The Sun of Righteousness or the Burning Oven.
"The day of the Lord is coming." (verse 5) What day?
The coming day of the Lord will have two sides to it -like the pillar of cloud and fire that God displayed in the sky as Israel left Egypt. There was a dark side showing toward the Egyptians who fought against God, and a bright side showing toward the Israelites who are following God.
But, now things have changed, and only a faithful remnant of Israel are following the Lord. God does not have a double standard - He requires righteousness of everyone.
So it will be when the Lord returns again for the second and final time. The first time He came was to bring salvation, the second time He comes will be to bring judgment and blessing.
The "Day of the Lord" will have two very different effects:
It is for:
It shall burn them up so that:
Jerusalem was set on fire by the Romans (Luke 21:20-22)
But there is a hell fire yet to come (Mark 9:47-48)
For you who fear the Lord's name.
He (The Messiah) shall arise with healing.
You shall go out and grow like stall-fed calves.
You shall trample the wicked.
John the Baptist came "in the spirit and power of Elijah" (Luke 1:17).
The Lord Jesus Himself said about John the Baptist, "He is Elijah who is to come." (Matthew 11:14)
An angel of the Lord announced to Zacharias (John's father), that John's job was "to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (Luke 1:17)
Jesus also said "there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist." (Luke 7:28)
The coming day of the Lord is both great and dreadful.
Great to those who fear the Lord's name, and dreadful to all those who are proud and do wickedly.
Verse 5 refers to "the times of vengeance upon the Jews from the death of Christ to the final desolation of the city and the temple." (in AD 70) (John Wesley's Commentary on the Bible).
The Lord is coming in triumph.
Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.
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