When we read Paul’s statement to the early Church and according to the preparedness of the righteous, we can see instead of waiting for a rapture to escape the great tribulation, we are to be preparing ourselves for what is about to come, and for the role, we will play in, during, and at the end of the great tribulation. And as we prepare ourselves for the roles we will play during the tribulation, we are to keep in mind our role during these times will be to demonstrate God’s favour upon his people.
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 the 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.” We can see that 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 the Church as a thief because we were told to prepare for the day and season of the Lord.
When we read Psalm 1:2 in agreement with Paul’s statement, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditates day and night. It is to be understood the righteous are meditating on the law both day and night so that they might know in what season the Lord may come. And knowing that the Lord has appointed a day for judgment the righteous are 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 us 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, Paul wrote when they believe they have finally archived their goal and are at rest in their sins and rebellion, it is then that 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 are aware will have been ready for that day and so survived.
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, so 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 will need to plan for this coming approaching dreadful day. Well, it is because of what has been revealed in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 and the book of Psalm one.
And what they are showing is that there is a sense of preparedness on the part of the righteous, and because of this preparedness, the righteous is a son of the day and not a child of the night, so that he is caught by surprise on the day of wrath.