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Summary: In the midst of troubling times, please know that the day of the Lord is coming. The prophets of the Old Testament warned about it. Jesus and the Apostles warned of it in the New Testament. Today, we are one day closer to it being reality.

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The Day of the Lord is Coming

By Greg Johnson

March 25, 2007

http://www.LovingGodFellowship.org

2 Peter 3:1-18

We live in troubling times. North Korea has tested nuclear weapons. Iran is developing nuclear capabilities with spoken threats by their president of the annihilation of Israel. Terrorists are seeking nuclear devices to create "dirty bombs" to be set off in our cities and cities around the world.

In the midst of troubling times, please know that the day of the Lord is coming. I’m not presenting you with timetable. I’m not trying to scare you. I want to encourage you with the Word of God. The day of the Lord is coming. The prophets of the Old Testament warned about it. Jesus and the Apostles warned of it in the New Testament. Today, we are one day closer to it being reality.

WHY DOES GOD WAIT?

Why does God wait? To answer that question we must look to God’s Word. (2 Peter 3:1-10 NIV) "Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. {2} I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. {3} First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. {4} They will say, "Where is this ’coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." {5} But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. {6} By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. {7} By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. {8} But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. {9} The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. {10} But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare."

God waits because His heart is that no one perishes, but everyone come to Him in repentance through Jesus Christ. Today you may be going your own way and doing your own thing instead of denying yourself and following Jesus. God has waited just for you. He is waiting for you to die to yourself and come alive in Jesus Christ. He longs for you to humble yourself and fall at the foot of the cross and submit to Jesus’ lordship. It’s at the cross that you die with Christ to sin. It’s at the cross that you are baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit. It’s at the cross that you are justified or declared righteous by God.

THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL COME SUDDENLY.

It is important to be right with God and following Jesus today because the day of the Lord will come suddenly. The Apostle Peter goes on to say (2 Peter 3:10 NIV) "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare."


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