“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write 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 the, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4
The Day of the Lord, we should, as Christians all know it as the time of coming wrath upon unbelievers. This judgment is not for the believer, but will we here on Earth or raptured out of here?
In 1 Thess. 5:2-11 Paul develops the topic of the day of the Lord. The day of the Lord is in the Old Testament and was characterized by two phases, God’s judgment against sinful people and Gods eternal reign over His people. God’s judgment will be a time of darkness and an expression of God’s wrath, but His reign will be a time of God’s blessing.
The Day of the Lord is a subject of considerable prophecy in the Old Testament. The Book of Joel is an exposition of the day of the Lord, describing it as a terrible time of judgment. The day of the Lord will come as a “thief in the night” it will come when no one expects it, unbelievers that is. They will be so absorbed in the cares of this world and will be lulled into a false since of safety and security. The world will have turned a deaf ear to the repeated warning of coming judgment.
However, as believers it will not overtake us because we will be looking forward to and expecting it. Because Christians are informed concerning future events they should not be spiritually asleep but sober and watchful. In contrast to the unbelievers, believers should be aware of the signs around them, living a disciplined life, not only free from drunkenness but alert to spiritual realities.
Paul states that God did not appoint us as believers to wrath. The day of wrath of the Lord is specifically for the unbelieving world that has spurned and mocked Christ. Now here’s the problem. Some Christians think that believers will be raptured before the day of the Lord comes and others do not? Pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib all believe they have the scripture to back up their beliefs.
I believe this way. As Christians we are all on this earth for some reason. If we weren’t we would have died right after we became saved. I believe in the pan-trib. We need to be sober and vigilant to do the work the Lord has given us and this rapture thing will all pan out.
What do you think?