Thursday, December 10, 2009

Isaiah the Post-Tribber

I have sent my velveteen Breviary away for rebind. I never snapped pictures of it because it was that bad but now I kind of wish I had. Regardless, while it is away the Liturgy of the Hours is taking its place. I had forgotten how difficult the Anglican Breviary was...

This morning during the Office of Readings I was struck by something during the scripture reading. Let's take a look:

Isaiah 26:15-21

15 You have been favourable to the nation, O Lord, you have been favourable to the nation: are you glorified? You have removed all the ends of the earth far off. 16 Lord, they have sought after you in distress, in the tribulation of murmuring your instruction was with them. 17 As a woman with child, when she draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs: so are we become in your presence, O Lord. 18 We have conceived, and been as it were in labour, and have brought forth wind: we have not wrought salvation on the earth, therefore the inhabitants of the earth have not fallen. 19 Your dead men shall live, my slain shall rise again: awake, and give praise, you that dwell in the dust: for your dew is the dew of the light: and the land of the giants you shall pull down into ruin. 20 Go, my people, enter into your chambers, shut your doors upon you, hide yourself a little for a moment, until the indignation pass away. 21 For behold the Lord will come out of his place, to visit the iniquity of the inhabitant of the earth against him: and the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall cover her slain no more.

In this season of Advent we consider the first coming of Christ alongside his second and clearly here in Isaiah we have the Catholic view of the end times.

Look at verse 17 above. Compare it to this: (highlighting from, its a pain to remove it)

1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.

After this, the dragon appears to try and hurt the woman's son. Isaiah tells his readers to go inside their houses and hide during a tribulation. In the NRSV "indignation" is instead rendered "wrath".

Then the Lord returns. After everything else. At the end. This is the Catholic view of the endtimes. Jesus will return once, not two or three or five times. Once. This is also the order (without mention of tribulation) from the verse which is the basis of the relatively new rapture theory.

1 Thess 4:12f

12 And we will not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are asleep, that you be not sorrowful, even as others who have no hope. 13 For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again; even so them who have slept through Jesus, will God bring with him. 14 For this we say unto you in the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them who have slept. 15 For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in Christ, shall rise first.

16 Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord. 17 Wherefore, comfort ye one another with these words.

The dead rise first. Just like in Isaiah. So, Paul knew what he was talking about. Of course, I don't mean to go into the end times here at length. This was just something that caught me attention.


Christian said...

What is the difference between the Breviary and Liturgy of the Hours? I thought they were the same thing.

Matt said...

The breviary usually refers to the pre-vatican2 office. The liturgy of the hours came out in 1974. I'm going to be going over this in an upcoming post, so stay tuned!

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