The Day of the Lord (DOTL)
This is a phrase from the OT and also from the NT. If we can understand what the DOTL is it will be much easier to place it properly in our endtime perspectives. I will first discuss where this phrase is used in the New Testament and then refer to the OT as a second witness to what the NT shows concerning the DOTL and we will see that they are indeed the same day in both testaments.
2Pe 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.
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.
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.
Since we have been discussing 2Peter3 I'll start there. Peter is clearly linking the promise Jesus made to return to the phrase "day of the Lord". Peter also says that the DOTL will come as a thief in the night which connects to our next NT DOTL phrase.
1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
The phrase "thief in the night" is in both descriptions of the NT DOTL.
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.
1Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
The sinners say peace and safety and then sudden destruction is upon them. This is just exactly like Jesus says it will be in the Noah/Lot examples. They will be going about as if nothing disasterous is going to happen and boom there it is. Just as in the same day stepped into the ark they were destroyed. Notice also 1Th 5:4....But you brothers are not in darkness that that day will overtake you as a thief. What day? The day of the Lord. Again two groups the sinners who are suddenly destroyed and the saints who are not in darkness on that day.
1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Th 5:23 positively links this day of the Lord with the second coming of Jesus as well. The next NT DOTL I want to discuss is Acts 2:20 which totally seals the connection between the day of the Lord of the OT and the return of Christ in the NT.
Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Paul quotes Joel here in Acts 2.
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.
Joe 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.
This is when the Lord steps in and defeats an invading army in Israel earlier in Joel 2. The OT day of the Lord always shows an army that God defeats in Israel and then gathering Israel to Himself forever after. Joel gives us a great clue here. The cosmic signs (sun/moon/stars darkened) occur before the day of the Lord. If the day of the Lord and the return of Jesus are the same then we should also see the cosmic signs in the NT around the return of Jesus.
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:
Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
And sure enough there they are twice, both times in association with the return of Jesus. NT confirms OT and OT is the foundation of the NT. Now in Rev 6 we can see that the wrath of the Lamb is after the cosmic signs confirming that the wrath of the OT DOTL and the wrath of the Lamb in the NT DOTL are also one and the same. Using the cosmic signs we can add other scriptures to our base of understanding.
Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
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.
Zec 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
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.
There we go again nations gathered against Jerusalem. So Joel confirms what Zechariah shows.
Oba 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.
Oba 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.
Oba 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
Isa 34:1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.
Isa 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
Isa 34:3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
Isa 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
Isa 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.
Isa 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.
Isa 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.
Again we see the strong connection to the DOTL and the defeat of the armies assaulting Israel. That brings us to Eze 38-39 the Gog/Magog war. There we see the same thing. God defeats armies in Israel and then Israel are his people and He is their God at the conclusion of the war that God wins against Gog. Same setup there. It is all over the bible. Now back to Peter and the fervent fire that melts the elements. Peter connects that to the DOTL and the return of Christ.
2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
2Th 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
Here we see Jesus being revealed from heaven in flaming fire taking vengence on sinners. Matches Peter's fiery description quite well.
Psa 11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
Isa 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.
Isa 34:9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.
Isa 34:10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.
Eze 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Jesus is said to be "revealed" in flaming fire in 2Th1. There is fire in many places associated with the DOTL so what Peter says about the fervent heat fits the overall pattern as well. Once we see that the DOTL and the return of Jesus are one and the same scripture becomes immensly easier to understand. Everywhere I see the cosmic signs in scripture I also see the return of Jesus. Everywhere I see God defeating an army in Israel and then Israel returning to Him forever, I see the return of Christ. When I see heaven rolling up as a scroll (Rev 6, Isaiah 34) I see the return of Christ. It all becomes so much easier to understand and what is even more amazing is that all the scriptures line up to agree. I have to believe what they are all telling me so therefore I have to believe we will be here to witness Armageddon and more.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,