There are hundreds of references to the Day of the Lord in scripture. The following is a summary of events associated with this event.
The time of the Gentiles are complete. The Earth has been shaken, signs in the heavens revealed, and the church is united with Christ in the heavens.
Now God is going to redeem Israel, deal with the sins of the nations with His Great Wrath, and usher in a time where Jesus reigns over the Earth.
The Day of the Lord is a long period of time covering with many phases. Remember, one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, etc. & co.
This post briefly highlights some of the events occurring during Daniel’s 70th week and scans the entire time-frame of the Day of the Lord.
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.
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,
a day of the trumpet and alarm
against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
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.
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.
~ Zephaniah 1:14-18
Nothing in Heaven or Earth will be able to stand against the Lord on that day. If we love the Lord and obey His commandments, the Day will not overtake us like a thief. We will be delivered from it.
. . . how ye turned to God from idols
to serve the living and true God;
and to wait for his Son from heaven,
whom he raised from the dead,
which delivered us from the wrath to come.
~ 1 Thessalonians 1:10
For God hath not appointed us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep,
we should live together with him.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9
And it shall come to pass in that day,
that I will seek to destroy all the nations
that come against Jerusalem.
And I will pour upon the house of David,
and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
the spirit of grace and of supplications:
and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced,
and they shall mourn for him,
as one mourneth for his only son,
and shall be in bitterness for him,
as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem
~ Zechariah 12:9-12
Here we begin to see that Jerusalem and all of Israel becomes the focus of scripture and God’s redemptive love. The church is gone. It left at the onset of this event, known as the Day of Christ.
For I would not, brethren,
that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,
lest ye should be wise in your own conceits;
that blindness in part is happened to Israel,
until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
And so all Israel shall be saved:
There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer,
and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
for this is my covenant unto them,
when I shall take away their sins.
~ Romans 11:25-27
The (unsaved) Gentiles remaining on the Earth are now the primary object of God’s wrath. These have followed after the Beast and False Prophet who have been ruling the entire world.
If any man worship the beast and his image,
and receive his mark in his forehead,
or in his hand,
the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
which is poured out without mixture
into the cup of his indignation;
and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone
in the presence of the holy angels,
and in the presence of the Lamb:
~ Revelation 14:9-10
Before He pours out His wrath, the church is delivered, God seals 144,000 Jews to testify for Him in the last part of Daniel’s 70th week. In this, His promise to Israel begins completion.
Daniel’s 70th week is often interpreted as the Great Tribulation period, but it is not described as such in scripture.
Scripture states that the Great Tribulation begins at the mid-point of the Daniel’s 70th week when the Man of Sin is revealed and causes the sacrifices in the temple to cease.
Satan realizes his time is short and persecutes God’s people with great wrath. He begins persecuting the Jews and church in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week.
Please note there is a big difference between Satan’s wrath and God’s wrath. This we must distinguish to correctly interpret the times of the end.
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:)
then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains:
let him which is on the housetop not come down
to take any thing out of his house:
neither let him which is in the field
return back to take his clothes.
And woe unto them that are with child,
and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter,
neither on the sabbath day:
for then shall be great tribulation,
such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time,
no, nor ever shall be.
And except those days should be shortened,
there should no flesh be saved:
but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
~ Matthew 24:15-22
This is not a warning only for the Jews because Jesus said this was for His apostles and disciples, which include both Jewish and Gentile believers.
In Mark, Jesus proclaims that this prophesy applies to everyone. Every scripture I have ever read synthesizes within the context of this thesis.
But in those days, after that tribulation,
the sun shall be darkened,
and the moon shall not give her light,
and the stars of heaven shall fall,
and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
And then shall they see the Son of man
coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
And then shall he send his angels,
and shall gather together his elect
from the four winds,
from the uttermost part of the earth
to the uttermost part of heaven.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree;
When her branch is yet tender,
and putteth forth leaves,
ye know that summer is near:
so ye in like manner,
when ye shall see these things come to pass,
know that it is nigh, even at the doors . . .
. . . But of that day and that hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels which are in heaven,
neither the Son, but the Father.
Take ye heed, watch and pray:
for ye know not when the time is.
For the Son of man is as a man
taking a far journey, who left his house,
and gave authority to his servants,
and to every man his work,
and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not
when the master of the house cometh,
at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing,
or in the morning:
lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you
I say unto all,
Jesus returns at the end of the Great Tribulation (He cuts is short). Scripture prophesies hope for Israel even in the perilous times to come after the church has been gathered.
