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Part Two - Of Russia, Her Evil Allies, And Etcetera.

"Again: The Day Of The LORD." . . .



( 1 ). Scripture: "Alas for the day! for the 'day of the LORD [ Yom Adonai' ] is at hand, and is a destruction from the Almighty shall it come, { Joel 1:15 }."

( 2 ). Commentary . . . The phrase "Day of the LORD" is used five times in Joel. Although it has as we have already stated, reference to the local judgment that GOD brought on Judah in the past through a plague. It also speaks of a future day when GOD will intervene in judgment upon the world. For example . . .

( 3 ). { V. 31 } Scripture: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.

( 4 ). { V. 32 }: "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the Remnant whom the LORD shall call, { Joel 2:31-32 }."

( 5 ). Scripture: "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the 'day of the LORD' is near in the valley of decision, { Joel 3:14 }."

( 6 ). Commentary ... No doubt these verses above are speaking of a future day of judgment, because the sun was not darkened, nor the moon turned into blood during Joel's day. Who is the LORD going to judge here?

( 7 ). It will naturally be Israel herself first, and for sure all of Israel's enemies will be tested at the time during the Tribulation Period. And, all the nations of the world will be judged at the judgment of the nations at MESSIAH's Second advent!

( 8 ). "The valley of decision," is the same as the valley of Jehoshaphat of { V. 2 } where GOD will decide the out-come concerning the future of mankind, not where people will decide about The LORD! See again { Matthew 25:31-46 }.

( 9 ). The judgment mentioned in Matthew will take place after the Great Tribulation has ended! To understand what is meant by "Day of the LORD," we must comprehend the difference between man's day and the LORD's day. There are four key days mentioned in Scripture and even Theologians at times get mixed up by confusing one with the other.

( 10 ). "First is man's day." This phrase is used as concerning a reference to "man's judgment." This man's judgment is literally man's day, having reference to the day which is, when men have control over human government. The Apostle Paul stated . . .

( 11 ). Scripture: "But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment . . . { 1- Corinthians 4:3. }"

( 12 ). Commentary ... "Second is the day of CHRIST," mentioned six times in Scripture see { 1- Corinthians. 1:8; - 5:5; - 2- Corinthians. 1:14; - Philippians 1:6, 10; - & - 2:16 }. It refers to the time when CHRIST will come to Rapture the BODY OF CHRIST { 1- Thessalonians 4:16-18; - & - 1- Corinthians 15:51-52. } from off the earth, taking Christians to be with Him.

( 13 ). But, in { John 14:1-3 } the LORD is certainly "NOT" talking about the secret Rapture but of MESSIAH's Second Advent! When reading all these texts the student must be careful to differentiate between the Rapture and the Second Coming, and remember that there is at least a seven year period between the two advents! "Third is the Day of the LORD, [ Yom Adonai" ] which speaks of a dark gloomy day, a time of judgment. . . .

( 14 ). { V. 1 } Scripture: "Blow you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My 'holy mountain [ Zion' ]: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for 'the day of [ the judgment of ] the LORD [ is ] coming,' for it is near at hand,

( 15 ). { V. 2 }: 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 has not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations, { Joel 2:1-2 }."

( 16 ). The above { V. 2 } paraphrased in commentary form ... "A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and of thick mists and darkness, like the morning dawn spread upon the mountains; so there is coming a great heathenistic Gentile invasion from, a hostile people very numerous and unbelievably strong, a huge and mighty host, of which - that has never been the like before, and neither shall be any more in the future, even to the years of many generations." See { Joel 1:15; - & - Ezekiel 33:1-7 }.

( 17 ). { V. 16 } Scripture: "Therefore the LORD, the GOD of hosts, the LORD, says thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.

