The Day Of ...

The Day of Man. The Day of Christ. The Day of the Lord. The Second Coming of Christ. The Day of God. The Great White Throne Judgment. The Book of Life. The Judgment Seat of Christ. When reading the Bible what do all these days mean?

The Day of Man is also known as man's day, or the evil age. It refers to beginning of human history, Adam in the Garden of Eden, until the present day.

The Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age.
Galatians 1:4 (NIV)

The Day of the Christ is referring to the rapture, where Christ comes for his church, and meets us in the clouds.

Holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.
Philippians 2:16 (NASB)

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV)

The Day of the Lord is beginning of the tribulation. This is when God starts to directly intervene in human affairs.

For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 (NIV)

The Second Coming of Christ happens at the end of the tribulation. Jesus Christ returns with His church to defeat the antichrist and overthrow evil.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:11-16 (NIV)

The Day of God refers to the destruction of the earth, where all of man's creations will be destroyed by intense heat. The Day of God is the beginning of the millennial kingdom, where the earth is gone, and there is a new heaven and new earth.

As you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
2 Peter 3:12 (NIV)

The Great White Throne Judgment is the final judgment of the unsaved. Books are opened that contain records of everyone's deeds. God knows everything that everyone has ever said, done, or even thought. Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior will be condemned. Their ultimate destiny will be that they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.
Revelation 20:11 (NASB)

The Book of Life occurs at the same time of Great White Throne Judgment, but is not the first book opened up that contains everyone's works. The Book of Life is also referred to as the Lamb's Book of Life. It lists all people who have accepted God's salvation provided through the sacrifice of Jesus. Their sin debt is paid in full through faith in Jesus' death and resurrection. They are given eternal life.

Another book was opened, which is the book of life.
Revelation 20:12 (NIV)

If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:19 (NIV)

Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty--but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Revelation 21:27 (NLT)

The Judgment Seat of Christ is the translation of the Greek word bema. At this bema judgment, Christians will receive degrees of reward for their works or service to God.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad
2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)