Archive for April 25th, 2017

2:4-5 tells us why the Day of the Lord is happening: ‘The people of Judah have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it.  I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They have rejected the laws of the Lord, refusing to obey him…’.

Always interpreting Old Testament texts through the prism of the new, we know that by the time of Jesus disobeying God comprised rejection of his son.  To this day, rejection of their Messiah remains a cloud over God’s ancient people, the Jews; validating how Joel’s vision can remain a prophecy of yet still a future event that is the Tribulation.

Yet Joel tempers this vision with two further developments:  a remnant will be restored (2:18-27) and the nations will be judged (tomorrow’s notes) (both of which Revelation confirms). But what then has any of this to do with us in the Church?  Joel foresees the inauguration of the Church, which Acts 2 portrays; with the apostle Peter pointing out that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit before the very eyes of the assembled gathering, is the fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy (2:28-end).

In our own day, surely the purpose of the teaching of the Day of the Lord is to re-double our efforts to evangelise our unbelieving family, friends and neighbours, for none knows when that great Day might begin and while the Church has time the Church must act.

Now to my reasons why the Church will not experience the Day of the Lord: The Church is not mentioned after chapter 3 in     Revelation. Such a mention would prove the Church is in the Tribulation. Although there are plenty of Saints in Revelation after chapter 3, these are not of the Church (which has been taken to heaven) but people who have become believers during the Tribulation; in just the same way that there are           Old Testament Saints. The Church exists from Acts chapter 2 at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, until the snatching or rescue by Jesus at what is known as the Rapture (1Thess.4). This is supported by various texts which declare the Church is not made for the wrath of God (Romans 5:9); neither the big wrath of the Tribulation, nor common wrath at sin, for which Jesus atoned at Calvary. Also, whereas Jesus promises rescue from The Tribulation (Rev.3:10), this cannot mean protection DURING the Tribulation, because in every chapter from 6-18 Saints are killed.














Lord, help me to share the message of the gospel at every opportunity. Amen.

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