yesterday we looked into a lengthy passage in Zephaniah. The second passage that we want to look into is Isaiah 13:6-13.
I don’t see this passage as being as involved as yesterday’s, but if you haven’t read yesterday’s post please do so, because the background for it is the same.
Now for today’s scripture.
Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. (Coming as Destruction? Is Tribulation destruction or the set up for?)
Isaiah 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: (Why — is this what we see at the end of Tribulation not at it’s beginning? When Jesus comes into Armageddon men’s souls will melt in fear at His appearance. Every eye will see Him. They will call for the rocks and mountains to fall on them to hide them from the presence of the Orge wrath of the Lamb.)
Isaiah 13:8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. (Is this because of the Coming of Tribulation to begin the Day of the Lord or is that day brought on by the coming Lord who brings wrath?) Listen:
Nahum 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. (KJV)
So we know that wrath is reserved for God’s enemies. Would this not mean for all of his enemies if He is reserving it. Why would it just be for Tribulation enemies. It will include them, but it will not come until the end of Tribulation when all of His enemies are identified to receive it on this the Coming Day of the Lord. Listen again:
Nahum 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. (KJV)
This is exactly what we see at the return of Messiah in Revelation 6:12-16 and in Revelation 19:15-21. The kings and mighty men of earth call for the rocks and mountains that Nahum says will be broken up to fall on them to hide them from His presence.
Nahum 1:6a. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? When God’s anger is poured out at His presence no man can stand for long. The Tribulation is not God’s wrath for were it — there is no mortal man who would make it to His Coming.
Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. (This day is Coming and this wrath results in total destruction of sinners. But again to understand wrath, you should read, “Making Sense of Revelation’s Wrath And Jesus’ Coming Without Adding To or Subtracting From What Jesus Sent His Angel to teach Us; it was posted on this blog 7 days ago. Until then remember Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, when we hear):
Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. (This Jesus says is happening after the Tribulation in Matt. 24, and it would seem as indicated immediately before His coming.)
Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. (This is done by Jesus present as the above text says, and here we see He is pouring out wrath and judgment)
Isaiah 13:12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. (This will be the condition of man following the day of the Lord, but it will occur during that day after Satan is released to deceive once more the nations. And then mortal man will be as scarce as pure gold.)
Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (KJV)
In Bible class last week Greg our teacher made an excellent point that this shaking and remaking of the heavens and earth actually occurs as the last moment of the millennium is ending. We will have now taken up our residence in the New Jerusalem as Christ’s Bride, which is at this time descending toward earth. And we from our large picture windows are watching the recreation of Heaven and earth. The earths surface is completely reformed mortal men on earth will now be as scarce as pure gold. And we from New Jerusalem are watching the new creation of animal life and plant life on the earth.
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