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Carol Swenson
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What Is The Day Of The Lord?

The phrase “day of the Lord” usually identifies events that take place at the end of history (Isaiah 7:18-25) and is often closely associated with the phrase “that day.” One key to understanding these phrases is to note that they always identify a span of time during which God personally intervenes in history, directly or indirectly, to accomplish some specific aspect His plan.

Most people associate the day of the Lord with a period of time or a special day that will occur when God’s will and purpose for His world and for mankind will be fulfilled. Some scholars believe that the day of the Lord will be a longer period of time than a single day—a period of time when Christ will reign throughout the world before He cleanses heaven and earth in preparation for the eternal state of all mankind. Other scholars believe the day of the Lord will be an instantaneous event when Christ returns to earth to redeem His faithful believers and send unbelievers to eternal damnation.

The phrase “the day of the Lord” is used nineteen times in the Old Testament (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3; Joel 1:15, 2:1,11,31; 3:14; Amos 5:18,20; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7,14; Zechariah 14:1; Malachi. 4:5) and four times in the New Testament (Acts 2:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10). It is also alluded to in other passages (Revelation 6:17; 16:14).

The Old Testament passages dealing with the day of the Lord often convey a sense of imminence, nearness, and expectation: “Wail, for the day of the Lord is near!” (Isaiah 13:6); “For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near” (Ezekiel 30:3); “Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close 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); “Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near” (Zephaniah 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 (Isaiah 13:6-22; Ezekiel 30:2-19; Joel 1:15, 3:14; Amos 5:18-20; Zephaniah 1:14-18), while others refers to divine judgments that will take place toward the end of the age (Joel 2:30-32; Zechariah 14:1; Malachi 4:1, 5).

The New Testament calls it a day of “wrath,” a day of “visitation,” and the “great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14) and refers to a still future fulfillment when God’s wrath is poured out on unbelieving Israel (Isaiah 22; Jeremiah 30:1-17; Joel 1-2; Amos 5; Zephaniah 1) and on the unbelieving world (Ezekiel 38–39; Zechariah 14).

Besides being a time of judgment, it will also be a time of salvation as God will deliver the remnant of Israel, fulfilling His promise that “all of Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26), forgiving their sins and restoring His chosen people to the land He promised to Abraham (Isaiah 10:27; Jeremiah 30:19-31, 40; Micah 4; Zechariah 13). The final outcome of the day of the Lord will be that “the arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:17). The ultimate or final fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the day of the Lord will come at the end of history when God, with wondrous power, will punish evil and fulfill all His promises.

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I think the day of the Lord will be bittersweet indeed.

It will be nice, in the since that we will all be united with our Lord and we will finally be happy.

However, it will be sad that so many people will fall by the wayside out of their own pride.

I want the Lord to come now, but I also want him to wait for the sake of those that do not know him.

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Mental,
I understand where you are coming from. I pray for Jesus to come now and yet at the same time I pray for as many lost as possible to get saved.
I think the saddest will be those who knew the truth but rejected it because of pride or because taking a stand for God, interfered with their career.
betty

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My understanding is that The Day of the Lord is not the Rapture.

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The New Testament calls it a day of “wrath,” a day of “visitation,” and the “great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14) and refers to a still future fulfillment when God’s wrath is poured out on unbelieving Israel (Isaiah 22; Jeremiah 30:1-17; Joel 1-2; Amos 5; Zephaniah 1) and on the unbelieving world (Ezekiel 38–39; Zechariah 14).


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I believe the day of the Lord is when Jesus begins to punish earth during the tribulation. The bowls of wrath.

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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Hi Betty. Me too! The Day of the Lord is the Tribulation.

The Rapture is called The Day of Christ.

2Th 2:1-2
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.

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What's the difference between the "Day of the Lord" and the "Day of Christ"? Christ IS the Lord, or the Lord Jesus Christ, so they cannot be two different days, it all refers to the same events, in my opinion, "Day of the Lord" is the same as "Day of Christ".

