Rev. 1:7 ¶ Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
I have plenty of memories from my tree planting adventures back in my Bible School days. For those that don’t know, my wife Parris and I spent about seven months in the mountains of Oregon and Washington planting trees to support our Bible School. One of the adventures including night time tree planting to avoid the sun and heat of the day. It was dark and cold on those long winter nights on the slopes. I can remember the anticipation and joy as sunrise would approach. Jonathan Edwards preached about the joy that will fill our hearts at the great Sunrise of the coming eternal day. For the saved, the celebration will begin. For the lost, rather than joy they will shrink back in fear at the dawning of the great day of the Lord. Here is how Edwards explains it.
“This shall be the most joyful and pleasant sight to believers that ever their eyes beheld. It will be a thousand times more refreshing to them than ever was the sight of the rising sun to them that have wandered in a wilderness, through the longest and darkest night. The sight of [it] will fill their souls with unspeakable gladness and rejoicing. It will be a bright day to the saints. The beams of that glorious Sun that will then appear will make it bright. The earth will be lightened with his glory, and the light of his glory that the world will then be filled with will be a sweet light to them…
But this appearance, that will be so pleasant to believers, will fill the souls of unbelievers with amazement. The first sight of it will strike them with terror. They shall be for hiding “in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains” [Revelation 6:15]. Every ray of that glory that Christ shall then appear in will be like a stream of scorching fire, and will pierce their hearts with a keener torment than a stream of fierce lightning…”
Malachi prophesied about that coming great day and how it would be for the lost. He said, 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 launderers’ soap.”
He also spoke of that day for the saved, “Mal. 4:2 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.”
The question begging to be answered; what kind of day will it be for you?