W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Thief in the night should capture the attention of all! A saying: Take heed, have open eye, for thieves do foot by night. We are seeing the rape of many nations; of national identity, of religious freedom, once held morals, and many other identifiable traits of a godly nation, through thievery by the ungodly.
Scripture reveals: Have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret (Ephesians 5:11-12). We are living in a time that the sinful nature of man is being openly proclaimed with pride; and if there is opposition, it becomes as little David facing Goliath!
It was noted that the reason why the Christian must expose the sins of the lost is expressed in the fact that if it is shameful even to discuss such iniquities in decent company, but how much worse is the committing of these sins! Hence, the need to bring them to the light of the Gospel.
Many once godly nations are suffering a humanity breakdown of values. Many individuals displeased with their way of life; as a thief in the night, seek to gain access towards a heavenly reward; by one's own terms, without conformity to the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God.
Scripture reveals: He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber (John 10:1). We are seeing many nations robbed of their once held convictions; with biblical values established long ago being bypassed.
Jesus said: Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
It was noted that enter you in at the strait gate means that one must come through the narrow gate in order to reach the path that leads to eternal life. Christ Himself is both the gate and the way, and God enables men to find that gate.
There is an impasse (deadlock) with nations suffering from a lack of godly morals once held. There is little "troubling of the soul" today with many swallowing the bitter pill of deceit, that has been offered, with little understanding as to the consequences for having done so.
Scripture reveals: Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly (wicked), nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and in his law does he mediate day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).
There is a troublesome path that lies before one; as a thief in the night, when the wrong choice is made! Such can have drastic consequences in this life as well as the one to come! Scripture reveals: For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish (Psalm 1:6).
Scripture reveals: For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2). We are seeing a closing in on such a day; as wickedness becomes more prominent, with many having lost the fear of God, and coming into acceptance of the traits of the ungodly. The pursuit of wicked ways exceeds any desire for the righteousness of God.
Scripture reveals: The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word (as in the days of Noah), are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (until) the day of judgment, and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7). But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation (conduct) and godliness (2 Peter 3:10-11). The elements shall melt with fervent heat could refer to a nuclear holocaust, a cosmic happening, or God simply performing the feat as He did in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Nevertheless we (the believer in Christ), according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. Wherefore, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14).
God's original creation of the earth was without blemish; until the serpent (an instrument of Satan) deceived Adam and Eve into partaking of the forbidden fruit. The new heavens and new earth promised by God will be without deception!
Scripture reveals the fate of the one, who through deception, brought sin into the world: And the devil that deceived them (mankind) was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).
Scripture gives a warning to the believer in Christ: Seeing you know these things before (beforehand), beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from you own steadiness (2 Peter 3:17). We are seeing this happening in these latter days; as many who once walked in the holiness of the Lord, are beginning to migrate into the secular world, rather than a dedicated walk with God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scripture reveals: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever (2 Peter 3:18). When one yields their heart and life over to the Lord, there comes a peace that comes into one's life that excels all else!
One has the personage of Jesus, through His Word and Spirit, to lead and guide them though the difficulties of life. I pray that such a peace dwells in you; that when the Lord comes, as a thief in the night (an unexpected time), you will be prepared to meet Him, as were the five wise virgins:
Scripture reveals: The kingdom of heaven is likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in there vessels with their lamps (Matthew 25:1-4).
And the foolish said to the wise, give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone (going) out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us, and you: but go rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage (wedding); and the door was shut (Matthew 25:8-10).
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