamb as being “countless” (reference Revelation Chapter 7). This is mentioned for in Psalm 116 is one of the most somber and sweet verses in scripture. Look at verse 15: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” The antichrist will be in full rage against God’s people at this time, and especially towards the nation of Israel. It is likely most will have fled to the wilderness by now. Look at verse 3: “The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.” But in the midst of all this, Psalm 116 speaks of how the Lord still watches over those who call upon him, and how the Lord protects the simplehearted and gives rest to those who are dismayed.
Psalm 117 – Representing 2017 – Daniel’s Final Week T = 7 Year
Well, this is it. This represents the year of the Return of the King. What would you write for such a climactic ending to the prior 6 days, the prior 6,000 years, of man’s day upon the earth? This is the sunset of man’s day, and the dawn of the Lord’s day – the dawn of the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ! Praise God Almighty! What, I ask, might you write? Well, the Lord has already written it in Psalm 117. It is the shortest Psalm in the book, the shortest book in the Bible, made up of only two verses.
1 Praise the LORD, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD.
The “Praise the Lord” at the end of the Psalm, in Hebrew, is actually Hallelu Yah, from where we get Hallelujah! I say again, what might one write in regards to the Return of the King? What might those alive on earth say, at the Return of the King, after having gone through a literal hell on earth? I can think of no words more simple and profound than those recorded in Psalm 117.
Psalm 118 – Representing 2018 – Millennial Reign Year 1
Now, if you just lived through the prior seven years, what might you write? Psalm 118 is so profound, you really must read it in this context to understand what is being written. Every verse speaks specifically about the trials faced the believers, and especially Israel, during the previous seven years and how the Lord delivered them! Here are the first seven verses, just to whet your appetite:
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
2 Let Israel say:
"His love endures forever."
3 Let the house of Aaron say:
"His love endures forever."
4 Let those who fear the LORD say:
"His love endures forever."
5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD,
and he answered by setting me free.
6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper.
I will look in triumph on my enemies.
Need more??? How about verse 10? “All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them off.” How about verse 18? “The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.” Or verse 21? “I will give thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.”
Or, verse 22 and 23: “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Do you think that verse was fulfilled during the age of grace? Oh, look at the glorious ways of our Lord! The STONE the builders rejected has now become the capstone! Jesus Christ the Lord is now reigning! Hallelujah!
Or, verse 24: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Where does it end??? The day (1,000 years) of the Lord is now at hand! This is the beginning of the Lord’s day! Again, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Brother and sister in Christ, read Psalm 118 with the view that this is the first year of the Millennium, the first year after Israel has been rescued from the flood of the Tribulation. Read it and be blessed. Hallelujah!
Psalm 119 – Representing 2019 – Millennial Reign Year 2
And now, the last of the Psalms that we will look at – Psalm 119. We all know what Psalm 119 stand for – it is the love Psalm for the word, the word and law of the Lord. Look how verse 1 starts: “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.” National Israel, now saved, will be living in full view of the Lord upon the earth. The church will be seated with the Lord in the heavenly places. Israel will now finally have their heart of flesh. No longer will their heart be one of stone, in fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy. Israel will now be able to complete her mission, what she was always created to do. Israel (as did Shem) has always had a “God” in her tent, going way back to the days of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Reference Genesis 9:42-27). It has been God’s plan that Israel take her spiritual knowledge of the Lord and minister to the world, that the whole world may be full of God’s glory. This will now happen. But first, National Israel is schooled upon the Law of the Lord, where it is now written upon their hearts – hearts of flesh. Praise God! Hallelujah!
First off, this has been written briefly, and it is already over seven pages on the MS Word document that is being typed. Cross references to other scriptures are certainly there for others to pursue. It was the intent to write this and share in as quick and concise of a manner possible.
Secondly, apologies are made to anyone who may have already published this information. I am not aware of anyone who has tied Psalms 110 – 119 specifically to the years 2010 - 2019, but I have not done extensive searches to verify this. If this is you, please feel blessed that the Holy Spirit is confirming your earlier work. If this is new, may you put these ideas to the test of God’s Word. Please note that these thoughts have come about, as noted in the beginning, mainly from the works of Daniel Matson and those who have published works on the Prophecy of the Psalms, namely J.R. Church and Pastor FM Riley.
And lastly, if the Psalms are indeed prophetic in the sense of a year for a Psalm, then we truly may be at the beginning of both a most wondrous time, yet also a most difficult time. You will note that no predictions of when the rapture would take place are presented in this brief study. However, this writer believes the Scriptures are very clear that the church will not be on earth when “The LORD says to my Lord: Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."
Humbly in Christ,