( 18 ). The above { V. 16 } Paraphrased in commentary form ... "Therefore [ thus says ] the LORD, the GOD of hosts, the LORD, says thus; Crying shall be in 'all [ the broad' ways and 'all the ] streets'; and they shall say in all the highways, 'Alas! [ worrisome' ], and they shall call the 'husbandman [ i.e., the farmers and other land owners' ] to mourning, and such as are 'skilful of lamentation to crying : [ I.e., Skilful of lamentation: professional mourners, usually women." see { Jeremiah 9:9-15, 17. } [ I.e., the word 'Alas' refers to grief, pity, concern, apprehension, or worries concerning of evil, and worrisome. ]

( 19 ). { V. 17 }: And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for 'I will pass through [ the midst' of ] you, said the LORD.

( 20 ). { V. 18 }: 'Woe [distress' ] unto you that "desire the day of the LORD! [ I.e., Why would you want the day of the LORD to come upon you" ] to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness and not light.

( 21 ). { V. 19 }: As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into a house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

( 22 ). { V. 20 }: Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? { Amos 5:16-20 }."


( 23 ). Commentary ... The prophet Amos prophetically sets forth the sorrow that will be Israel's upon experiencing MESSIAH's judgment. The devastation will be complete throughout the land of Israel, and yes - throughout all the world's nations during the future Tribulation Period, and sorrow will be every-where.

( 24 ). Travellers on the highways in Israel will see it every place they go. Farmers and their grape vineyard workers will find the burden of sorrow more pressing than the care of their crops, and this will lead them to mourn.

( 25 ). The only ones who might profit in any way from this judgment, that is, if you could call it profit, would be professional mourners, who may be in great demand for their services as it was in the past?

( 26 ). One thing you can be sure of is that this judgment will take place! Because, MESSIAH Himself will pass through the land in judgment as He has promised. Read again { V. 17; - & - 4:12. }

( 27 ). Amos deals with those who, perhaps with feigned piety, long for the "Day of the LORD, [ Tribulation Period" ] to come. They do this because they do not understand the true nature of that day.

( 28 ). It is true that the "Day of the LORD" will result in Israel's exaltation, but they do not realise that it will involve a preparation in which all evil will be judged and evil-doers destroyed everywhere worldwide.

( 29 ). Only those in right relationship with the LORD will survive the "Day of the LORD." For them that remain unsaved, the Day of the LORD will be far worse than the judgment by the hand of the Assyrians back during the Old Testament Dispensation, although the judgment with the Assyrians at that time foreshadows the coming Tribulation judgment of the future.

( 30 ). As we have said before: "the DAY OF THE LORD refers primarily to the Tribulation Period and its Short 7 year Dispensation." But in another sense it refers to the Thousand year Reign of peace on the Earth after MESSIAH returns to set up His Kingdom of peace.

( 31 ). Many folks have decided that since The DAY OF THE LORD must strictly refer to the LORD's personal reign, they should pray for it to come upon them so that the world will become a peaceful haven from then on.

( 32 ). They do not realise that the Tribulation Dispensation must come first to run its course! Today we hear many so-called intelligent people calling for a "One World Government." You can be assured, there will be a "One World Government." But, what these people do not understand is that there is to be "TWO - One World Governments" that must rule in the future!

( 33 ). The first one will be the "World Government of the Antichrist with Satan at the head it", and this will be that Government that consists of various judgments from GOD." The second "One World Government will consist of MESSIAH's Millennial Reign of peace on earth."

( 34 ). When one understands what these two governments are all about they had better not desire the first government to come into existence. The question is, what are you looking forward to, the Rapture to be with CHRIST, or to the Antichrist?

( 35 ). As for the Israelis in the past, they might have conceivably been spared in some cases during the Assyrian invasion, but they certainly will not escape the Tribulation judgments to come in that - week of years - in the "DAY of the LORD" otherwise called the "Time of Jacob's Trouble!" . . .

( 36 ). Scripture: "Alas for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of 'Jacob's [ Israel's ] trouble; but 'he [ Jacob ... the saved Israelite Remnant' ] shall be saved out of it, { Jeremiah 30:7 }."

( 37 ). Commentary ... Calamity will be world-wide at that time and even more so in the land of Israel. Amos graphically portrays this reality in { 5:19 } above - as he pictures a man who successfully escapes from a lion and while doing so, meets a bear from which he also successfully escapes to the supposed safety of "his house."

