He has sent me…to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God. (Is 61:1–2, NIV 1984).
My Musings – We are currently in the “year” of the Lord’s favor. Favor for the unworthy — the age of grace. Grace will not always be extended. For the day of His vengeance draws closer with each passing day, either by death or by His Son’s return. A “day” where He will judge the “quick and the dead,” separating the “sheep from the goats.” A day when the “goats” will be “thrown into hell, where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’” (Mark 9:47–48, NIV 1984).
But in between the “year” of God’s favor and the “day” of vengeance, there comes the age of God’s wrath — the Great Tribulation. A period of “great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive.” (Matthew 24:21–22, NIV 1984). A period where many who did not respond to God’s grace, will nevertheless respond to His wrath.
Did I say many? No, “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language…wearing white robes. These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9, 14, NIV 1984). God’s wrath, a further manifestation of His grace, that makes it possible for this great multitude to escape His vengeance.
My Advice – But do not delay. “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV 1984). For we never know when God might say, “this very night your life will be demanded from you.” (Luke 12:20, NIV 1984). “And after that to face judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27, NIV 1984).