Prophecy – May 12th
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. Joel 2:1-2
References for the study:
Acts 2:17-21; Joel ch.2; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2Thessalonians 2.1-5.
Compare 1 Timothy 4.1-5 with 2 Timothy 3:1-9
We have established that there are prophecies in the Bible that have not yet been fulfilled. These surround three things:
- The Return of the Messiah
- The restoration of Israel as a nation
- The wrath of God on the world
It is rather easy to be zealous but not according to knowledge. We need great care to be good students of God’s word:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
I try to make clear how small details in God’s word tie together other much bigger or far reaching doctrines. For example, the Tabernacle would never have held together without its loops and clasps and pegs. A priest had the duty of caring for and carrying a bag of these:
This is their duty as they perform service at the Tent of Meeting: to carry the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, posts and bases, as well as the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their bases, tent pegs, ropes, all their equipment and everything related to their use. Assign to each man the specific things he is to carry. This is the service of the Merarite clans as they work at the Tent of Meeting under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest.” Numbers 4:31-33
Our focus in this study is the term “The Day of the Lord”
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour.