Summary: The Day of the Lord is a painful time, a time of judgment.
1. More than a few men and women have come by promising you and me to reveal the future.
a. Come & follow me and I’ll let you know what’s in store for your life. SO Why are they so successful?
b. How can people make a living on predicting the future?
NOTE: Because man naturally wants to know what the future holds!
• It’s a vulnerability that we all share to some extent.
• Many would sleep better, eat better, and even live better if they only knew what tomorrow might bring.
• If they only knew what next year looked like!
APP: It’s always a good thing to TRUST AN UNKNOWN FUTURE TO A WELL KNOWN GOD.
• It’s in the Bible that we learn of God; of His love, His care, and His concern for every man, woman, and child.
Jer. 29.11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
So we know, WHATEVER THE FUTURE HOLDS, we can be CONFIDENT IN THE One WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE!
Matthew 24.36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
• You can mark v36, NO ONE KNOWS.
• So the pamphlets, the emails, the books, the web sites.
• They are ALL WRONG if they predict the future, the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the day, the hour!
• But even though the Bible says this, there have been those, and continue to be some who PREDICT THE FUTURE.
In 1988, Edgar Whisenant, a former NASA rocket engineer turned prophecy teacher became famous through a booklet that included two of his works, “88 Reasons Why the Rapture could be in 1988 and On Borrowed Time.” 3.2 million copies were distributed.
And when his September prediction failed, the day was updated, and many people fell away from the faith because of him!
NOTE: We want to know what God has in store for the future.
• Israel had the same kind of yearnings but with them, God gave them prophets who spoke to them the truth.
• They spoke of a time when God would reign on the earth and would bring in everlasting peace.
• All of this revolved around the Messiah.
• AND… the Messiah came and left… but with a promise.
• I will return to this earth. That’s the great promise of the future, the soon return of Jesus Christ!
The young church in Thessalonica knew that Jesus was returning & heard about the end times, but were confused about the details.
• So Paul, continuing His thought from CH4 on the rapture, begins to clarify the Day of the Lord!
I. (5:1-3) Soon & Unexpected
1. (1) Times & Seasons.
a. Paul uses 2 words here to describe the timing.
b. Times, (Gk. Chronos), lit a ‘sequence of events.’
c. Seasons, (Gk. Kairos), Lit. a ‘fixed & definite time.’
d. So, considering the sequence of events and the point in time that the DAY of the Lord will come, you guys know.
1 Thess 5.1 (NIV) Now, brothers, about times & dates we do not need to write to you,
NOTE: The church was thinking about the future & wondering when all this will take place.
• He taught them about death & dying, about the rapture, and now he begins to encourage them about the Day of the Lord.