highlighted verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:1 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
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also
Thes. 5:1 But of the times and the seasons,
brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
The Greek word for "times"
is "chronos" and the Greek word for "seasons" is "karios", meaning "set
time" or "proper season".
Let's just say that you should
know the "chronology" of the major events and the "season of the appointed
time" of Christ's return.
If not, you're already in trouble!
Wake up now!
If there is any question in your
mind about this, when we get to 2 Thes. chapter 2 Paul will explain it
in irrefutable factual detail!
yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief
in the night.
One of the prerequisites to
learning and understanding the Word of God is that one must apply the basic
rules of reading, one of which is to follow the subject and not take things
out of context.
Paul is now talking about the "times
and the seasons" concerning the return of Jesus Christ and it is that time,
His return on the "Day of the Lord", which will "sneak up" on those
who are not "watching" and take them by surprise.
In other words, Paul is not saying
that Christ is coming as a thief, for Christ is no thief, but the timing
of His return is analogous to the time a thief makes his entrance, i.e.
when you are sleeping and not on guard.
This is really quite simple.
Christ comes in that "hour of darkness",
spiritual darkness, when most people, most Christians, are slumbering (Rom.
11:8), believing that they are safe and sound, "nestled snug in their beds
while sounds of sugarplums dance in their heads".
They are in for a rude awakening
when they hear the blast from the 7th Trump.
Again, those who are familiar with
the truth "know this perfectly well".
Now some will say that Paul is
merely referring to the non-Christians, the non-believers, those who do
not believe in Christ nor in His returning.
Do not be deceived.
It is the majority of Christianity
that has been "taken" by the "many who have already come in His name" (Mat.
24, Mk. 13, Luke 21) in these last days and sorely deceived them.
Though the "many" go to church
and sing praises and they give to the poor and needy, etc., they have become
foolish virgins because they are Biblically unknowledgeable.
They lack sufficient "oil" in their
lamps to endure until end.
They have built their houses not
upon the Rock, the Word of God, but upon sand, upon the traditions of men.
Here for example is what Jesus has
to say to the Christian believers of the church of Sardis in Rev. 3:
Rev. 3:2 Be
watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to
die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
"I didn't know Christians had
any works", some say.
Yes, they do!
They are not saved by works, but
once they are saved they have much work to do.
In this generation they are
to become strong "watchmen" after the example of Ezekiel.
hey are to be "doers of the Word
and not hearers only" otherwise their "faith is dead" as James explains
in James 2:20, "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works
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.
The very last thing Christ
told us in Mark 13 after explaining the 7 Seals, the events that would
take place before He returns, is to "Watch",
i.e. do the deeds of the "watchman".
Mark 13:35 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: 
coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
what I say unto you I say unto all,
Of course it is your choice.
You can be as the church of Sardis
and remain clueless.
Paul now gives us one of the major
signs of the time and season for the return of Christ.
1 Thes. 5:3 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.
Jesus Christ really told us
this exact same thing. He said that the end of the "age", i.e. His return,
will not come as long as your hear of world wars and rumors of wars (cold
No, the sign will be when you hear
the cry of peace and safety.
Mark 13:7 And
when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled:
for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
Notice in 1 Thes. 5:3 the statement
"they shall not escape".
The sudden destruction that comes
upon them is likened to a woman having labor pains, i.e. contractions,
which cannot be avoided when giving natural childbirth, can it?
1 Thes. 5:4 But
ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as
We are not "in the dark" about
when Jesus Christ is coming.
We have the light of truth, His
Word, which completely scatters the darkness, even the rudiments of darkness.
You actually witness a great analogy
of this whenever you enter a dark room and flip on the light switch and
the darkness instantly flees away.
Ever wonder where it goes or is
it just "consumed" by the light?
Satan loves darkness.
He brought about the period in
history which is called the "Dark Ages" when the light of truth was suppressed
by religion disguised as Christianity.
Did you know that the translators*
of the 1611 King James Bible make reference to the suppression of His Word
by the church system (religion) and they explain how that in order to get
access to and read the Bible back then you first had to get "a license",
and to get that you had show yourself approved to your confessor and the
There is nothing new under the
Satan is trying to snuff out the
light, the Word of truth, again in this generation, isn't he?
Just try to read the Bible in a
public school these days and see how long it takes the scorpions to come
out of the dark ACLU closet and sting you!
Note; If you haven't read the "Letter to the Reader" by the translators
of the King James Bible, because perhaps you have been kept in the dark
regarding its very existence, then log unto to pamphlets #1614
& #6057. You will then see why it
has been removed from the pages of the King James Bibles.