( 38 ). I.e., but, there will be no place of safety in the Day of the LORD," the man enters his house only to be bitten [ and mortally wounded ] by a poisonous snake as in exhaustion he leans against the wall to recover from his escape. The summary questions { V. 20 } drives home the point: the "Day of the LORD" offers 'N0' hope for evildoers, only certain doom!

( 39 ). { V. 1 } Scripture: "Thus has the LORD GOD 'showed to me [ a parable' ]: and 'behold [ take notice' ] a basket of [ ripe and therefore soon-to-perish ] summer fruit.

( 40 ). { V. 2 }: And He said, Amos, what do you see? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD to me, The end is come upon My people Israel; 'I will 'NOT' again pass by [ and spare ] them any more.'

( 41 ). { V. 3 }: And the songs of the temple shall 'be- [ come' ] 'howlings [ and crying' ] in that day said the LORD GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence, { Amos 8:1-3 }." See { Amos 8:8-13; - & - 9:2. }

( 42 ). Commentary ... The vision of the basket of summer fruit brings forth the warning of GOD's judgment because of Israel's unbelief, and because they have forsaken Him as their true MESSIAH. The fruitful time for the nation is over and only judgment can now follow.

( 43 ). The vision here portrays the nations time for judgment, and since the basket of fruit was obviously ripe for eating, so now Israel has become ripe for judgment, and it will come very soon. That this is the intent of the vision is made certain by the LORD's statement "The end is come upon My people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more" { V. 2 }.

( 44 ). [ JEHOVAH had previously passed by them in Egypt to save them from His wrath after they had placed lamb's blood on the door post just before the great exodus from that wicked country! ] The word "Temple [ Hebrew: 'hekal' palace, temple" ] is ambiguous. It can either refer to a palace or a temple, and the various English translations select the meaning the editors prefer.

( 45 ). In this prophecy Amos refers both to temple songs { 5:23 } and palace songs { 6:5 }. The exact identity of their songs is not important. The fact is that the songs will be turned into "howlings" and wailing because of the dead bodies that will be strewn about everywhere.

( 46 ). In view of such death and devastation, the only fitting response will be a silent mourning, with no pretty burial songs! So deep will be the grief that at this time word will utterly fail those whose responsibility it is to dispose of the bodies, and they will go about their work in silence { V. 3 }. During the Tribulation Period the world including Israel will be in deep - deep trouble . . .

( 47 ). Scripture: "They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity, { Ezekiel 7:19 }."

( 48 ). The above { V. 19 } paraphrased in commentary form ... "They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be 'removed [ and discarded' like an unclean thing or rubbish, because ]: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy 'their souls [ or their animal cravings' ], neither [ shall their lust or cravings ] fill their bowels, [ i. e., their stomachs with them' ]: 'because [ their wealth' ]: it is the stumbling block of their iniquity, { Ezekiel 7:19 }." See also { Proverbs 11:4; - & - Zephaniah 1:18 }.

( 49 ). Commentary ... As all are aware: "Money today can buy most anything. In the following verses please follow along with your own Bible. The reader will notice that we have placed various parentheses in the verses for a better understanding of the texts.

( 50 ). Money will buy greedy lawyers and greedy court systems for the wealthy, but in that future time wealth will be next to "worthlessness." More than likely the rich will cry the loudest as they did when the great depression began back in 1929 when many of the rich committed suicide because their wealth had vanished! . . .

( 51 ). { V. 1 }. Scripture: "Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

( 52 ). { V. 2 }: Your [ abundant ] riches [ have rotted and is ruined and ] are corrupted, and your [ many ] garments are motheaten.

( 53 ). { V. 3 }: Your gold and silver 'is cankered [ and rusted through' ]; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat [ and devour ] your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days, { James 5:1-3 }."

