DAY OF THE LORD.
confusion on certain Bible subjects results from a misunderstanding of certain
Bible terms. For an example of
such terms we mention the expression, “The Day of the Lord.”
This Bible term is so greatly misunderstood by the majority of people
that it seems that a few lines explaining it are now necessary.
are those who believe that “the day of the Lord” is nothing more nor less
than the Sabbath. This is a
mistake. The term now before us,
when found in the Word of God, nowhere refers to the Sabbath day.
The nearest approach to this is to be found in Mark 2: 28,
“The Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath.”
Even here the Sabbath is not termed “The Day of the Lord.”
The Sabbath is, indeed, the day of the Lord; and so is every day in the
week. All of our days should be
recognized as belonging unto the Lord. We
have no time of our own. Yet the
Bible does single out one “day” from all other days, and call it, “The
Day of the Lord.” This term is
used in contrast to the day of the devil.
Since we are to give no day of the week in service to the devil,
neither are we to recognize any of our time as belonging to him, “The Day of
the Lord” can not refer to any particular day of the week.
It is, therefore, not the Sabbath.
the time Adam fell until now, this world has been under the dominion of Satan.
Of course, God has had a few people in the world all the while, but the
great majority of the earth’s population is controlled by the devil and is
obedient unto Satan. God
has not willed it thus, but men, being free agents, deliberately give
themselves over to the service of the devil.
Satan holds sway the world over. However,
it shall not always be this way. The
time is coming when God is going to take
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upon the unjust. The Lord allows
men to go on in their wickedness for a while, but the time is coming when the
Lord will suffer the evil works of men no longer, for He shall come to execute
judgment upon all. (Jude 15.)
While God permits the world to go as it is now going, and Satan holds
the reins of government, it is recognized as the devil’s day; but when the
devil is put down, and God comes to judge the world, it will be known as
“The Day of the Lord.” A more
correct idea, then, of “The Day of the Lord” is that it refers to the day
“He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in
righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained.” —Acts 17: 31.
From this Scripture we learn that the day of judgment hath been
appointed, and that when that day arrives Christ will judge the world in
righteousness. This is the
devil’s day, but the day in which Christ shall judge the world will be
“The Day of the Lord.”
Some verses of Scripture referring directly to this subject are as
follows: “The day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud
and lofty.”—Isa. 2: 12. “Howl
ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from
the Almighty. 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.”—Isa. 13: 6,
9. “Alas for the day! for the
day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it
come.”—Joel 1: 15. “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. The day of the
Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
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 the terrible day of
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the Lord come.”—Joel 2: 1, 2, 11, 30, 31. “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 . . . . The great day of the Lord 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 the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities . . . .And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men. . . . And their blood shall be poured out as dust.”—Zeph. 1: 7‑17. “The day of the Lord cometh . . . . I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished. . . . . Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations. . . . .And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives. . . . . And the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof.”—Zech. 14: 1‑4. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”—Mal. 4: 5. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.”—Acts 2: 20. “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”—1 Thes. 5: 2. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.”—Rev. 1: 10.
You will notice the many things mentioned in the above Scriptures that
are to come to pass in “the day of the Lord.”
Many are perplexed, and wonder what to do with such varied assertions.
How can all these things come to pass in one day?
How can all the nations be judged in one day?
If men would only let the Scriptures explain themselves they would
avoid many perplexing problems. Peter
in speaking about “the day of the Lord” said, “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.”—2 Peter 3: 8.
This verse causes a great flood of light to break in upon the
subject. Too many are
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to think of “the day of the Lord” as covering only a period of
twenty‑four hours. The
Lord, however, does not count days as we count them.
It takes a thousand of our years to make one day with the
Lord. Yet, I do not understand
Peter to speak in an absolute, but in a relative sense.
