1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 What are you waiting on?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Last time Paul explained how those believers that had died already would one day be caught up in the air with those that were still alive and be with the Lord for evermore.  They and we should take comfort in this knowledge and promise.  We won’t suffer the wrath of God, and will not go through the tribulation period that occurs after the rapture.

Questions:

What are you waiting on and what are you doing while you wait?

 

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

 

Paul continues his teaching on the rapture and the day of the Lord.  The day of the Lord is an Old Testament phrase that had two things going on.  There will be wrath, judgment and terrible times, followed by the Lord ruling and reigning for 1000 years.  Paul is saying that this time comes as a thief in the night.   The idea is that the Lord returns for his church, then the tribulation period starts.  Unbelievers won’t be expecting this.  They will be surprised how quickly things change.  Once things get started, like a woman’s water breaking before birth, then nothing can stop it.  Much like in the times of Noah.  Noah knew that there would be a flood.  Those that he preached to for so many years didn’t believe him.  One day it starts to rain.  Once it started there was nothing anyone could do about it.  It came suddenly, not to Noah and his family, but to the unbelievers.

Paul then turns his attention to the believers and is concerned about how they should act or live.  He says sense you are not part of the darkness but instead you are children of the light, don’t sleep but instead remain alert.  The idea is don’t be carelessly indifferent.  Instead be alert and watching.  Sober has to do with being stable and balanced moraly.  Don’t get caught up in the things of this world, and the frenzy, but instead keep moving on in a steady fashion for the Lord.

He then points out that those that are saved are not appointed to wrath.  At one point in our life we did have an appointment with God’s wrath, but Jesus taking the wrath of God upon himself, took that appointment for us when he died on the cross.  Because we have trusted Jesus as our savior, our substitute, we won’t have to face the wrath of God.  This is one of the reasons I believe the church will be raptured before the tribulation period.  God will poor out his wrath during this time, and we that believe have been promised that we won’t face the wrath of God.  He says basically what he explained in chapter 4, that awake or dead we will be with him.

The conclusion is that we should comfort one another with this truth.  We should edify, and instruct others with this information.

What are you waiting on and what are you doing while you wait?

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