Isaiah 33:2. “O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for Thee: be Thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.”
This is the prophetic prayer of the Jews, to be said in the Tribulation when Antichrist betrays them and determines to exterminate the nation (v. 2: Dan. 7:19-25; 8:20-25; 9:27; 11: 40-45; 12:7; Rev. 13).
Their arm means their strength.
The time of trouble here is the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer.30:7), and the time of trouble such as there never has been before, or ever will be again–the Great Tribulation (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:15-22; Rev. 11:3-19:21).
Think of that description: A time of trouble such as there never has been before, or ever will be again. Worse than the Holocaust? Yes. Far worse. But when it is over, there will never, ever be a time like that again.
If nothing else stirs us to seek the lost, to lead souls to Jesus Christ, this kind of prophecy should do so. Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will not endure the Tribulation, whether they be Gentile or Jew. Jesus will have taken the church out of the world before the Tribulation starts. I believe that it is partly the complete removal of believers that will leave the door open for the coming of Antichrist, who will appear as the answer to all the world’s problems–for a time.
We need to be sensitive to souls who are seeking Jesus Christ, now more than ever.