( 54 ). Commentary ... During this present day and in the beginning of the Tribulation Period, some people who are unsaved will think that they will save their riches for their old age, with no idea it will become worthless later during the Tribulation, See { 2- Timothy 3:1 }. In { V. 1 }: above, James censored pride in chapter four, and here, in phraseology similar to the prophetic tones of certain Old Testament literature, he repudiates the ... "rich." - The words . . .

( 55 ). "Go to now" ... appeared in chapter { 4:13 } where it also was used to express emotion. The rest of { V. 1 } reminds one of ancient apocalyptic outcries, see { Isaiah 13:6, 11; - 14: 31; - 15:3; Jeremiah 4:8; - & - Joel 1:5, 13 }. Audible crying is heightened by outbursts of wailing. The words . . .

( 56 ). "Weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you" . . . contrasts to present Christian suffering under trials. When the LORD returns the experience will be reversed in greater proportions { James 5:8 }. Who are these ... "rich men?"

( 57 ). This social class receive attention neither as a tangent nor because his recipients were such, but James is indirectly warning his double- minded Christian readers of the life-styles they may be approaching ... although no true Child of GOD will go into the Tribulation of that soon coming day!

( 58 ). On the other hand, some mistakenly believe otherwise. There is "NOT" one verse in the N.T. that states that even one of GOD's Children will ever go into that time of testing! The Tribulation will test those who are not Saints! Every Christian has been tested and has past the test at the time they were converted! Therefore there will never again be a testing period for any of them! We will refer to this later. . .

( 59 ). { James 5:2-3 }, { 2 }: One characteristic of prophetic literature is to view the future as though it was present. The perfect tense of the words "are corrupted and are moth-eaten" pictures the effects of "riches" as already having occurred. { 3 }: The destructive results of "rust" upon "gold and silver" testify to the vanity of riches.

( 60 ). It is difficult to affirm conclusively the meaning of the words "eat your flesh as it were fire" but perhaps James uses the dramatic phrase to contrast the array of mortal bodies to their final state, this is similar as the language used in the quotes of JESUS in { Matthew 6:10-20; - & - Luke 12:21 }.

( 61 ). The words "for the last days" in { V. 3 }, should be a time for securing heavenly treasure not earthly wealth, the words: [ "in the last days" would be a better accurate translation than ... "for the last days" from { V. 3 }!

( 62 ). { V. 12 } Scripture: For the Day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low; . . .

( 63 ). { V. 13 }: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

( 64 ). { V. 14 } And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

( 65 ). { V. 15 }: And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

( 66 ). { V. 16 }: And upon all the ships of Tar'shish, and upon all pleasant pictures,

( 67 ). { V. 17 }: And the loftiness of men shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

( 68 ). { V. 18 }: And the idols He shall utterly abolish.

( 69 ). { V. 19 }: And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly the earth . . .,

( 70 ). { V. 20 }: In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and the idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

( 71 ). { V. 21 }: To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly the earth.

( 72 ). { V. 22 }: Cease you from men, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of? { Isaiah 2:12-22 }."

( 73 ). The above { Vs. 12-22 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

( 74 ). { 12 }: "For [ there shall be ] the 'Day of the LORD of hosts' [ 'and it ] shall be upon [ and against' ] every one that is proud and lofty, and upon 'every one that is lifted up [ in pride for self' ]; and he shall be brought low: . . . see { Zephaniah 2:3; - & - Malachi 4:1 }.

( 75 ). { 13 }: [ The wrath of GOD shall begin by coming down against, ] And upon all the cedars of Lebanon [ west of the Jordan river ], that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan [ east of the Jordan river ],

( 76 ). { 14 } And [ after that ] upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

( 77 ). { 15 }: 'And upon [ and against' ] every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

( 78 ). { 16 }: And 'upon [ against' ]all the ship of "Tar'shish [ England " ], and upon all "pleasant pictures, [ I.e., picturesque and desirable imagery designed for mere ornamentation, luxury and other objects of art" ].

( 79 ). { 17 }: And then the loftiness of men shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall 'be made [ brought' ] low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that [ coming "Millennial ] day. [ which follows the Tribulation Period" ].

