The Apple of His Eye ... commentary of Psalm 74
The Apple of His Eye
… A commentary of Psalm 74
Psalm 74:7: “They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.”
“…into thy sanctuary,”
We begin our commentary on verse seven here [Psalm 74] by going to the book of Job, chapter thirty-eight, verse thirty, we read:
“The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” [Job 38:30-33]
Beyond, and higher than the clouds, [the first heaven] and beyond our solar system [the sun, the moon and the planets], are the star constellations [the second heaven].
1. The constellation of Orion is located on the celestial equator.
Orion is visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky.
2. The Pleiades are a group of more than 800 stars located about 410 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.
3. The Mazzaroth [the Hebrew word for constellation] is the name given to the pattern of stars found on the celestial equator, or ecliptic.
4. Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, the fourth-brightest in the night sky, and the brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere.
To the north, and beyond, and higher than these star constellations, and beyond the expanse of the universe, we leave the domain of time to pass into eternity, and thus, we come to the third heaven.
2 Corinthians 12:2: “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.”
We must now cross the waters of the frozen deep.
Job 38:30: “The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.”
These waters form a sea of glass with the appearance much like as unto crystal.
Revelation 4:6: “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.”
Above the crystal sea is a THRONE.
Psalm 48:2: “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”
The true sanctuary is in the third heaven.
Psalm 96:6: “Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.”
Psalm 102:19: For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
Psalm 77:13: “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?”
Psalm 150:1: “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.”
The sanctuary is the most holy place.
The holy place is next to the most holy place where the altar was located on the east side of tabernacle [temple].
“And thou shalt take the ram of the consecration, and seethe his flesh in the holy place.” [Exodus 29:31]
The real tabernacle and the real sanctuary are located in the third heaven.
We come now to the pattern. All the earthly sanctuaries were to be made after the pattern of the true sanctuary in HEAVEN.
The LORD showed Moses a pattern of the real tabernacle, wherein was the sanctuary of the wilderness:
“According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” [Exodus 25:9] [Exodus 25:40] [Numbers 8:4]
“They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.”
“They have cast fire…”
The prophet sees something before it happens because the Spirit of God is in him [the prophet]. The psalmist is seeing here the events that will occur four hundred and thirty years into the future from his time … in the year B.C. 1040.
Remember, God concurrently sees the beginning and the end of all time and everywhere in between. Again, HE puts the future things into the prophet.
Now, fast forward to the year B.C. 610 … in the Second Book of the Chronicles, chapter thirty-six, in verse eleven, and we will read the very sad narrative of the destruction of the first temple [The temple of Solomon] by fire:
“Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD.
And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.
Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.
And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.” [2 Chronicles 36:11-21]
“They have cast fire…”
Again, in A.D. 70, the Second Temple was destroyed by fire by the Roman legions of Titus.
Matthew 24:1-2: “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
The siege of the city began on 14 April A.D. 70, three days before the beginning of Passover that year. The siege lasted for about five months. It ended in August A.D. 70 on Tisha B'Av. [Tisha B'Av is the ninth day of the Hebrew month of “Av” in Hebrew.]
“They have cast fire…”
And finally, in the Great Tribulation, also known as Jacob’s trouble, [Jeremiah 30:7: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”], the whole land, including the Third Temple, will be destroyed by the fire of God.
Zephaniah 1:18: “Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.”
Zephaniah 3:8: “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.”
After the fire of God’s jealousy has performed this devouring operation a new era [the regeneration] will commence. The millennial Kingdom, wherein God will dwell with man, will be established upon a mountain.
Exodus 15:17: “Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.”
Jesus Christ will plant HIS people upon this mountain: For light on this, see Psalm seventy-eight, verse fifty-four, and then, verse: sixty-nine:
“And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.”
“And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.” [Psalm 78:54, 69]
Side Note: The new sanctuary [this fourth temple] will be replicated according to the pattern of the true sanctuary, which is now in the third heaven. The new sanctuary is described by the prophet in detail in the book of Ezekiel, chapter forty through chapter forty-eight.
This temple will differ in that it has a different builder. This temple will be built by God, unlike all the prior temples that were built by man … for God.
“He built his sanctuary”
Buttressing this truth is this found in the Second Book of Moses called Exodus, in chapter twenty-five:
“And let them make me
a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”