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Daily Reading: 04.10.2015

John 16.21-22

21 When a woman gives birth she has pain because her time has come, but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers her distress, because of the joy she has that a man has been born into the world.

22 And now, therefore, you have pain; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

When we are in times of expectancy we might describe it as being in ‘limbo’.

The last few weeks of pregnancy could be described as being in limbo. The expectant parents eagerly await the birth of their child, and as the weeks go by the sense of anticipation (limbo) intensifies.

For the Jews the period between the age of wickedness and the golden age of God was a kind of limbo period. They were waiting expectantly for the coming of the Messiah. This was to be the Day of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord was to be an horrific time. It was to be a time of destruction; the old order was to be annihilated.

It is a time prophesied in the Old Testament:

For see, the day of the LORD is coming—the terrible day of His fury and fierce anger. The land will be destroyed and all the sinners with it.

[10] The heavens will be black above them. No light will shine from stars or sun or moon – Isaiah 13.9-10 (NLT).

[2:1] Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem! Sound the alarm on My holy mountain! Let everyone tremble in fear because the Day of the LORD is upon us.

[2It is a Day of darkness and gloom, a Day of thick clouds and deep blackness. Suddenly, like dawn spreading across the mountains, a mighty army appears! How great and powerful they are! The likes of them have not been seen before and never will be seen again – Joel 2.1-2 (NLT).

The Day of the Lord is also mentioned in the New Testament:

[10] But the Day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment – 2 Peter 3.10.

The Day of the Lord is also referred to several times in Revelation.

From what Peter was inspired to write it is clear that the Day of the Lord is still to come. It is the end times, which will bring sorrow to believers and non believers.

It is also clear that times of sorrow and grief are to be the experience of those who follow Jesus.

However, He is with us.

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