Making Your Enemies a Footstool

Psalm 110:1-2 says, “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.”

Matthew 22:41-46 says, “41While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. 43He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.”

David was a man whose heart truly pounded after God. Oftentimes, we view David as only a king when in fact he did take upon himself other roles, such as priestly role, when David ate of the showbread in the temple, which was something that was originally only suppose to be eaten by the priests (1 Samuel 21:6). In the text in Psalm 110, he entered into a prophetic role by the Holy Spirit, insomuch that he began to prophecy of Jesus Christ. It is amazing to note that the Holy Spirit, who is the very breath, voice, and power of God, was moving to some degree even in the Old Testament. Of course, the fulness of the Holy Spirit did not come until the Day of Pentecost, but God’s Word was clearly heard throughout the Old Testament. God’s voice is still heard today!

David was a type of forerunner of Jesus Christ because Jesus Himself was prophet on this earth, is now the High Priest for those who choose to repent and believe, and the King of Kings who will one day return to earth and set up His Kingdom during the Millennial Reign. Also, Jesus Christ came through the lineage of David, and although He came through David’s genealogy, David still recognized who Jesus was prophetically when he stated, “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” (Psalm 110:1). Of all of the Old Testament scriptures, this verse is the most quoted verse in the New Testament! “LORD” here in the Hebrew is “yehovah”, which means, “Jehovah, the LORD, the self Existent and eternal One.” David is referring to God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the King of the universe. But the Creator was speaking to David’s Lord, which is in the Hebrew “adon”, meaning “Adoni, sovereign, master”. This is emphasizing the character and identity of Jesus Christ! Even in Psalm 110, God was speaking to His Son, Jesus Christ, which is why Jesus makes the reference to this scripture in Matthew 22:44. He was, is, and forever will be the Son of God!

It was Jesus’ claim of deity and being the Son of God that led Him to being accused of blasphemy and later crucified (John 10:36). After His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He makes intercession for the believer (Romans 8:34). He is currently where the Creator of heaven and earth told Him to be until His enemies become a footstool. First of all, who are His enemies? We understand that throughout Christ’s ministry on earth, the people who acted as His enemies were the religious sects like the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes, and they became a time of stepping stone for Him because they had Him crucified, which only served as the precious and gracious opportunity for Christ’s resurrection and the redemption of mankind to be in a holy relationship with God. However, that is not what the prophecy is referring to. It is referring to those who are deceived and embrace the spirit of antichrist, which is anything that opposes the identity, message, and purpose of Jesus Christ, such as those who state that Jesus is not the Son of God, He is not fully man and fully God, and He was just a good moral teacher or prophet. This spirit of antichrist is in operation in governments who are seeking to establish a New World Order and religions who persecute Christians, such as many Muslims. This is all a divine setup for when Jesus Christ leave the right hand of the Father and His enemies become His footstool. When will His enemies become a stamping ground for His glory? The moment when the armies of the Antichrist are surrounding the people of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel. He will come with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment on the ungodly (Jude 14-15), and rule out of Jerusalem (Psalm 110:2). This will all come to fruition in future events, but just know that at the end, God’s people will win!

This leads me to ask the question, “Who is your enemy?” It is not the person who gossips or slanders you. It is not our government or the IRS. It is Satan himself who is “as” a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is raging like never before, but I believe that God can sit us in a place of spiritual authority and make the devil our footstool, that what the enemy meant for evil, God will turn it around and make it a stepping stone. The key is not being blinded by the now moment that you are facing, but continue to hold on and keep the faith, knowing that a blessing is coming when it is all said and done. We are not just winners, but we are called to be “more than conquerors” through the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37)! Maintain vision and know what the end result will be, and you will uncover a sweet and wonderful victory!