The Day of the Lord
This word study focuses on all the passages I’ve found that talk about the
day of the Lord. The purpose of this
page is to better define both what the day of
the Lord is, and when it takes place in history. This is important because,
as you will see, the day of the Lord is the beginning of
and we as the bride of Christ are not appointed to this time. 1 Thessalonians
5:1-11 | Luke 21:34-36 It is before the day of the Lord that we should expect
our blessed hope, Titus 2:11-15 the coming of our Lord Yeshua and our gathering
to Him, the harpazo of the bride. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
As we will see through this word study, the day of the Lord has two
parts to it. First is a sense of sudden destruction and God's wrath and
the second is focused on Christ taking the kingdoms, restoring Israel to
the land and ruling with a rod of iron. According to scripture, Matthew 24:36-39 and Luke 17:24-33, Christ’s
coming is with sudden destruction like the days of Noah and Lot, this is
the beginning of God’s wrath and the beginning of the day of the Lord.
There is a similar page, focused more on the idea of the millennium,
commonly associated with the
idea of the day of the Lord being around 1,000 years. It is more focused
around this reign and not necessarily the wrath of God
The Day of the Lord: Wrath and Sudden Destruction
Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust,
for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.
The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men
shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
For the day of the LORD of hosts shall
be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is
lifted up; and he shall be brought low: For the
day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon
every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted
up; and he shall be brought low: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon,
that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, And upon
all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, And
upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, And upon all the
ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. 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. And the idols
he shall utterly abolish. And they shall
go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for
fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty,
when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
In that day
a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they
made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the
ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his
majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
I think it’s interesting how verse 10 starts with hiding under
the rocks for fear of the Lord. That’s exactly what Revelation 6:15
says about the sixth seal. This fits perfectly with the wrath of God starting
just about ½ hour after the
seventh seal is opened when the trumpets begin
to sound God’s wrath upon the earth. This is also during His rule
for 1,000 years, the lofty will be brought low and all the world will worship
Him and He will rule with a rod of iron. We even have the connection of the Lord rising to shake the earth and
in that day, they go hide in the mountains and caves.
kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief
captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man,
hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and
hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and
from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his
wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Howl ye; for the
day of the LORD is at hand; it
shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall
all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they
shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall
be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another;
their faces shall be as flames. 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. 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.
Here we see the day of the Lord directly related to destruction from
the Almighty. And once again, we see the sixth seal associated with the
day of the Lord, describing the sun darkening and the moon darkening. I
believe the moon turning to blood is literally a hunter’s moon, or
lunar eclipse. This both darkens the light from the moon and turns it red.
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo,
there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and
the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a
fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the
heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and
island were moved out of their places.
Thou hast called
as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the
LORD’s anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled
and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.
I don’t believe this passage is referring to the
day of the Lord, but it is representative of what the day of the Lord will
be like, with His all-consuming fire.
Ye have not gone
up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel
to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
The context of this passage is how the prophets of Israel were prophesying
out of their own hearts, not the Lord’s, misleading and not making
Israel strong in His Truth. I’m not entirely sure how that relates
to standing in the battle in the day of the LORD though.
The word of the
LORD came again unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus
saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day!
For the day is near, even the day of the LORD
is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia,
when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude,
and her foundations shall be broken down. Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia,
and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is
in league, shall fall with them by the sword. Thus saith the LORD; They
also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall
come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword,
saith the Lord GOD. And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries
that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities
that are wasted. And they shall know that I
am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers
shall be destroyed.
The day of the Lord is described as a day of woe, of cloudiness, and
in the time of the heathen. Since it happens in the time of the heathen, the day of the Lord must at
least begin during the time that the heathens rule. This places it as starting
before the millennial reign of Christ.
and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all
night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and
the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify
ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants
of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,
Alas for the day! for the
day of the LORD is at hand, and
as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from
the house of our God?
That puts it pretty bluntly and clear. Truly there is no joy or gladness
in the house of the Jews. They have been blinded for their rejection of
their Meshiach Nagid, Yeshua.
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; 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. 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. The appearance of them is as the
appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise
of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise
of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set
in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained:
all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they
shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one
on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one
thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they
fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and
fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon
the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The
earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the
sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
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?
