Day of the LORD and Lord
"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and
fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and he shall destroy the
sinners thereof out of it.  For the stars of heaven and the
constellations thereof shall not give their light:  the sun shall be
darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light
to shine.  And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked
for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to
cease, and will lay low the haugtiness of the terrible."  (Isaiah 13:9-
11 KJV)

{The following is part of Chapter 17 of "Believe and Be Baptized", a
LCC commentary on the 14 letters of the Apostle Paul. See volume 3
of the LCC.}

17-3:  Day of the LORD and Lord.

As always in the Bible, the capitalized version of LORD refers to God
the Father while the lower case with a first capital letter refers to the
Lord Jesus Christ.  You already know from our studies in I Corinthians
15 of how the Lord Jesus Christ at His Second Coming will establish
reign over all on earth as in heaven, and then how He will deliver that
kingdom of LORD God the Father in order that God the Father might be
all in all.  
{We should not have any problems with that in spite of our
often neglect of this doctrine of the Bible, since Jesus Himself
taught us to pray to God the Father as “Our Father which art in
heaven...” and taught us that it would be through Him in that He
would be after Ascension at the right hand of God the Father to
ever make intercession for our sins.}

1.  Day of the LORD is mentioned in Joel 2 where:  an alarm is to be
sounded from God’s holy mountain that all the inhabitants of the land
might tremble, “for the day of the LORD is coming” (2:1), yea it is at
hand
{you see quite often in the Prophets as here in Joel there is a
more immediate day and a more distant day of the LORD, both
have in common the elements of disaster, judgment, and
punishment}.

“A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick
darkness.  Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains
{you know how there is often over the mountains an overcast of
clouds in the early morning}.  A people come, great and strong, the
like of whom has never been; nor will there ever be any such after
them, even for many successive generations. {It is obvious that
right here the Day is the more immediate judgment day, a day of
invasion from a foreign army.}  (Joel 2:2)

Yet it is obvious that the Day passes from the immediate to the more
distant Day in Joel 2:10-11 for several reasons, the main one being that
the common physical diasters of the Day of the LORD as found in both
testaments are mentioned--alias, earthquakes, shaking of the heavens
as well as the earth, and diminished light from the stars, sun, and
moon.  However the LORD “gives a voice before His army” since His
camp is very great, and strong is “the One” {obviously the Lord Jesus
Christ} “who executes His word”.  Thus is apparent that in this Day of
the LORD we have also the more clearly taught Day of the Lord Jesus
Christ of the NT, although veiled somewhat in “The One”:  it also being
obvious that God is about to rescue at the same end time, the army of
His own large camp
{this reminds us of the camp of the saints near
Jerusalem that God Himself through Christ intervenes to save, at
the great battle of Armageddon.}

“For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can
endure it?”  (Joel 2:11b)

2.  We know of the famous quote by the Apostle Peter from Joel 2:28-
32 given as an explanation of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day
of Pentecost in which Peter not only establishes firmly {that is Peter and
the Prophet Joel and the Word of God} the day of the LORD as “the
coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD” but also the
beginning and end of the last days. (Acts 2:14-21)

(1).  Peter clearly defines the beginning of the last days as that very
day, marked by the coming of the Holy Spirit in special power and a
special way.  It is the same as the famous binding of Satan of the book
of Revelation; and consequently the loosing of Satan after a figurative
one thousand years, is when the Holy Spirit is withdrawn as we will look
at more closely in II Thessalonians.
(2).  There is a little difference in time between the end of the last days
at the famous Day of the LORD and of the Lord, alias the second
coming of Christ with subsequent judgment and punishment, and the
time when the Holy Spirit is withdrawn from the earth.  That short period
of time is somewhere in the historic period of the Falling Away, also of
II Thessalonians, perhaps approximately 40 years.  The withdrawal of
the Holy Spirit although made clear in II Thessalonians is somewhat
veiled in Daniel as when “the power of the Holy people is completely
shattered.”
(3).  On that first day of Pentecost after the Ascension of Jesus, you
know how the Holy Spirit more democratically came on male and
female, young and old, while in OT times it was more isolated like when
the Spirit came on Samson and the other judges to meet certain
specific problems.
(4).  The period of the last days will be marked from beginning to end
with the signs (a) in the earth beneath, (b) blood, (c) fire, and (d) vapor
of smoke.  Note that with any disaster you witness on TV there is those
three elements of blood, fire, and vapor of smoke, whether God sends
an earthquake, a hurricane, a tornado, or whatever natural disaster.  It is
all part of the continuous from beginning of the last days to the end of
the last days “groaning of all creation like a woman in travail”, often
called as it comes to an end of the last days as not only a shaking of
the earth as previously during the flood but also a shaking the last time
of the heavens and the earth.
(5).  Just before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the
LORD and of the Lord, then the lights are diminished, of sun and moon
and stars, the sun into darkness and the moon into blood.
(6).  Now the good news is not only that the Holy Spirit will be there
during most of these last days to restrain against the flood of sin and
lawlessness, by convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of
judgment--doing the same work that Jesus did when He was on earth
except on a larger world-wide scale--but also it is a time of salvation for
many”, “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”  (Acts
2:21 and Joel 2:32)

