Chapter Five, Lesson One
GOD'S GIFT OF SOBRIETY Page
V. 3 ** Paul wants to reassure them that they have
not missed the Rapture and that they are not in the Tribulation. What
expression will be trendy just prior to the Great Tribulation?
"While they are saying, 'Peace and Safety!'"
** To what is that referring?
Daniel's prophecy about the "seventieth" week. All see -
V.25 - King Artaxerxes of Persia issued the decree to restore
Jerusalem on March 5, 444 B.C. It would be exactly sixty-nine weeks
(periods of seven years) until the Messiah would enter Jerusalem!
That is 173,880 days when calculating by the 360 day/year Jewish calendar.
cf. Nehemiah 2:1-8
Just as a footnote:
From March 5, 444 B.C. to March 30, 33 A.D. (the day of Jesus' triumphant
entry into Jerusalem) was exactly 173,880 days.
V.26 - After the sixty-nine weeks (483 years) and before the
seventieth, Messiah will be killed, the "prince who is to come"
will use his people to destroy the city and temple (this took place
in 70 A.D.).
V.27 - During the seventieth week, the Anti-Christ makes a "firm
covenant" with Israel. Under his protection they rebuild the Temple
and restore their worship. In the middle of the week (3-1/2 years) he
brings about the "Abomination of Desolation" spoken of by
Christ in Matthew 24:15.
Now back in verse three of 1Thessalonians five:
** What phrase does Paul use to describe the day of the Lord which hits
these people who are fooling themselves by saying, "Peace and Safety"?
"...destruction will come upon them suddenly..." Lit. "sudden
destruction is at hand suddenly"
** What metaphor does he use to explain how inescapable this judgement
is going to be?
"...like birth pangs upon a women with child..." When she
has gone full term and entered labor, she is going to have a baby. And
so for them, "they shall not escape"!
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