Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 2, 2012

The year of the Lord’s favor

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”   Isaiah 61:1-3

Jesus quotes from this scripture:

“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, toset at liberty those who are oppressed,to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”  And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  Luke 4:16-21

Isaiah equates the year of the lord and the day of the vengeance of the Lord.  In other scriptures, the day of the Lord is understood to be the thousand year reign of Christ.  Therefore, we can take the Millennium as the year of the Lord.  This helps us understand some of the specifics and timelines of the Millennium.  The Jews had three main festivals each year – Passover (Pesach), the Feast of weeks (Shavu’ot), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).  These correspond to major events in the Millennium.  The Passover is the second coming of Christ.  The Feast of weeks is the completion of the church or bride of Christ.  And the Feast of Tabernacles is the completion of the resurrection of all who sleep in the dust of the earth.  These are the three greatest events of Jesus’ thousand year reign.

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