PTB 2-18b: Day of the LORD God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 2 of 3.

Introduction:

A little housekeeping is required from the previous introduction about “unspotted, blameless, and at peace with God the Father”.  No one knows better than the Apostle Peter when looking at the totality of life, there is no perfection except when God looks at Christ instead of us, for it is Peter that allowed Satan to spot him and cause blame in his life, “in order that he might sift him like wheat”, as he denied Christ before the rooster crowed 3 times.  Of course, at peace with God the Father describes the bottom line, a peace like in Romans with initial salvation through Christ Who died on the cross for our sins and a continuing peace for we are careful to commit everything to Him in prayer and thus comes the peace that passeth all understanding.  In other words it is peace past, present, and continuing with prayer and the confession of our sins.

Now, “unspotted” is a little more complicated, and really takes a reading all of Peter’s two epistles to explain, also comparing with Jude on “these are spots in your love feasts”.  It is not a splashing on us of our daily sins for which we must seek daily forgiveness and peace from God our Father through the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is a spotting by the influence of the world making us not “without spot an blemish” as required in the OT for sacrificial Lambs, or manifested with Christ, the Lamb of God, Who was at all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  It is more like allowing the world to influence us to the extent of the skin actually changes color in big spots.  (But more about this later as this is only the introduction to the Day of the LORD and Lord, LORD for God the Father and in the OT and Lord for the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament and very prevalent in the book of Revelation.}

14-5:  Day of the LORD and Lord in Thessalonians.

As always in the Bible, the capitalized version of LORD refers to God the Father while the lower case with a first capital letter refers to the Lord Jesus Christ.  You already know from our studies in I Corinthians 15 of how the Lord Jesus Christ at His Second Coming will establish reign over all on earth as in heaven, and then how He will deliver that kingdom of LORD God the Father in order that God the Father might be all in all.  {We should not have any problems with that in spite of our often neglect of this doctrine of the Bible, since Jesus Himself taught us to pray to God the Father as “Our Father which art in heaven…” and taught us that it would be through Him in that He would be after Ascension at the right hand of God the Father to ever make intercession for our sins.}

1.  Day of the LORD is mentioned in Joel 2 where:  an alarm is to be sounded from God’s holy mountain that all the inhabitants of the land might tremble, “for the day of the LORD is coming” (2:1), yea it is at hand {you see quite often in the Prophets as here in Joel there is a more immediate day and a more distant day of the LORD, both have in common the elements of disaster, judgment, and punishment}.

“A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.  Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains {you know how there is often over the mountains an overcast of clouds in the early morning}.  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. {It is obvious that right here the Day is the more immediate judgment day, a day of invasion from a foreign army.}  (Joel 2:2)

Yet it is obvious that the Day passes from the immediate to the more distant Day in Joel 2:10-11 for several reasons, the main one being that the common physical disasters of the Day of the LORD as found in both testaments are mentioned–alias, earthquakes, shaking of the heavens as well as the earth, and diminished light from the stars, sun, and moon.  However the LORD “gives a voice before His army” since His camp is very great, and strong is “the One” {obviously the Lord Jesus Christ} “who executes His word”.  Thus is apparent that in this Day of the LORD we have also the more clearly taught Day of the Lord Jesus Christ of the NT, although veiled somewhat in “The One”:  it also being obvious that God is about to rescue at the same end time, the army of His own large camp {this reminds us of the camp of the saints near Jerusalem that God Himself through Christ intervenes to save, at the great battle of Armageddon.}

“For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it?”  (Joel 2:11b)

2.  We know of the famous quote by the Apostle Peter from Joel 2:28-32 given as an explanation of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in which Peter not only establishes firmly {that is Peter and the Prophet Joel and the Word of God} the day of the LORD as “the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD” but also the beginning and end of the last days. (Acts 2:14-21)

    (1).  Peter clearly defines the beginning of the last days as that very day, marked by the coming of the Holy Spirit in special power and a special way.  It is the same as the famous binding of Satan of the book of Revelation; and consequently the loosing of Satan after a figurative one thousand years, is when the Holy Spirit is withdrawn as we will look at more closely in II Thessalonians.

