The coming of the Day of the Lord entails a close examination as to one's believability of such a day. Scripture reveals that the heavens and the earth, which are now, are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).
A self-examination is needed because man's character tends to become fixed and unchangeable determined by a lifetime of habitual actions. As man goes about his daily affairs; the coming of the Day of the Lord may seem small and insignificant with little thought given towards such a day.
Scripture reveals that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).
The elements shall melt with fervent heat could refer to a nuclear holocaust. We are living in a volatile world and such an occurrence could happen at any time. It could refer to a horrific cosmic event (heavens being on fire - 2 Peter 3:12), or the Lord raining down fire and brimstone as He did upon Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24/Luke 17:29-30).
Scripture asks: Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be? Then finishes with: In all holy conduct and godliness?
We (the believer in Christ), according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness (2 Peter 3:11-13). Wherefore seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:14).
Many nations today have lost sight of God; many individuals are without the benefit of a Savior (the Lord Jesus Christ). Jesus revealed that as in Lot's day: they eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed (Luke 17:28-30).
The Day of the Lord is not a myth; it is not an untruth, but revealed as a reality in God's Word. In Jeremiah's day there was an appeal for the people to return to the righteousness of God but they said "We will not walk therein" (Jeremiah 6:16). The people in Jeremiah's day were moving in their own desired path and following their own way which would lead to their destruction.
We are seeing a similar trend in America, and other nations, as that of Sodom and Gomorrah which God destroyed as an example to those who should live ungodly afterward (2 Peter 2:6). We are seeing the Babylon spoken of in God's Word; the habitation of devils and every foul spirit, which God would destroy in one hour, exist today (Revelation 18:2).
Proclaiming the Day of the Lord is necessary. God's Watchmen sounding the alarm of the wrath to come is necessary. In Jeremiah's day, in speaking the words of the Lord, he said: "I set watchmen over you, saying, hearken to the sound of the trumpet." But the people said, "We will not hearken" (Jeremiah 6:17).
Then came the dreaded response from the Lord: "Hear O earth; behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it" (Jeremiah 6:19).
The only thing that will hold back God's wrath is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14; which was a promise originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, but applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"
Failure to do so would bring the wrath of God: But if you turn away and forsake my statutes and my commandments....then will I pluck you up by the roots out of my land which I have given you....and cast out of my sight, and make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations (2 Chronicles 7:19-20).
I see hope for America; but the continued flaunting of ungodliness could very well be testing God's longsuffering and mercy. There is no room for evilness of man to co-exist with the righteousness of God. His Word condemns unrighteousness. Jesus' Day of the Lord; as KING OF KINGS, AND LORDS OF LORDS will come, and then it will be too late to alter one's passion for sinful living!
Today is the day of salvation; today is the day of reconciliation to God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Today is the day to make things right with God. If you have not experienced a "Rebirth in Christ" now is the time; tomorrow may be too late!
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