A Voice in the
Re: Just some extra thoughts regarding Wrath...
When Cain killed Abel, he did not receive the death penalty; but God promised that if Cain, in turn, should be killed, his death would be "avenged" (Gen4:15) After the flood, God issues a specific covenant regarding the sanctity of life. Blood was not to be eaten, and any murder was to be avenged by the death penalty. (Gen9:4-6)
As I was working through Isaiah recently, some little words and phrases popped out at me, which are appropriate to consider in connection with the study on "Wrath". Let's observe them briefly in the order we would find them as we read through the book of Isaiah. (I would really suggest a reading of it from the VW-Edition. There are some little nuggets that have been obscured by the translations we have been used to. Read the whole book; you will see God's nature revealed, His arguments with man regarding His own existence, and the nature of the world's coming judgment.)
Is24:5 "The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants.." It is interesting that today's worshipers of "Mother Earth" are all concerned about 'polluting the environment'. You know, I read recently, that some of these militants will even go to the extremes of 'planting evidence' of some rare life form in areas that are not the natural habitat for these life forms. Perhaps a tuft of fur from a coat of an animal normally indigenous to another part of the world, "suddenly discovered" in a place they wish to seek governmental restrictions against human use. God made earth for man to "have dominion" over it. (Gen1:26,28)
But notice what God says is the "defilement": "they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and have broken the perpetual covenant". How many of these earth-worshiping environmentalists have had abortions? They claim a sanctity for the earth and animals, and "worship and serve the created things more than the Creator" (Rom1:25). And so, as they reject the Creator, they also reject the sanctity of that which was created 'in-His-image', the life of mankind, and the embryonic life in the womb. The world's defilement isn't toxic waste, but the blood of man, shed in rebellion against God.
What is man's judgment from God for this? "Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are held guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned (Is9:19,Rev16:9) and few men are left." (Is24:6)
Is26:18 Israel has not been a light to God's salvation. Israel was planted in the center of the world, as a blessing to the "ends of the earth" (Gen12:3, Ps65:5, 67:7, etc). But as Israel "writhed in pain" to "give birth" and become a nation, they did so "(as it were) to wind". As Isaiah says, "We have not produced any salvation in the earth; nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen [out in birth]." Israel has not fulfilled her mission before the world, but rather took on the world's paganism. Instead of being the source of Life to the world, it became a repository of the world's filth. They were to reject idolatry and be a source of God's Law to the world, but instead, they took on the world's idolatry, and in a mockery of "separation", loathed being around Gentiles, considering them "unclean" (Ac10:14) and "dogs" (Mt15:26); the very ones to whom they were supposed to be a witness.
Is26:19 But even in the midst of speaking of Israel's failure, the promise of the Resurrection. "Your dead ones shall live, together with My dead body they shall arise." Which happened, "..and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and were manifest to many." (Mt27:52-53) Notice, it says "saints". Yes, even though "with most of them" God was not well pleased (1Cor10:5), the "saints" were raised with Christ.
Is26:20 When Jesus said, "..unless those days were shortened...but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.." (Mt24:22), people often wonder what that means. It was foretold here in Isaiah. "Come, my people, enter into your rooms and shut your doors behind you; hide (as it were) for a few moments, until the indignation has passed." This is written to Israel... not the Church. Enoch who "walked with God" was Raptured. The 'seed' of Noah, whose "generations" were perfect (Gen6:9), was kept safe "a few moments" behind the 'doors' of the ark while God wiped the wickedness off the earth.
Is26:21 Notice -whom- God is judging. "Jehovah comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for -their- iniquity.." When Jesus promised to "keep" Philadelphia "from the hour of trial" (Rev3:10), that was because that hour of 'trial' is -for- "those who dwell on the earth". Jesus is "not of this world" (Jn18:36), nor are His "servants". The Believers' "citizenship is in Heaven". (Phil3:20)
Why are the INHABITANTS of the WORLD going to be judged? "..for their iniquity.." What is the nature of that iniquity, which will be judged? Again, we come back to that word, "blood". We have discovered in the past that the "life [soul/nephesh] is in the blood" (Lev17:11) America is charging around like a wild bull in warfare against "terrorists" who killed a little over 3000 people on 9-11. But twice that many are killed, regularly, -DAILY-, within the womb. The blood of those little babies is being shed in the secrecy, safety and comfort of abortion factories.
Commercials are openly popular for various brands of devices which help women keep certain things "secret" to themselves, during certain times of the month. Again, involving "blood".
Well, see how America is going after terrorists in vengeance over a relatively 'few' deaths. Now, understand the scope of God's judgment for all the -blood- that is shed. Man thinks he is doing it in privacy. The woman is exercising -rights- over "her -own- body". Notice the wording regarding judgment...
"..the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.." (vs21b)
OK...that's the 2) world (Babylon), and 3) Israel.
And now... "1)"
Is27:1 "In that day Jehovah with His great and fierce and strong sword shall punish Leviathan, the fleeing serpent; Leviathan, that twisted serpent; and he shall kill the dragon in the sea." Remember it was the "serpent" that came to Eve. (Gen3) And in judgment it is "..the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan.." (Rev20:2)
The evil of the Far-East is depicted as a serpentine dragon. Modern science fiction conceives of symbiotic demonically evil entities (like in Star Gate) as little dragon/serpent-looking creatures. Even the relationship of satan before Israel is depicted as the "fiery red dragon" (Rev12:3)
In Scripture quite often the word "sea" is symbolic of the masses of humanity; the overall world system. This "Leviathan" is not an actual physical creature in this instance. Whatever the actual physical creature may have been (perhaps T-Rex?), here it is symbolic of God's judgment against satan.
But notice regarding Israel through all of this. Note this well, you who think that Israel is "done for", and that the Church permanently replaces Israel, and that it would be just as well for Israel to be annihilated, therefore, many of your kind go over there and 'help' the PLO...
Is27:2~ "In that day sing to her, a vineyard of desirable wine. I, Jehovah, keep it; I will water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day...He shall cause those who come from Jacob to take root; Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit."
Yes, Israel rebelled. But God is going to "purify the sons of Levi.." (Mal3:3) Yes, Israel sinned against God. But God will see to it that "..the iniquity of Jacob be atoned.." (vs9)
Yes, Jesus called His followers (Church) His "friends". (Jn15:15) The Church is likened unto the Bride of Christ. (Eph5:32) But Israel also still has a special place. Israel came first. They are the "natural branches". (Rom11:21,24) And Israel will be restore to fellowship. (Rom11:26) Israel left her husband, but God has been pleading with her to "return". (Jer3:1) And He will see to its completion. If you wish to scoff at Israel, just keep in mind that, "..He has sent Me after glory to the nations who plundered you; for he who touches you touches the pupil of His eye." (Zec2:8) His retribution against Israel's enemies, on Israel's behalf, will be like when "..Jehovah shall go forth and fight against those nations, like the day He fought in the day of battle." (Zec14:3)
Suggested reading: Isaiah ch24.
Don't be found, in that day, a foe of God!