In the fifth week of this series, Dr. Don G. Pickney builds on the concept of what scripture reveals it is going to be like in the earth, and in the body of Christ, between now and the rapture (catching away to Heaven) of the Church.
In this teaching, he continues to unfold from scripture the revelation of the Day of Jehovah Tsaba (Lord of hosts) as declared in Isaiah 2:11-12 LITV "The lofty eyes of man shall be humbled, and the pride of men shall be bowed down; but Jehovah, He alone, will be exalted in that day. (12) For the day of Jehovah of Hosts shall be on all the proud and lofty ones, and on all that is lifted up; and it will be abased."
Jehovah Tsaba (Lord of hosts) is one of the redemptive "sir names" God gave Himself for the purpose of revealing a characteristic of something He purposed to sovereignly do, the effects of which were designed to bring blessing to His people. Pastor Don says, "God never sir named an event after Himself for something that was not designed to be a blessing. For example, He is Jehovah Rapha (the Lord that heals), and Jehovah Jireh (The Lord who provides), and again, Jehovah Shalom (The Lord our peace), etc. In no case to any of His "sir names" speak of anything outside of His divine nature. God is not evil, harsh, given to fits of anger or malice or wrath. He has reserved wrath strictly for righteous judgment, therefore judgment is not stemming from His nature but from a responsibility to fulfill justice (justice being within His divine nature. Think of it like this: A judge could be a very mild mannered, loving father, husband and neighbor, yet he could, while sitting on the bench in a court of law sentence out a very dire judgment because justice warranted it. So would he want to take on a "name" that reflected that moment of harshness? In U.S. western history, there was a judge in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Judge Roy Bean, who became known as "The Hang'n Judge." His very nature was that he was quick to hang a man for almost anything that sparked his anger and judgmental nature.
No place in scripture do you find God named for any negative traits. Why? Because he has none. He is a God of "love, power, wisdom, righteousness, mercy, justice, and judgment. If he reaches a point of "judgment" you will find he is slow to anger, and quick with mercy. His judgment is fair and just. The scripture declares, "Just and right is He."
The Day of Jehovah Tsaba is God taking a set time, a time appointed in scripture, set to be fulfilled at this time in the earth, an event that will affect every nation and people. None will escape this event. The will participate on one side or the other of God’s righteous judgment, a “vengeance to comfort all who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Isaiah 61:2,3)
This week, Pastor Don shows how God gave exceeding great and precious promises to those who would believe. But, there are certain promises, that in addition to giving the promise by faith, He also attached the promise to a future sovereign purpose, with a unique divine plan to later use His own personal fulfillment of any of the promise not obtained by believers, to accomplish and manifest His will at a later time.
The Day of Jehovah Tsaba (Lord strong and mighty in battle, the King of glory – Psalm 24:8,10), is such a time, set aside by God, in which He will use blessings yet unfulfilled due to believers coming short of the glory of God's promises, to accomplish His prophetic plans and purposes now at the end of this age. A great supply has been set up in store, and an accounting kept in God’s special “book of remembrance” for all who have participated in God’s promise that He would personally “pass the test” of His “tithe plan,” (Malachi 3:10) and it would be “proven” that He fulfilled every “jot and tittle” of His divine Word.
Mark 10:27-30 LITV “But looking at them, Jesus said, From men it is impossible, but not from God. For all things are possible from God. (29) But answering, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no one who forsook house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake and the gospel, (30) that will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the coming age, eternal life.”
From this scripture we get the message of why it will take God’s prophetic plan at the end of this age to bring to pass both the greater and completed fulfillment of both the “tithe promise” in Malachi and the “Hundredfold blessing” found in Jesus’ promise to His disciples. Why? It is certainly not because God is not faithful to His Word. Rather, it speaks of the limitations of man’s ability to believe and appropriate it merely with their faith. God will bring it to pass in this set time of prophetic fulfillment.