articles of chapter 8

The Day of the Wrath of the Lord

Behold, the day of Jehovah comes, cruel and with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land waste. And He shall destroy its sinners out of it. (Isa 13:9)

For when they say, Peace and safety! Then suddenly destruction comes upon them, like travail to the pregnant woman, and they shall not at all escape. (1 The 5:3)

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with rushing sound, and having burned the elements will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be burned up. (2 Pet 3:10)

Here the penalty of mankind is told and is warned in many Old Testament prophecies. For example:

Lam 2:22 You have called my terrors all around, as in a day of appointment; and there was not an escaped one or a survivor in the day of the anger of Jehovah. Those whom I have nursed and multiplied, my enemy has consumed.

Zep 1: That day is a day of wrath, a day of adversity and distress, a day of waste and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 1:18 Their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Jehovah. But all the earth shall be consumed by the fire of His jealousy. For He shall make a full, yea, a speedy end of all the inhabitants of the earth.
2:3 Seek Jehovah, all the meek of the earth who have done His justice; seek righteousness; seek meekness. It may be you shall be hidden in the day of the anger of Jehovah.
3:8 … For My judgment is to gather the nations, for me to gather the kingdoms, to pour my fury out on them, all my hot anger. For all the earth shall be burned up with the fire of my jealousy.

Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of Jehovah is at hand. And it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 2:1 … Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble. For the day of Jehovah approaches; it is near,
2 a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread out on the mountains, a great and a strong people. There has never been the like, nor shall there ever be again to the years of many generations;
3 a fire devours before it, and a flame burns behind it. The land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them is a desolate wilderness; yea, also there is no escape to them.
2:12 Yet even now turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning, declares Jehovah.
2:13 Yea, tear your heart, and not your robes; and turn to Jehovah your God. For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He pities concerning the evil.
2:31 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Jehovah.
2:32 For it shall be, all who shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be saved. For salvation shall be in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, as Jehovah has said, and among the saved whom Jehovah shall call.

Rev 9:4 And it was said to them [locusts] that they should not harm the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads”.

God’s judgment is severe; the wicked sinners will be destroyed. Who has the opportunity to belong to the few who are saved?

Joel prophesies in the same way as Act 2:21: And everyone who calls the name of the Lord will be saved. – Among those who are saved are those who are chosen by God. The Greek text Act 2:21 translates the word of the Lord as Kyrios, which refers to Jesus Christ. Joel 2:32 says that Yĕhovah is the name in which there is salvation. I believe that both are eligible. – The phrase of Joel is exactly the same, but the Lord is Jehovah. For a reason understandable, the prophet Joel could not write Christ or Messiah in the Old Testament. In Acts it could read Jehovah, but when it reads Kyrios i.e. Lord Jesus, both names will do for a man in distress.

This involves pressing a seal on the foreheads of God’s servants. They are safe from the plagues of the Lord’s Day.

What is the point in time that that people rejoice “Peace and safety”? (1 The 5:3) It is a period at the end of the first period of the tribulation, when people believe “all is well. It however means the beginning of the last three and a half years of the Lord’s Day (or Lord’s wrath).

Rom 1:18 For God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of those who in their wickedness suppress the truth. … the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night (1 The 5:2).

Before the start of the day of God’s wrath there is a short period of peace, when people are carefree and confident that peace will remain. 2 The 2:3 tells what must happen before God launches His anger: Let not any one deceive you in any manner, because it will not be unless the apostasy have first come, and the man of sin have been revealed, the son of perdition; [Antichrist]. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship. As a result, he seats himself in the temple of God and declares himself to be God. – God’s “day of vengeance” comes when, the force blocking the Antichrist – “the man of sin”– exits. 2 The 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. – Before the rapture of the saints living on earth, God does not pour out his revenge on the earth. What is that force that prevents the Antichrist to appear? What else could it be except the power of the Holy Spirit of God that protects God’s own? As soon as the saints are taken out of the earth, the Antichrist can control the world.