The day of the Lord comes in darkness and gloominess. The abomination
of desolation happens before the sixth seal, 1290 days before the end of
the 70th week. (Daniel 12:11) This part of Joel
2 is, I believe, describing the genocide of 2/3 of Israel after the abomination
of desolation. (Zechariah 13:8,9) I believe this great, strong people will
be those under the beast of Revelation 13:1-10. Then, the sun and moon go
dark and the stars withdraw their shining, which again is a description
of the sixth seal. This matches perfectly with scripture placing the sixth
seal after the abomination of desolation and just before the wrath of God
is poured out.
Be glad then,
ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the
LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and
he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the
latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat,
and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to
you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller,
and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall
eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your
God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never
be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people
shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I
will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters
shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall
see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those
days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens
and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible
day of the LORD come. And it shall
come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall
be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance,
as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Again, the sixth seal is connected as happening before
the day of the Lord. I also find it interesting that the latter rain promise
is to Israel specifically. I’ve always heard it pointed towards Christians,
but that’s not what it says.
in the valley of decision: for the day of the
LORD is near in the valley of decision.
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and
the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar
out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and
the heavens and the earth shall shake:
but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the
children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your
God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem
be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. And
it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down
new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of
Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of
the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
Here we see the sixth seal again, then the heavens and earth shake. This
is the wrath of God. (Isaiah 13:13) Even though His wrath is being poured
out, He will be the hope of His people, Israel. This is another reason why
I believe the church is caught away before the sixth seal, the focus is
on Israel and their land. When the Lord is dwelling in Zion, that will be
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. 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. Shall not the day of the
LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness
The context of this verse is directed at Israel long ago, I believe because
verse 27 tells them they will “go into captivity beyond Damascus.”
I believe that the Jews may have been looking forward to the day of the
Lord, not realizing that in their present condition, it would not be an
experience they wanted to go through.
For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover
thee, and thou shalt
be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the
other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces,
and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem,
even thou wast as one of them. But thou shouldest not have looked on
the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither
shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of
their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the
day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my
people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked
on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands
on their substance in the day of their calamity; Neither shouldest thou
have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape;
neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain
in the day of distress. For the
day of the LORD is near upon all the
heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward
shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon my holy
mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall
drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they
had not been. But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall
be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame,
and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and
devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau;
for the LORD hath spoken it.
Esau is Jacob’s brother, who he tricked to gain the birthright.
Esau has also been called Edom, meaning red, (Genesis 25:30) which
is the name of the land where his descendants settled. (Genesis 32:3 | Genesis
36:1-43) This is saying that the descendants of Esau should not have rejoiced
in Israel’s destruction, nor should they have cut off those trying
to escape. The day of the Lord here is directed
at the heathen, recompense for those things done against the Lord
and His chosen ones.
Hold thy peace
at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day
of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice,
he hath bid his guests. And it shall come to
pass in the day of the LORD’s sacrifice, that I will punish the
princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed
with strange apparel. In the same day also will I punish all those that
leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence
and deceit. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the
LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and
an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills. Howl,
ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down;
all they that bear silver are cut off. And it shall come to pass at
that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the
men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD
will not do good, neither will he do evil. Therefore their goods shall
become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build
houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not
drink the wine thereof. 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.
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, A day of the trumpet
and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind
men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall
be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver
nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the
day of the LORD’s wrath; but
the whole land shall be devoured by the fire
of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them
that dwell in the land.
The day of the Lord is the time of His wrath, it’s very clear here.
A time of gloominess and darkness, of trouble and distress. Put
together from the rest, it is a time for the heathen’s destruction
by the wrath of the Lord just after the sixth seal.
together, yea, gather together, O nation not
desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as
the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before
the day of the LORD’s anger come
upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought
his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness:
it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the
Here we see Israel the subject of this warning from God about the day
of the Lord’s anger. There is a direct word to seek the Lord,
righteousness, and meekness so that they may be hid in the day of the Lord’s
anger. Reminds me of Isaiah 26:19-21 Based on other studies, I believe
the bride of Christ will be “hid” in the day of God’s wrath based on the
promises to escape the wrath of
God, such as Revelation 3:10. For Israel, who is taken and protected
in the wilderness to be refined through fire, they will be “hid” in the
day of God’s wrath on the earth,
144,000 of them sealed and protected explicitly from God’s wrath.
day of the LORD cometh, and
thy spoil shall be divided in the
midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem
to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the
women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity,
and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against
those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet
shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem
on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof
toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great
valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and
half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the
mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea,
ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days
of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God
shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to
pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it
shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night:
but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. And
it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem;
half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder
sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be king
over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name
one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south
of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place,
from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the
corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.
