The Day of the Lord
There I, the Lord, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people.” Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the Lord will soon arrive. Joel 3:12-14
In an article on Wall Street Journal dated October 2004, it discusses the importance for people to really process things out as they make decisions in life. The article says, “DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Sometimes the decision to do nothing is wise. But you can't make a career of doing nothing. Freddie Fulcrum weighed everything too carefully. He would say, "On the one hand . . . but then, on the other," and his arguments weighed out so evenly he never did anything. When Freddie died, they carved a big zero on his tombstone. If you decide to fish, fine or, if you decide to cut bait, fine. But if you decide to do nothing, you're not going to have fish for dinner.” From the text, Joel pronounced a prophecy he referred to as “The Day of the Lord.” It is the day where the Messiah will establish His rule once and for all. Paul in Philippians 2:10-11 describes this event; “...at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” It will be a day of harvest where those who decided to repent and trust God for salvation will experience the promise of salvation. This day will be the fulfillment of what Joel prophesied previously when he said, “But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Joel 2:32). Such prophecy was significant for both Paul and Peter quoted this passage. “For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:13). “’But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Acts 2:21). God’s people find their greatest assurance of deliverance and security in the promise of God’s presence in their midst when they decide to accept what He offers. Faith in God will be adequate when the Day of the Lord comes. The day will be brought upon by God’s demonstration of His power and authority but God’s protection will be upon His people.