A Thief In The Night

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you brethren are not in darkness so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6)

As Christians, we know the end of the story, we have read the end of the book. We know that Jesus has completed His work, defeating the devil and making a show of him openly. He defeated death, hell, and the grave. And through His death and resurrection He has made us conquerors. So much so that the Bible tells us that we are seated with Him in the heavenly places. Also that He has made us kings and priests. We are living in precarious times, however. Our time living in this world is swiftly coming to an end. The Bible has much to say about the times that are to come before the return of Christ. Through the Bible we as Christians have been informed of future events. We cannot be spiritually asleep. We must watch and be sober.

Mark 13:35-37 entreats us to “watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you all: Watch!” The Bible repeatedly tells us to watch—be vigilant. Why did the Holy Spirit emphasize that so much? Because He knew people would need the reminder. Matthew 24:12 tells us that “lawlessness will abound” and because of that “the love of many would grow cold. “

In Matthew 25, Jesus told the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. They all went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were wise and came prepared but the five foolish did not bring enough oil. He was waylaid and when He finally arrived He found only half were ready to go. I heard a message recently where the minister posed this question — Is it possible that half the church will be unprepared and therefore left behind? A chilling thought.

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you before hand.” (Matthew 24:24-25) The elect. I interpret that as the people who should know better. It is important to bury ourselves in His word so that we are not drawn away. We must hold onto the truth of God’s word. Unrelenting. Unwavering. Immovable.

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