In the previous post, I showed how throughout Israel’s history they had been warned of the consequences for turning away from Yahweh and serving the gods of other nations.
However, Israel was now living in the last hour of the last days of the Mosaic covenant age and the apostates were now going to face eternal judgment. The prophecies of Moses were to be fulfilled in their fullest sense.
John wrote to fellow believers saying: ‘Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.’ John told the believers that they were not to associate with false teachers, i.e antichrists, as they would lead them to reject Father and Jesus.
Apostate Israel rejected both Father and Son and was under the control of satan, the dragon. As Jesus said: ‘You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.’ ~ John 8:44
While in Revelation it said: ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of satan.’ ~ Revelation 2:9
and ‘Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.’ ~ Revelation 3:9
- So how does all of the above tie in with The Song of Moses?
Vengeance Is Mine
When we read the following segment of verses in the Song of Moses we find that it is all to do with rescuing the pre 70AD church and avenging the deaths of the righteous martyrs. Those martyrs had been killed by apostate Israel and Yahweh was going to avenge their deaths.
‘now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?’ ~ Luke 18:7
‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth? ‘ ~ Revelation 6:10
The Song of Moses continues …
34 “‘Is not this laid up in store with me,
sealed up in my treasuries?
35 Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
and their doom comes swiftly.’
36 For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants,
when he sees that their power is gone
and there is none remaining, bond or free.”
Paul quoted from this part of the Song of Moses when he was giving hope to his fellow believers as they faced so much persecution from Jews.
‘Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”’ Romans 12:19
He also wrote: ‘but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.‘ ~ Romans 16:19-20
Luke’s days of vengeance also refers to the Song of Moses:
‘Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country stay out of the city. For these are the days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers! For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath against this people.…’ ~ Luke 21:22
- Where are these things written?
- In the old covenant curses in Deuteronomy and Leviticus.
Where Are Their gods?
The greatest sin apostate Israel ever committed was killing their own Messiah. ‘They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”’ ~ John 19:15
The leaders of Israel put their faith in the hands of the Romans and their Caesar rather than Yahweh. But even Rome eventually turned against apostate Israel! That is just what is being referred to in the following segment of the Song of Moses.
The Song of Moses continues…
37 “Then he will say, ‘Where are their gods,
the rock in which they took refuge,
38 who ate the fat of their sacrifices
and drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise up and help you;
let them be your protection!
39 “‘See now that I, even I, am he,
and there is no god beside me;
I kill and I make alive;
I wound and I heal;
and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.”
- Where were these gods when Israel needed them the most?
‘And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled.’ ~ Revelation 17:16-17
Yahweh God most High was in overall control of those gods and there was no escape for apostate Israel! They couldn’t depend on their rocks to protect them, i.e the gods of other nations.
‘Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,’ ~ Revelation 6: 15-16
No More Delay … I Will Repay
Verse 40 of the Song reminds me of the strong angel in Revelation swearing an oath: ‘Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there will be delay no longer.’ ~ Revelation 10 5-6
The Song of Moses continues…
40 “For I lift up my hand to heaven
and swear, As I live forever,
41 if I sharpen my flashing sword
and my hand takes hold on judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries
and will repay those who hate me.”
Jesus said: ‘For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done.’ ~ Matthew 16:27
Paul was also thinking of this portion from the Song of Moses when he wrote to his fellow believers. What an encouragement it must have been to them to know that very soon they would be delivered from their enemies (i.e saved) and that Yahweh would seek vengeance on their behalf.
‘so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.’~ Hebrews 9:28
‘For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”’ Hebrews 10:30
Revelation also speaks of repaying Israel/Babylon for the choices it had made:
‘Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.’ ~ Revelation 18:6
‘Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.’ ~ Revelation 22:12
There would be no more delay …
‘This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints and to be marveled at among all who have believed because our testimony to you was believed.’ ~ 2 Thessalonians 1: 5-10.
I need you to just stop for a moment and look at the words above in red. The 1st Century church was promised that they would see Jesus revealed from heaven. He would rescue them from their enemies. They would meet Him, glorify Him and marvel at Him when He returned.
- Do you believe that they experienced those things?
It is my understanding that they did experience all those things and I have written about The Resurrection and The Rapture here.