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(2) You know very well that the day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. (3) When they are saying, “There is peace and security,” at that time sudden destruction will attack them, like labor pains start with a pregnant woman, and they definitely won’t escape.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 (CEB)

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Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Today I present another End Times post.

Last week in church, one of the Scripture passages they read came from 1 Thessalonians 5. It’s not a Book of the Bible nor a chapter I’m very familiar with. It’s not full of famous passages like Romans, the Gospels, James, and other books of the New Testament. And yet, this Book that I overlook was exactly what I needed to hear on this day. A warning from Scripture; one I’ve heard before, but one we can never announce enough.

Warning: The final judgment will come exactly when the world least expects it.

We know that in general from Matthew 24. But the verse from 1 Thessalonians 5 says something a little more specific. So let’s take a look at that today, since this is a warning we can never forget.

We only Call when We Need Help

The passage is 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3. It says when people feel safe and secure, at peace, that’s exactly when the sudden destruction (of the Day of the LORD) will hit them, and they definitely won’t escape.

(2) You know very well that the day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. (3) When they are saying, “There is peace and security,” at that time sudden destruction will attack them, like labor pains start with a pregnant woman, and they definitely won’t escape.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 (CEB)

Oftentimes, people turn to God and pray when they have a crisis. They have no problem praying, or admitting they need God when the crisis is upon them. But when the crisis is over, they don’t keep praying to God, they don’t keep talking to God. They go about their lives as if nothing ever happened, and everything is good. They forget what God did for them, when they prayed.

But I’m not one to judge. I’ve done the exact same thing, in my life!! How about you?? It’s a common sin people make.

People know they need God when they’re in a crisis. And when the world is in crisis, everyone knows they need God. Everyone turns to God and prays. But after the crisis is over, the people of the world forget about God again. And on and on it goes, until God no longer allows it.

It’s time to heed God’s final warnings during these End Times. It’s time to turn to God for real, for good. And we need to stick with Him when we do.

Right now the world is in crisis. On top of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic distress it brings, there are rumors of war. War seems possible in a few places around the world. (I wrote this on February 1, and it will be published on February ??. So something could even happen between the time of writing and when this goes live!!) There could be conflicts in places like Ukraine, Taiwan, or the Korean Peninsula. And if war breaks out in any of those areas, it could easily spread around the globe.

Many people turned to God when COVID-19 first hit. And many more will turn to God if major war between world nuclear powers looks likely. But it’s always possible that war won’t actually start, and diplomacy will win the day. As for the pandemic, that will run its course and pass one day too.

If or when these things calm down, the whole world will give a sigh of relief. People will relax, and be happy the problems are over. And that’s exactly when the disasters of the Final Day will come from out of nowhere.

Don’t Celebrate just yet ….

I want to point out something from Part 132, a recent post about a vivid and profound End Times dream. It wasn’t one of my dreams, but a dream I heard about in church earlier this year. When I then heard 1 Thessalonians 5 in church this last week, it reminded me of a part of the End Times dream I heard in church last month.

In that dream, which you can read in full by clicking the link, a crisis was about to hit our island, Puerto Rico. Unnaturally massive waves were surrounding the island on all sides: East, west, north, and south. The people were in a panic, because of these unnaturally tall waves that could destroy the entire island. Then a lion appeared in the clouds, and the waves went back to normal. The people were happy when the waves went back to normal, and they went back to their regular lives as if nothing happened.

It’s another example of what I’m talking about. It hints at the problem, in metaphorical form (not literal) because this scene came from a dream. But if you read Part 132, you’ll see how after the people were all happy, the danger wasn’t actually over like they thought it was. The implication in that dream was that the trouble was just beginning … and God was COMING SOON.

It’s exactly when people think the danger is over that God will return.

No one has any problem turning to God when they see their death approaching. Everyone turns to Him by instinct, knowing they have no one else. They turn to Him out of desperation rather than true Faith, but they know He’s “out there somewhere” and pray desperately to Him anyway. But once the danger is over, they’re done with God and this “faith” (small ‘f’) they suddenly found in their time of need. But it’s exactly when we feel most safe and in least need of God that Jesus is going to return.

Always Be on Alert

We don’t know if this is the End—perhaps these crises will also pass and there will be a period of peace afterward. I’m not making that prediction, but that would seem to match up with what happened in the End Times dream described in Part 132. It’s certainly possible.

If there is a period of peace and stability after all these crises, we need to be alert and on-guard.

Remember Matthew 24. It will be the same way when Jesus Christ returns in His Full Glory as it was when the flood wiped out the earth in Noah’s time. The people in Noah’s time went about their business as if everything was all good. They didn’t suspect anything bad was about to happen to them. They especially weren’t expecting God’s furious Wrath to destroy them all. But that’s how it happened.

(37) As it was in the time of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Human One. (38) In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. (39) They didn’t know what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. The coming of the Human One will be like that.

Matthew 24:37-39 (CEB)

The people mocked Noah and called him crazy. But Noah and his family were the only people God spared.

No one knows when Jesus will return. When everything is peaceful, that’s when people are expecting it the least. That’s exactly when people aren’t thinking about it. And that’s the exact kind of time Jesus will come. Many people expect Jesus to return when things look as bad as they do now. But who expects Him to return when everything seems good??

I don’t know exactly what the future holds, but I do have some rough ideas based on dreams I’ve had. I haven’t seen any kind of peace and prosperity period, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Anything could happen. But if we see a period of peace, stability, and prosperity once all these crises are over, we need to stay on alert. Although it may not look like it, Jesus could be one day away at a time like that.

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