02.20.2010 The Day of the Lord ~A Vision

Between six and seven a.m. February 20, 2010, I sat down at my desk in my study and watched as the sun began to rise in the East.  I opened my Bible randomly and saw that I had opened to Isaiah 60.  I began reading in chapter 60 and continued through chapter 63.  Across the top of the pages the headers read: “The glory of the New Jerusalem”, “The acceptable year of the Lord”, and “The day of the Lord’s vengeance.”  As I sat there at my desk reading, I  nodded off.  Just before I woke back up, I had an unusual  vision.  I saw the last page of Malachi–the last page of the Old Testament in my Bible.  The top half of the page had the Scriptures and the bottom half was blank.  I then saw one of the last verses, and saw that it was speaking of the “Day of the Lord”.  As soon as I saw this I opened my eyes and realized what I had just seen was a vision.  Though I did not know this for certain in the natural, for I cannot tell you how long it had been since I’d actually read the very last verses in Malachi, and had no idea what these verses were about, I knew in my spirit that this that I had seen was exactly what was on this last page of the Old Testament, and I knew that God had shown me this for a reason.

I left Isaiah and turned to the last page of Malachi.  Sure enough, the page looked exactly as I had seen it in my vision.  And there, in the next to the last verse of the last chapter it reads…

“…the coming of the great

and dreadful day of the LORD”.

I had no doubt that God had given me this vision.  He wanted me to see this.  I had just read in Isaiah of the day of the Lord’s vengeance.  I believe that the Holy Spirit was showing me this through a vision in order to confirm what He had me open to in Isaiah and read.  He was confirming what He has been telling me and showing me over the past few years–that the coming of our Lord is much nearer than we realize.

I have several “notes” pages in the back of my Bible, so I turned there and documented this vision.  When I finished, I grabbed a handful of pages to turn back to Malachi.  Because my Bible has so many pages of concordance and maps, that handful of pages didn’t reach Malachi, but instead, I  was looking at 1 Thessalonians.  Without even having to scan the two pages before me, I knew immediately that the Holy Spirit had AGAIN led me to read concerning the “Day of the Lord”.  And sure enough,  when I looked down, I was staring at chapters 4 and 5 that speaks in detail about the return of Christ, the rapture of the Church, and the Day of the Lord.

As the Angel of the Lord has whispered loudly in my right ear repeatedly, JESUS IS COMING!  THE KING IS COMING!, I say this to you, and say to you what the Lord said to me when I asked Him what my 9/10/2001 dream was all about (the morning before 9/11).  He answered,

“My coming is nearer than anyone realizes.”

That was nine years ago that the Lord spoke those words to me.  Should we not heed His warnings and declarations concerning His return?  He has shown us so much grace and mercy.  He is so faithful to reveal to His own that His coming is near–even at the door.  He had his apostle and prophet Paul tell us that Jesus would come again as a “thief in the night”.  Some Christians take this Scripture out of context to read that Jesus will come to us His people as a thief, but that is not what it says.  1 Thessalonians 5:2-11 says:

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  BUT YE, BRETHREN ARE NOT IN DARKNESS, THAT THAT DAY SHOULD OVERTAKE YOU AS A THIEF.  YE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT, AND THE CHILDREN OF THE DAY: WE ARE NOT OF THE NIGHT, NOR OF DARKNESS.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER.  For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (emphasis mine)

Whether you meet the Lord through death, or at His appearing, are you ready?  Are you ready to meet GOD?  Christian Believer, is your garment white with your works of righteousness, or is it filthy from being part of the world? (Revelation 19:7-8) Jesus said that He was coming back for a spotless Bride. Wash in the Water of His Word and be made clean. (Ephesians 5:25-27) And, whether you are a true Believer or not, please take  just a few minutes to read what God revealed to the apostle Peter and had him share with the Believers of that day, and with us.

2 Peter 3:1-18 (KJV)
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.