Last Days Prophecy
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SO . . . WHAT is the Day of the Lord???
It seems to me that it is quite clear that many of those who speak of the "day of the Lord" do not know the meaning of this particular time. The "day of the Lord" is NOT just ONE day, I think it is a large-scale period that begins with the Great Tribulation. Consider some verses that clearly indicate that the term "day" represents a much broader time period than just 24 hours. It is my opinion that the term “last days” refer to the time period from the resurrection of Christ to the Second Coming of Christ.
2 Peter 3:10-13 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. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and odliness,
12 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? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (KJV) . . . The "day of the Lord" Peter spoke of here, CANNOT be a ONE day event because it mentions the destruction of the earth by fire and its renovation. It seems that the Earth will not be renewed until after Christ's 1000 year reign (Rev 21:1). For much more, see our commentary on 2 Peter Ch.3: http://www.godcannotlie.org/2_peter_ch3.htm
Joel 2:11-20 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? 12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. 19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. (KJV) . . . The "day of the Lord" Joel describes, includes the defeat of the northern army. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 is a parallel Passage. Most scholars would say the destruction of the Gog army as happening in the first half of the Tribulation.
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (KJV) . . . In the book of John, Jesus uses the term "last day" to indicate when the lost would be judged. Revelation 20 makes it clear that the unsaved will not be judged until after the millennium (Rev.20:11-15) . . . a 1000 year time period. I believe that the term “last day” here refers to the time period from the resurrection of Christ to the Second Coming of Christ.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (KJV) . . .
One of the best indications that most of the various "day" references are citing a general time period can be found here. Surely, the writer would not be warning us to watch for a DAY that would be coming at the END of the tribulation. That kind of reasoning would be like warning someone bitten by a dog, to then read the sign “Beware of Dog.” Day of the Lord Passages: (Isa.2:12; 13:6,9; 34:8; Jer.46:10; Lam.2:22; Eze.30:3; Amos 5:18; Joel 2:1; Obad.1:15; Zep.1:8,18; 2:2-3; Zec.14:1; Mal.4:5; 1 Cor.5:5; 2 Cor.1:14; 1 Thes.5:2; 2 Pet.3:10)
The “day of the Lord” usually identifies events that take place at the end of history (Isa.7:18-25) and is often closely associated with the phrase “that day.” We must understand these phrases always pinpoint a time period when God personally intervenes in history, directly or indirectly, to accomplish some specific part of His plan.
The phrase “the day of the Lord” is used nineteen times in the Old Testament (Isa.2:12; 13:6,9; Eze.13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1,11,31; 3:14; Amos 5:18,20; Obad.15; Zep.1:7,14; Zec.14:1; Mal.4:5), and five times in the New Testament (Acts 2:20; 1 Thes.5:2; 2 Thes.2:2; 2 Pet.3:10), and it is also referred to Revelation 6:17 and 16:14.
The Old Testament Passages that speak of the day of the Lord time and time again convey a sense of imminence, nearness and expectation: “Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand!” (Isa.13:6). “For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen” (Isa.30:3). “for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand” (Joel 2:1). “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14). “Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand” (Zep.1:7).
This is because the Old Testament Passages referring to the day of the Lord often speak of both a near and a far fulfillment, as does much of Old Testament prophecy. Some Old Testament Passages that refer to the day of the Lord describe historical judgments that have already been fulfilled in some sense (Isa.13:6-22; Eze.30:2-19; Joel 1:15; 3:14; Amos 5:18-20; Zep.1:14-18), while other Passages refer to divine judgments that will take place just before the end of the age (Joel 2:30-32; Zec.14; Mal.4:1,5).
The New Testament calls it a “day of wrath,” a “day of visitation,” and the “great day of God Almighty” ((Rev.16:14), and refers to a still future fulfillment when God’s wrath is poured out on unbelieving Israel (Isa.22; Jer.30:1-17; Joel chapters 1 & 2; Amos chapter 5; Zep. chapter 1), and on the unbelieving world (Ezekiel chapter 38 & 39; Zechariah chapter 14). The Word of God specifies that “the day of the Lord” will come quickly, like a thief in the night (2 Thes.2:2), and therefore Christians must be watchful and ready for the Coming of Christ at the Rapture at any moment . . . because immediately after the Rapture (catching up) of the saints, the Tribulation shall start.
Besides the day of the Lord being a time of judgment, it will also be a time of salvation, because God will deliver the remnant of Israel, fulfilling His Promise that “all of Israel will be saved” (Rom.11:26), forgiving their sins and restoring His chosen people (Deut. 7:6; 14:2; 1 Ki. 3:8; Ps.33:12; Isa. 43:20), to the land He promised to Abraham (Isa.10:27; Jer.30:19-31,40; Micah chapter 4; Zechariah chapter 13). The final result of the day of the Lord will be: Isaiah 2:17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. (KJV) . . . Man’s pride and arrogance shall be humbled! Almighty God, with wondrous power, shall punish evil and fulfill all His Promises. Thank You Jesus!
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