( 80 ). { 18 }: And the idols He shall utterly pass away and be completely abolished. [ Anything people bow down to such as religious figurines, pictures, Crosses, statues, money, gold, silver, trees or any material goods ].

( 81 ). { 19 }: 'And [ the frightened people, the stricken and deprived of all in which they had trusted,' ] they shall go into 'the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth', 'for fear [ because of the terror and dread ] of the LORD,' and 'for [ i.e., from' ] the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly the earth. See { Luke 23:30; - Revelation 6:15; - 16:18; - & - Haggai 2:6-7 }.

( 82 ). { 20 }: In 'that day [ of Tribulation' ] a man shall cast his idols of silver, and the idols of gold, 'which they made each one for himself to worship [ such as an idol of Mary and other dead Saints,' and gold, or silver coin, or jewellery, that might cease to please the LORD ], to the moles and to the bats;

( 83 ). { 21 }: To go into the 'clefts [ caverns' ] of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, 'and for [ i.e., from before ] the glory of His majesty, when He arises to 'shake [ mightily and ] terribly the earth.'

( 84 ). { 22 }: [ 'I tell you this, you should ] Cease [ to trust in weak, frail dying ] men, whose breath is in his nostrils [ for so short a time' ]: "for wherein is he to be accounted of? [ I.e., in what sense can he be counted as having intrinsic worth?" Is he really more intelligent and all knowing than GOD? ] { Isaiah 2:12-22 }."

( 85 ). Commentary ... The LORD's judgment in the ... "Day of the LORD." ... { V. 12 }. Prophetically, this refers to the final overthrow of all human government, which shall precede the coming of MESSIAH as King, see { 2- Thessalonians 1:7, - 2:12; - & - 2- Peter 3:12 }.

( 86 ). The references to ... "cedars and oaks and mountains and hills" in { Vs. 13-14 } these trees were at times worshipped as is mentioned in { Jeremiah 10:1-10 }. This is a good reference to turn to when teaching about a Christmas tree. Trees were looked on also as images for haughty nobles and princes, see { Amos 2:9; - Zechariah 11:1-2; - & - Revelation 19:18-21 }.

( 87 ). The ... "high places" . . . were also used for unlawful sacrifices and worship to idols, that the people worshipped instead of the LORD JEHOVAH. See 2- Kings 15:4 }. The word ... "Bashan" ... where tribes of Giants lived in { V. 13 } referred to land east of the Jordan river, which was north of the river "Jabbok," and was famous for fine oaks, pasture, and cattle. When considering "oaks" { Isaiah 1:29 } refers to the idolatry associated with these trees.

( 88 ). The reference in { V. 19 } to ... "holes in the rocks" ... as hiding places in the time when GOD shall ... "shake terribly the earth" with earth quakes ... this is reminiscent of { Revelation 6:15-16; - & - 16:18 }. The destruction in view here seems cataclysmic in nature and obviously also refers to a future final nuclear destruction, during which people will think that their only safety might be in the caves of the earth, see { Zechariah 14:12; - & - Isaiah 24-5-6 }.

( 89 ). You can be sure of one thing, there will be Nuclear war at that time! { 22 }: "Cease you from man," ... means to cease putting your trust in man whose very existence themselves, is in the hand of GOD. All of this vividly describes the desperate actions of people during the coming Tribulation Period.

( 90 ). { V. 16 } Scripture: "Moreover the LORD says, because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:

( 91 ). { V. 17 }: Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.

( 92 ). { V. 18 }: In that day the LORD will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon.

( 93 ). { V. 19 }: The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,

( 94 ). { V. 20 }: The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the head bands, and the tablets, and the earrings,

( 95 ). { V. 21 }: The rings,' and nose jewels,

( 96 ). { V. 22 }: The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

( 97 ). { V. 23 }: The glasses, and the fine linen, and the "hoods, and the veils.

( 98 ). { V. 24 }: And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.

( 99 ). { V. 25 }: Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war,

( 100 ). { V. 26 }: And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground, { Isaiah 3:18-26 }."

