As Evil Reigns In The End-Of-This-Age, What Should Believers Do? Give Thanks To God Which Giveth Us The Victory Through Our Lord Jesus Christ - Handel's Messiah


'Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?' - Job 20:4-5

"Since man was placed upon earth" - God the LORD is working out all his purpose. Nothing else is happening. Even the wicked. Made only to serve His sovereign purpose - and that for just a 'short time', for just 'a moment' [Proverbs 16:4]. And so, knowing this, understanding this, should not ye be among the chorus of voices singing:

'But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ' - 1Cor. 15:57


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From Handel, HWV 56: Messiah
Collegium 1704, Václav Luks
Part III - 7th piece - chorus
Handel's Messiah – 1741

Composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741 over a brief 24-day period (260 pages), the correct title is simply "Messiah". It is an oratorio. Acclaimed through the centuries as the greatest musical composition ever written, the term 'inspired' has often been suggested in attempting to describe the work. Whether that be the case or not, certainly no greater subject matter were ever possible than that of this 'oratorio'. Written with the inspired Word of God from the King James Bible, it is a presentation of the Saviour of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, from the prophecies that went before, to His coming triumphant reign of heaven and earth. On the bottom of the manuscript Handel wrote "SDG" — Soli Deo Gloria, "To God alone the glory". Upon finishing the Alleluia chorus -- end of part II, Handel is said to have exclaimed "I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God himself!” In three parts:

Third Part:
46. (1) I know that my redeemer liveth (air for soprano)
47. (2) Since by man came death (chorus)
48. (3) Behold i tell you a mystery (bass recitation)
49. (4) The trumpet shall sound (air for bassist)
50. (5) Then shall be brought to pass (alto recitative)
51. (6) O death where is thy sting? (duet alto and tenor)
52. (7) But thanks be to God (chorus)
53. (8) If God be for us (air for soprano or alto *version 1 soprano version 2 alto)
54. (9) Worthy is the lamb that was slain / Amen (chorus)

'But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ' - good for singing all the day long:

'Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ' - Eph. 5:19-20  [cf. Ps. 69:30]



Linda said...

Thank you for your blog. I agree with most of it and thank you for reminding us about Handel's Messiah, I have been listening to He Shall Lead His Flock Like a Shepherd.

But why do you believe in pre-Trib, I think it is possible that there is a mid-Trib as well as the Post-Trib which is stated so clearly in the Olivet Discourse - IMMEDIATELY AFTER those days, when the sun is darkened for 3 days will Jesus send His angels for His elect.

I thought Darby was surrounded by the British aristocracy.

tom m. said...


re: 'mid-Trib as well as the Post-Trib which is stated so clearly in the Olivet Discourse'

First thing - the name 'Darby' and the term 'rapture' are not synonymous. The name Darby never need be mentioned in any discussion of the biblical doctrine of the rapture. The bible is where we find the teaching of what is commonly referred to as 'the rapture'. Everything 'Darby' is neither here nor there as to whether scripture does or does not teach 'the rapture'. The 'Darby-factor', if we may call it that, has no bearing on this.


re: IMMEDIATELY AFTER ... send His angels for His elect

Matt. 24:29-31 - what actually is "clearly stated" is this:

The Lord Jesus will gather his elect at that time - but this is not referring to the body of Christ...It is referring to a Jewish remnant whom He will have preserved through the time of Jacob's trouble [Jer. 30:7] i.e. the tribulation -- by way of election [Isaiah 65:9] - which will be brought into the millennial kingdom - on the earth. Repeat - not the body of Christ....meaning this passage has nothing to do with 'the rapture'.

In fact, the whole passage - Matt. 24:1-44 - has nothing at all to do with the church, aka the body of Christ. This passage in fact speaks entirely of 'the tribulation' period. This is very little understood. The church is nowhere in the picture - having been already 'raptured' - according to the Word of God. The reason this is very little understood is the concerted attack against dispensational teaching.

The body-of-Christ raptured pre-tribulation 'according to the Word of God'..? - example (just one of many possible):

The time of tribulation, so-called, will only begin at the opening of the first seal - the sending forth of the rider on the white horse: Rev. 6:1-2

Before any seals are ever opened though, the body-of-Christ (the 'four and twenty elders' representing) is seen already in heaven, praising and thanking the "Lamb" - the Lord Jesus Christ - singing 'a new song' - which the bride alone can sing...and saying "thou art worthy to take the book" [Rev. 5:8-10]. The Lamb just took the book [Rev. 5:7], no seals opened yet, the 'bride' is with him. This is in heaven - pre-trib.

