"Like a Thief in the Night"
Sane and Sensible Perspectives on the Last Days
There is an immense amount of confusion swirling around this passage, partly because of the mix of metaphors. The action of the Enemy is clearly described as that of a thief who comes to kill, steal and destroy, yet the action of Jesus is sometimes compared to that of a thief. Well, which is it. Will the real “thief” of this passage please stand up? And may the real victims of the “thievery” show yourselves! Here’s a hint: read this rightly and you will WANT to be left behind.
1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 ESV