There is no doubt we living in the last days. These are the days leading up to the final climax of human history that ends with what’s known in scripture as “the day of the LORD.” The day of Jacobs trouble or most commonly known, the Great Tribulation. Many signs and prophecies are being fulfilled right before our very eyes. Especially in the Middle East and especially surrounding the conversation of Israel. The world seems to be facing a lot of uncertainty and chaos at the moment. The world seems to be on the brink of World War 3 and maybe it is.
However, I suspect, based on scripture, that things might calm down or at least have the appearance of calming down. Peace will soon be all the buzz. Prepare to be hearing a lot about peace and safety, peace treaties and the like. After all, that’s what the scriptures and Jesus himself predict.
In 1st Thessalonians the Apostle Paul has the following to say about the coming day of the Lord.
5 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 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. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 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. 9 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. 1st Thessalonians 5:1-11 King James Bible
Paul claims that they will be saying peace and safety. Which means at the very least there will be an illusion of peace, of things getting better, things being ok. Paul claims it will come as a thief in the night. This means, it will be a shock, a surprise, unexpected.
Keep in mind this happens to the world not to believers. Paul goes on to say, that we are not of the night, that this should overtake us as a thief. For those of us watching, and living in expectancy of our Lord Jesus. This will not be shocking or surprising. It will be our delight, and because of that, we will receive a crown of righteousness!
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2nd Timothy 4:8 King James Bible
Paul is not the only one who makes this claim that there will be peace or the illusion of peace before the sudden destruction and day of the Lord. Jesus himself is recorded making this same claim in the Gospel of Luke.
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 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. Luke 17:26-27 King James Bible
Jesus is stating that like in the days of Noah, people will be doing business as usual. Getting married, eating, and drinking. The illusion of things being peaceful is defiantly there, but then sudden destruction comes upon them unexpectedly. Jesus goes on to say, that in the same way, it will be like the times of Lot. Again, people eating, drinking, getting married, doing normal life. However, the moment Lot went out of the city, fire rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Now I don’t think it takes a genius to see that we are without a doubt living in the days of Lot, when sexual immorality was completely out of control. Just look at our culture today and the immorality and confusion that surround sexuality.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Luke 17:28-30 King James Bible
Keep in mind, in both demonstration given by Jesus. The righteous were removed and preserved before the great judgement. Noah and his family were shut up into the ark and preserved before the great flood. Lot and his family were escorted out of the city by Angels before it rained fire and brimstone destroying it’s inhabitants. This should cause us to have hope, not fear. Actually Jesus goes on to say in chapter 21 of the book of Luke that we should pray that we be counted worthy to escape these things.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36 King James Bible
These last days are certainly upon us, and I suspect that we are going to hear a lot of talk about peace and safety, peace treaties and the like. The question we to ask ourselves is this. Are we ready, or will the day of the Lord and the appearing of Jesus Christ come upon us as a thief in the night?
As for me and my household. We will serve the Lord and keep our eyes on the skies, and I hope you will too. God bless, and may you be encouraged knowing that your redemption draws near.