As The Day Approaches

“Alas for the day! For the Day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it.” (Joel 1:15)

The Bible speaks of the day of the Lord numerous times. It is a day of judgment on the world. A day that will most assuredly come upon all those that dwell upon the earth.

The Old Testament foretold that Jesus would be born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem and that he would be rejected by his people and be put to death. These and many other prophecies foretold the Lord’s coming and they all came about exactly as prophesied. The destruction of Jerusalem was foretold as well due to Israel’s rejection of their Messiah. In AD 70, the Roman army destroyed the temple and many of the inhabitants of Israel were killed, and the remainder scattered throughout the world of that day.

The above fulfilled prophecies are but two of the many in God’s Word. All the prophecies in the Bible, excluding the end times prophecies, have come about exactly as the Lord said they would. The Bible warns of a day of judgment that will come upon all the inhabitants of the earth. It speaks of us being in the last days since the time of the early church. Hebrews tells us:

“But in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son…..” Hebrews 1:2

It has been nearly two thousand years since the above verse in Hebrews was penned by the Apostle Paul. We are now living in the last of the “last days.” The Lord Jesus said there would be signs manifesting themselves as we drew near the time of His coming. These signs are appearing now in breathtaking frequency and intensity. We are near the time the Lord has appointed for judgment. The Lord has provided signs of His soon return so that those that love Him would know the season. We are in that season now. The “Day” the Lord warns us of in His Word will come upon the world quickly and without warning.

“For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2,3)

If we were to be honest regarding our world today, we would have to admit that things seem to be spinning out of control. We see the old boundaries of morality being broke down as never before. We see that all eyes are on Israel and the Middle East and the increasing likelihood of war breaking out there at any time. We see civil unrest in many countries. Wars and rumors of wars are all around us. Even in the United States, we see rising incivility among our fellow countrymen and a breakdown of the moral fabric and the rule of law in our nation. We see voices around the world pushing for national boundaries to be broken down and all nations be brought under a central government. The greatest sign of all that we are living in the last of the last days is the nation of Israel. No other nation of people has come back to their original land as the same people and the same nation after being scattered throughout the world for two thousand years. The current state of the world today, as discussed above, lines up with what was prophesied in the Bible about the signs that would appear just prior to the “Day of the Lord”. It seems like great trouble is brewing as we look around our world. What are we to do? The Lord Jesus gave us the answer. He said:

” Let not your hearts be troubled. believe in God; Believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)

With all that is going on in the world today, and the Lord’s judgment growing near; How could the Lord tell us not to worry? He told us not to worry because He is coming for his own prior to the time of God’s judgment on the world. It’s called the Rapture of the church and could happen at any time. The Lord gave His church the signs of His coming, signs that we are seeing start to take shape today, so that we would know when we were approaching the time of the Rapture and the time of God’s judgment. The Apostle Paul, in Thessalonians, speaks about the Rapture, which gives us great hope:

“For the Lord Himself (Jesus) shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive (all living believers in Christ and His great sacrifice at the cross) and remain shall be caught (raptured) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so we shall ever be with the lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

As we have stated, all the prophecies in the Bible to date have come about just as the Lord said they would. The Rapture of the church and the Day of the Lord will come about just as the above verses have prophesied. Many, seeing that things are heading in a very bad direction in the world today, and not knowing God’s Word, do not realize that these are signs of the coming judgment. Some, knowing the promise of His coming, question it since the promise of His coming has not come about in almost two thousand years. The Lord addresses the reason for His delay in the following verse:

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness, Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to.” (2 peter 3:9)

The Lord has spoken through His Word and warned that there is a day coming – a day of judgment. Today is the day of salvation. We are not promised tomorrow. The Lord calls out to all those in the earth today. Are you ready? If not, won’t you accept the Lord Jesus today? He paid the price for your sins and you need only repent and accept the Lord and the great price He paid for you at the cross.

“So you also must be ready (saved by faith in Jesus and Him crucified), because the Son of Man (Jesus) will come at an hour when you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44)

The Lord’s desire is that all would come to repentance and the grace of God. There’s coming a day of judgment – the “Day” approaches quickly. Come to the Lord today and know that your future is secure in Him.

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