Devotional: ‘The Time of Jacob’s Trouble’ pt. 1 of 5

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Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

No nation upon the face of the earth has suffered more than Israel. From their time of bondage in Egypt to Hitler’s terrible Holocaust, the Jews have faced many days of adversity. Today’s verse of scripture speaks of another time of suffering that is still ahead for them. It is a day known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

‘Jacob’ is another name for the nation of Israel. Perhaps you will remember that it was the man called Jacob whose name was changed to Israel (Gen 32:28). Throughout scripture we find that the names Jacob and Israel are often used interchangeably. For instance – “How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!” (Numbers 24:5)

Another interesting fact is that Jacob had twelve sons and these twelve sons are known as the twelve tribes of Israel.

From what we have learned thus far, we can see that the Time of Jacob’s Trouble can actually be considered as the time of Israel’s trouble. What is this troubling time that is yet ahead for the nation of Israel? Consider this passage from the gospel of Matthew.

Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Many of us know that there is a terrible time coming known as the ‘Tribulation.’ The Tribulation will be a seven year time period with notable events such as a world leader called the Antichrist and his mark of 666. What many do not realize is that the primary focus of the Tribulation Period will be the nation of Israel. The Tribulation will actually be the fulfillment of a prophecy concerning them. (see Daniel 9:24-27)

Scripture teaches us that the Jews will suffer much during the Tribulation Period. Jesus said that except those days be shortened, no flesh could survive.

It is the time of Jacob’s trouble; yet it is also the time of Jacob’s salvation. Look once again at the words of Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 30: 7 Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble – but he (Jacob / Israel) shall be saved out of it. 8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his (Jacob / Israel’s enemies) yoke from off thy (Jacob / Israel’s) neck, and will burst thy (Jacob / Israel’s) bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him (Jacob / Israel): 9 But they (Jacob / Israel) shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

God promised His people that the day would come when the enemy’s yoke would be broken from off their neck and they would come to serve Him and His king. Join me once again tomorrow as we continue to learn more about the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

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