The Appointed Day is the Lord’s Day, the Day of the Lord, and the last Day or 7th Day in God’s prophetic timetable, which is also the 3rd Day when counting from Jesus’ ministry.
As we saw in the last blog, the final sign before this 1,000-year great Day is total celestial darkness over all the earth. This God-ordained darkness brings a snare to those in the kingdom of darkness. They are thinking “peace and safety.” They are thinking that their plans for a one-world order are finally coming to pass. They are thinking that world is ripe for the taking.
Even as the forces of darkness deceive the world, they are blinded by an even greater deception. They are not in power; the earth is not theirs. The earth belongs to God (Psalm 24:1). He has appointed a time for His vengeance against evil and for His wrath to come upon the unrighteous.
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:30-31).
Understanding the chronos timing and the kairos signs together lets us see that this appointed Day shall occur within this decade. This knowing should comfort us because we know the plans of the wicked will not fully come to pass. This knowing should give us a future hope because we know that, as believers, we shall be raptured in order to take our seat as the heavenly government to execute this justice.
But it also gives us a “now hope” to continue to fulfill our assignment to make disciples, to bring in an 11th hour harvest, to let our lights shine amidst the darkness, and to not let it overwhelm us. His grace empowers us to make a difference in our world, where He has placed us, and where we can influence those around us for good and for God. In this we stand in victory (Ephesians 6:10-13).
This justice was prophesied in the 70 Weeks prophecy of Daniel. It is the last half of the 70th Week, which was paused when the Jews rejected Christ as the Messiah. The prophecy is resumed when the Jews see Christ coming in the clouds and finally accept Him as the true Messiah.
The first 31/2 years of the Day of the Lord is when the Antichrist and his coalition of armies come against Israel and against Christ. Needless to say, we know Who wins. This knowing assures us of victory.
When the disciples asked Jesus what the signs of His 2nd coming would be, He warned them to keep watch and not to “fall asleep” should His return seem delayed. That is the problem with the word “soon.” How soon is soon? A few weeks, a few months, a few years, a few decades, or even a few hundred years as some prophesy?
On the one hand, the word “soon” gives us hope. On the other hand, when what we expect to happen doesn’t, the Bible says hope deferred makes the heart sick (Prov. 13:12). That is the problem with unspecific words.
Fortunately, God’s Word gives us plenty of time-specific prophesies that have a definite start time and a definite end time. We call these time-specific prophesies the chronos prophesies because they tell us the appointed or set times for God’s prophetic agenda.
As the set time draws closer, our attention shifts to the corresponding kairos signs. Here are the major signs of the end of this age (the end of the 6th great Day of God’s prophetic Week).
1. The Falling Away (the Apostasy) = Humanism. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Daniel 8:23; Psalm 2:1-3; Romans 9:11
The first has already been revealed. Yet even now it is accelerating rapidly and engulfing our culture and society.
Still To Come:
2. A Rebuilt Jewish Temple. 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Isaiah 66:1-4; Revelation 11:1-3
3. “Peace and Safety” Declaration. 1 Thessalonians 5:3
4. Israel Invaded by the Antichrist’s Coalition of Armies. Ezekiel 38:1-6, 8-9, 18-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; Joel 2:1-11, 19; Jeremiah 30:5-9
5. Total Celestial Darkness (the sun, moon, stars/planet go dark all at once). Acts 2:20; Matthew 24:29; Luke 21:25-28; Joel 3:14-16
We come to the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry on the earth. He came to His people, the Jews, to reveal the Father and the gospel of salvation. Others have also heard this message of grace. The oppressive Roman government in none too pleased. Nor are the Jewish religious leaders who seek to restore the kingdom that flourished in David’s time through their own efforts.
This man from Nazareth, of all places, has not acted according to the norms of society and the cultural institutions of His time. Yet the perennial two choices remain the same: Do we accept this Son of Man as God’s anointed one—the Messiah, the Christ—or do we reject Him because He is not what we expect? It seems that many are more concerned about bringing down the political rulers instead.
We come next to the judicial courts. The Jewish religious leaders have brought Jesus before Pilate, the Roman governor over Judea. Based on the leaders’ charges, Pilate asks, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus responds, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).
Not quite sure about the answer, Pilate asks, “So are you a king then?”
Jesus responds, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Still not sure what to make of this man and the trumped-up charges against Him, Pilate asks the rhetorical question, “What is truth?” and then promptly leaves, not caring about the answer. His reaction reverberates through many who could care less about the truth. They just want to live life their way.
So what does this scene mean to us today? Jesus gives us the answer in the Parable of the Sower. The seed being sown is the Word of truth spoken and demonstrated by Jesus; the Seed that is about to be sown is Christ upon the cross for the sins of the world.
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:19). The wicked one is Satan, who deceives the vulnerable and distracts the sincere from their true calling. Both are blinded.
So what exactly is this kingdom that is not of this world, society, or culture? The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 14:17—for the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Our calling as Christ’s disciples has not changed. “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). How do we catch these fish? With the peace and joy we have no matter what is happening around us. With a grace that can only come by knowing the righteousness we have in Christ. We catch fish by providing that which is not of this world.
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3). This falling away is a departure from God’s truths. As with the original Fall in the Garden of Eden, it begins with pride. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).
This falling away is the prideful decision that mankind has a right and the knowledge to decide what truth is and how it should be applied. In effect, it is the right to be gods and do whatever seems right at the time. This is the banner of humanism.
It’s playing god by considering the use of high-flying jets to spray calcium carbonate dust into our upper atmosphere to block the sun. Never mind that once it is there we have no control over how much sun is blocked out or for how long, and that it can bring about a devastating Ice Age. It’s playing god by genetically modifying seeds and crops, no matter what the impact on the landscape of the earth. It’s playing god by creating artificial intelligence that can accelerate beyond human control.
It’s a replay of the great evil that covered the earth before the great Flood of Noah’s time. Genesis 6:13 records God’s response: And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” God even told Noah when this divine reset would happen—in 120 years.
Revelation 11:18 assures us that God will intervene again before mankind’s prideful actions destroy the earth. The next divine reset happens at the 7th Day, the Day of the Lord. It begins with the King of kings returning to gather His Church at the rapture so that we can be seated with Christ as the heavenly, immortal government. Then the wrath of that Day is unleashed as God’s vengeance against evil.
Scripture calls this the snare of that Day. But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the Day. 2 Thessalonians 5:3-5.
This is why knowing both the chronos times and the kairos signs are so vital. We are sons and daughters of the Day! We need not fear the evil plans because we know they will be cut short by God’s reset.