      (2).  There is a little difference in time between the end of the last days at the famous Day of the LORD and of the Lord, alias the second coming of Christ with subsequent judgment and punishment, and the time when the Holy Spirit is withdrawn from the earth.  That short period of time is somewhere in the historic period of the Falling Away, also of II Thessalonians, perhaps approximately 40 years.  The withdrawal of the Holy Spirit although made clear in II Thessalonians is somewhat veiled in Daniel as when “the power of the Holy people is completely shattered.”

      (3).  On that first day of Pentecost after the Ascension of Jesus, you know how the Holy Spirit more democratically came on male and female, young and old, while in OT times it was more isolated like when the Spirit came on Samson and the other judges to meet certain specific problems.

     (4).  The period of the last days will be marked from beginning to end with the signs (a) in the earth beneath, (b) blood, (c) fire, and (d) vapor of smoke.  Note that with any disaster you witness on TV there is those three elements of blood, fire, and vapor of smoke, whether God sends an earthquake, a hurricane, a tornado, or whatever natural disaster.  It is all part of the continuous from beginning of the last days to the end of the last days “groaning of all creation like a woman in travail”, often called as it comes to an end of the last days as not only a shaking of the earth as previously during the flood but also a shaking the last time of the heavens and the earth.

     (5).  Just before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the LORD and of the Lord, then the lights are diminished, of sun and moon and stars, the sun into darkness and the moon into blood.

     (6).  Now the good news is not only that the Holy Spirit will be there during most of these last days to restrain against the flood of sin and lawlessness, by convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment–doing the same work that Jesus did when He was on earth except on a larger world-wide scale–but also it is a time of salvation for many”, “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”  (Acts 2:21 and Joel 2:32)

3.  The Prophet Joel also in the context of Joel 2 and 3 having announced in 2:32 that plan of salvation as a “deliverance in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem”, obviously the life, message, and death of Christ for salvation; also mentions how God will call only “a remnant” (2:32), and before that coming of the Messiah {it is veiled of course}, there will be the restoration of the Captives.

“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there…”  (Joel 3:1,2a)

What is not apparent until you take it in the context of the whole Bible is that between the restoration of the captives and the gathering of all the nations for a great battle and judgment, alias the distant Day of the LORD, has a large gap of time in it that Revelation choses to describe figuratively as one thousand years.  You see how it could have been if precise 2012 years, or 2007 years, or something similar; and you will recall how the one thousand years between the coming of the Spirit in power and the withdrawal of Spirit is not exactly the same one thousand years {long and indefinite or unidentified period of time} of the last days.  We would estimate that there must be about 40 years at least of the Falling Away before the end of the last days, and the Second Coming, with some where during that Falling Away the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from work on earth.

4.  Again the final and distant Day of the LORD with typical describers is mentioned in Joel 3:14-16.

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!  The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness.  The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and the earth will shake; but the LORD will be a shelter for His people {for a complete description of “His people” at this time as Jews and Gentiles, the real Israel, the real Jews, the real children of Abraham and of God, the reader is referred to the book of Romans}, and the strength of the children of Israel.”  (Joel 3:14-16)

17-4:  I Thessalonians on The Day of the Lord.

What Scriptures Paul offers us in I Thessalonians 4:13 through 5:11 about the Day of the Lord, called “the day of the Lord” in 5:2 and “this Day” in 5:4 and “the day” in 5:8.  {Needless to say as always what Paul says is based on the OT, with quotes or without.  I and II Thessalonians are two books without quotes.}

1.  That Day is called by several words and phrases in chapters 4 and 5.

     (1).  It is called the “coming of the Lord” in 4:15, which Paul declares “by the word of the Lord”, with a reference of how those who are alive when Christ comes again will not get ahead of those who are asleep in the Lord, as He will bring them with Him.  {I don’t know which is better to go ahead and die in the Lord, going to sleep as it is called, the spirit going to be with the Lord until the body is awakened at this second coming; or to hope for a life long enough to be here on earth.}

     (2).  It is called “for the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, the voice of an archangel, and the trumpet of God” in 4:16.  The dead will rise first, be caught up in the air to meet the Coming Christ, then those alive will be also caught up in the clouds.

