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The Dreadful Day of the Lord!

This Side of the Whirlwind elucidates the two events known as the great and dreadful Day of the Lord.

The Great Day of the Lord has already taken place. It was fulfilled during the ministry of Jesus Christ. The Dreadful Day of the Lord however has yet to take place though when it does it will likely be called the Great Consummation.

The Dreadful Day of the Lord has yet to be set in motion, but will soon begin before we know it. According to scripture, a unique messenger will announce the coming of the Lord before both the Great and Dreadful Days of the Lord, his name is Elijah.

Elijah came during the Great Day of the Lord as John the Baptist, Christ’s forbearer, bringing his message and thus preparing the way for Christ, the Messiah before the Blessings half of Christ’s covenant.

Elijah will also herald the Great Consummation as a messenger for the Dreadful Day of the Lord. The logistics of how Elijah will return to earth to fulfill his critical role resides with God alone. We don’t know. Scripture does not inform the saints about how he will return, only that he will return.

Behold, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse (Malachi 4:5–6 KJV)


Bear in mind, John did not know he was Elijah. Respectively, it is likely the messenger for the dreadful Day of the Lord will also be unaware He is Elijah of old. John the Baptist’s prophetic message was as follows (Isaiah 40:3b):

[I am] “the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.




John instructs the people to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins. His message fulfilled prophecy as it pertains to the Great Day of the Lord. As the people repented and were baptized for the remission of their sins they were in effect preparing their barren hearts for the coming of their Lord and Savior. Through their repentance and baptism, they were preparing a quick ingress for their Master and God. The Israelites’ actions fulfilled prophecy for that season of the Lord’s ministry.

Another season comes quickly!

The messenger for the Dreadful Day of the Lord will present a message of similar content before and during the Great Consummation. There will exist, however, at least one major difference between the message for the Great Day of the Lord and the Dreadful Day of the Lord.

During the time of Christ, believers did not have the Mark of the Beast as a concern. However, believers did have to carry their own cross for Christ, either literally or figuratively. The Latter Days’ message should contain a little something extra with regard to overcoming to the end.

  • When Jesus spoke to John on the isle of Patmos, He made it clear Christians must love the Son of God first, even above their own lives. Jesus said, “And they overcame him [the Beast] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”[1]
  • Jesus also instructed His followers to take up their personal crosses and follow in His footsteps. He warned His disciples, saying, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sister, yeah, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”[2] Of course the Lord meant figuratively with regards to the word “hate”.  Jesus must come first above all else.
  • When Jesus said in Revelation 3:10 He would “keep you from the hour of trial,” He was referring to preserving the saints during the Tribulation Period rather than rapturing the saints before the great crucible begins, a crucible designed to prove the saint’s commitment to Christ and separate all true Christians from pseudo-Christians in preparation for the Rapture—a key component in God’s Latter Days plans.
  • The Latter Days message regarding the preservation of a Christian’s salvation will also instruct the saints to remain faithful and to overcome any temptation to bow before the Beast or receive his Mark. For the names of the saints will only remain in the Lamb’s Book of Life and not be blotted out if we endure to the end, overcoming the Beast and his Mark (Revelation 14:9–11).


Here is a hotbed of contention for those who do not know God’s plan for the Great Consummation: It is important to recognize salvation will not be available for anyone not currently saved ONCE the Great Consummation has begun.

The Salvation Message will only apply to those who are currently saved.[3]

Saved individuals living during the Great Consummation must endure the crucible to the end of the Tribulation Period (Matthew 24:27-31) or sell their salvation for creature comforts. Believers who live through the Tribulation Period must endure and overcome every difficulty and trial up to their deaths or the Rapture (whichever comes first) without receiving the Mark of the Beast or bowing down and worshipping the Beast or his image. In other words, to maintain one’s salvation, a believer cannot surrender or quit during the Days of Vengeance (Luke 21:22).

 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled” (Luke 21:20–22 NKJV).

“These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14 KJV).

The passages in Luke 21:20-22 and Revelation 7:14 apply to those who will live during the Tribulation Period. Based on the End Times schedule with God’s Word, that message applies to the Body of Christ today. Such represents you and me! A very difficult time is coming, and every Christian must endure to the end without failing.

If you don’t know this is true then check out: https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/the-great-consummation-the-series/#more-1818

[1] Revelation 12:11.

[2] Luke 14:26.

[3] “This Side of the Whirlwind, the Coming Apocalypse” Chapter 15, subsection: “Salvation during the Great Consummation.”

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