Hello everyone and welcome back to another podcast in our series on the book of Psalm one titled “Preparing for the season” This is our second series on the book of Psalm one and in today’s podcast titled “Children of the Day” we would like to help you understand what you should have taken away from the first series in our podcast.
Therefore, we would like to ask you several questions, and then we are going to look at Paul’s statement concerning the coming day of the Lord we called the coming season for which the man on Psalm one is preparing for. And the question I would like to ask you as a church is, “Are you waiting for the rapture?”
Now, the reason why I asked that question it’s because for many years we have been telling those coming into the kingdom of God we are going to be raptured out of the earth for a number of years, but when we read Paul’s statement to the early Church and according to the preparedness of the righteous in Psalm one, it’s clear instead of waiting for a rapture to escape the great tribulation, we are to be preparing ourselves for what is about to come.
And as we prepare, we are to keep in mind we have a role to play during the great tribulation we are about to explore in this second series. But let’s now look at what Paul has to say about these things.
Paul wrote to the early church saying, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 “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. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
Now as we examine 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 “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.” It was clear Paul had no need to explain to the early Church that the coming of the Lord will be like a thief in night. However, within the Christian community, it was never to be understood that the day will come upon us as a thief because we’re told to prepare for the day and season of the Lord.
Therefore, when we read Psalm one, it is clear the righteous is meditating on the law that he might know in what season the Lord may come and knowing that the Lord has appointed a day for judgment he’s preparing for that season so that it come not upon him as a thief in the night. It was, for this reason, Paul said, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.” Because as believers we are and were made aware.
Now, let’s look at the rest of Paul’s statement concerning the coming season and day of the Lord. Because when it comes to those who are unprepared because they have scorned the law or word of God, Paul wrote when they believe they have finally archived their goal and are at rest in their sins and rebellion, it’s then the day of the Lord will come upon them as a thief in the night. And when that day comes, Paul said they shall not escape, however, we who are prepared and aware will have been ready for that day and so survive.
1 Thessalonians 5:3-4 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.”
We are not to be caught by surprise by the coming of the Lord or the coming season of God’s wrath because God throughout his word has been revealing these things to us. Paul said, we are children of the day, therefore, we are aware, and can see the approaching day, and knowing the day is approaching we are to be making arrangements to escape this approaching dreadful day.
And the reason why we are saying we’ll need to plan for this coming approaching dreadful day, it’s because of what has been revealed in these verses found in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 and Psalm one. There will be no pre-tribulation or pos-tribulation rapture but a return of Jesus Christ and the saints who had fallen asleep before His return…
Well, thank you for joining us today, and we hope you will join us again next time as we continue on our journey through Psalm chapter one.
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