The Day of the Lord is an event important for all who live on the planet earth. Believers in Jesus need to comprehend it—at least in general terms. It will help all of us better understanding the timing of the Rapture and many other end time events. These two substantial occurrences—the Day of the Lord and the Rapture—are prophetically linked. From my studies, scripture connects them as back-to-back occurrences.
Currently I’m working on a new book regarding the last days that will answer many questions people all over the world are asking regarding what to expect during the end times. One issue most people struggle with is identifying the difference between Satan’s wrath and God’s wrath.
Satan’s wrath begins at the midpoint of the final seven years when he is given 3 1/2 years of authority (Revelation 13:5-7). The Day of the Lord’s wrath, commences immediately following the rescue of His people at the Rapture. Once we understand the difference between these are two separate events that both occur during the final 3 ½ years—it becomes much easier to know how events will play out in the last days.
This incredible event occurs between the 6th and the 7th Seal. And you’ll be interested to know that the following verses of scripture inform us that The Day of the Lord occurs immediately following the rapture of the Saints. Revelation 6:12 through the entire chapter 7, give a fairly thorough description of these two all-important events that are overlapped and intertwined in their descriptions due to their close proximity to one another. Sound a bit confusing still? Keep reading:
The “sign” or signal, that these two events are about to take place, is described in Revelation 6:12-14. “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.”
Luke 21:25-28 describes the same events as Jesus did in Matthew 24. “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
The Day of the Lord is a term used again and again throughout all of Scripture, both Old Testament and New, to describe God’s final wrath against the unrighteous at the end of this age. It is not a literal 24-hour period or a single day as we think of a ‘day’. Instead it is a specific period of time when God’s wrath is unleashed against the ungodly. This happens immediately after the “catching away” of the righteous—in other words, the Rapture.
Two kinds of Wrath?
Christians often refer to the promise that God’s people will be spared from God’s wrath. “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10. It is true that we will NOT experience God’s wrath, however, just prior to the Rapture, we will experience Satan’s wrath as he persecutes God’s people and the nation of Israel.
The Bible describes the Antichrist’s wrath as more terrible than anything before or after. If you are alive when these things occur, do not confuse God’s wrath with the wrath of Antichrist. The devil will endeavor to persecute followers of Jesus and the nation of Israel in an attempt to thwart God’s prophetic fulfillment. God does have divine protection for His faithful and a wonderful plan to rescue His own. “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:21-22.
The Day of the Lord is described in great detail by eight prophets in the Old Testament as well as mentioned by three New Testament writers, Luke, Paul and Peter. By understanding this event clearly, I believe it will help you have more peace and calm as we progress through the last of the last days.
Interestingly, the occurrences associated with Christ’s second coming (the Rapture) and the Day of the Lord are one and the same. As the signs in the earth and sky occur, we are to look up. Jesus will appear and rescue His Church. It will begin suddenly and unexpectedly as God intervenes to cut short the great tribulation of Satan. Immediately following our departure, the seventh seal is opened, and God’s wrath is poured out on the unbelieving world.
In summary, let’s look at one of the O.T. prophets that spoke about The Day of the Lord, Zephaniah. “The great day of the Lord is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers. I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse. Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land.” Zephaniah 1:14-18.
According to Scripture, there is NOT a time of peace following the Rapture, but an immediate punishment for the unrighteous. People have said, “Well, when the Rapture happens, I’ll know it’s time to turn to God and get saved.” The problem with that way of thinking is that they are choosing NOT to serve Christ now. But rationalizing that they will live the way they want to now and when they are convinced it’s the end, will accept Jesus.
What if there is no time to get saved after the Rapture? The movies and books portray a version of reality that says there will be time to get saved after Jesus’ second coming, but it does not agree with God’s Word. Is it again, another false doctrine planted in the church by Satan to keep souls from God’s kingdom during the time of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2)?
Consider Noah. Scripture tells us that the end of the age will be “as in the days of Noah.” Once the door was closed on the ark, the rain began to fall on the unrighteous. No one else was added to Noah’s boat once he was inside and the door was shut. Why would it be different when Jesus returns for the faithful?
Consider 2 Peter 2:9. “Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment.”
God is coming for a people who choose Him, while they still have a choice. This week I would like to challenge you to tell at least one person that Jesus is your Lord, and the Messiah… AND that He is coming again very soon. If you aren’t sure you’re going to heaven when your life is over: BOOK YOUR HEAVEN FLIGHT.
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