Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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The Day Of The Lord
1 Thess. 5:1-11

1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night 3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing. NAS

Introduction
To what does the Day of the Lord refer? This is a very important question and many Biblical scholars will say that it relates to the time immediately after the rapture of the church and all the way to the great white throne judgment and the eternal judgment of our Lord. We do use the word Day to refer to a twenty four hour period as well as to historical events in the past or anticipated words 'days' in the future.

For instance, I might say in the day of the Revolution, and in the day of George Washington. I might say, in the future in the day when rocket travel is an everyday occurrence.

Suddenness . . and the Day of the Lord. v 1-3

Sonship . . and the Day of the Lord. v 4-5

Soberness . . and the Day of the Lord. v 6-8

Status . . and the Day of the Lord. v 1-3
 
 

1. Suddenness . . and the Day of the Lord. v 1-3


1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night 3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

A.    Information . . about the Day of the Lord. v 1-2

        1.    Informed So . . Absence of Need. v 1
        " Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.
                a.    "Brethren" The Spirit Informed earlier.
                b.    "times and epochs.
 

B.    Informed So . . Aware of the Nightly News. v 2
        " For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

        1.    Like a thief.
        2.    Relates to suddenly.
 

C.    Ignorance . . about the Day of the Lord. v 3
" While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

        1.    Ignorance about their . . Sayings.
        2.    Ignorance about the . . Suddenness.

Illustration
My oldest sister, Joyce, was in church one Sunday Night and she was about 9 ½ months pregnant. Our pastor in recognizing the quest then asked how many are glad your here tonight. Then he said how many of you would rather be in hospital that here tonight and Joyce raised her hand.

Before the service was over her birth bangs started and she left church for the hospital. It was sudden.

Application

Matt. 24:50 -51 50 The master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and shall cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; weeping shall be there and the gnashing of teeth.
 
 

2.    Sonship . . and the Day of the Lord. v 4-5


4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
 

A.    Contrast In . . Titles of Sonship
        1.    Brethren, Sons, against they and then in v 3
        2.    Sons of light and Sons of Day.
 

B.    Contrast In . . Times of Sonship
        1.   Not in Darkness but in Light.

Illustration
One of America's greatest wartime heroes was a Confederate general by the name of Thomas Jonathan Jackson. General "Stonewall" Jackson. He got his nickname because he was a devastating fighter, impenetrable as a stone wall. He was completely fearless, far too deep and masterful to be showy like the other generals. He felt not a tickle of fear, even in the chaos and terror of war.

His oblivion to danger drew the attention of many. Shortly after the Battle of Manassas a newspaperman asked about the source of his unusual bravery. He replied this way: "My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as I feel in bed. God knows the time for my death; I do not concern myself about that but to always be ready no matter where it should overtake me. That is the way all men and women should live, then all would be equally brave."
 

Application

John 12:36 a "While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light." NAS
 
 

3.    Soberness . . and the Day of the Lord. v 6-8


6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

These sub points were taken from Warren Wiersbe's book on
1 Thessalonians titled Be Ready.

A.    Soberness to . . Wake Up. v 6
           " so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

        1.    Contrast a Morning Person and a Night Person.
 

Illustration
I am more of a night person than I am a morning person. So is Christa. In recent years, it seems that I am becoming more of a morning person but it would not be unusual for you to see me in my home early in the morning sitting with a cup of coffee or a cup of hot tea and just staring off into space. My grandchildren have seen me do this and they will say, "what are you doing, Papa?" Or "Why are you doing that?" And I would answer them, "Because I'm your Grandmother's child." You see my mom, when she wakes up she just gets her cup of coffee and sits at the table and for maybe ten or fifteen minutes she'll just kind of stare off into space with thoughts going through her mind but not talking to anybody. This is my physical makeup. Spiritually I should not be a person who is not either morning or night type of person but one who is wide awake to every opportunity that I have to be the Christian God wants me to be.
 

B.    Soberness to . . Clean Up. v 7
        " For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.

        1.    Our life style is changed it is cleaned up.
 

Illustration
This week Bob Jones III was on the Larry King Live Show. He was asked a question about the rule on campus that boys and girls cannot touch one another. They are to maintain at least six inches separation between them. A caller asked about this particular rule. Dr. Jones related that it was an attempt to focus on that which is not physical and to help young people to understand love in a relationship that does not emphasize the sexual part of a relationship.

A few weeks ago, we had Reggie Saddler and you remember that he expressed about his daughters that they did not go out on dates. That the date was sitting around with the family getting to know the daughter in an intimate, spiritual way. And he humorously made the comment if you want some sugar from one of my daughters, you're going to have to marry her. Well, in our standard today, both of these men represent that which is extremely different.

But when you contrast that our state campuses have open dorms and young men and young women are in one another's dorms and spending the night and the sexual promiscuity that goes on, I want to tell you, Bob Jones' standard and Reggie Saddler's standard sound a whole lot better. It is certainly the aspect that we ought to clean up our life as we represent Christ.
 

C.    Soberness to . . Dress Up. v 8
        " But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

        1.    The Breast Plate of . . "Faith".
        2.    The Breast Plate of . . "Love".
        3.    The helmet of . . . . . . "Hope".

1 Cor. 13:13 But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. NAS
 

Illustration
I like to dress up. If I were in this community attending this church, I would want to come to the traditional service rather than the contemporary service. I like to dress up. I think there is an emphasis that you ought to put on the very best that you have when you come to church. Now, let me hasten to say, if the best you have is a clean pair of Levi's, then you are welcome in any church that I am ever a part of.

If you're best is not dressed like I am, then I do not want to make you feel inferior. I want you to recognize that you are welcome in the house of God with any kind of physical dress that you might choose to put on as you come to worship the living God.

This passage is not talking about the physical dress, it is talking about the spiritual dress and he talks about us having the breastplate of faith, the breastplate of love, and the helmet of hope. I want to know, are you dressed in faith this morning, are you dressed in love this morning, are you dressed in hope this morning?
 

Application Matt. 22:12-13 12 and he said to him,'

Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?' And he was speechless. 13 "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' NAS
 
 

4.    Status . . and the Day of the Lord. v 9-11


9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

A.    God's . . Destiny and our Status. v 9
        "For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
 

B.    God's . . Death and our Status. v 10
        "who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.
 

C.    God's . . Discipleship and our Status. v 11
        " Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Illustration
Our absent Lord has given special commendation to those who not only WAIT for His return, but also earnestly WATCH for Him. The difference between these terms is illustrated by the story of a fishing vessel returning home after many days at sea. As they neared the shore, the sailors gazed eagerly toward the dock where a group of their loved ones had gathered. The skipper looked through his binoculars and identified some of them: "I see Bill's Mary, and there is Tom's Margaret and David's Anne." One man became concerned because his wife was not there. Later, he left the boat with a heavy heart and hurried up the hill to his cottage. As he opened the door, she ran to meet him saying, "I have been waiting for you!" He replied with a gentle rebuke, "Yes, but the other men's wives were watching for them!"
 

Application
 

Rev 13:9-10 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints. NAS
 
 

The Day of the Lord

Suddenness . . and the Day of the Lord. v 1-3

Sonship . . and the Day of the Lord. v 4-5

Soberness . . and the Day of the Lord. v 6-8

Status . . and the Day of the Lord. v 1-3