Why do the nations rage?
That's a great question. All around the world the nations are raging. According to Global Security there are 44 major conflicts around the world right now. the World at War Many of these conflicts have been going on for decades.
Psalm 2 shows us that ultimately - or perhaps the root cause of all of these conflicts is that the nations are raging against "the Lord and His Anointed."
There are some great commentaries that can explain for you the quotes from Psalm 2 that are used in the New Testament showing how this Psalm is speaking of Jesus and His ultimate reign. The thing that God impressed me with today is that as the nations rage against Him they also rage against His people.
Persecution of Christians around the world is on the rise. I have links here on my blog to websites where you can read stories of persecution and, more importantly, how you can pray and get involved and take action for our brothers and sisters in Christ. It was my prayer that the "Arab Spring" and the death of Kim Jong Il would both bring about positive changes for Christians in those countries, but it appears that persecution there is at least the same and more than likely will be even worse.
Here are some links you may want to check out.
Voice of the Martyrs (you can request a free copy of the book "Tortured for Christ" (USA only)
International Christian Concern
You can also friend Voice of the Martyrs on facebook and get updates in your newsfeed.
Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.
Hebrews 13:3 NASB