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12 And in
that day [yowm] did the Lord ['Adonay] GOD [Yahovih] of hosts [tsaba'] call [qara'] to weeping [Bakiy], and to
mourning [micepd], and to baldness [qorchah], and to girding [chagar]
with sackcloth [saq]: KJV-Interlinear
12 In that day the Lord God
of hosts called for weeping and mourning, for baldness and wearing sackcloth; ESV
In that day, is a general reference for the time in which these events will occur. Note that these events will occur. Note too that all peoples have been given notice of their occurrence. Note too, that ignoring them, is not Gods fault, but mans fault.
This is a time of extremes. And the extremes are not something that you will ever experience, for this is a time of trememdous hardship and suffering and pressure, both mental and physical.
The combination of weeping, and baldness, and sackcloth, point to a time when the elements of life are far beyond anything that people can bear.
Weeping is extreme sorrow. Baldness is an extreme pressure from worry and the burdens of life. Sackcloth is a time of grieving for the loss of not only family or friends, but things like property or employment.
All of the above will inundate the people of the Tribulation.
Be ever so grateful that you have believed in Christ and that you will not live during these extremely hard times.
No believer in our dispensation, will go into the Tribulation. The Rapture will remove all believers who are alive at that time. And of course those believers who have already died over the last couple of thousand years will not live in it either. That is probably obvious. But surprisingly there are some who will argue over even that point.
During the last couple of thousand years, during our dispensation, which we call the Church Age, or the Age of the Royal Family, or the Age of the Bride of Christ, all of these are synonymous terms, there have been lots of difficult times.
The dark ages, the crusades, the times of great famines, the times of world wars, the times of many atrocities, the times of economic depressions and so forth. All of these point to great corrections and negative volition toward God and Christ. They can be seen as times of apostasy.
But Jesus and Paul both state that at the end of our dispensation there will be a great apostasy. Emphasis on the word, great.
In all of the others spiritually down periods, there was a repentance and a recovery and so the years continued.
What will be different in the last and greatest apostasy, is that there will not be a recovery, thus the need for the removal of all believers in the Rapture, and then further proof of a massive rejection of Christ during the Tribulation, wherein humanity itself will nearly put itself into extinction.
God gives humanity only seven years to recover or self-destruct. Most will choose self-destruction. And thus the story of the Tribulation develops. Man rejects Gods mandates. Are you among that crowd?
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