3.  The Prophet Joel also in the context of Joel 2 and 3 having
announced in 2:32 that plan of salvation as a “deliverance in Mount Zion
and in Jerusalem”, obviously the life, message, and death of Christ for
salvation; also mentions how God will call only “a remnant” (2:32), and
before that coming of the Messiah {it is veiled of course}, there will be
the restoration of the Captives.

“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the
captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and
bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into
judgment with them there...”  (Joel 3:1,2a)

What is not apparent until you take it in the context of the whole Bible is
that between the restoration of the captives and the gathering of all the
nations for a great battle and judgment, alias the distant Day of the
LORD, has a large gap of time in it that Revelation choses to describe
figuratively as one thousand years.  You see how it could have been if
precise 2012 years, or 2007 years, or something similar; and you will
recall how the one thousand years between the coming of the Spirit in
power and the withdrawal of Spirit is not exactly the same one thousand
years
{long and indefinite or unidentified period of time} of the last
days.  We would estimate that there must be about 40 years at least of
the Falling Away before the end of the last days, and the Second
Coming, with some where during that Falling Away the withdrawal of the
Holy Spirit from work on earth.

4.  Again the final and distant Day of the LORD with typical describers
is mentioned in Joel 3:14-16.

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!  The sun and
moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness.  
The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from
Jerusalem; the heavens and the earth will shake; but the LORD will
be a shelter for His people
{for a complete description of “His
people” at this time as Jews and Gentiles, the real Israel, the real
Jews, the real children of Abraham and of God, the reader is
referred to the book of Romans}
, and the strength of the children of
Israel.”  (Joel 3:14-16)

17-4:  I Thessalonians on The Day of the Lord.

What Scriptures Paul offers us in I Thessalonians 4:13 through 5:11
about the Day of the Lord, called “the day of the Lord” in 5:2 and “this
Day” in 5:4 and “the day” in 5:8.  
{Needless to say as always what
Paul says is based on the OT, with quotes or without.  I and II
Thessalonians are two books without quotes.}

1.  That Day is called by several words and phrases in chapters 4 and 5.

(1).  It is called the “coming of the Lord” in 4:15, which Paul declares “by
the word of the Lord”, with a reference of how those who are alive when
Christ comes again will not get ahead of those who are asleep in the
Lord, as He will bring them with Him.  {I don’t know which is better to go
ahead and die in the Lord, going to sleep as it is called, the spirit going
to be with the Lord until the body is awakened at this second coming; or
to hope for a life long enough to be here on earth.}
(2).  It is called “for the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a
shout, the voice of an archangel, and the trumpet of God” in 4:16.  The
dead will rise first, be caught up in the air to meet the Coming Christ,
then those alive will be also caught up in the clouds.
(3).  It is called “the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night” in 5:
2, so Paul does not even try to get into the times and the seasons here,
although in the second letter of II Thessalonians he will find it necessary
to get into the times and the seasons to the extent of several historic
events that must come before the second coming:  (1) the Falling Away
of God’s people; (2) the visibility to the world of the final man of sin, the
son of perdition; (3) the rise of the tide of sin and lawlessness; and (4)
the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from earth.
(4).  It is called a time of “sudden destruction” in 5:3 on those who at the
time in the world are crying “peace and safety” even as God’s people in
the temple in Jerusalem were crying the same with “we are safe” and
“the house of the LORD...the house of the LORD”.  It will come as labor
pains on a woman, suddenly; and this is another time that Paul
compares labor pains which start gradually and suddenly step up and
then increase in intensity until birth with the end of this earth with
heavens and the birth of a new heaven and a new earth.
(5). It is called in 5:4 as “this Day {which should not} overtake you as a
thief” since believers should not be in the dark about it even as Paul
considered the church members at Thessalonica not to be in the
darkness about it, for he had told them.  
{The fact of the Day of the
LORD and Lord as the Second Coming of Christ with judgment
and punishment for unbelievers and rejoicing for believers Paul
told them, what he must make clear in II Thessalonians is what
must happen before that Day.  In order words the prerequisites for
the Second Coming.}

