The apostle Paul said, “God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world through a man.” (Acts 17:31) Jesus said the Father “hath committed all judgment to the Son.” (John 5:22) Every knee shall bow as the rebellion of man shall be quelled and punished. Man will be either saved or crushed. The last 2000 years has been the call of “all men to repent.” (Acts 17:31) That has not happened. The Day of the Lord is God’s reckoning with our rogue planet.
It is called The Tribulation, and on one occasion, “The Day of Jacob’s Trouble.” Its purpose is to judge mankind for its 2000 plus years of rejection of the gospel and its persecution of His people, the Church. It is also a judgment on the nation of Israel for its rejection of Christ, the nation’s Messiah.
To see the unfolding of this time we need to go to the Book of Revelation. After the 7 churches are addressed, which is a prophetic overview of the coming Church Age, we see John (Rev. 4:1) addressed by a voice from heaven, saying “Come up here.” This is a picture of the Rapture. In 4:4 we see a group of people in heaven that have never been seen anywhere else in the Bible. They sit enthroned, clothed in white about the throne of God. Who are they? John in his biblical “time travel” saw you and I. He saw all the raptured and glorified in the presence of God.
But in chapter 5 of Revelation, the chapter prior to the beginning of the Tribulation in chapter 6, we see in the hand of the Father upon the throne a scroll. This scroll is the last 7 years of human history before the return of Christ. When opened it will reveal the horrific judgments of chapters 6-18. But it is not the Father who opens the scroll, this 7 sealed scroll that comprises the bulk of the book of Revelation. He hands the book to the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah who alone has the authority to enact judgment as one who is divine, shown to be so by His resurrection from the dead. “He is worthy.” (Rev. 5:5)
He takes the scroll from the Father’s hand. He opens it and with that action the prophetic verses from Psalm 2 are fulfilled (though still in the future). “Ask of me and I will give you the nations as Thine inheritance and you shall rule them as with a rod of iron and shatter them as earthenware.” Some have called the scroll of Revelation 5 “the title deed to planet earth.” It is the inheritance that God will bestow on His Son to rule and to bestow on His own who will “inherit the earth” as joint heirs with Christ.
Thus are the words fulfilled, “not even the Father judges anyone but has given all judgment to the Son, that men might honor the Son as they honor the Father.” The last Adam who has first brought His elect, the church, into submission will then begin to force the world to its knees as the 7 seals, 7 trumpets, and 7 bowls become more and more horrific, until finally, it shall be said, “Babylon is ruined.” (Rev. 18:18)
Satanic false religion, false economy, false government.
“The world and all its works shall be burned up.” (2 Pet. 3:10)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)
“Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and freeman hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the wrath of Him who sits upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come and who is able to stand?’” (Rev. 6:15-17)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away but My words shall not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)
As the last Adam all shall be beneath the feet of our incomparable Christ.