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quote:
Originally posted by Eden:
What's the difference between the "Day of the Lord" and the "Day of Christ"? Christ IS the Lord, or the Lord Jesus Christ, so they cannot be two different days, it all refers to the same events, in my opinion, "Day of the Lord" is the same as "Day of Christ".

love, Eden

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A number of references are made in the NT to the Day of Christ or the Day of the Lord Jesus. The Apostle Paul seeking to encourage the Philippian Christians stated in Phil.1:6 "Being confident of this very thing that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." He would go on to exhort them to "approve the things that are excellent that ye might be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ." (v. 10). Later in this same epistle, Paul stated that he hoped they would hold forth the Word of life so that he might rejoice in the day of Christ, so that he would not have run in vain neither labored in vain. (2.16) Likewise, to the Corinthian assembly - an assembly known for it's blatant carnality, he could positively affirm the sanctifying work that the Lord would ultimately accomplish in their lives when he reminded them: "He shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 1.8)

In each of these instances and more in the NT, the Day of Christ has only positive connotations for the Christian. It is that period of time in biblical prophecy that will commence the long-awaited for union in heaven of the Church, the Bride of Christ with her Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus. It is the culmination of the "blessed hope" of the believer (Titus 2.13), a hope that has been operative through the centuries (though obscure at times) ever since the days of the Thessalonians who eagerly waited for the Son from heaven (1 Thess. 1.10) It will begin when the Church is raptured from this scene to meet the Lord in the air to ever be with Him (1 Thess. 4.13-17) It will also begin the judgment seat of Christ in which each Christian's life and works will be reviewed and rewarded in accordance with faithfulness to the Lord. Because this judgment is one of evaluation rather than punishment, it will not deal with the issue of salvation, but instead with the issue of service for the Lord - reward for proper motives in ministry and the loss of reward for improper motives. (1 Cor. 3:14-15) The judgment seat of Christ will apparently conclude before the Tribulation period begins since the twenty-four elders in Rev. 4-5 viewed by many as the representative of the Church are described as being in heaven and crowned.

The Day of Christ is contrasted in Scripture with the Day of the Lord - a period of time referred to many times in the OT (Joel 2.11; Zeph. 1.14; Mal. 4.5 etc.) In biblical chronology, the Day of the Lord follows the Day of Christ. Whereas the Day of Christ has particular reference to the blessing of the Church in heaven, the Day of the Lord refers to the time of unparalleled judgment upon Israel and the nations on earth - a time referred to in Scripture as the time of "Jacob's trouble" (Jer. 30:7) and "the great day of His (the Lord's) wrath" (Rev. 6.17). Though the initial period of the Day of the Lord will be horrific -- a seven-year period of intense Tribulation on earth, it will also include the Millennium -- a 1000 year reign of peace and prosperity under the rule of the Prince of Peace. This period of time though peaceful, is included in the Day of the Lord since it will witness the direct intervention and judgment of the Lord in the affairs of man as He rules in righteousness. During this time, He will immediately put down all sin and rebellion in contradistinction to the grace and long-suffering that He demonstrates today as He patiently waits for men and women to repent and turn to Him in faith. The Day of Christ is also contrasted to the Day of God (2 Peter 3.12) a reference to eternity which will occur at the conclusion of the Day of the Lord when the elements will melt with fervent heat in preparation for "new heavens and a new earth in which dwelleth righteousness" (v.13)


Day of Christ vs. Day of the Lord

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The Day of Christ is contrasted in Scripture with the Day of the Lord - a period of time referred to many times in the OT (Joel 2.11; Zeph. 1.14; Mal. 4.5 etc.) In biblical chronology, the Day of the Lord follows the Day of Christ. Whereas the Day of Christ has particular reference to the blessing of the Church in heaven, the Day of the Lord refers to the time of unparalleled judgment upon Israel and the nations on earth - a time referred to in Scripture as the time of "Jacob's trouble" (Jer. 30:7) and "the great day of His (the Lord's) wrath" (Rev. 6.17).

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