January 19: Terminology Zech 14:1-2, Isaiah 34, Jere 30

The differences in the way Jews and Christians look at the Tribulation can be seen in the different terms used for the same time.

We are familiar with the New Testament terminology including the “70th Week of Daniel” which comes from the Tanach.  But it’s important to know the Old Testament terminology when speaking to Israel.  You might find these terms more graphic.

Zechariah 14:1-2

Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

 

Jeremiah 30:6-7

Ask now, and see,
Whether a man is ever in labor with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
Like a woman in labor,
And all faces turned pale?
Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.

This term is especially important for the nations to know as it reflects God’s unique relationship with Israel and His wrathful fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham to curse those who cursed Israel.

Isaiah 34:7-9

The wild oxen shall come down with them,
And the young bulls with the mighty bulls;
Their land shall be soaked with blood,
And their dust saturated with fatness.”

For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance,
The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Its streams shall be turned into pitch,
And its dust into brimstone;
Its land shall become burning pitch.

PRAY FOR YOUR PASTOR AND CHURCH LEADERS TO UNDERSTAND AND TEACH GOD’S UNIQUE RELAITONSHIP WITH ISRAEL.

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