Living With An Eye To The Sky
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
I Thessalonians 5:6-11
February 16, 2000
We find ourselves tonight in the 5th chapter of our study of the book of 1st Thessalonians. And what an exciting chapter! It's no wonder Paul says in chapter 4:18, "Therefore comfort one another with these words."
And the word "comfort" is used to describe the Holy Spirit back in John 14. He is the One who comes along side to console and comfort us! And here in 1 Thessalonians, that just as the Holy Spirit comes along side to comfort us, that the truth of the second coming of Jesus consoles and comforts us too!
Now we've spent the last couple of weeks reading about the sights and sounds that will be seen and heard when the resurrection of the dead and the rapture of the living take place when Jesus comes for His saints. In fact, a question was raised last week about chapter 4:16, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first."
Now the question is, will it be "...with the voice of THE archangel" or will it be "...with the voice of an archangel?" Well, the Greek text reads, "an archangel." There is no definite article preceding the word "archangel."
And by the way, it's not "the trumpet of God," it's "a trumpet of God." And when the sound of a trumpet is heard and Jesus comes for His saints, worship will break out in heaven and war will break out on earth.
Now beginning in chapter 5, Paul begins to describe "the day of the Lord." He says in verse 2, "For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night." He's describing that moment when Jesus comes for us! His compares the coming of Jesus for His saints with a thief coming to your house!
No thief will announce his break-in! A thief's work is in secret and it's sudden and with surprise. And when Jesus comes for His church, you can know that like a t ...
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