What the scriptures say about
Day of the Lord, Day of the Yahweh, Last days, Times

Day: time between sunrise and sunset
In the day: a particular time or period such as present day or as when the Nephilim lived.
Back in the day: A time before now looked upon with great clarity as of a memorable event or traumatic incident.
Late in the day: far or too far advanced in time
Today: this present day, time, or age
Easton's Bible Dictionary | Smith's Bible Dictionary | International Standard Bible Encyclopedia | Thompson Chain Reference

DAY in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]   Creation day | In the day | 1000 days as 1 | In that day

select Cross Reference Bible links
Genesis 1:5 - God called the light "day" during one day
Gen 1:8 - completion of a second day
Gen 1:13 - completion of a third day
Gen 1:14 - creation & purpose of the sun
Gen 1:19 - completion of a fourth day
Gen 1:23 - completion of a fifth day
Gen 1:31 - completion of the sixth day
Gen 2:2 - resting from creation on seventh day
Gen 2:3 - God blessed the seventh day to be holy
Gen 2:4 - in the day of creation

Gen 2:17 - in the day that you eat of that tree
Gen 3:5 - in the day you eat of that tree (alternate view)
The day, after day #7, that the serpent spoke to Eve is not given.

Jeremiah 33:20,25-26 - God's covenant of day and night and with King David stands

Psalm 84:10 | Psa 90:4 | 2Peter 3:8

IN THAT DAY, AT A CERTAIN TIME (not necessarily a 24 hour period):
Isaiah 19:16,18,24 - When Yahweh visits Egypt - in that day...
Hebrews 4:7 - defines a certain day or period "today"

DAY [Easton's Bible Dictionary]

The Jews reckoned the day from sunset to sunset (Leviticus 23:32). It was originally divided into three parts (Psalms 55:17). "The heat of the day" (1 Samuel 11:11; Nehemiah 7:3) was at our nine o'clock, and "the cool of the day" just before sunset (Genesis 3:8). Before the Captivity the Jews divided the night into three watches, (1) from sunset to midnight (Lamentations 2:19); (2) from midnight till the cock-crowing (Judges 7:19); and (3) from the cock-crowing till sunrise (Exodus 14:24). In the New Testament the division of the Greeks and Romans into four watches was adopted (Mark 13:35). (See WATCHES .)

The division of the day by hours is first mentioned in Daniel 3:6,15; 4:19; 5:5. This mode of reckoning was borrowed from the Chaldeans. The reckoning of twelve hours was from sunrise to sunset, and accordingly the hours were of variable length (John 11:9).

The word "day" sometimes signifies an indefinite time (Genesis 2:4; Isaiah 22:5; Hebrews 3:8, etc.). In Job 3:1 it denotes a birthday, and in Isaiah 2:12, Acts 17:31, and 2 Timothy 1:18, the great day of final judgment.

DAY [Smith's Bible Dictionary]

The variable length of the natural day at different seasons led in the very earliest times to the adoption of the civil day (or one revolution of the sun) as a standard of time. The Hebrews reckoned the day from evening to evening, (Leviticus 23:32) deriving it from (Genesis 1:5) "the evening and the morning were the first day." The Jews are supposed, like the modern Arabs, to have adopted from an early period minute specifications of the parts of the natural day. Roughly, indeed, they were content to divide it into "morning, evening and noonday," (Psalms 55:17) but when they wished for greater accuracy they pointed to six unequal parts, each of which was again subdivided. These are held to have been --
1. "the dawn."
2. "Sunrise."
3. "Heat of the day," about 9 o’clock.
4. "The two noons," (Genesis 43:16; 28:29)
5. "The cool (lit. wind ) of the day," before sunset, (Genesis 3:8)
-- so called by the Persians to this day.
6. "Evening."
Before the captivity the Jews divided the night into three watches, (Psalms 63:6; 90:4) viz. the first watch, lasting till midnight, (Lamentations 2:19) the "middle watch," lasting till cockcrow, (Judges 7:19) and the "morning watch," lasting till sunrise. (Exodus 14:24)

In the New Testament we have allusions to four watches, a division borrowed from the Greeks and Romans. These were --

7. From twilight till 9 o/clock, (Mark 11:11; John 20:19)
8. Midnight, from 9 till 12 o’clock, (Mark 13:35) 3 Macc 5:23.
9. Till daybreak. (John 18:28) The word held to mean "hour" is first found in (Daniel 3:6,15; 5:5) Perhaps the Jews, like the Greeks, learned from the Babylonians the division of the day into twelve parts. In our Lord’s time the division was common. (John 11:9)

DAY [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

da (yom; hemera):

This common word has caused some trouble to plain readers, because they have not noticed that the word is used in several different senses in the English Bible. When the different uses of the word are understood the difficulty of interpretation vanishes. We note several different uses of the word:

(1) It sometimes means the time from daylight till dark. This popular meaning is easily discovered by the context, e.g. Genesis 1:5; 8:22, etc. The marked periods of this daytime were morning, noon and night, as with us. See Psalms 55:17. The early hours were sometimes called "the cool of the day" (Genesis 3:8). After the exile the day or daytime was divided into twelve hours and the night into twelve (see Matthew 20:1-12; John 11:9; Acts 23:23); 6 a.m. would correspond to the first hour, 9 a.m. to the third; 12 noon to the sixth, etc. The hours were longer during the longer days and shorter during the shorter days, since they always counted 12 hours between sunrise and sunset.

(2) Day also means a period of 24 hours, or the time from sunset to sunset. In Bible usage the day begins with sunset (see Leviticus 23:32; Exodus 12:15-20; 2 Corinthians 11:25, where night is put before day).


