Thief in the Night?

Often people read or hear the verse that the Lord will come as a thief in the night, and think no one can have any idea when Messiah is returning. Could this be another case of us not reading the Scriptures in context, not properly understanding Jewish culture, and allowing “teachers” or “church fathers” to color our interpretation of Biblical truth? Indeed Yeshua Himself says that no one will know the day or the hour of His return. But He does command us to watch! When we study the Feasts of the Lord, we get some great hints. With those clues, we still won’t know the specific year, but we might learn what season to be most attentive.

But you have no need to have anything written to you, brothers, about the times and dates when this will happen; because you yourselves well know that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is so peaceful and secure,” then destruction will suddenly come upon them, the way labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there is no way they will escape. But you, brothers, are not in the dark, so that the Day should take you by surprise like a thief; for you are all people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We don’t belong to the night or to darkness, so let’s not be asleep, like the rest are; on the contrary, let us stay alert and sober.  ~~ 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6

I think most of us skip over the highlighted part above. Yeshua’s people do not have to be taken by surprise! If we are watchful, we can have a “heads-up” to His return!

Mark Biltz from El Shaddai Ministries gives an interesting teaching on the Feasts of the Lord. He states that knowing Hebrew idioms used in the Bible unlocks a greater understanding on future prophetic events. He believes there are clues to suggest that Yeshua may return on Yom Teruah, the first day of the seventh Biblical month in some future year. Space does not permit me to detail all he says on this topic, so be sure to search it for yourself. Many of his teachings can be found online for free, and his ministry also offers some, like the Feasts of the Lord teaching, for a nominal price. Whether you agree with his assessment or not, it is utterly fascinating to see how he connects the dots!

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