The 7th Day in God’s chronos timetable has many names in Scripture. It is called the Day of His Coming and the Day of Christ. For those who are in Christ, it is the Day of Redemption and the Day of Salvation.
It is also the Appointed Day of Judgment, the Day of Vengeance of our God. And that is the snare of that Day. The world, steeped in the religion of humanism where the self is god, scoffs and sneers at such end-time prophecies, dismissing them as superstitious myths. They ignore Jesus’ warning: “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth (Luke 21:34-35).
The heavens shall be shaken, as never before. Hear Jesus’ prophecy: “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:25-27).
It is not the end of the world. It is the end of the world as they have known it. For it is the appointed time for the Wrath of that Day. “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion’ ” (Psalm 2:1-6).
The Wrath of that Day is short-lived. It unfolds across the first 3½ years of the last 1,000-year Day in God’s great Week. It is the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week, completing that prophecy. God’s wrath and vengeance against evil is primarily directed at the counterfeit kingdom of the Antichrist who has come against Israel.
The wrath comes in the form of the 7 trumpets and 7 bowls described in Revelation. As with the other mini-visions in the book, the two accounts provide different views of the same event. Sadly, despite seeing the surety of God’s judgment, Revelation says over and over that the lawless people did not repent. For all intents and purposes, this all-encompassing war against God’s people and His kingdom could be called World War III.
I hope you know Who wins. Spoiler alert: the Antichrist’s career is short-lived.