Time has been on my mind for a while now. Not the distant notion of time/space continuum one struggles to understand (not that hard, just over-hyped!), but the simple fact that we’re at the end of what the Bible calls “the day of Our Lord”.
The fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses’ yearly scripture is taken from the verse in Zepheniah 1:14 must tell you something!
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The great day of Jehovah is near.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬â€Zeph. 1:14.
Please note the difference between the two “days”:
*** re chap. 5 p. 22 par. 2 John Beholds the Glorified Jesus ***
what is the LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s day? The apostle Paul refers to it as a time of judgment and of fulfillment of divine promises. (1 Corinthians 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6, 10; 2:16) …
That Ã¢â‚¬Å“dayÃ¢â‚¬Â begins with the crowning of Jesus as heavenly King. Even after Jesus executes judgment on SatanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s world, the LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s day continues, with the restoration of Paradise and the perfecting of mankind, until Jesus finally Ã¢â‚¬Å“hands over the kingdom to his God and Father.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬â€1 Corinthians 15:24-26; Revelation 6:1, 2.
*** w06 12/15 p. 15 par. 3 Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Great Day of Jehovah Is NearÃ¢â‚¬Â ***
What is Ã¢â‚¬Å“the great day of JehovahÃ¢â‚¬Â? Throughout the Scriptures, the expression Ã¢â‚¬Å“the day of JehovahÃ¢â‚¬Â refers to special times when Jehovah executed judgment on his enemies and glorified his great name…
However, the greatest Ã¢â‚¬Å“day of JehovahÃ¢â‚¬Â still lies ahead. It is the Ã¢â‚¬Å“dayÃ¢â‚¬Â when JehovahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s judgment will be executed on those who have defamed his name. It will start with the destruction of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Babylon the Great,Ã¢â‚¬Â the world empire of false religion, and culminate in the annihilation of the rest of the wicked system of things at the war of Armageddon.Ã¢â‚¬â€Revelation 16:14, 16; 17:5, 15-17; 19:11-21.
Simply reading the 12 Prophets‘ renderings about the “day of Jehovah” is enough to put a sense of urgency in one’s heart. They talk about it with fear as if they could see it upon them. Zephaniah said that “it is near, and there is a hurrying [of it] very much …” compare that with the word of Peter, who said that “it will come as a thief …” (2 Peter 3:10).
Joel graphically described Ã¢â‚¬Å“the great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah.Ã¢â‚¬Â (Joel 1:15; 2:1, 2, 30-32) Amos told the Israelites to get ready to meet their God, for the day of Jehovah would be one of darkness. (Amos 4:12; 5:18) … And near the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, Obadiah warned: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The day of Jehovah against all the nations is near.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬â€Obadiah 15.
All that, and the recurring words of Jesus, Peter, Paul and others saying it will come “as a thief in the night” (Thessalonians 5:2) is making me wonder how exactly it will come! Recent history has showed us more than once that major earth shattering events do not come with an introduction. Those who remember the fall of the Soviet and the wall of Berlin (and the Iron Wall) understand what I mean, it simply happened when no one expected it! What about the more recent 9/11? Out of no where, a virtually unknown terrorist organization hits the great American Empire in the midst of its home land. Now, some would argue that it’s not entirely true: many knew what was happening in both occasions I mention, they told the world about it and warned people about what’s happening around them. And there were signs that foretold the events that shook the earth and its inhabitants: Gorbachev was obviously working on something when the mighty USSR fell, and I’m sure many in the homeland security forces in the United States knew or speculated about the attacks of 9/11/2001.
That’s entirely true. And it fits the profile of the upcoming great events, many know what will happen and are waiting for it, they are telling people about it, and they know (from the accounts of the 12 profits, among others) how the end will come! Yet, it will come as a thief, and even those expecting it will stand in awe as Jehovah’s Great Day arrives…