The Day of the Lord: a gloomy day of darkness.
BUT, for the lost, a day of DOOM and GLOOM.
The return of Jesus Christ to earth is an event which the Bible highlights.
But in all of that Scripture, one point which appears to have been passed over by the lost is the way the day (or, The Day of the Lord) LOOKS to the wicked–which is all of the lost who dwell upon the earth.
Which is the GREAT MAJORITY of mankind.
Scripture is CLEAR that the day Jesus returns will be a dark and gloomy one. BUT, it will be day on which BELIEVERS have OTHER fish to fry; while NONBELIEVERS can take their cue from the day’s appearance.
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.”
“Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?”
“The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness”
To the BELIEVER–who are FEW–the day will still appear dark and gloomy.
BUT, to a BELIEVER, what the day looks like will be tempered by the fact that it IS the day the return of Jesus happens.
And Jesus Himself is recorded in Scripture telling His followers what that day means.
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
In other words,
“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.”
SO: the day will be dark and gloomy for ALL MEN, but followers of Jesus Christ know that OTHER events will mitigate the gloom FOR THEM.
HOWEVER, God’s Word is VERY CLEAR that the day Jesus Christ returns to earth will be scary for BELIEVERS as well as NONBELIEVERS.
“Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.”
“And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?”
“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 shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.”
So, while the BELIEVER has eternal life with God to look forward to, the NONBELIEVER has to contend with, not only the darkness of the day, but also with the JUDGMENT of GOD–which he NEVER thought in a million years would happen–as well as the unnerving events which the NONBELIEVER never felt would EVER happen (seeing as how they were written in a book he has ridiculed for YEARS).
The day Jesus Christ returns will be a scary one for ALL men.
BUT, for most men, the day’s appearance is only the beginning of a VERY BAD DAY.
DOES the reader claim to believe the Bible?
WHAT about when the Bible is contradicted by more MODERN information?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 8-10, 2021.]
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