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1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 • In the Night

"Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night."
    —1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 (NASB)

One of the side "benefits", if you will, where the topic of Christ's Second Coming is concerned is how it reveals some kind of mass form of denial inherent in human character. Not denial that He will return, although there are those who struggle with that, but the repeated assertion by those who claim they have the precise date when it will happen. The most incredible thing about such people — or should I sway "uncredible" — is how when the date comes and goes, they most often simply pick a new one as if it's just some kind of process of elimination game. What part of "no one knows" eludes their reading comprehension skills?

Variations of "night" is the most common metaphor throughout the whole of Scripture when it comes to telling us when that day will happen. And if you're incapable of allowing a metaphor to sink in, it's repeatedly outright stated that no one is given a specific date, only the general times or seasons. Just in case you missed it, this is because it's not an issue of knowledge but faith. So whenever some buckethead issues a date, email them the following as a reminder why they don't know what they're talking about and why you shouldn't be listening to them anyway.

"'But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.'"
    —Matthew 24:36 (NASB)

"'Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.'"
    —Matthew 24:42 (NASB)

"But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and "'ould not have allowed his house to be broken into.'"
    —Matthew 24:43 (NASB)

"'For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.'"
    —Matthew 24:44 (NASB)

"But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'"
    —Matthew 25:6 (NASB)

"'Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.'"
    —Matthew 25:13 (NASB)

"'Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.'"
    —Mark 13:33 (NASB)

"Therefore, be on the for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you I say to all, 'Be on the alert!
    —Mark 13:35-37 (NASB)

"He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;'"
    —Acts 1:7 (NASB)

"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up."
    —2 Peter 3:10 (NASB)

"'So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.'"
    —Revelation 3:3 (NASB)

"('Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.')"
    —Revelations 16:15 (NASB)

Know the season, that it is imminent, but live as if it will take place tonight.