THESE BE THE DAYS OF VENGEANCE
After Jesus was anointed on the day of His baptism, He went into the synagogue and read from the book of Isaiah. Luke 4: V16 "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." V17 "And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written," V18 "The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised," V19 "To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." V20 "And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him." V21 "And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

Dispensationalists notice that when He read, "To preach the acceptable year of the Lord," He stopped and closed the book. They make note of the fact that He didn't finish reading the part where Isaiah prophesied "the day of vengeance of our God." Dr. J. Vernon McGee asks,"Do you know why?" He then answers, "...the rest of the passage would not be fulfilled until He came back the second time. The day of vengeance had not yet come" (Thru The Bible, Vol 4, pp 264,264). The "day of vengeance," in the mind of Dispensationalists, is the coming seven year "Great Tribulation." We may ask, "vengeance for what?"

Dr. John MacArthur offers a clue: "There's the suffering of the whole nation as they suffer during the Tribulation for the centuries of rejecting their Messiah." (The Second Coming of Jesus Christ p 116).

So there we have it! A generation of hapless Jews sometime in the future will suffer chastisement, not only for their own sin of rejecting the Messiah, but also for the sins of all the preceding generations of Jews down through the ages since the time of Christ. Coming from a Christian, and a Bible teacher at that, this is as bizarre as it is unscriptural.

EZEKIEL 18:20 "The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."

This Scripture is clear and easy to read. The point conveyed is that everyone pays for his own sins. If there ever had been a proverb in Israel that the sins of the fathers are passed on to the sons to the third and fourth generation, this Bible passage obliterates that completely.

While Futurists were correct in that the "day of vengeance" was future from the time Jesus read the book in the synagogue, they were wrong in their assessment of hor far into the future it would be. The day of vengeance was not thousands of years away. It would come much sooner. And why didn't Jesus proclaim that day? Because the crime had not yet been committed. You don't pass judgement before the crime is committd. But within the next three years or so, a generation of Jews will have rejected and crucified their Messiah. And then the time would be ripe to announce the day of vengeance. So Jesus thereafter prophesied the coming of that day, and finished quoting the essential line from Isaiah: Luke 22: V20 "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh."

V21 "Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto." V22 "FOR THESE BE THE DAYS OF VENGEANCE, that all things which are written may be fulfilled." V23 "But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people." V24 A"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."

If we read the New Testament carefully, and interpret literally, we see that only the generation that sinned the sin of final unbelief died in the war of A.D.70.