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8—Day of the Lord-Part 3d

THE DAY OF THE Lord (Yahweh) Part 3d
Joel 1:15‑20; 2Sam. 22:7‑16; Isa. 2:10‑21; Jer. 25:29‑33; Mat. 24 & 25

  1. Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
  2. Mat. 24:14 has specific reference to the proclamation of the Good News that the Kingdom is at hand — (Rev 14:6‑7) And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, {7} Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
  3. (Rom 11:5) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
  4. Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
  5. Mat. 24:15 ‑ gives the sign of the abomination ‑ the man of sin, the beast — (2Thes 2:3‑8) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; {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, showing himself that he is God. {5} Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? {6} And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. {7} For the mystery of Iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. {8} And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    • 2Thes 2:3: The phrase "the falling away" (apostasia, Gk.) may be translated "the apostasy." This is a combination of a preposition meaning "from" or "away from" and the verb "to stand." The composite word means literally a "standing away from." The implication is that before "the day of Christ [the Lord]" there will occur a marked falling away of professed believers. The use of the article indicates that Paul has in mind a specific apostasy. The severe difficulties experienced by professing believers during the days of the Tribulation may cause the repudiation of Christianity by those who are not true believers.
    • The phrases Man of Sin and Son of Perdition refer to a personification of evil and sin in one who will resist the power and Person of Christ. He is to be identified with the first beast of Rev. 13, the little horn of Dan. 7; 8, and the "abomination" of Mat. 24:15. Antichrist, another designation of this person (cp. 1John 2:18), is a historical person who makes his debut in history at a crucial moment and thus receives incredible power and influence from Satan. His true character emerges at the midpoint of the Tribulation (cp. Dan. 9:24‑27).
    • 2Thes 2:4 sitteth in the temple of God. At the midpoint of the tribulation period the Antichrist will desecrate the rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem by placing himself there to be worshipped. See Mat. 24:15. This will be the climax of man's great sin of self‑deification, in open defiance of God.
    • Ultimately, he is cast alive into the Lake of Fire, smashed — yet not annihilated at the return of Christ (2Thes 2:8) to the earth.
    • 2Thes 2:6: (vv6,7) The One who is "restraining" is a reference to the Holy Spirit in His restraining ministry through the church. "Restraining" emphasizes what is presently a strong effort by the Holy Spirit to hold back the maximal exhibition of evil and the advent of the Antichrist. In the present age the Spirit is operative in restraining evil. During the Tribulation, the Holy Spirit's ministry of restraining will be moved out of the way, as a result of the Rapture of the church. This is not a departure of the Holy Spirit, for He is omnipresent, but rather it is a temporary cessation of one of His gracious ministries. Psalms 139:7-8 ASV Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.
    • A "mystery" is a secret, which God has revealed, one that lies beyond human knowledge. The verse teaches us that this evil is already active, though at the present its manifestation is hidden from us.
    • 2Thes 2:8: Paul uses three words in this epistle to designate the return of Christ: "revelation" (apokalupsis, Gk.), "appearance" (epiphaneia, Gk.), and "coming" (parousia, Gk.). The first suggests an "unveiling," the second conveys the idea of "manifestation," and the last constitutes an affirmation that Jesus will "be alongside His people." All three words are used of Jesus' powerful coming to deal with evil at the close of the Tribulation. The Lord reveals (apokalupsis) the evil world dictator for what he really is. His destruction is accomplished by the display of the Lord's glory (epiphaneia) as a result of His personal presence (parousia). The result of this great display of divine prerogatives is the destruction of the kingdom of Satan through the Battle of Armageddon and through the institution of the Millennium. The Millennium will be God's earthly kingdom during the last thousand years of the present heavens and earth (cp. Rev. 20:1‑6).

This introduces the Great Tribulation

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