Now, I know not all will agree with this. That’s fine. I just wanted to share some thoughts of the times of the end that two thousand years ago Jesus said were already begun.
And, if you haven’t been watching the news (regardless of what country you live in), you are clueless as to what is going on around you in your neighborhoods and the rest of the world.
But…..many of you are paying attention.
So, with that little disclaimer, let’s look at; WORDS.
Words are important. Even more so, the words of God are important. It is amazing to me how some people can lump together words of God that are not related and yet make a doctrine out of those unrelated words.
Let’s be honest, the Word of God doesn’t always make it easy either (probably on purpose).
It takes time, prayer, and a real desire to study the depths, the riches of the Truth of God’s word to properly understand its true meaning. Eschatology (the study of the end times prophesies) is one of those areas where a word, or even an inflection, can make a difference in the true meaning of a verse or sentence.
The ignorance of God’s word (as a whole) also plays a role in such matters.
The bottom line, when trying to discern the true meaning of a portion of Scripture, is that we want to discover what God Himself meant when He said it, not what is it that we think it says.
So, all that being said, let’s take a look at one (ok, three) instance where a change in words (actually Titles) makes a difference.
The generic term “The Day of the Lord” can be used to define end times events and judgements, however, one must be careful not to confuse The Day of the Lord with The Day of Christ or The Day of God.
For this brief study, let’s look at The Day of Christ or The Day of the Lord Jesus first, mainly because it is the first upcoming event. In Paul’s writing to the Thessalonian believers, he testifies to the Day of Jesus Christ (another varient of the Day of Christ). A future day when he would boast of the Corinthian believers “in the Day of the Lord Jesus” NKJV.
Now, to the Thessalonians he also wrote to calm their fears as many of them believed that the Day of the Lord had begun already (due to increased persecution).
Paul, however, assured them that the Day of the Lord had not begun because the rapture of the Church had not taken place (see I Thes.4:13-18).
Now, in Philippians, three times the Apostle Paul speaks of the Day of Jesus Christ (or Christ Jesus, depending on translation)in chapters and verses 1:6, 1:10, and 2:16 as being the Judgement of Jesus on the works of the believers and followers of Christ. what Paul is telling us is that the Day of the Lord is not the Day of Christ!
In fact, the Day of the Lord cannot come upon the Earth before the day of Christ has begun and all of the believers are safely tucked away in the glory of His presence.
This is The Wedding Feast of the Lamb and His Bride!
Next week, The Day of the Lord
But don’t wait for next week…if you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior and to forgive all your sin…Do it now!!! Next week could be too late. Don’t be left behind……….
Have a blessed week, y’all!!!
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