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For the purpose of navigating these last days, the signs announcing the Day of the LORD (Yahweh) are preeminent among the key signs you need to know about because they are the most recognizable of all the signs announcing His arrival in order to consolidate His kingdom reign on earth (Matthew 6:10; Revelation 11:15). After a great earthquake, the sun and the moon will be darkened and the stars will fall from the sky. Who can miss that? Not the wise ones who lift up their heads because they know that their redemption is near (Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:25-28) and not the foolish ones who say to the mountains and rocks "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:12-17).
But who in their right mind is longing for the day of the LORD? It's not the day of the LORD but what happens JUST BEFORE the day of the LORD that matters for believers. For the wise it's the age-old hope of redemption when Messiah descends in the clouds for His elect so His angels can snatch them away from danger to be with Him forever. For the foolish it's a heart-pounding terror of devastating wrath that will soon burst upon the world "just as it happened in the days of Noah" and "as it happened in the days of Lot" where God's faithful ones are rescued just in time before God pours out His wrath on His enemies. Part ONE begins to explain that in more detail. This is just an overview. But for those who need to know more about the day of the LORD, you'll find links below for deeper study. For those who are familiar with the day of the LORD, go ahead and skip to Part ONE (be sure to click "Back to Index" at the top left and bottom left of the page for Part 2 and 3 when you’re ready for more).
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Here’s an old gem for your consideration (click the link). It’s a balanced article written over 100 years ago that explains some of the darker Day-of-the-LORD “wrath” elements mercifully blended with the brighter hope of redemption in Christ. While searching for a dependable source on the Day of the LORD to share on this site, I learned that thousands of books and articles have been written by academics, Pastors, Evangelists, professors, trustworthy authors and not-so-trustworthy authors. A search on the phrase "Day of the LORD" in my iPad Bible turned up 26 hits. It's not surprising that this topic is at the same time one of the most written about themes in the Bible but also one of the least known among the majority of believers. It's not surprising because it's not easy to face these horrible events that are coming for most of the world’s population. But it occurred to me while writing this little piece that there is one huge positive. HELL, according to the Bible, will be much more severe and longer in duration than the PAYBACK that "draws near on all the nations" (Obadiah 1:15; Matthew 16:27). So then, all the faithful ones who are not appointed to His wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9) and who have seriously considered the Day of the LORD with fear and trembling will have even more reason to thank Him for the free gift of salvation because the day of His wrath, the Day of the LORD will be hell on earth for those who have to stay behind and that's putting it mildly. I thank God over and over again for His promise to rescue those who are ready (Luke 21:36; Matthew 24:43-44; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
"The Final Facts Part 1 - The Return of Christ 1" - Part 1 of 6 YouTube video by David Pawson
"The Approach of The Day of The LORD - Obadiah" - YouTube video by Jacob Prasch
For what it’s worth, the following is a work in progress; a brief chart that attempts to show at a glance from relevant Bible verses what people will be seeing, and how they will be reacting when these unmistakable celestial signs hit the earth.
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