Summary: The Day of the Lord- Is when God puts Israel of all nations. This sermon expands the difference between Christ

The Day of the Lord

End time message

Zechariah 14:1-5

1 ¶ Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

2. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Note tribulation period all countries against Israel)

3. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

4. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

5. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

The Day of the Lord- means when God puts Israel ahead of all nations.

Introduction: I would like to take some confusion out of the meanings of the Lord’s second coming. There is a difference between his 2 comings and his appearing.

Suggest 2 comings and 1 appearing.

1. First coming- babe in a manager-

a. Redeem the bride- church-

b. To dress her in white- free from sin

2. Appearing of Christ-

a. He comes for his bride

b. Like a theft in the night

3. Comes to execute judgment

a. Returns with his bride

I. Redeeming his bride

Genesis 3:15

And I will put enmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her Seed;

He shall bruise your head,

And you shall bruise His heel.

This is the first prophecy of the coming of Christ. Not only is this a prophecy of his birth, but it is a prophecy of his work

God is speaking to the serpent who is a personification of Satan. God desires no coalition between himself and Satan. The two are mutually exclusive.

“Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her Seed.”

God draws a distinction between “your seed” (Satan’s seed) and “her Seed” (Jesus). “Her Seed” refers to the humanity (incarnation) of Christ. Notice that this passage does not say that the “Seed” was of Adam. This is an inference of the virgin birth. The New Testament calls Jesus the “Seed” (Galatians 3:16).

“He shall bruise your head,

And you shall bruise His heel.”

God is predicting the defeat of Satan by the coming of Christ, the Messiah. God is drawing the battle lines between himself and Satan.

“He shall bruise your head” is a mortal wound. The power of Satan is crushed by the cross of Christ.

Yet even at the moment of the first fall, God promises a solution to their sin. At the fall Satan bruised the heel of Jesus. Sin was the cause of Christ going to the cross. At the cross Christ will crush Satan’s head. One is a non-lethal and the other a lethal act. At the cross Jesus dealt Satan a fatal blow. There he paid for the penalty of sin fully.

Christ not only paid for the sins of the world on the cross but he defeated Satan there (Colossians 2:14, 15). Satan was executed at the cross.

There are many prophecies on the coming of the Messiah to free us from sin. Time won’t allow me to detail them. But we know Jesus was born in a manager in Bethlehem. As prophesied.

II. The appearance of Christ

a. To take his bride

b. Come as a thief in the night (at least 3 different scriptures says this)

c. Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. ( important) Appearing not second coming.

d. The coming of the lord for his bride- as a thief he is coming. Don’t forget he dresses them in white.

A. 1 Thes 4:13-16

13 ¶ But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleeps in Jesus will God bring with him.

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