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Psalms 97-98

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Call to the Earth to Rejoice and Praise

Psalms 97-98

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Lesson Number 71

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Coming Kingdom will begin with righteous judgment.
  2. The Coming Kingdom will be characterized with righteous judgment.

Practical Application

  1. Live your life now in view of the future.
  2. Appreciate the use of figurative language in the Bible.

Questions

  1. What is eschatology?
  2. Explain the two phases of the Second Coming of Christ.
  3. What cosmological phenomena will accompany the coming of the Lord (verses 2-5)?
  4. What did the psalmist and other Old Testament prophets have in mind when they spoke of the kingdom of the coming Messiah?
  5. How does Romans 8:21 relate to Psalm 98:7-8?

Answers

  1. Eschatology is the doctrine of future events.
  2. The first phase will be the Rapture of the Church and the second phase is the Lord's Return to this earth to establish His worldwide millennial kingdom. Between these two phases is a period of time known as the Tribulation Period, which will be a time of great trouble on this earth.
  3. There will be clouds, thick darkness, fire, lightning, and the melting of the mountains to emphasize the Lord's awesome power and consuming judgment.
  4. The righteous kingdom in view here is not the Church or the kingdom of God in general, but rather the specific literal kingdom that the Lord will establish on this earth when He returns.
  5. Both of these passages tell us that even nature will benefit in the Lord's righteous kingdom.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Since the coming kingdom of our Lord will be one of rightness and will begin with righteous judgment, we should hate evil now. Do you hate evil now?

Challenge

  1. You can believe in the literal interpretation of Scripture and still appreciate figurative language in the Bible. Figurative language can many times express the truth in more vivid or more beautiful terms.

Key Verses

  • "The LORD reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!" Psalm 97:1
  • "The LORD reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!" Psalm 97:1

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