How Will Jesus Return 'As a Thief In the Night?'

   The Bible describes the return of Jesus Christ as being like the coming of a burgler or thief in the night. Matthew 24:43, “Understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into,” and 1 Thessalonians 5:2, “You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” 

   This is the event many call the “rapture,” a word that means “to snatch away.”  How will the second coming be like a thief in the night? First of all, no one will know when He will return. Just as a thief surprises his victims, Jesus will catch unbelievers by surprise when He returns. Life will go on as usual, just as if they have all the time in the world. But then, before they know it, Judgment Day will be upon them as it says in Matthew 24:40-41. Paul tells it like this in 1 Thessalonians 5:3: “While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”  Believers shouldn’t fear the coming sudden judgment, but should be looking forward to it and be welcoming it....because the “thief in the night” won’t catch them by surprise. Christians are in a separate category as we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:4-9: “But you, bro ...

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