     (3).  It is called “the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night” in 5:2, so Paul does not even try to get into the times and the seasons here, although in the second letter of II Thessalonians he will find it necessary to get into the times and the seasons to the extent of several historic events that must come before the second coming:  (1) the Falling Away of God’s people; (2) the visibility to the world of the final man of sin, the son of perdition; (3) the rise of the tide of sin and lawlessness; and (4) the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from earth.

     (4).  It is called a time of “sudden destruction” in 5:3 on those who at the time in the world are crying “peace and safety” even as God’s people in the temple in Jerusalem were crying the same with “we are safe” and “the house of the LORD…the house of the LORD”.  It will come as labor pains on a woman, suddenly; and this is another time that Paul compares labor pains which start gradually and suddenly step up and then increase in intensity until birth with the end of this earth with heavens and the birth of a new heaven and a new earth.

     (5). It is called in 5:4 as “this Day {which should not} overtake you as a thief” since believers should not be in the dark about it even as Paul considered the church members at Thessalonica not to be in the darkness about it, for he had told them.  {The fact of the Day of the LORD and Lord as the Second Coming of Christ with judgment and punishment for unbelievers and rejoicing for believers Paul told them, what he must make clear in II Thessalonians is what must happen before that Day.  In order words the prerequisites for the Second Coming.}

17-5:  Prerequisites of the Second Coming, II Thessalonians.

“Let no one deceive you by any means, for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition…”  (II Thessalonians 2:3)

How much clear does this need to be to church members today that you can not have the Second Coming of Christ until:  (1) First the Falling Away, and (2) also revelation in the world {visibility} of the man of sin.  I know the confusion and confusions that are thrown up around the man of sin of Daniel, and the confusion with the Antichrists which many like to think are the Pope.  Well, in reality, and we will look in a few moments at Daniel–which is the real basis for Paul on these doctrines, along with what Jesus gave him in Arabia and the leadings of the Holy Spirit to write Scriptures.  You see, we must also always keep in mind God’s promises in the Prophets not to do anything without warning His people.  The problem is that His people are not listening today.  You hear about the Second Coming of the Day of the Lord; you hear of the judgment of the Day of the LORD and Lord of unbelievers with the punishment of eternity in hell; you hear of how all believers written in the book of life will not be judged, only go to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air; and you hear of eternity in heaven and hell; but you do not hear of what must come before that great and notable day of the LORD and Lord–that is, today there is silence on the Falling Away and the revelation of the man of sin, even silence on the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit and the period before it as the flood of sin and lawlessness increases.  And this silence on the sound doctrine of the Falling Away and the related world-wide events is within itself evidence that we are already in “the time will come when they {church members} will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own desires shall they heap to themselves {heaping out sound Bible teachers and preachers and heaping into churches the unsound Bible teachers and preachers with itching ears like the congregations} teachers with itching ears; shall turn away form the truth and turn into fables.”  {We just never thought that it could happen in the SBC until approximately 20 years ago as the fundamentalists started to take over the convention.  Why the fundamentalists?  Because they under the discipleship and captive to the theories of Darby and Scofield have been the dominant influence in the silence and ignorance on these events that must take place before the Second Coming.  From them you will hear of a kingdom on earth for a thousand years, not so; and you will hear of the Second Coming; you will hear of heaven and hell; but you will not hear of the Falling Away and the corresponding events.  Why, because the Bible here does not fit into their little schemes as well as does not fit into their claim to have both the Message for the times and all the answers, that is THE SOLUTION.  How in the world can a church or churches be a leader in the Falling Away, and truly church members have more to fall away from of God, Christ, and the Bible even while their attendance is going up because of the appeal to the world of their unsound doctrines, while at the same time they claim to have the answer, the solution, and the message!}  Look at the Bible facts, these inevitable events of world history, that must happen, below as clearly given in II Thessalonians.  {The only alternative which I think is what Jack Graham and the 23,000 member Preston Road Baptist Church in Plano do, is to throw out the epistle of II Thessalonians as not part of the Word of God, and then likewise you have to deal with Daniel, and on and on until you do not have much of a Bible left.}

