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Friday, July 6 2012
What Is The Day Of The LORD?
"That Rock was Christ"
As we have explained and proven from the Holy Scriptures in the first two studies of this series (see Who Is The LORD? and When Is The LORD's Day?), Jesus Christ was and is "the Word of God," the "Rock," and "the LORD God" Who God the Father sent to do the work of Creation - and of the Creation of the only true Christian Sabbath, on the Seventh Day (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?), when Jesus Christ rested from His Work (even Christ had "works" - see Works Means Obedience).
No one has ever seen God the Father ("1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him" John 1:18 KJV), but many people saw "the LORD God," beginning in the Garden of Eden (see The Church In The Garden), through the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel (see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram, What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham? and Where Jacob Became Israel), to the Exodus (see The Church In The Wilderness) and beyond to the time that He was born as Jesus of Nazareth (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah).
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?]. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3,14 KJV)
"In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed"
The Messiah was not a philosopher; He taught the Word of God from the Word of God (note carefully the dual, but in His case, also single meaning of "Word of God"). The Messiah's teachings and instructions were based upon what was written, as in this example when He referred to Himself, as the "stone" (i.e. Rock), as written in the Psalms ("118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 118:23 This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes" Psalm 118:22-23 KJV). It was a direct rebuke of the religious rebels who had taken over what Christ had established and built - but who themselves will be overtaken when the Messiah comes to rule.
"21:33 Hear another parable [see also Parables Of The Messiah's Return]: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about [see The Boundary Law], and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
That same "stone" (i.e. Rock) was used in describing Christ's return that will bring down all of the "Babylon" kingdoms and religions of the world (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?), from which the same Rock will be the foundation of the eternal Kingdom of God. The prophecy was given to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whose empire was succeeded by that of Persia, Greece and Rome - of which Rome and its great "harlot church" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) will be the end-time "Babylon" that will be destroyed at the time of Christ's return (see also What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).
"2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
"One day is with the LORD as a thousand years"
As we've seen, the LORD and the LORD's Day are directly related. To honor one is to the honor the other; to dishonor one, is to dishonor the other.
"58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight [see Why Observe The True Sabbath?], the holy of the LORD [the RSV correctly translates that as "the holy day of the LORD"], honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." (Isaiah 58:13-14 KJV)
But there is another term, "the day of the LORD," that is yet to come, in a way that is a fulfillment of the mission of the LORD and the basis of His work and rest of His Creation. Consider "that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
"3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers [see The Mocker's Folly], walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
The weekly Sabbath is, apart from being an eternal Holy Day in itself, a prefigure, a prophecy, of the time when the Messiah is going to return and establish the Kingdom of God on Earth. Consider the direct connection between "the LORD's Day" and "the day of the LORD": "As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world," so "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
"4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh" - the return of the LORD God in the Day of the LORD
The Day of the LORD, the seventh "day" of the existence of humanity, will begin on the day of Christ's return (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin) and last for 1,000 years (see The Church In The Kingdom Of God). The 1000-year "Day of the LORD" will begin with the LORD delivering great wrath upon the defiant, rebellious nations of the world who will attempt to fight Him, "For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle."
"14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
From that time, the portion of humanity that was not in the first resurrection on the day of the LORD's return (see The Church In The End Time and The Church In The Kingdom Of God) will fulfill the famous "they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" prophecy.
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
The primary reason that most of humanity will attempt to fight the LORD when He returns is because the world today is grossly deceived, by Satan (see Who's Hiding On Your Wall? and The Dragons Of The Bible). The infamous antichrist will be someone who claims, not only be a Christian, but who claims to be the leader of Christianity (see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).
"2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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; 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, showing himself that he is God.
The good news is that Satan will be put away on the day of the LORD's return, where he will be bound for the entire 1,000 years of the Day of the LORD.
"20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
"I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD"
The prophets (Joel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Obadiah, Amos, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi and others, including the apostle John in the Book of Revelation) wrote much about "the day of the LORD," particularly the wrath at the very beginning of the day of the LORD (so much so that many regard the day of the LORD as the wrath alone), because the purpose of most of the prophets was to warn people to repent, so that they wouldn't face the wrath that is coming upon the arrogant nations. Preachers tend to be loved, while true prophets of the LORD are almost always hated because preachers are teachers, while prophets were sent to tell self-righteous hypocrites what they don't want to hear i.e. "30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. 30:12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: 30:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant." (Isaiah 30:9-13 KJV).
The time of crossover will be spectacular and awesome.
"2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward [see The Church In The Kingdom Of God], that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood [see The Blood Moon Prophecy], before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." (Joel 2:28-32 KJV)
The world today is infested with idolatry, for "their land also is full of idols" (of every imaginable manifestation, from entertainment and sports "stars," to virtually anything or anyone that is revered) and the lust for war, for "their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots" (when those verses were written, horses and chariots were used almost entirely for war). The Day of the LORD will deliver the cure, so that humanity when then "walk in the light of the LORD."
"2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers. 2:7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots: 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not." (Isaiah 2:5-9 KJV)
The Day of the LORD will mark the end of humanity's Satanic arrogance, for "the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day" and "the idols he shall utterly abolish."
"2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day [see The Coming World Dictator].