The latter period is the day of the Lord and also called the day of God’s wrath and the wrath of the Lamb (Rev 6:16). Then the Lord God will retaliate against those people who work for Satan; most of mankind belongs to this group deceived by Satan. Rev 6:16 describes these judgments of God. People groan piteously to the mountains and to the rocks, They said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb”. – So far, I have written of the wrath of God. However, this Scripture states that the wrath comes from the one who sits on the Throne [God the Father] and from the Wrath of the Lamb [Christ]. It shows that Christ acts as the leader of God’s angelic hosts.

This great tribulation touches the whole world, although Israel and the Middle East are at the focus of events.

Rev 6:12 And I saw when he opened the sixth seal. And behold, a great earthquake occurred. And the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair; and the moon became as blood;
13 The stars in the sky fell to the earth like a fig tree drops its fruit when it is shaken by a strong wind.
14 The sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
15 Then the kings of the earth, the important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and all the slaves and free people hid themselves in caves and among the rocks in the mountains.
They said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb”.
17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

From verse 6:12 forward the Bible tells how the powers of the sky are shaken when the six seals are broken: there is a great earthquake, the sun is darkened, the whole moon turns into bloody, the stars of the sky fall to the ground and the sky itself is split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up and every mountain and island moved away. Are these earthly trials and events in the skies concrete or figurative – or both? We can really imagine great earthquakes in our minds, these happen all the time. We also know that the surface of the earth has risen and fallen; the sea has swallowed the land into the depths and for the second time the bottom of the sea has risen sharply upwards. We understand solar eclipse happening from time to time, which was a couple of thousand years ago unexplainable event for the people of that time. Such events are very understandable for modern people.

Then, what about verse 13 telling you that ”stars of the sky fell to the earth”; how the stars far away there in space could fly and hit the ground from the distance of millions of light years? The space is expanding and not narrowing so the stars and planets are not approaching us, quite the opposite. It would seem that this must be a figurative expression.

One of the explanations I have read is that in a nuclear war, the intercontinental missiles fly from space to the earth and when they reached their target, they would loosen the nuclear war heads and these fly around the target area. Thus, even in the video, wherein this was described, the warheads glittered like stars as they burned against the dark night sky. They really seemed to fall in the ground like brightly shining stars. Such a threat from the future could also be possible.

These stars falling from the sky may mean those Satan troops who are expelled from Heaven to Earth upon their loss of war in Heaven. The Bible confirms the loss of Satan and his angels and their being throwing over the earth. The Bible does not tell when this happens or it would have happened. One interpretation is that Satan’s deportation would have happened before Jesus’ resurrection. The Book of Revelation, which says the event is a prophecy that is, tells what will happen in the future. Therefore, Satan’s deportation is for John an event in the future. This is also evidenced by Rev 12:10: ”the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come” (perfect tense). War in heaven and casting Satan’s forces on the earth is the prophecy of the Bible. When will it happen? This I will reflect a little later.

When Satan tempted Adam and Eve to break God’s only command, God punished them by deporting them from paradise. However, God did not immediately punish Satan as you could imagine. Satan was allowed to continue as an accuser; This we can read from Job’s book. God’s plan is that Satan may try to attract mankind to his side within the time limit given to him. He is called in the Bible “God of this world”. His power ends when Christ comes for the second time and Satan with his troops are bound for a thousand years. Until then, Satan’s victory continues …

1 The 5:3 When people say, “There is peace and security,” destruction will strike them as suddenly as labor pains come to a pregnant woman, and they will not be able to escape. Rom 1:18 For God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of those who in their wickedness suppress the truth. – It is about the beginning of the last three and a half years of the Lord’s Day; … the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. (1 The 5:2). Before the start of God’s day of wrath, therefore, there is a time of peace, when people are carefree and confident in maintaining peace. 2 The 2:3 tells what needs to happen before God launches his wrath: Let not any one deceive you in any manner, because it will not be unless the apostasy have first come, and the man of sin have been revealed, the son of perdition; 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship. As a result, he seats himself in the temple of God and declares himself to be God.  – This great tribulation affects the whole world.

 

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