(3) The word "day" is also used of an indefinite period, e.g "the day" or "day that" means in general

"that time" (see Genesis 2:4; Leviticus 14:2);
"day of trouble" (Psalms 20:1);
"day of his wrath" (Job 20:28);
"day of Yahweh" (Isaiah 2:12);
"day of the Lord" (1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10);
"day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2);
"day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).

(4) It is used figuratively also in John 9:4, where "while it is day" means "while I have opportunity to work, as daytime is the time for work." In 1 Thess 5:5,8, "sons of the day" means spiritually enlightened ones.

(5) We must also bear in mind that with God time is not reckoned as with us (see Psalms 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8).

(6) The apocalyptic use of the word "day" in Daniel 12:11; Revelation 2:10, etc., is difficult to define. It evidently does not mean a natural day.


(7) On the meaning of "day" in the story of Creation we note

(a) the word "day" is used of the whole period of creation (Genesis 2:4);

(b) these days are days of God, with whom one day is as a thousand years; the whole age or period of salvation is called "the day of salvation"; see above.

So we believe that in harmony with Bible usage we may understand the creative days as creative periods.


G. H. Gerberding


The word "day" is used figuratively in many senses, some of which are here given.

(1) The span of human life.
-- Genesis 5:4: "And the days of Adam .... were eight hundred years."
  "And if thou wilt walk .... then I will lengthen thy days" (1 Kings 3:14; compare Psalms 90:12; Isaiah 38:5).
(2) An indefinite time.
--Existence in general: Genesis 3:14: "All the days of thy life" (compare Genesis 21:34; Numbers 9:19; Joshua 22:3; Luke 1:24; Acts 21:10).
(3) A set time.
-- Genesis 25:24: "And when her days .... were fulfilled";
  Daniel 12:13: "Thou shalt stand in thy lot, at the end of the days" (compare Leviticus 12:6; Daniel 2:44).
(4) A historic period.
-- Genesis 6:4: "The Nephilim were in the earth in those days";
  Judges 17:6: "In those days there was no king in Israel" (compare 1 Samuel 3:1; 1 Chronicles 5:17; Hosea 2:13).
(5) Past time.
-- Psalms 18:18: "the day of my calamity";
  Psalms 77:5: "I have considered the days of old" (of Micah 7:20; Malachi 3:7; Matthew 23:30).
(6) Future time.
-- Deuteronomy 31:14: "Thy days approach that thou must die";
  Psalms 72:7: "In his days shall ...." (compare Ezekiel 22:14; Joel 2:29; Matthew 24:19; 2 Peter 3:3; Revelation 9:6).
(7) The eternal.
-- In Daniel 7:9,13, where God is called "the ancient of days."
(8) A season of opportunity.
-- John 9:4: "We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" (compare Romans 13:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8).

See DAY AND NIGHT (4), above.

(9) Time of salvation.
-- Specially referring to the hopes and prospects of the parousia (see ESCHATOLOGY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, I-V ). Romans 13:12: "The night is far spent, and the day is at hand."
Henry E. Dosker

DAY [Thompson Chain Reference]
 # General Reference to

    * (general references to)
    * Genesis 1:5
    * Genesis 8:22
    * Psalms 74:16
    * Jeremiah 33:20

# Great, or Last

    * Joel 2:11
    * Joel 2:31
    * Zephaniah 1:14
    * Malachi 4:1
    * John 12:48
    * Romans 2:5
    * 2 Timothy 1:12
    * Hebrews 10:25
    * Jude 1:6
    * Revelation 6:17
    * SEE End of the World
    * SEE Judgment
    * SEE Second Coming of Christ

# Last Day

    * (the)
    * John 6:39
    * John 11:24
    * John 12:48
    * SEE Last Judgment

# Natural

    * TIME
          o The Natural Day was from sun-rise to sun-set
          o The Natural Night was from sun-set to sun-rise
          o The Civil Day was from sun-set one evening to sun-set the next; for "the Evening and orning were the first day."
    * DAY (Ancient)
          o Morning till about 10 a.m
          o Heat of day till about 2 p.m
          o Cool of day till about 6 p.m
          o MONTHS, NAMES OF
          o SEE Months
    * DAY (New Testament)
          o Third hour, 6 to 9 a.m
          o Sixth hour, 9 to 12 midday
          o Ninth hour, 12 to 3 p.m
          o Twelfth hour, 3 to 6 p.m
          o MONTHS, NAMES OF
          o SEE Months

# The Lord's

    * (First Day of the Week, Events that Occurred on)
    * Christ Appeared to Mary
          o Mark 16:9
    * Christ Appeared to the Two on the way to Emmaus
          o Luke 24:13
          o Luke 24:14
          o Luke 24:15
    * Christ Appeared to the Disciples
          o John 20:19
    * Paul Preached at Troas
          o Acts 20:7
          o 1 Corinthians 16:2
    * Worship celebrated on:
    * SEE Attendance
    * SEE Sanctuary
    * SEE Church; Attendance 

# Of the Lord

    * General References to
    * Malachi 4:5
    * 1 Corinthians 5:5
    * 2 Corinthians 1:14
    * 1 Thessalonians 5:2
    * 2 Peter 3:10
    * SEE Second Coming of Christ
    * SEE Last Judgment

# Of Pentecost

    * Acts 2:1
    * Acts 20:16
    * 1 Corinthians 16:8
    * Feast of
    * SEE Feasts

# Of Preparation

    * Matthew 27:62
    * Mark 15:42
    * Luke 23:54
    * John 19:14

# Of Visitation

    * Isaiah 10:3
    * Jeremiah 10:15
    * Jeremiah 46:21
    * Hosea 9:7
    * Micah 7:4
    * Luke 19:44
    * 1 Peter 2:12
    * SEE Judgment 

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