Friday, September 7, 2007

Psalm 30:5 Weeping May Endure for a Night

Psalm 30:5 includes the phrase, "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." This phrase is probably most often connected to weeping through hard times with the hope that they won't last--a "this too shall pass" sort of thing. There is no real scriptural problem with that interpretation. It is generally true that this too shall pass...

What is not generally realized, is that this phrase, taken in context, is referring to a specific event revealed in
Bible Prophecy as a horrific event that will cause much weeping--an event that will pass. After that, the weeping will be replaced with joy.

The entire verse says this: For his anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Psalm 30:5 begins by referring to the anger of the Lord and how it lasts but a moment (a very brief period of time). The weeping, in this verse, is a direct reference to his anger, and for the length of time that the anger and the weeping is given. It will be for a night.

How does one get Bible prophecy from this verse? By comparing it with other verses that are without doubt, directly connected with this one. Below are only two examples, but there are many more.

Isaiah 26:20-21 reveals that a specific time is coming when the Lord will come "out of his place" to punish the inhabitants of the earth. Isaiah reveals that his indignation (anger) will last only for a "moment." (same Hebrew word used in Psalm 30:5. Your Bible doesn't say "moment?" Better get a
King James--a little "while" and a moment are definitely not the same thing, so one of our Bibles is wrong. And the evidence weighs heavily in favor of the manuscripts the King James Version was translated from)

John 9:4 Jesus makes the statement: I must work the works of him that sent me while it is day; for the "night" cometh when no man can work.

In each of the above verses, both Jesus and Isaiah are referring to a specific period of wrath that is coming on the inhabitants of the earth. Joel referred to this time as a dark and a cloudy day (Joel 2). Jeremiah calls it "The Time of Jacob's Trouble." Jesus also called it a time of "Great Tribulation."

Thank God this terrible time that has not yet arrived. In the meantime, we must be about our Father's business in sharing the good news of Jesus, the only Christ--God's Christ--who came and, through the blood of his cross, made peace with God for us.

Right now, in the time of favor (1 Corinthians 6:2) , we can call upon the name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:9-10,13). But during the time of indignation, only those who "endure to the end" will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

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