LORD’S DAY: Day of the LORD?

  • Millenial ReignWhat is the “2 days and a 3rd” theory?
  • What is the “6th millenia and then a 7th” theory?
  • Are the “Day of the LORD” and the Millenial reign parallel?
  • When is the “LORD’s Day” or the “Day of the LORD”?
  • How does the Sabbath possibly relate to the Day of the LORD?

Some believe the following passages might indicate that after two thousand Biblical years, the Messiah will set up His kingdom and reign for another thousand years.

“After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.” – Hosea 6:2

“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation. For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”  – 2 Peter 3:1-8

ARMAGEDDONDid you know that the prophet Ezekiel prophesied over eighteen times of how the Israelites would be brought back to their land after being scattered among the Gentiles for many years?

This took place in 1948.

Could this event be the one mentioned by Hosea in the above passage where he states that after “two days” Israel will be revived?  That phrase alone would probably not allow for “two days” to be seen as a metaphor. However, Hosea also states the “third day” is a day when the Israelites will live before GOD.   Are the Israelites living before GOD today? No, but they will in the thousand year reign of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  This is why many people believe that the “two days” in the first passage listed above in Hosea could be a metaphor for two thousand years and the “third day” could be the thousand year reign. However, unlike most liberal theologians who interpret the Bible however they see fit, true theologians must follow the laws of literary interpretation.   Therefore, will literary interpretation rules allow us to use the “third day” as a metaphor in this passage?

7000 year planThe above eight verses in II Peter 3:1-8 are immediately followed by five more very important verses in II Peter 3:9-13 which appear to compare the “Day of the LORD” to the thousand year reign of Jesus mentioned in Revelation 20. If so, then we may have the right to view this “third day” as the “Day of the LORD” and thus, a metaphor for a thousand year reign.  Let’s see what those next five verses say.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!  But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”  – 2 Peter 3:9-13

Now compare these verses to the first five verses of Revelation 20:

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.” – Revelation 20:1-5

The Day of the LORD does appear to be more than just one day in the first half of II Peter 3:10.  Let’s read it again:

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved“.

The “Day of the LORD” comes “like a thief” and ends with the heavens being dissolved by heat in II Peter 3:10 above.  If you read numerous passages in Scripture, the coming of Christ is “like a thief”.  If you read Revelation 20:1-5 which is also above, you will read of the thousand year reign of Christ, which in that same chapter is followed by the heavens and earth being dissolved as seen in the below verse.

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.” – Revelation 20:11

So since the thousand year reign of Christ ends with the heavens dissolving and the “Day of the LORD” also ends with the heavens dissolving, how many times can the heavens dissolve?  Thus, we conclude that the thousand year reign must end the same time as the “Day of the LORD”.  However, could the “Day of the LORD” just be one day at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ?  Well, we must remember that the “Day of the LORD” seems to begin with the Battle of Armageddon according to Revelation 16.

“… which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. (Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Armageddon. ” – Revelation 16:14b-16

The Battle of Armageddon is about a thousand years before the heavens dissolving. Also, the thousand year reign of Christ seemingly starts with the Battle of Armageddon just like the “Day of the LORD” does.   After this great battle, Satan is locked up for a thousand years while Christ reigns for a thousand years according to Revelation 19 and 20. Revelation 19 is all about the Battle of Armageddon.  Revelation 20 is all about the thousand year reign.  How can the “Day of the LORD” and the thousand year reign of Jesus both begin with the “Battle of Armageddon” and both end with the heavens being dissolved unless the Day of the LORD is more than one day? In fact, it is also very possible that since the Day of the LORD comes as a thief in the night, that the catching away of the Bride of Christ, the Ekklesia, will take place at the beginning of the Day of the LORD as well. You may have some questions about the timing of the rapture.  Here is a link to an article that may assist you with your studies on the timing on the rapture.

Think of the Bowls of GOD’s Wrath in a sense in relation to a siege of planet earth with Satan as the Despotic Usurper and Ruler of this World – a world for which Jesus Christ is returning to destroy Satan and retake His rightful place as the Ruler and King of our planet, the King of Kings and the LORD of Lords.

Thus, by looking at context and seeing that the Day of the LORD appears to traverse the entire Millennial Period and perhaps even the great judgments of the last part of the final seven years, we see that the “third day” in Hosea above could be metaphorical and could mean the “Day of the LORD” although we cannot be adamant about it. Thus, the above Scriptures give us definite insight into the “Day of the LORD” found throughout the Bible and even perhaps a bit more insight into the “third day” found in Hosea as well.

Why is this significant?  Well, if the “two days” definitely refer to two thousand years (and we realize this is not concrete), then if we knew when those two thousand years ended, it might give us some insight as to when the thousand year reign of Christ will begin.  So if the clock started ticking around A.D. 70 when Israel was dispersed, what is two thousand Biblical years in modern chronology?  Keep in mind the Bible speaks of Biblical years and not Roman (Julian/Gregorian) or Grecian calendar years.   Here’s a great article on understanding how Biblical years work. Want the short answer?  One Biblical year is 360 days long compared to our Roman calendar’s 365.25 day year.

