The “Terminus A Quo” of The Day of the Lord: The Deciding Argument for Pretribulationism -- By: Jerry M. Hullinger

Journal: Journal of Ministry and Theology
Volume: JMAT 19:2 (Fall 2015)
Article: The “Terminus A Quo” of The Day of the Lord: The Deciding Argument for Pretribulationism
Author: Jerry M. Hullinger


The “Terminus A Quo” of The Day of the Lord:
The Deciding Argument for Pretribulationism

Jerry M. Hullinger

Professor of Bible
Piedmont International University
Winston–Salem, North Carolina

The Importance Of The Day Of The Lord

The biblical phrase “Day of Yahweh” occupies a peerless place of importance in both the Old and New Testaments. Cerny suggests, “The doctrine of the Day of Yahweh is not only the most interesting but perhaps also the most important of all the teachings of the Hebrew prophets. This is rather an understatement than an exaggeration.”1 Consequently, there are a number of reasons that demonstrate the merit for studying this key phrase. First, it is a major strand of prophecy running throughout the OT. The Hebrew phrase יוֹם יהוה appears numerous times in the OT.2 Furthermore, other phrases such as “that day,” “the day,” “the great day,” and the “great and terrible day” are scattered throughout the prophets, in addition to

hundreds of passages referring to events within that time period.3

A second reason that shows the importance of this study is the fact that the phrase “Day of the Lord” is found in four New Testament passages.4 Since the OT provides the basis for understanding the use of this phrase in the NT, it is paramount that the phrase be understood in the interpretation of both Testaments. Beecher noted the importance of this over a century ago when he wrote:

All doctrines in regard to the millennium, the second coming of Christ, and the final judgment depend greatly on the passages in the New Testament that use the formulas, “the day of the Lord” …. The meaning of these passages is, in turn, greatly dependent on the relations that exist, both in ideas and in phraseology, between them and the texts of the Old Testament that speak of the “day of the Lord,” that is, “the day of Jehovah.”

Necessarily, the study of these places in the OT will be profitable, both in itself and for the light it throws on New Testament eschatology.5

A final reason for importance, and the focus of this study, deals with the connection that exists between the Day of the Lord and the timing of the rapture. While the doctrine of the rapture does not rise to the level of ...

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