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One of the continual ascriptions of praise offered to God in the Old
Testament is that He is the Strength of His people, the same word maoz being
'He is the saving strength of His anointed' (Psa. 28:8).
'He is their strength in the time of trouble' (Psa. 37:39).
The Man of Sin is opposed to God and all His ways, and naturally turns
elsewhere for strength. Psalm 52, while speaking in the first place of Doeg
the Edomite, is prophetic also of the Man of Sin:
'This is the man that made not God his strength (maoz) ... and
strengthened (azaz) himself in his wickedness' (Psa. 52:7).
Psalm 68 is also prophetic of the time of the end. It speaks
prophetically of Christ's ascension. 'Thou hast ascended on high' (verse
18), and also of His Second Coming: 'His strength is in the clouds' (verse
In the blessing pronounced by Moses, when he looks down the ages to the
time of the end, he says:
'There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, Who rideth upon the
heaven in thy help, and in His excellency on the sky' (Deut. 33:26).
This is the prophetic answer to the world's cry at the empowering of
the Beast: 'Who is like unto the Beast? who is able to make war with him?'
If the power of the Beast is the power of the 'air', it is equally true that
the Deliverer of Israel 'rides upon the heaven ... and on the sky'. In Psalm
68 also, we read: 'Him that rideth upon the heavens' (Psa. 68:4,33). For the
same reason the Second Coming is often associated with 'clouds'.
Isaiah speaks of the day to come when Israel will be tempted to trust
in chariots and horses, instead of looking to the Holy One of Israel (Isa.
31:1). This will be following the policy of the Man of Sin, 'the man who
made not God his strength' (Psa. 52:7). After rebuking Israel for their
trust in the arm of flesh, the passage goes on to speak of the deliverance
that will be accomplished by the Lord:
'... so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and
for the hill thereof. As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts
defend Jerusalem; defending also He will deliver it; and passing over
(hovering over) He will preserve it' (Isa. 31:4,5).
We are anxious not to fall into the mistake of misusing the prophets by
attempting to prophesy ourselves. We simply draw attention to a series of
facts, which have an obvious bearing on the subject before us, and leave the
reader to draw his own conclusions. It is clear that the great world power
at the time of the end will be considered invincible. Its leader will
receive power from Satan, and will worship one god only, a 'god of munitions'
(Dan. 11:38 margin). As we also know, he will worship Satan and so it seems
clear that this god of munitions must be Satan himself. The Scriptures refer
to Satan as 'the Prince of the authority of the air', and it is the general
conviction among all nations that supremacy in the air and worldwide dominion
will, in the future, go together. It is clear that the allusions to the
deliverance of Israel by the Lord, Whose 'strength is in the clouds', Whose
excellency is 'on the sky', and Who will at length defend Jerusalem 'as birds