Jesus stands up and gives His first sermon in Luke 4:18-20 it says “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me. Because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Then He closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. This is the year of Jubilee (acceptable year of the Lord) this is what this is all about. Jesus came to proclaim that. He stood up and began to read the scroll of Isaiah and then He closed the book. But He did not finish reading all of what Isaiah said, because the next line in Isaiah says, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance. Jesus didn’t come to proclaim the day of vengeance, He came to proclaim the year of favor, the year of grace or that time frame in which God’s grace and favor would be poured out.
How many of you know based on the Word of God that will come to a close? There is coming an end to that time of favor and grace and the day of vengeance will come. I believe that we are the generation that is ushering in that close. You need to understand and we need to get this out to everybody.
I want to give you 10 road signs that confirm that the day of vengeance is coming upon us very rapidly and that we are very close to it. The Bible gives several signs to this generation that the day of vengeance is at hand.
#1 is in Matthew 24:37 “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” In the days of Noah, the Bible says men’s hearts were continually wicked. If you just look around today, the world is growing in darkness at a rapid pace. What used to be called evil, they call good. What we call good, they call evil. That’s what the Bible talks about is going to happen in these latter days.
#2 There is going to be plagues. Over in Zechariah 14:12 it says, “And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets. And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouth.” When Zechariah wrote this, he had no idea how this could possibly happen, but an A bomb can produce a temperature of 150 million degrees, and an A bomb is just a tiny firecracker compared to an H bomb. Today, Iran is very close to building such a weapon and Ahmadinejad says, that when it is built he will literally destroy Israel. You will see that prophecy fulfilled. The Israeli newspaper recently published an article, that said if anybody could stop them it would be Netanyahu. But it said, the time has passed for Netanyahu to do anything. There is coming a time when there is coming a Nuclear Holocaust in the Middle East.
#3 Jerusalem will be ruled by the Gentile world. In Luke 21:24 it says, “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles is fulfilled.” That literally happened in 70 a.d. when the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem and the literally conquered it all. They destroyed the temple, the Gentiles ruled in Jerusalem during that time and for many, many years after that.