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.
The Lord ’s Day is not Saturday or Sunday as most professing Christians will think and want to argue. The Lord ’s Day aka the Day of the Lord is very significant spiritually and understanding what it represents will be an immense aid to understanding God’s word and His plan for mankind. This post is a small primer on this important symbol that is used throughout Scripture.
The picture above I chose for this post may be a bit confusing to you. But what I want to remind everyone is that the WORD is a two edged sword and there is both a positive and a negative application for all words and symbols. This confuses the carnal mind and is used of God to hide His mysteries from the multitudes. Those that think of a God that does not create evil and only think of the positive or the negative and not both; have no chance at arriving at the truth.
Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
So as you read this keep this major principle in mind. The Day of the Lord quite simply is the day appointed for each of us when God will bring judgment to us and make war in our heavens.
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels
And this day leads to salvation, that is God’s process. The devils is cast out of us and our heavens, which is where the kingdom of God is, we are His Temple is purged. There is no other way.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down
I used to think of the Day of the Lord as a horrible time that would usher in the most insidious torment and suffering mankind has ever seen. This is partially true in concept but I missed the entire reason and purpose for this event. Christ told us this period of tribulation would be unlike any before it or any that would come after. The great tribulation is nothing more than our Day of the Lord that happens inwardly in our hearts and minds.
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
So while all orthodox Christianity has us thinking of this as something bad that happens only to those sinners over there but not to us, the truth is that the Day of the Lord is a wonderful time that is necessary for God to call the light out of the darkness and bring forth the new man, the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
The Day No Man Knows The Time
Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
The utter folly of carnal men thru the ages. First they had no clue what this day or judgment day is all about, nor do they even have the baby milk right regarding the gospel; yet men have made a living predicting this day. Be it Harold Camping, Tim Lahaye, 119 Ministries, and countless other carnal men, these deceivers continue to be deceived and deceive others with this mesmerizing allure of the flesh. Christ even warned us specifically not to follow after such men but we all will do it before we learn the truth.
Luk 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
The “Day of the Lord” is the day that no man knoweth, not even God’s Elect nor even Christ but only His Father.
Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
This certainly has an outward application as it relates to the resurrections of the dead in the ages to come, but these words of Christ are primarily to be applied inwardly. All of Matthew 24 speaks to the Lord bringing judgment against our carnal mind and thereby destroying the old man, the beast within and bringing salvation. Salvation is the process by which we are delivered from the bondage to sin resulting in our purification. This is the time period, the AGE, in which Christ rebuilds the temple, which temple we all are!!! This is what the Day of the Lord is really all about and this is foretold throughout Scripture once we are given eyes to see and ears to hear.
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
That process of delivering us from sin will never end while we are still in these bodies of flesh. Yet like Jesus Christ we too must wait until we are perfected on our third day. That fulfillment comes when we are resurrected in spiritual bodies if we are God’s Elect.
Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
Flesh and blood has to go, the carnal mind of man cannot inherit the kingdom of God and must be destroyed. This Day of the Lord begins the process that ends with our “perfection” when we are purified in our spiritual bodies. For the Elect, this will be at the first resurrection and for everyone else it will be after the 2nd resurrection and their purification in the Lake of Fire. Here are links to a couple of articles that speak to this ultimate pouring out of chastening grace in the ages to come.
The Day of the Lord has a beginning but it is not just a literal day; it is the entire age (AION) the Lord has ordained for our judgment to take place and make the new vessel from the marred vessel of clay that represents all men at physical birth. The age is part of living by every word that proceedth out of the mouth of God (Mat 4:4) and is part of the one event that comes to all men (Ecc 9:2) but the particulars of our Day of the Lord were written by God in our books before the world was even formed.
Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
But this age will come to an end and the Potter would have delivered on His promises to us all.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make ALL things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Just learning what real grace does, will be a tremendous step forward in understanding spiritual things. Grace is what chastens us, it is the same word translated “teaching” in the oft misquoted Titus 2:11. But it is a very good thing to be chastened of the Lord. It is this scourging of the old man that brings forth salvation.
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Yet this is a process that takes the remainder of our life in these vessels of clay. We can’t run one lap and then sit back and relax.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us
The false doctrines of Babylon do not prepare us to endure to the end when our day of the Lord begins. We must know what is written about our lives henceforth and be prepared to count the cost.
Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
1Pe 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Many will fall away and walk no more with Jesus. Only the few chosen, the very elect will remain faithful to the end and gain the victory in this life. It is not enough to be called and chosen, Lord willing we will be made faithful to endure to the end.
Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
The Wonderful Day of the Lord
To the carnal mind the Scriptures are a contradiction. The parables are only understood when the Lord gives us ears to hear and opens the door to receive His truth in our heavens. This day of the Lord is a very dark day.
Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
Before our day of the Lord arrives, when we are in Babylon, the true things of God, His doctrines and His Elect will be total darkness to us. But when our judgment begins, we will begin to die, being crucified with Christ and it is this blood of the moon that will cleanse us from all sin.
Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Yet this day of the Lord is also wonderful day for the new man as it brings salvation to those God has chosen for salvation. That of course is all men but the order of salvation has already been established by God and declared from the beginning.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Co 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
The truth of God’s mysteries is hidden from carnal eyes and ears and given only to those God has chosen. To everyone else these truths will be foolishness.
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (given thru the gift of faith)
The Paradox of Scripture
The carnal mind has a tough time seeing God as both light and darkness. The positive and the negative at the same time seems like a contradiction. We might get the Lamb and the Lion paradox, but it really extends to every word of God having two sides. The fact of the matter is the doctrines of Christ, the true word is to the Elect the light that guides them but to the Babylonians and the Egyptians spiritually speaking, it is total great darkness. And the WORD tells us so and it is this same cloud that separates the two groups of the CALLED from the CHOSEN.
Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
Here are some good news verses that speak of salvation coming to God’s people. Our carnal doctrines will all take these for bad news and that only wicked people have to go thru God’s wrath on the day of the Lord. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is God remaking the vessel, decreases the old man, destroying the power of sin and calling light out of darkness. It is wonderful if one can see it.
Isa 13:9 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 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
I recall using the book of Joel to promote the false doctrines of eternal torment and justified myself as some righteous watchmen for God by misquoted these verses and blaspheming the name of the Lord and His work. Thankfully that was in my ignorance and by mercy have been forgiven and shown the light of the truth. This speaks of great news and the Lord bringing the man to us thru His righteous judgments. I hope some of you are getting this.
Joe 2:1-3 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; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
All of the prophets speak of this mystery of how Christ is formed in His people. These are the very same verses often used by the carnally minded, such as the old me, to falsely teach the damnable heresy of eternal hell or torment. These all speak of the good news coming upon men; when Christ comes to crush our pride and beastly nature to fine powder.
Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
But this is all nonsense to the carnally minded. But it will just amaze you when you do see it as it is everywhere and the plan and consistency of this is so clear. Let’s look at a few more verses that speak to the process of judgment, called the “day of the Lord” which really are the wonderful works of God to the children of men.
It is a day of vengeance:
Blessed are we if we are given to have our judgment and give our account to God in this life. We will have to suffer for a little while to be freed from sin.
Jer_46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Jer 50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon (God’s Elect), to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.
I am declaring to you the reader today, this vengeance of the Lord for His temple. All men have sinned, all have defiled the temple of the Lord and the Lord will have vengeance. But this is the mystery that no man will believe even if you declare it to them. Only the Lord can open ears and prepare hearts to receive this truth.
The only way any man, any of us, will enter into the temple of God and have Christ in us, the hope of glory is by us living thru and thereby fulfilling the seven plagues poured out upon our carnal mind.
Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
During this day is how we lose our life and are separated from the world.
The day of the Lord is when His sword is abiding upon our spiritual house and killing all off the land of Egypt. Our worldly interest and desires will be changed as our heart is circumcised by the sword. We will be separated from the multitudes that remain in Egypt and Babylon.
Eze 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
Eze 30:4 And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down. (crushed to powder)
This passage in Zephaniah is full of symbols that tell much about this great day of the Lord. Nothing will be spared as the Lord remakes us by this process. All our idols, sins, false doctrines, all will be burned up in the fire that consumes the adversaries.
Zep 1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Zep 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
Zep 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
Zep 1:17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
The Lord is serious in His refining of us in His furnace of affliction. Nothing shall be left. He goes on to tell us that our silver and gold, which represent our righteousness and our idols wrapped in God’s word will not be able to save us, they too will be burned by the fire of God’s jealousy.
Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
Thank God this is a relatively quick “speedy riddance” process as otherwise no flesh should be saved. Our weak flesh could not endure this for too long but in God’s mercy, He does cut these days short.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Before the day comes we will get serious about obedience and begin to see our sin
Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
John the Baptist represents Elijah and is the work of God bringing to our mind the sins of the flesh and the ungodliness of how we are living our lives. The law of Moses and the 10 commandments are used to bring conviction to our hearts and usher in the wrath of God against our old man. But the coming of John within us, just precedes the coming of the Lord and the great and terrible day of the Lord. No flesh or carnal mindedness is going to stand and remain, the Lord will complete His good work in us. We will be converted and the words of Christ shall not return to Him void.
Joe_2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
The answer is NOBODY can abide in the Day of the Lord. No flesh shall stand. All will be changed and remade. Repentance is not a onetime deal, it is ongoing working of the Lord in our lives in this process called the Day of the Lord. So we do begin to repent and clean ourselves up when Elijah the prophet is sent to us. We get baptized the Babylonian way and adopt their doctrines, but this all precedes the day of our judgment. It is Christ who comes afterword that brings the judgment and baptizes us into His death with the fire of the word working in us.
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Mat 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
The Day of the Lord is Now for God’s Elect
It is almost comical when you see it fully, but all the orthodox churches speak of Christians avoiding God’s wrath. Most now seem to believe in a secret rapture while other just think God will miraculous protect His own from literal fireballs falling from the sky. If the reader could understand what is being said in this verse, then the seals on the book will begin to come off.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keepthose things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
People that have been reading and “hearing” or understanding the words of the book of Revelation have been experiencing their day of the Lord for 2,000 years. It is not some past event or some way out in the future event like the various flesh doctrines of men have taught.
One is blessed when they can read, hear and then keep; which means to live or experience the words written in the following chapters of the book of Revelation. This means that judgment has fallen upon them and that is quite sweet.
Psa 19:9-10 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
All men are proud beasts fit to be destroyed and remade in the appointed times by the Lord. God has to show us and He does when judgment comes that we are beasts.
Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
By shining His light in our darkness, via the doctrines of Christ spoken by His Elect, we will come to see what and who we are. This is the beginning of the Day of the Lord and the process by which salvation comes.
Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
and what have we been doing all the while thinking we are serving God? We are a beast sitting on God’s throne.
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
What is even worse, is we are deceiving others as well as ourselves speaking like the dragon but looking like a lamb.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
This man of sin is all men. It is you and me especially when we think we are good and very righteous. We simply have not yet endured what must be endured and shown for what we really are. Pauls was shown this and we too will be shown this in our appointed times.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Job 40:3-5 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
The pride of all of us must be cut down and that is a focus of God’s judgments upon us. We have to come to see how vile we are and our need for a Savior to deliver us from our sins and self righteousness.
Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
So the day of the Lord is a good day, one we should pray and hasten that it come quickly.
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The coming of the Lord is not an outward event, it is an inward event, where Christ will appear to us a second time for salvation without sin. For a blessed few, that will be in this life in the flesh as God’s Elect. Christ will appear in the heavens and the elements will be destroyed with fire and heat of His judgments against our carnal mind.
2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
We will never know the truths of the Lord’s day until we have first been living it. Then we will hear the truth and be able to look behind us and where we have walked and with God given eyes we will see what the Lord is, was and will be doing in the lives of all men, beginning with His very Elect. We will see Jesus Christ with Spiritual Eyes and hear His voice with Spiritual Ears. These words below describe Jesus Christ perfectly and on that day, we will hear these words and we will begin to understand the deep things of God.
Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Rev 1:14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
These words describe Christ and His Body and how they minister to the inhabitants of the earth.
Understanding the Lord’s plan and the purposes of His fiery trials and our partaking of His sufferings is needed for us to endure to the very end. We have to know the reason behind it if we are to be found faithful. We won’t be able to count it as joy if we are ignorant of God’s plan for us the Elect. When God gives us a hunger and a thirst to know righteousness, He is going to fulfill that desire and bring circumstances into our live to teach us and this is how we learn it.
Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
This is what I think of now when I think about the Day of the Lord. I pray to hasten its coming and completion of God’s good work.
Psa 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
So I hope this has helped some to understand this topic and to know what may lie ahead if this things have not yet fallen upon you. Your focus should be in the mirror and inwardly as that is where Christ does His work in the hearts and minds of men. Only a few will be taught of God the truth of His word and these will be dragged out of Babylon as part of the process of judgment. Christ will come to us as a thief in the night to begin His good work in us. May you be found watching.
1Th_5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
The days is coming. Wait for it then stand in this day knowing what the Lord is doing in His saints. The man will be formed and repentance will be granted to all men and all Israel shall be saved in the end.
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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