Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Day of the Lord in the Prophets

As posted previously, one of the highlights of the recent OT Prophecy module was the theme of the Day of the LORD in the prophets. If its not too self-indulgent (!), I'll quote from my own seminar paper on this...

In Joel, the Day of the Lord is always near. This thought reveals a principle of decisive divine intervention as being a constant presence in human history. There is the real sense in which the final eschatological principle of salvation and judgement breaks into history and each historical intervention is a temporal expression of this potent principle...

Whilst the prophets spoke of forthcoming historical events, the Spirit of Yahweh was also granting to them revelation of a more cataclysmic principle through which redemption history would reach its conclusion. These two things are telescoped in the motif of the Day of the Lord. The principle of eschatological judgement and salvation was puncturing history at the behest of Yahweh to accomplish his purposes in establishing his kingdom. Van Gemeren rightly projects this theme forward to the coming of Christ, who ushers in the eschatological day of the Lord where the final intervention of God into history is inaugurated in the appearance of his Son, Jesus the Christ. Much of the apocalyptic imagery of the Day of the Lord is picked up in the New Testament, especially in the Petrine correspondence and in John the Seer. They look forward to the final act of this age, in the cosmic judgement of the same Jesus Christ when He appears in his Fathers glory to usher in the New Age of the earth.