* "a destruction from the Almighty" (Isa. 13:6).
* "cruel both with wrath and fierce anger" (Isa. 13:9).
* "a day of vengeance, that He may avenge Him of His adversaries" (Jer. 46:10).
* "a destruction from the Almighty" (Joel 1:15).
* "great and very terrible" (Joel 2:11).
* "the Day of the Lord's wrath" (Zeph. 1:18).
* "the Day of the Lord's anger" (Zeph. 2:3).
Peter, in his second epistle, wrote: "But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Pet. 3:10). And yet, he described his readers as "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the Day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat" (2 Pet. 3:12)! If the Day of the Lord is so horrible, why would anyone long for it to come?
The answer is found in the fact that even the weakest born again believer who sins to the degree that the Lord allows Satan to kill him (1 Cor. 11:30; Heb. 2:14; 1 Jn. 5:16), will still be saved in the Day of the Lord (1 Cor. 5:5)! A genuine Christian knows that the Day of the Lord, for the saved, will be a day of rejoicing (2 Cor. 1:14)! In his letter to Titus, Paul described Christ's return for His Church (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-54; 1 Th. 4:13-18) as being our "blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people..." (Titus 2:13-14)! The Church will not experience God's wrath, because Jesus gave us His righteousness, and He suffered the wrath of God on the cross in our place (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Th. 5:9)!
The wrath of God poured out on the Day of the Lord, will be on all who rejected Him!