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Summary: The wrath of the Lamb

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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)


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