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The Day of the Lord (8 of 10)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Thessalonians 5:1-11
In our text, you will notice in verse 2 that the apostle Paul speaks of "the day of the Lord." He is referring to that time when God will judge the world and punish the nations. At the same time, God will prepare Israel for the return of Jesus Christ to the earth to establish His kingdom.
Paul indicates that this day will come "as a thief in the night." Our Lord used this image in His own teaching concerning His second coming. In Matthew 24 and in Luke 12 it describes the suddenness and the surprise involved in the coming of "the day of the Lord." In Revelation 3:3 Jesus used this image to warn believers not to be caught napping. Since we do not know when the Lord will return for His people, we must live in a constant attitude of watching and waiting while we are busy working and witnessing.
I hope you understand by now that the greatest theme and the greatest meeting that this world will ever know will be that of the second coming of our crucified, resurrected, and ascended Lord.
It was a great meeting at the foot of mount Sinai when Jehovah God came down and gave to Moses the Ten Commandments amid lightening bolts and deafening thunder and heaving earthquakes.
It was a great meeting when Solomon dedicated the Temple, and heaven and earth came together, and glory came down upon the people.
It was a great meeting on mount Carmel when Elijah, God's lion-hearted prophet, defied Ahab and Jezebel and 800 backslidden preachers and pulled fire out of heaven in three minutes using but 63 words in doing so.
It was a great meeting when John the Baptist stood on the bank of the Jordan River dressed in camel-skin and cried, "I baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am unworthy to unloose. He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire."
It was a great meeting on the day of Pentecost when the Sp ...
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