"Babylon" means confusion - a generalized condition that knows no boundaries (in people's minds, or across other people's borders because the Satanic state of mind known as arrogance is malignant toward others; see The Boundary Law). Most military conflicts are merely extensions of religious deception (even Adolf Hitler claimed that he was a good Christian who was doing God's will; see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). The Church of Rome was created by a Roman Emperor who set off to conquer in the name of the "Christian" religion that he created for himself (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). The LORD will bring that all to an end at the beginning of the Day of the LORD, for "I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible."
"13:1 The burden of Babylon [see What And Where Is Babylon Today?], which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. 13:2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. 13:3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
The religious confusion exists in all religions, including the one that became a religion in and of itself: "lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God" (see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?). The cure is coming for them as well, for "the day of the LORD is at hand."
"1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. 1:12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
"Zion" was created by Jesus Christ, the LORD God. "Zion" isn't about the return of a people; it's about the return of Christ, when "the day of the LORD cometh" (see The Zion Prophecy, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
"2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain [see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy and Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff]: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2:2 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.
The entire world ("Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision") will view the return of the LORD as a challenge to fight the Messiah - Who will deliver to them the final battle in the history of humanity. Notice always that along with the wrath is a view of why the wrath must come, "So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God."
"3:11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
All of the man-made religions of the world, including those that have hijacked Christ's Name for themselves, will be erased from the face of the Earth. The Earth will be made clean when the Day of the LORD begins.
"5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
The result of the wrath will be "the Kingdom will be the LORD's."
"1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. 1:16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
There is no doubt that the beginning of the 1,000-year Day of the LORD will be "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" - but only for those who refuse to repent and worship the true God, in the way that He commands (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"1:7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. 1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. 1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.
But always there is the warning, for "3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7 KJV).
"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
When The Church Becomes The Kingdom of God
The true Church of God (the people of God; see Can You See The Church?) was created with the purpose of creating native-born citizens of the Kingdom of God (see The Church: Mission Accomplished). That will begin on the day of the LORD's return, so "that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus" (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin). Until then, no one is "born again" or "saved" yet (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). Until then, the Church of God must not wallow in the world that will be subjected to the wrath at the start of the Day of the LORD.
"5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The Day of the LORD is what the people of the LORD look forward to, "even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus."
"1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus." (2 Corinthians 1:12-14 KJV)
When all has been completed (see The Church: Mission Accomplished), then humanity will see God the Father.
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
Fact Finder: What are the only two signs that the Holy Scriptures provide regarding the time of the return of the LORD?
This Day In History, July 6
371 BC: The Battle of Leuctra in Greece; Epaminondas defeated Cleombrotus I (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1189: King Henry II of England, the first of the Plantagenets, died and was succeeded by Richard I.
1348: A Papal Bull (an abbreviation of the Latin word Bulletin) by Pope Clement VI was issued to protect Jews who were accused of having caused the Black Death plague in Europe.
1415: Jan Hus (also known in English as John Huss), Czech preacher and reformer, was burnt alive for "heresy" by Church of Rome authorities during the Council of Constance. The council was conducted by antipope John XXIII and German emperor Sigismund (see Emperors and Popes and Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!; also The Struggle For The Papacy). The emperor had given Hus a guarantee of safe passage to come to the council, but reneged and had Hus killed anyway. The Hussites were named after Jan Hus, and the Hussite Wars of 1419-1436 were caused by the Hussites in Bohemia and Moravia.
1483: Richard III was crowned King of England.
1519: Charles of Spain is elected Holy Roman emperor in Barcelona.
1535: Sir Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor of England, was executed for treason after refusing to recognize Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England.
1536: Jacques Cartier returns to France after discovering (for Europeans - the native people already knew it) the St. Lawrence River in Canada.
1553: King Edward VI of England died and was succeeded by Queen Mary I.
1699: Captain William Kidd ("Captain Kidd") was arrested in Boston.
1785: The "dollar" was chosen as the monetary unit for the U.S. The word originated in Europe in 1520 as a name for the Czech tolar, which came to be known in northern Europe as daler, then into English as dollar.
1885: French scientist Louis Pasteur successfully tested his new anti-rabies vaccine on a boy that had been bitten by an infected dog.
1887: David Kalakaua, the native King of Hawaii, was forced at gunpoint to sign the "Bayonet Constitution" that established U.S. rule Hawaii.
1906: The Ontario Parliament passed the "Lord's Day Observance Act" to prohibit work, entertainment, sport and almost all commerce on Sundays. Although the writers of the law intended it as an act of obedience to God, they were mistaken about the correct day to observe (see Why Observe The True Sabbath? to understand how the "sun day" abomination originated). The law was struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1985 after challenges from Jews and true Christians who observe the Seventh Day Sabbath according to Christ's Command in the Fourth Commandment.
1917: "Lawrence of Arabia" (a British army officer, Lt. Col Thomas Lawrence) and Arab forces captured Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire during the Arab Revolt (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1919: The first airship to cross the Atlantic, the British R-34, arrived in New York.
1942: The diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
1944: A fire accidentally started by performing "fire-eaters" in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut, killed 167 people.
1947: The AK-47 went into production in the Soviet Union.
1958: The former Russian territory of Alaska became the 49th state of the U.S. It was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million.
1967: Nigerian forces invaded Biafra, beginning the Nigerian Civil War.
1988: The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea was destroyed by explosions and fires. 167 oil workers were killed, making it the world's worst offshore oil disaster in terms of direct loss of life.
2006: The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opened for trade after 44 years.