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God’s Time Table- ‘The Day of the LORD is At Hand’!
In God’s time table ‘the day of the LORD is at hand’ (Zephaniah 1:7). This means that time is just about running out for mankind to repent and to redeem itself. Soon it will be too late to accept the goodness and gracious mercy of God because ‘the day of the LORD is at hand’. ‘The day of the LORD’ is the main theme of Zephaniah, the prophet. ‘
‘The day of the LORD is at hand’ means that it is coming upon us, but not fully here yet. We are experiencing the extreme turmoil of the last days as foretold in the Holy Bible, beginning from now, even as Jesus had said regarding the signs of the endtimes ‘And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars.. ‘famines, pestilences (like Covid-19), earthquakes in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows’ (Mt24:7,8). According to ‘The day of the Lord’ Zephaniah is writing about he refers to a specific event upon God’s time clock when He, God, will pour out His wrath upon the world and its people.
Zephaniah’s prophecies have meaning for us today because in addition to addressing the tribe of Judah in his time, it appears he was also writing to us in the present endtimes. Zephaniah‘s warnings of impending doom where none would escape was given to all the nations of the earth who were and are now in rebellion with God. Zephaniah described situations in the world that would unfold before the return of Jesus Christ and the condition of society that would bring God’s punishment and wrath. We see increasing wickedness, violence, corruption, immorality, and ungodly behavior occurring in every part of the world today that was also prophesied by Isaiah, ‘Darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people’. (Isaiah 60:2)
Today we are seeing the prelude of the ‘day of the Lord (which) is at hand’. IT IS VERY NEAR!
‘The great day of the LORD is near, it is near and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.’ (Zephaniah 1:14-15)
God is dealing with man who is unrepentant of his sins, who rejected Him, and rejected His Word. Man has turned down God’s gift of grace, of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. Man has scoffed at the blessings, gifts and rewards of God. Man has rejected Truth and believed lies, and his pride and rebellion has brought judgment upon the land and all of its inhabitants.
Why are world-wide calamities, natural catastrophes, plagues and pestilence, etc. increasing in frequency and intensity? It is because ‘the day of the LORD is at hand’. Violence and corruption fills the earth; our leaders cannot be depended upon to bring order and peace in our cities; fear and anguish grips the people with the many uncertainties of life. The catastrophes around the world serve to punish and humble nations.
‘WOE TO her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; . . .
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. . .the unjust knoweth no shame’. (Zephaniah 3:1-5)
‘I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. I said, Surely thou wilt fear Me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings’. (Zephaniah 3::6-7)
Who and what is being judged by God?
This is Word of the Lord to Zephaniah:
‘I will completely consume and sweep away all things from the face of the earth (in judgment) says the LORD. I will consume and sweep away man and beast; I will consume and sweep away the birds of the air and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks (idols) along with the wicked; and I will cut off and destroy man from the face of the earth, declares the LORD. (Zephaniah 1:2-3 AMP)
’And those who bow down and worship the host of heaven (sun, moon, and the stars) on their housetops; and those who bow down to (and pretend to worship) the LORD, and (yet also) swear by Milcom (god of the Ammonites). And those that have turned back from following the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.‘ (Zephaniah 1:5-6 AMP)
In the latter verse, take note that the following people are included in God’s punishment: idolaters, spiritual people, religious people, compromising Christians, backsliders, unbelievers, and non-believers.
How to be saved from God’s Wrath:
We must REPENT, RETURN, & REMAIN WITH GOD.
‘Gather yourselves together (in repentance), yes, gather (in submission), O nation without shame, Before the decree takes effect (and the time for repentance is lost)- The day passes like the chaff (whirled by the wind)- Before the day of the burning and fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you.
‘Seek the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment (who have practiced his ordinances and have kept His commandments); seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger.’ (Zephaniah 2:1-3 KJV,AMP)
Jesus said, ‘.. except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3,5)
Note: I reblogged a very good study of ‘The Day of the Lord‘ seven years ago that my husband wrote (11-8-13) You can find it on his blog in the right column under drgoldsite.wordpress.com/ or in my Archives.
Additional Study- See ‘Zephaniah’ and ‘What is the Day of the Lord?’ lifehopeandtruth.com