Sunday, July 22, 2007

When Will the Day of the Lord Occur?

While the Bible says that no man knows the day or the hour of the Lord's return, we are also warned to be watchful that the day doesn't catch us unaware. We can know the season, and the Bible actually give some very specific markers for knowing when the Day of the Lord will occur.

After the Tribulation

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Jesus saying that AFTER the tribulation the sun will be darkened which describes the WRATH

It Comes As a Thief to them (the wicked)

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3 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.
2Pe 3:10 But 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.

But It is Not a Secret to the "Brethren"

1Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1Th 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Here Paul is identifying exactly who he is writing to and who he is warning not to be caught unaware
1Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1Th 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. To "put on" something suggests "getting ready" or "preparing"
1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

At the Trumpet

Joe 2:1 Blow ye 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 cometh, for it is nigh at hand; "Blow the trumpet?" As in the 7th trumpet?
Joe 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Is this the description of the "Rapture"? I believe so, since Jesus is described as the Bridegroom and the Church as the Bride
Zep 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. "Rapture?"

Coincide with a "Battle?"


Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. "Spoil" is something that is taken by the victor in a battle
Zec 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. This is evidently describing a time in the future when Jerusalem will be overrun
Zec 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. This perfectly agrees with scriptures describing the "nations" that go to battle at Armegeddon


The Second Coming Fulfilled


Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Is this the same battle spoken of in Revelations? This is also the point upon which Jesus Christ sets foot upon the earth again.

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