Length of the Day of the Lord
What is the character of the "day of the Lord?"
"The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord; the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress." Zeph. 1:14, 15.
Under which of the seven seals does this time of wrath begin?
"And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal." "for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" Rev. 6:12, 17.
What signs were to appear in the heavens under this seal?
"The sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind." Rev. 6:12, 13.
What great events were these signs to precede?
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken; and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Matt. 24:29, 30.
Under which of the seven seals will the Lord come to earth?
"And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour." Rev. 8:1.
How is the wrath of the day of the Lord to be manifested?
"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God." Rev. 15:1.
Are the most of these plagues to be poured out before the Lord comes?
"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates... Behold, I come as a thief: Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." Rev. 16:12-15.
NOTE: It is evident from these scriptures that the "day of the Lord" begins before the actual coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven.
What great event will take place at His coming?
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first." 1 Thess. 4:16.
How long after the righteous will the wicked be raised to life?
"And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection." Rev. 20:4, 5.
When the wicked come up again on the earth, what will they be incited to do?
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea." Rev. 20:7, 8.
What will then take place?
"And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them." Rev. 20:9.
What is this lake of fire called?
"The lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Rev. 21:8.
To what are the present heavens and earth reserved?
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." 2 Peter 3:7.
NOTE: Then when the fire from heaven destroys the wicked, the earth itself will also be burned.
But will the day of the Lord reach to, and include, the burning of the earth?
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise. and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also; and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10.
NOTE: It is therefore plain that the phrase, "day of the Lord," refers to a time that begins before the coming of Christ, and extends a thousand years behond, even till the time when the earth is renewed and given to the saints.