THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD, PROPHECY STUDY #6, OCT. 2, 2019
Once we get past the first portion of the Tribulation, the next major event in prophecy is Christ’s return, which gets the Battle of Armageddon into motion, for it is upon the heels of Armageddon that the judgments are finalized and the Millennium begins.
At the point where things have reached the ultimate rebellion, God will release powerful demonic entities (Rev.16:13,14). When they have recruited their forces for battle, (v.15) then Jesus/Yeshua will assemble His army (v.14) and make preparation for the battle to begin, as seen in the following prophetic Scriptures:
14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
[The armies which followed Him have been interpreted to include the martyred saints, because of the fine linen. Perhaps it is a combination of angels and saints; of this we cannot be sure. What we do know is that this is a heavenly army, equipped by and with, supernatural arsenal, so we do not need to even attempt to determine how the victory will be won. Christ/Messiah is at the helm. God’s sovereign will will be done.]
15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.
Christ is not coming on a mission of good will. Christ is coming to bring judgment. He will defeat the Beast and his army:
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,
18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
It is entirely relevant to note that Old Testament prophets saw ahead into the tribulation, into the Second Coming and the battle of the ages, the Great Day of Judgment, referred to as the Day of the Lord. In fact, there are more prophecies throughout the Old Testament Scriptures on the events surrounding the last days, the tribulation, the Great Day of the Lord, the Second Coming of the Lord, than what there were regarding Messiah’s first coming. It is mysterious as to how so many denominations actually negate the validity of so many prophecies . .. .
11 The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His word.
For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
Who can endure it?
30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
Come, go down;
For the winepress is full,
The vats overflow—
For their wickedness is great.”
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and moon will grow dark,
And the stars will diminish their brightness.
16 The Lord also will roar from Zion,
And utter His voice from Jerusalem;
The heavens and earth will shake
2 “I will utterly consume everything
From the face of the land,”
Says the Lord;
3 “I will consume man and beast;
I will consume the birds of the heavens,
The fish of the sea,
And the stumbling blocks along with the wicked.
I will cut off man from the face of the land,”
Says the Lord.
4 “I will stretch out My hand against Judah,
And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place,
The names of the idolatrous priests with the pagan priests—
14 The great day of the Lord is near;
It is near and hastens quickly.
The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter;
There the mighty men shall cry out.
15 That day is a day of wrath,
A day of trouble and distress,
A day of devastation and desolation,
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of trumpet and alarm
Against the fortified cities
And against the high towers.
17 “I will bring distress upon men,
And they shall walk like blind men,
Because they have sinned against the Lord;
Their blood shall be poured out like dust,
And their flesh like refuse.”
18 Neither their silver nor their gold
Shall be able to deliver them
In the day of the Lord’s wrath;
But the whole land shall be devoured
By the fire of His jealousy,
For He will make speedy riddance
Of all those who dwell in the land.
The correlation between old and New Testament prophecies is validated by Peter in Acts 2:16,17: “
16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’
Let us clarify with Scripture that the book of Revelation is entirely prophetic. There are teachings that counter this; however, I don’t know how it could be any clearer than when John, having received these prophetic revelations, declared:
“These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”(Rev.19:9,10).
The Scriptures speak for themselves. There is little need for interpretation. Scripture interprets Scripture; and where needed, fill in the blanks by reading those in between and amongst all of these quotes, for of course, we cannot quote them all here. Suffice it to say, God’s Word prophecies very clearly with vivid descriptive language what that final battle includes, and its outcome.
© 2019 by Verna Crowther. All rights reserved.
THESE STUDIES HAVE BEEN ASSEMBLED TO GUIDE THE STUDENT OF END TIMES PROPHECY INTO A SCRIPTURE-BASED FOCUS, WITHOUT FOLLOWING ANY PARTICULAR SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, BUT SIMPLY LOOKING AT THE PROPHECIES DIRECTLY FROM GOD’S WORD.
OUR 7TH and FINAL PROPHECY STUDY WILL LOOK AT THE MILLENIUM, CHRIST’S 1,000-YEAR REIGN ON THE EARTH.
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