Amillennialists and liberals attempt to spiritualize verses
36-45, limiting the battle to between good and evil in this
world. Such hermeneutics, in light of the literal fulfillment
of the previous thirty-five verses, cannot be justified.
As with all unfulfilled prophecy, filling in the
details of its fulfillment is speculative. The overall
message is obvious to those with spiritual discernment,
Some people worship the gods of sex, pleasure, money,
power, and prestige. The Antichrist’s god is himself.
Actually, he is the ultimate manifestation of man, who
rebels against God to worship and serve self. Sadly,
people continue to believe the lie that Satan told Eve in
the Garden in order to do what they want to do.
“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the
woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes
will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and
evil” (Genesis 3:4-5).
The people of today’s world are like the nation of
Israel in the times of the Judges.
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he
saw fit” (Judges 21:25).
Unless a person repents (turns from self to God), the
same destiny awaits the unsaved as the Wilful King’s—the
Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10-15). God is Judge (Daniel)
of the one “who will do as he pleases” and “who exalts and
magnifies himself above every god.”
In the end, God’s veracity, His covenants and His
sovereign power will keep Israel from being wiped from the
face of the earth.
The purpose of the time of distress is Israel’s
chastisement, purification, and salvation. It will be the
catalyst that will bring the nation back into the bond of
the Abrahamic Covenant (Romans 11:22-32). God will keep
His promise to restore and rule Israel.
As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I
will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched
arm and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you from the
nations and gather you from the countries where you have
been scattered—with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm
and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you into the desert
of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute
judgment upon you. As I judged your fathers in the desert
of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the
Sovereign LORD. I will take note of you as you pass under
my rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the
covenant. I will purge you of those who revolt and rebel
against me. Although I will bring them out of the land
where they are living, yet they will not enter the land of
Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD (Ezekiel
God will answer the prophet Habakkuk’s prayer at the
end of the time of distress: “In wrath remember mercy”