Behold, the day of Yahweh is coming,
cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
to make the land a desolation
and to destroy its sinners out of it. Bible other translations

“the day of Yahweh is coming.” The Day of Yahweh (“the Day of the LORD”) in this context is also called the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:21; cp. Mark 13:19; Luke 21:22). The Bible speaks of a time coming in the future when people, and even the earth itself, will suffer the consequences of all the sin that has occurred since Adam (Matt. 23:34-35; Luke 11:50-51). This time of great wrath on the earth was spoken about by Jesus Christ (Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) and is described in much more detail in the Book of Revelation. It will be a time of terrible trouble and will end with the Battle of Armageddon, and most of the people on earth will be killed.

According to the prophets, it will be a cruel day, with people becoming scarce as gold (Isa. 13:9-13). The earth will be laid waste with very few people left (Isa. 24:1-23; cp. Isa. 34:2-8). The slain will lie like refuse on the ground, and the leaders will not escape (Jer. 25:29-38). It will be “Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7), and a time of doom for the nations (Ezek. 30:1-3), and a time of distress such as has never been seen before on earth (Dan. 12:1). It will be a time of darkness and gloom (Joel 1:15; 2:1-11). Woe to people who think they are righteous and long for the Day of the Lord as if it would vindicate them because it will not (Amos 5:18-20). People’s evil deeds will return on themselves (Obad. 1:15-16). God, in anger and wrath, will take vengeance on the land and on nations, and destroy witchcraft and idols to the end that there will be no more idolatry (Micah 5:10-15). It will be a day of wrath, distress and anguish; a day of trouble, ruin, gloom and darkness. No one’s wealth will be able to deliver them. God will make a terrible end to the people who dwell in the land. God will sweep away humans, animals, fish and birds—everything—from the face of the earth (Zeph. 1:2-18). God will shake both the heavens and the earth (Haggai 2:6-7), and that Day will burn like a furnace (Mal. 4:1).

Scripture supports that the Administration of Grace, the Christian Church, will end with the Rapture, and quickly after that the Great Tribulation will begin and last seven years, ending with the Battle of Armageddon and Satan being imprisoned (Rev. 19:11-20:4). Then Jesus Christ will establish his kingdom on earth and will reign from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. At the end of the 1,000 years there will be a great war and the final judgment (Rev. 20:7-15).

[For more information on the Tribulation, see commentary on Dan. 12:1. For more information on the Rapture, see commentary on 1 Thess. 4:17. For more information on Jesus’ future kingdom on earth, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth.” For a basic timeline of End Times events, see commentary on Matt. 25:32].

Commentary for: Isaiah 13:9