The Day of the Lord
I am currently reading through the minor prophets in my daily Bible reading. I noticed that the phrase “Day of the Lord” is a common theme in much of their writing, and I thought I would do a little study on the phrase to see if I could figure out what The Day of the Lord was really all about. After each passage, I offer some conclusions about what the passage says about the Day of the Lord.
According to my ESV Study Bible, the earliest known usage of the phrase is in Amos 5:18-20:
“Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?” [Amos 5:18-20]
Amos invokes the term in describing the judgment against the Northern Kingdom at the hands of the Assyrians. Amos rebukes those who desire the coming day of the Lord and asks “Why would you want that?” The ESV study Bible postulates that perhaps the term had come into popular use at that time to symbolize that time when God would return and make Israel the head of all nations. Amos warns that the coming day of the Lord is not a time of safety (as having escaped from a lion) but terror (as being consumed by a bear).
Conclusion: The Day of the Lord is nothing to look forward to because it brings with it the darkness of judgment.
So, let’s see what the other prophets had to say about it. Isaiah employs the term in prophecying the coming destruction of Babylon at the hands of the Medes and Persians in Isaiah 13:6-9:Read More