Day of the Lord is a good example of why the book is by a single author and why the generation that is going to be effected by what is written about in the last book. With that in mind I’m going to work backwards through the book as the method being used in a general information type of document. The additional verses will stay on topic even if the references are scattered about.
Information is left out here yet that missing information is included in 2Th:2 when it says the truth (about what the Bible says about God) will fall to the ground (RCC Latin Bible was that event) and somebody must sit on a throne in Jerusalem and claim to be the God of the Bible. That is a future event but it answers the ‘what is withholding the return’ and the answer is that prophecy not being fulfilled is what is holding back the return rather than it being anything else that is promoted in a variety of false doctrines.
But of the times and the seasons,
ye have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say,
Peace and safety;
then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape.
Peace and safety in Revelations is only during the 4 days that the two witnesses are dead in the streets of Jerusalem and that is the last 4 days of the period known as the 2nd woe. The 3 woes mentioned after 4 trumps have sounded are for the 5th trump (5 months of hell) and the 6th trump (37 months in which 1/3 of the people on the planet are killed). When the 2nd woe ends in Re:11 the 3rd woe starts and the beginning is provided but the full text is all of Re:11. The ‘thief in the night’ prophecy unfolds during a specific vial as it affects a named group. The kings alive at that time are not the 10 kings that are given kingdoms by the Beast from the Pit but the Church would have some citizens in those countries that would survive the vials and these are the kings being referenced as they walk to Jerusalem and the only water they touch is the one flowing in the new and improved Jordan River in Eze:47 as that is how they are glorified to be the same as Jesus was in the 40 days after he was glorified by God in the Re:4 temple. The 12 Tribes are there before the Church starts to arrive. The resurrections start after a 1260 day period. 30 days before that is the sealing of the 144,000 and the two witnesses and the first 4 trumps sound at the rate of 1 per day for 4 days. Daniel also promotes 1335 days and taking away the 1290 days would leave you the time it takes for the Gentiles who survived the 7 vials to walk to Jerusalem so they enter from the east. The heat from the fire that destroys Satan’s Babylon in one hour is how the rivers are dried up.
The 10 kings the Beast appoints are probably all dead by the end of the 1st vial.
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;
and the water thereof was dried up,
that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,
and out of the mouth of the beast,
and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles,
which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world,
to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
I come as a thief.
Blessed is he that watcheth,
and keepeth his garments,
lest he walk naked,
and they see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
From the information in the Bible we are given the knowledge about a deception before the actual return. People without that knowledge would not be looking for a deception let alone the other ungodly acts that will be going on.
are not in darkness,
that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day:
we are not of the night,
nor of darkness.
And if any man hunger,
let him eat at home;
that ye come not together unto condemnation.
And the rest will I set in order when I come.
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets,
he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
If you read and summarize the NT it would fit that one verse, what Paul was saying is a small scale version of what Jesus had mentioned during the Gospels. To get the best view a 2nd verse is used as justification to refer to prophecies in the OT. All 12 books after Daniel refer only to the 1st day of the 1,000 year reign.
The prophecy about Elias must come before wrath from God can occur is tossed around a lot. Take the text from the Bible and Job:14 mentions God’s wrath and that is the GWT event as the 1,000 year reign was not introduced in the last book of Scripture was revealed to man. The vision of Christ, Moses and Elias has a fulfillment days as being the last few hours of the same day that Christ resurrects the two witnesses and then sends all sinners to their appointed places. Men go to hell where they can looked on a chained up Satan for 1,000 years Isaiah:14), fallen angels that have already been in the PIT are sent to the fiery lake and any fallen angels who have not been to the PIT are sent there. Satan is the only new one in the PIT and the wrath of God at the end of the 1,000 years does to the planet what happened to Satan’s Babylon. The 144,000 are on that same mountain top when they witness the resurrection of the two witnesses and quite possible event from the very start of that same day. The resurrection, 1 hr pause, 2 hours fire like Sodom experienced, ˝ hour pause, resurrection in place of the whole House of Israel as defined in Eze:37. Jesus as at the north end of the Sea of Galilee 6 days before that so it is in the same area. Moses and Elias will be standing on holy ground and having passed their 1,000th birthday they will be able to withstand fire from God in Heaven that consumes the whole earth. That is why only the garden area is restored to garden like status. The Church will roam around the nations rebuilding the cities that angels built before their fall, a task they will do many, many times once the new earth verses. Zec:14 will be repeated 1,000 times and then the end will come.
The grave has two parts, you have to physically die to enter either part. Prior to the day of the return being dead and still awake has had Jonah and Jesus each visit the place for 1 week total. The 2/3 of the planet that misses taking part of the feast of the tabernacles in Zec:14 are awake and in hell, behind a locked gate to make sure they are still there after Satan and the other fallen angels have been released so they can be sent to the fiery lake.
The OT is the best authority on what the sleeping grave is and Isaiah:65 shows the ones sent there do have a future with God once the new earth verses have began to unfold. The beggar Lazarus and the rich man is a prophecy rather than it being a parable or story or whatever. Hell is open as soon as Jesus has the keys and for the 12 Tribes safety for some means no safety for others and the 144,000 are the only ones to see the return, the other members are part of a mass resurrection that fits the ‘died for the word of God0 part of Re:20:4.
