12 For the
day [yowm] of the LORD [Yahovah] of
hosts [tsaba'] shall be upon every one that is
proud [ge'eh] and lofty, [ruwm] and upon every one that is lifted up; [nasa'] and he shall be brought low: [shaphel] KJV-Interlinear
12 For the
Lord of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and
lofty, And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased. NASB
The phrase, 'day of the Lord,' carries with it three connotations. All three convey the fury and judgment of God.
The first concept can be applied to the individual. For sooner or later in ones life, especially when the individual has been more or less spiritually negative, then God lowers the boom either to regain their attention for salvation, as in the case of unbelievers, or for doctrinal study and growth, as in the case of believers. Or, the end of their life has been reached and there remain no further options for them in this life.
The second concept applies to groups of people or regions or nations as in severe weather, or cataclysmic disasters, or in major economic downturns such as a depression, or in war.
The third and most common concept is the end of history at the Second Advent when Christ returns and blasts humanity across the world in a single and swift blow, thus ending Satan's rule, ending mans rule, and otherwise cleaning up the planet making it ready for the Kingdom of God.
In each case, the power of God is evident and irreversible, and devastating beyond imagination.
Unfortunately too many folks do not believe in any of these three concepts, and especially the third, because life around them is more real than God or His judgments.
Even the history or current day activity, what with births, deaths, cemeteries, and churches, even the aging that occurs in ones personal life do not seem to have any impact on the outlook of individuals.
The proud and the lofty includes everyone who rejects God, rejects the Bible, rejects its mandates, believe that their idea of the spiritual life will suffice, or all who just do not care. And that includes a huge percentage of history's population.
If you have not yet believed in Christ, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you have believed in Christ but do not confess regularly, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you do not abide by Gods mandates, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you do not study daily, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you believe that you know enough and do not require further instruction, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you believe that your ideas are sufficient, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you pick and choose what scriptural principles you will or will not agree to, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you are not dedicated to a daily study, a daily commitment to pursue your spiritual life as defined by God, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you are indifferent, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If you are more concerned with the world, than God, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
If your priorities in life are your social life, your work life, your whatever you do in life, then you are among the proud and the lofty.
And one day, you too will face the finality of His wrath. And the unfortunate things in all of this is, that you will not accept this fate, nor even believe that it is coming, until it is too late.
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