When People Say Peace and Safety,

Destruction Will Come Upon Them Suddenly

First Thessalonians 5: 1-3

   DIG: How will the world view the antichrist? Why? Why does this period need to come before the Great Tribulation? What is its purpose?

    The antichrist will seemingly be able to solve all the world’s problems. All the “hot spots” of the world will cool down and, for the first time, the entire earth will enter into a period of peace and safety. But this will merely be the calm before the storm. At the time when men and women in the Gentile world are talking about the remarkable peace and safety they are experiencing, the devastation of the Great Tribulation will hit the Gentile world with devastating force. The apostle Paul told the church in Thessalonica about this when he said: Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. Once again, the phrase the Day of the Lord is found, which is a reference to the Great Tribulation.

    This fact will require this period of peace and safety to come just before the Great Tribulation itself. So while the world is under the ten kingdoms and the antichrist is rising to power, there will be a period of peace and false security. The Lord will unleash His wrath against an unrepentant world once the Great Tribulation begins. ADONAI will turn up the heat on the Jews and the Gentiles of the world. At that time they will either harden their hearts against Him, or break through their stubborn pride to accept Him. But either way, a decision will be demanded. Once again, the birth pain motif is found here. This will be the fifth birth pain leading to the Great Tribulation.

 

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