WHO CAN STAND WHEN HE RETURNS
Mal.3:2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.
The last prophet of the Old Testament spoke about the overwhelming effect the coming of the Lord would have upon the earth. At His first appearing, Christ came to this earth clothed in humility. From the day of His birth, His appearance brought upheaval on the earth. From the trembling shepherds to the amazed magi. From the religious leaders to King Herod, everyone was impacted by His humble birth. Throughout His ministry, from His teaching to His miracles, the world stopped and took notice of this humble prophet from Nazareth. Charles Spurgeon spoke of that coming great day of the Lord, hear His words about the great and terrible day of the Lord.
“His life on earth was a winnowing fan, which tried the great heap of religious profession, and few enough could abide the process. But what will his second advent be? What sinner can endure to think of it? He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. When in his humiliation he did but say to the soldiers, I am he, they fell backward; what will be the terror of his enemies when he shall more fully reveal himself as the I am? His death shook earth and darkened heaven, what shall be the dreadful splendor of that day in which as the living Saviour, he shall summon the quick and dead before him.”
One of the songs in Handel’s Messiah was from this verse, “WHO SHALL ABIDE THE DAY OF HIS POWER”. I can remember going to a performance of Messiah several years ago. I can still remember feeling the fear of the Lord come on me as one of the singers sang out that verse, “WHO CAN ABIDE THE DAY OF HIS POWER?” I remember wondering what it would be like for the lost in that great day. As Spurgeon said, the earth trembled in fear at the death of our great King. How will creation respond to His glorious return? Today, creation is groaning and calling out in anticipation of the greatest of all days, the day when the heavens will be split in two and the earth will tremble and heave at the appearing of King of the Universe. Who can endure the day of His power? The answer to that question is the most important answer of all the questions ever asked. Those who are hidden in the “cleft of the Rock”, like Moses was when God’s Glory passed over him, only the hidden ones can endure that day. To be naked, without Christ will be the most terrifying of all experiences. I remember the line in the song, “Hide Me Away In the Cleft of the Rock” being sung by Joe Cruise in a revival meeting at our church. As Joe sang, you could feel the cloud of His Glory filling the building. That presence is our place of refuge in the great and terrible day of the Lord. There is nothing like the safety found hidden away in Christ. Will you be able to endure the day of His coming?