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DAY OF THE LORD

February 28, 2012

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Day of the Lord, what, where and when is it? At the church to which I attend, but do not belong, I have heard many sermons preached, few if any ever deal with the topic of prophecy, and in particular, the ‘Day of the Lord.’ When it is preached, it is out of context, and loaded with the church’s own doctrine, creed and tradition, never is it preached as it is stated in the scriptures.

When they do touch lightly on the subject, the ‘Day of the Lord,’ the ‘rapture,’ and the ‘return of Jesus,’ are more or less related to, as being one and the same event. This is the same as saying daylight and dark are one and the same thing. They are totally different events, and the ‘rapture,’ is
not an event at all.

The second coming of Jesus is going to be a one time event,
not in stages, such as a ‘secret rapture,’ and again to rule for a thousand years. When He comes it will not be in
secret, nor will it be in silence. Believe me, the whole
world will know when He bursts through the clouds of our heavens.

2 Pet 3:
.[10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The ‘Day of the Lord,’ however, is a totally different event. It is upon us now, and has caught the whole world, as prophesied, by surprise, as a ‘thief in the night.’ Unlike the coming of Christ, which will be a one time event, well known the world over, the ‘day of the Lord,’ is a multitude of events, which have already started taking place. It does not have a definite beginning, it started with this last century of world wars, Hitler, Israel becoming a State, and the forming of the United Nations.

The beginning of the ‘Day of the Lord,’ is in a shadow, not in the clear, however, the ending to the ‘Day of the Lord,’ will have a very clear and understandable ending, that being, when Jesus again sets foot on ground. His return will bring closure to that ‘Day.’ The whole ‘Day of the Lord,’ is that pattern of events which lead up to, and including His second return.

To one who has studied the scriptures, ignoring church doctrines, creeds, and traditions, it is certainly not a secret in any sense of the word. Therefore when it is preached on by the un-knowledgeable preacher, one can separate fact from fiction, with scriptural knowledge.

Yet, to the sleeping church world, the very ones who
should be the most knowledgeable by any logic, all of these happenings are just a normal sequence of happenings. They have a pet theory to cover and smoke screen the ‘Day of the Lord.’ They phrase it as the ‘Last times,’ or ‘the last days,’ which of course it is, yet, they have not fully grasped the significance of these days in which we live.

They refuse to learn specifics concerning prophecy,
because their minds have been put to sleep with the untrue myth about a ‘rapture,’ which will take them out before any real problems arise. The ‘rapture’ myth is very dangerous, in that it kills all desire to learn the real truth.

Mat 24:32-34 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh;

33. So like wise ye, when ye shall see all these things, ye know that it is near, even at the doors.

34. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Now, ‘what things’? They are the things very clearly specified in this chapter, which the church world chooses to ignore, and not learn about. ‘These things,’ are all these events cumulating with His second return, and His sending out of angels to ‘gather’ in His ‘Elect,’ which is the ‘TRUE,’ rapture.

Are these events taking place at this moment? Yes, very definitely so. Has all that was prophesied to happen, indeed happened? Of course not, that is obvious, because Christ is still at the right hand of the Father, and we are still here in our physical bodies on earth. 3

Is chapter 24 of Matthew more or less a summary of events prophesied to happen prior to the second return of Christ? In a sense, yes, however, there are numerous scriptures that elaborate more specifically concerning all these events. Chapter 24 is just a fast summary of all the
happenings, a quick lesson on prophecy. In order to get the best view of what is going to take place, all the scriptures pertaining to these events must be studied with care.

1 Thes 5:2-6 For yourselves know perfectly that (the day of the Lord) so cometh as a (thief in the night.)

3. 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.

4. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness that, that (day) should overtake you as a (thief.)

5. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Isa 28:10-13 For precept must be upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11. For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

13. But the word of the Lord was upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

The people are awake to the conditions of the day, but they do not see, they hear of these conditions, but they do not
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listen with their mind and hearts. Their eyes are wide open, yet they are sound asleep. The ‘Day of the Lord,’ surely has taken them, as a ‘Thief’ in the night.

The church world has been lulled into a comatose stupor by the doctrine of the ‘secret rapture’ theory. They feel they will not be concerned with these horrible events, so why
learn about them if we are not here when they happen?

The church world is as dead as the corpse in a coffin. They
have no life, not only do they preach a dead gospel, but they are also tied down by the world. They do not preach true precepts of God. They are not separating from the world, they are becoming a part of it.

They cannot voice the truth of the day due to being tied to the IRS, therefore, they must be obnoxiously politically correct, in all that is voiced. There is no separation of church and state.

