Why is there a time called the Day of the Lord or a time referred to as the wrath of God.
Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
Where is the profit if you escape a lion only to run into a bear? This is like that old saying about going from the frying pan into the fire, either way you are in a lot of trouble!
Israel was hoping to get to the Day of the Lord, yet they were in disobedience to God and His Word. So God’s point is simple, the Day of the Lord will be a day of judgment. God is Just and because He is just He will give those things He has promised to those who have obeyed Him. But by the same token, in His Justice, God must withhold from those who have disobeyed as He declared in His Word.
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
The wrath of God is two figures of speech. First, it is anthropopathia which assigns or gives to God human characteristics. God doesn’t get angry or mad or wrathful. These are human characteristics and help man understand that his actions aren’t pleasing to God. The second figure of speech is idioma of the verb, by permission. Idioma of the verb, by permission speaks of someone taking an action when only permission for the action has been given.
Merriam-Webster defines idiom as, “an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either grammatically (as no, it wasn't me) or in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (as Monday week for “the Monday a week after next Monday”).
Dr. E.W. Bullinger stated, “The fact must ever be remembered that, while the language of the New Testament is Greek, the agents and instruments employed by the Holy Spirit were Hebrews”.
The Hebrews employed a figure of speech known as “idioma of the verb, by permission”. Again Dr. Bullinger, “active verbs were used by the Hebrews to express, not the doing of the thing, but the permission of the thing which the agent is said to do”.
And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
The “they” in this verse are those that “dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers” spoken of in verse 27. Did those who dwell at Jerusalem and their rulers take Jesus down from the tree?
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
Joseph of Arimathaea took Jesus down from the tree after Pilate gave his permission. Therefore in Acts 13:29 when it speaks of the rulers taking Jesus down from the tree it is the figure of speech idioma of the verb, by permission. The vast majority of times this figure of speech is used, it is used of God taking an action that He has not really taken. Rather God has given His permission to allow the event to take place.
In the first and second chapters of Job we are treated to an amazing display of this exact figure of speech when it speaks of God giving Satan permission to attack Job. Satan doesn’t go to God and ask for permission to attack. Satan has had, due to Adam’s transfer of dominion, the right since Genesis 3 to attack any individual he so desires to attack. Due to Adam’s actions in the Garden all of mankind is subject to God’s adversary. Mankind legally belongs to the adversary, like a bondslave of the Old Testament. The only release from this type of slavery is death.
Therefore, when we read that God has had enough of mankind during the days of Noah it is the figure of speech idioma of the verb, by permission. God does not take the action of destroying mankind. God’s adversary the Devil is taking the action. It’s God who works with Noah to provide an escape, a means of salvation.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Jesus Christ came to destroy the one who has the power of death and that is the Devil. God isn’t killing anyone; it’s the Devil that has the power of death!
Once this figure of speech is properly understood and accurately applied we gain a whole new outlook and awareness concerning the nature and character of God. Now when you read “God is Love” or “God is Light” your mind can accept these words without questions about God having a split personality!
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
God has always made a way for mankind to get out of the adversary’s grasp. But most times mankind is too proud and arrogant to look to God for help. We would rather fail on our own than succeed with God’s help.
The people who walk into the Revealing Administration and the great tribulation are there because to that point in time they have refused to believe God. But even then, when the abomination of desolation stands in the Temple, they can obey what Jesus Christ declared, they can believe God’s words and immediately leave Jerusalem.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
The choice is to believe or not believe.
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Their fathers wondered around in the wilderness until they died because of their unbelief. God doesn’t want anyone to die. Had they believed God, had they endured with patience they would have entered into God’s rest. Would they need to endure for forty years? No, from where they entered into a covenant with God to the Promised Land would have been about an eleven day trip. God clearly shows the road of life, eternal life. But not everyone believes the directions God has given. Some even believe that God is just a myth and we need to figure this entire thing out on our own.
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
Israel has repeatedly refused to follow God’s instructions and directions. They have broken the covenant they entered into with God, repeatedly. The penalty for breaking a blood covenant is death. The wages of sin is death. If Israel were to demand the justice of God, they would all die due to their unbelief. Yet most of Israel refuses God’s mercy and grace, the very things that take you out of the realm of justice. According to justice every man merits, has earned, death. But mercy is withholding earned or merited judgment and grace is unmerited blessings or favor. No one should demand the justice of God but rather be thankful for His mercy and grace.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
This prophecy in Daniel is dealing with the time between the suffering and the glory, the valley between the two mountain ranges. It is laid out over a period of 490 years or “seventy sevens” is what the text literally states. Translators took these “seventy sevens” and translated it “seventy weeks” because a week has seven days.
Daniel is praying in chapter 9 and this is the answer to Daniel’s prayer. In the context Daniel is praying about years, seventy years of Judean captivity. These “seventy sevens” of years are broken down into three sections:
1.Seven sevens or 49 years – until the temple and city are restored. Cyrus, the Persian ruler, allowed the nation of Judea to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple and the city after being in captivity, as a nation, for seventy years. 2.Sixty-two sevens or 434 years – until the Messiah is cut-off or killed. From the time the Temple and city were rebuilt, it would be another 434 years until the Messiah, the Christ is crucified. 3.One seven or 7 years – until the return of the Messiah in Glory. At the end of the Revealing Administration Christ will return. This last period of seven years is the time of the treaty Israel makes with the Anti-Christ, which he breaks after three and a half years.
Seventy sevens, or seventy weeks, or four hundred and ninety years; there is still one seven, or one week, or seven years remaining to this prophecy. These seven years are the time of great tribulation and what is misunderstood as the wrath of God or the Lord’s Day.
Six things are spoken of in Daniel 9:24, three of which deal with this last seven years of the prophecy.
1.To finish the transgression = put an end to the revolt or rebellion. The rebellion against God will come to an end during this time because the adversary will kill all those who do not believe God, those who refuse to trust his words. 2.To make an end of sins = to seal up the stubborn disobedience. Again, those who obey God, one-third of Israel, He will lead through their wilderness and into the Kingdom of Heaven Administration. 3.To make reconciliation for iniquity = to bring back the heart that was distorted to the wrong way. When these seven years are ended, we will be left with the “few men” spoken of in Isaiah.
This is what brings the death and destruction of the Revealing Administration, unbelief.
Then right in the middle of the verse the administration changes when Christ returns to set up his kingdom.
4.To bring in everlasting righteousness – this comes with the return of Christ to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. 5.To seal up the vision and prophecy = to complete the dreams and prophecies 6.To anoint the most Holy = the Holy of Holies will be cleansed after the abomination of the Revealing Administration.
God’s desire is for all to enter into His rest, for all to be saved.
1 Timothy 2:3-4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
God’s heart is for all men to be saved and to know the Truth but there are those who refuse to believe God. They will try to enter eternal life by their own means and methods. Sadly, they will fall to the adversary as those who hardened their hearts in the days when Israel wondered in the wilderness.