Promise: (1Th 5:2 NIV) for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
Thief: We are going to see the characteristics of a thief.
The thief does not say when he will come. Suddenly he comes. When people are not expecting, he comes. You have heard that Jesus is going to come soon. He does not tell the date. He will come suddenly. There will be people who are afraid of meeting Him. They have not met with Him regularly. But a believer need not be shocked by the coming of Jesus because you are meeting Him daily in your prayer room and outside. i.e Selvapandian
The thief comes to steal. What he steals? Will he steal from the broomstick, garbage, sandals etc. He comes to steal the precious things at home. He wants the gold, money and other important things in the house. (1Pe 1:7 NIV) These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. The devil comes to steal your faith. He does things in your life that make you lose faith in God. (Heb 12:2 NIV) fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus is coming back for the believers who stand for Him in faith. Your faith is greater than gold.
Christ’s coming, as far as the world is concerned, will be sudden and unexpected, like a thief in the night; but not so for the believer. We are looking for Him to come. Unbelievers are in the dark: their understanding is darkened (Eph_4:18; Eph_5:8); they love the darkness (Joh_3:19-21; Eph_5:11); they are controlled by the power of darkness (Eph_6:12); and they are headed for eternal darkness (Mat_8:12). But the Christian is associated with the light, for God is light, and Christ is the Light of the world (Joh_8:12). The Christian is a child of light (Eph_5:8-14), though at one time he was darkness itself. The change that was wrought is described in 2Co_4:1-6; Col_1:13; and 1Pe_2:9. Since Christians belong to the day, they should live in the light and be ready for Christ’s return.
2-7-20 Thursday Are you Rapture Ready?
(1Th 5:2 NIV) for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. It is a secret coming. The thief comes to steal the precious things. He comes at night when you are not expecting.
Wise and Foolish virgins: Mat 25:1-13.