1 Thessalonians 5:3-5 You friends, are not in the dark, that Day will not come upon you like a thief. You are children of the Light, of the day. We do not belong to night and darkness. But while they are saying: all is peaceful, all secure; then destruction is upon them, suddenly as the pangs that come upon a woman in childbirth and there will be no escape.
‘You My friends’ – Those who love Him and keep His commands.
John 15:14-15 You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is about, I call you friends because I have disclosed to you everything that I heard from the Father.
‘that Day’– Jesus quoted Isaiah 61:1-2a at the commencement of His ministry. He stopped at ‘and a Day of vengeance of our God’. That therefore, must be the next prophesied event. It is wrong to think ‘that Day’ is the Return of Jesus in His glory, for these main reasons;
1/ The situation will hardly be: ‘all is peaceful’, at the end of the Tribulation and with the Anti Christ’s army coming to attack Jerusalem!
2/ The Return will not come ‘as a thief’, that is unexpectedly, because as anyone with a Bible can read that after the AC places his image in the Temple, it will be 1260 days, then the Return.
3/ As described to us in many prophecies, the Day of wrath is a worldwide event, on all nations:
Zephaniah 1:7 Keep silent in the presence of the Lord, for the Day of the Lord is near, the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and set apart those His has invited.
Isaiah 13:9 The Day of the Lord is coming, that cruel Day of wrath and fierce anger, to reduce the earth to a desolation and to destroy the wicked there.
Malachi 4:1 The Day comes, burning like a furnace, all the proud evildoers will be as stubble, that Day will set them ablaze leaving them neither root nor branch.
Revelation 6:17 For the great Day of their wrath has come and who can stand?
‘like a thief’- That is, unexpectedly to all the godless peoples and to those who have ignored or failed to understand the prophetic warnings.
Revelation 3:3 If you do not wake up, you will not know the moment of My coming.
Revelation 16:15 See: I am coming unexpectedly. Happy is the one who stays awake and ready.
Isaiah 46:10 From the beginning I reveal the end, from ancient times what is yet to be.
‘children of the light’-
1 Thess. 5:8 We who belong in the light, must keep prepared and armed with salvation.
Isaiah 42:6 I have formed and destined you to be a light to the nations…..
‘they say; all is peaceful, all secure’– The enemy nations prepare a surprise attack on Israel: Psalms 83
Micah 4:12 They do not understand God’s purposes, they are gathered like sheaves on the threshing floor.
Matthew 24:37-44 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. Then they ate, drank and married right up to the day Noah went into the ark. They knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes. Be ready, therefore, lest He comes when you are unprepared.
‘suddenly destruction is upon them’- This is the Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, prophesied over 100 times in the Bible and accurately described as a CME sunstrike. Isaiah 30:26
Isaiah 47:8-11 Listen to this, you lovers of luxury, living carefree and thinking you will never be in mourning. Suddenly, in a single Day disaster will come upon you.
Jeremiah 25:32-33 The Lord says: Ruin spreads from nation to nation. A mighty tempest blows up and those whom the Lord has slain on that Day will lie scattered all over the world.
‘there will be no escape’-Everyone will be affected, this Day will come upon everyone. Luke 21:35
Romans 2:3 Do you imagine that you can escape the judgement of God?
Isaiah 2:19 They will creep into caves to hide when the Lord strikes the world with terror.
Revelation 6:16-17 They called out: Hide us from the wrath of God and the Lamb’.
Ref: REB, NIV. Some verses abridged.