In Scripture, God foreshadowed this day in the plagues of the Egyptians. One of the plagues was a darkness that could be felt among the Egyptians. At the same time, there was light in the homes of the Israelites. The prophet Joel also spoke of a day that would be darkness but also a day of dawning.
“a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like the dawn overspreading the mountains a great and strong people appears, such as never was of old, nor will ever be in ages to come.” (Joel 2:2 Berean Study Bible)
The wheat and the tares are growing together. The tares often seem to have more wisdom and skill than the wheat. They definitely know more tricks and know how to get their way. They certainly control every means of communication. They seem to have tremendous control over governments and the legal systems of the world. However, the fruit will show, and God will never forsake His own even if, for a time, we seem to be defeated.
The Day of the Lord will require a full commitment to Christ. Many today seek the middle ground between hot and cold. They choose to be lukewarm.
That doesn’t mean that they don’t fight for their ideas. They may be zealous in the extreme. Many are very religious. They think up all kinds of ways to “serve the Lord” without knowing Him in any real way. They recruit converts to their organization or doctrinal position. They argue about theology and can become alarmingly angry about it, even demonizing those who are entering into the goodness of God. Many of them protect and defend their lukewarm condition and attack anyone who believes what God says about righteousness and holiness or how we can enter into the blessings of God. They twist Scripture to keep their followers from entering into everything that God has for His people. They want to make a provision for the flesh.
In the Day of the Lord, that won’t work. They’ll need to make a decision one way or the other, and many will turn from Christ and follow the beast wholeheartedly. They’ll still have a form of religion, but they’ll deny the power of following Christ for righteousness, holiness, the gifts of the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit. They’ll teach that being born again is all there is or that growing in Christ means something other than having Christ fully formed within and dying to the fleshly nature.
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