“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (II Peter 3:10 NIV)
In recent posts I have pointed out that God will eventually judge the world, although right now He is holding off that judgment so that many can be saved. But eventually judgment must come. The Bible refers to this judgment as “The Day Of The Lord.”
The “Day of the Lord” is a time of terror in the world that begins unexpectedly when people have false hope of peace (I Thessalonians 5:2). This time of terror will continue for several years during which most of the people on the Earth will be killed. Afterwards Jesus will come to Earth to rule it for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4). At the end of the 1,000 years Satan will be allowed to rebel against God one more time, and millions of people will help him attempt to overthrow God (Revelation 20:7-10). But they will be destroyed, and eventually, the entire world as well. All those who believe and repented of their sins will then live forever with God in a new heavens and a new Earth (Revelation 21:1-4).
The Day of the Lord should be taken seriously, because there are many, many, prophecies about it in both the Old and the New Testament. Here are just a handful of them:
“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (I Thessalonians 5:1-3)
“Wail, for the day of the Lord is near;
it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[a]
7 Because of this, all hands will go limp,
every heart will melt with fear.
8 Terror will seize them,
pain and anguish will grip them;
they will writhe like a woman in labor.
They will look aghast at each other,
their faces aflame.” (Isaiah 13:6-8)
Woe to you who long
for the day of the Lord!
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?
That day will be darkness, not light.
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
only to meet a bear,
as though he entered his house
and rested his hand on the wall
only to have a snake bite him.
20 Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light—
pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness? (Amos 5:18-20)