Like A Thief October 22, 2008Posted by Watchman in America, Christian, Day of the Lord, Economic Crisis, Europe, Fulfilling Prophecy.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
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, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
I’ve posted this passage many times as indeed it is central to where I feel called, to watch. The question is, how is it that the day of the Lord could come like a thief without the majority of the world noticing? I think Glenn Beck recently hit the nail on the head in his October 8, 2008 radio show regarding the things that are happening and what they could mean. Things are going to be coming fast and hard leaving those who haven’t been watching and don’t understand what is going on dizzy and confused in the whirlwind of events. Many who have built their treasures on earth will be wondering what to do. When a person is overloaded with so much from all sides, they have a hard time keeping track of anything.
On the financial side of things, the calls have already been made from leaders around the world for a globalized financial system (news here and here) and the central banks from around the world have now worked in cooperation to lower interest rates globally. (news here) Now a post-election global talks being pushed by the EU on the current financial crisis are being planned for November 15 in Washington D.C.. (news here) Meanwhile, Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden is warning his constituents of coming unpopular decisions Obama will make. I believe these are all steps to to the ultimate financial control described in Bible prophecy.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
But we are not in darkness. Who is “we” and how can we not be in darkness? We are a special group, not for anything of ourselves, but rather in spite of ourselves by the grace of God. The only thing special about us in this world of darkness today is that we have seen the Truth in God’s Word and believed it. For this we are also rejected by those of this world, but Truth and reality will always overcome fables because they exist outside of an imagination that fades away. For a greater understanding of how we will be rejected, look into the Alliance of Civilizations (more here) with the understanding that “the world” is increasingly pluralistic in its view of acceptable belief systems. There’s also endorsement from the Obama campaign of the AoC. (news here)
As I have learned, and tried to express in the Watchman Bible study website, that we have a source of understanding given in great detail that provides the hope we cannot find in the things of this world. Moreover, it also foretells what is to come and provides the comfort of understanding our eternal place in God’s kingdom in spite of the troubles and tribulations of this earthly realm. In this we find not only understanding that gives us peace in the midst of tribulations, but hope in the glories yet to come for them that love God.
While I think Glenn Beck is placing his hope in the wrong place, he is right that knowing the future is a buffer to prepare ourselves mentally for the coming challenges rather than being caught completely by surprise. Where I place my hope is in Yeshua the Christ and His Word, the Bible, which reveals not only the things of the spirit, but also prepares those who believe for the future foretold to come within its pages and centered on Him. Even though I know difficult times are coming and indeed here for many, I will always have joy in the midst of them because of the faith, hope and love I have found in God’s Word. My desire is to share that with anyone who wants those things as well.
What we are told over and over again in scripture is to watch, and the context of these warnings is centered on the coming day of the Lord that comes like a thief on an unsuspecting world and likened to the days of Noah and Lot.
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
With all that is going on are you feeling a little lost? Do you feel panic setting in? I hope not, but I want to let you know that there is hope, not in the things of this world because we have been told they will fall. Rather than build up treasures on this earth though, I encourage you to build your treasure in heaven because that lasts forever. It all begins with a belief and acceptance of Yeshua as your Savior and the recognition of personal guilt in transgressing God’s ways of perfect love. We all have and still do, but those who love God try to obey Him with all their heart, mind and soul – the body follows. I think this scripture is central considering Yeshua laid His life down for us, true love is selfless.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
God is love and Yeshua expressed that perfect love by becoming a perfect sacrifice, taking your personal sins upon Himself and dying in them so that you could live. The evil that has befallen this world is a result of free will departing from God’s ways of selfless Love. God, not inhibiting free will, has provided eternal salvation from eternal death through the sacrifice of Love by His Son Yeshua. If you have a hard time believing what the Bible says, please read through the Watchman Website. In the area of creation vs. evolution, historical fulfillment and current unfolding of events I have tried to bring together what has built my faith to share with those who have ears to hear and help build up your faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
I recommend reading all of Hebrews 11 and going over the stories presented there to define faith. This world is going to fall apart, but you don’t have to fall apart with it. Wicked people are going to take advantage of the chaos to gain greater control and God is going to give this world what it wants, not Him. We saw this spirit displayed when the people were given the choice of releasing Yeshua or Barabas the murderer. And so today the name of Jesus (Yeshua) is looked upon with distain by much of the world in favor of a more all-inclusive belief system that sometimes even uses His name apart from acceptance of His Word.
Watch what is happening in light of scripture, accepting God at His Word and in it, and don’t be sucked into the chaos and the blindness that comes with it. We have not been given a spirit of fear and understanding what is going down provides us the opportunity to be a greater witness and point of stability standing on the foundation of the Word of God. In doing so the waves will crash against us in the storm, but standing on the rock, our firm foundation, will also be a beacon for those looking for the peace and stability we have in Christ.
We are not in darkness, but what we are seeing unfolding now will distract the majority of the people from what is prophesied to come, the fulfillment of the promised return of the bridegroom to gather His bride and the day of God’s wrath on the children of disobedience. (see Day of the Lord) I just want to encourage you, trust in the Lord and don’t be caught unawares at such a time as this, WATCH!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you as you remain in Him.