1 Thessalonians 5
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
The 7th trump, the trump of God will come when most aren't looking. We've been given events that give us the season, but many aren't looking, they're not paying attention, or even care what the events are. They will be in satans hand when he arrives, then The Lord comes, finding them in their deception.
3 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.
There is no true peace or safety when you're without Christ. The whole world is seeing the events for the last days right now. The only question you must ask yourself is "I'm I ready"? "Travail upon a woman with child" is labor pains. They get closer and closer together until the time of birth, the sudden destruction upon the whole earth. The desolator, satan is here making everything desolate. The people will see it as a time of peace and prosperity, but is it to their destruction. Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. The antichrist, satan that "star" that fell to the earth, Ref. - Revelation 9:1, will fool everyone that didn't study The Word to know they're not going anywhere, the battle is here and we are to prepare ourselves with Truth. Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! הֵילֵל Lucifer = hêylêl, hay-lale'; from H1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning-star:—lucifer. This "morning star", will try to pass himself off as Christ, sadly most Christians will believe him. Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
As a child of light, you live in Him, you live in Truth. You've been given The Truth and with it, you know who comes first, you know who to look for. You know to wait on The True Christ.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Those in the light, see things clearly. We've studied God's Word and won't be deceived.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Don't fall back into that deception. Stay vigilant, don't let the drunken lies seduce you. Stay in The Word of Truth. You're NOT going anywhere, so prepare yourselves for what's coming. Or should I say, who's coming, because he's coming to fool the world. Stay in The Light. Watch for those warnings, watch out for that antichrist, satan. Watch for the two witnesses. Then watch for The True Christ. As for these two witnesses, I ask you study Revelations Ch. 11 closely.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
Do you not see what's happening around the world today? It's time to wake up and get sober to the facts. Don't listen to me or any other without studying The Truth for yourself. You and I need The Word of God today more than ever.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
We are at battle! There is NO getting around it and you're in it. It's more a spiritual battle than a physical one. Each idem helps us win this war. Without them, you can't win. Ref. to The Armor can be found in Ephesians 6:10-20 and you had better study it. Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Many of the leaders of the world have been doing satans bidding and are fooling people every day. Only those with The Truth of God in them have the eyes to see them for who they are and what they're doing.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
If you're following God, then you have nothing to worry about. He isn't mad at you because you love Him enough to study His letter to you and you have prepared yourself in knowing who comes first, therefore you won't be fooled by him. The Truth of God is the only way to escape His wrath. It's NOT a ride out of here, get that straight in your mind. The Truth is the seal of God, deception is the mark of the beast. What's in your head = mind? It is in Truth, it is in Christ Jesus that we are saved. †
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Those that have died but accepted Christ and those that are alive now and have accepted Christ, will be all together upon Christ return, 7th trump!
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
The Truth does that, Lies can't! Only in Christ Jesus can anyone have true peace of mind and it's up to you as a Christian, to help bring others to Him. To feed them His Word that they grow in wisdom, building strength, having true peace of mind. † "Edify" = οἰκοδομέω oikodoméō, oy-kod-om-eh'-o; from the same as G3619; to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively) confirm:—(be in) build(-er, -ing, up), edify, embolden. [to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness, blessedness].
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
You should hear what those pastors/teachers say about The Word, but you should also study and allow The Holy Spirit to open it up to you. They may be a blessing, so don't totally reject the admonishment they give you. "Admonish" = νουθετέω nouthetéō, noo-thet-eh'-o; from the same as G3559; to put in mind, i.e. (by implication) to caution or reprove gently:—admonish, warn. Couldn't tell you how many reject The Truth because they just don't like what's said. They've heard a few verses, made that their religion, throwing out the context of the Chapter. Paul is begging you to listen to what is being said from those that feed you The Word. It's for our own good and then you; 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Learn from those that wrong you. Christians aren't door mats, so use common sense. God will fix all the wrongs. Stay on track in The Truth, continuing in the work of The Lord.
16 Rejoice evermore.
Every day is a blessing when you open your eyes, so rejoice in it. God has blessed you! Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
17 Pray without ceasing.
Prayer is talking to our Father. He loves to hear from us, so talk to Him. He's always listening.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It's our Father that gives, it's us that take. If you can see your blessings, you understand where it is they come from. The biggest is eternal life. †
19 Quench not the Spirit.
Stay focused on The Word, live it!
20 Despise not prophesyings.
Love The Truth of God.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Study for yourself as to not be fooled. Walk The Path of Christ.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Only One Way to be found blameless. That's in Christ, in The Word of Truth, Waiting for The True, 7th trump.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
God keeps His Word, you can count on it! You've been called to hear, to do and to spread His love to others.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
Paul is charging the leaders at Thessalonica to read, to study and to spread this letter.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.