Day of Clouds

As soon as we see the connection between the Cloud and the Day of the Lord - that the Day of the Lord is the Glory-Cloud coming in judgment, and the Cloud is the Day of the Lord in action - a great number of Biblical ideas begin to fall into place. For example, the Israelites experienced the Day of the Lord at the edge of the Red Sea, when the Cloud descended (Ex. 13:21-22) and stood between them and the Egyptians. For the covenant people, the Cloud was Light and salvation, but for the Egyptians, it was Darkness (Ex. 14:19-20), bringing utter destruction (Ex. 14:24-25). The coming of the Cloud was the coming of the Lord as "the Spirit of the Day" in judgment. And judgment, like the Cloud, has two aspects: vindication and protection of the faithful on the one hand, and destruction of God's enemies on the other. In judgment God brings both salvation and wrath, darkness and light. This is what Amos meant when he addressed the apostate covenant people of his age, who were expecting that the coming Day of the Lord would protect them from their enemies. The problem was, as Amos pointed out, that the people of God had become the enemies of God:

Alas, you who are longing for the Day of the Lord, for what purpose will the Day of the Lord be to you? It will be darkness and not light; as when a man flees from a lion, and a bear meets him; or goes home, leans upon a wall, and a snake bites him. Will not the Day of the Lord be darkness instead of light, even gloom with no brightness in it? (Amos 5:18-20).

The Biblical prophets saw the Day of the Lord to be fulfilled in all of God's redemptive judgments in history against disobedient nations: it was the divine "day of reckoning" against Judah, when the wicked would be annihilated and the righteous saved and blessed (Isa. 2-5; Joel 1-3); for Babylon it was the day of destruction, fire, and the collapse of the universe (Isa.

it was also the day when Edom would suffer God's vengeance in bloody slaughter, in fire and brimstone, and in desolation, while God's people are safely "gathered" to Him (Isa. 34); the day when God's great sword would drink its fill of the blood of the Egyptians (Jer. 46); indeed, "the Day of the Lord draws near on all the nations" (Obad. 15). When we place these passages together, along with texts such as Zephaniah 1 and Psalm 18, it becomes strikingly clear that the prophetic term Day of the Lord means Judgment - a judgment issuing in both destruction of the wicked and salvation of the righteous.

This is why it is also used to describe the First Advent of the Savior. In His last revelation of the Old Testament, God said: "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible Day of the Lord. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse" (Mai. 4:5-6). Both the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:17) and the Lord Jesus (Matt. 11:14) cite this verse as being fulfilled in the ministry of John the Baptist. "In the Spirit and power of Elijah," John was to engage in the restorative ministry of bringing the rebellious children of Israel back to the godliness of their fathers, turning "the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, in order to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:17). But if the people were not turned from their apostasy by the time of "the great and terrible Day of the Lord," God warned, He would "come and smite the land with a curse. " This word curse (or ban) was a technical term in Scripture, used to denote certain objects and even whole cities which were so abhorrent to God that they must be put "under the ban," to be utterly destroyed by fire from God's altar - offered up as a "whole burnt sacrifice" (cf. Deut. 13:16). That is exactly what happened in the first century. "Elijah" came, but the people did not repent; so when the great Day of the Lord arrived, the whole land was placed under the ban, completely devoted to destruction.

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