Talking today on Facebook about “the day of the Lord” and when it comes. This was my response. Thought I would just save it here, though it’s nothing new, really….
To me, “the DAY of the Lord” simply speaks to “the LIGHT.”
When God divided THE LIGHT from THE DARKNESS, He called the light DAY and He called the darkness NIGHT! And we know that God lives in THE LIGHT, where there is NO DARKNESS. So the DAY of the Lord “comes” when that LIGHT “shines” in the darkness – that we live in… where we SLEEP… where THE DEAD are.
Notice that Paul uses the creation account in Genesis when speaking of the light shining in our hearts:
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2Co 4:6)
Peter speaks of this, as well:
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto A LIGHT THAT SHINETH IN A DARK PLACE, UNTIL THE DAY DAWN, AND THE DAY STAR ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS:” (2Pe 1:19)
This speaks of Christ who IS “the bright and morning star.” (Rev 22:16) the “Sun of righteousness,” (Mal 4:2)
Notice who Paul tells believers they are:
“Ye are all the children OF LIGHT, and the children OF THE DAY: we are not of THE NIGHT, nor of DARKNESS.” (1Th 5:5)
The call has gone out….”Awake thou that SLEEPEST, and arise from THE DEAD, and Christ shall give thee LIGHT.” (Eph 5:14)
And where do the dead, those who sleep, sleep? If we keep reading in 1Th 5:
“Ye are all the children OF LIGHT, and the children OF THE DAY: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore LET US NOT SLEEP, as do others; but LET US WATCH and be sober. FOR THEY THAT SLEEP SLEEP IN THE NIGHT; and they that be drunken are drunken IN THE NIGHT. But let us, WHO ARE OF THE DAY, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1Th 5:5-9)
The word for “children” in this passage is “uihos” and it refers to “sons.” This might seem like a trivial detail that doesn’t really matter, but I believe it’s hugely significant. Something we have lost in translation is all of the various Greek words the NT writers used to refer to “babes” and “toddlers” and “young men” (and women) … those who are “children” of various ages (and stages of spiritual maturity). But he who is led by the spirit of God is called “a son.” Right? This is why salvation pertains to those who have been “delivered of”‘ THE CHILD and received “the adoption of” (or placement of) SONS.. and A MAN is born into the world. (Both Jesus and Paul speak of this.) This MAN, this SON, is JESUS CHRIST…. THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD that shines THROUGH US…. making “us” SONS OF GOD (having received “the spirit of His Son” by which we cry Abba, Father).
This is why Paul said that our “hope of glory” is “Christ in you.”
As I see it, the DAY of the Lord is ever present. It doesn’t really come or go, as we think of days (and nights). It only “comes” in the sense that Christ (who is that light) “comes” to dwell in us, to shine as a light in our hearts… bringing us out of the darkness and into the light… out of the night (awaking us from sleep / resurrecting us from the dead) and into the day, making us “the children of the light, and the children of the day.” Even “children (again, SONS) of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:36)
Have you ever notices that the “thousand years” (that is AS ONE DAY to the Lord) is also connected to A WATCH IN THE NIGHT, which is AS YESTERDAY when it is PAST? (ONE DAY divided into TWO – yesterday and today… THE NIGHT and THE DAY… a “thousand years twice told” Ecc 6:6)
“For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” (Psa 90:4)
Which all goes right back to Genesis and God dividing the light from the darkness and calling THE LIGHT “DAY” and THE DARKNESS “NIGHT”. (No wonder Jesus asked: “Are there not 12 hours IN THE DAY?”)
So, in short, I do not see the day of the Lord as a future event… or a past event…. but a present reality that believers “enter into” by faith through grace. It is simply the dwelling place of God. I believe the reason scriptures tie it to the manifestation of Christ in the flesh is because that is our hope of glory…. Christ IN THE FLESH… Christ IN US.
I also believe that is why the manifestation of Christ in the flesh happened at “the end of the age” (“world” in the KJV, but the Greek word is aion, which means “age”)… Jesus is the pattern SON and he is “revealed” as we become SONS.
Notice that Paul speaks of those “under the law” as CHILDREN (no different than servants), under tutors and governors, UNTIL THE APPOINTED TIME. And he said that Christ came to redeem those under the law (children) that they might receive “the adoption of SONS.”
It’s all about Jesus Christ, every bit of it…. the SON of God…. and not just Jesus as a single man, but about who we are IN CHRIST as sonS of God…. part of the same ONE BODY that is “the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of God.” ONE NEW MAN “created” IN CHRIST.
Not “formed” out of the dust of the ground, as the first man Adam is/was, but “created” in the image of God.
Check this out:
“Thou sendest forth thy spirit, THEY ARE CREATED: and thou renewest the face of THE EARTH.“ (Psa 104:30)
God breathes LIFE into DUST… first FORMED…. To CREATE man in His own image and likeness.
“This shall be written for THE GENERATION TO COME: and the people WHICH SHALL BE CREATED shall praise the LORD. ” (Psa 102:18)
There is a “chosen generation,” the “generation of Jesus Christ,” made up of those who shall declare the glory of God.
“For we are his workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10)
All Blessings in Christ!