Eze:39 explains why as well as what the first 7 years will be like. It is a massive cleanup followed by the gathering of the bones that belonged to the 200M angelic horsemen which takes another 7 months.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.
All go unto one place;
all are of the dust,
and all turn to dust again.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with thy might;
for there is no work,
in the grave,
whither thou goest.
So man lieth down,
and riseth not:
till the heavens be no more,
they shall not awake,
nor be raised out of their sleep.
O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave,
that thou wouldest keep me secret,
until thy wrath be past,
that thou wouldest appoint me a set time,
and remember me!
If a man die,
shall he live again?
all the days of my appointed time will I wait,
till my change come.
Thou shalt call,
and I will answer thee:
thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
For now thou numberest my steps:
dost thou not watch over my sin?
My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
And it shall come to pass,
that in all the land,
saith the LORD,
two parts therein shall be cut off and die;
but the third shall be left therein.
And I will bring the third part through the fire,
and will refine them as silver is refined,
and will try them as gold is tried:
they shall call on my name,
and I will hear them:
I will say,
It is my people:
and they shall say,
The LORD is my God.
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 to worship the King,
the LORD of hosts,
and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Therefore let us not sleep,
as do others;
but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night;
and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love;
and for an helmet,
the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Since 1/3 of all Gentiles are destined to live through the 7 vials on the whole planet (as well as the 12 Tribes from Eze:37) these would represent repented Gentiles who have come to God through the fulfillment of this prophecy.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day,
that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it;
ye shall not prolong your days upon it,
but shall utterly be destroyed.
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations,
and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen,
whither the LORD shall lead you.
And there ye shall serve gods,
the work of men's hands,
wood and stone,
which neither see,
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God,
thou shalt find him,
if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
When thou art in tribulation,
and all these things are come upon thee,
even in the latter days,
if thou turn to the LORD thy God,
and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God
he will not forsake thee,
neither destroy thee,
nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
Since a lot will die as a result of the 3 woes this might be a reminder that He also went to the grave, because of His love for God and that made the sacrifice ‘bearable’.
And he went a little further,
and fell on his face,
O my Father,
if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me:
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
He went away again the second time,
O my Father,
if this cup may not pass away from me,
except I drink it,
thy will be done.
Who died for us,
whether we wake or sleep,
we should live together with him.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together,
and edify one another,
even as also ye do.
Peter’s reference to ungodly men is specifically the 200M horsemen that 4 fallen angels manifest into. That term is also used in the Book of Jude. It was the replacement for the Book of Enoch. The time during the time of Adam was based on how time will be told from the start of the 1,000 year reign. When God told Adam he would die the same day he ate He was correct even though Adam lived until he was 930 years old that was 70 years less than 1 full day. Moses was the one that brought in the time change that God imposed in Ge:6 as being 120 years and then the breath of life would leave them.
The 1,000 years for a day would have been the Law Angelic beings were under since their creation at the start of day 1 in Ge:1. That time of dating lasted until the last giant died. Goliath type of giant and the 12 Commandments became the planetary law. It also means Ge:3:15 was given in angelic time but fulfilled in man’s version of time. The verse in Isaiah:65 means when a baby is born they are called infants for the first 20 years of their life. The term infant dies and the person is called a child of God for the next 100 years and on their 120th birthday God bestows immortality on them. Adam and Eve were eternal beings and they needed food and water to remain alive. Immortals like the ‘sons of God’ were created immortal beings. The 200M are 4 the combined strength of 4 angelic beings, basically equal to 50M horsepower in terms we can relate to.
In a somewhat related topic the time of the Gentiles was written during a time that the power of God was something visible. Let’s assume the writer of Revelations died just after and they were the last oft be able to do any of the ‘signs following’ that was standard back in the day. The two witnesses will be when the transition goes back physical proof being possible. If the book is the only gathering tool so the acts in the OT have to be hidden from history. The flood is a great example of that. The conditions in the promised land are supposed to be a return to the conditions the original garden had Eze:47 gives the dimensions of a river that is said to be enough to make the Dead Sea a body of fresh water again. The flow rate could be arrived at by taking the whole of the watershed area of the River Jordan into drops per sq meter level. The danger is that would be similar to the whole desert belt if ice-age weather came back. Sumeria would be Summer, the place that is warm 24/7/265. Working on time immortals relate to the flood didn’t not take 360 days (and a bit) but the number should be 360,000 solar years, the time of a major ice age.
One thing about the flood story is the amount of water needed should be based on 22.5ft of rain on the dry land areas and the water needed would lower the oceans about 5 ft. The rain that hell on the high hills and mountains would have fallen as snow and that is why it took 150 days (150,000 years) after the 40 days of rain (40,000 years) stopped before the rocks could be seen again.
