When is “the day?” It seems to be a popular question, but if it is regarding the day and hour of Jesus’ coming for us (the rapture), it is a question that will go unanswered! After all, Matthew 24:36, 50; Matthew 25:13; Mark 13:32-36 and Luke 12:45-46 tell us very clearly that no one knows the day or the hour of the rapture.
Yet, in several places, Scripture seems to indicate we will see the day approaching. Perhaps the clearest example is Hebrews 10:23-25:
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
So, can we see it or not?
To frame it in context, keep in mind two things:
- The rapture is imminent, meaning there is nothing that must happen before the Lord’s return.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:9 guarantees the believer is not destined for God’s wrath.
Thus, might “the day” approaching refer to the Tribulation? Zechariah 12:1-6 holds the key:
The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: 2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. 4 In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’ 6 In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.[Emphasis mine]
That passage undoubtedly refers to the Tribulation, and in a short span of chapters, the prophet Zechariah used the words “in that day” over 15 times. The writer of Hebrews refers to the same day!
Dear friends, we live in a privileged generation! We see the signs of “the day.” The signs were not even present until Israel was back in her land (May 14, 1948). Paul tells us in Romans 8:18-25 that early believers eagerly awaited these things, and that creation groans to be delivered from corruption. (Seems it has only gotten worse!) Believers could not see the day, they could only hope for the redemption of their bodies and waited in perseverance.
Wow, what a struggle! Yet, today we no longer simply hope to see the day, we actually see it approaching. How much more, then, should we long for the redemption of our bodies?
In a chaotic world, we must realize that nothing is falling apart. God’s plan is just falling into place! Fellow believers, our redemption draws near, so lift up your eyes and persevere. We see the day of Tribulation approaching, but we will meet Jesus in the air before that day comes!
Amir Tsarfati taught a full message on The Day Approaching and here it is. Enjoy!
PS: Friends, I hope you will return tomorrow and over the next few days. A short series (2-3 posts) is almost ready to post, and I can’t wait to share them with you! Pray with me for clarity as I write. I’m praying you will be blessed!