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As A Thief

In this study, I want to examine the use of the phrase, "I come as a thief". We will look at how and where it is used to see if we can understand the meaning a little better. Repeatedly in the Bible we are told that we should watch and the reason we are given is because the Lord will come as a thief in the night. In other places it says, you know not when the Lord doth come but it is the same thought. As we progress through this study, we will cover some other points that are relevant to what is being discussed.

Matthew 24:42-44

42) Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

43) But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

44) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Why does our Lord come as a thief? Is He trying to trick us, or is it for an altogether different reason? In verse 43, we are given the position of the goodman of the house, to look at for our example. In this example, his house is broken up. In verses 45-46, we are told that a faithful and wise servant will be caring for his household and will be blessed for doing so when Christ returns. The faithful servant didn't allow his household to be broken up. This implies the breaking up takes place before the return of Christ.  What is so very interesting about these verses, when we think of the rapture doctrine, is that, this follows the left behind verses. Someone was just taken and someone just left behind. Let's back up and have a look.

40) Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41) Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42) Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43) But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45) Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

What are we to take away from these scriptures? Well, after someone is taken and someone is left behind, Christ is coming! If we want to blessed, we had better not allow our household to be broken up. How can we prevent this from happening? We can watch! Is it possible that the goodman didn't think he had anything to watch for? Could it be that Christ came at a time he wasn't looking for Him? Could this have anything to do with believing,  he, (the goodman), wasn't going to be here when this breaking up took place? You can't rationally say that the rapture had occurred and he missed it either. Why, because we were told those who didn't allow their house to be broken up are faithful and wise. Remember this is after one is taken and one is left. If the rapture were true how could anyone left behind be seen as faithful and wise? Lots of questions, let's see what exactly this breaking up is.

Mark 13:9-12

9) But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

Who do you think is behind these councils and ruling the synagogues at this time? If you read Revelation 2:9-10 you will find that these are the synagogues of Satan and it is the devil who will cast you into prison.

10) And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

This is what God expects His servants to do during this time. Many who know the truth, will help to publish the gospel among all nations. The next verse will tell us how.

11) But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

These events will likely be televised either nationally or worldwide, much like the trials that were held for suspected communists many years ago in this nation. When you allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you, you will be giving a great witness for God that will reach many people. When the Holy Spirit speaks it is undeniable and will likely turn many from the worship of the beast. This hour that is spoken of in this verse is the same hour of temptation we read about in Rev (3:10). We are kept from that temptation because the Holy Spirit gives us what we shall speak. Satan is so convincing that if we had to speak for ourselves he would probably convince us he is Christ. The next verse tells us how we are delivered up and this is where the breaking up of the house takes place.

12) Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

The breaking up of the house is a two fold teaching. First the house is split between those who believe the antichrist and those who don't. Then, in their ignorance, family will betray family in an effort to convert the poor sinner who doesn't believe the lies of the antichrist. Satan will break up your house if you do not prepare your family to deal with him. If we know he is coming first and what methods he will use, we can escape this and properly take care of our household. Don't be the one that's taken, they are taken by a flood of lies and deception.

Revelation 16:15-17

15) Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

16) And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

17) And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

I want you to notice this is said just before Armageddon and the seventh vial is poured out. Once that seventh vial is poured out, it's over. Why are we still receiving this warning so late into the tribulation if we are not going to be here? Will you ignore the word of God or can you see that this presents a real problem for the rapture doctrine. Those who choose to ignore the word of God will be ashamed and their nakedness or lack of truth will be out there for all to see.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

1) But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3) For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Here again the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. It's not because He hasn't warned us, it's because many will not be watching. As it says in verse 9 of this chapter, God hath not appointed us to wrath and in 2 Peter 3:9, the Lord is not willing that any should perish. He has warned us over and over again to watch and He gives us the tools we need if we listen to His word rather than that of man. Verse 3 is very important and we can learn a lot by examining it closer. The first thing that jumps out at you is the word Peace, notice it's uppercase. We are talking about a person rather than a condition. Isaiah 9:6, Christ is the Prince of Peace. So when they say Christ is here, as in Matthew 24:23 and think they are in safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them and they shall not escape Christ's judgment. What does the rapture teach, Christ is coming first, it's simply not true and a very dangerous doctrine. God sent us His word and He tells us how to escape these things. He will be very unhappy with those who fail to study it and find the truth. I think you would agree it will take a miracle to bring peace to this earth. Daniel 11 tells us this is how the antichrist comes in "peacefully" and obtains the kingdom through flatteries. He will take over the world and unite the nations all under a platform of peace.

Daniel 11:21-22

21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.

Notice with the arms of a flood are they overflown. Just like in the days of Noe, they knew not until the flood came and took them away. The first one taken, is taken by Antichrist!

4) But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6)  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

We are not in darkness, so our house should not be broken up and this day should not come upon us as a thief. We have been given the signs to watch for and told that this would happen. Antichrist is the thief coming to deceive the whole world and rob us of our expectation. The reason this day comes as a thief is because many have unwittingly been robbed by antichrist and false teachers. The rapture is setting them up for Satan to knock them down. If Christ could come at any moment, what are we watching for? Don't listen to fables and the rapture is a fable devised by man. Let no man deceive you study and find the truth. God Bless!



 

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