The Day of Vengeance

This sermon had been taken from Your Heritage, and prepared into a PDF file by Clifton A. Emahiser’s Watchman Teaching Ministries with added critical notes.

by Bertrand L. Comparet

Luke 4:16-21 records the beginning of Yahshua’s ministry. “And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day and stood up for to read. And there was delivered to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, The Spirit of Yahweh is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of Yahweh. And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And He began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

It is not noticed here that Yahshua purposely stopped in the middle of a verse of His quotation from Isaiah 61:1-2. The latter verse reads, “To proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh, and the day of vengeance of our God: to comfort all that mourn.” This illustrated the extreme accuracy of the Bible. Yahshua was announcing His purpose at the beginning of His ministry, which was just the first part. This was to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh, the offer of salvation and redemption. There was to be a gap of nineteen centuries before commencement of the second part, “The day of vengeance of our God.” Both of these were to comfort all that mourn.

This one verse of Isaiah includes the beginning and completion of Yahshua’s work. Redemption and vengeance cannot be separated except in time. For many centuries before the day of vengeance of Yahweh, the churches have preached the certainty of judgment of the wicked. In the generation which will see the execution of this judgment, most churches have discarded that idea. They only preach the idea of a God who is too kind to do anything harsh. The clergy have stressed only the love of Yahshua, and ignored or denied His wrath.

The goodness of Yahweh could not take the form of rewarding the wicked, while allowing the sufferings of the good to go unavenged. While Yahweh is patient and long suffering, to offer men full opportunity for repentance, there must be a limit to this. We are given one clue in II Esdras 4:33-37. “And I answered and said, How long and when should this be and why are our years few and evil? And he answered me and said, You cannot hurry faster than the Most High: for you hurry for your own self, but He who is above hurries for many. Did not the souls of the upright ask about these things in their rooms, saying, How long must I hope thus? And when will the harvest of our reward come? And Jeremiel the archangel answered them and said, When the number of those who are like you is complete: for He has weighed the world in the balance, and has measured the times with a measure, and carefully counted the hours: and He will not move or disturb them until the prescribed measure is reached.”

The reward of the good and the punishment of the wicked are only reserved for the great day of Yahweh, which we know is rapidly approaching.

Both the Old and New Testaments clearly prophecy this day of wrath and vengeance. For example Jeremiah 10:10, “But Yahweh is the true God, and an everlasting king: at His wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide His judgment.” Micah 5:15 records, “And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” Nahum 1:2 ,6 continues, “Yahweh is jealous, and Yahweh revengeth; Yahweh revengeth and is furious: Yahweh will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies. ... Who can stand before His indignation? And who can abide the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by Him.”

Isaiah 13:9-11 records, “Behold the day of Yahweh cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in His going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”

Some people will try to laugh this off by saying, “But that is all in the Old Testament, when God was cruel. But now we know that the gentle Jesus Christ will not take revenge for wickedness.” They only show that they don’t know the New Testament either. Consider these passages from the New Testament recorded in Revelation 19:11-16. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold! a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and upon His head were many crowns; and He had a name written that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty Yahweh. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings.”

II Thessalonians 1:7-8 tells us, “And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when Yahshua shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not Yahweh, and that obey not the gospel of Yahshua.” Remember Yahshua is called the Lamb of God, this Lamb has all the power and authority of Yahweh. It is this Lamb of Yahweh who returns to judge and punish the wicked in the great day of Almighty Yahweh.

In John 5:22, 27 we read, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment to the Son. ... And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also.” Corinthians 5:10 tells us, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” Also read Acts 10:40-42 & 17:31; II Timothy 4:8 and Romans 14:10.

We must remember that unpunished wickedness always grows greater, until it threatens the total destruction of all who are comparatively good. Look about you today. In the field of international relations, the communist nations are rapidly bringing the rest of the world into the most degrading slavery known to history, with the murders of scores of millions of people because they are Christians. This has been with the connivance of many of the rulers of the free world. Look also at the streets of your own city, where your life is no longer safe from the criminals who daily grow more vicious because the courts coddle and protect them. This was prophesied long ago. Habakkuk 1:4 says, “Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” The situation has gone far beyond the power of men to deal with it, men cannot agree upon the remedy. Politics is usually the substitution of one scoundrel for another.

The wrath of Yahweh is the only hope for salvation of the good. Psalm 76:7-9 teaches us, “Thou, even Thou art to be feared: and who may stand in Thy sight when once Thou art angry? Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still. When Yahweh arose to judgment to save all the meek of the earth.”

It is the Lamb of Yahweh who comes with the most terrible judgment, to save us. Revelation 6:15-17 instructs us as follows. “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

For those of us who are suffering from these evils which always grow worse, there can be only one prayer. This prayer is recorded in Revelation 22:20. “Even so come Yahshua!”

Critical note by Clifton A. Emahsier: I would remind the reader of Comparet’s own words in his article The Vine Of The Earth where he said: “There remains to be completed Yahweh’s final destruction of this counterfeit vine of the earth. The destruction will be completed in connection with the Russian invasion of us and Jerusalem, which is so clearly prophesied in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39. By this attack on us, Russia injures Yahweh’s own vine, and Yahweh’s judgment and vengeance is set in motion.” I show this excerpt of Comparet’s in order to demonstrate that “the vine of earth” are the nonwhite races including the bad-fig-jews. While Yahweh will definitely reek a judgment of destruction on the third-world races, the attack by Gog and Magog on America will not be a two-prong attack on “us and Jerusalem” as Comparet proposes. I hardly see how the “Jerusalem” of today fits the picture as being true Israel. Otherwise I agree with him when he designates “us”. In that same article, Comparet cited: “In Ezekiel 16:1-3 Yahweh says to the people of Jerusalem, ‘Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, and say, thus saith Yahweh unto Jerusalem: Thy birth and nativity is of the land of Canaan: thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite’.” Therefore, those who occupy Jerusalem today are half-breed Canaanites, not pureblooded Israelites!