The state has a strangle-hold on to the church. Should it get out of line to the rulings, they will be closed down by the government. The preacher is an acting agent of the government.

These things are happening, and their eyes are blinded to them. With this theory, they have built about them a shield that is not penetrative by logic, or by reasoning. They avoid specific points in prophecy due to the fact that they are so unpleasant. They are use to the smooth, soft sayings of nothings, which have no meaning, no meat, no subject matter pertaining to the ‘Real’ world.

Regardless of how unpleasant they may be, and how much the church world chooses to ignore them, in no sense of the
word does it makes them void and null. They are to happen, and are just as real, as the oak tree in my front yard.

The Cross, for Jesus, was a reality, and He had to face it, it was one of the reasons He came to earth. Jesus was not spared the cross, He had to bear his cross, and our cross must be borne by us, as well.

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There are several very distinctive features that mark the ‘Day of the Lord,’ features that will be noticed by one and
all, and this includes the church world, which will still be
here, not floating around on a cloud someplace.

2 Thes 2:2-4 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that (Day of Christ) is at hand.

3. Let no man deceive you by any means: (for that day shall not come,) (except there come a falling away first,) and (that man of sin, the son of perdition.)

4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as God.

Several very clear facts can be seen here. The first defining event is the great falling away. Who can deny that God is not being taken from all the public’s eye, by governments, and by individuals alike? Who can deny that there is not a great falling away from God? It is obvious for one and all to see, and especially here in America, which is suppose to be the tower of Christianity.

The ‘Great falling away,’ has already occurred, and is occurring at this very moment. Yet, this is one fact, that the church world seems to be blinded to. Since their congregations are growing, and the bank accounts are also growing along with the congregations, they feel ‘All is well.’

Yet, they are very cold, and God has nothing to do with them, because they ignore His Word, choosing only those parts which ‘tickle the ear,’ and are pleasant to the mind, body and soul. One place where God is not, is in the
church, that is, the God creator of all creation.

The second very distinctive event to come about, is that of anti-Christ identifying himself as God, and sitting in the temple of God. He has not identified himself, nor the temple has not even been constructed yet that he is to sit in.

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2 Thes 2:2-4
[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

[3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

[4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The beginning to the ‘Day of the Lord,’ may be in a shadow, or blurred, however when the events in 2 Thes 2:2-4 have
come about, everybody will be very much aware of the day and age in which we live.

The church world chooses to ignore all this, feeling they will be ‘raptured’ prior to these un-pleasantries. This great fallacy will cause a multitude of the very ‘Elect’ to fall when they are actually faced with it. Who can know his own weakness, and strengths, until he is put to the test? That includes the one at the keyboard at this moment.

They use the following scripture to hide behind, when anything is said pertaining to the horrors of the great tribulation, caused by Satan and his angels. They feel, that
they, the Christians, will be taken out of harm’s way, using this scripture, out of context.

2 Thes 2:6-8 And now know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the (way.)

8. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.

The first scripture, 2 Thes 2:3 qualifies verse 7, explaining what it actually means. The great falling away certainly
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does not explain any sort of ‘rapture.’ This is the verse that is ignored. The great falling away, is the removal of the Spirit of God from the teachings of man, and legislated out of all law, and this is being done on a massive scale.

Notice the wording carefully in verse seven, it says that it is being taken out of the WAY, not the world. The last word states that it will be taken out of the WAY, and there is a world of difference between WAY, and World.

By changing the meaning of these verses, the church world
has invented a theory of a ‘Secret Rapture.’ The ‘Day of the Lord,’ has not even been declared yet by the church, and the land is filled with wars, and many rumors of wars. Even
with these happenings, the end is not yet. Mat 24:6 All of these things are just the ‘Beginning’ of sorrows. Mat 24:8

The beast of Rev 13 is just now in the formative stages, it
has not come to it’s full maturity. The beast of Rev 13 is the combination of all the nations of the world into one global entity. It has taken fifty years, one generation, to bring it to where it stands today, yet even now, it has not come to it’s designated strength.

The five permanent members, America, UK, China, France, and the Russian Federation now have ‘Veto’ power, able to obstruct any resolution that they feel is not to the right standards. This power of the ‘Veto’ must and will be completely removed. There must be none who is able to resist in any form the ironclad resolutions made by this Satanic body.

When the five obstacles have been squelched, the beast will be ready for it’s main player, the Anti-Christ himself. Regardless of the prayers, the hopes, and the good intentions, this is going to happen, it was prophesied by God to come about, and it will.

