SPECIAL TOPIC: THAT DAY

This phrase, "in that day" or "on that day," is a way for the eighth century prophets to speak of God's visitation (presence), both for judgment and restoration.

Hosea Amos Micah
positive negative positive negative positive negative
1:11 1:5   1:14(2)   2:4
  2:3   2:16   3:6 
2:15     3:14 4:6  
2:16 4:5   5:18 (2)   5:10
2:18 5:9   5:20   7:4
2:21 6:2   6:3 7:11(2)   
  7:5   8:3 7:12   
  9:5 9:11 8:9 (2)    
  10:14   8:10    
      8:13    

This pattern is typical of the prophets. God is going to act against sin in time, but He also offers a day of repentance and forgiveness to those who are willing to change their hearts and actions (i.e., receive a new heart, a new mind, and a new spirit, cf. Ezek. 36:22-27)! God's purpose of redemption and restoration will be accomplished! He will have a people who reflect His character. The purpose of creation (fellowship between God and humanity) will be fulfilled!

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