As A Thief In The Night
"For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night" (1 Thessalonians 5:2). A thief does not call you on the phone and tell you that he is going to rob you tonight. When he robs you, you wake up in the night and he is there. The same will be with the appearance of the Lord at His second coming. No one knows when our Lord will come again. It will be a total surprise. Jesus says, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Mark 13:32).
When our Lord comes, it will happen in a split second. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:52). We must constantly be prepared for the Lordís coming again. We will not have any time to get ready or change after He does come. Jesus says, "Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you" (Revelation 3:3). We must be ready now. "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame" (Revelation 16:15). "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (Matthew 24:44).
Our Lordís coming will be a great and wonderful day for those who are prepared; but for those who are not prepared it will be horrible and beyond description, since it will be the beginning of their eternal punishment. "The Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power" (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). Everyone will know when our Lord does come the second time because "every eye will see Him" (Revelation 1:7).
There will be those members of the Lordís church who will then discover they are lost because of their unfaithfulness and other sins of which they have not repented. But it will be too late then to get oneís life right. "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear" (Matthew 13:41-43). Notice there will be those who will be gathered out of His kingdom, the church, and be cast into the eternal fires of Hell. Those gathered out of His kingdom are members of the Lordís church who are going to be lost in Hell. Jesus wants us to pay attention to what He is trying to tell us. He says, ďHe who has ears to hear, let him hear" (Matthew 13:43). Our Lord is trying to warn us if we will only listen. He has already paid the awful price for our salvation and He doesnít want to see it wasted. Jesus is telling us that we had better listen up.
But why are some members of the Lordís church going to be lost? "But his lord answered and said to him, you wicked and lazy servant. And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 25:26, 30). These are members of the Lordís church who are going to be lost because they are unprofitable, lazy, and unfaithful, or they have wickedness in their lives of which they have not repented. We must repent of any sin in our lives and get busy now in working for our Lord.
This life is so short and eternity is sure, final, and forever. Job says, "My days are swifter than a weaverís shuttle" (Job 7:6). We cannot stop time or even slow it down. Job continues to say, "Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue" (Job 14:1-2).
People try to hide their fear of dying and cover it up with the pursuit of "material success". Many people put off becoming a Christian, or those who become a Christian become unfaithful and delay their repentance because they feel it's necessary they get everything just right before they obey the Lord. They seem to think they will live forever on this earth. In talking to people about their soul, many respond by saying, "Iím not ready yet". The problem is there is not much time left to get ready. They will soon run out of time. It will be too late then. "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). We must get ready now, while we have time. Let's "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). There will be no second chances. One who is not ready will not go to Heaven.
In less than one hundred years from now we will all be dead. We will either be with the many being tormented in Hell or with the few in the glory of Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14). We make the choice in this life as to which place we will be. Letís make the right choice.
Questions Lesson #2
As A Thief In The Night
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1) (1 Thessalonians 5:2) When the Lord comes
He will let us know ahead of time.
It will be no surprise because we already know.
He will come as a thief in the night.
2) No one knows when the Lord will come again.
3) (1 Corinthians 15:52) The coming of the Lord
Will be in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
Will never happen.
Will be very slow as it is happening.
4) When the Lord comes the dead will not be raised.
5) (Matthew 24:44) When the Lord comes
We will have plenty of time to get ready after He comes.
We must be ready for we don't know when He is coming.
We know the hour when He will come.
6) There is no need to be ready for the Lord's coming.
7) (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) When the Lord does come, vengeance will be taken on
Those who know not God and have not obeyed the gospel.
8) The punishment will only last for a short time.
9) (Matthew 13:41-43) What will happen to the lost who are gathered out of the Lord's kingdom, the church?
They will also go to Heaven.
They will be cast into the furnace of fire.
They will only be scolded.
10) The righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
11) (Matthew 25:26, 30) What will happen to the unprofitable servant (Christian)?
He will be given another chance.
He will be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping & gnashing of teeth.
12) The Lord will have sympathy on the unprofitable and lazy Christian.
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