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   AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT?
   NOT FOR ME!
   PART 1



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Published On : August 7, 1999

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Intro, Endtime Events, Paul's 'They', Blindness Of The Jews
Foolishness Of The Gospel, Satan The Deceiver, As The Days
Of Noah, Endtime Deception, Apostasy And Destruction Of The
Ungodly, Psalm Two, Not In Darkness, Children Of Light And
Children Of Darkness, God's Endtime Teachers, The Days Are
Numbered, Future Fiery Destruction, Thief In The Night - A
Conditional Event, Our Garment Of Righteousness, Signs Of
The Endtime, Watch And Be Ready, Brevity Of Life, Satan's
Procrastination, Time Of Salvation Is Now, Keep Busy!




Within the Christian body today, there is a sharp division
between those persons who believe that Christ will return
unexpectedly at any moment, and those, like myself, who are
convinced that before Jesus can return for his Elect Bride,
certain Endtime events must transpire; events which, as of
this writing, have not happened yet; at least not according
to my understanding of the Sacred Scriptures. These events,
which I discuss in other articles, include the signing of
the seven-year Holy Covenant, the construction of the final
Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in East Jerusalem, and thus
the re-institution of the Daily Sacrifice, also known as the
morning and the evening oblation, the breaking of the Holy
Covenant, the invasion of Jerusalem by the Beast and the
setting up of the Abomination of Desolation, followed by the
Mark of the Beast and the Great Tribulation, the plagues of
the Two Sackcloth Witnesses, and finally, the Rapture of the
Saints. While none of these important events have occurred
yet, it does seem that their commencement is very close at
hand.

The issue then, which I will be addressing in this article,
is whether or not we are meant to understand the time of the
Lord's Coming. In order to properly answer this question, as
is my custom, I believe that the best approach to take, is
to actually examine some of the verses which are commonly
used to support the idea of Christ's unexpected Arrival. Let
us begin by reading what the Apostle Paul wrote in his first
Epistle to the Disciples at Thessalonica:

"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need
that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that
the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For
when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)

On the surface, these verses appear to support the idea of
Christ returning as a thief in the night for the entire
world; however, is that what they are really saying? The
main clue in solving this mystery, is found in Paul's usage
of the word 'they'. It is obvious that Paul is writing this
Epistle to the Christian brethren in Thessalonica; but who
is the 'they' to whom he is referring? Will the Christian
brethren be the ones who will be saying 'Peace and safety'
in the Endtime? I don't believe so; at least not if they
know the Scriptures. Are the Christians of the Endtime the
ones upon whom will come sudden destruction so that they
shall not escape? Again, I really doubt it. It is obvious to
me then, that Paul must therefore be referring to someone
else. I am convinced that, in a very general sense, he is
referring to the people of the Endtime who have rejected the
truth of God's Word. These are the ones who will walk in
spiritual darkness; that is, they will lack understanding
concerning Christ's Second Coming; but not those of us who
have discerned the signs of the times. We will be expecting
His eminent Return. Consider what the Lord said to the
unbelieving Jews in the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of
Matthew:

"The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting
desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He
answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It
will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the
morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red
and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the
sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"
(Matthew 16:1-3, KJV)

The above verses clearly reveal that, even in Jesus' day,
the hardhearted Jewish hierarchy simply did not possess the
spiritual discernment to recognize Him as the Messiah. They
were so Earthly and carnal in their thinking, that they were
totally blinded to the truth. Jesus' message seemed like
utter foolishness, and in fact, total blasphemy, to them. It
is for this reason, that they demanded signs of Him; because
they didn't have any real faith. As the Apostle Paul wrote:

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
(1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV)

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish
foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of
God." (1 Corinthians 1:18, KJV)

Exactly who was it who had blinded them in this way? If we
consider what Jesus said regarding who was the master of the
Jewish Elders, and then look to several of Paul's Epistles,
we can gain a very clear answer:

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your
father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and
abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a
liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44, KJV)

"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of
this world, according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:"
(Ephesians 2:2, KJV)

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto
them." 2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV

Obviously then, it is Satan the adversary himself, the false
god of this world, who since ages past, blinds the hearts,
and dulls the minds of those who receive not the message of
the Gospel, beginning with the Jews thousands of years ago.
With this understanding, let us take another look now at
what Paul wrote to the brethren at Thessalonica. If I may
paraphrase here for a moment, what Paul is telling the
brethren is 'Look; I know I don't really need to be writing
to you about these things, because I know that you already
understand them.' It is right after this, that he employs
the use of that word 'they'. He is using it in order to show
a sharp contrast between those who understand the events
surrounding the Lord's Second Coming, and those who do not;
that is, the non-believers; the people of the world; those
who will be living in the Endtime during the Apostasy;
during the 'falling away'; from the Greek word 'apostasia'.