This will be the completed structures of the beast described by Daniel in Dan 2:7 and again described in Rev 13. When this satanic individual takes his seat as the head of this world government, he will declare that he is God almighty, and will be able to prove his standing with false signs and
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wonders, one of which will be a false ‘rapture.’ Of course
this so called ‘rapture’ will catch up only those that he has
declared as Christians, which of course will be only those that follow his statutes, and accept his mark.

The real church will still be here, congregations filling their respective cathedrals each Sunday, breaking the rock hard law of the Sabbath, as they have been doing for centuries.

Not even aware that their fate is being sealed, both by God, and the Anti-Christ. Fast asleep in a deep comatose coma of false doctrines and creeds.

It will be at this time that the actual ‘Day of the Lord’
begins, that is, the beginning that the church world can recognize. The actual beginning began in my opinion with the first world war. The beginning of events which will be finalized by the appearance of Jesus in the heavens with his ‘Armed armadas’ ready for the battle of the beast and his armies of the world.

From the time that the anti-Christ takes his seat and he is locked by God, in a dungeon for a thousand years, the church world and the elect will be subjected to him.
Being subjected to this beastly empire, the satanic poison which can even now be detected, is not a pleasant thought to say the least.

Neither was the Cross to Jesus a pleasant thought, yet He had to face it. We are no better than he, we must face our cross as well. The rock solid elect, that retain their faith in the true God, will be saved. The end is coming in a multitude of ways, none of which are pleasant to contemplate on.

Remember that all that pertains to God has been removed from the laws of man, and all who draw breath will be subjected to the beast. For those who choose to remain asleep, they will notice very little difference in their daily lives. Of course to them accepting this ‘mark’ will only be a small inconvenience, which will prove beneficial in the long run, to them.

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Anti-Christ will be able to convince the Jewish nation that
he is truly the Messiah, and God. As such, they will accept him with their whole heart. Even some of us, the very elect, who know what he is, will be fooled into believing that he is Jesus Christ the risen Saviour.

The long sought after peace by the Jewish nation, over the problem of Jerusalem, and the their hated Palestine
brothers will be solved by this individual. He will accomplish this with the seven year treaty between all those concerned.

Just as those who are so foolish at praising Bill Clinton for a false prosperity, so shall they be doing the same thing toward this satanic entity. There of course will be a form of peace, however, it will be very short lived, and will abruptly
end, at the end of the first three and one half years. This is when the world will see his true colors, at this time is when the real persecution of the elect will start.

Jesus has not yet returned, all prophecies have not yet been completed paving the path of his return. If He should return before the prophecies have been fulfilled, then all the prophets have been prophesying lies, part of them
would not have been fulfilled. All prophecies must come about one hundred percent correct as scheduled, and as described before his actual return, and there is to be no ‘Catching Away of the Saints’ until he does return, one time, and one time only.

According to 2 Thes 2:3-4 by proclaiming himself as God Almighty, the Day of the Lord will be officially started, for the organized church world. The first three and one half years will be peace and tranquility, just as with Bill Clinton.

The last three and one half years will be much different, and lot worse. The church world has termed this as the ‘Tribulation,’ and such it will be. The church, and the elect will be subjected to this regardless of whether they believe
it or not. The truth will make its self known to one and all.

Christ Jesus faced and endured the Cross, and so shall we, we are not privileged above God’s only Son. We shall face
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the tribulation and all that it is made of. However the ‘Wrath’ of God is an entirely different matter. The ‘Wrath’ of God we will not have to endure. In fact, the Saints will be very instrumental in helping God deliver it.

During this seven year time frame, the false prophet will have an image of the beast constructed, and to it will be
given life. How this image will be constructed is open for speculation.

What comes to mind at this point in time, is the act of cloning. I feel that one of the past dictators will be brought from the depths of the earth, in this fashion, and will be the image of the beast, it could possibly be Hitler, or Stalin, or one of the others.

This is not a point to debate. What is of importance is the fact that this image will demand total worship and loyalty. With the advent of the space technology, the computer fantasy land, and the microchip, the world can be monitored for compliance to these commands. Every man, woman and child can be traced, tracked, and monitored. That is with the exception of the renegades, those refusing the negates of this bit of talking garbage.

Of course those resisting the statutes of the evil one will be searched out by his military, which will be a very high elite portion of the military, arrested, and if they still refuse the demands, they will be executed as criminals to the state.

