the acceptable year
Isaiah shows God’s mercy triumphing over His judgments, by describing the time of His gracious acceptance as a ‘year’, while His vengeance is seen as a ‘day’. We are in that day now.
“The Spirit of Lord YHWH is upon Me, because YHWH has anointed Me to preach good news to the meek. He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of YHWH, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint for them that mourn in Zion …beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness – the planting of YHWH – that He might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Isaiah 61:1-2a began to be fulfilled when Yeshua read it in a Nazareth synagogue (Luke 4:18-19), purposely stopping in the middle of a sentence. Look at history to see what has been happening to fulfill the rest of these verses. After Messiah’s return to His Father, the early Messianic Body began to obey His commission. As soon as His disciples received the fullness of the Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), they preached the good news, healed the hopeless ones, crushed in mind, declared liberty to and set free sin’s captives, and from Jerusalem, proclaimed “the acceptable year of the Lord.”