1.  Bible fact # 1 from II Thessalonians 2:3–THE DAY OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST CAN NOT TAKE PLACE “UNLESS THE FALLING AWAY COMES FIRST.  Yes, the Falling Away actually prevents the Second Coming as you will notice in the wording of II Thessalonians 2:3.

“for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first…”  (2:3)

You probably never thought of the Falling Away as preventive of the Second Coming, if you thought about the Falling Away at all.

2.  Bible fact # 2 from II Thessalonians 2:3–THE DAY OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST CAN NOT COME UNTIL IT IS CLEAR TO BELIEVERS AS TO WHO IS THE MAN OF SIN, THAT IS AFTER HE MAKES HIS APPEARANCE.

{Don’t confuse the Antichrists, many of which even existed in the day of John the Apostle, with the three men of sin, nor the other two of the Greek and Roman times with the last man of sin of Daniel and II Thessalonians, obviously the man of sin just before the second coming.}  This man of sin of here in II Thessalonians, and based also on Daniel, does have the same characteristics as the first two men of sin:  (1) who opposes all that is called God and is worshipped; (2) who exalts himself above all that is called God and is worshipped; and (3) who sits like God in the temple claiming to be God.  But the time in history separates the final man of sin, or call him the final Antichrist if it helps you, and the supreme Antichrist, as just before the Second Coming, as in the words of II Thessalonians 2:8 as the man of sin doing his dirty work when Christ comes again, “whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and desire with the brightness of His coming”. When does this man of sin live and make himself a visible revelation to the world; well, in time for the brightness of the Second Coming of Christ to consume him.  We will find other identifying characteristics in a later look at Daniel such as he is a man of war, he despises and mistreats women, and he is a king from the north with certain movements between countries near the end of time.

3.  Bible fact # 3 from II Thessalonians 2:6–the man of sin has his own time as he rides onto the world sin on the tide of sin and lawlessness, assisted by the intolerance of God’s people toward sound doctrine.

“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.”  (2:6)

4.  Bible fact # 4 from II Thessalonians 2:7–the Holy Spirit presently “restrains” the rising tide of sin and lawlessness, and He will continue to do so until He is taken out of the way.  It is as though the Holy Spirit with conviction on sin, righteousness, and judgment is a giant dam that holds back this flood of sin and lawlessness, which the Bible calls the mystery of lawlessness {a mystery already at work during the time of Paul and increasing, but which will increase more rapidly during the time of the Falling Away, especially as the Holy Spirit is withdrawn}.

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”  (II Thessalonians 2:7)

5. Bible fact #5 from II Thessalonians 2:8–shortly after the revelation of the man of sin, “the little while” of Revelation and the “halftime” of Daniel, the Second Coming of Christ will consume the man of sin.

“And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”  (II Thessalonians 2:8)

6. Bible fact # 6 from II Thessalonians 2:9–this son of perdition {and once again do not confuse him with Judas who was also a son of perdition, this is the last man of sin} has signs of his coming just as Jesus has signs of His coming, and well into the Falling Away the signs will intermingle.

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the workings of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.”  (II Thessalonians 2:9)

7.  Bible fact # 7 from II Thessalonians 2:10-12 and II Timothy–the “unrighteous deception among those who perish”, those recipients of “strong delusion”, those who perish because they fail to love the truth {the same of whom Jesus said because sin and lawlessness will abound “the love of many will wax cold} includes all of God’s people and all other unbelievers who by way of unsound doctrine come to believe “the lie”, the all who are condemned because they do not believe the truth.  Recall that the Falling Away, the first in the wilderness and the second in Hebrews as well as here and in II Timothy, is God’s people who “have an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.”

