Summary: Are you really ready for the Day of the Lord?
The Day of the Lord 2000 and Beyond!
If you are reading this on January 1, 2000 or shortly thereafter, then we are all still here and civilization like time is still marching on. If you are reading it, say June 2000 then we still managed to get by since you must have a computer to read it and they are fixed.
If all the true Christians are still here then you know that the false prophets are either hiding out somewhere awfully glad that we are not in the OT where they would be stoned or have gotten an updated revelation which still means that they are stone cold false prophets.
If this is never read all Hell broke loose, weird mutant survivors are living in caves grunting at each other, and man has fallen again. I am sure you are all reading this shortly after 1/1/00 and if you are grunting, it is because of an overindulgence of some traditional food or drink while celebrating.
We have heard for years that 2000 would be the time for the day of the Lord. It might be and it might not be, but I would like to look at the concept of the day of the Lord. There are approximately twenty-six instances of the phrase "the day of the Lord." Twenty-four of them are very negative and one is even a warning that some desiring and longing for the day of the Lord will not be happy campers when it finally arrives. (Amos 5:18) Only two have a positive note. One is a good news bad news.
1 Cor 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. KJV
The bad news is that a Christian can backslide to such a state that God will turn him/her over to the devil for an early departure from this life. Remember satan could not touch Job’s life because God did not give him permission. In this case, a believer has gotten so bad that God gives satan a green light. The good news is that the wayward child of God’s spirit will be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Glory and praise for His faithfulness and grace, but frankly I pray that I never get into this situation.
The second positive verse concerning the day of the Lord is far more inspiring to me.
2 Cor 1:13-14
13For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;
14As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus. KJV
Those that Paul had won to Christ would be part of his reward in the day of the Lord Jesus! Now this is more like it! He will rejoice because they are in glory with him and they will rejoice because of Paul’s faithful preaching which God used to get them there. I would rather be someone’s reward than to become so carnal that I earn an early ticket home with the hope of few to no rewards. (I Cor 3:1-15)
Obadiah 15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. KJV
20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. KJV
The other verses are pretty clear that for the honest unbeliever or the hypocrite the day of the Lord is not something to be looking forward to and something to be avoided at any cost. I gave you two of the milder ones as a sample. The only way to avoid the negative of that day is to believe and be saved so that you can fall into the being someone’s reward category.
Despite the fact that most folks are not going to be happy about the day of the Lord and we are flat out told that no man knows the day or the hour, there would be no signs and it would be swift, we still have this weird obsession with date setting and sign seeking. (Matt 25:13; 12:39; 24:27)
Well, I tell you what. I am going to show you a day of the Lord that you can know the time of and it is a positive one.
Ps 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. KJV