“The great day of the LORD is near—
near and coming quickly.
Listen! The cry on the day of the LORD will be bitter,
the shouting of the warrior there.
That day will be a day of wrath,
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of trouble and ruin,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness,
a day of trumpet and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the corner towers.
I will bring distress on the people
and they will walk like blind men,
because they have sinned against the LORD.
Their blood will be poured out like dust
and their entrails like filth.
Neither their silver nor their gold
will be able to save them
on the day of the LORD’s wrath.
In the fire of his jealousy
the whole world will be consumed,
for he will make a sudden end
of all who live in the earth.”
Gather together, gather together,
O shameful nation,
before the appointed time arrives
and that day sweeps on like chaff,
before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you,
before the day of the LORD’s wrath comes upon you.
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land,
you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility;
perhaps you will be sheltered
on the day of the LORD’s anger.
(Zephaniah 1:14–2:3, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Yes, this is in the Bible. At least one Bible commentator has suggested that these verses, as is often the case in Bible prophecy, has both a near and limited fulfillment that is a precursor to a far off and ultimate fulfillment. Israel and Judah both saw these things happen not long after they were prophesied. Total for them, but limited to them, and a precursor to the coming judgement that will “make a sudden end of all who live in the earth.” Sounds like a “day” one best be prepared for should it occur in their lifetime. Israel and Judah, though forewarned, were not.
We have been forewarned, yet many scoff. “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:4, NIV 1984). Maybe what was once a far off “appointed time” is now quite near. Or maybe it still awaits a far future fulfillment. Whichever it is, the warning still holds. For, “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27, ESV 2016). We may not all live to see that appointed time, the “great day of the LORD…the day of the LORD’s wrath” If not, we certainly all will die to face appointed time of judgement.
My Advice – Whichever happens to be our appointed time, it really does not matter, we need to “gather” to the Lord before it happens. We can be “sheltered” from the Lord’s fierce anger, wrath and judgement. But only through faith in Jesus Christ, His only Son. His only remedy. But you need to do it now, before your appointment, because appointments have a tendency of “sneaking” up on us.