of the Lord (Yahweh)
(יום יהוה , yōm Yahweh ; ἡ ἡμέρα τοῦ Κυρίου , hē
hēméra toú Kurı́ou ): The idea is a common Old Testament one. It
denotes the consummation of the kingdom of God and the absolute
cessation of all attacks upon it (Isaiah 2:12 ; Isaiah 13:6 , Isaiah
13:9 ; Isaiah 34:8 ; Ezekiel 13:5 ; Ezekiel 30:3 ; Joel 1:15 ; Joel
2:11 ; Amos 5:18 ; Zephaniah 1:14 ; Zechariah 14:1 ) It is a "day of
visitation" (Isaiah 10:3 ), a day "of the wrath of Yahweh" (Ezekiel
7:19 ), a "great day of Yahweh" (Zephaniah 1:14 ). The entire
conception in the Old Testament is dark and foreboding.
On the other hand the New Testament idea is pervaded with the elements
of hope and joy and victory. In the New Testament it is eminently the
day of Christ, the day of His coming in the glory of His father. The
very conception of Him as the "Son of Man" points to this day (E.
Kuëhl, Das Selbstbewusstsein Jesu , 68). John 5:27 : "And he gave him
authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man" (compare
Matthew 24:27 , Matthew 24:30 ; Luke 12:8 ). It is true in the New
Testament there is a dark background to the bright picture, for it
still remains a "day of wrath". (Romans 2:5 , Romans 2:6 ), a "great
day" (Revelation 6:17 ; Judges 1:6 [sic] ), a "day of God" (2 Peter 3:12 ), a
"day of judgment" (Matthew 10:15 ; 2 Peter 3:7 ; Romans 2:16 ).
Sometimes it is called "that day" (Matthew 7:22 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:4 ;
2 Timothy 4:8 ), and again it is called "the day" without any
qualification whatever, as if it were the only day worth counting in
all the history of the world and of the race (1 Corinthians 3:13 ). To
the unbeliever, the New Testament depicts it as a day of terror; to the
believer, as a day of joy. For on that day Christ will raise the dead,
especially His own dead, the bodies of those that believed in Him -
"that of all that which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but
should raise it up at the last day" (John 6:39 ). In that day He comes
to His own (Matthew 16:27 ), and therefore it is called "the day of our
Lord Jesus" (2 Corinthians 1:14 ),"the day of Jesus Christ" or "of
Christ" (Philippians 1:6 , Philippians 1:10 ), the day when there
"shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven" (Matthew 24:30 ).
All Paulinic literature is especially suffused with this longing for
the "parousia ," the day of Christ's glorious manifestation. The entire
conception of that day centers therefore in Christ and points to the
everlasting establishment of the kingdom of heaven, from which sin will
be forever eliminated, and in which the antithesis between Nature and
grace will be changed into an everlasting synthesis.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Day of the Lord
(Yahweh)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.
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