1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
I really don’t need to write to you about how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, All is well; everything is peaceful and secure, then disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman’s birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape. 4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. 5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be sober. 7 Night is the time for sleep and the time when people get drunk. 8 But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. 9 For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. 10 He died for us so that we can live with him forever, whether we are dead or alive at the time of his return. 11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Lord Jesus does not come to the church like a thief in the night. The church is looking for and waiting for the Lord to come. You don’t wait for a thief and look for him and leave a note for him on the back door when you leave your house “I left the back door open for you, Mr. Thief, and you’ll find the family silver in the third drawer to the right in the dining room.” The chances are that you check everything before you leave the house, making sure that your home is doubly locked. You want to keep the thief out. So the Lord Jesus does not come as a thief to those who know Him. The believer in Christ is to be awake and alert in view of Christ’s coming, because the believer will not enter into that the time of testing, which is labeled the Day of the Lord’s judgment. Revelation 3:10 state, “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.” Times and seasons are not the property of the church; they belong to this earth and both Israel and the Gentiles who will be saved in that day. The church is looking for a Person, not for times and seasons. However, the Lord Jesus does come like a thief to the world after the church has been removed. The Day of the Lord will come suddenly to the earth, and it will begin with the Great Tribulation period; then finally Christ will come personally to this earth. So make sure you are prepared and are waiting the return of our Lord and you will not have to go through the great time of testing.

Have a God Day!