Not only that, but if you read the second chapter of Paul's
second Epistle to the Thessalonians, in conjunction with my
article 'Who Is Hindering The Antichrist', you will quickly
understand that Paul is primarily directing his words to the
unbelieving Jews of the Endtime, who will fall under the
strong delusion of their false messiah, Moshiach ben David,
whom I currently believe will be the Antichrist, who will
sit in the rebuilt Jewish Temple, feigning to be God.

It is because of their hardhearted unbelief, and because of
their falling away from the truth, that sudden destruction
will indeed come upon these Endtime mockers and deceivers;
who will be eating and drinking, and marrying; just as it
was in Noah's day before the Flood. Isn't this precisely
what Jesus Himself, as well as the Apostles Peter and Paul,
prophesied would happen as one of the signs of the Endtime?
Consider the following verses:

"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of
the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the
flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And
knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
(Matthew 24:37-39)

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived." 2 Timothy 3:13, KJV

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where
is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell
asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning
of the creation...But the day of the Lord will come as a
thief in the night; in the 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." 2 Peter 3:3-4, 10, KJV

Please notice that in both cases, Peter and Paul make a very
clear link between the unbelievers and Endtime mockers, and
the Lord coming as a thief in the night. Both Apostles are
telling us the very same thing. They are both saying that it
is upon them, that is, upon the ungodly unbelievers, that
destruction will come. It is also upon them that the Day of
the Lord will come as a thief in the night when they least
expect it. Once again I am reminded of the prophetic Psalm
Two:

"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain
thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers
take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his
anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast
away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens
shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then
shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his
sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill
of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto
me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of
me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash
them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now
therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the
earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way,
when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they
that put their trust in him." Psalms 2:1-12, KJV

Returning to Paul's first Epistle to the Thessalonians, in
his letter, Paul is obviously writing about two different
groups of people; that is, the believers and the reprobates.
He is addressing his Epistle to the believing Church at
Thessalonica, in order to tell them what will happen to the
unbelievers of the Endtime; and not to the God-fearing,
Bible-believing Christian brethren. In fact, if we read the
very next verse, that is, verse four, Paul again makes a
very clear, unmistakable contrast between the believing
brethren, and the unbelievers of the world when he states:

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief." (1 Thessalonians 5:4)

It truly amazes me how some Christians are so quick to quote
the first three verses from this chapter regarding the Day
of the Lord arriving as a thief in the night, but then they
completely ignore or disregard verse four, which totally
contradicts what they are saying. Either they do it out of
ignorance, not even knowing that the verse exists, because
they depend upon some man to teach them God's Word, or else
they do know of its existence, and purposely choose to
ignore it, because it totally exposes the lie behind their
belief and false doctrine. There is simply no way around
this. Paul is clearly saying that we the believers are not
in darkness! We know, or at least we will know in God's
chosen time, when Christ will be returning. So then, verses
one through three of this chapter are talking about the
unbelievers who will be caught by surprise; while verse four
is referring to us; that is, to those Christians of the
Endtime who will be watching and waiting patiently, while we
faithfully continue to do our work for the Lord. As a matter
of fact, please notice what the next few verses say after
that. Paul is showing a further comparison between us and
them:

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of
darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let
us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the
night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the
breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope
of salvation." (1 Thessalonians 5:4-8)

There is no need to try to interpret these verses, as their
meaning is quite obvious. We are in the Light; we are the
Children of Light; we know the truth of God's Word. I wrote
an inspiring short article about this called 'The Children
Of Light: Are You One Of Us?'. I hope that you will find the
time to read it. So the point is, they are the ones who will
be in spiritual darkness; they are the ones who will be
surprised; because they are the children of darkness who
have fully rejected the spiritual light of the Scriptures,
and in so doing, have rejected Christ Himself. As Jesus said
in John chapter three:

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth
the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved." John 3:19-20, KJV

The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness are as
different as night and day, as water and oil, as bitter and
sweet. This is why the Apostle Paul was inspired to write:

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for
what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and
what communion hath light with darkness?"
2 Corinthians 6:14, KJV

We Christians will be patiently waiting for the Lord's
Return, even as we are already doing now. Once some of the
aforementioned events begin to transpire, we will be able to
begin to mark off the days; exactly as I demonstrate in the
'Last Seven Years Chart', as well as in such articles as the
series 'The Great Tribulation And The Rapture'. Unbelieving
people of the world will indeed be completely caught by
surprise by the Second Coming of Christ; but not those of us
who understand the prophetic events of the Endtime. This is
exactly what this ministry is all about. Not only is it to
bring people to Salvation, but it is also to help prepare
our brethren for what lies ahead in the near future; in our
lifetimes. As I clearly demonstrate in those other Endtime
articles, God wants us to understand. It is for this reason,
that He has given us so many signs, such as those found in
the prophecies of Daniel. The Prophet wrote in part:

"And they that understand among the people shall instruct
many..." (Daniel 11:33)

