When Jesus declared His earthly ministry in Luke 4, He stopped mid-sentence. Did Jesus forget the rest of Isaiah’s prophecy? Of course not. He stopped there because it was not yet time to draw attention to that part of the prophecy. As the time of His return draws very near, it’s time for us to “finish” the rest of the verse.
That is, to proclaim the Day of God’s vengeance against evil. Scripture tells us that this happens at the start of the Day of the Lord, the 7th Day in God’s great prophetic Week of redemption. To be more specific, it happens during the first 31/2 years of that 1,000-year Day. The Bible calls it the wrath of that Day.
Why do we need to be proclaiming this? Because that Day is also called the Day of Judgment. If people know anything about the “end-times,” they probably have heard about the “final judgment.” That happens at the end of the Day of the Lord.
Thankfully, however, the hierarchy of Satan’s evil forces in the heavenlies is judged and brought down during the wrath of that Day, during the first 31/2 years of His reign. The Antichrist, the False Prophet, the coalition of armies coming against Israel, and the beastly one-world order are also judged and defeated as part of the wrath of that Day. Remember, the Church is raptured before this wrath is poured out and before the Beast’s mark and worship. We’ll see why in the next post.
Very few people know anything about the Day of the Lord. Most of what they think they know about the wrath of that Day is unscriptural. It’s time for this knowledge concerning God’s timetable and the Christ’s 1,000-year reign to be preached. It’s time for the last “elementary principle” of the faith—the doctrine of resurrection and judgment to be made clear.
It’s time for the message of comfort, hope, and victory to be preached. It’s necessary in order to prepare this generation for what lies ahead. We’ll look at that in the next post.