THE DAY OF HIS COMING
Mal. 4:1-2 “For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the LORD of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
“Thus it will be at Christ’s last coming. The light and glory of his appearance will be intolerable to the wicked; it shall be like the fire of a furnace to their souls, and shall make the day like an oven to them.”
Those are the words of Jonathan Edwards. He described in striking detail the effect of the coming of the Lord on the wicked and the just. The Second Coming of the Lord is unavoidable, He will come suddenly to an unprepared and a ‘caught by surprise’ world. For the lost, it will be the most terrifying of all days. For the saved, it will be the day we have all been waiting for, the day of joy unspeakable and full of glory. Edwards went on to describe this twofold effect of the sudden appearing of the Lord. Pay close attention to his words.
“And his coming (the lost) shall actually be attended with a dreadful conflagration of the fiercest glowing heat in which they shall be burnt. But the appearance of his glory shall be exceeding pleasant, and joyful, and healthful to the saint. The sight of this glory shall perfectly heal them, shall drive away all remains of sin and make ’em perfectly holy, shall drive away all corruptibility and ill qualities of their bodies; and they shall be changed, in the twinkling of an eye, into a state of glorious health, strength, perfection, activity, and incorruptibility. It shall perfectly heal of all trouble and sorrow, and shall forever banish all such things. However, the church of God shall then be found in a very distressed state; so it was at Christ’s first coming. That coming was infinitely for the benefit of the elect, but to the unspeakable misery of the wicked many ways, as might be shown; [it] brought on a glorious state of the church, but a most fearful destruction of unbelievers, as in the destruction of Jerusalem and the whole land. So it was at Christ’s coming in Constantine’s time, and so it will be at his coming at the destruction of Antichrist.”
Today, we are experiencing a foretaste of the effect of the coming kingdom. The lost despise His presence and do all within their power to avoid and condemn it and anyone associated with the Glory of the Lord. For the true Christian, the outpouring of the Spirit just intensifies the longing and expectation of His coming. The Lord is going to return to the earth physically and suddenly. When that day arrives the question I want to pose is this: How will that day effect you?