Many Christians are longing for the Day of the LORD to come, but few, it seems, know exactly what that day entails.
Many long for it to come thinking that the “rapture” will take them out of the end time troubles to come, seeing the day of the LORD as an escape hatch for God’s children. But the rapture theory is just that–a theory, an erroneous imagination that is disproved upon closer inspection and study of the word of God [for more on this, see https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/?s=parachute ].
Others see “the day of the LORD” as a metaphor for “going to heaven, or going to be with Christ.
But few realize what they are wishing on themselves and this world. Why? Because of the utter destruction that the Day of the LORD will bring on this earth. It is a time of God’s wrath, not mercy. It is not an apple pie in the sky event. It is a time of utter calamity and devastation.
Many prophets spoke of this day of the LORD. It is a day of vengeance taken by God on the evil Satanic system and those who have given their hearts to it. It is when He takes revenge, not us. Remember when we were taught from the Bible not to hold grudges and be vengeful? “Vengeance is mine, saith the LORD, I will repay.”
And so shall it be during the wrap up of this present age. God will be dealing directly with wickedness, as only He can. His body, His church will not be taking vengeance on anyone. Christ in His first advent was the Lamb; He’ll be a devouring Lion in His second. The “day of the LORD” is not a gloriously bright sunshiny day. It is a time of gloom and despair and darkness, much like the day the death angel passed through Egypt. It will be a day of mourning as that day during the original Passover–a day of wailing and crying aloud in the streets, a day of heart-rending loss of loved ones and cherished belongings.
So, no. This day is not something to wish for. Although it has to come on the earth before Christ establishes His kingdom, we would not wish this misery on anyone.
Spoken about by many prophets
We are talking about one of the most important events in the history of the world. It is the end of an age; it is a cosmic event of universal proportions. Most of the prophets spoke of this event–this day of the LORD. Think about it. What greater prophecy could they have uttered and written down for us than the end of the evil empire of Satan and his human cohorts?
The prophet Daniel and the “Stone Kingdom”
It is what the prophet Daniel was shown in so many passages. “In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed…” (Dan. 2: 44). Christ’s Kingdom is coming to earth, but before it makes its full arrival, the smashing of Nebuchadnezzar’s image with the stone kingdom not cut out by man’s hands must first take place. “The Day of the LORD” is that time in history when man’s world system is coming down! I’m not going to bring it down; my Christian brethren are not going to smash it; God is, I believe, with a literal “stone” [read “heavenly body”] from heaven. Call it a large meteorite, a comet, an asteroid, a hailstone, a star–the name is immaterial what man calls it. The point is that there are innumerable examples in the Bible citing heavenly bodies falling into earth [that is another topic which space does not permit here].
So many prophets speak of this dark day for the inhabitants of the earth and the lovers of this world.
The prophet Zephaniah’s vision of the ‘day of the LORD’
For example, the entire book of Zephaniah is about this very “day of the LORD.” The LORD [Yahweh in the Hebrew] is railing and warning through Zephaniah about how He “will utterly consume all things from off the land” (1: 2). Those “things” include fowls, fishes, stumbling blocks (idols) with the wicked, and finally, man (v. 3). Then He tells which men: those worshipping other gods. He says, “The day of Yahweh is at hand” (v. 7).
Who exactly are these people who are about to be destroyed by God? They are people who actually “swear by the LORD.” They invoke His name, and yet, they “have not sought…nor inquired for Him” (1: 5-6). Ironically, these are professing Christians.
Consequently, Yahweh at this time “has prepared a sacrifice.” 2,000 years ago, it was the Lamb of God sacrificed through God’s great grace and mercy. This time the tables are turned. The evil doers this time will be sacrificed. This will be through “acts of God,” not his elect. For He “will punish the princes [those in power] and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel” [not dressed in white, the symbolic clothing of the righteous] (1: 7-8).
Zephanaiah’s description of the day the world system collapses
“The great day of the LORD is near…The mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day clouds and thick darkness..and I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung” (1: 14-17).
This is the time that God will execute wrath upon the world. Compare this passage with Joel 2 and Revelation 16 when the “vials of wrath” are poured out on the earth. Same time in history. Same day of the LORD. Kenneth Wayne Hancock [To be continued]