things to come 7 of ?: every face aflame on the last day

We are skipping the sequel to the last post so we can examine what Isaiah and Joel say will happen on the last day.  Here’s the link to Isaiah 13:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2013&version=NIV;KJV;AMP

and the link to Joel 2:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joel+2&version=NIV;KJV;AMP

Let’s start with Isaiah.  The writer states this concerns Babylon.  Babylon must mean the whole world as we’ll see.

Beginning in verse 3 Isaiah says, “I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath – those who rejoice in my triumph.  Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude!  Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together.  The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war.  They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens  the Lord and the weapons of His wrath – to destroy the whole country.”  This echoes Zechariah 14.

Isaiah continues, “Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.  Because of this, all hands will go limp, every man’s heart will melt.  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.  See, the day of the Lord is coming – a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.  The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.  The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.  I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.  …I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place….”

There is good news for Jacob in Isaiah chapter 14, may I encourage you to read it, too.  We are turning to Joel.

I find it fascinating that Joel chapter 2 is also one of the places where we find, “those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.  Remember Zechariah?  There will be survivors.  Joel also describes the amassing of an army as well as how to survive.

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 of old nor ever will be in ages to come.  Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes.  …They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry.  With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops….  At the sight of them, nations are in anguish…they charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers.  They all march in line, not swerving from their course….They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks…like thieves they enter through the windows.  Before them the earth shakes, the sky trembles, 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 are those who obey His command.  The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful.  Who can endure it?  Yet even so, in the next passage Joel tells us to rend our hearts because the Lord is compassionate and relents from sending calamity.

Peter also describes this same event.  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Peter+3&version=NIV;KJV;AMP  Beginning in 2 Peter 3:10, ” 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 in it will be laid bare….That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.”  In the middle Peter stops and asks a question we would do well to ask, “How shall we then live?”  The he tells us, ”  You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming….we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness….so make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.”