( 101 ). The above { Vs. 16-26 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

( 102 ). { 16 }: "Moreover the LORD said, because the daughters of Zion are haughty and proud, and walk with stretched necks and with undisciplined [ flirtatious and alluring with ] wanton eyes, walking, [ skipping ] and mincing along as they go, and making 'a tinkling noise with the anklet [ ornaments ] hanging down close to their feet:

( 103 ). { 17 }: Therefore the LORD will smite them with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion [ making them bald ], and the LORD will cause them to be taken as captives and suffer the indignity of being stripped naked.

( 104 ). { 18 }: "In that day the LORD will take away their finery and of their tinkling crescent shaped ornaments such as small bracelets and bells about their ankles, and their 'cauls [ head bands' ], and their 'round tires like the moon, [ and other 'ornaments, such as some people wear stuck in their noses, their ears, or on their navels, etc.' ]

( 105 ). { 19 }: The chains, pendants, and the bracelets, and the "mufflers [ spangled face Veils and scarves such as the Muslims and some Catholics wear " etc. ]

( 106 ). { 20 }: The headbands, the 'short stepping-chains [ attached from one foot to the other to insure a measured gait' ], the sashes, the perfume boxes, the amulets or charms [ suspended from the ears or neck ],

( 107 ). { 21 }: The [ 'signet ] rings,' and 'nose jewels [ or rings' and other ornaments attached to the flesh of ones body ],

( 108 ). { 22 }: The 'changeable suits [ festal robes, the cloaks, the stoles and shawls, ] of apparel,' and the "mantles, and the wimples [ head coverings" ], and the "crisping pins [ hand bags" ],

( 109 ). { 23 }: The hand mirrors, the fine linen, under garments, and the "hoods, [ turbans" ] and the veils, ... [ such as Catholics and Muslims wear" with perhaps the whole-body- enveloped in robes or veils. I.e., which some people in certain cases may wear to show forth their pities. "You be the judge!" ].

( 110 ). { 24 }: And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet odour of spices there shall be the "stench of rottenness [ as arising from ulcers"; and instead of a belt or sash, a "rope [ an emblem of poverty" ]; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a "rich robe - a stomacher, a broad plaited girdle made of sackcloth;" and searing: of captives by the scorching heat such as from the sun with blisters when their hoods and veils were stripped off, while they had to work as captives" . . . instead of beauty.

( 111 ). { 25 }: Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war, [ and concerning Israel ...

( 112 ). { 26 }: And Jerusalem's gates shall cry and mourn as those who cry because of their dead; and 'she the people of Judea, being ruined and desolate, shall sat upon the ground,' { Isaiah 3:16-26 }." See { Job 2:13 - & - Lamentations 2:10 },

( 113 ). Commentary ... Even though many of these things happened in the past, mentioned in the old statement "what goes around - comes around." The Scripture says that there is "No new thing under the sun, { Ecclesiastes 1:9 }." In Isaiah's day the prophet spoke a violent denunciation against the haughty and fashionable women of Jerusalem who were more concerned about the latest fads in jewelry, hair style, and dress than they were in spiritual well-being of the times and of the nation.

( 114 ). The daughters of Zion were - as many people are today, described as "haughty, proud and wanton [ suggestive" ]. Because the women walked with heads held high and many times with seductive eyes, and went along with mincing steps, and to show off their jewelry.

( 115 ). And, we might say that many men are wearing adornment and copying the women in dress and makeup, sporting long hair which is forbidden in the Bible, but they are doing this right now during this present Grace Age. See { 1- Corinthians 11:14 }. Doesn't this remind you of clothing and swimsuits that woman ware who model that type of apparel? and of course some men do the same thing today! Most of humanity do not look upon such things as being all that sinful, but for sure and certain the LORD JEHOVAH does.