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together,
O nation not desired; before the decree bring forth,
before the day pass as the chaff,
before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you,
before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you.
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth,
which have wrought his judgment;
seek righteousness, seek meekness:
it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.
For Gaza shall be forsaken,
and Ashkelon a desolation:
they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day,
and Ekron shall be rooted up.
Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast,
the nation of the Cherethites!
the word of the Lord is against you;
O Canaan, the land of the Philistines,
I will even destroy thee,
that there shall be no inhabitant.
And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds,
and folds for flocks.
And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah;
they shall feed thereupon:
in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening:
for the Lord their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.
~ Zephaniah 2:2-7
Some time before God’s wrath is poured out, there will be a window of opportunity for Israel to receive redemption and be protected or hidden from His wrath.
This is the work of the two witnesses, Elisha and Enoch, and the 144,000 Jewish disciples preaching the gospel while wrath is being poured out around them.
Once again, the sun, moon, and stars are darkened, the last trumpet has blasted, and the church is gathered to the Lord and darkness covers the land. At time of mourning for the Jews.
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:
~ Joel 2:1-2
The Apostles asked Jesus before He ascended to heaven when the Nation of Israel would be restored.
The Day of the Lord is the time of great cleansing that initiates this prophesy to restore the nation if Israel.
When they therefore were come together,
they asked of him, saying, Lord,
wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
~ Acts 1:6
The Bible speaks of the Day of the Lord ushering in a time of peace for Israel and the world around them.
They realize the old covenant/sacrifices in the temple are finished and recognize their Messiah whom they have pierced.
Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord,
until the day that I rise up to the prey:
for my determination is to gather the nations,
that I may assemble the kingdoms,
to pour upon them mine indignation,
even all my fierce anger:
for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
For then will I turn to the people a pure language,
that they may all call upon the name of the Lord,
to serve him with one consent.
~ Zephaniah 3:8-9
The first fruits of Israel’s peace occurs immediately prior to the outpouring of the wrath as noted here in Revelation 7.
This chapter is also where God speaks of the risen and raptured saints of the Gentile age. They were delivered before the sealing of the 144,000 and wrath.
These first fruits, the 144,000, are Jewish virgin or sanctified males. They are sealed and thus, protected from God’s wrath while they preach to the last remnants in the world.
Oh what a wonderful and terrifying picture. God providing redemption to His people by wholly sanctified saints while he pours out His wrath all around them. For all those who receive the promise, they will enjoy a wondrous time in the millennium.
These 144,000 were probably converted after the rapture and the witness of Enoch and Elisha. The Bible says, it is appointed once for man to die, then the judgment. Neither Enoch or Elisha have died yet.
Therefore, these two men of God must return to Earth and die. They start preaching before the Great Tribulation begins, prophesying, and are killed some time in the midst of it.
The Anti-Christ even declares a holiday (link) presenting their bodies to the whole world, who in turn celebrates their deaths by the exchanging of gifts as they lie in the streets 3 1/2 days.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses,
and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred
and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
~ Revelation 11:3
The Day of the Lord goes well beyond the period of His wrath that shortens the Great Tribulation during Daniel’s 70th week.
It lasts at least 1,000 years and includes the Battle of Armageddon, the millennial reign of Christ on Earth, and destruction of the sin stained Heavens and Earth.
There is way too much material to cover of these events in this post.
Here is one prophesy that briefly sums up the entire age of The Day of Lord (giving some great hints too) and points to the end when holiness, purity, and righteousness will inherit the New Heaven and New Earth in eternity future.
But, 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.
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.
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.
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 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?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth,
wherein dwelleth righteousness.
~ 2 Peter 3:8-13
Please do not get tossed and turned by every wind of doctrine out there.
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 hasting unto the coming of the day of God
The whole of your life should reflect godliness and holiness. If you are not in a church that preaches this as the norm of the Christian life, the winds of doctrine will remain.
Remember, love covers a multitude of sins, and sums up the whole of our life in Christ. If we have died to self and sin, we no longer serve its desires therein. God and only God’s love is the ruler of our heart. We continue in this way of holiness, keeping our heart and mind on our heavenly calling as we look for the coming of His Great Day.