The Day of Destruction
Jesus told us about the fear that would grip men’s hearts in the last days,
There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken
In the Old Testament, the expression “Day of the Lord,” signified the day of destruction.
Isaiah said, “the Day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon the proud and lofty” (Isaiah 2:12) “it will come as destruction” (Isaiah 13:9).
The Day of the Lord is the Day when God will destroy this earth. Just as the earth had a beginning, it will also have an end, on the Day which is already known to God.
On that Day, He will punish the nations.
The kingdom of heaven was fully cleansed when “the fifth Angel poured out his bowl of wrath on the kingdom of the beast, but they did not repent of their deeds.”
Then “the sixth Angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates,” (Revelation 16:11-12) to call the nations together at Armageddon.
After God has completed His plan for the salvation of man, He will destroy this world, and bring His punishment on those who refuse to repent.
The prophet Amos said, “the Day of the Lord will be darkness and not light” (Amos 5:18).
Zephaniah wrote, “the great Day of the Lord is near . . . I will utterly consume everything…” (Zephaniah 1:1-14).
And Zechariah said,
the Day of the Lord is coming . . . for I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem…
And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:
Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet,
Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
Zechariah 14:1, and 12
A Unique Day, known only to the Father
The Apostle Peter called the Day of destruction, the Day of God.
Peter said, “the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7).
Zechariah said the Day of the Lord, would be a unique Day, known only to the LORD (Zechariah 14:7). So Jesus said, “of that Day and hour, no one knows, not even the Angels of heaven, nor the Son, only the Father knows” (Matthew 24:36).
In Book of Revelation, John told us that the Angels bound at the great river Euphrates, have been “prepared for the hour, and day and month and year” (Revelation 9:15).
On that Day, our Lord Jesus Christ will return to rescue His saints. But even our Lord does not know when He will return.
Many have foolishly tried to predict the Day of His return, even selling all their possessions, believing they were useless.
But the Apostle Paul said, “let no one in any way deceive (for that Day) will by no means come until the man of lawlessness has been revealed . . . who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called God or object of worship” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
Today, the man of sin has been revealed, and it seems we know the number years that remain. But we need to heed the admonition of Peter who said, “do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord a day is as a thousand year, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise . . .” (2 Peter 3:8-9). In other words, the days that remain may not be as we think, because God is not slow in this promise. Jesus said that He will return as a thief in the night.
And He also said, “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled” (Luke 12:49).