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Bible Truth, Issue #021
July 05, 2014
The Uncovered Truth of Christianity
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The Day of the Lord
Happy 4th of July weekend! Today, I want to talk about the phrase “The Day of the Lord.” This phrase is used in the Bible to describe current judgment, as well as alluding to a final judgment which is described in Revelation as the Great White Throne Judgment. Here are some examples :
Amos 5:18-20 – Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! Why would you have the day of the Lord? It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him. Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it? (ESV)
Isaiah 13:6-9 – Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; as destruction from the Almighty it will come! Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt. They will be dismayed: pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will aflame. Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with warm and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. (ESV)
Both of these passages describe the Day of the Lord as something very bad and unwanted that will bring death and destruction. But why? These next verses give us an idea:
Malachi 4:5-6 – Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction. (ESV)
Ezekiel 30:3 – For the day is near, the day of the Lord is near; it will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. (ESV)
1 Thessalonians 4:17 – then we who are living, who are remaining over, together with them shall be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in air, and so always with the Lord we shall be (YLT)
In Malachi, God says that He will send Elijah to help the hearts of men, so that they will be saved from destruction when He comes. Ezekiel describes the Day of the Lord as a day of clouds. Clouds is also mentioned in Thessalonians, which describes the overcomers meeting Christ for His second coming. Therefore, we can see how the final judgment as well as the second coming coincide.
Revelation 20:11 – And I saw a great white throne, and Him who is sitting upon it, from whose face the earth and the heaven did flee away, and place was not found for them; (YLT)
Jesus Christ will come for the second time, and judge everyone alongside the overcomers on the Great White Throne. This is a very important day to understand God’s big plan for us. To understand this more, check out my other articles on my website.
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