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HOW LONG IS THE DAY OF THE LORD
By Marilyn Agee
In "Events of the Day of the Lord (Yom YHWH)," Roy A. Reinhold wrote, "Getting back to the time length of the Day of the Lord, we know it is at least a year. Why?, because we know that just one Trumpet Judgment, the fifth in Revelation 9:5, lasts for 5 months. Considering that all the Trumpet Judgments are sequential, then it stands to reason that they take at least a year. Also, we know that the rapture will take place on Rosh Hashanah, the 1st day of the 7th month, and we know that the end of the Day of the Lord is just before the prophetic fulfillment of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on the 10th day of the 7th month. So, we know that the Day of the Lord length is either one year, two years, or three years in length. Deductively, we know that the Day of the Lord cannot be 3 years in length from the events which must occur during the Great Tribulation. Therefore, the Day of the Lord is either one year or two years in length. (http://ad2004.com/prophecytruths/Articles/Prophecy/EventsYomYHWH.html)
I think the Day of the Lord is one long day, Jesus' Long Day, of which Joshua's Long Day was a type, when the Earth is turned upside down by the impact of Satan's asteroid Wormwood. Here are scriptures I go by.
THE DAY OF THE LORD
Zec 14:1-5 says, "Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle (i.e., on Joshua's Long Day). 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, 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. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah".
Since the asteroid Wormwood will cause the Day of the Lord to be a long day, something similar probably caused Joshua's Long Day. Scripture says that the "LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them".
JOSHUA'S LONG DAY, A TYPE OF JESUS' LONG DAY
Jos 10:11-14 says, "And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that THE LORD CAST DOWN GREAT STONES FROM HEAVEN UPON THEM unto Azekah (i.e., meaning dug over), and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. 12 Then spake Joshua (i.e., name of Jesus from the Hebrew) to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel."
The next time this happens, the Lord will step in to save Israel. He has not only told us what is going to happen, he has given us an example.
ELIJAH WILL COME DURING THE GREAT TRIBULATION THAT PRECEDES THE DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD
Mal_4:5 says, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD".
THE EZEKIEL 38 WAR WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD
Eze 13:5 says, "You have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD."
THOSE NOT HAVING THE SEAL OF GOD IN THEIR FOREHEADS ARE TORMENTED FIVE MONTHS
Rev 9:2-5 says, "And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."
THE DAY OF THE LORD IS ALSO THE DAY OF GOD'S WRATH
The Earth will remove out of her place that day. To me, it is Jesus' Long Day, not a year. The asteroid Wormwood will turn the Earth upside down, but it does not take a year to right itself. It is like Joshua's Long Day.
THE DAY OF THE LORD FOLLOWS THE GREAT TRIBULATION, AND THE ELECT ARE ALREADY IN HEAVEN
Mat 24:29-31 says, "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: 30 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. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of HEAVEN to the other."
I think these in HEAVEN are caught up in the First-Trump Rapture of I Thess 4:16,17 Mid-Trib.
Mar 13:24-27 says, "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the EARTH to the uttermost part of heaven."
I think these caught up from the EARTH are caught up in the Last-Trump Rapture of I Cor 15:51-54 on the Day of the Lord.
"THE EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE" ON THE DAY OF THE LORD
Isaiah 13:6-13 says, "Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: 8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. 9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. 12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. 13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and THE EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger."
Joel 1:15 says, "Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come."
THE MOUNTAIN-SIZED ASTEROID OF REV 8:8 WILL IMPACT THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA AT THE SAME TIME THE THE ASTEROID WORMWOOD WILL HIT BABYLON WHEN GOG ATTACKS ISRAEL
Jeremiah 46:10 "For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates."
Eze 38:18-23 says, "And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence (paniym, face, i.e., they see the Sign of the Son of Man in the sky), and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. 22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain (i.e., a tsunami), and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the EYES of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD."
IT IS "THE YEAR OF RECOMPENCES FOR THE CONTROVERSY OF ZION"
Isa_34:8 says, "For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion."
THE EARTH SHALL REEL TO AND FRO; IT SHALL FALL, AND NOT RISE AGAIN
Isaiah 24:19-23 says, "The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and IT SHALL FALL, AND NOT RISE AGAIN. 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high (i.e., Satan and his fallen angels), and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. 23 THEN THE MOON SHALL BE CONFOUNDED, AND THE SUN ASHAMED (i.e., as in Joshua's Long Day), when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously."
THE SIXTH SEAL
Rev 6:12-17 says, "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 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. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains (Rev 8.8) and rocks (Rev 8:11), Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
A DAY OF THICK DARKNESS, BUT "WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED"
Act 2:19-21 says, "And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Zep 1:14-18 says, "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. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of the trumpet (i.e., and the Last-Trump Rapture) and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land."
