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" Messiah: Right Hand of God "

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    "Thou art gone up on high, Thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men; yea, even for Thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them." (Ps68:18)
This is the culmination of Messiah having become "all things in all". He has led all His enemies captive, He is now above all things, and the original intent: that Messiah "might dwell among them". Where He had given His life, He is now...
    "highly exalted...and given...a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Php2:9-11)
And how does the message get out?
    "The Lord gave the Word: great was the company of the preachers" (Ps68:11)

    "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things." (Ro10:15)

    "Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world." (Ro10:18)

Even when Israel was rebelling and God was sending His prophets "rising early and sending", He exhorted the prophets to be faithful, even in the face of obstinacy, and He encourages, "yet they will know that a prophet has been among them" (Ezk2:5,33:33) When Stephen was martyred for his faithfulness, Messiah, the "highly exalted" One, stood at the Father's right hand to receive him. (Ac7:56)

What an honor it is to be one of God's messengers!

But they keep fighting!

    "Why do the nations so furiously rage together? and why do the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against His Anointed. Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn; the Lord shall have them in derision. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Ps2:1-9)
God made everything perfect. He desires peace with mankind. Even though man sinned Messiah came and gave His own life. But instead of receiving atonement with gratefulness, mankind -rages- in fury. He offers peace and pardon...but they are furious with Him.

Ultimately God is supreme and all-powerful. He wins the ultimate victory.

    HALLELUJAH! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever and ever. King of kings, and Lord of lords, Hallelujah! (Rev19:6, 11:15, 19:16)

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The accompanying recording is an 'oratorio': Handel's "Messiah". If you don't like opera you may not care for this (the two are very similar). Played non-stop the whole thing is about 2.5 hours long. But for the next five months the 'articles' take this work, divided up into sections, presenting the Scriptures and running 'commentary' which can be read by itself without the music. The entire history of Jesus on this earth is presented: From when He was first promised to Eve in Eden, crucifixion and resurrection, clear through to His glory in Heaven where He has judged sinners and is reigning with God in Eternal Life.

The oratorio itself is word-for-word from the KJV. God's Word set to music. If you just read the words it might seem a bit sparse at times. The performance may not be as 'puristically' "Baroque" as some musicians might prefer, but I believe it captures the 'spirit' of the work about as well as I've heard. And, sorry about the recorded quality: it both comes from LPs pressed in the 60s, and the MP3 format is the lowest quality for 'space' considerations.

The on-screen text is in three parts, corresponding to how the Messiah was originally published. Hopefully it will be obvious 'why' I have divided it up into the five sections as I did.

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