The Day of the Lord seems to be a prevalent topic on the collective minds of humanity these days. Proof of this growing concern can be found on multiple levels. The most influential public outlets for these subjects are, of course, Hollywood and the general media. Collectively, they make millions annually on all manner of prophetic stories about the apocalypse to come. Like it or not; believe it or not, it seems more and more people are trying to wrap their brains around what some say is nothing more than an irrelevant, ancient religious myth refusing to die.
In reality, the Day of the Lord is a phrase referred to throughout both the Old and New Testaments. It is also a phrase that has been misunderstood and misused: some in simple ignorance; by others to generate fear, to endorse heresies of all kinds, or to line the pockets of the greedy false prophets. The prophetic, last days timeline can be tricky but is understandable when we realize it is not a single event, but a multifaceted series of occurrences.
In truth, the Day of the Lord is actually a phrase used to summarize a series of actual events which have yet to take place. It is an expression describing God’s final plan for this planet and the human race. Included in this prophetic period is the reign of the Anti-Christ; the seven years of great tribulation as God’s wrath is poured out on a God-rejecting planet; the final battle of Armageddon in Israel; the physical return (Second coming) of Christ to Jerusalem at the end of the tribulation, and the thousand years of peace the world will enjoy as Jesus Christ HImself reigns in righteous and justice from Jerusalem.
We are currently living in the days of man; a time when scriptures tell us Satan is the prince of this world’s systems. We know that today, life on this planet is not getting better, because man is wicked to the core of his soul and the Devil is still enjoying his day. But God has promised such an existence will not continue forever. Things will not just continue as they have since the day of creation. There is a day coming when human reality will change.
There are those within the church who say Christians should hunker down in survival mode and pray they are able to survive the seven years of hell about to be unleashed on this planet. Contrary to such teaching, according to the scriptures, the very next event on the prophetic time line for the believer is not the tribulation (as described in Rev 6 and other places), but the rapture of the church. Paul declares this hope in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.
"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord."
Genuine believers will not go through the tribulation for in verse 9 of the same chapter we read of God’s intentions for His people, those who have truly been born again by the Spirit of God. “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Prophetically speaking, there is nothing else that needs to occur before the rapture can come. It could happen at any second. So the critical issues of life as we know it should not primarily be the mounting political corruption or the myriad of conspiracy theories, however true or real such threats may be. People do not need waste time debating whether or not aliens are real and getting ready to take over planet earth, or whether human kind is preparing for some sort of quantum evolutionary jump. God is God and His day is coming.
So the crucial issue for this day is not whether or not the word “rapture” is actually in the scriptures. It is. (Follow the hyperlink). The monumental question to answer is, are you ready for the rapture? Are you truly born again according to the scriptures? Is Jesus truly the Lord of your life? Or do you actually believe you are the lord of your destiny, not realizing you are actually headed for eternal judgment because of your unwillingness to repent?
If you are not sure how to answer these questions, settle this issue with God right now, today. Don’t wait. Wherever you are this moment, pray this prayer to the Lord Jesus now and mean it with all your heart.
“Lord Jesus, I am not good and on my own and I never will be. I admit I am a sinner and have broken your laws and commandments. I am worthy of death and in need of your forgiveness. I ask you to forgive me and make me a new creation by the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe you died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins so I would not have to. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I entrust my life to you, Father God. Please come into my life and help me live a holy and pure life that pleases you. Use me to share this good news of your love and grace with others while there is still time. Amen.”
“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.” Isaiah 13:9
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteous – by whose stripes you were healed.” I Peter 2:24
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God and not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” I John 5:12