Coming as a thief
1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 -
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto 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.
Paul who had good knowledge of scriptures and who would study them along with his other colleagues also taught this understanding to the people whom he ministered.
When Paul writes to them about the Judgment Day, he starts the topic with 'you have no need that I write unto you'. Paul was very clear with the fall of events right unto the last day of this creation and right unto man entering unto Heaven. If you read further he says that day will come as 'a thief in the night', but if you read two lines ahead he also says 'but you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief'.
The Word of God is 'A Word' and is also referred to as 'instructions to man's salvation'. One needs to understand the purpose of these instructions, the reason God created this creation, why God put man in the weak flesh and why God allowed sin to come into man.
Jesus said He was the Good Shepherd and not a thief who comes to steal and destroy. The Judgment Day will come suddenly as a thief only to those who are not enlightened with the Light.
A sister responded to my mail on this topic and also send me a long list of scriptures she though was connected to this. I took each scripture and responded with details showing how people connected without understanding. People add to scriptures and make up their own human understanding of events like a motion picture.
When I started writing as the Lord started teaching me on a one to one basis, one of the first topics which I wrote on was a summary of creations (7 chapters), right from the start to the end of creation. These were taught to me with visions and wonders. Today as I have grown more in knowledge and understanding I look back at what I had written, even though I do not find it 100 percent perfect but the frame line of it, of what the Lord taught me is perfect. Even before the Lord could teach me on things like patience and inner man, the Lord wanted me to be clear in understanding His plans for me. By this I can now have much better understanding of His love, His nature, fear of Him, His ways etc...
Like the first day the Lord came into my life (made me aware of His presence) the first thing He did was give me a vision of what I will achieve in my life time on earth. Today since I know the result I am walking to it, having faith in Him who will see it fulfill, any kind of persecution, threat or danger does not affect me nor put me down, for I know even if someone kills me I will still need to come back to receive what the Lord has given unto me.
Once you start to know Christ and His purpose all things will start to unfold unto you with clarity and any kind of confusion existing will be sorted out.
To give you an example like I mentioned before I am writing my fourth part on the Heart / Inner man and since 2 to 3 months I have not been able to move ahead. Just last Sunday I realized the reason, the foundation on which was moving I had erred add my own to what the Lord revealed. I had modified the truth and this could seriously mislead others. Now that, that error had been corrected I am sure something great will be unfold unto me.
People of God; the Lord does not want you to walk in darkness, without understanding, He is not a God of confusion but of order. Make sure any understanding you carry is in line to all scriptures. If you find it contradicting even one, test that understanding with other scriptures and the truth will be exposed unto you. The Bible has in build multi-level verification, having confirmations to every understanding in build into it.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are Light and You want us to walk in light, therefore You have given your plan for us in your Word. Your Word has everything that needs to be known to us in it so that we cannot be misled. Lord, help us to trust more in your Word than our understanding, be our Teacher...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
2 Timothy 4:9-17
9 Give diligence to come shortly unto me:
10 for Demas forsook me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministering.
12 But Tychicus I sent to Ephesus.
13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord will render to him according to his works:
15 of whom do thou also beware; for he greatly withstood our words.
16 At my first defence no one took my part, but all forsook me: may it not be laid to their account.
17 But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me; that through me the message might me fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Beroea: who when they were come thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles,-
2 if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward;
3 how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words,
4 whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ;
5 which in other generations was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;
6 to wit, that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
7 whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9 and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things;
10 to the intent that now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11 according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.
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