1 Thessalonians 5:2 - For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
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Tomorrow it’s supposed to happen, according to one person. Tomorrow the Lord will return to rapture the church. Some have called it the apocalypse. Some, for some odd reasons, are preparing for everything and anything, including zombies. I don’t know exactly what zombies have to do with the Lord’s return though.
Yet again, someone is causing alarm and worry by saying that this Saturday will definitely be the day of the Lord’s return. I say, yet again, because this is not the first time someone predicted it and it will not be the last.
Even in the early church, there were alarmists and dooms-dayers saying the end was happening tomorrow. In one of the first letters that Paul wrote to believers, he addressed this same sort of thing. Prognosticators of that day either said that the Lord already returned or He’s returning tomorrow, bringing people to a frenzy.
Paul said, yes, with certainty that the Lord is returning for His church. And His people need to be ready because you do not know when this will happen. But this is not with an alarmists call, but with a faithful call.
The day of the Lord will be like a thief in the night. You don’t know when. People will not be able to guess and predict when. You can’t nail down a date. So, what does that mean? Is the Lord returning tomorrow? Yes, maybe. Is the Lord returning next week? Yes, maybe. Should we be stressed and alarmed? No, just ready.
Paul said a few verses later, “Let us not be like others who are asleep, but let us be alert and self controlled.” We are alert and ready, not alarmed and fearful. Our prayer, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”