The Day of the Lord -- What It really Means!
The Day of the Lord
Bible Study Notes: September 12, 2015 for Your Consideration ------ We will Re-Examine the traditional “time lines” which permeate the culture of the Churches that may not be entirely backed up by Biblical Support. Let’s look again at some of these and let the bible explain the bible without making any assumptions – tainted by tradition or the evangelical world out there. The issue for is today is to look at the traditionally held view which is a “compressed understanding” of the Day of the Lord “A Biblical Review of the Day of the Lord” · Associated with the Return of Christ to the Earth · Associated with a lot of Cataclysmic Events and Upheavals · Associated with a Great Judgement upon mankind for all the sins of the world But Just What Happens “on this day” and “just how long” is it?
First – It is a measure of (GOD’S) time – by HIS Definition. Let’s look at the original use of the word in Scripture as it pertains to DOL. Day of the LORD (OT) --- (Day) = Strong’s #3117 Hebrew---- Yome From an unused root meaning to be hot: A Day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term). Often used adverbially): - age, always, chronicles, continually, (continuance) daily, birth, each, today, (Now, two days, a-gone, elder, evening, forever, lasting, more, full, life, so long as, live, even now, old, outlived, perpetually, presently, remains, required, season, since, space, then, process of time, as at other times, in trouble, weather, as when, within, full year, yearly, younger.
Day of the LORD (NT) --- (Day) = Strong’s # 2250 Greek --- Ha-mer`-ah Feminine (with 5610 implied) of a derivative of Hemas (to sit) akin to the base of 1476 meaning tame or gentle (day) literally the time between dawn and dark or the whole 24-hour day (but several days were reckoned by the Jews as inclusive of the part of both extremes) Figuratively, a period always defined by the context. Age, always Midday, day “by day”, daily, forever, judgement day, time, a while, years. · 5610 Hora – an hour, a day, and instant, a season, eventide, time. · 1476 Hed-rai`-os – sedentary, settled, steadfast, immovable (to sit)
We have known for a long time that we are living in what the scripture refers to as the “END TIMES” and we know what Gabriel told Daniel information about those times that was to be “sealed up” until the time of the end. Well eventually – that knowledge gets “unsealed” – some things until then have simply NOT BEEN KNOWN! But the knowledge does Not come in some miraculous way but simply is revealed to those IN THOSE END TIMES who “have the ear to hear” the message the spirit is giving to the churches – (those who are Obeying God) – Acts 5:32 and John 16:13 and those who are teaching about the importance of Obedience. (HE said teach “what so ever I have commanded you”)
- Sabbath – and HIS Law
- His plan as seen thru the Holy Days – also a part of obedience
- The specific instruction of Yeshua in HIS word.
But it is important to understand things based entirely on what the bible says and make sure we can verify from Gen to Rev and that it “squares” with what it says there. We simply must have no private interpretations – no adding or detracting!
Remember Howard Camping? – Made a lot of sense – but wasn’t obeying so – it seems HE was led by a wrong spirit e. Remember the Millerites? – Were obeying but insisted their understanding of prophecy was “unimpeachable” – a dangerous path to take.
We are to Grow in Grace & Knowledge – meaning there are things BEFORE that we did NOT know and things ahead that we have yet to learn. To think otherwise is arrogant and ostentatious. AND—we must remain humble about our understandings until Yahweh – certifies the understanding!!!
It is certainly not wrong or a problem to not know something you are not supposed to know until you are supposed to know it. (Like trying to teach Trigonometry to a 3-year-old or letting him play with a chain saw)
Gabriel told Daniel understanding would be “sealed up UNTIL the TIME OF the end”. We see the same thing in Revelation 10:4 about the (7) Thunders – told not write it down. GOD has chosen “not to know” the outcome – at least NOT to reveal it if he does know because HE has given us the “right to choose” – free moral agency—for a purpose – so that we would LEARN to always choose to do the right! To become Like HIM. But growing in Knowledge is sometime “stymied” by Tradition & Paradigm and by What we think we know.
The first thing we must hold to is to understand that the message is a spiritual message in the End times: Notice that this understanding is revealed Person to Person – Individual to Individual. Scripture describes it in this way --- He that has an “ear” (those who get it) LISTEN to what the SPIRIT says to the churches – notice it’s not a man and not a single church group or fellowship – this is clearly plural – says it at least seven TIMES in the book of Revelation alone! Rev. 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29, 3:6, 3:13, 3:22.
1-John 4:1 – try the spirits whether they be of GOD (or not) Because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world. For instance – in our time recently – Howard Camping was proven to be a false prophet. He used the bible – sounded logical. But he didn’t obey the teachings of scripture on the Sabbath Day and the annual Holy Days so he wasn’t led by GODS Holy Spirit. God is a spirit and must be worshipped that way – Notice John 4:23-24. It is important to remember there are many false spirits masquerading as bringing truth when they are not bringing anything like the truth!
WE must Be careful when Our Understandings are “too similar” (when it comes to prophecy) to what the worldly “wormwood” churches are preaching – Like John Hagee, and Jack VanImpe, and Adrian Rogers, and preachers like that.
There are so many false Scenarios which set up time lines which serve to distract from what GOD is truly doing and they create an expectation for a long list of events that may or may not come to pass and by doing so they are saying “my LORD Delays HIS coming – we are warned about this in Matt 24:48 and Luke 12:45 THIS IS WHY – it is important that we get this right and not rely on “what we think” but rely on what the spirit is saying to the churches in our day! They are NOT teaching as HE Said “What so ever I have commanded you” In other words – his law of Righteousness. So what spirit is present in them – masquerading as an “angel of Light” or message of the “shepherd” – maybe it isn’t a shepherd all – but a wolf!
It is Interesting that many of the so called “gospel messages” today portray Christ as a Destroyer. I know who the destroyer is – don’t you? Christ told James and John – I did NOT come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.
As we come to the end – ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE – the church is in “bad shape” Rev 3 says the church needs “eye salve”. Matt 25 – Everyone is asleep – (at the stroke of Midnight – end) HE comes and takes only ½ of them by surprise –the foolish ones CAN’T SEE. There is a serious “vision problem” because they have no oil in the lamp – they don’t have any light to SEE. It’s the Holy Spirit they lack because of disobedience and lack of character. Acts 5:32 – John 16:13 c. Clearly – it is a “spiritual matter”
Christ says in Luke 18 HE is concerned: Notice it there – When the Lord Returns – will he find any Faith --- fullness?” Matt 24:21-22 – Unless those days be shortened – there should no flesh be saved alive. We simply must come to see that this Flesh that is spoke about is NOT referring to all humanity – the SCRIPTURE defines what this is in Eph 5:30 – Lets believe what the Scripture says – not what our traditions or paradigms
Remember what we said about LIGHT – (oil in the lamp) Notice 1Thes 5:1—9 “But of 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,”
Luke 21:28 – Look UP – your redemption draws nigh! I started by saying I was going to re-examine our understanding of the Timeline of prophetic events as we previously held them to be.
Time is a “created thing” for us – GOD is NOT restrained by Time as we know it. For us – it is linear. For HIM notice what HE says about it: In our Second NT Reference to the DOL: 1 Peter 3:8 – a day is as 1000 years
What other significant reference do we have about 1000 years in scripture – YES – it’s the Millennium – keep that in mind! His time is His time – not defined as we define time.
- Prov 25:2 It is the glory of Yah to conceal a matter”
- John 14:17 They can’t see the truth
- Isa 45:15 Truly you are a GOD who hides Himself
- Deut 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our GOD
- Eccl 11:15 We cannot understand the work of GOD the maker of all things Isa 55:8—9 His ways are higher than our ways – his thots are not our thots
- 1 Cor 13:12 We see thru a glass darkly Matt 13:13 He speaks in parables that they see and hear but don’t understand
What are some of the things we associate with the Return of Christ and the Day of the Lord?
- He descends and “touches down” or Lands on the Mt. Of Olives – Breaks in two – and the people escape
- They need to escape because of the battle of Armageddon
- Later we see that all are to keep the Feast of Tabernacles or they will be punished --- RIGHT?
Well, how will any of the happen if the Earth is All burned up in that day 1 Peter 3:8 IN – THE – Which!!!!! – Peter’s three words – to show us God’s time line.
He also used three words ----- THIS –IS-THAT – in Acts 2:16 to tell us that the fire coming down on Pentecost fulfills the prophecy of Joel – yet people refuse to believe that this prophecy was indeed fulfilled at that time?
Clearly it is saying that this Day of the LORD – is referring to --- “all of it” all of the 1000 years of time that Christ is KING of Kings – and the mentions of the DOL in scripture are referring to “major events” during all of that period. Not just the beginning of it – and certainly NOT on that first day. Important to review the “time line issue” we are facing with our traditionally held understandings of the events of Revelation – the key is the Wormwood Star: -- Vital in dispelling the incorrect scenarios of events that people are looking for just prior to Christs Return – setting up the world for many “false signs and wonders” that will be duplicated by the True Destroyer.
God’s time line is NOT the way we define time – Not linear and the Prophecies of the Book of Revelation are an “amalgam” of all of the history of mankind from the time – Before John, After John, (from then till now), and hereafter.
Christ says to John -- Write what is, what was, and what will be from this time forward – from JOHN’S time Forward – not from HERE forward – A lot these prophecies have been fulfilled since John’s time.
