LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT-
WE SHOULD BE READY!
I Thess. 5:1-11
Judgement Day! Few people live as if they really
believe in a Judgement Day. Other people so believe
it, but misunderstand it, that they do nothing while
waiting for it. ( I Thess. 4)
ILL. Puritan Assembly. A dense darkness came
upon them and so called quickly to adjourn
because it might be the beginning of
judgement Day But the president quietly said,
"Lets light a candle and keep working,
because if it is Judgement Day, the best
condition God could find us in is going
about our duty!"
What was the day of the Lord?
To study the background of the biblical idea of the day
of the Lord involves a biblical survey from beginning to
end. The Old Testament is filled with it. The prophets
revealed great epochs in the destiny of mankind; and they
had a phrase by which they referred to the day of judgment,
the day of wrath of God, the day of visitation from heaven,
the perdition and damnation of an ungodly earth. They called
it "the day of the Lord."
There is no place in the Old Testament nor in the New Testament,
where that phrase refers to any other thing but the day of
tribulation, the day of wrath, the day of visitation, the day
of judgment of Almighty God. The beginning of that final and
terrible day of the Lord is portrayed in the sixth chapter of
Revelation. The great men of the earth and the bondmen. From
slaves to the king, cry for the rocks and mountains to hide
them from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of his
wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand." (Rev. 6:17)
Paul drew a distinction in I Thess., between the "day of Christ"
which he covered in I Thess. 4, and the terrible "day of the Lord."
The "day of Christ", literally the day of the Anointed One or
Messiah, means the day of the gathering of God's children home to
heaven - the day of the resurrection of the Lord's people. Having
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