"That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness" (Zephaniah 1:15).
Senior citizens over 65 years of age well remember Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941, when the Japanese largely destroyed America's Pacific fleet in a surprise attack on our ships safely anchored and resting in the bay at Honolulu. The president of the nation, Franklin D. Roosevelt, went on national radio, calling that Sunday morning "a day of infamy." Soon our nation was a full combatant in the remaining four years of the terrible World War II.
But the Bible tells us of a coming "day" whose destructions and slaughters will far exceed any event of the past--except for the world-destroying Deluge in the time of Noah. That coming day is called the "Day of the Lord." It will begin on a literal day, of course, but will continue for several more years before the judgments of God will cease and world peace can finally be established. God has allowed men much freedom for many thousands of years, but eventually God will step in and say, in effect: "That's enough." And it will finally be His day!
There is much in His written Word warning us of the terrible judgments scheduled for our unbelieving world in that day. We do not know how soon that day of wrath and trouble, distress, and desolation will begin, but the signs of its imminence are multiplying, and men and women who are wise ought to be preparing.
As Paul wrote to Christians long ago: "Ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief" (I Thessalonians 5:4). And, as John wrote: ". . . abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may . . . not be ashamed before Him at His coming" (I John 2:28). HMM