I mean to say, that I do not understand Peter to mean that a thousand
years on earth, just to the minute, measure one day with the Lord; but that in
comparison with eternity there is no difference between a thousand years and
one day. By “the day of the
Lord,” then, we are to understand a period of a thousand years, more or
less. Looking at the subject in
this light, it is easy to see how so many assertions about “the day of the
Lord” all harmonize; and how so many things can come to pass in one day.
In former chapters we have shown you that the coming of the Lord as a
thief in the night is for the purpose of stealing away the Bride.
He comes as a thief before The Great Tribulation begins.
After The Tribulation is over, He binds Satan in the bottomless pit,
and sets up His Millennial throne, and reigns for a thousand years.
Just after the Millennium, Satan is loosed for a little season.
He gets an army of men and compasses the camp of the saints about, and
fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. (Rev. 20: 1‑9.)
So you can see that the coming of the Lord as a thief and the coming of
the fire out of heaven are two events which take place a thousand years apart;
and yet, Peter says that both of these events take place in one day.
“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. Seeing then that all
these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in
all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hastening unto the
coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be
dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent
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Peter 3: 10‑12. So many get
this passage tangled, because they try to crowd all these events into a day of
twenty-four hours. Before Peter
gives the above verses, he would have us to understand that the Lord’s day
is a thousand years long in earthly time; hence he could say that the Lord’s
coming as a thief and the melting of the heavens with heat take place the same
The word “hour” is sometimes used in the same sense as “day.”
We read in Luke 22: 53, “When I was daily with you in the temple, ye
stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of
darkness.” So we read in the
gospel of John, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh,
when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the
Father. . . . But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to
worship him.”—John 4: 21‑23. Jesus
here stated that the hour had already arrived when men could worship God at
any place. That hour continues
until now. So, many like
expressions are to be taken, not in their specific meaning, but in a general
Lord gives the church at Philadelphia this consoling thought, “Because thou
hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of
temptation, which shall come upon all the world.”—Rev. 3: 10.
“The hour of temptation” mentioned here is The Great Tribulation.
The Tribulations will continue for many years, and yet they are
mentioned as continuing but one “hour.”
We know that this verse does refer to The Great Tribulation, for we are
told that this “hour” of temptation shall come upon all the world.
There never has been, nor never will be any one tribulation to cover
the whole earth, except The Great Tribulation.
It will continue many years of earthly time, but only one “hour” in
verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall
hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
The hour is coming, in the which all
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that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” —John 5: 25, 28, 29. Some take this text to prove that the righteous and the wicked will be resurrected at the same time. However, let us notice the context. Jesus said, the “hour” now is; that is, at the time He was speaking, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live. The “hour” had begun two years before His resurrection, and it will continue for more than a thousand years yet; for we read in Rev. 20: 5, that the resurrection of the bad occurs a thousand years after the resurrection of the good.
Martha met Jesus and said, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother
had not died. . . . . Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise
again. Martha saith unto him, I
know that he shall rise
again in the resurrection at the last day.”
John 11: 21-24. Notice
that Martha placed the resurrection “at the last day.”
The just will be raised many earthly days before this dispensation
closes; but the “day” mentioned here covers an indefinite period of time.
The Great Tribulation many will cry out and say, “The great day of his wrath
is come, and who shall be able to stand?”—Rev. 6: 17.
will notice in the above quotations the several references to “the great
and dreadful day of the Lord.” This
term has direct reference to the battle of Armageddon, the last scene of The
Great Tribulation days. So we
read, “They are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto
the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of
that great day of God Almighty.”—Rev. 16: 14.
Joel 2: 31 we read, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon
into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.”
This does not mean that the sun will be turned into darkness, and the
moon into blood, before the
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saints are caught away, but before the battle of Armageddon.
men would take all the Bible says on one subject, and study the different
passages together, they would save themselves from many mistakes and
day of the Lord” covers an indefinite period of time, and includes many
events. So may God save us from
the error, into which so many have fallen, of trying to crowd all the events
connected with “the day of the Lord” into a day of twenty‑four