17-5:  Prerequisites of the Second Coming, II Thessalonians.

“Let no one deceive you by any means, for that Day will not come
unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed,
the son of perdition...”  (II Thessalonians 2:3)

How much clear does this need to be to church members today that
you can not have the Second Coming of Christ until:  (1) First the Falling
Away, and (2) also revelation in the world
{visibility} of the man of sin.  
I know the confusion and confusions that are thrown up around the man
of sin of Daniel, and the confusion with the Antichrists which many like
to think are the Pope.  Well, in reality, and we will look in a few moments
at Daniel--which is the real basis for Paul on these doctrines, along with
what Jesus gave him in Arabia and the leadings of the Holy Spirit to
write Scriptures.  
You see, we must also always keep in mind God’s promises in the
Prophets not to do anything without warning His people.  The problem
is that His people are not listening today.  You hear about the Second
Coming of the Day of the Lord; you hear of the judgment of the Day of
the LORD and Lord of unbelievers with the punishment of eternity in
hell; you hear of how all believers written in the book of life will not be
judged, only go to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air; and you hear of
eternity in heaven and hell; but you do not hear of what must come
before that great and notable day of the LORD and Lord--that is, today
there is silence on the Falling Away and the revelation of the man of sin,
even silence on the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit and the period before it
as the flood of sin and lawlessness increases.  
And this silence on the sound doctrine of the Falling Away and the
related world-wide events is within itself evidence that we are already in
“the time will come when they
{church members} will not endure sound
doctrine; but after their own desires shall they heap to themselves
{heaping out sound Bible teachers and preachers and heaping into
churches the unsound Bible teachers and preachers with itching
ears like the congregations}
teachers with itching ears; shall turn away
form the truth and turn into fables.”  We just never thought that it could
happen in the SBC until approximately 20 years ago as the
fundamentalists started to take over the convention.  Why the
fundamentalists?  Because they under the discipleship and captive to
the theories of Darby and Scoffield have been the dominant influence in
the silence and ignorance on these events that must take place before
the Second Coming.  
From them you will hear of a kingdom on earth for a thousand years,
not so; and you will hear of the Second Coming; you will hear of heaven
and hell; but you will not hear of the Falling Away and the corresponding
events.  Why, because the Bible here does not fit into their little
schemes as well as does not fit into their claim to have both the
Message for the times and all the answers, that is THE SOLUTION.  
How in the world can a church or churches be a leader in the Falling
Away, and truly church members have more to fall away from of God,
Christ, and the Bible even while their attendance is going up because of
the appeal to the world of their unsound doctrines, while at the same
time they claim to have the answer, the solution, and the message!}  
Look at the Bible facts, these inevitable events of world history, that
must happen, below as clearly given in II Thessalonians.  
{The only
alternative which I think is what Jack Graham and the 23,000
member Preston Road Baptist Church in Plano do, is to throw out
the epistle of II Thessalonians as not part of the Word of God, and
then likewise you have to deal with Daniel, and on and on until you
do not have much of a Bible left.}

1.  Bible fact # 1 from II Thessalonians 2:3--THE DAY OF THE
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST CAN NOT TAKE PLACE “UNLESS
THE FALLING AWAY COMES FIRST.  Yes, the Falling Away actually
prevents the Second Coming as you will notice in the wording of II
Thessalonians 2:3.

“for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first...”  
(2:3)

You probably never thought of the Falling Away as preventive of the
Second Coming, if you thought about the Falling Away at all.

