The day of the Lord (chapter 3)

This author said that with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years, and vice versa, a thousand years are like one day.  The Lord is patient not slow.  He wants to give them time to repent.  The day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will pass away with a loud noise.  The world will be set on fire and burned up.  Are you patient or slow?

The day of the Lord (2 Thess. 1:10)

“Christ will come

On that day

To be glorified

By his saints

And to be marveled at

Among all

Who have believed,

Because they have believed

Our testimony

To you.”

ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐνδοξασθῆναι ἐν τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ καὶ θαυμασθῆναι ἐν πᾶσιν τοῖς πιστεύσασιν, ὅτι ἐπιστεύθη τὸ μαρτύριον ἡμῶν ἐφ’ ὑμᾶς, ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ.

Paul said, “Christ will come (ὅταν ἔλθῃ) on that day (ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ) to be glorified (ἐνδοξασθῆναι) by his saints (ἐν τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ) and to be marveled at (καὶ θαυμασθῆναι) among all who have believed (ἐν πᾶσιν τοῖς πιστεύσασιν), because they have believed (ὅτι ἐπιστεύθη) our testimony (τὸ μαρτύριον ἡμῶν) to you (ἐφ’ ὑμᾶς).”  Only this letter to the Thessalonians used this unique word ἐνδοξασθῆναι, that means to glorify, acknowledge the glory belonging to, or recognize as glorious.  Paul indicated that Jesus Christ, the Lord, would come on the day of wrath.  Then he would be glorified by all this holy saints here on earth.  They would marvel at his presence because they have believed the testimony that Paul had given them.  Do you believe the gospel testimony?

The day of the Lord (Acts 2:20)

“The sun

Shall be turned

Into darkness.

The moon

Shall be turned

Into blood,

Before the coming

Of the Lord’s


And glorious day.”

ὁ ἥλιος μεταστραφήσεται εἰς σκότος καὶ ἡ σελήνη εἰς αἷμα, πρὶν ἐλθεῖν ἡμέραν Κυρίου τὴν μεγάλην καὶ ἐπιφανῆ.

The author of Acts indicated that Peter quoted directly from the prophet Joel.  Peter said that the sun (ὁ ἥλιος) shall be turned to darkness (μεταστραφήσεται εἰς σκότος).  The moon (καὶ ἡ σελήνη) shall be turned to blood (εἰς αἷμα).  This will happen before the coming (πρὶν ἐλθεῖν) of the great (τὴν μεγάλην) and glorious (καὶ ἐπιφανῆ) day of the Lord (ἡμέραν Κυρίου).  Acts is the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἐπιφανῆ, that means notable, manifest, glorious, or illustrious.  This was substantially the same as Joel, chapter 2:31.  The sun would darken and the moon would turn to blood before the great and terrible or glorious day of God, Yahweh, the Lord, would arrive.  Peter added the glorious day.  What are you expecting on the coming day of God, the Lord?