The Day of the Lord

THE DAY OF THE LORD.

91A-001 (1 Thess. 5:2)

Descriptions of the Second Coming- Part 1.

Hymn: Sweet promise is given to all who Believe (SDAH 600).

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 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.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1–3, NKJV)

Heart Questions: What is the day of the Lord? Why does the Bible call it the Day of the Lord?

The expression the “day of the Lord” goes back to Amos 5:18. The Old Testament saints understood it to be a time when God would come and intervene with judgment and/or blessing. The prophet Joel prophesied saying: “Alas for the day! For the day of [the judgment of] the Lord is at hand, and as a destructive tempest from the Almighty will it come.” (Joel 1:15, AMP) In the New Testament the thought of judgment continues (Rom 2:5; 2 Pet 2:9), but it is also the “day of redemption” (Eph 4:30); the “day of God” (2 Pet 3:12); the “day of Christ” (1 Cor 1:8; Php 1:6); the “Last Day” (Jn 6:39); the “great Day” (Jude 6); or simply “the Day” (2 Th. 1:10).

This day is the consummation of all things. The “day of the Lord” simply means that it is the expected day in which the Lord will be manifested, or in which He will be the prominent object in view of the assembled universe. It will come suddenly and unexpectedly (to the wicked). Second, it will involve a cosmic upheaval in which the universe will be shaken to its very foundations. Third, it will be a time when God will bring judgment upon the people of this world.

The day of the Lord refers to the Lord’s dealings with unbelievers. John Walvoord puts it in simple and striking words – “The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. Today a man may be a blasphemer of God, an atheist, can denounce God and teach bad doctrine. Seemingly God does nothing about it. But the day designated in Scripture as ‘the day of the Lord’ is coming when God will punish human sin, and He will deal in wrath and in judgment with a Christ-rejecting world. One thing we are sure of, that God in His own way will bring every soul into judgment.” (The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible, (Chattanooga, TN, p. 50–51).

The Gospel’s Voice: Beloved, the “day of the Lord” is the day when Christ will return a second time. The first time He came in humiliation; the second time He comes in glory. This day is the “Blessed Hope” of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Bible repeatedly assures us that Jesus will come again. But will He come a year from now? Months from now? Days from now? No one knows for sure. Jesus Himself declared, “But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36, AMP). Our job is not to question the exact day of His coming; rather to be ready. My dear friend, if the Lord were to come today will you be ready for Him? Or will you hide your face from Him (Rev. 6:16).

Action Step: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? [1] Confession of, and Repentance of our sins because we are about to face the Eternal Judge; [2] We ought to watch and pray for this Day; [3] Third, we ought to share with others this good news of salvation (especially the wicked, backsliders) that they too might confess and be ready for Jesus. Amen.

Have a Blessed Day: “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44, NKJV)

The Gospel’s Voice/ Themes/ Reflection on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ/ Thought # 1.