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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Introduction to the book of Revelation - Part II




Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Introduction to the book of Revelation
Part II
What is, “The Day of the Lord?”

Since Mr. Feldick took us to the book of Luke, chapter four, in our last Bible lesson, I thought this would be a good place to pick up this lesson.  
First we need to revisit those verses.  
Please open your Bibles and turn to the book of Luke, chapter four.



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Luke 4

14: And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

15: And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.

16: And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.

17: And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.  And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,


18: “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.  HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,

19: ‘TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

20: And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.  

21: And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

As Mr. Feldick so wisely pointed out to us, Jesus did not complete the reading of this Bible passage; and the Jewish religious leaders knew this.  He stopped His reading in Isaiah 61 at the ending of verse twenty-one; about the midpoint.                                                    

Why?  These verses predict the ministry of the Messiah.                                                              

And this was Jesus’ message to those assembled.                                                                       “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”                                                    

Jesus is saying I AM the Messiah; I AM fulfilling prophecy!

The reason we are here is this,                                                                   
 …And the day of vengeance of our God…;

This period of “Travail” is also called, The Day of the Lord.”

What do the Scriptures say about this great and terrible day of the Lord?
Please turn to the book of Zephaniah in the Old Testament.                                             

There are many places in Scripture that mention the Tribulation; but nowhere else is it so intense.  You’ll see what I mean starting in verse two.
Zephaniah 1

"I will utterly sweep away everything
from the face of the earth," says the Lord.
"I will sweep away man and beast;
I will sweep away the birds of the air
and the fish of the sea.
I will overthrow the wicked;
I will cut off mankind
from the face of the earth," says the Lord.


We have not seen Biblical language such as this since Genesis chapter six!                      
That was the era prior to Noah’s Flood.

Genesis 6

5: Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6: The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

7: The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

See what I mean?                                                                                                                           

As dire as Noah’s Flood was, that event pales in comparison to the Day of the Lord.  
God judged the unbelieving world with Noah’s Flood; and one day future He will judge the unbelieving world again. But these events will more horrifying.

For instance, Noah’s Flood was instantaneous.  It was so sudden and so devastating people (worldwide) didn’t know what hit them!  The Tribulation, as you well know, is a period of seven years; on the horizon.  It shall be a period of pain, torment, suffering, and death, on a world-wide scale, such as the world has never seen.

Matthew 24

21: "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will…

These are the Lord Jesus Christ’s words; not mine.                                                                
If He said it, then I believe Him.
Now skip to verse seven.  Here we pick up the term, “the Day of the Lord.”


Zephaniah 1

7: Be silent (For they can offer no defense.) before the Lord God!  For the day of the 
Lord is at hand;

Before we go any further, please do not confuse the Lord’s Day with the Day of the Lord.  
The Lord’s Day is resurrection Sunday.
We celebrate this day each and every Sunday.                                                                            

In my opinion, every day is the Lord’s Day and not just Sunday.  As Believers, are we called to worship the Lord Jesus Christ but one day a week?  I think not.

The Day of the Lord will be a time of God’s judgment on an UNBELIEVING world.


God intervenes in the lives of mankind, once again, as He did in the day of Noah’s Flood.  One of the major differences between these two traumatic events, every Bible student should see from the get-go is this, during the Tribulation, mankind will have the opportunity to repent and believe on The Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation.  
And Scripture reveals that a great multitude will be saved out of it.  
Once the Flood began, no such opportunity of salvation existed.  

This doesn't mean Gold is unjust…  
You see, mankind had those one hundred and twenty years preceding God’s judgment to repent and demonstrate faith in the LORD God.  They had one hundred and twenty years to make a decision; and we now know the choice all but eight souls made.

Please turn in your Bibles to 1 Thessalonians, chapter five.                                                         

The point of being here is to show you that this is not just an OLD TESTAMENT concept.  The Day of the Lord, is a “thread of truth” that runs through Scripture.             
Here we find the apostle Paul describing this same event to the Believers in Thessalonica.

The Day of the Lord
I Thessalonians 5

1: Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.   (What’s Paul saying?  These Believers already had the writings, concerning this event, from the Old Testament prophets.)

2: For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

Let’s go to II Peter, chapter three, at verse ten for just a minute.                            
I didn’t plan this; but the Spirit brought a Bible verse to my attention;                            
 so we’re going to visit it.
II Peter 3

10: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Know this, the apostle Peter wasn’t looking over Paul’s shoulder as he wrote and then plagiarized this verse.  Once again, this is further proof that the authors of Scripture were “moved” and “inspired” by the Holy Spirit as they wrote.

Another thing, Peter writes about this same period in time that Paul wrote the Thessalonians about in his first letter to them. Peter writes about the Day of the Lord!

Let’s finish up the I Thessalonians passage.


I Thessalonians 5

3: While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child (Travail), and they will not escape…  

There are many other Bible passages that also refer to the day of the Lord and they all agree that in the time when men are proclaiming peace, but preparing for war; in a time when they are holding to a form of godliness but denying the powers thereof; in a time when they are declaring that the problems of life are being solved.                                             
Actually when they are in greater danger than they have ever been before,                            then the Day of the Lord will come.

(To Be Continued)
By: Gary Heitzman
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