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Isa. 2.12, refs.

Isa. 10.20-27 & N2 p722 thereto: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upn the LORD, the Holy One of Israelo, in truth. * * *.”

Isa. 13.6-11: “And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”

N2 p740: Isa. 32-35: Far view is the day of the LORD (Isa. 2.10-22; Rev. 19.11-21), and the kingdom blessing to follow. “For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.” Isa. 34.2.

Egypt in the Day of the LORD. Ezekiel 30.

The plagues of insects in the book of Joel (see also N1 p930), which were the token of he divine chastening, give occasion for the unveiling of the coming “day of the LORD” (Is. 2.12, refs.), in its two aspects of judgment on the Gentiles and blessing for Israel.

Amos 5.16-20.

N1 p930 to Joel 1.4: “The palmerworm, locust, etc., are thought to be different forms, at different stages of development, of one insect. The essential fact is that, according to the usual method of the Spirit in prophecy, some local circumstance is shown to be of spiritual significance, and is made the occasion of a far-reaching prophecy (e.g.) Isa 7:1-14 where the Syrian invasion and the unbelief of Ahaz give occasion to the great prophecy of verse 14. Here in Joel a plague of devouring insects is shown to have spiritual significance Joe 1:13-14 and is made the occasion of the prophecy of the day of the Lord, not yet fulfilled. Cmt. on Isa 2:12. This is more developed in Joel 2., where the literal locusts are left behind, and the future day of Jehovah fills the scene.
“The whole picture is of the end-time of this present age, of the “times of the Gentiles” Lu 21:24; “>Re 16:14 of the battle of Armageddon “>Re 16:14; 19:11-21 of the regathering of Israel. Cmt. on Ro 11:26 and of kingdom blessing. It is remarkable that Joel, coming at the very beginning of written prophecy (B.C. 836), gives the fullest view of the consummation of all written prophecy.
“The order of events is: (1) The invasion of Palestine from the north by Gentile world-powers headed up under the Beast and false prophet # Joe 2:1-10 “Armageddon,” Cmt. on Re 16:14; (2) the Lord’s army and destruction of the invaders Joe 2:11; Re 19:11-21; (3) the repentance of Judah in the land Joe 2:12-17 Cmt. on De 30:3; (4) the answer of Jehovah Joe 2:18-27; (5) the effusion of the Spirit in the (Jewish) “last days” Joe 2:28-29; (6) the return of the Lord in glory and the setting up of the kingdom Joe 2:30-32; Ac 15:15-17 by the regathering of the nation and judgment of the nations Joe 3:1-16; (7) full and permanent kingdom blessing Joe 3:17-21; Zec 14:1-21. Cmt. on Mt 25:32.”
        “Internal evidence seems to fix the date of Obadiah’s ministry in the reign of the bloody Athaliah (2 Ki. 8.16-26).  If this be true, and if the ministry of Joel was during the reign of Joash, then Obadiah is chronologically first of the writing prophets, and first to use the formula, ‘the day of the LORD.’ (Cf. Joel 1.4, note).”

The future visitation of Edom in the day of the LORD. Obadiah 15, 16.

N2 to Micah 5.7, p949 The ministry of the Jewish Remnant (Isa. 1.9; Rom. 11.5, note) has a twofold aspect, “a dew from the LORD”; “a lion among the beasts.” Turning to the Lord in the great tribulation (Psa. 2.5; Rev. 7.14. note), the remnant takes up to the beautiful gospel of the kingdom (Rev. 14.6, note) and proclaims it under awful persecution “unto all nations, for a witness” (Mt. 24.14). The result is seen in Rev. 7.4-14. This is the “dew” aspect, and is followed by the “day of the LORD” (Isa. 2.10-22; Rev. 19.11-21), in the morning of which the kingdom is set up in power. Again there is a world-wide preaching to Jew and Gentile, but now it is the word that the King is on His holy hill of Zion (Psa. 2.), and the unrepentant will be broken with His rod of iron (Psa. 2.6-9. The preaching is given in Psa. 2.10-22. this is the “lion” aspect of the remnant’s testimony (Rev. 2.26-28). The full kingdom-age of blessing follows the “rod of iron” aspect.

N1 p959 to Zep. 1.7. As in the other Prophets, the approaching invasion of Nebudchadnezzar is treated as an adumbration (shadow, faint resemblance) of the true day of the LORD in which all earth-judgments will culminate, to be followed by the restoration and blessing of Israel and the nations in the kingdom.  See “Day of the LORD” (Isa. 2.10-22; Rev. 19.121-21); “Israel” (Gen. 12.2, 3; Rom. 11.26). Cf Joel 1., 2.

Zep.1.1-2.3. The coming invasion of Nebuchadnezzar a figure of he day of the LORD.

N2 p1212 (The “day of Christ” vs. the “day of the LORD.”

N1 p1272 to II Thessalonians 2.3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”: “The order of events is: (1) The working of the mystery of lawlessness under divine restraint which had already begun in the apostle’s time 2Th 2:7; (2) the apostasy of the professing church 2Th 1:3; Lu 18:8; 2Ti 3:1-8; (3) the removal of that which restrains the mystery of lawlessness 2Th 2:6-7. The restrainer is a person–“he,” and since a “mystery” always implies a supernatural element Cmt. on Mt 13:11 this Person can be none other than the Holy Spirit in the church, to be “taken out of the way” 2Th 2:7; 1Th 4:14-17; (4) the manifestation of the lawless one 2Th 2:8-10; Da 7:8; 9:27; Mt 24:15; Re 13:2-10; (5) the coming of Christ in glory and the destruction of the lawless one 2Th 2:8; Re 19:11-21; (6) the day of Jehovah 2Th 2:9-12; Isa 2:12.”

2 Pet. 3.10-18.

N2 p1349 to Re. 19.19 “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” “The day of Jehovah (called, also, “that day,” and “the great day”) is that lengthened period of time beginning with the return of the Lord in glory, and ending with the purgation of the heavens and the earth by fire preparatory to the new heavens and the new earth Isa 65:17-19; 66:22; 2Pe 3:13; Re 21:1. The order of events appears to be: (1) The return of the Lord in glory Mt 24:29-30; (2) the destruction of the Beast and his host, “the kings of the earth and their armies,” and the false prophet, which is the “great and terrible” aspect of the day Re 19:11-21; (3) the judgment of the nations Zec 14:1-9; Mt 25:31-46; (4) the thousand years, i.e, the kingdom-age Re 20:4-6; (5) the Satanic revolt and its end Re 20:7-10; (6) the second resurrection and final judgment Re 20:11-15 and; (7) the “day of God,” earth purged by fire 2Pe 3:10-13.
“The day of the Lord is preceded by seven signs:; (1) The sending of Elijah Mal 4:5; Re 11:3-6; (2) cosmical disturbances Joe 2:1-12; Mt 24:29; Ac 2:19-20; Re 6:12-17; (3) the insensibility of the professing church 1Th 5:1-3; (4) the apostasy of the professing church, then become “Laodicea” 2Th 2:3; (5) the rapture of the true church 1Th 4:17; (6) the manifestation of the “man of sin,” the Beast 2Th 2:1-8; (7) the apocalyptic judgments (Rev. 11.-18.). ” Margin: make war Armageddon (battle of). See note, “>Re 16:14; 19:17 Cmt. on Re 19:17.


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