I Thessalonians 5:1-2
the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
The day of the Lord speaks of relationship. When He is really the Lord over our lives, we have come to the day of the Lord. Obviously, this refers to a relationship with the Lord we are to come into yet. He is our Lord, but we are yet to learn how to submit our total being unto His Lordship. There are aspects of our lives that we are not even aware of. The Holy Spirit uncovers areas of our lives as we grow spiritually. As He does, it is our responsibility to bring that area under the Lordship of the Lord. Thus, we understand that the day of the Lord is not a time period but a spiritual relationship with the Lord. It comes as a thief in the night, because it is not a day in the natural realm.
I Thessalonians 5:3-4 For when they shall say,
Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as
travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
We now have the opportunity to move into the day of the Lord, because we want that kind of relationship with Him. We want Him to be Lord over every aspect of our lives. The time comes, though, when it will be required of every one, and there are many hearts not prepared for it. The requirement of His Lordship will find many in a state of lawlessness. It will come as a thief in the night, even to many Christians.
I Thessalonians 5:5 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
What does Paul mean when he says that we are children of the day? What or whose children are we? We are the children of the Lord. He is our Day! When we walk in Him, we are walking in the light (John 1:6-7). Peter calls Him the Daystar (II Peter 1:19). We are not children of a literal day; we are children of the Lord, and our relationship with Him determines our spiritual age.
Time translates to relationship in the realm of spirit. When the Bible talks about time it is referring to relationship, whether it is day, month, year, or season. When you realize this, many Scriptures will open up anew. We are learning Scripture language. We have learned in the past that when the Bible speaks of Truth it is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). When it speaks of the lie, it is referring to the devil (John 8: 44), and the word “good” refers to God, because only God is good (Matthew 19:17).
On the sixth day of Genesis chapter one, God creates man in His image. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him. Genesis 1:27. That has not happened yet, but the creative work has begun for the Body of Christ. God is presently bringing forth His life and nature in His people. Man in his natural state is not in the image of God. The sixth day refers to a relationship in the Lord whereby man becomes a new creation. It is a work that began on the first day and is completed on the sixth day. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10. Put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. Colossians 3:10.
So, you see, the first chapter of Genesis is not merely speaking about seven days in which God created the earth and heavens. Mystically, it is speaking of how He is creating the Body of Christ in His likeness. On the first day God said, “Let there be light!” (Genesis 1:3). Light is revelation. Our first relationship with the Lord comes as a result of revelation. Our first day relationship begins with a revelation of the Lord.
The firmament is made on the second day, separating the waters above and the waters below. The firmament, spiritually, is the realm of ministry (see Psalm 19:1-4).
On the third day, the earth (our earthen nature) brings forth grass, herbs, and trees. The third day is the day of resurrection, and the grass, herbs, and trees represent various degrees of resurrection life, which is the result of the life of our Lord beginning to come forth within us. Each day represents a new relationship with the Lord as we ascend spiritually in Him. This is the process of being created in His image and likeness.
Copyright © 2003 by Henry DuBose