A Study in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5
The Day of The Lord
We continue our study in Chapter five of First Thessalonians as we look through scripture verses referring to the day of the Lord.
Peter, at his first sermon at Pentecost referred to the day of the Lord, he quoted Joel the Prophet:
In the above passages of scripture, The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the day of the Lord. As pre-tribbers, they believe at an "any moment" "secret" rapture. However, in the above scripture references, there are signs that happen before the day of the Lord.
In the book of Matthew Jesus said the sun will be darkened after the tribulation:
In reference to the sun being darkened, this will happen before the day of the Lord and after the Great Tribulation. In Second Thessalonians chapter two, Paul says in relation to the day of the Lord:
In this verse there are signs that must happen before the day of the Lord, and our gathering to him occurs. The day of the Lord will not come until a falling away (apostasy) comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed. For further review, please see "He Who Restrains."
Paul in his first letter to the Corinthian Church said:
In the above verse we should eagerly await for our the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (an indication this is after the tribulation-- Jesus will keep us strong to the end so that we may be blameless on the day of the Lord. In this verse, the day of the Lord is the day when Jesus returns after the tribulation and not at an alleged "pre-trib" rapture .
In Revelation, there are two witnesses described by John:
According to pre-tribbers, one of these two witnesses is Elijah. In Revelation, these witnesses will prophesy for 1,260 days, during the Great Tribulation. Pre-tribbers claim the day of the Lord covers the entire tribulation. Since Elijah is one of the witnesses, as pre-tribbers claim, let's look at the book of Malachi:
In Revelation, The two witnesses prophesy during the Great Tribulation. In Malachi, Elijah will be sent before the great and terrible day of the Lord. Given the fact pre-tribbers believe Elijah is one of the two witnesses during the great tribulation, and, in Malachi that Elijah will be sent before the day of the Lord. The day of the Lord is after the tribulation and not before or during.
Peter wrote in his second epistle:
Peter described the day of the Lord and it will come like a thief. At this day the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire and everything in it, and the earth will be laid bare. Does the day of the Lord look like a secret when the earth will be laid bare? This is clear that the day of the Lord comes after the tribulation and not during it. Peter tells us to look forward to the day of God, an event that happens after the tribulation!
Before concluding this supplement, pre-tribbers often blend the day of the Lord and the tribulation and make them one and the same, i. e., the day of the Lord is the tribulation. Let us examine two key passages of scripture.
As seen in the above scripture, The Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. If the Lord alone is exalted, therefore no one else will be. Not One. Paul wrote about the Anti-christ during the Tribulation:
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all
that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth
in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2 Thessalonians 2:4
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2 Thessalonians 2:4
The anti-christ exalts himself during the tribulation. He can't exalt himself on the Day of the Lord because The Lord alone shall be exalted on that day. Therefore, the day of the Lord and the tribulation are separate.
There is another reference to God's wrath and the day of the Lord in another article in this series, Wrath (of God).
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