The Day of the Lord

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and
the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (7) Of
the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne
of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and
justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts
will perform this
(Isaiah 9:6-9 –NKJV).
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be
made alive. (23) But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits,
afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. (24)
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to
God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power
(1 Corinthians 15:22-24-NKJV).
Today I am continuing my
teaching about the sequence of events in
the return of Christ.
My goal is to bring clarity to what I see in
scripture concerning what is to come as the world is prepared for Christ’s
return and reign.
The last book of the Bible,
the book of Revelation, is about Jesus Christ coming as rightful owner of the
earth to defeat His enemies, to judge the un-repentant wickedness of men and
nations, to judge Satan, and to reclaim the earth for the Kingdom of Heaven,
cleanse it, and make it a beautiful place for God and man to have fellowship
once again throughout eternity.
Jesus came almost 2000
years as a baby, in humility, taking upon Himself our suffering and sin, and
providing a way for His Grace to purify us from our sin and restore our
personal relationship and fellowship with God.
Notice John 1:17: For the law was given through Moses, but
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Notice again that the law came
though Moses. The Old Covenant, with its emphasis on the 10 commandments,
showed us that we cannot please God with self-effort. The law revealed our sin.
We call that era the dispensation of law.
During the last 2000 years
we’ve been living in the church age, the
dispensation of Grace.
The long-suffering of God has been emphasized to
show that He loves mankind, and wants all of us to have the opportunity to
respond to His Grace.
Grace is God
dealing lovingly and tenderly with us and with our sin. Grace is God opening up
His love nature to willingly forgive and cleanse our disobedience, and to
welcome us freely into relationship with Him through Christ.
But also notice that Grace
and Truth came through Jesus Christ.
Jesus didn’t come only to cleanse our
sin, He also came to show us how to live a life that pleases God. That comes through truth. Jesus, within Himself and
His sacrifice for us, wed Grace and Truth together.
To receive only Grace is
to live a life of bondage to sin. But when you allow His Grace and Truth to flood your life, only then does
true freedom manifests in you.
When Jesus returns in His
Second Coming, He will be emphasizing Truth.
He will come as a judge to His enemies, for they have spurned His Love,
rejected His Grace, and have refused His Truth. The only thing left for those
who refuse God’s dealings of Grace, Love, and Truth is Judgment. And that is what is coming next on the earth.
The Day of the Lord  is a period of time, not just a 24 hour day.
The Day of the Lord starts after the Cosmic Disturbances I mentioned yesterday
with the breaking of the 6th seal on the scroll in God’s right hand
(see Revelation 6:12-17), and immediately after the rapture of the church to
heaven (see Revelation 7:9-17).
The Day of the Lord is mentioned frequently in the Old Testament, and
is mentioned by Jesus, the Apostle Paul, and the Apostle Peter. The Day of the Lord  begins after God withdraws His  earth ambassadors (the church!) to heaven.
The Day of the Lord is God declaring
war on His enemies. The Day of the Lord  encompasses the period of time after the rapture of the church where
the 7 trumpet judgments and 7 bowl judgments occur in Revelation 8 through 19.
The scroll in God’s right
hand that we’ve discussed in previous days (Revelation 5:1) contains the events of the Day of the Lord. Once
the 7 seals on the scroll are broken open, the scroll can be unrolled, and then
the events on the scroll come to pass.
Notice Revelation 8:1:
When He
opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
Heaven became silent when Jesus broke the last seal
on the scroll in God’s right hand. For half an hour, heaven paused, realizing
that the prayers of the saints for God’s
kingdom to come, and for His will to be accomplished on earth,
were about
to be answered. Heaven became silent for that half hour, knowing that the
awesome judgment of the Holy God of the universe was about to explode on this evil,
corrupt planet. Finally, all wrongs, all lies, all rebellion, all deceit, and
all evil would receive its just rewards. The trumpet judgments and bowl
judgments were about to unleash the fierce wrath of God against all of His
enemies.
The church of the Lord
Jesus will not be here to experience
this time of the wrath of God. Jesus sacrifice on the cross delivered us from
the wrath to come (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9). The first 3½ years of the
70th week of Daniel are the wrath of man, the anti-Christ. The time of great tribulation spoken of by Jesus, when the anti-Christ breaks
his 7 year covenant with Israel and martyrdom occurs with the breaking of the 65th
seal on the scroll, is the wrath of
man.
You and I as believer are immune from the wrath of God. We will
not be here during this awful time when 1/3 of the vegetation will die, the
fresh and salt waters become polluted, when over 2 billion people die from the
effects of the intense wrath of God.
I close this article today
with the scriptures that reveal this dark period of judgment coming to earth
called The Day of the Lord. Praise
God that Jesus has delivered us from the
wrath to come…
Scriptures revealing The Day of the Lord…
 The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for
all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), (13) for all the cedars of
Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan, (14) for all the towering
mountains and all the high hills, (15) for every lofty tower and every fortified
wall, (16) for every trading ship   and
every stately vessel. (17) The arrogance of man will be brought low and the
pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, (18) and the
idols will totally disappear. (19) Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to
holes in the ground from dread of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to shake the earth. (20) In that day men will throw away to the