Zech 14:4 Says Christ will STAND – on the Mt. of Olives (In that day) – and it will divide and provide the saints with a way of escape – then HE goes forth with HIS armies and utterly wipes out those who are fighting against HIM.
So, what is it that have we assumed about the Day of the Lord as it pertains to Christs Return? Here are some key things we have heard:
- HE “Lands” on the Mt. of Olives – WELL it doesn’t say that!
- Armageddon – doesn’t fit our present-day Armies. They would never mass – too big a target for today’s weapons. Mankind really knows how to execute war quite well! We’ve studied it for a very long time – we are experts.
- No army fights on horseback -- John knew what a horse was –even saying the blood would be up to the bridles! -- it’s not figurative – he reported what he saw in the VISION.
- Also, blood can’t flow from the plane of Megiddo into the valley of Kidron – it’s up hill – in the mountains east of Jerusalem -- as the geography stands in our day.
YET – we do understand that Satan will be released at the end of the 1000 years and there will be this massive rebellion against Christ and what the scripture calls the “Camp of the Saints” in Jerusalem. The Mt. of Olives is there (by the way)
It comes at the very end of the millennium when the earth will look like paradise (Eden). Mankind will have totally forgotten how to do war – these things will be long forgotten. There will be no war implements –tanks etc. – all was beaten into plowshares about a 1000 years ago. This would be the time when people might use horses to fight a war. And there will be plenty of people to come to this battle as the world will be replenished and replete with people of every nation and kindred and tongue.
People will be living in Jerusalem – it referred to as the Camp of the Saints – and these rebellious armies will come against them and they will “appear to be” defenseless. Zech 14:4 Christ will then STAND – on the Mt. of Olives – and it will divide and provide them a way of escape – then HE goes forth with HIS armies and wipes them out. Joel 2:3 The area looks like EDEN before the battle – (only two times has the earth looked like Eden – at the very time of Eden and at the very end of the millennium after the saints have rebuilt and beautified the planet) and is desolation after and he utterly destroys them once and for all. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living GOD.
NOW – you ask for yourself – doesn’t that scenario – make much more sense than an Armageddon at Christs Return. (Hymn – Behold the day will come – “such as Eden was shall become a wilderness that’s desolate”) We knew but didn’t understand this. How could the world look like Eden NOW? I am saying that we need to understand (from scripture) that all of the events mentioned in connection with the DOL are not all going to happen at the moment of HIS return. AND – Because Satan is chained and the Saints take over the governments of the world – the difficult judgments we see all thru-out scripture are most likely referring more to the time when Christs destroys those who rebel during the time Satan is released at the very end.
Satan is trying to get people to believe that Christs Return is a bad thing – not a good thing – do we get that? Let’s not under-estimate Satan’s power. Acts 1:11 – Says Christ will come JUST AS – he went up in the clouds – we are told right in the verses about that in 1 Thessalonians to “comfort one another with these words” – not scare everybody to death!!! The confusion comes (at least I think) by imputing things that happen during the Judgement period at the end to the actual time of his return.
Yeshua’s return is GOOD NEWS – He Remains the Savior of Mankind – not the destroyer. He descends with a shout – which is apparently the “cry made at Midnight” = the end” from the parable of the virgins. The first fruits (the obedient) are rewarded and rule with him. If (as the Holy Days Suggest) Satan is chained – It would stand to reason that Mankind would settle down so much more than we see even in our day or any time prior to it.
Many of the horrible things in the prophecies better fit Christ’s Judgement against the rebellion at the end of the millennium when Satan is released. Not at the beginning of it when Satan is out of the picture and the First Fruits Rule with Christ to Rebuild the Earth back into the state of the Garden of Eden. IT says the plowman will overtake the reaper. If it is all burned up when he returns – none of this could happen.
The message of Malachi is clear – there needs to be a “turning of the hearts back to the Father” -- but that message is not to the world – it is to the church. Same as Abraham negotiating with GOD at Sodom – only a few good men would have made the difference. Either we “get on board” with Christ’s agenda to save the world or we don’t. I find too many people in the church who seem to be “longing for” a great punishment upon mankind the likes of which are unheard of in all of history. Is there really anyone in your life that you want to see go thru such a thing? It is the goodness of GOD that brings us to repentance not FEAR! Certainly – everyone will give account for himself and CHRIST will indeed judge the works of mankind – but HE is NOT going to place the punishment for 6000 years of bad behavior all on the very last generation – that makes no sense! They will all come back in the 2nd resurrection and be tried and choose once and for all in that final TEST. Many will choose wrong and “throw in with Satan” during that rebellion. It is THEN that he will destroy them all and judge them all and that will be that. The Earth will be purged and purified and turned over to the Father for all eternity.