The Day of the LORD

Day 348

Prayer for the day

Hosannah, LORD, hosannah! LORD, send us now success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the LORD. God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

Scripture for the day

Joel 1-3, Revelation 5

The day of the LORD. The scriptures describe the day of the LORD in a variety of ways, both terrifying and blessing, and speculation about the nature of this day has provided conspiracy theorists and end-times devotees endless fodder for discussion. Yet at its core, the day of LORD written about by the prophet Joel and by John in Revelation has little to do with conspiracy or speculation, and far more to do with the person of God coming to earth in a new and exciting way!

The words in Joel are meant to give us pause, meant to excite and terrify us, but in the end, meant to show us the character for the God whose day it is. They are meant to show us that this God has plans that will not fail, and that these plans are glorious in their simplicity and complexity.

John sees the coming of the time of the LORD as a marvellous event, something that will bless the people of God forevermore. The coming of the LORD, in the Revelation, is the time when God is finally revealed fully, where the glory of the Lord is finally seen by all in its fullest glory, and where everyone receives justice. The day of the LORD in Revelation is a continuation of the day of the LORD in Joel, with both of them culminating in the revelation of the character of God, and the ultimate salvation of the people of God.

May we be blessed to see the glorious day!

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