Welcome to Psalms Parallels
Psalms Parallels by Sarah Rae is a compelling book which provides an in-depth study of Psalms 1-121 and discusses the parallel themes and events which have taken place in Jewish history from 1901-2021. A message of hope was hidden within the book of Psalms over 2,000 years ago by God himself, a message that clearly reveals a prophetic timetable that is woven into modern Jewish history. The book of Psalms signals the Messiahs imminent return, within a prophetic timeline hidden in plain view, revealed now as history continues to unfold and is confirmed.
Prophecy is often relegated to the fringe of Christian circles, shrouded in mystery. Many people feel that prophecy is something that can only be understood by educated scholars of the Bible. Yet, this is not accurate. The Bible was written for the layman as well as the scholar, and the prophecies within can also be therefore understood by regular people with an interest in unlocking the mystery of prophecy.
Does this mean any interpretation is correct? No. Two opposing viewpoints cannot both be correct at the same time. In like manner, an interpretation that is not in alignment with the rest of the Bible would be inaccurate based on its conflicting nature. However, God did not give the Bible to man and then write it in a way that is indecipherable. By applying the basic principles outlined below, the entire Bible as well as prophecy will come alive with interpretation that is reasonably and Biblically sound!
Psalms Parallels is an in-depth study of the prophecy included within the book of Psalms in accordance with the basic principles below. It is a compelling comparison of the historical parallel themes between Psalms 1-121 and the events which have taken place in Jewish history from 1901-2021.
Bible Prophecy in the Psalms
Can Prophecy Really be Understood?
Basic Principle One
Use Deductive Reasoning
For example, let's look at the opposing beliefs that the earth is a 3-dimensional sphere versus the belief that the earth is a flat plane. Simple reasoning and deduction conclude that an object cannot be BOTH a 3-dimensional sphere AND a flat plane at the same time.
One of those beliefs must not be accurate. Of course, a giant outside force might be able to take a 3-dimensional spherical earth and squish it flat like a pancake, but that would still mean that the earth existed in two different states at different points in time, not that it existed in both states at the same time.
The point here is that when simple reasoning and deduction is replaced by hypothetical conjecture and postulating, that is when confusion sets in and understanding becomes clouded.
Basic Principle Two
Interpretation must agree with the rest of the Bible
Yes, there are specific statements in the Bible that are hotly debated, and certain verses that scholars say could have been added in later, and no end to the prophesy discussion around items like Pre-tribulation versus Post-tribulation, etc. Those items will continue to be debated by scholars until the second coming of the Messiah and are not in scope of this basic principle.
The point to remember here is that the interpretation of the prophecy must align with the major Biblical themes. For example, if someone claimed a prophecy interpretation revealed that God was a turtle that lived in the rainforest, this would not align with creation in Genesis where God made man in His image, thus qualifying His general shape as different than the turtle (Genesis 1:27) and that God's dwelling place is in the heavens (I Kings 8:43).
Accurate prophecy interpretation will align with Biblical understanding and will not create conflicts with the general messaging in the Bible.
Grace versus Law
The key to understanding the big picture of the Bible and thus to be able to understand the prophecy contained within it is to understand Grace versus Law.
Grace is the story of Jesus' sacrifice and what his death actually means. Law is the story of man's failure to live up to God's standard. At Mount Saini, BEFORE God gave the 10 commandments to Moses, the Israelites told God in arrogance that they "could keep God's commandments." But, it turned out man could not keep what God asked, and so God sent Jesus to do what man could not. Jesus was able to keep the commandments perfectly, and then in a grand finale, he died sinless, as a substitute for our sins.
Going forward, God no longer sees our failures because when he looks at us, he sees Jesus instead. Prophecy comes alive in the Bible against this revelation as the study of prophecy ultimately is a study of Jesus.