Jesus will come “As a thief in the night” What does this mean?

A Thief in the Night

Verses we will study:

1Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Luke 21:34 ” And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.”
Revelation  16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

1 Thessalonians 5:4 “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”
6 ¶ Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”

I saw the famous “thief in the night” movie, that said the rapture would occur secretly, and Christ would take all believers to Heaven “Like a Thief in the night”

That movie, and that doctrine is WRONG.

I believe the Rapture occurs in Matthew 24:29 when the sun moon and stars go dark. It does not occur until after the Antichrist commits the “Abomination of desolation” spoken of by Daniel the prophet. this is when the coming world dictator sets up an idol of himself in the rebuilt temple of the Jews in Jerusalem, and proclaims that he is god. This is the ultimate blasphemy.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 ” Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

Jesus said when that happens, run for the hills, because then all out persecution of the Jews and Christians will consume this world.

The discerning believer alive at this time is commanded to watch, and lift up their heads, because “their redemption draweth nigh”. The sign of the coming of the Son of Man, the rapture of the Saints will be in glorious bright light like lightening when all the world sees Jesus return and snatch away all believers, and leave behind all who have not been saved to go through “The Day of the Lord” , The wrath of God, a time period of judgment that starts on the same day. Then the men of the earth cry out for fear “Hide us from the wrath of the Lamb!”

To come as “a thief in the night” does not mean He will come  secretly. It means He will come UNEXPECTEDLY, as a snare, as a shock, surprising people who are NOT AWARE. Those  who are Watching for Him in expectation, will NOT be taken by surprise, they are NOT IN DARKNESS.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

He said not to live carelessly “as we see the day approaching”, but we are to WATCH soberly.

WATCH!

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