disobedience begets wrath ….
24 Therefore saith the Lord (H113 controller, soveriegn [human]), the Lord (H3068 YHVH) of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Oh!, I will ease (H5162 avenge) me of mine adversaries (H6862 opponents), and avenge (H5358 punish) me of mine enemies: (H341 ‘oyeb (o-yaɓe’) subv. 1. hating. 2. an adversary.)
Look closely at how the same word in English is used for different words of the Hebrew.
- Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
25 And I will turn (retreat, take off) my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross (garbage, refuse), and take away all thy tin:( H913 בְּדִיל bdiyl (bed-eel’) n-m. alloy)
By definition an alloy a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements, especially to give greater strength or resistance. Here YHVH is using it to explain the condition of the people. They have mixed the commands of YHVH with the traditions and religious practices of the world. The people are strong in their resistance to YHVH.
26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed (H6299 פָּדָה padah (paw-daw’) v. to ransom at any price) with judgment (mishpat = a sentence of formal decree), and her converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
- Psalm 104:35 “Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Praise ye the Lord.”
These verses here should be enough to quell any thoughts of a “rapture” of saints. We can see the complete demise of the sinner, which, would lead us to the truth of the righteous remaining on the earth. A greater exodus for the righteous.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
The oaks and gardens were used in pagan fertility festivals, this is where the mass sexual encounter took place as they thought the gods could not see them under the cover of the foliage.
- Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.”
30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
31 And the strong shall be as tow (H5296 נְעֹרֶת n`oreth (neh-o’-reth) n-f. something shaken out), and the maker (H6467 פֹּעַל po`al (po’-al) n-m. an act or work) of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
- Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”