As we celebrate and remember the birth of Jesus Christ in this World…one cannot help but also think about the second coming of the LORD Jesus Christ; for just as it was foretold in Isaiah 9:6 about the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ….and it happened; the Bible leaves no doubt this earth as we know it will end.
“We may think that if we could foresee the future, we would make wise decisions. But would we? God has given each person a conscience, but many suppress what they know to be right. Though everyone knows that even the strongest youth will one day die, many act as though their time on earth is limitless. God has revealed to us that human history will end in judgment of unbelievers and blessing on God’s people. Yet how consistently does that influence the way we live?
Jesus said, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day”. In light of this coming last day, we need to consider how we are living our lives today.
Joel in Chapter 1 described an invasion that would come from God’s own hand. To the horror of the prophet…it was as if God’s people were drunk. In their complacency they lacked all sense. Disaster had come; but people were asleep to the greater judgment to come. Joel told them to wake up and weep over God’s judgment. Joel’s message is clear: Wise people live in light of the reality that God will judge.
Joel spoke to people who had every opportunity to know and follow God, yet did not. Like all who turn their backs on God and persistently refuse to repent, they faced judgment.
Joel urged the people to seek safety in the only truly effective way; and that was to turn from their sin and grieve before God. When we resist God or take a stand to be aloof from God…sin brings ruin, division and death to individuals, families, churches and whole nations. But the most disastrous of all is that it offends God, who is awesome in His holiness.
Joel’s call to ‘blow the trumpet’ and sound the ‘alarm’ is a warning to each generation of God’s ultimate judgment on the earth …the great day of the LORD. Joel declares, “The day of the LORD is great, it is dreadful. Who can endure it? Revelation echoes the prophet’s warning that on that great day of the wrath of the Lamb, it will be too late for those who ask, “who can withstand it?”
“Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” Revelation 6:15