The Day of the Lord                I Thess. 5:1-11

Harry Randall Truman…Mount Saint Helens.

The Day of the Lord is coming upon the earth                     V. 1-3

The word translated times is chronon, from which we get chronology; the word translated seasons is kairon, from which we get divinely ordained times.

Acts 1:6-8

The Day of the Lord includes all of the 7-year tribulation with its ____________________ and the events that follow it related to Christ’s Second Coming.

The Church will not go through the Tribulation                   V. 4, 9-11

Because you have kept my command to persevere, church, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.        -Revelation 3:10

Three purposes of The Tribulation:

The Judgment of the Satanic world system in stages

R______________ of Israel for the Messiah’s Millennial Rule

Last chances for earthdwellers to _________________ to Christ!

In the meantime, Christian, be watchful and well-armored!   V. 5-8

Colossians 1:13

There is a difference between being ready to go to Heaven and being ready to __________________ the Lord. All Christians are ready for the first, but not all are ready for the second.

And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.                      -I John 2:28

 

Ten Conclusions from Studying Every Prophecy of the Bible:

 

First, God made an unconditional promise to Abraham that he and his descendants would be a blessed people, a great nation, that all nations would be blessed through his seed, and that the Promised Land would be theirs. This is often referred to as the Abrahamic Covenant.  

 

Second, God made a conditional promise to Israel as it received what has been called the Mosaic Law/ Covenant. Israel would experience blessings for obedience, and curses for disobedience. The law revealed the character of God, God’s expectations, provision for forgiveness, and the need of a Savior.

 

Third, God made an unconditional promise of a throne within the Promised Land to David’s descendants. This is often referred to as the Davidic covenant.

 

Fourth, Israel’s Messiah would die as an atoning sacrifice for sinners yet rise from the dead (what we now refer to as the First Coming of Jesus Christ). The following predictive prophecies related to Christ’s first coming were made hundreds and some even thousands of years before Jesus came. The prophets began to speak of a coming New Covenant this Messiah would bring, replacing the conditional Mosaic covenant, completing the others.

 

Fifth, the phrase ‘Day of the Lord’ in the Old Testament, when applied to the End Times, seems to encompass what we call the Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ, the Battle of Armageddon, and what we call the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the Millennium.

 

Sixth, Israel’s Messiah will reign on the throne promised to David in the land promised to Abraham. The most likely time these prophecies could be fulfilled is the millennial reign of Jesus Christ described in Revelation chapter 20.

 

Seventh, the apostles explain to us the mystery of the church and the rapture of the church between the time Christ fulfilled the prophecies of the Suffering Servant (First Coming) and the time He will come as the Conquering King (Second Coming). This fits with the concept of an interval of time before the final seven years mentioned in Daniel chapter 9:24-27.

 

Eighth, the apostles, in anticipation of an imminent Rapture of believers, introduce a sense of giddy anticipation that is very different in tone than the ‘Day of the Lord’ verses in the Old Testament. Characteristic of this is their use of the phrase found in the apostles, “the Day of Christ.”

 

Ninth, the apostles seem to promise that believers will be raptured before, and not experience, the Tribulation, the day of God’s wrath.

 

Tenth, the final expectation of the redeemed is dwelling with God forever on the New Earth in new bodies. The final woe of the lost is presented as eternity in the Lake of Fire. In 2 Peter the apostle Peter seems to refer to this time as “the Day of God” coming after “the Day of the Lord” (2 Peter 3:10-13). It is also recognized here that there are many verses that refer to “rewards” for believers and “degrees of punishment” for unbelievers.