Bible Study from 2 Peter 3:10
The Day of the Lord
by I Gordon
 ↩ This threefold purpose has been taken from Arnold Fructenbaum's book 'The footsteps of the Messiah.' It is a great book of Bible Prophecy and the return of the Lord. I totally recommend it!
 ↩ It should be noted that it is not just one single day. Sometimes the Bible uses 'Day' or 'Year' to define a period of time. For example, when Jesus first started His ministry and He got up in the Synagogue and read from Isaiah 61, He proclaimed 'the year of the Lord's favour'. Now, He wasn't just saying that that particular year was going to be the year of the Lord's favour! He was talking about this time that we are now in, this day of grace is actually the year of the Lord's favour. Likewise Paul said that we are now in the 'day of salvation' in 2nd Corinthians 6. He was not just saying that there is only one day of salvation. This whole period is the day of salvation. But at the end of this age all the Prophets and Apostles said that there would be something called the 'Day of the Lord'. In like manner, this is a period of time when God says 'enough!' Enough sin, enough hard heartedness! And God will judge the world. And it climaxes in the return of Jesus. If you want to have a look at probably the most detailed description of this Day of the Lord, then read Revelation chapters 6-19.
 ↩ God's timing is always perfect. There is a very interesting verse in Genesis chapter 15. God is speaking to Abraham and as He makes His covenant with Abraham He tells Abraham that 'you will have all of this land but your descendants are going to be strangers in another land for 400 years' first. Can you remember why it says that Israel had to be strangers in this other land, which is Egypt, for 400 years before they could inherit the land that had been covenanted to Abraham? Check out verse 16 for the answer!
What God is saying is very interesting... 'Abraham I am giving you this land, I am covenanting this land to you - it's a covenant between me and you, but it's going to take 400 years because the sin of the Amorites who are currently in the land, is not yet complete.' What God was saying is that God is a perfect and holy judge. Yes, He was going to bring Israel into this land and they were going to have to fight and destroy the nations that were in that land at that time, but it couldn't happen for 400 years until the sin of the Amorites was complete. They were not just going to wipe out the Amorites until the Amorites sin was at a level that demanded judgement! He acts in perfect judgment, and back then it was going to take 400 years until that sin was at a level where judgment was required. Now, God's judgement upon the entire earth has taken far more than 400 years. But it will come... not one day too late and not one day too early.
 ↩ Ok, total side issue time, but I read a story about a thief and he was spying out the neighbourhood, seeing when the neighbours packed up and looked like they might be going on holiday. And if he saw that, then at night he would go into their houses. He had broken into a number of houses and then finally he saw this other family who looked like they were getting ready to go away for a little while and so that night he picked the lock on their door, opened it up and in the darkness he heard this voice say 'I see you and Jesus sees you.' He got a little bit startled and said 'who's there?' and he heard this voice again saying 'I see you and Jesus sees you' and he had his flashlight, so he flicked it on and laughed to himself because he saw this parrot inside its cage saying 'I see you and Jesus sees you.' He gave a sigh of relief and switched on the light, when, to his horror, he saw a massive Doberman underneath the parrot's cage and the parrot saying 'Attack Jesus, attack!!!' So that thief got more than he bargained for from a different Jesus - Jesus the Doberman! But these verses tell us that the Day of the Lord, the day of God's wrath and judgment is going to come unexpectedly as well. And the whole world will get the shock of their life.
 ↩ I was speaking to a girl at work this week. I had given her the Ian McCormack video a few weeks ago which is a testimony of one Christians life after death experience. I was interested to find out what she thought about Ian McCormack's experience with heaven and hell. So I said 'I would just like to know how a non-Christian thinks. Do you ever wonder about why you are on this earth or what happens when you die? Do you ever think about these things? And her reply was 'No, no, I guess my body will just die and will just go into the ground.' So I said 'but you are not just a body, your soul and your spirit will go somewhere.' And she said 'Yeeah, but I guess I just sit on the fence and don't bother about it too much'. And really that is the attitude of so many people, because we have an abundance. We have lots of wealth, many people have good homes, they have got everything that they need, and so they don't really care much about God, or why they are here and what happens when they die.
 ↩ Bible Prophecy and the thought of the day of the Lord and Jesus' return should have an impact on our daily living! J.D Pentecost wrote 'A short time ago I took occasion to go through the New Testament to mark each reference to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and to observe the use made of that teaching about His coming. I was struck anew, with the fact, almost without exception, when the coming of Christ is mentioned in the New Testament it is followed by an exhortation to Godliness and Holy living. While the study of prophecy will give us proof of the authority of the Word of God, it will also reveal the purpose of God and the power of God and will give us the peace and assurance of God. We have missed the whole purpose of the study of prophecy if it does not conform us to the Lord Jesus Christ in our daily living'.
 ↩ My Dad passed away last year. And there are lots of different reminders in the house and around the property of Dad. But probably none more so than when I am in the garage. You see tools were his thing. He didn't have a lot of hobbies, but tools and gardening was his thing. And every time I am down there I always think 'those are Dad's tools'. Yet he still couldn't take any of them with him. Not one of them - none. It is just a simple reminder that you can't take any physical things with you no matter how important they may be. The only things that you can take with you are your character and the work you have done for the Lord. And we constantly need to be reminded of that.