Three great periods of separation are, we think, clearly revealed in God’s Word: 1) “The separation of the chaff from the wheat,” Matt. 3:10,12; 2) “the tares from the wheat,” Matt. 13:37,43; 3) and “the sheep from the goats,” Matt. 25:31. The third great separation like the previous two cover a period of time yet future.
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“The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.” (Amos 5:18) It is “the great day of his wrath.” This dark day is at once the closing scene of the night of weeping and the dawn of the morning of joy. And we would invite your attention, not merely to the scriptural evidence that there will be such a day, but especially to the events that will transpire during that day, and their chronological order.
The first chapter of Zephaniah and part of the second chapter speak of the complete desolation that occurred when Nebuchadnezzar invaded the land and left no inhabitants. Although the judgment to occur on the Arabs in the near future will not be utter desolation, there will, nevertheless, be devastating developments to remove the Arab threat. This judgment will solve the problems with Israel’s more local and surrounding enemies, but not with the distant ones, who will be dealt with when God saves the Holy Remnant out of Jacob’s Trouble.
In other words, for 70 years, God would clean the land of all kinds of false worship and atheistic tendencies. Zephaniah went into detail to show just how thorough the Lord’s reform would be—a thoroughness that was guaranteed! Hearing the prophet’s words, Josiah tried to establish the reform, and he will be blessed in the Kingdom Age for his efforts, even though pockets of idol worship remained. He risked his kingship and suffered unpopularity for a while, but when temporal benefits began to accrue from his reform efforts, the people followed him. Josiah must have been a wonderful leader and very unusual to win the confidence and support of the people. Other prophets tried to effect a reform through their message and were persecuted as a result.
In many of these reasonings, a word is frequently used that may not be clear in our English translation of the Greek. For example, Paul said that a Jew “is one inwardly” and that true circumcision is “of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter [only],” yet we have to study the “letter” of the Word in order to get the spirit. A superficial knowledge of Scripture is different from a spiritual understanding of Scripture, but we have to hear the letter to get the spirit.
Many say, “I know that I love God, and I try to please Him,” but then they put the Word aside and try to use their own reasoning as to what God’s will is. They do not desire instruction.
A true spiritual Israelite’s “praise is not of men, but of God.” A natural human desire is to be recognized by fellowman, but how much better it is to receive praise and recognition from God. The praise of men is superficial and can be very misleading. The one who really obeys receives praise from God; outward obedience is only to please men.
The announcement “yet seven days” told Noah to get ready to load the animals into the Ark. Then would come the rain for 40 days and 40 nights. In other words, to allow time to load the animals into the Ark, God marked off seven days before the rain would start. It would have taken considerably longer if Noah had had to find the animals through his own efforts, but God caused the animals to “come unto” him (Gen. 6:20). We can be sure that the holy angels were guiding the animals and bringing them to Noah in harmony with God’s instruction.
Spiritual reasoning: The Gospel Age is symbolized as comprising seven epochs before the Time of Trouble begins. There is a picture within a picture. The 120 years are a literal time period; the seven days are a symbolic time period. Both time periods end simultaneously with the commencement of the “flood.”
Are the: Great Time of Trouble, Great Tribulation, Day of Wrath, Day of Vengeance, synonymous terms?Jun 6th, 2009 | By admin | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)
Are the: Great Time of Trouble, Great Tribulation, Day of Wrath, Day of Vengeance, synonymous terms?
Chapter 39 begins with wording that is similar to Chapter 38. Ezekiel was told to prophesy against “Gog, the chief prince [or ringleader] of Meshech [Moscow] and Tubal [Leningrad].” Other Scriptures describe the areas and cities of the invading host, Gog, and their movement. Gog will be involved with the Plain of Esdraelon and will go down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat. From the north, Gog will follow the path of least resistance down to Israel and inundate the land. Another Scripture describes the terminal end of the Valley of Jehoshaphat. It is one thing how the Gog forces come down and another thing how they end up. There was a mass burial in the days of King Jehoshaphat. God fought that battle and the people sang, not using their weapons. They came upon mass dead bodies and despoliation (2 Chron. 20:20–30). The Valley of Ziz (verse 16), that is, the Valley of Berachah (verse 26), nicknamed the Valley of Jehoshaphat, refers to that incident. In a similar fashion, God will deal with Gog but through a variety of miracles.