Tuesday, November 17, 2020
A and The Day of the Lord
A and The Day of the Lord
For you yourselves know that the day of
the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:2
In the Scriptures, the exhortation to prepare for the day of the Lord is usually given to God's people, rather than to unbelievers. Christians must be prepared for Christ's return, so that they can properly respond to Him. The most important thing about the day of the Lord is clear: it comes unexpectedly.
In Scripture, there are several references to the day of the Lord. Often this refers to Jesus’ first coming or His second coming, but it can also refer to any time God comes to His people, either in salvation or judgment (Isa. 13:6; Joel 2:11; Mal. 3:2). Amos had predicted that the day of the Lord would be far different from what the people expected (Amos 5:18). The people of his day thought it would come with joy and singing, yet Amos said there would be grieving and judgment of sin. When Jesus came the first time, His coming caught people by surprise. Because they were expecting the Messiah to come in a different way, many did not recognize Him.
The final day of the Lord will be at Christ's second coming. Meanwhile, there will be times when God will come to you, your family, and friends. You need to be watching for the signs of God's convicting work in your children, your friends, and your coworkers. You must take notice when God begins to do a special work in the lives of the people in your church. It may be that you have an unusual sense of God's presence in a worship service and you begin to intercede for those who are present. Prepare yourself now and pay attention to what is happening in the lives of those around you. You may discover that the day of the Lord is at hand.
- Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
Oh there is such a difference between A day and The day. 'A' can be all encompassing. Every variety, every flavor, of something. 'The' is special, it's specific in its description.
As in a day like any other day.
As in the day of visitation.
Are you ready, really ready for THE Day of the Lord? Put aside your busy schedule. Stop looking up posts on social media or looking up the news.
Read that question. Stop dodging your response to it being asked. Are you ready to face Jesus? Are you a believer, awaiting your home-going? Are you an unbeliever who, whether or not you fully believe in God, ready to stand before Christ to explain yourself? Your explanations will not stand up in the Court of God. It matters not how good you claim to be. You could have lived an entire life in a bubble, away from all physical interactions with humans, and still you would end up in Hell from not receiving Christ as your Savior. That's what born in sin means. You were born in sin just as you were born with limbs and organs.
A day before God can be now for you or I.
The day before God is what's coming soon. Interestingly enough so many today don't really know they are quoting Scripture when they go on about life. Saying where is the promise of His coming? Life goes on like it always has.
A day and The day.
As Blackaby says, and I have experienced this, a day with Jesus has happened to a great many people. A day happened when He saved me. Another A day event happened when He saved me from suicide. Yet another A day event was when I first met my Wife in person and He told me to marry her. Another A day was when He saved my life when a semi truck ran a red light and hit me. Those are examples of A day. You, if you are a believer or not, can see such A days in your life.
The day is a special day of the Lord. The Father has set a day that truly begins the end of things on this planet.
You think this puny pandemic has disrupted life. This is nothing at all compared to the days, weeks and months after The day of the Lord. Millions dying, supposedly, from this coronavirus? Try millions vanishing in the blink of an eye when Christ returns. Try billions dying due to the judgement of God found in Revelation. Try 7 years of that. Then Jesus returns physically to rule and reign here on Earth for 1,000 years. Nothing in history compares to how Jesus will rule.
You, my dear reader, do not have as much time to get right with God as you think.
YOUR day could be today. Nobody has been promised a today. Everyone who just died unexpectedly in the last 5 minutes thought they had a today.
Are you ready for YOUR day?
Your day is written in Scripture too. Not just A day or The day. YOUR day is there
Your day is when Jesus says it's time to go then it's your time to go. What will you do when you stand before Christ? There are no second chances, no do overs. There is no purgatory. There's no being reborn to try it again. Scripture says it is appointed unto man once to die then comes the judgment. If you are in Christ you do not stand condemned, but you will give an account of your life. If you are not in Christ, you will stand condemned already due to the blood of Jesus not covering your sins.
Look at where you stand before you see what kind of day it is.