Darkness and Light: The Day of the Lord by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Darkness and Light: The Day of the Lord
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

But of the times and the seasons, brethren,
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. But ye, brethren, are not in
darkness, that that day should overtake you
as a thief. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4)

The Day of the Lord was the high hope and the far-off goal of
the Old Testament. It was that toward which the entire Old Testament
program was moving. Everything in time and creation looked
forward to and moved toward that day. The Old Testament closed
without it being realized, and up to today the Day of the Lord has
not yet come.
The Old Testament closes with almost a sundown of the nation
Israel. The people were drugged to an unconsciousness of sin. They
were in a spiritual stupor with no conviction, which is the lowest
state of sin. The last word of the Old Testament is a curse, but it
does not close with only a curse. It closes with a great hope that
although the sun has gone down and it is very dark, there is coming
a new day - the Day of the Lord - and the Sun of righteousness
who will usher it in:
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings.... (Malachi 4:2)
But when we come to the New Testament, we find even there
that the Day of the Lord had not come. In Paul's first letter to
the Thessalonians, we read that this Day of the Lord was still in
the future:
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, 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.
(1 Thessalonians 5:1, 2)
So when Paul wrote this in about A.D. 51, the Day of the Lord
was still in the future, and after almost 2000 years, it is yet future.
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