Devotional: ‘The Time of Jacob’s Trouble’ pt. 2 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.

God told the nation of Israel that there is a day of great difficulty ahead for them. It is called the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. According to Matthew 24, this terrible time period is also known as the Tribulation. (FYI – The word ‘tribulation’ actually means affliction or trouble)

Although the Tribulation Period will affect all those living during that day, its primary focus will be upon the nation of Israel. It will be a time of great suffering for the Jews. But it will also be a time of their salvation, for it will be during this terrible time period that they will finally come to receive Jesus as their Messiah. How do we know this?

First, we see from Jeremiah 30:7, that God promised Jacob that he (i.e.- his people / Israel) will be saved out of this terrible time of trouble. In addition, we see from Jeremiah 30:8-9, that the yoke of oppression will finally be broken from off their neck and they will come to serve God and His great king.

Jeremiah 30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: 9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

God spoke of them serving – ‘David their king.’ Other passages reveal to us that this king will not actually be David himself, but his son.

“When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.” (1 Chronicles 17:11 ESV)

We learn from the gospel of Luke that this son is Jesus Christ.

“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:31-33)

As many of you know, the Jews of Jesus’ day did not receive Him as their Messiah. We read from the gospel of John:

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

The Jews rejected Jesus at His first coming, yet there is still hope them. The day is coming when the yoke of sin will be broken and their spiritual eyes will be opened.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble will be a day of sorrow, but it will also be a day of salvation. During the Tribulation Period a great multitude of Jewish people will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and King.

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