AN ADDITION TO ARTICLE

1Thes.5
[1] But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

[2] For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

2 Pet 3:[10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Rev 3: [3] Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and
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repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Rev 16:[15] Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Mat 24: [27] For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

[28] For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

[29] Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

[30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

[31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

I had to add this as it came to me later, after writing the original article.

The established religions, as with one voice sing the same tune, Jesus could come as a ‘Thief in the night.’ And of course this is true to some extent. However, when used to portray the arrival of Jesus in the skies to catch up the saints and re-establish his Kingdom, the statement is entirely wrong. It is used in several places to mean different things, yet they ball it up into one catch-all.

First of all, in 1Thes 5:2 and 2Pet3:10, it is used to describe the arrival of the ‘Day of the Lord.’ In Rev 3:3 and 16:15, it is describing the event of death. Yes, death comes as a ‘thief in the night’ we never know when we will come up suddenly eyeball to eyeball with death. Also at that time will meet our maker, or that other nasty fellow.

The actual arrival of Jesus to catch away (Rapture), the Saints, his Elect, is fully described in Mat 24:27-31, and it certainly is not as a ‘thief in the night.’ Nor is it secret in any sense because of all the signs that come prior to his arrival in the skies. To say any different is acknowledging denial of the scriptures, and this is exactly what the established religions are doing.

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Here is the order of events as they are to take place according to the scriptures:

1. The building of the new temple in Jerusalem
2. Re-instating of the daily animal sacrifice
3. Antichrist’s appearance on world scene
4. Command for daily animal sacrifice to cease
5. Abomination put in place
6. People commanded to head immediately to the hills
7. Sun and moon darkened
8. Stars fall from heaven
9. Icon, symbol of Christ in the heavens
10. Return of Jesus in the heavens
11. Catching away of the elect of God
12. Wrath of God
13. Thousand year reign of Christ
14. Satan loosed from prison
15. War of Armageddon
16. Great White Throne judgment
17. Satan cast into hell
18. Resurrection of the dead
19. Judgment of the dead
20. The ultimate plan of God

—Frank J. Surface —2-5-9—

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Charles permalink
    August 29, 2010 12:57 am

    Hi Frank ,
    The wide spread acceptance of the Pre Tribulation Rapture is a snare to Christians. Jesus gave us the parable of the 10 Virgins . The Five foolish Virgins are not unlike those Christians that are not willing to endure and give it all if necessary for Jesus . When you speak of the Great Falling Away I can invision the great decision that must be made and the reasoning behind some of the decisions that will be made . I believe that soon the World Bank under the NWO outlaws printed money to prevent the spread of the new Super Bugs . Also I believe the Christians who know that the new electronic money system is the Beast System will cause many problems for the NWO who will require a sworn allegiance to the new system and world leadership . The Great Falling Away could be when money and material possessions takes president over Faith in Jesus as Savior . For most people walking away from everything they own or ever hope to own would out weight their faith . Some might think God would forgive them for taking the mark or worship its image . Many who were called followers of Christ would turn away and the chaff and the wheat would be separated . We may have to leave loved ones as did Lot . Salvation is a personal thing that may not be shared by your loved ones and we might be Wayfaring Strangers indeed. The theory of Pre Tribulation Rapture keeps us from bieng prepared to endure all for Christ as he endured for us .
    Charles

  2. February 28, 2012 1:24 pm

    Frank,
    In the orderly list of 20 events above, I notice you have not mentioned “Mystery Babylon the Great which must rule over the kings of earth for a short time” before “Ten Kings will
    destroy her by fire in one hour”. You also have not mentioned the time of peace that will bring the nations together under Mystery Babylon…prior to the takeover by Antichrist.

    Most of all, you fail to establish that the “Day of the Lord has already begun”!!!
    Mel Miller of http://www.lastday.net

    • March 10, 2012 10:55 pm

      Hello Mel. Thank you for the comment. Frank Surface, my dad, passed away in October of 2011 and I’m just keeping his blog alive for him. I’ve never totally agreed with all the things my dad wrote but he did write with conviction. It was important to him for me to keep his works going and I will. Personally I don’t know anything about the Day of the Lord. I am on a spiritual journey and am learning as I go. Dad was a very simple man. He never used a concordance, didn’t know how to really use the computer – my wife and I helped him all along with this blog, and learned strictly from reading and re-reading the KJV of the bible. He would take notes each time he read the bible and put like notes together. He did not have access to a computer for all of this. Maybe his list wasn’t totally exact for everyone, but maybe exact enough for some. You have to admit he didn’t do half bad for compiling what he has, all on his own, without the aide of a computer or forum of followers whom shared combined knowledge.

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