Isaiah 13: 10-11. “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity: and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
No artist’s rendering can show us what the Day of the Lord will really look like. We are given descriptions, like the one in these verses, but we have never seen the like of it before. No starlight? No sunlight, no moonlight? This is beyond our experience.
The phrase the haughtiness of the terrible is a reference to those in power at the time; those who consider themselves above the law, above God, above all things.
Also beyond our experience is the judgment that will fall on those who have denied God, mocked Him, arrogantly claimed they did not need Him, and especially those who have persecuted His people. God has not brought this kind of destruction on mankind since Noah’s Flood, in which he purged the world of ALL mankind except the handful in the ark.
The world has seen trouble before. The people who lived during World War I thought it was Armageddon. Those who were pulled into World War II only 30 years later thought nothing could be worse than that. They didn’t think there would be any recovery.
God’s judgment will make those horrible wars seem paltry in comparison. There will be no more doubt about Who God is, and that He is in control.