rodents and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to
worship. (21) They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging
crags from dread of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to
shake
the earth (Isaiah 2:12-21 –NIV).
Hail, for the day
of the Lord
is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
(7) Therefore all hands will be limp, every man’s
heart will melt, (8) And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold
of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at
one another; their faces will be like flames. (9) Behold, the day of the Lord
comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and
He will destroy its sinners from it. (10) For the stars of heaven and their
constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going
forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. (11) “I will punish
the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the
arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. (12)
I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge
of Ophir. (13) Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out
of her place, In the wrath of the Lord of hosts And in the day of His fierce
anger
(Isaiah 13:6-13 –NKJV).
All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the
heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their host shall fall down as the
leaf falls from the vine, and as fruit falling from a fig tree. (8) For it is
the day of the Lord’s vengeance, the
year of recompense for the cause of Zion
(Isaiah 34:4,8 –NKJV).
Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the
Almighty. (16) Is not the food cut off before our eyes, joy and gladness from
the house of our God? (17) The seed shrivels under the clods, storehouses are
in shambles; Barns are broken down, for the grain has withered. (18) How the
animals groan! The herds of cattle are restless, because they have no pasture; even
the flocks of sheep suffer punishment. (19) O Lord, to You I cry out; for fire
has devoured the open pastures, and a flame has burned all the trees of the
field. (20) The beasts of the field also cry out to You, for the water brooks
are dried up, and fire has devoured the open pastures
(Joel 1:15-20 –NKJV).
The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble; The
sun and moon grow dark, and the stars diminish their brightness. (11) The Lord
gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One
who executes His word. For the day of
the Lord
is great and very terrible; who can endure it?
(Joel 2:10-11 –NKJV).
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the
earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.  (31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and
the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. (32) And it shall come
to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount
Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the
remnant whom the Lord calls
(Joel
2:30-32 – NKJV).
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For
the day of the Lord is near in the
valley of decision. (15) The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will
diminish their brightness.  (16) The Lord
also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and
earth will shake; but the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the
strength of the children of Israel
(Joel
3:14-16 –NKJV).
Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! For what good is the day of the Lord to you? It
will be darkness, and not light. (19) It will be as though a man fled from a
lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand
on the wall, And a serpent bit him! (20) Is not the day of the Lord darkness,
and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?
(Amos 5:18-20 NKJV).
The great day
of the Lord is near
; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day
of the Lord is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out. (15) That day is a
day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and
desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick
darkness, (16) a day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and
against the high towers. (17) “I will bring distress upon men, and they
shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; their
blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse.” (18)
Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of
the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His
jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land. (2:1)
Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, (2)
Before the decree is issued, or the day passes like chaff, before the Lord’s
fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you!
(3) Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek
righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of
the Lord’s anger
(Zephaniah 1:14-2:3 –NKJV).
But the day of
the Lord
will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass
away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the
earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (11) Therefore, since all
these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy
conduct and godliness, (12) looking for and hastening the coming of the day of
God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the
elements will melt with fervent heat? (13) Nevertheless we, according to His
promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells
(2 Peter 3:10-13 –NKJV).
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren,
you have no need that I should write to you. (2) For you yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so comes as
a thief in the night.  (3) For when they
say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as
labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. (4) But you,
brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief
(1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 – NKJV).

2 thoughts on “The Day of the Lord

  1. You have explained this very well especially with the opening of the seals. It has been very revealing on a subject where there are always questions and confusion with people. Eva

  2. Thank you for this clear teaching. I am sharing this with my family, who has always believed that we would be raptured before anti-christ appeared on the scene. These are exciting times for Christians.

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