For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3).
While the world yearns for peace, the Bible uses the phrase the Day of the Lord to describe our future. This period of time begins with great darkness and God’s anger against mankind’s sin (Isaiah 13:6-13), followed by light and great material prosperity for Israel (Hosea 2:16-20), terminating in the destruction of the universe (2 Peter 3:10). If we take the Bible literally, this “Day of the Lord” spans a period of about 1,007 years.
The Day of the Lord begins as a thief in the night and labor pains upon a pregnant woman, meaning without warning. Paul adds that it will come at a time when there is a message of peace and safety.
One need only listen to the voices of some of America’s most prominent pastors to hear about peace and safety. “God wants you to be prosperous.” “God wants to bless you.” “God wants to give you your heart desires.” Health and wealth is the story of the future from pulpits and tv sets across America.
No matter how bad the situation gets, politicians also keep beating the peace and safety drum. Moral decline? Russia invading neighbors? Natural disasters? Plagues and disease? Asteroids hitting the earth? ISIS? Still the tone-deaf world sings the song of peace and safety in our day and in our way – but one day, after the utter failure of man’s godless politics and theology, the universe shall ring with the Hallelujah Chorus instead:
The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever.