THE DAY OF THE LORDÖ FOR THE UNSAVED AND FOR THE SAVED
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(2 Pet 3:8,9) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years [to us], and a thousand years as one day [to Him] [This is the description of the biblical 1,000 year Millennium]. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance [and eternal salvation].
(Joel 2:1-3) [For the saved:] Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm [Heb: make a joyful noise] in my holy mountain: [but for the unsaved] let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness [Heb: (literally) darkness; figuratively misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] and of gloominess [Heb: fig. misfortune; concealment], a day of clouds and of thick darkness, [but for the saved] as the morning spread upon the mountains [Heb: dawn] [sunrise]: a great people and a strong [Joel 2:1-11]; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations [even to the end of the thousand year Millennium, i.e., about twenty-five 40 year generations]. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
Dakeís Annotated Reference Bible: "The day of the Lord begins with the second advent of Christ and lasts to the end of the Millennium."
(Isa 2:12) For the day of the LORD [first of 27 mentions] of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
(Zec 14:1-3) Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil [Heb: booty: prey] shall be divided in the midst of thee [amongst the unsaved pagans]. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken [Heb: captured] [physically], and the houses rifled [Heb: plundered], and the women ravished [raped]; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity [those in a spiritual sense of non-belief], and the residue of the people [the remaining spiritual believers of Jesus Christ] shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
captivity = Heb: exile: (carried away), removing /// to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense); by implication to exile (captives being usually stripped); figuratively to reveal: uncover.
exile = Dict: 1. any one separated from his country or home. 2 expulsion from oneís native land by authoritative decree. 3. a person banished from his native land.
Commentary: Goliathís name in Hebrew is also the latter definition of "exile" with the same derivative of "to denude: uncover." Goliath is (they dwell among us) an exile from God who ceaselessly strives to cause others to remain exiled, or to become exiled from God. What exiles us from God? The action-function of Goliath (a spiritually mutated deadly enemy of the thoughts of our mind) is to strip us of our sin-covering which was symbolically the Old Testament gold of God and now is the New Testament blood of Jesus Christ (i.e., stripped of our covering that was based upon the foundation of our belief), thereby exposing our sin which is an affront to God, and causing us to be or become an "exile" from God.
Commentary: "shall go forth into captivity" = This phrase may be translated from the Hebrew as "shall go (of their own accord) forth into exile (from God)." May we note that the "shall go forth" of half of the inhabitants expresses the opposite action from the "shall be taken" of the city. This exemplifies the separation of the non-believers (goats) from the believers (sheep) in Jerusalem which herein is a symbol of the flock universal.
Commentary: "Then" = When? Answer: after the separation of the goats from the sheep, i.e. after the rapture/first resurrection: 1 Thes 4:13-17 = a description; Rev 6:12-17 = the announcement of the Lordís coming; Rev 7:1-12 & Rev 20:1-6 = the sealing/rapture/first resurrection of the Saints.
(Zec 14:4-7) And his feet shall stand in that day ["the day of the LORD" v.1] upon [connotations of immense controlled power] the mount of Olives [Heb: an olive (as yielding illuminating oil), the tree /// brightness], which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye [who are saved] shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach [Heb: to touch, lay the hand upon; fig. to acquire] unto Azal [Heb: noble]: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah [Heb: strength of Jah] king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day ["the day of the LORD" v.1], that the light [Heb: illumination] shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known [Heb: perceived] to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time [i.e., the end of the day] it shall be light [Heb: illumination] [understanding].
(Isa 30:26) Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the [accumulated] light of seven days, in the day ["the day of the LORD" v.1] that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. [And the Saints will have "the glory of the Lord," seven times their current "brightness"]
(Zec 14:8-11) And it shall be in that day ["the day of the LORD" v.1], that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea [the Dead Sea], and half of them toward the hinder sea [the Mediterranean Sea]: in summer and in winter shall it be [throughout the Millennium]. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day ["the day of the LORD" v.1] shall there be one LORD, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
A NUCLEAR PLAGUE
(Zec 14:12-14) And this shall be the plague [Heb: slaughter] [i.e., a nuclear holocaust: the sunís surface temperature is about 9,941 degrees Fahrenheit; the brasen altar Ė amplified] wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away [Heb: melt] while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away [Heb: melt] in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away [Heb: melt] in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day ["the day of the LORD" v.1], that a great tumult [Heb: confusion] [like the tower of Babel, i.e., "strong delusion" 2 Thes 2:11] from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
Commentary: "shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour" = as exemplified by the 135,000 Midianite warriors, 120,000 of whom destroyed each other in the valley: "and the Lord set every manís sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host:" (Judg 7:22).
(Zec 14:15-21) And so shall be the plague [Heb: slaughter] of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague [of the unsaved people]. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year [throughout the Millennium] to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles [a week of celebration for the harvest]. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain [spiritual and physical blessings from Heaven]. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague [Heb: slaughter] [punishment from Heaven instead of rain], wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. In that day ["the day of the LORD" v.1] shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day ["the day of the LORD" v.1] there shall be no more the Canaanite [Heb: peddler: merchant, trafficker] in the house of the LORD of hosts.
(Psa 91:5-9) Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow [guided missile] that flieth by day; (6) Nor for the pestilence [Heb: murrain (diseases)] that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday [the hottest part of the day connoting thermo-nuclear blasts, fire, and heat]. (7) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. (8) Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward [Heb: retribution] of the wicked. (9) Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge [Heb: shelter], even the most High, thy habitation [Heb: dwelling /// cohabitation: duty of marriage];