Posted by: Mel Smith | September 20, 2008

The Day of the Lord Has Already Come?

One of the books I’m studying puts forth the premise that The Day of the Lord has already come. This is a very different understanding of the meaning of the scriptures and the times we are living in than the dominant and common theories of our day, amillennialism, millennialism, historicist, idealist, or traditional preterism .

So, what about the warning Paul gave?

This book presents the idea that the rapture occured around 70 A.D. When Jesus returned to judge Israel for her rejection of her Messiah!

This book presents the idea that the rapture occurred around 70 AD When Jesus returned and judged Israel for her rejection of her Messiah!

Paul wrote to the Christians at Thessaloniki:

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him 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. 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; who opposes  and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (II Thessalonians 2:1-4)

What does this mean?

Were Paul’s words meant for every Christian of every generation or were they addressed to a specific audience that lived before an event that in our day has already passed? Edward E. Stevens thinks the Day of the Lord has happened and that the rapture of the church did occur before that day of judgment fell on the Nation of Israel. He reasons that the church was removed from the world prior to 70 AD and this accounts for the silence that occurred when Jerusalem fell and the silence and confusion that followed in the period we normally think of as the foundational years of the church.

There are more than a few problems that I can think of with this veiw, and I will return to edit this post as I study Stevens book further. Expectations Demand A First Century Rapture does introduce some interesting ideas, whether they deserve any merit remains to be seen.



  1. Hello, I think you should blog about a site called it is a most wonderful site that deals with end time events and prophecy. They also expose some false teachers also. Please take a look and share your thoughts.

  2. I did check out the site ‘amazingsigns’ and found it is a Seventh-day Adventist site. I understand the Seventh-day Adventist Church to be a group outside of mainstream Christianity with many questionable beliefs. The group’s origins are in the false teachings of William Miller, with the added teachings of E.G. White, (a ‘prophet’ so-called by today’s Seventh-day Adventist Church) whose prophecies have failed. Several Cults and “ism’s” share the legacy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church including the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Branch Davidians, Hubert W. Armstrong’s World Wide Church of God, and more.

    According to the word of God, if a ‘prophet’ presumes to speak for God and the thing they spoke of turns out to be not true, then they are a false prophet and not to be feared.

    Whether or not the site contains any truth or not is overshadowed by the known facts of those that sponsor it. They are not to be feared, or trusted, as spiritual guides in my opinion, and I advise anyone that does turn to them to do so only with extreme caution and be very alert watching for deceptions as you should with any supposed teacher or expositor of God’s word.

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