“The ·Lord’s day of judging [great day of the Lord; 1:7] is ·coming soon [near]; it is near and coming fast. The cry will be ·very sad [bitter] on the day of the Lord; ·even soldiers will cry [or soldiers will shout a battle cry].
“The Great Judgment Day of God is almost here. It’s countdown time: . . . seven, six, five, four . . . Bitter and noisy cries on my Judgment Day, even strong men screaming for help. Judgment Day is payday—my anger paid out: a day of distress and anguish, a day of catastrophic doom, a day of darkness at noon, a day of black storm clouds, a day of bloodcurdling war cries, as forts are assaulted, as defenses are smashed. I’ll make things so bad they won’t know what hit them. They’ll walk around groping like the blind. They’ve sinned against God! Their blood will be poured out like old dishwater, their guts shoveled into slop buckets. Don’t plan on buying your way out. Your money is worthless for this. This is the Day of God’s Judgment—my wrath! I care about sin with fiery passion— A fire to burn up the corrupted world, a wildfire finish to the corrupting people.”
I’m warning you, this day of judgment is right around the corner. The great and terrible day of the Eternal One is coming on you very quickly. Listen, here it comes, the day of the Eternal One, and it will be very bitter! Even your strongest and bravest will break down and cry out.
Nigh is the great day of the Lord, nigh and swift full much; the voice of the day of the Lord is bitter, a strong man shall be in tribulation there. (The great day of the Lord is near, near and coming very swiftly, or very soon; the day of the Lord shall be bitter, the strong shall cry out in tribulation there.)
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