People often use “a thief in the night” to describe the rapture. That bugs me. Here’s why–the thief in the night is not about the rapture!

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2. Anytime the Bible says something akin to “You know perfectly” you can pretty well rest assured people don’t know what he’s talking about!

The day of the Lord is God’s day of wrath and judgment, it’s going to surprise the world because they are going to think there is peace and good times ahead (5:3). What do thieves do? They take or destroy things that people don’t think belongs to them. Is Christ coming to get us stealing or destroying? No, we’re His; He can take us whenever He wants and we won’t mind it. When God comes to judge the world He’s going to destroy and take things the world thinks belongs to them, in their minds, He’s stealing.

“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” (5:4). The day of the Lord won’t overtake us as a thief because 1) we know perfectly well that it’s coming and 2) we won’t be here anyway because God has delivered us from wrath (5:9)! Let’s be sure to use our biblical knowledge that “we know perfectly,” perfectly!

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