The Time of Favor
The Day of Anger
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.” – Isaiah 61:1-2 [New Living Translation]
In Luke 4, Jesus announced His ministry by reading a prophetic statement from Isaiah, but He stopped reading after the age of favor and before the day of vengeance. Some translations say the “year” of favor, but the Hebrew and then the Greek can also mean a cycle of time or an age. It’s a long period of time defined by God’s grace followed by a shorter time for judgement. Jesus initiated the grace period, and we are still in it today. When He returns, this period will end to be followed by a relatively brief time of judgement.
Judgement is the last of the six elementary principles of Christ listed in Hebrews 6. According to the author of the book of Hebrews, a Biblical understanding of judgement is a necessary and foundational piece of our worldview and our spiritual maturity. In the video above, I introduce judgement by briefly touching on the diverse ideas about when Jesus Christ returns and what His millennial reign looks like. I also introduce the “10 Steps of the End” and then focus on the first five, which include the return of Christ, the rapture and resurrection of believers, and the judgement of believers. This week, my hope is to produce the second part of this lesson and our final video in the Building Blocks series. All of the videos from this series are available on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, our website, and our application.
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- 5/13 Numbers 17, Psalms 134, II Kings 8, John 4:31-54
- 5/14 Numbers 18, Psalms 135, II Kings 9, John 5:1-24
- 5/15 Numbers 19, Psalms 136, II Kings 10, John 5:25-47
- 5/16 Numbers 20, Psalms 137, II Kings 11, John 6:1-21
- 5/17 Numbers 21, Psalms 138, II Kings 12, John 6:22-44
- 5/18 Numbers 22, Psalms 139, II Kings 13, John 6:45-71
- 5/19 Numbers 23, Psalms 140, II Kings 14, John 7:1-31
- 5/20 Numbers 24, Psalms 141, II Kings 15, John 7:32-53
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