1 Thessalonians 5
More on the Rapture
David Brandt Berg
Jesus said, “When ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand” (Luke 21:31). The generation that sees all these signs coming to pass that we’ve been studying and have spoken of—this generation shall not pass away until all these things shall be fulfilled (Luke 21:32). They have begun to be fulfilled now in our day, in our generation, these endtime events.
The curtain has been drawn aside on the last scene of the earth’s great drama, and the act has begun and it cannot stop now. It will keep right on going, fulfilling these promises of the Word of God until all these things shall be fulfilled. The generation that sees all these signs shall not pass away until all these things shall be fulfilled.
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:1–2). He says, “You don’t have to be told the times and seasons; you already know these things. You know He’s going to come like a thief in the night—to others, but not to you, because you will know and recognize His coming when He comes.”
“For when they shall say, peace and safety: then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (v. 3). Every time I hear people preaching peace, that the world’s now going to have peace and peace has come, I’m reminded that they were preaching a lot of that peace after World War I, and then came World War II!
When the Antichrist takes over the world and establishes his worldwide kingdom, his anti-God government, he says, “Peace and safety! Everything’s going to be peaceful and safe now. No more wars. Everything’s going to be secure. Prosperity on earth. Everybody’s going to have plenty, and my kingdom’s going to be a kingdom of heaven on earth, peace and safety.” Watch out, for then will come sudden destruction! It’s going to begin right in the middle of his reign, at the end of the first three and a half years. The peace pact is going to be broken, and there will be nothing but trouble and war and rebellion and riot and revolution and tribulation from that time on.
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (v. 4). You should never be surprised at these sudden destructions or sudden judgments of God. “Ye are all the children of light and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober” (v. 5–6). He says, “You’re not children of the night. You’re not supposed to be asleep when it happens. You’re children of day, children of light.” You’re supposed to be wide awake.
You’re supposed to know what’s happening and when it’s going to happen. You’re not children of darkness; you’re not in the dark about all these Bible prophecies and the things that are going to happen. You won’t be surprised when the Antichrist arises and reveals himself. You won’t be surprised when he proclaims a worldwide government of peace and signs a seven-year peace pact among the religions, a Covenant that he proclaims to be holy, inviolate. You won’t be surprised when it happens.
And neither will you be surprised when he breaks the peace pact right in the middle of it. From then on, there’s nothing but trouble and war. It won’t take you by surprise. You don’t have to be surprised and you don’t have to be mystified by it or in any way astonished. You’re expecting it!
It won’t catch His people by surprise like a thief in the night as it will the rest of the world. They won’t be expecting it. They’ll be surprised—especially when Jesus comes. They will really be shocked then when they see the graves open and the bodies of the dead rise in the Resurrection. And all His children who they’ve been persecuting and trying to kill and imprison and trying to make take their Mark of the Beast and worship his image, suddenly will rise right out of their hands and sail up into the sky!
Thank You, Lord, for Your wonderful Word about the marvelous events to come, which Your children will understand and recognize and know when these things happen, as they happen.
Are you ready? He said to be prepared! He says to watch! “Let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober.” Are you watching?
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