Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
Every so often some well-meaning soul issues a date for the second coming of Jesus and the end of the age. I used the term well-meaning soul rather than Christian for the reason that even a cursory reading of the New Testament shows us that we will not know the hour or even the day of Jesus’ return. In fact Jesus tells us only the Father knows that date. So why Christians would make such predictions mystifies me. In today’s verses Paul tells us that Jesus’ return will be like a thief in the night and those who do not believe will be startled. They will have no chance to change their ways.
That is why we are told to always be prepared. It reminds me of how God told the Jews to eat the Passover meal, Wearing their clock, sandals on and staff in hand ready to act at a moment’s notice. We too need to be ready. How? First of course is to accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus provided each of us by His death on the cross. Second, we need to be about the business of proclaiming the Gospel to all the world. That does not mean you need to travel to other countries, there are plenty of lost souls right in your own neighborhood. We need to be always in God’s Word. Then we will be ready for whenever Jesus returns. No surprises for us only the joy that will be ours when we are united with Jesus in the sky.
Have a blessed day,