Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Day of The Lord - Day 2

The Minor Prophets Speak To Today

The Day of the Lord - Day 2


Jesus Steps Foot On The Earth

The Lord Will Rule the Earth

Zechariah 14:3-5 NLT


Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, 
as he has fought in times past.

As in Times Past - -

In the times past, the Lord went out to fight the nations. Egypt he fought by ten plagues and the parting of the sea. Jericho on the plains of the Jordan he knocked down walls. Held still the sun and the moon so that the Amorites and their liege brothers could fall in battle. The Philistines he fought with thunder. God caused the descendants of Lot, and the descendants of the sons of Ishmael to fight against each other until not one man of their combined armies was left standing. 

The Assyrians the Lord killed by sending an angel to destroy the King's generals, commanders, and soldiers leaving him to return home in shame to be killed by his own sons. Though the Lord used the Babylonians to carry Israel into captivity, by stealth he brought the armies of Persia to dam the river and destroy the city and its mammoth kingdom. 

Before the Babylonians, God used the unbounded cruelty of Ninevites, to plague, then capture, then carry away the ten tribes of Israel.That disbursement has never been undone, leaving the genetic tests of today to testify to the intermingling of their blood in the bloodlines of widely scattered nationalities in Europe and Asia.  In his time the Lord also destroyed the Persian Empire using yet another conqueror.

By many means, the Lord indeed has in times before fought against the very nations who will gather to take and plunder Jerusalem in the first day of the Day of the Lord. And He will go out to fight against those nations as he fought in times past.

But This Time Will Be Different - -

Israel and her allies will not lead the fight. Israel and her allies will not initiate the fight. Israel will have lost the fight before the Lord intervenes.

This time the Lord, Jesus the Christ, will step from heaven onto the Mount of Olives from which years ago he left the earth. The Christ will put his feet on the garden he so loved and often visited.

This time the Lord will not be invisible. He will not be using thunder and lightening, other angels, other nations, any of his past means to fight the nations. He will step once more into the physical history of the earth and personally fight those nations who have believed lies about him and plundered the believers. May the Lord have mercy on the soles of those who have believed lies about him.

Deliverance on Dry Ground - -

Then the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west. Half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south. You will flee through this valley, for it will reach across to Azal.

The Lord will make a way where there is no other way. When he delivered his people from Eygpt, the Lord sent them fleeing between walls of water on dry ground. When he delivers the people this time, he will send them fleeing between walls of earth and rock on dry ground.

The Lord will step down upon the Mount of Olives and a new valley will open as the mountain splits in half creating a wide new avenue through which the people can escape, a valley that reaches all the way to Azal.

Now we do not know where Azal is, but the reach will be enough to protect and deliver the people. It will be far enough for safety from the great flattening of the Mountains of Israel which will come next.

In the beginning, the nations win, God's children appear to lose!

But God Steps In!


Watch, for the day of the Lord is coming!


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Sunrise by Nathaniel F, some rights reserved @

Scattered Sheep by paidetres, all rights reserved @

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