By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Scripture reveals: When they shall say peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail (or labor pains) upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Peace and safety were slogans of the Roman Empire. I was drawn to this text and begin to search it out more extensively.
Peace is an absence of mental stress or anxiety which is very much a part of the volatile world we live in today. In fact many are using "service animals" and other means to help relieve stress or anxiety.
A Bible dictionary revealed that the term peace is used throughout the Bible to indicate a spirit of tranquility and freedom from inward or outward disturbances. Scripture reveals: The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).
There is a spiritual tranquility which all can enjoy when, through faith in Christ, one is brought into a right relationship with God. Scripture reveals that Christ came to provide peace on earth: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:14). For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Safety is a condition or state of being safe, freedom from danger or hazard, exemption from hurt, injury, or loss. Scripture reveals: Every word of God is pure (or tried and found pure): he is a shield to them that put their trust in him (Proverbs 30:5). Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5).
A Latin proverb reveals: He is safe from danger who is on guard even when safe. There is much turmoil among nations today and one is never so secure that they do not have to be on guard. The Psalmist David wrote: Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance (Psalm 33:12). Many nations have walked away from such a blessing by allowing ungodliness to reign within their borders and failure towards keeping God in the forefront.
Abraham Lincoln stated: Let the people know the truth and the country is safe. Such has escaped many in the hour in which we live; with truth hard to identify in a time of deception. This deception is being enabled by a world influenced by the electronic age of communications.
Peace and safety is difficult to be documented when we live in a world seemingly sitting on a powder keg with the fuse ready to be lit at any moment. Such only comes through the acknowledgement of God; whom many are seeking to eliminate.
We live in a world saturated with filth and degradation; walking away from God towards the fleshly desires of man, seeking the pleasures of this life rather than a life in Christ!
There are those who promise prosperity and peace for years to come; that one's future is secure; without knowledge or possibly uncaring of the fact of the text of this message: For when they shall say peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail (or labor pains) upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Sudden destruction came on the old world in the times of Noah; upon the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Lot, upon Babylon which become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit.
Peace and safety is found in the one in whom many have rejected; bringing us to the Biblical text: But you are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief (1 Thessalonians 5:4). This speaks of those called out of darkness, turning away from it, delivered from the power of it, into the glorious Gospel of Christ!
You are all of the children (or sons) of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5). This speaks of those who have been enlightened by the spirit of God; having a glimpse of the heavenly glory; in opposition to the night of ignorance mentioned.
Scripture reveals: Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober (or self-controlled) (1 Thessalonians 5:6). Unconverted souls (or sinners) are in a state of darkness; in carnal lusts and pleasures of a world that is overflowing with such characteristics.
There are those who have only the bare essentials of religion; who are lukewarm, indifferent to the truths of God's Word, adhering to the temptations of Satan, and allurements of wicked men. Scripture reveals: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about by the sleight (or trickery) of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Ephesians 4:14).
Peace and safety will escape those still in darkness because they do not know the Peace-Giver. Jesus said: Peace I leave with you, my peace, I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
Those who have no such peace fall into the text of this message: For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail (or birth pains) upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. The term sudden is that which comes unexpectedly; without notice, and unanticipated. Because of ignorance they will be caught unprepared with peace and safety suddenly taken away as horrific events unfold.
Scripture reveals: How are they brought into desolation as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors (Psalm 73:19). The prophet Isaiah depicted a worldwide carnage in the final battle to take place on the earth, in speaking the words of the Lord: For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hast utterly destroyed them, he has delivered them to the slaughter (Isaiah 34:2).
The prophet Malachi tells of the coming day of the Lord in saying: The day comes, that shall burn as a oven; and all the proud, and all that do wickedly shall be stubble: and the day that come shall burn them up, saith the Lord, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch (Malachi 4:1).
But to you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall (Malachi 4:2). Those who hear the words of the Lord will increase in knowledge, grace, and spiritual strength bringing much needed peace and safety in the midst of what is coming on the earth.
Scripture reveals: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a lively (or living) hope; by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (who now sits on the right hand of God in Heaven). To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:3-5).
A Bible commentary noted: Lively hope has no element of uncertainty to the believer in Christ. The believer's inheritance is described as incorruptible; or imperishable, indestructible, and undefiled (or morally untainted). That fades not away means it is not subject to the ravages of time. It is reserved, that is, it has been preserved in the past and still is in heaven.
Thank God for the peace and safety assured to the believer having victory through the Lord Jesus Christ! Scripture encourages the believer to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, inasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). He that shall endure to the end the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:13). When such a mentality exists, in the life of a believer, they will find peace and safety through a Heavenly Father, and that of His Son, the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
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