Paul says, “About dates and times, my friends, we need not write to you, for you know perfectly well that the Day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.” Non-believers, Paul continues, find “all at once calamity upon them” with “no escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; NEB) We, however, “are not in the dark, that the day should overtake [us] like a thief.” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5)
We are of the day; they are of the night. While non-believers sleep, we must “keep awake and sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:7) We must be “armed with faith and love for coat of mail, and the hope of salvation for helmet.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
Armed and shielded with faith, hope, and love “hearten one another,” writes Paul. “Fortify one another — as indeed you do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
And do not worry — you won’t miss the Day of the Lord even when it comes like a thief in the night.