The Day of Christ and Signs from the Sun, Moon, and Stars are very closely related to each other. Together, they declare a new beginning for Christ and His church.
The Day of Christ is mentioned about a dozen times in scripture. It precedes The Day of the Lord and comes shortly after the sun, moon, and stars are darkened and shaken.
Here are the scriptures describing Christ’s day.
The Day of Christ
And he said unto the disciples,
The days will come, when ye shall desire to see
one of the days of the Son of man,
and ye shall not see it.
And they shall say to you,
See here; or, see there:
go not after them, nor follow them.
For as the lightning, that lighteneth
out of the one part under heaven,
shineth unto the other part under heaven;
so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
But first must he suffer many things,
and be rejected of this generation.
They did eat, they drank, they married wives,
they were given in marriage,
until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot;
they did eat, they drank, they bought,
they sold, they planted, they builded;
but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom
it rained fire and brimstone from heaven,
and destroyed them all.
Even thus shall it be in the day
when the Son of man is revealed.
~ Luke 17:27-30
But of the times and the seasons, brethren,
ye have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
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.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness,
that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day:
we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others;
but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night;
and they that be drunken
are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love;
and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9
Please note in these passages, those who live in darkness believe they are living in peace, carrying on with life as normal. There is no Great Tribulation for them.
The Great Tribulation is for followers of Christ and His chosen people as were many dark and terrible times past.
We must fully adorn ourselves in God’s armor lest we are tempted to fall asleep in the light.
Behold, what manner of love
the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God,
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear,
we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
And every man that hath this hope in him
purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
~ 1 John 3:1-3
waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
who shall also confirm you unto the end,
that ye may be blameless
in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Cor. 1:7-8
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.
For we write none other things unto you,
than what ye read or acknowledge;
and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;
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 Cor. 1:12-14
Now thanks be unto God,
which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,
and maketh manifest the savour
of his knowledge by us in every place.
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ,
in them that are saved,
and in them that perish:
to the one we are the savour of death unto death;
and to the other the savour of life unto life.
And who is sufficient for these things?
For we are not as many,
which corrupt the word of God:
but as of sincerity, but as of God,
in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine
for you all making request with joy,
for your fellowship in the gospel
from the first day until now;
being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
~ Philippians 1:3-6
And this I pray,
that your love may abound
yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
that ye may approve things that are excellent;
that ye may be sincere and without offence
till the day of Christ;
being filled with the fruits of righteousness,
which are by Jesus Christ,
unto the glory and praise of God.
~ Philippians 1:9-11
The Day of Christ is the day Jesus returns to gather His church together unto Him. It is a time of rejoicing for Jesus’ disciples. The church will be longing for Christ as noted by the dark times in which they are living.
Jesus warns of false Christs or a secret coming. He tells us that when He comes, the whole world will see Him. Paul declares, likewise: All we do is done in the sight of God. Nothing is hidden from Him. Only those who are found hidden in Christ will find this day to be a day of life unto life.
All will see His return. As lightning lights up the whole sky, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be in His day.
He also tells us that the world will be so wicked during those times (like Noah and Lot’s), violence will abound and good will be considered evil. This is not a regional phenomenon. The whole world will be under the rule of wickedness come down to Earth.
The natural conclusion is that Christians will be like criminals, to be hated, deserving of punishment and death. There will be no real justice. Laws will not reflect God’s character as much as Satan’s deceptions.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of the wicked ways man twisted the truth in his day. We can only imagine how much more sophisticated evil will be as it prepares the path for the Anti-Christ and False Prophet. Rest assured, it will be a strange, crooked, and unknowingly deceptive path.
Woe unto them that call evil good,
and good evil;
that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!
~ Isaiah 5:20
Paul warns Timothy how seductively deceptive and wicked we can be when we move away from the truth of God’s Holy Word.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.
~ 2 Timothy 3:13
In some of the passages above, there is also glimpse of judgment against those who have offended Christ through corruption of His word, sin, and lawlessness.
When Jesus comes on His day, there will only two things stopping Him from immediately pouring out His great wrath, which initiates the Day of the Lord as described in Revelation 8, 9, 10.
Those two things are found in Revelation 7: The sudden appearance of saints gathered in Heaven that no man could count from every nation and people on Earth (the rapture); and the sealing of the 144,000 wholly sanctified Jewish men. After these two events occur, His wrath begins.
But the Day of Christ is a glorious day for His followers. We will see Him as He is and we will changed, in the twinkling of an eye. Our knowledge of this wonderful event is suppose to purifying our souls and keep us blameless until the end. This can only happen through the obedience to the Holy Spirit.
Jesus will give us testimony in our hearts through grace, not with fleshly wisdom, but with simplicity and Godly sincerity. Even now, everything we do now is preparing us for that day. We need to find the dross in our lives and purge it.
The Day of Christ is a day of triumph for those through the knowledge of Him abound in love, judgment, and approve those things that are excellent in His eyes. On that Day, our obedience in Him will be complete.
His fruits of righteousness in our life will be plucked and we will be approved in His sight.
Are you ready?
Are you purifying your heart?
Are you blameless in His sight?
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest,
lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder
of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:11-12