The Day of the Lord

1Thessalonians 5:1-2 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 

‘Times and the seasons.’ This refers to the times and seasons when the rapture (2Thess. 2:7; Rev. 4:1) and the day of the Lord will take place.

‘The day of the Lord’ – The day of the Lord here is the Millennium, from the second coming to the rebellion of satan at the end of that period (Rev. 19:11 – 20:10). The day of the Lord cannot come until the Lord comes to reign (Isa. 2:12; 13:6, 9; 34:8; 61:2; 63:1-6; Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 30:3; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:13-14; Amos 5:18; Joel 2:1-32; Oba. 1:15; Zeph. 1:8, 18; 2:2-3; Zech. 14:1-21; Mal. 4:1-6; Mat. 24:29-31; 25:31-46; 1Thess. 5:2; 2Thess. 1:7-10; 2:1-12; Jude 1:14; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:1-10).

‘As a thief in the night.’ This expression is used only in 1Thessalonians 5:2-4; 2Peter 3:10 and Revelation 3:3; 16:15. Each time it refers to the day of the Lord coming as a thief, except Revelation 3:3 where it refers to judgment on the local congregation of Sardis. Christ’s coming is also referred to as a thief (Matt. 24:43).

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