Earlier today, we continued our look at whether or not the Bible gives us a clear indication of not only the sequence of events as they'll unfold in the fulfillment of end times prophecy, but whether or not it also gives us a clear indication of the actual timing for those prophesied events to occur.
I think it's safe to say that we're all on the same page in the sense that something is happening right now with God's church of true believers as He is pouring the revelation of these truths upon us as part of the "unsealing" spoken of in Daniel 12:4. Our job is to prayerfully discern the truth and try to always separate the fact from the fiction.
The last few columns focused on the Gog-Magog War and the potential for the Great Deception and gave some us strong evidence to indicate one or both may be imminent. But there's another event in prophecy that is typically viewed as being "imminent" and that's the Rapture of the church.
I've said many times before that I believe the Rapture is an actual, physical event, and also one that would happen just prior to the beginning of the Tribulation (the start of Daniel's 70th Week or the final 7 years). However, I should point out that I'm beginning to prepare myself for the very real and distinct possibility that it may not happen until the midway point of the Tribulation (3.5 years into the final 7 years), or right before the start of the Great Tribulation (the final 3.5 years of the last 7 years).
Some visitors and community members have suggested that I give "equal time" to all views here in this forum. While that sounds like a great idea on the surface (and please know that I really don't mean any disrespect by this remark) I think that's exactly what the Comments Section is reserved for. These articles that get published represent not only my views, but the things I feel moved to write about. I am always open to new interpretations and understandings as the left hand sidebar of this page will attest to ("iron sharpens iron), but to implement some kind of "Fairness Doctrine" here at Look Up Fellowship is inappropriate.
Besides, I simply report my findings and opinions on the subject matter and encourage you all to examine the evidence on your own and for yourselves. Plus, I will NEVER censor any comments that are submitted so, again, the Comments Section is the only place where you'll find the "Fairness Doctrine" in action here. Of course, once you reach your own conclusions I insist that you also take them under prayerful consideration to our Lord. Now that we've addressed that let's continue with this study.
In the verses we looked at recently we came across a phrase that might give some people pause: "The Day of the Lord." So, I thought it might be a good time to take a closer look at what this actually means.
The phrase “day of the Lord” usually identifies events that take place at the end of history (Isaiah 7:18-25), and is often closely associated with the phrase “that day.” One key to understanding these phrases is to note that they always identify a span of time during which God personally intervenes in history, directly or indirectly, to accomplish some specific aspect His plan.
Most people associate “the day of the Lord” with a period of time or a special day that will occur at the end of time when God’s will and purpose for His world and for mankind will be fulfilled. Some scholars believe that “the day of the Lord” will be a longer period of time, rather than a single day - - a period of time when Christ will reign throughout the world before He cleanses Heaven and Earth in preparation for the eternal state of all mankind. Yet, other scholars believe the Day of the Lord will be an instantaneous event when Christ returns to earth to redeem His faithful believers and send unbelievers to eternal damnation.
The phrase “the day of the Lord” is used 19 times in the Old Testament (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3; Joel 1:15, 2:1,11,31;3:14; Amos 5:18,20; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7,14; Zechariah 14:1;Malachi. 4:5) and 4 times in the New Testament (Acts 2:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10). It is also alluded to in other passages (Revelation 6:17; 16:14).
The Old Testament passages dealing with the day of the Lord often convey a sense of imminence, nearness, and expectation: “Wail, for the day of the Lord is near!” (Isaiah 13:6); “For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near” (Ezekiel 30:3); “For the day of the Lord is near” (Joel 1:15); “Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; surely it is near” (Joel 2:1); “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14); “For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations” (Obadiah 15); “Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near” (Zephaniah 1:7); “Near is the great day of the Lord, near and coming very quickly” (Zephaniah1:14). This is because the Old Testament “day of the Lord” passages often speak of both a near and a far fulfillment, as does much of Old Testament prophecy. There are times in the Old Testament that “the day of the Lord” is used to describe historical judgments that have already been fulfilled in at least some sense (Isaiah 13:6-22; Ezekiel 30:2-19; Joel 1:15; 3:14; Amos 5:18-20; Zephaniah 1:14-18), while at other times it refers to divine judgments that will take place towards the end of the age (Joel 2:30-32; Zechariah 14:1; Malachi 4:1, 5).
The New Testament calls it a day of “wrath,” a day of “visitation,” and the “great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14) and refers to a still-future fulfillment when God’s wrath is poured out on unbelieving Israel (Isaiah 22; Jeremiah 30:1-17; Joel 1-2; Amos 5; Zephaniah 1) and on the unbelieving world (Ezekiel 38–39; Zechariah 14). The Scriptures indicate that “the day of the Lord” will come quickly, like a thief in the night (Zephaniah 1:14-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:2), and therefore we as Christians must be watchful and ready for the coming of Christ at any moment.
Besides being a time of judgment, it will also be a time of salvation as God will deliver the remnant of Israel, fulfilling His promise that “all of Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26), forgiving their sins and restoring His chosen people to the land He promised to Abraham (Isaiah 10:27; Jeremiah 30:19-31, 40; Micah 4; Zechariah 13). The final outcome of the day of the Lord will be that “the arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:17).
The ultimate or final fulfillment of the prophecies concerning “the day of the Lord” will come at the end of history when with wondrous power God will punish evil and fulfill all His promises.
In Depth Study Of "The Day Of The Lord"
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