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Malachi 4:1-6
Revelation 5:1-14; 6:1-8
Titus 2:11-14

Kieth Banta was formerly pastor of Crossroads Bible Church and currently attends Quinault Baptist Church.

Reflections on living in light of the knowledge of the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.

Malachi 4:1-6
The closing of the canon of the Old Testament predicted that God would return.

The Day of the Lord – What is it?

Usually identified events that take place at the end of history (Isaiah 7:18-25)
Often closely associated with the phrase “that day.”
These phrases always identify a span of time during which God personally intervenes in world events, directly or indirectly, to accomplish some specific aspect of His plan.
Most people associate the day of the Lord with a period of time or special day when God’s will for mankind will be fulfilled.
Most scholars are in two camps:
More than one day when Christ will reign on earth before He cleanses heaven and earth in preparation for the eternal state of all mankind
An instantaneous event when Christ returns to earth to redeem His faithful believers and send unbelievers to eternal damnation.
The Day of the Lord – Where is it?

The phrase “the day of the Lord” is used:
19 times in the Old Testament (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3; Joel 1:15, 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Amos 5:18, 20; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7, 17; Zechariah 14:1; Malachi 4:5)
Four (4) times in the New Testament (Acts 2:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10)
The Day of the Lord – What is it all about?

In the Old Testament, the passage convey a sense of imminence, nearness, and expectation. Some examples:
“Wail, for the day of the Lord is near!” (Isaiah 13:6)
“For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near” (Ezekiel 30:3)
“Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand. (Joel 2:1)
“Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is Near” (Zephaniah 1:7).
This is because the Old Testament passages often speak of both a near and far fulfillment as does much of Old Testament prophecy.

Some OT passages that refer to the day of the Lord describe historical judgments that have already been fulfilled in some sense (e.g., Isaiah 13:6-22; Ezekiel 2-19; Joel 1:15, 3:14; Amos 5:18-20; Zephaniah 1:14-18).
Other passages refer to divine judgments that will take place toward the end of the age (e.g., Joel 2:30-32; Zechariah14:1; Malachi 4:1, 5)
The NT calls it:
The day of “wrath,” a day of “visitation,” and the “great day of God Almighty” (Rev 16:14)
A still future fulfillment when God’s wrath is poured out on:
Unbelieving Israel (Isaiah 22; Jeremiah 30:1-17; Joel 1-2; Amos 5; Zephaniah 1)
The unbelieving world (Ezekiel 38-39; Zechariah 14)
Scripture indicates that the day of the Lord:
Will come quickly, like a thief in the night (Zephaniah 1:14-15; Matthew 24:29-31,42-44; 2 Thessalonians 2:2)
Therefore, Christians must be watchful and ready for the coming of Christ at any moment (1 Thessalonians 5:2; Matthew 24:29-31,42-44)
Besides being a day of judgment, the day of the Lord will also be:
A time of salvation as God will deliver the remnant of Israel, fulfilling His promise that all of Israel will be saved” (Rom 11:26)
Forgiving their sins and restoring His chosen people to the land He promised to Abraham (Isaiah 10:27; Jeremiah 30:19-31, 40; Micah 4; Zecharaih 13)
The final outcome of the day of the Lord will be:
“The arrogance of man will be brought low and
the pride of men humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Is 2:17)
Revelation 5:1-14, 6:1-8
This is just the introduction; it gets worse.
This is not to scare or frighten, but to understand how we should live in light of that Day.

The Day of the Lord – Summary
In summary, the ultimate or final fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the day of the Lord will come at the end of the age when Almighty God, King Jesus, will come in perfect holiness, majesty, righteousness and glory, to vanquish His enemies, judge the living and the dead, restore righteousness, and fulfill His promises to His people Israel and His Bride the Church, thereby setting all things right for all eternity.

With what we know, how shall we live?
Titus 2:11-14

Live sensibly
Looking for Christ to come
2 Peter 3:11-12

Holy conduct
Looking for the coming of the day of God
1 Timothy 4:8, 6:6
Galatians 5:5
Romans 8:23
2 Corinthians 5:2
Philippians 3:20
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
2 Peter 3:13-14
2 Timothy 4:8

Conclusion:

The day of the Lord is coming
It could be today
As Christians, we need not fear it, but live for it loving Christ’s appearing
For those who do not know King Jesus, it’s not too late…
Revelation 20:11-15