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1 Thessalonians 5:2

5:2 thief. Although the day of the Lord would be a period of great judgment on God’s enemies, it would begin unexpectedly and quietly. The Lord Jesus had also used the figure of the thief coming secretly, and the Thessalonians already knew this from Paul’s teachings (see Matthew 24:42-44; also note II Peter 3:10; Revelation 3:3; 16:15). Therefore, we should be constantly watchful for the Lord, not for various signs preceding His coming. Paul was watching throughout his life (II Timothy 4:8), and here he urges: “let us watch and be sober” (I Thessalonians 5:6).

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