2.  Bible fact # 2 from II Thessalonians 2:3--THE DAY OF THE
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST CAN NOT COME UNTIL IT IS
CLEAR TO BELIEVERS AS TO WHO IS THE MAN OF SIN, THAT
IS AFTER HE MAKES HIS APPEARANCE.

{Don’t confuse the Antichrists, many of which even existed in the
day of John the Apostle, with the three men of sin, nor the other
two of the Greek and Roman times with the last man of sin of
Daniel and II Thessalonians, obviously the man of sin just before
the second coming.}
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This man of sin of here in II Thessalonians, and based also on Daniel,
does have the same characteristics as the first two men of sin:  (1) who
opposes all that is called God and is worshipped; (2) who exalts himself
above all that is called God and is worshipped; and (3) who sits like
God in the temple claiming to be God.  But the time in history separates
the final man of sin, or call him the final Antichrist if it helps you, and the
supreme Antichrist, as just before the Second Coming, as in the words
of II Thessalonians 2:8 as the man of sin doing his dirty work when
Christ comes again, “whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His
mouth and desire with the brightness of His coming”. When does this
man of sin live and make himself a visible revelation to the world; well,
in time for the brightness of the Second Coming of Christ to consume
him.  We will find other identifying characteristics in a later look at
Daniel such as he is a man of war, he despises and mistreats women,
and he is a king from the north with certain movements between
countries near the end of time.

3.  Bible fact # 3 from II Thessalonians 2:6--the man of sin has his own
time as he rides onto the world sin on the tide of sin and lawlessness,
assisted by the intolerance of God’s people toward sound doctrine.
“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his
own time.”  (2:6)

4.  Bible fact # 4 from II Thessalonians 2:7--the Holy Spirit presently
“restrains” the rising tide of sin and lawlessness, and He will continue to
do so until He is taken out of the way.  It is as though the Holy Spirit
with conviction on sin, righteousness, and judgment is a giant dam that
holds back this flood of sin and lawlessness, which the Bible calls the
mystery of lawlessness
{a mystery already at work during the time of
Paul and increasing, but which will increase more rapidly during
the time of the Falling Away, especially as the Holy Spirit is
withdrawn}.

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who
now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”  (II
Thessalonians 2:7)

5. Bible fact #5 from II Thessalonians 2:8--shortly after the revelation of
the man of sin, “the little while” of Revelation and the “halftime” of
Daniel, the Second Coming of Christ will consume the man of sin.

“And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will
consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the
brightness of His coming.”  (II Thessalonians 2:8)

6. Bible fact # 6 from II Thessalonians 2:9--this son of perdition {and
once again do not confuse him with Judas who was also a son of
perdition, this is the last man of sin}
has signs of his coming just as
Jesus has signs of His coming, and well into the Falling Away the signs
will intermingle.

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the workings of
Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.”  (II Thessalonians
2:9)

7.  Bible fact # 7 from II Thessalonians 2:10-12 and II Timothy--the
“unrighteous deception among those who perish”, those recipients of
“strong delusion”, those who perish because they fail to love the truth
{the same of whom Jesus said because sin and lawlessness will
abound “the love of many will wax cold}
includes all of God’s people
and all other unbelievers who by way of unsound doctrine come to
believe “the lie”, the all who are condemned because they do not
believe the truth.  Recall that the Falling Away, the first in the wilderness
and the second in Hebrews as well as here and in II Timothy, is God’s
people who “have an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living
God.”
And you that would hold to the Security of the Believer as part of your
“the lie” should please read my commentary, “Snatching, Stumbling, and
the Falling Away”, which is a reconciliation of the Security of the
Believer with the Falling Away based on the details of the parable of the
Seed and the Sower.   Bottom line of the parable is that 50% of the
seed sown among God’s people that creates the tares among the
wheat, and which is not separated until the end, is unfruitful for eternal
life:  either it is superficial in the individual hearer because there is no
root to their faith, or difficulties because of their faith cause them to
stumble, or the cares of this world with other things choke out the
Word.  In short at least 50% or more of those who call themselves God’
s people and church members have not learned Christ in the manner
that we will discuss in the last chapter on Ephesians.  They truly did not
experience the salvation of the Christ by hearing Him personally and by
being taught of Him.  Crude, yes; but realistic yes; and quite often the
teaching of the Apostle Paul, and the Word of God.

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