OF MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST
The Great Tribulation sounded pretty harsh, right? Well,
why should God send Messiah Christ to earth to put up with a bunch of rebels?
Perhaps YOU have rebelled against the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why
should you be allowed to come into the Kingdom age and run around bellyaching
about the holiness and the lack of "civil rights?" There will be no right
in the glorious Kingdom but to do the will of Jesus Christ. You would be
miserable, so God will do away with you in the terror discussed in the previous
chapter. Indeed, many people around the world are about tired of your brand
of griping and God bashing. We look forward to your being GONE friend. Let
me show you how committed God is to clean up Israel for example:
Zephaniah 3:1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to
the oppressing city!
2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction;
she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
3 Her princes
within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the
bones till the morrow.
4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons:
her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
5 The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning
doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no
6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their
streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there
is no man, that there is none inhabitant.
7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear
me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever
I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.
wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for
my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to
pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall
be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
9 For then will I turn to the people
a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him
with one consent.
10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even
the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
11 In that day shalt
thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against
me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy
pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they
shall trust in the name of the LORD.
13 The remnant of Israel shall not do
iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth:
for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O
daughter of Jerusalem.
15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath
cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee:
thou shalt not see evil any more.
16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem,
Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
17 The LORD thy
God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with
joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
18 I will
gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom
the reproach of it was a burden.
19 Behold, at that time I will undo all
that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven
out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put
20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I
gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth,
when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.
Now, in case you get the idea that the Kingdom will be boring and dull
anyway, let me show you what you rebels will miss if you refuse to accept the
salvation offered you by Jesus Christ:
14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the
midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle;
and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and
half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people
shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight
against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his
feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem
on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward
the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half
of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the
mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before
the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall
come, and all the saints with thee.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day,
that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it shall be one day which
shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that
at evening time it shall be light.
8 And it shall be in that day, that living
waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half
of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD,
and his name one.
10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to
Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place,
from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and
from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.
11 And men shall
dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall
be safely inhabited.
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will
smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume
away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their
holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall
come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them;
and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall
rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
14 And Judah also shall fight
at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered
together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
15 And so shall
be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of
all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
16 And it shall
come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against
Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of
hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
17 And it shall be, that whoso
will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the
King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
18 And if the family
of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague,
wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment
of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
20 In that
day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the
pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts:
and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and
in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
Isaiah 40:1 Comfort
ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem,
and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned:
for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.
3 The voice
of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight
in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and
every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass
withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it:
surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but
the word of our God shall stand for ever.
9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift
up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of
Judah, Behold your God!
10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand,
and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs
with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and
meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
13 Who hath
directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path
of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the
small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient
for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they
are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
18 To whom then will ye
liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
19 The workman melteth
a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver
20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a
tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven
image, that shall not be moved.
21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard?
hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the
foundations of the earth?
22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the
earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the
heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their
stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and
they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth
out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his
might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
27 Why sayest thou,
O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment
is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth
not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they
shall walk, and not faint.
It gets better...
3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened,
and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared
the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith
the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them,
as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and
discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and
him that serveth him not.
Malachi chapter 4
Malachi 1:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn
as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:
and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall
leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But unto you that fear my name shall
the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth,
and grow up as calves of the stall.
3 And ye shall tread down the wicked;
for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do
this, saith the LORD of hosts.
4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant,
which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great
and dreadful day of the LORD:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers
to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and
smite the earth with a curse.