Category: Christianity


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)
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When you know the truth, lies are easily discernible because you only have to know the truth. If you read the Bible and understand what it says, then you know the truth. This is why your average Christian doesn’t need to study other religious texts.

In John 8:32, Jesus tells his listeners, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (NIV). Jesus speaks of the truth that “everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34 NIV). What happens when someone knows this truth but has wandered so far from it that they cannot see the lie in their own life but in others?

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Not Since Jehu’s slaughter of the house of Ahab have we seen the likes of what King Josiah did in Judah after hearing the Book of the Law read. Before hearing the Book of the Law read, Josiah had a notion of what was right, and after hearing it, he followed it with all of his heart.

Reading through 2 Kings 23 today, I was struck by two things. First, the narrative of what Josiah did reads much like what Jehu did to Ahab. It reads like a film montage. At least, that’s how I envision it. The second element that stood out was how far Judah had fallen in their service to the Lord.

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The world is full of “good” people who are going to hell. People who try their best to do what is right and miss the mark. We all have an innate sense of what is right and what is wrong. I think most people want to do “the right thing.”

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