The bitter wrathful day of Yahweh (Zeph 1:14-1:16)

“The great day of Yahweh

Is near,

Near,

Coming fast.

The sound of

The day of Yahweh

Is bitter.

The warrior

Cries aloud there.

That day will be

A day of wrath,

A day of distress,

A day of anguish,

A day of ruin,

A day of devastation,

A day of darkness,

A day of gloom,

A day of clouds

A day of darkness,

A day of trumpet blast,

A day of battle cry,

Against the fortified cities,

Against the lofty battlements.”

The day of Yahweh was to be a day of wrath and doom, as can be found also in Amos, chapter 5 and Isaiah, chapter 2.  This great day for Yahweh was coming right away, very soon.  This bitter sound was in the air, as the warriors cried out loudly with their battle cry against the fortified cities and their secure fortresses.  This was a day of wrath, distress, anguish, ruin, devastation, darkness, gloom, clouds, and a trumpet blast, certainly not a happy day.  Thus, the natural connection to death formed the inspiration for the medieval funeral hymn, Dies Irae, Latin for the day of wrath.

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The Ethiopians (Ezek 30:9-30:9)

“On that day,

Messengers,

Shall go out

From me,

In ships,

To terrify

The unsuspecting Ethiopians.

Anguish

Shall come

Upon them

On the day

Of Egypt’s doom.

It is coming!”

Yahweh was going to send out messengers or angels in ships to terrify the unsuspecting Ethiopians, who were south of Egypt. Anguish would come upon these Ethiopians on the same day that Egypt was being enveloped in doom. This was going to happen, so watch out.

The day of Yahweh is coming (Ezek 30:1-30:3)

“The word of Yahweh

Came to me.

‘Son of man!

Prophesy!

Say!

Thus says Yahweh God!

‘Wail!

Alas!

The day!

The day is near!

The day of Yahweh

Is near!

It will be

A day of clouds.

It will be

A time of doom

For the nations.’”

Once again, Yahweh came to Ezekiel, the son of man. He was to cry out that the judgment day of Yahweh was coming. This day of clouds and doom was near, so that the various nations should be on watch for this day.

The end has come (Ezek 7:5-7:7)

“Thus says Yahweh God!

‘Disaster after disaster!

See!

It comes!

An end has come!

The end has come!

It has awakened

Against you!

See!

It comes!

Your doom has

Come to you!

O inhabitant of the land!

The time has come!

The day is near!

The day of tumult!

This is not a day

Of reveling

On the mountains.’”

Yahweh continued with his message of doom to Ezekiel. The end time has come upon them with disaster after disaster. In case Ezekiel did not get the message, Yahweh repeated himself again and again. The end has come! They are doomed. The inhabitants of the land should realize that their time has come to an end because the end day is near. This day was full of tumult, not for reveling on the mountains.