Answers For Today | Chuck Smith

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And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to  awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …not in strife and envying: but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof (Romans 13:11-14).

Jesus Christ never intended for His people to be taken by surprise at His coming. He intends for you to be totally aware of the time of His return, so that you would be watching, waiting, and ready when He comes again. Scriptures that refer to His coming again as “a thief in the night” do not refer to the way the Church will experience His return, but to the way the world
will see it. The coming of Christ will take the world totally by surprise – but not the Christian. Paul said, “You are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief. You are the children of the light” (I Thessalonians 5:4,5).

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