There’s no question these are turbulent days and many things point to Christ’s return. It seems that this topic has surfaced in a more prevalent way than we even normally think about it. That is saying something because Christ’s second coming is a very strong subject among believers. But it seems to be on the forefront of people’s minds even more. So when I read 1 Thessalonians 4 & 5 in our Bible reading schedule, I paid close attention because it was about Christ’s return and the Day of the Lord.
Throughout the Bible, references to the Day of the Lord are numerous. It basically points to God’s wrath being poured out on mankind due to their rebellion against him. There will also be signs in the heavens and then Christ will return (Matthew 24:29-31). God’s Word tells us that the days leading up to this apocalypse will be the most difficult time in all of history. Because of this and the present calamity, there is a great deal of fear. However, no where does the Bible suggest we should be afraid. Actually the opposite is taught – stand firm!
In 1 Thessalonians 5 we read about the Day of the Lord. This time of darkness and judgment will be very intense. How should we anticipate these coming days? “Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8-11) God wins and that means as his followers we do too!