After Jesus was anointed on the day of His baptism, He went into the synagogue
and read from the book of Isaiah.
V16 "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his
custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to
V17 "And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,"
V18 "The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to
set at liberty them that are bruised,"
V19 "To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
V20 "And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and
sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on
V21 "And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in
Dispensationalists notice that when He read, "To preach the acceptable year of
the Lord," He stopped and closed the book. They make note of the fact that He
didn't finish reading the part where Isaiah prophesied "the day of vengeance
of our God." Dr. J. Vernon McGee asks,"Do you know why?" He then answers,
"...the rest of the passage would not be fulfilled until He came back the
second time. The day of vengeance had not yet come" (Thru The Bible, Vol 4, pp
264,264). The "day of vengeance," in the mind of Dispensationalists, is the
coming seven year "Great Tribulation." We may ask, "vengeance for what?"
Dr. John MacArthur offers a clue: "There's the suffering of the whole nation
as they suffer during the Tribulation for the centuries of rejecting their
Messiah." (The Second Coming of Jesus Christ p 116).
So there we have it! A generation of hapless Jews sometime in the future will
suffer chastisement, not only for their own sin of rejecting the Messiah, but
also for the sins of all the preceding generations of Jews down through the
ages since the time of Christ. Coming from a Christian, and a Bible teacher at
that, this is as bizarre as it is unscriptural.
EZEKIEL 18:20 "The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear
the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the
son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness
of the wicked shall be upon him."
This Scripture is clear and easy to read. The point conveyed is that everyone
pays for his own sins. If there ever had been a proverb in Israel that the
sins of the fathers are passed on to the sons to the third and fourth
generation, this Bible passage obliterates that completely.
While Futurists were correct in that the "day of vengeance" was future from
the time Jesus read the book in the synagogue, they were wrong in their
assessment of hor far into the future it would be. The day of vengeance was
not thousands of years away. It would come much sooner. And why didn't Jesus
proclaim that day? Because the crime had not yet been committed. You don't
pass judgement before the crime is committd. But within the next three years
or so, a generation of Jews will have rejected and crucified their Messiah.
And then the time would be ripe to announce the day of vengeance. So Jesus
thereafter prophesied the coming of that day, and finished quoting the
essential line from Isaiah:
Luke 22: V20 "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then
know that the desolation thereof is nigh."
V21 "Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them
which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the
countries enter thereinto."
V22 "FOR THESE BE THE DAYS OF VENGEANCE, that all things which are written
may be fulfilled."
V23 "But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in
those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this
V24 A"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
If we read the New Testament carefully, and interpret literally, we see that only the
generation that sinned the sin of final unbelief died in the war of A.D.70.