Here's more: Rev. 4:4 the 24 elders are seated and have crowns. Never before here, in all the bible, are any seen 'sitting' in heaven before the throne of God, or any with crowns. Not even angels. Angels are always standing. The 24 elders can be only the 'church' - for she alone has been given to sit in heavenly places [Eph. 2:6]; and only 'she' - the church - is ever spoken of as receiving a crown/s [1Cor. 9:25; 1Thes. 2:19; 2Tim. 4:8; James 1:12; 1Peter 5:4].

There is lots more in scripture that proves pre-trib rapture the only possible correct interpretation. Many unbelieving-opposers to these truths also - this is well understood. They are Legion.

The Word of God will never be understood aright apart from being understood dispensationally though.


Linda said...

Would like to hear your opinion of "being trodden down by the Gentiles" does that refer to 2,000 years after Jerusalem was destroyed or are the gentiles the Ashkenazis now ruling Israel. I used to be convinced of the Ashkenazi revelations but not sure now. Do you think the what are now called the Palestinians who through forced conversions by the Muslims and Christians are really the Jews. Very confusing and have been thinking of this for a while.

tom m. said...

[reposting this comment with clarification]

re: Luke 21:24 'And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled'

This scripture, first, was an immediate prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple @ 70 AD. But note the word "until". Since 70 AD until the present the 'trodding down' has continued. Today in Jerusalem (or or near the Temple Mount) instead of a Jewish Temple stands the muslim 'Dome of the Rock' (for over 1300 yrs.). To my mind this fulfills the prophecy of Jerusalem being 'trodden down of the gentiles' until the time...

re: Ashkenazis...(or Palestinians)

Ashkenazis...aka Khazars etc. as some say...there is deception here - i.e. that they are the 'counterfeit jews' and that they actually are 'the seed of cain' - seed of cain meaning the serpent impregnating Eve in the garden, etc. (that whole thing). This is a lie and misdirection.

Who are the jews today? On this question, first consideration is this: Eph. 6:12 'we wrestle not against flesh and blood...'

Next are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded in John 8:44, speaking directly to the Pharisee Jews: 'Ye are of your father the devil'

That these words are to be taken absolutely literally, to my mind, seems to be the very best option to understand 'what in the world is going on' today. (not wrestling 'flesh and blood')

Here is the most important thing to understand on this topic: These were not fake jews, i.e. they are NOT the seed of Cain. These are/were real 'Jews' of "Abraham's seed" - as stated by the Lord Jesus himself - John 8:37

'Your father the devil' though - which would have to then still mean something along the lines of the 'seed-of-the-serpent' (tares - Matt. 13:38) having mixed itself with the Jews (nothing to do with Cain) something like the days of Noah pre-flood (human-angel interbreeding that whole thing).

As to any specifics - the answer is there really are none. The Word of God does not reveal these things plainly. For me that's fine...can go this far and then stop there. To never go beyond what is written is crucial.

[Note an interesting thing though regarding same scripture quoted in previous comment Isaiah 65:9 - the scripture reads: "And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob" .. this could possibly be taken to indicate corruption of the 'seed of Jacob' so that the LORD would need to bring forth a pure bloodline - again something like Noah Gen. 6:9 - 'perfect in his generations' i.e. uncorrupted bloodline i.e. pure human not human/angel hybrid]

Anyway, providing perhaps some very interesting 'insight' on this issue is what the Jews say of themselves. This is a quote (w/link) from the "Universal Jewish Encyclopedia" pg. 474:

"The Jewish religion as it is today traces its descent, without a break, through all the centuries, from the Pharisees" - link

Real jews Abraham's seed (mixed blood?) still today .. no 'seed of cain' (ashkenazi etc.)

We wrestle not against flesh and blood...

Linda said...

Thank you for taking the time to answer. I need to consider what you say.

I would like to post your link to Handel's Messiah on Twitter, I am computer semi-literate and don't understand the feeds.

No one knows everything though it is important to try in the endtimes but equally God inhabits the praises of His people and it is so hard to switch gears from the terrible things to praising and trusting God and Youtube is a God-Send for listening and singing in heart to the true Lord Jesus Christ.