Noah’s version could also include the known world back then, the garden area. God brought a sampling of flesh to Adam to be named and no record any went home and only the one God killed is not an extermination type of even. Having 5 fingered people down to 5 people is getting pretty close and that is why God caused the flood in the first place. The ones that dies are daughters of Eve so God also restores them to life at the GWT event, they are the ones the Seas give up.
All prophecy given has to unfold in the manner given in the book. It is grand enough that man cannot complete the many tasks. Universal salvation and literal fulfillment are two cornerstones that the book upholds all the way through.
For the kingdom of God is not in word,
but in power.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For this shall the earth mourn,
and the heavens above be black:
because I have spoken it,
I have purposed it,
and will not repent,
neither will I turn back from it.
Mankind is judged in a few hours on the day Christ claims the earth as again belonging to the kingdom of God. In the 1,000 years that follow they are taught what the fallen ones know and they survive the fire that sends the fallen ones to the fiery lake. God os a graveyard in the holy land and Magog is a smoking hole in the promised land until the judgment comes. That same fire is used to end this earth and the 3rd heaven location of the Great White Throne is used to end the current location of God in Heaven. The new earth thjat follows will be our whole universe, ne heaven for the Holy Angels is the City of God and the Temple where the GWT sits is only one building in that same city.
But the heavens and the earth,
which are now,
by the same word are kept in store,
reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
be not ignorant of this one thing,
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day.
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.
The verse saying the men sent to hell mock Satan shown all men repent. The last ones mentioned in Re:7 are the same ones sent to hell at the end of Re:19. All of Hebrews:12 is related to the GWT event only, it is a day of chastisement and forgiveness rather than an increase in the level of punishment. The verses after this show they are alive and doing fine in the new earth era.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse,
which sword proceeded out of his mouth:
and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Therefore will I number you to the sword,
and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter:
because when I called,
ye did not answer;
when I spake,
ye did not hear;
but did evil before mine eyes,
and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD,
my servants shall eat,
but ye shall be hungry:
my servants shall drink,
but ye shall be thirsty:
my servants shall rejoice,
but ye shall be ashamed:
my servants shall sing for joy of heart,
but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart,
and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen:
for the Lord GOD shall slay thee,
and call his servants by another name:
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.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
The population that is alive on the 1st day of the 1,000 year reign will be at the last feast of the tabernacles when Satan is released. They all survive Satan tricks as they are holy enough to be Shepherds to the rest of mankind that is about to be resurrected at the GWT even and the new earth starts after that. The 24 Elders (husbands and former wives are OT saints and they will sit on thrones for the 1,000 years, the ones that hear them will sit on thrones when the new earth verses start.)
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
according to his promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth,
wherein dwelleth righteousness.
seeing that ye look for such things,
be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace,
For in the resurrection they neither marry,
nor are given in marriage,
but are as the angels of God in heaven.
New Jerusalem is their home in the new earth, by being shepherds and not having children they can never outgrow the City. At the age of 120 years the ones outside the city gain immortality and they also no longer have children. The 100 children they do have are born between the time they are 20 and 120.
As also ye have acknowledged us in part,
that we are your rejoicing,
even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Acts:10 was written 3 ˝ years after the cross and it marked the end of the 70 weeks in full. The 70 weeks marked the end of the bruise to the heel from Ge:3:15 in full. What was given to the Gentiles starting in Acts:10 was also given to the Jews as part of the teaching that was related to the bruise to the head of the serpent. It is quite possible that Saul was chosen as he fit the terms in De:4:30 that had an earnest believer praying in the latter days. The Lord’s Prayer in Luke is text written for the ‘latter days’. Ac:10:17-20: Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. The chapter this comes from is a warning to Christians that associating with a known sinner will bring the same punishment to them as the sinner gets. The distance required by God is not eating with them. The soul of the sinner is accomplished by sending them to the grave. That washes away all sin, that is why God sees them as being spotless at the GWT event.
To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh,
that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
After this I beheld,
a great multitude,
which no man could number,
of all nations,
stood before the throne,
and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes,
and palms in their hands;
And cried with a loud voice,
Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb.
And all the angels stood round about the throne,
and about the elders and the four beasts,
and fell before the throne on their faces,
and worshipped God,
be unto our God for ever and ever.
And one of the elders answered,
saying unto me,
What are these which are arrayed in white robes?
and whence came they?
And I said unto him,
And he said to me,
These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes,
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple:
and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
They shall hunger no more,
neither thirst any more;
neither shall the sun light on them,
nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them,
and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters:
and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
The judgement of the Nations is the important even for people alive during the last 3 woes. The wrath comes with the return is limited as not angels are in the fiery lake, only a handful are
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood,
before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
But all this was done,
that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.
Then all the disciples forsook him,
against my shepherd,
and against the man that is my fellow,
saith the LORD of hosts:
smite the shepherd,
and the sheep shall be scattered:
and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory,
and all the holy angels with him,
then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations:
and he shall separate them one from another,
as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand,
but the goats on the left.
There are 4 more parts to the 'Day of the Lord' series,
I don't see why they would need to be posted as this alone will mess every poster here up to the point the troll will even look more stupid than usual.