In this way, “creation was subjected to futility” (Rom. 8: 20), by divine design, in order to curb and humiliate the pride of humanity. The limitations of mortality are understood to be a type of captivity (see Rom. 7: 23), an enslavement from which only God can deliver. So humans are by nature “prisoners of sin” (Gal. 3: 22, NLT) and “slaves to sin” (Rom. 6: 16,20, NIV; cf. John 8: 34). All are “dead in sins” (Eph. 2: 5, KJV), and thus “under sin” (Rom. 3: 9; 7: 14), for “God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all” (Rom. 11: 32).
Human pride inherently rebels against such an institution. The corporate consciousness of humanity cries out continually, “We are bound by nothing! We have no limits! We are free!” Unfortunately, this very proclamation embodies the sin which binds us for condemnation on the last day. Rather than throwing ourselves in the dust and crying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18: 13), we harden our calloused hearts to the reality of both our own depravity and the coming wrath of God. To put it another way, those who do not believe they are in need of liberation will not be saved. – John P. Harrigan, The Gospel of Christ Crucified: A Theology of Suffering before Glory
For this Saturday blog, we arrive at Prophecy of the coming tribulation which will proceed the Millennial Reign of the Messiah Jesus.
Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants. 2 And it shall be: as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor. 3 The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, for the Lord has spoken this word (Isaiah 24:1-3 NKJV).
With the emphasis placed on “the LORD has spoken this Word” we are given an idea of the unchangeableness of God. Perfection does not need to change.
The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish. 5 The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left (Isaiah 24:4-6 NKJV).
Judgment is the result of acute violation of God’s Word.
I will summon the sword against you on all the hills of Israel, says the Sovereign Lord. Your men will turn their swords against each other. I will punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed; I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur! In this way, I will show my greatness and holiness, and I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord (Ezekiel 38:21-23 NLT).
For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones (Matt 24:21-22 NLT).
The grapes were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress in a stream about 180 miles long and as high as a horse’s bridle (Rev 14:20 NLT).
The new wine fails, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted sigh. 8 The mirth of the tambourine ceases, the noise of the jubilant ends, the joy of the harp ceases. 9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink is bitter to those who drink it. 10 The city of confusion is broken down; every house is shut up, so that none may go in. 11 There is a cry for wine in the streets, all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 12 In the city desolation is left, and the gate is stricken with destruction. 13 When it shall be thus in the midst of the land among the people, It shall be like the shaking of an olive tree, like the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done (Isaiah 24:7-13 NKJV).
In olden times, the harvest constituted days of merrymaking—the grandest time of the year. But at this coming time, there will be no merry-hearted but only those who sigh. This Passage does not mean that men will cease from alcohol—they will probably drink even more—yet it will be without any accompanying sense of merriment.
There will be no civic life, no government, no order. There will be nothing but confusion.
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 (Zech 14:2 NKJV).
They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing; for the majesty of the Lord they shall cry aloud from the sea. 15 Therefore glorify the Lord in the dawning light, the name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea. 16 From the ends of the earth we have heard songs: “Glory to the righteous!” But I said, “I am ruined, ruined! Woe to me! The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously, indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously” (Isaiah 24:14-16 NKJV).
The “Righteous” is the Messiah. Israel by in large rejected the “Righteous One” in His First Advent and accepted the “treacherous dealers,” which brought a terrible ruin. But now they will have finally realized their tragic decision and at long last will glorify “the Righteous.”
Fear and the pit and the snare Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth. 18 And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit, and he who comes up from the midst of the pit shall be caught in the snare; for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth are shaken. 19 The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again (Isaiah 24:17-20 NKJV).
Giant earthquakes, greater than the world has ever seen before, will no doubt be instrumental in this great calamity.
And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon. Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!” Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck—the worst since people were placed on the earth. The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. And every island disappeared, and all the mountains were leveled. There was a terrible hailstorm, and hailstones weighing as much as seventy-five pounds fell from the sky onto the people below. They cursed God because of the terrible plague of the hailstorm (Rev 16:16-21 NLT).
It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth. 22 They will be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished. 23 Then the moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed; for the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before His elders, gloriously (Isaiah 24:21-23 NKJV).
On that Great and Terrible Day, all the mighty men of earth, plus Satan, demon spirits, and fallen angels, will be dealt with by the LORD.
Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies (Rev 19:19-21 NLT).