The Day of The Lord

The time of Tribulation is a 7 year period that immediately precedes the return of Christ and the millennial kingdom of His rule which lasts for 1000 years.(Remember that the rapture has just happened and all born-again Christians on the earth have been taken to be with Christ.) … More

Tribulation

Not only were these Thessalonian believers concerned about what would happen to their loved ones who died before the Lord’s return, but they wanted to know something about when this event which Paul had been speaking of would occur. He tries to show them that there are more important aspects to the coming of the Lord than exactly when it will happen (v. 1). “The times and the seasons” refers to the knowledge of what will happen in the future, specifically to the return of Christ. He then proceeds to tell them about “the day of the Lord” which begins immediately after the Rapture of the Church.

  1. The method - (verses 2-3). It will come as a surprise to those on the earth at the time. It will be like a thief breaking into a home. It will happen when world conditions appear to be calm. Men will be saying “peace and safety” when the day overtakes them. While the people are assuring themselves and each other that all is well, sudden destruction will come on them. Destruction is not annihilation but utter and hopeless ruin.
  2. The message - (verses 4-11). Unbelievers are not alert to spiritual things. They are asleep spiritually and controlled by forces outside themselves, like someone who is drunk. On the other hand Christians should not be surprised by the dawning of “the day of the Lord” as they have been told it is coming. They should be watchful and self-controlled as they wait for this event to happen. This truth should bring encouragement to all Christians everywhere in all periods of time.

Application

Since I do not know when the Lord will return for His people, I need to live in a constant attitude of watching and waiting, while I am busy working and witnessing.

I Thessalonians 5:1-11 (English Standard Version)

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. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

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