Thursday, February 11, 2016

Peace and Safety

In November there was a terrorist attack in Paris and
following this attack a number of leaders in the world
came out with the phrase, 'Peace and safety.' Two of
these came directly from the Pope; one came out as a
resolution from the United Nations. Why is this some-
thing of interest? It is found in one of Paul's letters to a
persecuted church that was looking for the Lord's return,
but was afraid they had missed it.

'But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no 
need that I write to 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...Therefore let us not
sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.'
(1Thes 5:1-6)

We have been looking at the signs that will surround
the coming of our Lord. In November the sign of
sudden destruction--the beginning of the Day of the
Lord, the tribulation--was mentioned seven times by
world leaders.

I have always thought that the rapture would be done in
a thief like way, but, no, it is the coming of sudden
destruction that is like a thief.

Paul goes on to say, '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 with him.
Wherefore, comfort yourselves together and edify 
one another...' (1Thes 5:8-11)

Put on faith, love, the hope of salvation, for we are not
of the night but of the day, comfort and edify one another.

We who are born again in Christ have not been appointed
to wrath, the wrath poured out during the seven year
tribulation, so why does Jesus say we should 'watch and
pray and be alert?'

That will be covered in tomorrow's blog.

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