( 116 ). Thus the prophet warns that the LORD will take away all of their adornments. Instead of delighting in these female dainties, they will perish with the men of the nations. Therefore, in the coming day of captivity, instead of sweet smelling perfume, there shall be a 'stink [ putrefaction' ]; and instead of wearing fine clothing they will wear the poorest of rags. Many men and women may become angry when a minister writes such things as I have written in this message, but the Apostle Paul said ...

( 117 ). Scripture: "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? { Galatians 4:16 }."

( 118 ). Commentary ... Sometimes the truth really hurts, I think we all agree to this fact. The passage closes by warning that the men shall fall by the sword in battle and the women will be sold off as slaves. In the ancient Near East the humiliation of slavery usually included being stripped naked, as countless women and men were in the German death camps in Europe during world war two. In ancient times people were chained together naked and marched off into captivity to be sold as a servant or much worse.

( 119 ). { V. 20 } Scripture: "Woe [ grievous distress' ] unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

( 120 ). { V. 21 }: 'Woe [ grievous distress' ] unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and 'prudent [ and shrewd' ] in their own sight!

( 121 ). { V. 22 }: "Woe [ grievous distress" ] unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

( 122 ). { V. 23 }: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

( 123 ). { V. 24 }: Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel, { Isaiah 5:20-24 }."

( 124 ). The above { Vs. 22-24 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

( 125 ). { 22 }: "Woe [ grievous distress" ] unto them that 'are mighty [ heroes in their own sight' ] 'to drink [ great quantities of ] wine, [ to prove to others how worthy they are' ] and men of strength 'to mingle strong drink [ i.e., think they are wise because they can adequately mix alcoholic drinks and hold great quantities of alcohol' ]: [ I.e., The reader will have to pardon us for Ad-libbing but, from the writers experience from the past, he believes that it is necessary for a better understanding of the Texts. ]

( 126 ). { 23 }: 'Which justify [ and acquit ] the wicked [ and guilty ] for reward [ i.e., a bribe' ], and take away the righteousness of the righteous [ and the innocence ] from him! . . . See { 2- Chronicles 36:15-21 }.

( 127 ). { 24 }: Therefore as the [ tongue of ] fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff [ as dry grass ], so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as [ fine ] dust: because they have [ rejected and ] cast away the [ Mosaic law, and yes even the continual moral ] law [ that does not end, and the teachings ] of the LORD of hosts, [ and have not believed but have treated scornfully ] and [ have ] despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel, { Isaiah 5:20-24 }."

( 128 ). Commentary ... Though the above verses were addressed to people in Isaiah's day the same can be said as a warning to the present Dispensation. The writer speaks against those who confound the distinctions of right and wrong which the people, and for sure, the judges and courts are guilty of today, see { Romans 1:28-32 }.

( 129 ). Many in high places ignore the honest principles that should be prevalent in their own office, they cheat, lie, steal, commit adultery and disregard all oaths they have taken, even when taken with their hands on the Bible! Those people in high office should be looked on as role models for the younger generations to look up to. People whom the younger generations can copy for their own lifestyle. But, when we see what is taking place concerning our politicians how on earth can many of them be looked on as role models? And the question is, "Whom among us today is there, that are not guilty of some of these travesties?"

( 130 ). What is a "reprobate?" "He can refer to a person who is unprincipled, or reprehensible: one who is morally depraved, and rejected by GOD; excluded from the number of the elect with his moral perception darkened." Many look upon sin and classify it as honesty and sweet, but sin is bitter as is stated in GOD's Word, see { Jeremiah 2:19; - 4:18; - Acts 8:23; - & - Hebrews 12:15 }.

( 131 ). Although it may seem sweet for a time it is still sin! See { Proverbs 9:17-18 }. As it was in the time of the prophet Isaiah, so it is today. Good preachers are preaching the LORD's Word to help the nations - but who are listening? "Woe" - against those who are so "wise in their own eyes" as to think they know better than GOD's Spoken Words, and therefore reject the warnings, see { Isaiah 29:14-15 }.

( 132 ). "Woe [ pitiful and shame" ]: against corrupt judges, who themselves many times are as guilty as the prisoners that appear before them. Some judges and lawyers are guilty in corrupting themselves with strong drink and other debauchery, and likely have boasted of their sin. Boasting is certainly not uncommon, it goes on every day among braggarts!