Let’s focus on the two thousand years starting with A.D. 70 and going to two thousand years later.   The reason we begin with A.D. 70 is because that is the date where the Jews were first dispersed and if GOD is going to revive the Jews after two thousand years (if the theory is valid that the “two days” of Hosea represents two thousand years), then we would start that time clock where the Jews were dispersed among the Gentiles. Okay, so according to the Gentile clock, from A.D. 70 to A.D. 2013 is 1,943 years.   To find out Biblical years, we multiply 1,943 x 365.25 days, which equals 709680.75 days.   We then divide the 709680.75 days by 360 days, which equals a fraction over 1,971 Biblical years.  That leaves 29 Biblical years left as of January 2013 (if this “two day” theory is correct).

Now let’s take a look at another theory.  Some see “six” as the number of man and “seven” as the number of GOD.  If you click the hyperlink in the previous sentence, you can read further about that the theory that says the thousand year reign of Christ might take place after six thousand years of human history. That being said, an interesting calculation has already been done on Wikipedia using the Bible’s genealogies, the reigns of kings, times of captivity, and other data to recreate a timeline from the first day of Creation until the date of the rebuilding of the Temple of Israel. Feel free to read the hyperlinks above to see more.  Again, the short version is that the time period from Creation Day One to the Last Day of the Babylonian Exile of the Jews is approximately 3,387 Biblical years. That leaves 2,613 Biblical years left to go in order to reach “6000”.  I do believe there are some very good points that can be made on this topic; however, we will not get into that discussion or its validity in this article. All of that said, I reached an approximate estimate in Biblical years, and found that the year “6000” will be arriving in about 15 years.

Keep in mind that there are some possible discrepancies in calculations, but I do find significant that both the “6000/7000 years” theory and the “two days, third day” theory are both still theories that might work in the future.  In other words in about thirty years, neither will work, but for now they appear to give us something to consider.  These are interesting facts, which coupled with the fact that Israel is back in the land, an event which is to happen prior to their Messiah reigning over them, is very, very significant.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  – Mark 13:31

We are told by Christ that we cannot know the day or the hour, so how can we be sure that we are very, very close?

“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.  For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5

According to the above passage, that “day of the LORD” shouldn’t take the followers of Jesus by surprise.  You may not know the exact time, but you should have a very good idea that it is about to happen very soon.  Jesus also spent time in Mark 13 and Matthew 24 explaining signs of how we can know His return again to earth is imminent. The Book of Daniel and other Bible passages also give us great insight.

We see that the Day of the LORD is a period of approximately one thousand years long and this “Day” includes the “70th week of Daniel” and takes place most likely during the latter half of that final seven year period when GOD’s wrath will be unleashed for a short time before the Battle of Armageddon.  Now let us consider that the LORD’s Day and the Day of the LORD both employ the Greek word ‘hēmera‘ meaning “day“.  The Day of the LORD combines “day” with the Greek word “kyrios” meaning “LORD“, while the LORD’s Day combines “day” with an adjective (kyriakos) derived from “kyrios“.  Another similar expression is the term “Sabbath of the LORD”.  Furthermore, an inversion of this expression “Sabbath of the LORD” is “LORD of the Sabbath” and is found in three of the Gospels. An intriguing connection appears to run between these terms.  A reading of the article at this link titled “Early Christians: Driven by Tradition or the Mission? will explain clearly the unanimous use of the Sabbath or seventh day of the week by the Jews for their sacred weekly assemblies. Jesus also practiced this habit as seen in Luke 4:16.  This habit was changed by the pagan Romans who celebrated their sun worship on Sun Day and who continued their pagan beliefs and practices while renaming them with Biblical names under the guise of Roman “Christianity” or Catholicism (a far cry from true Biblical Christianity). Much of Roman practice was pagan and much of the Biblical model was lost during the thousand plus years of the Dark Ages.  Today, Protestants still have not completely shed all the pagan traditions that they inherited from the Roman religion.

happy sabbathAccording to the history of the Bible, the earth is around six thousand years old?  You can learn this by adding together all the genealogies in the Bible with the reigns of the Judges and Kings and the histories that the apostles and prophets give (which I’ve done before). So what’s the connection between “Day of the LORD”, “LORD’s Day”, “Sabbath of the LORD”, and “LORD of the Sabbath”? Well, if you have read the before-mentioned article on the Greek “sabbaton” or Sabbath, you will know that Jesus rose again on the Sabbath and that the early believers met on the Sabbath Day or the “LORD’s Day”. Thus, a connection exists between the Sabbath Day (which is the seventh day of the week) and the LORD’s Day. That being said, if the Sabbath Day is the Day of the LORD or LORD’s Day or Day of Rest, isn’t it an intriguing thought that if Jesus were to return again soon, it just might be that the thousand year reign would be the Sabbath Millennium. In other words, we would have six thousand years of human history followed by a Millennium of Rest or a Sabbath Millennium for a one thousand year reign of Christ.

As you begin the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ, can you imagine the Rest that you will experience after six thousand years of men with their theories on how to run this planet?  It will indeed be a restful time period as Jesus reigns a thousand years on this old earth and then forever and ever thereafter over the new heaven and new earth.