And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction;
but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
There’s talk of half the city going into captivity and the rest
remaining in the city. That must be at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70
AD. The cleaving of the Mount of Olives obviously hasn’t happened
yet, and can’t happen until Christ returns in glory. That is right
after He defeats the armies at Armageddon. We see that all the saints are
coming with Christ when He cleaves the Mount of Olives. We see also the
effect of Yeshua’s presence on the earth during the millennium in
that there is no day or night as we know it, but He will be the light of
the world, literally. There will be no day or night, just one long day,
the day of the Lord, which is as a thousand years, where we get “millennium.”
For, behold, the day
cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all
that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn
them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root
nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up
as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they
shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall
do this, saith the LORD of hosts. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant,
which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes
and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah
the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful
day of the LORD: And he shall
turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the
children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
I believe that Elijah is one of the
two witnesses in Revelation,
primarily due to this passage. These
two witnesses will be prophesying 1260 days. (42 months/3½ years) Don’t
let the numbers make you jump to the conclusion that they are in the first
or last half of the 70th week of Daniel. It says
it right here that they come BEFORE the day of the Lord. That starts at
or around the sixth seal. Therefore, the two witnesses will come during
the first half of the 70th week. I believe they
will show up soon after the temple is rebuilt on the Temple Mount,
probably prophesying at the temple and frustrating those going there. We know
that Apollyon is the one who ends up killing these two, (Revelation 11:7) and
he isn’t let out of the bottomless pit until the fifth trumpet. (Revelation
The sun shall be turned
into darkness, and the moon into blood,
before the great and notable
day of the LORD come:
This is a repeated prophecy from Joel 2.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto
you. For yourselves know perfectly that the
day of the LORD so cometh as a thief
in the night. 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. But ye, brethren,
are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are
not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do
others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are
drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the
hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed
us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together
with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves
together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
The day of the Lord does come like a thief in the night. However, we
are not in darkness like the world such that this day won’t surprise
us, we’ll be watching for it. Notice also that the sudden destruction
comes upon them and they shall not escape.
Notice also that we are not appointed to wrath but salvation by our Lord
Yeshua the Christ. Those are in direct opposition to each other. Some do
not escape (those in darkness) while those who are not in darkness are not
appointed to that wrath that comes suddenly like a thief in the night. The
Lord is taking something from the earth, our current house. He is taking
His bride before His wrath comes upon this house to their new place He
is building for them currently. John 14:1-3
For a thousand years
in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in
2 Peter 3:8-10
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that
one day is with the Lord as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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.
We see here that within the timeframe of the day of the Lord, the heavens
will pass away and the elements melt with a fervent heat and the earth burned
up. This can only happen after the great white throne judgment which
is after the millennium is over. After the destruction of this heaven
and earth, a new heaven and earth will be created. In this way, the day
of the Lord encompasses the time from the beginning of God’s Wrath
70th week of Daniel through to eternity in the new heavens
and new earth.
For as the new heavens
and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith
the LORD, so shall your seed and
your name remain.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;
and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city,
new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as
a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven
saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell
with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with
them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed
away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things
new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
2 Peter 3:8-10 is the key to understanding the timeframe of the day of
the Lord. His day starts with His wrath shaking the heavens with the trumpet/thunder/bowl
judgments. (Isaiah 13:13 | Matthew 24:29) This happens after the
seventh seal is broken and the seven angels are given their seven trumpets.
(Revelation 8:1,2) It is at the end of this 1,000 years and the great white
throne judgment that the elements melt with a fervent heat.
Keep in mind that the 1,000 years begins about 3½ years before Christ
returns in glory to actually take the kingdoms of the earth and begin His
millennial reign. (we don’t know the day or hour from the
framework of exact-day prophecies.) This means that either Christ can’t
be ruling for a full 1,000 years because the timeline for the destruction
of this heavens and earth at the great white throne judgment starts with
God’s wrath before Christ returns in glory. Or it could be that
the 1,000 years is not exact to the day. There is some debate as to the
Greek word chilioi used for a
thousand is “plural of uncertain affinity” and not necessarily 1,000
exactly. Given the dragon is chained for 1,000 years after 3½ years
have passed since the beginning of the day of the Lord, I lean toward
around 1,000 years and not exactly.
We can see from these passages that the day of the Lord begins as a time
of vengeance to those opposed to Christ. For those who are in Christ, it
is a time of rejoicing. Why? Because
the bride of Christ is taken out prior to the wrath of God coming. This
is called a pre-wrath
Day of Christ
There’s something distinctly different about the “day of
Christ.” Yeshua the Christ is Lord and so the day of the Lord and
the day of Christ are somewhat equivalent. Where they differ is in the tone.