( 133 ). The Scriptures signify that high office holders are many times guilty of being backsliders in their jobs and are sinners both privately and sometimes without shame in front of public eyes. Plus, at times some are, and have been guilty of taking bribes [ "reward" ]. To people such as this . . ., GOD's Word is not of the least importance!

( 134 ). Referring back to "The day of the LORD" and to the subject at hand, as we have already pointed out, it refers to the direct intervention of GOD in the affairs of man after the Rapture of the BODY OF CHRIST. This day in this instance covers two Dispensations, one: "the Tribulation Period for a seven year Dispensation," and two, the Dispensation of the Millennial Kingdom reign of MESSIAH that will last for a whole one thousand year period, read { Revelation 20:1-8 }.

( 135 ). And then follows, the Great White Throne Judgment { Revelation 20:11-15 }. "The day of the LORD" when applied to the Millennial Kingdom is not only a time of judgment on the wicked at the end of the Millennium, but a time of great blessing for the redeemed of Israel and the saved of the nations during that Dispensation.

( 136 ). Fourth is the "Day of GOD," mentioned in { 2- Peter 3:12 }, which has reference to eternity with the heavens passing away ... "and the elements melting with fervent heat" ..., and with the earth therefore being renovated by fire.

( 137 ). Then the establishment of a "new heaven [ i.e., atmosphere" ] "and [ a new re-created ] earth [ upon this planet" ], will take place ushering in the eternal state. The words "destruction from the ALMIGHTY" Who will cause the literal destruction with judgment. The certainty of this dissolution makes doubly urgent a life of godliness for the Child of GOD!

"A Great Drought On The Land During The Tribulation ...

( 138 ). Commentary ... After the Rapture the two Hebrew witnesses will cause it not to rain for 3 1/2 years during the first half of the Tribulation Period { Revelation. 11:6 }." ... "Elijah by prayer and the intervention of JEHOVAH caused it not to rain for 3 1/2 years during the time of his prophecy in { 1- Kings 17:1; }." ... "Elijah by prayer and the intervention of JEHOVAH again, caused it to rain in { 1- Kings 18:41-45 } ." ... "{ James 5:17 }: tells the rest of the story."

( 139 ). Joel tells us of the drought concerning the famine on Judah in the Old Testament which was terrible for the people and animals alike. Paul tells us . . .

( 140 ). Scripture "For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now, { Romans 8:22 }," "waiting for the day when it will be delivered, see { Romans. 8:19, 21; - & - Isaiah. 65:25 }.

( 141 ). Commentary ... Adam's sin affected all of creation, because it was under his domain, but at CHRIST's Second Coming creation will be delivered. When we study history we find that lessons are to be learned from Judah's past experience. Christians in the US. today as a usual thing, have enjoyed unprecedented peace, prosperity and plenty as "NO" other nation on earth has.

( 142 ). But, one should not take these blessings lightly. Because, this nation is on a destructive course! In fact, someone has said that "IF" GOD does not judge America, He will have to apologise to Sodom and Gomorrah. In a moment of time GOD could remove His hand of blessing, judgment could fall and loss ensue as it did in Judah, and to be sure "IT WILL !!!!!"

( 143 ). This writer believes that the "Obama administration" began a downward trend for the US. and we are sorry to have to say this, but we cannot see any great recovery for our nation until the return of MESSIAH! The greatest reason for this is because our country is rapidly turning its back on GOD's people, Israel, AND, because of the lawful murder of the "some 50 or more - million American babies" that have been annihilated through the government orchestrated premeditated murder establishments throughout the United States!

( 144 ). "After all, it was the government that legalised these murders! And yet there are tears when one murderous baby doctor is killed - when he himself has murdered thousands of American children for money, with no apparent sorrow for the children." See { Isaiah 5:20 - & - Matthew 18:4-6 }.

"One thing for sure, the price for these murders will be paid for in full!"



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