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We saw earlier that the coming of the Lord was with clouds

of darkness (Psalm 18:9, 11). These clouds of darkness will

cover up the sun, hiding people for protective purposes.

“‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘I will make the

sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight’”

(Amos 8:9). God will also be answering the petition in the

book of Isaiah:

“Make your shadow like night; at high noon. Hide the fugi-

tives, do not betray the refugees”

(Isa. 16:3).


By this time, the Jews will have finished drinking from the

cup of God’s wrath (Isa. 51:22), and then it will be their ene-

mies’ turn (Isa. 51:23)! The Lord prepares to strike:

“O Lord, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it.

Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let

the fire reserved for your enemies consume them”

(Isa. 26:11).

The Lord reassures Israel that the fire will not harm them:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over

you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze”

(Isa. 43:2).

The flames will be thick, but as Shadrach, Meshach, and

Abednego found they were immune to the fiery furnace under

the protection of the Son of God (the Messiah), so will the Is-