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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Knowledge of the Appearing and its Effect on Believers
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that ye should be written to, 2 for ye know perfectly well yourselves, that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief by night. v.2 Read Isa. 13 for a description of the day of the Lord.
3 When they may say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon her that is with child; and they shall in no wise escape. v.3 It’s not that at this time they are really at peace… but they “say Peace and safety”. In reality, their hearts are failing them for fear (Luke 21:26). 
4 But “ye”, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief: 5 for all “ye” are sons of light and sons of day; we are not of night nor of darkness. 6 So then do not let us sleep as the rest do, but let us watch and be sober; v.6 To be sober is not to go around with a long face. It is to have right moral judgment with respect to the world. We can still be characterized by joy while we watch and are sober.
7 for they that sleep sleep by night, and they that drink drink by night; 8 but “we” being of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as helmet the hope of salvation; 
9 because God has not set us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who has died for us, that whether we may be watching or sleep, we may live together with him. v.9 Those who insist that the Church will go through the tribulation will say that “wrath” or “the wrath to come” is eternal judgment. However, the context of this verse suggests that “wrath” refers to the judgments surrounding the appearing of Christ.
11 Wherefore encourage one another, and build up each one the other, even as also ye do.

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