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The Day of the Lord
The “Day of The Lord” is the Biblical, Old Testament term used to refer to the start of the end of age judgments of the Book of Revelation . . . the Great Tribulation period. This will be a time when God will actively intervene in the affairs of humanity with devastating impact. My friend, God is totally fed up with people’s sinful disobedience to Him. A day is speeding our way, when He will take NO more! These judgments will be experienced by the entire world population, those remaining AFTER the Rapture of the TRUE church.
NO one knows when Christ Jesus shall come in the clouds to catch up the saints of God.
1 Thes. 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (KJV) . . . The world will think it has achieved “peace and safety” and then sudden destruction from God will come. The day of the Lord will also overlap with the 70th week of Daniel, the prophesied final 7 years on Earth before the Second Coming of Christ Jesus. But as the Scriptures clearly point out, God will at this time, in His righteous wrath, send catastrophic judgments that will cause every man’s heart to “melt” in fear (Eze.21:7). Many verses in the Old Testament tell us similar things:
Zephaniah 1:14-15 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, (KJV)
Amos 5:18-20 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? (KJV)
1 Thes. 5:2-3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (KJV)
Isaiah 13:6-7 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: (KJV)
Joel 2:1-3 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. (KJV)
Notice the Passage above from Joel describes an army whose destruction is so horrific that there has never been anything like it, nor will there be in the future. This matches with how Jesus described the end times to His disciples:
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (KJV) . . . The ‘church’ (God’s TRUE children) is delivered from all that is about to happen. WHY? Is it because believers are such good, kind, sweet, wonderful people? ASbsolutely NOT! We ALL are sinners (Rom.3:10, 23), BUT, we have been saved by the precious Blood of Jesus (1 Pet.1:18-19) and the amazing grace of God (Eph.2:8-9). Only those who reject God’s grace shall go through this horrible time.
Rev. 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. (KJV) . . . John looked and saw a white horse. The rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to many battles trying to gain victory.
Christ shall break all the seals, in order. He is in complete control of every creature and every situation! Four horses (of the Apocalypse) appear as the first four seals are opened. The first horse is white, indicating purity and good, BUT, because the other three horses relate to judgment and destruction, this rider on a white horse CANNOT be Christ as so many think! There are many who believe he is Christ because Jesus does come later on a white horse (Rev.19:11), BUT, the rider here has a “bow” (symbol of war), and he went out to conquer. Does this sound like Christ? The rider here is NOT Christ, but a satanic deceiver. He wants people to think he is Christ, and is bringing peace to the world (2 Cor.11:14). The rider is the Antichrist, and when he comes, he will NOT appear to be a villain. He comes offering peace to Israel (Dan.9:27), but midway in the last “week” (7 years) he shall reveal his true colors. So, the Antichrist will come bringing a peace contract to Israel . . . BUT, midway in the contract, 3 ½ years later, he breaks the contract with Israel.
Daniel 9:26 -27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (KJV) . . . The prince is the Antichrist of Revelation 13, and shall appear AFTER the TRUE church is removed from the Earth at the Rapture, which I believe is the next event to take place on God’s calendar. He will make a covenant (peace treaty) with Israel. Israel will accept him as her Messiah (John 5:43), but in the midst of the “week” (3 1/2 years) he will break his covenant by placing an abominable image in the Temple (Rev. 13) that the Jews shall build. This will be the abomination of desolation that Daniel and Jesus speaks of (Dan.11:31; 12:11; Mat.24:15; Mark 13:14). What Israel will think is the Millennium, will instead be the start of the Great Tribulation (Mat. 24:15–26). Only the Coming of Christ can end this horrifying period (Mat. 24:27–31). The Antichrist will convince the Jews that he can solve all their problems, but after 3 1/2 years, Antichrist will break every promise he ever made to them. Completely opposite of the TRUE Christ who never lies!
After the Jews rebuild their Temple, they will again have blood sacrifices to God. But, in the midst of the week he (Antichrist) shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation (offerings) to cease. Remember the week is 7 years. In the middle of the week, this evil man, Antichrist shows his true colors and puts a complete stop to all Jewish worship in their new Temple. He will even have the gall to enter the Temple and demand to be worshipped as God. And he shall set up an image and demand people worship it (Rev.13:14-17).
1 Thes. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (KJV) . . . by these words Paul proves that the day of the Lord will not be expected, by the security that will be then found in the world. The day of the Lord is a period of time which starts with the Great Tribulation and goes through the millennial reign of Christ here upon the Earth. There are many Passages of Scripture which speak of this. Isaiah chapters 12 and 13, show how God moves down in judgment on society and government, on the military and commerce and art and pomp and pride and religion. Isaiah 13:9-10 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10 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. (KJV)
Also in the prophecy of Joel we are told: Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. (KJV)
Joel goes on in chapter 2 to describe it. Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (KJV)
That is the picture given to us in the Old Testament. The day of the Lord is a period which begins with the Great Tribulation and goes through the millennial reign of Christ. That is a subject in the Old Testament.
The event described in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 . . . the Coming of Christ to take the church out of the world in the Rapture, is not even mentioned in the Old Testament. I believe it is there by type, meaning the experiences of Enoch (Gen.5:18-24), and Elijah (2 Ki.2:11), both of whom were taken up alive (raptured) to be with the Lord.
The Rapture is not taught in the Old Testament, that the Lord Jesus is going to take a company of people out of this Earth to be with Himself, but then, the church was NOT taught there either. The church was a mystery in the Old Testament (Eph.5:32). See mystery of church: http://www.godcannotlie.org/eph_ch5.htm
The Rapture is a glorious and wonderful Truth which was first revealed in the Upper Room when the Lord Jesus said: John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (KJV) . . . I think that is the first time this awesome Truth is revealed in the Bible. Later, Paul taught it in 1 Thessalonians 4.
But, here in the fifth chapter of 1 Thes., Paul is speaking of something which was well known in the Old Testament . . . the day of the Lord!
When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them . . . it is going to be a big surprise to the world. They are not going to expect it. I believe that the "big lie" (2 Thes.2:11) is the promise of peace and safety. The Lord Jesus warned of that.
Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: (KJV) . . . The world and Israel, expects to enter a great period of peace, the Millennium, BUT they will find themselves plunged head first into the Great Tribulation (the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation period), which will include the greatest war the world has ever seen. The Rapture will come suddenly, like a thief in the night, then peace and safety for 3 ½ years, then DISASTER!
The “day of The Lord” is a very clearly detailed event that will start the final judgments of the world BEFORE the literal, physical appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ to Earth . . . the Second Coming of The Lord Jesus Christ. See the difference between the two events:
Topics on the Coming Rapture
Beware of False Doctrines
Church Replaces Israel?
Conditions Before Rapture
Confusion Over Doctrines
Day of the Lord
Day of the Lord 2
Focuses on Jesus
God Deals with Church and Israel Differently
Mark of the Beast
No One Knows When!
Opening Seventh Seal
Reason for the Day of the Lord
Receiving New Bodies
Timing of the Day of the Lord
What Is the Day of the Lord?
Why I Believe in the Pre-trib Rapture