Thes. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
We do not live in the dark
Christ is our light and we are
beginning to stand out more and more as the shadows of darkness continue
to creep over the earth.
Think how easy you will be able
to be spotted when Antichrist shows up and that darkness (spiritually speaking)
completely covers the earth.
No need to worry though.
As the "children of the day" that
light will continue to shine until we have the victory even as the day
of Joshua was extended until the battle was won.
let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Again, who are those
"others" who are sleeping?
Unfortunately they are our brothers
and sisters whose eyes God has allowed to be remain closed for
their own protection (Rom. 11:8), lest they see and be held accountable
It is their "ignorance" that remains
their cloak of protection (Jn. 9:41).
1 Thes. 5:7 For
they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken
in the night.
Be vigilant and sober.
Peter explains how it is we remain
spiritually "sober" by "Girding up the loins of our minds" with His Word.
Otherwise we will be deceived,
which is to become drunken with the "wine of fornication" (Rev. 17:2) which
is spiritual adultery, i.e. idolatry.
1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore
up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus
To study the Bible is the noblest of all
pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
"Gird up" with His Word right
until "the end"!
Paul likens it to putting on a
protective suit of armor
1 Thes. 5:8 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.
Paul will later expound on
this Gospel Armor in the 6th chapter of his letter to the Ephesians.
The Gospel Armor is not something
you can buy or get or put on and off.
It grows on you as a "result" of
exercising the faith and love and hope that comes from being a "doer" of
His Word because you "believe" in Him.
God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord
This is so important for us
to understand and it should give all of His children great comfort.
Our Father God is not angry at
His children who love and serve Him, who strive to put on the gospel armor.
And when the Day of His Wrath comes
we will not be subject to that wrath.
Think of it this way: If you came home
from a long trip and found that some of your children were woefully disobedient
while others held to your instructions and even tried to encourage their
loved ones to be obedient, would you take out your wrath on the ones that
loved and obeyed you?
Of course not!
Here is yet another very comforting
died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with
This verse should cause one
to wonder "What is the Big Deal with the pre-trib Rapture theory anyway?"
Don't Christians understand this
Christ died for us and paid the
price for our sins and if we believe in Him, whether we suffer tribulation
or not, or whether we live in the flesh long enough to see the return of
Christ or whether we die before He returns, it doesn't really matter!
Because as Paul says, either way
"We will live together with Him" and "So shall we ever be with the Lord!"
1 Thes. 5:11 Wherefore
comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
You bet we should comfort one
another with these words, because they are true.
And we should edify on another
What does that mean?
That means we should help one another
build our houses upon the Rock, upon the Word of God.
Here is Strong's definition of "edify":
edify = oikodomeo,
oy-kod-om-eh'-o, Greek 3618; from the same as Greek 3619 (oikodome); to
be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figurative)
confirm :- (be in) build (-er, -ing, up), edify, embolden.
Hear the Words of the Lord Jesus
Christ to gain wisdom:
every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which
is in heaven.
Not everyone who calls himself
a Christian is going to make it except for the "doers" of HIS WILL!
The others are disobedient.
You see, you can be really busy
doing other things in the name of the Lord while at the same time ignoring
that which He has instructed you to do!
If your children just did what pleased
them and totally ignored your instructions, would you be happy and reward
them for it?
But here is what the Bridegroom says
to them when they finally WAKE UP:
will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
These church goers and supporters
of many charities claim to be Christians, virgins ready to wed the Bridegroom.
then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that
Why didn't Christ know them?
Because they never knew Him!
They never did HIS WILL, His Word,
because they were busy doing other things thinking all along they were
doing His will.
Here again is wisdom from the Lord
Jesus Christ Himself:
whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,
I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon
that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
If you want to endure until
the end then you best be doing some building upon the Rock!
Or you can continue to follow the
traditions of men.
You not only have that choice,
you are ALREADY doing one or the other!
every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall
be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
The sand is the "traditions of
men", Churchianity, which makes void the Word of God.
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon
that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Remember how God told Noah to build
an ark and then gave him explicit detailed instructions on how to do it,
which Noah did?
God did not build the ark for him,
No, Noah worked his buns off!
Imagine if Noah had decided to
ignore God's will, His plans, and build his own little dinghy and christen
it "The Ark"?
Christianity is not an entitlement
program for the lazy whereby one just sleeps and drinks and shows up for
We are to build our houses upon
the Rock in the same manner Noah built the ark, according to the explicit
directions of His Word.
Have you studied the "Blueprints"?
So how we do as Paul says in 1
Thes. 5:11 and edify one another?
We lovingly and charitably encourage
one another and help each other build upon the Word of God, not the words
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, you accomplish both.
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