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LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you this Like a Thief in the Night Bible verse study. Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible of Like a Thief in the Night Bible verse together, shall we?

 

LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT BIBLE VERSE?
 

The Bible clearly reveals that NOBODY knows the day or hour that the end times and/or Return of Jesus will occur:

Matthew 24:36
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of Heaven, but my Father only.

The Bible is clear that the day will come upon the unprepared as a Thief in the night:

2 Peter 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.
 

Why do you believe God chose to have it this way?  

Had you been a follower of Jesus almost 2000 years ago or any time in between then and now and knew the End would not come and Jesus would not return until even later than today, that may have hurt your faith.

So, the policy God chose of His followers not knowing the day which the Day of the Lord would occur was Wisdom at it’s finest. So God just wants us to kick back and await the day blindly?

Not a chance … Let’s research the Bible a lil.

HOWEVER, The Bible also reveals IN THE SAME SERMON, Given by Jesus (Known as the Olivet Discourse) that we are to watch and to be prepared so that day does not come upon us as a thief. Check this out:

Matthew 24:42-44
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. BUT know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

This is VERY important:

EVEN THOUGH THAT DAY WILL COME AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT TO MANY, THE CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT WILL NOT HAVE THAT DAY OVERTAKE THEM AS A THIEF.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
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. 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. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 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.
 

What is a Child of the LIGHT?

A “Child of the LIGHT … Is one who is enlightened and KNOWS what is coming and is PREPARED for it.

We have been well warned …

Revelation 3:3
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. IF therefore thou shalt not WATCH, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
 

Watch?

What do we watch for?

The answer is ... SIGNS

It is obvious from the Scriptures that we just read that we have been given a CHOICE to WATCH for the SIGNS or not. 

Again … If we choose to do so, we will not have that DAY come upon us as a thief in the night as we will be PREPARED.

IF NOT … WE WILL NOT BE PREPARED, WILL BE OVERWHELMED AND OVERTAKEN BY THE HORRIFYING EVENTS TO COME.

So this leaves us with a question … What SIGNS are we to WATCH for?

Bible prophecy such as that within Matthew Chapter 24 and the book of Revelation reveals many signs such as … FALSE CHRISTS - WARS AND RUMORS OF WAR - FAMINES - PESTILENCES – EARTHQUAKES and some horrible events which will take place.

What signs do we see around us that could be the prophesied signs we are to watch for?

The events in the Middle East especially where Israel is involved ... Wars ... Terrorist threats ... New diseases ... Violent crimes ... Wicked weather ... Increase of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes as well as man made disasters such as the oil pouring into the gulf of Mexico which have now actually destroyed large areas and even devastated entire communities along the coasts of America and other nations ...

Even the divisions in family and friends is a definite sign of Love waxing cold which Jesus foretold as being a sign of the End Times.

Matthew 24:12
And because iniquity shall abound, the Love of many shall wax cold.
 

Jesus shares with us that a sign of the End Times beginning is that Love shall wax cold. Betrayal and hatred rule.

Paul shares this:

2 Timothy 3:1-4
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God ...
 

Ever experience any of these fruits from your friends, spouses and even your own children?

Sure you have ...

Even God's family does this.

I have watched as God’s children bicker and fight amongst themselves holding and harboring hate for one another even KNOWING that Jesus COMMANDED for us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER and He prayed to God for us to be one.

WHY?

Why would one CHOOSE to continue to harbor these negative thoughts and emotions KNOWING God asked em not to?  

PRIDE

Their pride prevents them from choosing to forgive as we were commanded but choose rather to condemn the other soul and harbor that which our Lord asked us not to.

Not knowing that balance is gonna get em down the road:

 Matthew 7:2
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Not to mention that their own prayers will not be heard if they do not forgive and love:

Mark 11:25-26
And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against ANY: so your Father in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you don't forgive, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive you.

Sooooooooooooooo, we do NOT get to know the hour or day of the Lord BUT we ARE TO WATCH FOR THE SIGNS.

We must CHOOSE to live each day as if it could be our last … Cuz it COULD BE.

We could pass from this realm to the next at any hour.

We could be in an accident, medical reasons or a multitude of other ways.

We must CHOOSE to hold our Faith, Love our Lord and His children EVERY day of our lives.

We must CHOOSE to live as if the Day of the Lord could come at any moment cuz … It could.

Abandon the hate.

Abandon the negative thoughts and emotions.

You do NOT wanna get caught holding this HOT potato when the bell rings.

 

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