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We see at the close of the above passage that the setting for

this is, “in the day of my disaster”—the day of the Lord. This

will be the end day, and the end for Israel’s enemies. We see

that at the Jews request to,

“…part your heavens, O Lord, and

come down,”

that indeed,

“He parted the heavens and came



As the Lord approaches the earth, it begins to tremble:

“The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away.

The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live

in it”

(Nah. 1:5).

“The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the

earth is thoroughly shaken. The earth reels like a drunkard, it

sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its

rebellion that it falls; never to rise again”

(Isa. 24:19-20).

Apparently, the earth begins to literally “rock and roll.” Be-

fore the earth begins to shake, the nations begin to tremble, the

mountains crumble (Hab. 3:6), and God comes from a place

called Teman

, 53

a city in Edom (named after the descendants of

Esau, at the southeast border of Palestine; see footnote). In

Isaiah 63:1-6, we are told that the One coming from Edom

comes in splendor, His garments stained with blood. This one

is the Lord, who is coming in person against Israel’s enemies

on His day of vengeance.


The chief stronghold of Edom; Edomites had once been celebrated for

their courage and wisdom (Jer. 49:7), but were doomed in a prophecy by

Ezekiel (25:13).