Isaiah 34:1-3 Approach, you nations and listen – attend you peoples. Let the earth listen, all the world and all that is in it. For the Lords anger is against all the nations and His wrath upon all their armies. He has given them over to slaughter and destruction. Joel 2:1-11 Their slain will be flung out and their blood will cover the ground. Their dead bodies will stink. Jeremiah 25:33
Isaiah 34:4-5 All the host of heaven will fade away. The sky will roll up as a scroll. For My sword appears in heaven and descends in judgement on Edom – on a people whom I have doomed for destruction. Jeremiah 49:7-22
Isaiah 34:6-17 The Lord has a sword covered in blood – the blood of lambs and goats. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in Edom. Their land will drink deep of their blood and be enriched by their fat. Obadiah 1-21
For the Lord has a Day of vengeance, a time for retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause. Zechariah 9:14-17 Edom’s rivers will be turned into pitch and it’s soil into brimstone. Smoke from it will rise forever, no one will ever again pass through it. The owl and raven will make it their home. All wild birds and beasts will have their place in that land. Jeremiah 9:7-22 Ref. Revised English Bible, some verses condensed.
From verse 4, we get the clue that this terrible Day of the Lords vengeance is also the Sixth Seal – Rev 6:12-17 …..There was a violent earthquake; the sun turned black and the moon as red as blood, stars fell to the earth, the sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up. The kings of the earth, the rich and powerful, and all men hid themselves in caves and under rocks: they called out for the earth to hide them from the One who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great Day of their vengeance has come and who can stand? Isaiah 2:12-21
Isaiah 63:1-6… the judgement on Edom and Bozrah. Edom: the ungodly nations.” A people doomed for destruction”. Bozrah: the sheepfold, must be cleansed to become the place of safety, to which the elect will be taken, during the Tribulation. A place “at the end of the earth” a place as far as possible from Israel. Revelation 12:13-16
Rev 7:1-8 After that……[the Sixth Seal disaster] Do not damage anything further until we have set the seal of God upon His servants.
These are the 144,000 from the 12 groups of the Lord’s Christian people. Revelation 14:1-7
Proved by Isaiah 66:21: where the Lord takes some of those from every race, nation and language, to be His priests. Revelation 5:9-10
They go out in pairs to spread the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. Isaiah 66:19, Luke 10:1-10: 72+72 X 1000 = 144,000 This proves the Lord’s people; righteous Israel must gather into the Land soon after it is cleansed, so the Lord’s Day of vengeance must be before the Return.
Isaiah 30:26 describes the sun being 7 times hotter and these passages in Isaiah 34 and Joel 1:15-20 describe the results of that disaster, the land burnt and devastated.
The effect of ‘the sky rolled up like a scroll’ will be what would happen if a Coronal Mass Ejection of unprecedented magnitude was exploded from the sun, by a huge sunspot. It would cause terrible loss of life and worldwide devastation. Malachi 4:1, 2 Peter 3:7 and about 70 other verses also prophesy about this forthcoming fire judgement upon all the earth’s nations.