{And you that would hold to the Security of the Believer as part of your “the lie” should please read my commentary, “Snatching, Stumbling, and the Falling Away”, which is a reconciliation of the Security of the Believer with the Falling Away based on the details of the parable of the Seed and the Sower.   Bottom line of the parable is that 50% of the seed sown among God’s people that creates the tares among the wheat, and which is not separated until the end, is unfruitful for eternal life:  either it is superficial in the individual hearer because there is no root to their faith, or difficulties because of their faith cause them to stumble, or the cares of this world with other things choke out the Word.  In short at least 50% or more of those who call themselves God’s people and church members have not learned Christ in the manner that we will discuss in the last chapter on Ephesians.  They truly did not experience the salvation of the Christ by hearing Him personally and by being taught of Him.  Crude, yes; but realistic yes; and quite often the teaching of the Apostle Paul, and the Word of God.}

          14-6:  Day of the LORD in the book of Revelation.

14-1: Last Things (eschatology) passages in the book of Revelation are dominated by the Day of the LORD.

NOTE:  As you will see in this commentary, the book of Revelation is far from being a book only abut last things or eschatology.  It should be apparent to you that this is an elaboration on the Day of the LORD of the Old Testament and the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ of the New Testament, the same Day or period of time. Like with the Hebrew word for Day, it can be a period of time.

1.         The opening of the Seven Seals, Revelation 6,7.  There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that the events of Revelation 6 and 7 deal with the very end times.

“But one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals..'” (Revelation 5:5)

(1).  Rumors of wars, Revelation 6:2, bow and white horse.

(2).  War, Revelation 6:4, sword and red horse.

(3).  Famine, Revelation 6:5,6, black horse and scales.

(4).  Accidental death, Rev 6:8, pale horse and Death.

(5).  Tribulation, Rev 6:9-11, martyrdom.

(6)   The Day of the Lord, Rev 6:12-17. (Here in the book of Revelation the

Day of the LORD has been further developed from the consistent theme throughout the Old Testament, almost always in terms of the dark sun and moon and the falling stars as the old universe crumbles.)   “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.  And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig the drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.  Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.  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, 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!  For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand.”  (Revelation 6:12-17)

2.         Sealing of the Elect of God, Rev 7.

3.         Opening of the Seventh Seal with the forthcoming of the Seven Trumpets, more elaboration on the Day of the Lord of the Sixth Seal, Revelation 8-11, of the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 24 of the elements melting with a fervent heat of the Apostle Peter, and of the consistent DAY theme of the Old Testament.

(1).  Hail, fire, and blood-letting.

(2).  Burning mass into sea becoming bloody.

(3).  Polluted wars and death.

(4).  Darkening of moon, stars, and sun.

(5).  Locusts with the power of scorpions to harm non-Christians.

(6).  Four angels released to kill a third of mankind with an army of horsemen.

(7).  The Mystery of God finished with the sounding of the seventh trumpet. “…but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:7)

NOTE:  The phrase of verse 7 about the prophets,  “…AS HE DECLARED TO HIS SERVANTS THE PROPHETS…:  It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the Prophets as background for Revelation.  And also NOTE that this mystery is in the same sense of the mystery of godliness or the mystery of Christ; that is, something hidden that God is about to make clear!  However this is the mystery of the Day of the LORD that God revealed often to His Prophets, but is now making much more clear to the whole world.  This tells of the actual event from the mind of Jesus.  This is the Day of the LORD actually completed on the earth. 

These messages on the tremendous subject of the DAY OF THE LORD will be in three parts; however if you would like to read all 24 pages now, you are welcome to free download them at SunGrist.org, https://sungrist.org/PTB2-18aDayofLORD.pdf .

And perhaps you are interested to know that the complete Day of the LORD and Lord message is chapter 14 in the book, Christ Jesus the Foundation Stone shown above available in amazon, a very challenging Bible study about “the One New Israel”. See more about it on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC8924L .

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