Post-Trib, Pre-Wrath Rapture
The sun shall be turned into
darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
The Post-Trib Pre-Wrath Rapture
Level 1. Terms and Definitions
The Day of the Lord
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. 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, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 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. 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.
What is the Day of the Lord?
So, what is the Day of the Lord? As the previous verse tells us, "that day is a day of wrath". God's wrath will be poured out upon those who have sinned against God. Unlike the day of Christ, the day of the Lord is a "day of darkness and gloominess", "a day of trouble and distress".
How long is the Day of the Lord?
Both Post-trib and Pre-trib agree that the day of the Lord is a day of wrath and judgment from God. Also, both agree that this is not a single day but rather a period of time. Stanton, a pre-tribulationalist says, "The day of the Lord...is the time of God's wrath and judgment upon the world. It is not a twenty-four hour day, or a single event, but a period of time"
Post-tribulationalists and the Bible agree with this; The Bible confirms this in Revelation when the seventh seal of God's wrath is opened Revelation 9:5 "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." Just this one trumpet judgment lasts for Five Months! Therefore, pretribulationalist are correct when they say that the Day of the Lord is not a single day but rather lasts for a period of time.
Are there more verses that describe the day of the Lord?
Yes! Below are just a few verses which describe the Day of the Lord, there are many more.
Isaiah 2:12 "For the day of the LORD 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:"
Isaiah 13:6-13 "Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall
come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every
man's heart shall melt: 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. 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. 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.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. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge
of Ophir. 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."
Ezekial 39:2,3 "Son of man, prophesy and
say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day!
Joel 2:31 "The sun shall be turned
into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come."
When does the Day of the Lord begin?
This is a very good question! This is another point that Pre-trib and Post-trib do not agree on. This topic will be delt with in the next section, In Depth Study; but first we will look more closely at the Day of Christ and the doctrine of Imminency.
So far we have learned the following:
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