so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.1 Thessalonians 5:6(NASB)
The coming 'Day-of-the-Lord' is a future period of time, when God will intervene in the history of mankind, once again. This prophesised 'Day' is not a 24-hour long period, but a specific season in the history of the world.
As Christians, we are exhorted to be alert and sober, as we see this 'Day' approaching. We should not to allow this day to creep up on us unawares, or sleep as others do. We should not be indifferent or lukewarm, but should walk in spirit and truth, and live circumspectly.
Many passages in both the Old and New Testaments explain this 'Day' as follows:- 1st) the seven-tribulation period, as outlined by Daniel, 2nd) The period, which Jeremiah calls 'the Time of Jacob's Trouble'. 3rd) The prophesised return of Christ to earth with His saints to set up His earthly kingdom. 4th) the 1000-year reign on Christ on earth, when Jesus reigns and King of kings and Lord of lords, and 5th) The destruction of the heaven and earth, at the end of the millennium - before the creation of a new heaven and a new earth. 1007 year
The coming 'Day-of-the-Lord' covers five consecutive periods in the future, which will last a minimum of 1007 years.. and in his letter to the Thesssalonians, Paul identifies two, groups, that will be impacted when the Day-of-the-Lord begins. The first group are called “THEY', while the second group are labelled “US'.,
The former grouping refers to unbelievers, while the latter clearly identifies saved individuals. 'THEY' are people who have not trusted Christ as their Saviour, while 'WE' are those that have been saved by grace, through faith in Christ. Every member of the human race falls into one of these two categories - the unsaved and the saved - i.e. 'THEM' and 'US'. They will have to go through it but we will escape from it.
Paul explains that the 'Day-of-the-Lord' will arrive like a 'thief-in-the-night', for 'THEM'. For the unsaved it will arrive suddenly and unexpectedly. That day will creep up on them, quietly and deceptively, and in its wake, will come inevitable and inescapable destruction, and bitter tribulation. Unbelieving Israel and unbelieving gentiles are the group that are labelled: 'THEY', in this verse. We, on the other hand, will see this 'Day' approaching.
However, during 'the Time of Jacob's Trouble', Israel will be purified through it, and will recognise Christ as their Messiah, while a multitude without number will turn to the Lord in faith, and be brought into Christ's kingdom. Although they will not be part of the Church, they will serve the Lord for 1000 years, and sing songs of rejoicing to the Lord our God.
But before that great and terrible Day-of-the-Lord, the Church will be removed. The trumpet will sound, the bodies of dead believers will be resurrected. And we who are alive and remain will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and from then on, we will ever be with the Lord.
There are many indications that the time for God's next intervention into the history of the world is almost here. The Day-of-the-Lord is very close - closer than when we first believed. So then let us not sleep as others do. Let us not allow the Day of the Lord to suddenly overtake us by surprise, as it will for the unbelieving world. Let us recognise, from the prophetic Scripture, that the coming 'Day-of-the-Lord' is fast approaching - so let us be alert and sober, and encourage one another, as we see the day getting closer.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word and the comfort it gives to us. Thank You that despite the turmoil, the world is in, You are still in control. I pray that I may remain awake and alert.. looking for that blessed day, when Christ will come in the clouds to receive us unto Himself. We pray, that despite the terrible tribulation, when Your justified wrath will be poured out on a Christ rejecting sinful world.. that many would come to faith in the Lord Jesus, and be redeemed out of the terrible consequences of unbelief. The Spirit and the bride say 'come'. Maranatha - even so, come Lord Jesus. AMEN.