17 For [hoti] the great [megas] day [hemera] of his [autos] wrath [orge] is come; [erchomai] and [kai] who [tis] shall be able [dunamai] to stand [histemi]? KJV-Interlinear
the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able
to stand?" NASB
In chapters nine through
eleven, much more of the wrath of God is revealed.Between the sixth and seventh trumpet, and
the first and third woes, described in detail, there are seven thunders, which
are not described.The descriptions of
the seven thunders are in fact withheld from us, and will not be revealed until
they actually occur.
Given that we have many
horrible descriptions which will result in the death of half of the worlds population, one can only attempt
to imagine the horror that the thunders represent.
Now, thus far in our
study, of this chapter, we have only the highlights of the documented turmoil
and judgments which are going to occur.
At the end of this
chapter, people will be so horrified and in so much terror, from what they know
is coming, that they wish and hope for mountains to fall on them and end their
misery.Why, because Gods judgment has
not yet been executed against them, but it is coming and they know it.
They (the population of
the world) know, from all of the signs, from all of the events, from everything
that is happening all around them, that this is indeed the end, typically
described as the day of judgment, the day of the lord, Isa 2:10-11, 19-21;
13:9-13; 34:4,8; Ezek 32:7-8; Hos 10:8; Joel 2:11,30;
Zeph 1:14; Mal 4:5.
Typically in our current
day, when a storm or some huge event occurs people all say, rather arrogantly, ‘this
is the sign of the end,’ when nothing of the sort is true.
Today people tend to
exaggerate way out of proportion and way out of Gods timeline, the things that
happen, probably just to gain influence or attention for themselves.Besides, it is rather fun to discuss, from
the safety of our homes and computers, all of the possibilities.
Were the truth be known
and understood, there are no prophecies that are designated for our dispensation,
except for the Rapture.All events that
occur in our dispensation are nothing more than the setting up of the stage for
those final years and events of history, which will occur in the Tribulation.
When the steam engine was
invented, it was to be the end of the world.When electricity was discovered, it was to be the end of the world.When the airplane was invented, it was to be
the end of the world.When nuclear fission
was discovered, it was most certainly the end of the world.
The end of the world has
come and gone so many times, that certainly someone has even suggested that rap
music must be an integral part of the end.And I heard on the news just a week ago, that some clerics have blamed
all of the recent earthquakes on women who have large breasts.And if you are offended then get over
it.But you can see that the absurd has
The year 2000 was to be
the end, and now it is the year 2012.
Well as these dates and
events come and go, people have a tendency to look for something else, probably
just to keep from being bored.
And no, the events in the
Middle East, the events on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the events in Africa, the
rising debt, and a long list of other things that are happening in the world,
are not the signs of the end.Not even
The sign of the end, the
day of the Lord, will come at one time and one time only in history and it will
be within the seven year period of the Tribulation.
You and I and all
believers now, in our dispensation of this Church Age, will never see that day.
From what we have already
been studying, it should be very clear that in that day, the world will be
literally falling apart, with death all around, and it will then and only then,
be very clear to all (no exceptions), that the end has finally arrived.
There will not be any goofballs
standing on the street corner holding signs announcing the end.Thereprobably won’t be any street corners
left on which to stand.There won’t be
any news headlines.There probably won’t
be any printed news left to read.There
won’t be any journalists or reporters on site to cover the ‘end.’They will be hiding like everyone else, if
indeed they are still alive.
What is important to you
and me and to all believers, even unbelievers, in our current day, is Christ
As an unbeliever, you
need to believe in Christ so that you will avoid that future horrible day.It will not be an adventure,
it will not be something that you would want to experience. Try putting your
face into a burning hot fire, just for the experience of it, then
perhaps you will gain some understanding of the seriousness of all of this.
You have heard of blonde jokes, that make fun of mindless people who wander through
life in a fog.Well, most people today,
act as though they possess this blonde mentality.And instead of being unable to handle things
of a serious nature, they choose to ignore them.
It is much more fun to
have rosy glows and sing songs, and repeat verses, and gossip over the recent ‘end
of days’ news.
Knuckling down to a daily
nuts and bolts study, just isn’t much fun.