I believe they both refer to the same time, the beginning of the day of
the Lord, but for the Christian, the day of Christ is the blessed hope and
the appearing of our Lord to gather us to Himself as He promised.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Now we beseech
you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye
be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled,
neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that
the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except
there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the
son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is
called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Understanding the definition of the day of Christ reveals that
the day of Christ is the harpazo
of the bride. It is the day of the Lord, which coincides with the
coming of the Lord and the sudden destruction we’re not appointed
to. Keep reading, there’s more.
And this I
pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in
all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye
may be sincere and without offence till the
day of Christ.
Why is it only till
the day of Christ that we should be sincere and without offence? Are we
going to be insincere and offensive after the day of Christ? No, we will
be in our resurrected, immortal bodies. We will be married to Christ such
that the two become one. We’re taken to the marriage of the Lamb in
the harpazo. That’s what the kingdom parable of the 10 virgins is
all about. Matthew 25:1-13 Only 50% of those considering themselves to be
waiting for the bridegroom are allowed to the marriage.
have oil in your lamp? Matthew 7:13-23
Do all things
without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless,
the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse
nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the
word of life; that I may rejoice in the day
of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Paul was anticipating the running (work) he was doing for Christ would
not be for nothing. The day of Christ is the point when he rejoices over
the fruits of his labor. What day could that be if he was laboring for the
church. Paul tells us exactly what his goal is in 2 Corinthians 11:2.
1 Corinthians 5:5
In the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit,
with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto
Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that
the spirit may be saved in the day
of the LORD Jesus.
Notice the different tone, one of salvation on this day. The spirit is
saved in this day. Both the day of the Lord and the day of Christ are to
come suddenly and at an unknown day or hour. I believe this is because just
prior to the day of the Lord is when the Lord snatches His bride from the
earth to go to the marriage of the Lamb. For those that have faith in the
promises of Christ, this day is one of deliverance and salvation, a departure
to our true home with God in heaven. The Father’s house has many mansions,
where Christ is preparing a place for us that when He returns He can take
us to it. (John 14:1-3) Isaiah 26:20,21 talks about entering into our chambers
for a little while till the Lord’s wrath punishing the inhabitants
of the earth is over.
I would also like to point out that the scripture only speaks of the
spirit being saved, not the body. That is because at the resurrection/harpazo
of the just, we receive new immortal bodies. 1 Corinthians 15:50-54
2 Corinthians 1:12-14
rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity
and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God,
we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
For we write none other things unto you, that what ye read or acknowledge;
and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; As also ye have acknowledged
us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our’s
in the day of the LORD Jesus.
Here again, the day of the Lord Jesus is a time of rejoicing for those
who are in Christ. Why? Because we are removed before the wrath of God is
poured out on the children of disobedience.
There’s a distinct difference between the
day of the Lord (darkness, wrath, gloominess)
and the day of Christ (rejoicing, finishing
the race, gathering in Christ). It’s all a matter of perspective.
For the Christian, they will not see the day of the Lord and the wrath that
encompasses it. They will see Christ and stand before Him. Revelation 7:9
Those who are not in Christ will see the day of the Lord,
God’s wrath. Find out
what it takes to be the one rejoicing. It’s a lot easier than you
think, if you just have faith and trust in and rely on God.
What is a Christian?
So is there any scripture that would confirm that Christ comes on the
day of the Lord? If the day of the Lord comes as a sudden destruction from
the Almighty, Isaiah 13:6-13, then it would follow that our gathering to
meet the Lord in the air, the harpazo, would come at some point around that
time. We don’t know the day or hour of it, but then again, nobody
knows the sudden destruction of the day of the Lord is coming until it arrives,
much like the days of Noah...
But of that day
and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father
only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming
of the Son of man be. For as in
the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying
and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
So in Noah’s day, everyone was living life normally...except Noah
and his family. So in the coming of the Son of man, Yeshua, we are to expect
it to be the same. We should expect that people will eat, drink, and be
merry not knowing that sudden destruction is coming to take them all away.
We are promised to meet the Lord in the air and escape the coming destruction.
So it would seem that the Lord’s coming is tied in directly with the
sudden destruction coming to which we are not appointed. Since we know neither
when the sudden destruction is nor the day and hour of Christ’s coming,
they seem to be tied together quite intimately.