Summary: The wrath of the Lamb
There is a day every person fears whether that be the day they have to go into an interview or going into the doctor to find out that they have cancer. People fear that which they cannot control. So with this said people shall not be able to control the Lamb who sits upon the throne. They shall know the Day of the Lord has come. The phrase day of the Lord is one of the central prophetic themes in Scripture. It appears nineteen times in the Old Testament and four times in the New Testament. It is a unique time in history where both God’s power and holiness are reveled bringing terror and death to His enemies. These judgments can be seen by the prophet’s description of that day, “Destruction from the Almighty” (Isaiah 13:9), a “time of doom” (Ezek 30:3), “great and very awesome” (Joel 2:11), and “darkness and not light (Amos 5:18) The phrase day of the Lord is also mentioned in reference to God imminent historical judgments such as in (Joel 1:15, Isaiah 13:6-22, Ezek 30:2-19, Amos 5:18-20, Obad 11-14; Zeph 1:14-18) Other times it refers directly to God’s final eschatological judgments at the end of human history (Joel 2:28-32; Zech 14:1; Mal 4:1, 5; Acts 2:20; 1 Thess 5:2; 2 Thess 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10) This final day of the Lord will unfold in two stages, first during the Tribulation (1 Thess 5:2) and then at the end of the Millennium (2 Peter 3:10) Those two stages are separated by a thousand years. It is noteworthy that peter as if to erase any questions about that separation, reminds the reader that “with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day (2nd Peter 3:8)
The most detailed New Testament exposition on the coming Day of the Lord is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4, “I really don’t need to write you about how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “All is well; everything is peaceful and secure ,” then disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman’s birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape. But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.”
Macarthur points out, “The Thessalonians had apparently asked Paul about the timing and the sequence of events relating to the Day of the Lord. Many of the Thessalonian Christians were confused about the state of those who died before Christ’s return, which they believed would happen in their lifetime. Having taught them all that God intended them to know about the Rapture (1 Thess 4:13-18), the apostle cautioned the Thessalonians to live godly lives in light of God’s coming judgment (1 Thess 5:4-8). To focus on the esoteric speculation into the details of prophetic timing at the expense of growing in grace was (and is) unprofitable.” These judgments ought to spark us to live holy lives, in light of the clear Biblical teaching that we have already seen throughout these seals. God has chosen not to reveal the precise timing of the day of the Lord. (Matthew 24:36; Acts 1:7)
Today many will try to date the coming of the day of the Lord, even the day when we shall be raptured by the Lord but to do so goes against all the biblical texts. In fact if a person is doing this we ought to beware of them as a false teacher, and false prophet. Jesus said, “Be on alert for you do not know which day your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42) and again “Be on alert then for you do not know the day nor the hour (Matthew 25:13; Luke 12:35-40). Every generation but especially this generation more than ever ought to prepare itself for the coming of Christ. Peter says,”Since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14).
The first five seals are paltry in comparison with this seal. The wrath of the Lamb shall shake the earth to its very foundations. Heaven will shake and earth will tremble at the name of the Lord. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess from every tribe, nation and kingdom that Jesus Christ is the Lord! The motivation for holy living doesn’t come out of living in fear of the Lord, (although the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom) rather the motivation for holy living derives out of the fact, that these very things that we are talking about here will happen. This seal will enviably cause people to fear. People have many fears such as fear of heights, spiders, etc… but this fear will cause to call out in curse the day they were even born! What people ought to fear instead is what Jesus said in Luke 12:5, “I will warn you whom to fear; fear the One who, after He was killed has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” Hebrews 10:31, “It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”