All This Ain’t Nothin’!

Posted on April 15, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Comparatively Speaking
Of course this title is comparative. And when I say “all this,” I’m obviously referring to the Covid-19 epidemic terrorizing our planet.

And of course I’m not saying that the suffering endured by so many is nothing. In fact, I wouldn’t even say this in regard to any of you suffering from a cold or migraine. Therefore, I would in no way diminish the heartache surrounding Covid-19.

Rather, I have something far bigger and menacing in mind when I say that the events of today “ain’t nothin’.” I’ve been reading the Minor Prophets again, specifically the Book of Zephaniah. If there is one Old Testament book which fits the bill of “fire and brimstone,” it’s Zephaniah as its theme is the Day of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord is that time at the end of this era of human history when Jesus Christ will return to Earth and – after a warning of roughly 2,000 years – will punish the human race for both its rejection of Him as well its overall evil (see Revelation 19:11-21).

And when that Day comes, nothing that has ever occurred – Covid-19 and everything far worse – would have been anything like it.

The Day of the Lord
Here is how Zephaniah describes the Day of the Lord:

The great day of the LORD is near – near and coming quickly. The cry on the day of the LORD is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry. That day will be a day of wrath – a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness – a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers (1:14-16).

Not pleasant to read, but absolute truth. And that’s the key; it’s absolute truth. This is the fate of the human race – at least the vast plurality that will not bow the knee in faith and adoration to the Lord Jesus Christ.

No, this does not reflect the loving and compassionate side of our Savior, but He has already displayed that side by dying on the cross and continues to display that side by offering salvation to all who would come to Him. Eventually, however, God’s deep well of patience and longsuffering will expire, and this will be the result:

I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind, because they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD’s wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole earth will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth (1:17-18).

A Necessary Message
If you are offended by this passage, again, please remember that it is absolute truth, and every bit divine truth as John 3:16. This day of darkness is indeed coming, and when it does, all that is happening now will be as nothing by comparison.

If those you share the Gospel with are unresponsive, tell them about the Day of the Lord, particularly as Zephaniah explains it. Perhaps this they will respond to. And if they do respond, then you can return to the topic of God’s love and explain how He loves them so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to Earth to die for their sins and to spare them from the awful consequences of rejecting a holy and righteous God.

Actually, sharing the truth about the coming terrible Day of the Lord could be the most loving thing you can do!

If you are interested in quick, overview studies of the Minor Prophets, I have written a 14-part series for the magazine Zion’s Fire, and have posted them on my blog site. Here is the link to the introductory article, which will link to the others: “Exploring the Major Messages of the Minor Prophets”