Before the 'GREAT' & "DREADFUL' day of the Lord

Before the 'GREAT' & "DREADFUL' day of the Lord

On July 11, 2019 I shared a prophecy that the Lord wanted me to share with you all. It was "Tell the people I have called them to walk upright before me. I have called them to live holy and blameless before me. I have called them to choose me, but they have chosen the way of the world. Return to me and I will return to you. I have called my leaders to learn my ways. I have called my leaders to learn from me. I have called my leaders to choose me. For in these days I will show them my wrath; This is my love for them, that they be refined before the great & dreadful day of the Lord." 

After sharing the prophecy, I wondered what the great & dreadful day of the Lord was. I then asked the Holy Spirit what is the great & dreadful day of the Lord? When prophesying I say what I hear, even if it doesn't make sense to me, after-all it is not my words, so it doesn't have to make sense to me.In today's video/post we are going to chat about the first great & dreadful day of the Lord and second great & dreadful day of the Lord. Notice the word of God uses both great and dreadful to illustrate the day of the Lord. It will be great for born-again believers and dreadful for those who are not born-again.

What is the great & dreadful day of the Lord?
  • The great & dreadful day of the Lord is not necessarily a date. Rather, it signifies a period of the coming of the Lord.
  • Thus, there are two great & dreadful day(s) of the Lord. 
  • The first happened in the books of the gospel, in which all the prophets prophesied about.
  • The second has not yet happened. In the epistles, the apostles speak about the great & dreadful day of the Lord.
  • In other words, it is when Jesus is on earth.

What's the hold up?
  • James 5:7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
  • 2 Peter 3:8-10 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day isas a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
The old testament is a shadow of the new testament. The new testament is a shadow of the things to come
Before I was born-again I would read the bible, and one thing that stuck out to me, is how often events in the bible repeated.
  • In Colossians 2:17 Paul speaks about shadows of things to come. It reads "These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." 
  • In Hebrews 10:1 Paul also says "The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship." In order to understand the great and dreadful day of the Lord that we are waiting for, we have to understand Joel chapter 2. 
  • In Zechariah 3:7-8 God says to the high priest Joshua that he is symbolic of the things to come (pointing to Jesus Christ).
Let's chat about Joel 2
Joel 2:1-11 An Army of Locusts
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand—a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come. Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle. At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses
without breaking ranks.They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows. Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?

Joel 2:12-17 Rend Your Heart
“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the portico and the altar.Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples,‘Where is their God?’”

Joel 2:18-27 The Lord’s Answer
Then the Lord was jealous for his land and took pity on his people. The Lord replied to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations.“I will drive the northern horde far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land; its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea. And its stench will go up; its smell will rise.” Surely he has done great things! Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things! Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

Side note: 
  • Threshing floors & Grain Matthew 3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire. John 2:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
  • New wine Matthew 9:16-17 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
  • Olive Oil Romans 11:17-18 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree.