I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Day of the Lord. The Second Coming of Christ. I’ve not been thinking as much about the Lord’s return as what it will look like when he returns. We get some insight from Zephaniah on what the Day of the Lord will look like.

That day will be a day of wrath— a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness- a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers. “I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath.” In the fire of his jealousy the whole earth will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth.”

Zephaniah 1:15-18 (NIV)

Not only does the Bible tell us what the Day of the Lord will look like, it tells us what the day before will look like.

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Matthew 24:37-39 (NIV)

In other words, the day before the Lord returns will look like any other day. Paul describes it as such:

For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 (NIV)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone who’s been happy to have their stuff stolen. 

For Christians, the Day of the Lord will look very different. 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV)

It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

1 Corinthians 15:52 (NLT)

We will not see the fiery devastation that will assault the Earth. Still, if we did, we’d all be much more hesitant to pray that the Lord comes quicker than he’s already coming. Let’s think about it like this. We all know people who aren’t saved. I’d be surprised if we all were satisfied with the state of salvation today. That we could look around and be content that our family and friends are saved. Thinking that’s all that mattered. While the world outside of us is like a barn full of hay waiting for a match. It’s more likely that we all know people who are not yet saved who would go to hell if the Lord came back tomorrow. 

This is the Christian paradox. The paradigm where we pray urgently for the Lord’s return while concurrently praying for those we care about to be saved. If that seems disquieting, then how about this: If the Lord were to return tomorrow and we entered into eternity with him, we wouldn’t be distraught over all of those who didn’t make it. 

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (emphasis added).

Revelation 21:4 (NLT)

Ultimately the decision to save or not save resides with God.

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

John 6:44 (NIV)

This is the comfort and hope that I have when I think about the Day of the Lord. In the meantime, I’m not going to stop telling people about Jesus or hoping for the Lord’s return. 

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.