58. What is The Day of the Lord?

There are numerous references to The Day...The Time of Jacob's Trouble....The Day of the Lord ... That Day ....which are all omminous warnings of a day of God's wrath or indgnation and judgment coming on Israel at the end of the present age of the Law in which they lived at Jesus time. Please note that these scriptures in the main warn of judgment not on the UNSAVED Gentile nations...but on ISRAEL for rejecting her covenant. 

Deut 28:45-46
 
45 "Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. 46 And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever. NKJV
 

(And some believers today want to think we today are also Israelites and under the Law?...thanks but no thanks)

It is important to note that the first mention of a time or day of judgment comes AFTER the Law of Moses was given....the prophecy of judgment and destruction is awesome in its accuracy. Read Josephus and War of the Jews for some incredible insights 

Deut 28:47-53
 
47 "Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you. 49 The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. 51 And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you. 
 
52 "They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you. 53 You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you. NKJV
 

Most of the prophets in their time then also warned of this coming day ..of day of judgment when God would come on clouds.

Isa 2:12-19
12 For the day of the LORD of hosts 
Shall come upon everything proud and lofty,
Upon everything lifted up — 
And it shall be brought low —  
13 Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up,
And upon all the oaks of Bashan; 
14 Upon all the high mountains,
And upon all the hills that are lifted up; 
15 Upon every high tower,
And upon every fortified wall; 
16 Upon all the ships of Tarshish,
And upon all the beautiful sloops. 
17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down,
And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;
The LORD alone will be exalted in that day, 
18 But the idols He shall utterly abolish. 
 
19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks,
And into the caves of the earth,
From the terror of the LORD
And the glory of His majesty,
When He arises to shake the earth mightily.  NKJV
 
Ezek 30:2-3
"Wail, 'Woe to the day!' 
3 For the day is near,
Even the day of the LORD is near;
It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles. NKJV
 
Joel 2:1-3
Blow 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 is coming,
For it is at hand: 
2 A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations. 
 
3 A fire devours before them,
And behind them a flame burns;
The land is like the Garden of Eden before them,
And behind them a desolate wilderness;
Surely nothing shall escape them.    NKJV
 
 
Mal 4:1
"For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,"
Says the LORD of hosts,
"That will leave them neither root nor branch.    NKJV
 
The Day of the Lord is also linked closely to the TRIBULATION
 
Dan 12:1
 
"At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble,
Such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.    NKJV
 
 
These passages regarding the DAY OF THE LORD or time of tribulation are the same as those which Jesus quotes from and often links this event with the other associated events such as resurrection, judgment and tribulation ie by quoting Daniel
 
 
This is the same day that Jesus and the apostles spoke of as being IMMINENT
 
Matt 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'  23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'     NKJV
 
Matt 24:36-44
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  ...... 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.  NKJV
 
 
Jesus conclusively links THAT Day (of the Lord) to the Coming of the Son of Man also in vs 29-30 of this chapter saying this would happen immediately after it. 
 
So do the apostles 
 
1 Thess 5:2-3
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord  so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.    NKJV
 
2 Peter 3:10-12 
But the day of the Lord  will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.   11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?   NKJV
 
 
And then as a FINAL warning we have the prophetic vision contained in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ
 
Rev 1:1    The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants — things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near
......
 
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.  8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to comethe Almighty." NKJV
 
Brethren the Book of Revelations was addressed to the 7 early churches...and it was about things SHORTLY TO TAKE PLACE....THAT WERE NEAR...BECAUSE JESUS WAS COMING to pour out God's wrath on ISRAEL! He came first as a man ...and was killed. Now He was then about to return as GOD.
 
To read this as something that is still to occurr 2000 years later is not far short of lunacy.
 
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"  NKJV
 
Rev 14:8 And another angel followed, saying,"Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink
of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."  NKJV
 
God told apostate Israel and Judah that they were like HARLOTS
 
Rev 11:8  ...the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. NKJV
 
The wrath was to be centred on JERUSALEM...not Rome or literal Babylon ...or even Los Angeles
 
 
 
Rev 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.NKJV
 
The word earth is the same word as is used for the Promised Land
 
 
Brethren there is NO Day of the Lord prophecied about or taught in the scriptures for the Gentiles after Israel's judgment. God's wrath was directed at those who killed His Son..... today we live in the Age of Grace
 
Rev 15:2 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, 
for in them the wrath of God is complete. NKJV
 
 
ALL these prophecies about WRATH refer SPECIFICALLY to apostate Israel and Judah under the Law and were fulfilled in AD 70.
 
 
 
.... and for those who believed and followed Jesus....Josephus records that they remembered their master's warning ....and fled the city of Jerusalem....and NOT ONE believer was killed.
 
Luke 21:20  "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies , then know that its desolation is near.  21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.  22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.     NKJV
 
 
The early church KNEW that the Day of The Lord had come in AD 70...as did the Jews who had rejected Jesus as their Messiah!
 
(The Jews of that day certainly did not go around saying 'Jesus got the timing wrong'...and neither did the early church...nor did the rest of the world. ALL knew that the wrath of God had been poured out on Jerusalem and Judah as promised in the scriptures )
 
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