Joel 2:1 says, "Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations."
Joel 2:30-32 says, "And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered (malat, escape, i.e., in the Last-Trump Rapture): for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Oba_1:15 says, "For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head."
2Pe_3:10 says, "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."
ALL NATIONS WILL ATTACK JERUSALEM, AND THE LORD WILL FIGHT AS ON JOSHUA'S LONG DAY
Zachariah 14:1-8 "Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people 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" (i.e., as on Joshua's Long Day).
"GAZA SHALL BE FORSAKEN"
Zep 2:2-5 says, "Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. 3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid (sathar, be absent) in the day of the LORD'S anger. 4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. 5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast".
AFTER THE CATASTROPHE OF THE DAY OF THE LORD, ISRAEL WILL REBUILD
Isa 61:4 says, "And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations."
Isa 61:7 says, "For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them."
THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEITHER THE DAY OF CHRIST NOR THE DAY OF THE SECOND ADVENT
The Day of Christ is the First-Trump Rapture of I Thess 4:16,17. The Day of the Lord is the day of the Last-Trump Rapture of I Cor. 15:51-54.
Acts 2:20 says, "The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before that great and notable day of the Lord comes. And it shall come to pass that whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
There will be a partial Solar eclipse on the Eve of Trumpets this year.
Joe_2:15 says, "Blow the trumpet in Zion (i.e., on the Feast of Trumpets), sanctify a fast (i.e., the upcoming Day of Atonement), call a solemn assembly".
At https://bible.org/seriespage/5-day-lord, John F. Walvoord, long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, said.
"The question is: "How does the coming of Christ for His church relate itself to the Day of the Lord which precedes the second coming of Christ by a number of years?" This Day of the Lord will come suddenly and unexpectedly. What is the point? The point is that just as the translation of the church is the end of the day of grace it also marks the beginning of the Day of the Lord. In other words, the one event seems to do two things: it serves as the closing of one day and the beginning of the other. If that is true, it gives us some very positive and definite teaching along the line that the church will be taken out of the world before the day of trial and trouble overtakes the world. Paul is telling the Thessalonians that the Day of the Lord is going to come, and this follows immediately the passage which dealt with the coming of Christ for His church. In 1 Thessalonians 5 it is revealed that the Day of the Lord comes suddenly and unexpectedly. It is described: "the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." A thief in the night comes unheralded. There are no signs that pertain to a thief."
However, the Tribulation precedes the Day of the Lord.
I don't think the Day of the Lord will precede "the second coming of Christ by a number of years?" The Day of the Lord is also the Day of God's Wrath. It may come on Tishri 1, and Jesus come on the following Nisan 1, the first day of the Sacred, REGNAL AND JUBILEE YEAR.
I don't think the First-Trump Rapture will mark the beginning of the Day of the Lord, but the Last-Trump Rapture will mark it.
THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE TAKES PLACE WHEN THE GREAT TRIBULATION BEGINS MID-TRIB
Mat 24:15-22 says, "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:) 16 Then (tote, at that time) let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then (i.e., following the Mid-Trib Rapture) shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."
Rev 12:6-12 says, "And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now (i.e., Mid-Trib) is come salvation (soteria, rescue, deliverance, salvation, i.e., the First-Trump Rapture), and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and YE THAT DWELL IN THEM. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (i.e., the shortened Great Tribulation).
Mar_13:14-20 says, "But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee (pheugo, vanish, escape, flee away) to the mountains: 15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: 16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. 17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days (i.e., the children will be taken even if the adults are not)! 18 And pray ye that your flight (phuge, escape) be not in the winter. 19 For in those days shall be AFFLICTION, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. 20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days (i.e., of the Great Tribulation), no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days."
Joe_2:16 says, "Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, GATHER THE CHILDREN, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet (chuppah)."
Dan_11:31 says, "And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate."
Dan_12:11 says, "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up (i.e., Mid-Trib), there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days."
2Th 2:1-4 says, "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ (i.e., day of the Lord in Vatican Codex, Alexandrine Codex and Siniatic Codex) is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (i.e., the Day of the Lord) shall not come, except there come a falling away (i.e., DEPARTURE, THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE) first, and that man of sin (i.e., the False Prophet) 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, shewing himself that he is God."
When the First-Trump Rapture is at hand, Rev_2:22 says, "Behold, I will cast her (i.e., the Church of Thyatira) into a bed, and them that commit adultery (i.e., join) with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds."
I think the First-Trump Rapture will be Mid-Trib and the Last-Trump Rapture will be on the great and terrible Day of the Lord, Jesus' Long Day. The Sign of the Son of Man will be seen in the sky that day.
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