If we are wise, if we know the Word, then we will understand
and be prepared, and not be taken by surprise like the rest
of the unbelieving world. Not only will we understand, but
as Daniel writes, we will be instructing others, and letting
them know exactly what is happening. Are not some of us
already doing this now? By God's grace, we will continue to
do it as long as possible. That is why Satan will be out to
get us; because we will be telling the world that his days
are numbered; that the Antichrist's days are numbered; that
the Beast's days are numbered; that the False Prophet's days
are numbered; and that Babylon the Great Whore's days are
numbered as well. Satan will be doing his very best to try
to stop the mouths of God's Endtime children through his
human puppets, but his, and their, destruction, is already
certain. Allow me to remind you again of Peter's warning. He
wrote:

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the 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."
(2 Peter 3:10)

In my view, the above verse sounds more like the destruction
of the Old Earth and the Old Heavens, that is, our current
ones, following the one-thousand-year Reign of Christ on
Earth. In looking at the Book of Revelation, we know that
following the Millennium, Satan will be released from the
Bottomless Pit for a short season, in order to deceive the
nations of the Earth one more time. As hard as it may be to
believe, despite Christ's physical presence for one thousand
years, the people of Earth will still rebel. We are then
told that God will not waste any further time with them, and
that He will simply send fire from Heaven to burn them all
up:

"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be
loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the
nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and
Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom
is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth
of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about,
and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of
heaven, and devoured them." (Revelation 20:7-9)

Afer these events, John then describes how Satan will be
cast into the lake burning with fire and brimstone, the
Great White Throne Judgment, the New Heaven and the New
Earth, and finally, the Heavenly City, New Jerusalem, which
will descend from God out of Heaven. These wonderful events
are all discussed in more detail in other articles, such as
in 'From Armageddon To The New Earth'. Now, if Peter is not
referring to these post-Millennial events, then he may be
referring to a cleansing of the Earth's surface prior to the
Lord beginning His Millennial Reign. Regardless of which
time period Peter is referring to, we the Saints of God will
already have our new bodies when these events transpire, so
he can't possibly be talking about us being surprised as by
a thief in the night. If anyone is going to be surprised, it
will be the incorrigible enemies of God, when the Lord sends
down the fire one last time, and destroys them all due to
their final rebellion against Him!

To add further weight to the idea that the 'thief in the
night' scenario is a conditional event which is clearly
related to the degree of belief or unbelief on the part of
the participants, please consider also what the Spirit says
to the church at Sardis in the Book of Revelation:

"Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and
hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I
will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what
hour I will come upon thee." (Revelation 3:3)

Allow me to ask you; is the Lord definitely saying that they
will not know when He is coming? No! He very explicitly says
'If therefore thou shalt not watch'. In other words, the
Lord is saying 'If you are watching, you will know when I am
about to come; however, if you are not watching, if you are
not keeping an eye on the signs of the Endtime, then I will
surprise you like a thief in the night; just as I will with
all of the unbelievers and mockers of the world.' This very
same thought is repeated thirteen chapters later where we
read:

"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and
keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his
shame." (Revelation 16:15)

Again it becomes very apparent, that if we are watching and
waiting soberly, watching the final events of the Endtime be
fulfilled, and counting off the days, we will not be caught
naked or ashamed. We will not be like the foolish virgins
who let their oil run out. The Lord's mention of 'keepeth
his garments' is something I have spoken about in a few
other articles, such as in the series 'Once Upon A Time: A
True Story'. It is the same wedding garment which Jesus was
referring to in His Parable of the Marriage Feast. It is the
Garment of Righteousness which we all receive when we accept
and believe in Christ, and allow Him to wash us clean with
His Sacrificial Blood. This is the only way in which any of
us can enter the Marriage Feast of the Lamb:

"And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a
man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto
him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding
garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the
servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and
cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 22:11-13)

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the
marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in
fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the
righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write,
Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper
of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true
sayings of God." (Revelation 19:7-9)

While I have now clearly demonstrated how some people have
erroneously misinterpreted the 'thief in the night' verses,
there are other popular verses which are often used by those
who claim that we will not know when Jesus is going to
arrive. These verses include the following:

"Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till
all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and
hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my
Father only...Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour
your Lord doth come...Therefore be ye also ready: for in
such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh...Watch
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein
the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 24:34-36, 42, 44, 25:13)

At the beginning of Matthew chapter twenty-four, the Lord's
Disciples asked Him regarding what signs will precede the
End of the World, and His Coming; thus, from reading the
entire chapter, we know that in the above verses, Jesus is
referring to the generation which will see and experience
all of the signs which He describes for His Disciples in
that chapter. These signs and Endtime markers include such
things as severe earthquakes, widespread famine, wars and
rumors of war, family betrayals, persecution against the
Christians, the preaching of the Gospel in the whole world,
etc. It is after He has described these Endtime signs, which
He clearly ties into the prophecies of Daniel concerning the
Jewish Holy Covenant, the Abomination of Desolation and the
Seventieth Week, that the Lord makes the above remarks. Now,
let me ask you; why would Jesus describe all of these very
specific signs, and then state that no one will know when He
will return, except for His Father in Heaven? Does that make
any sense to you? Doesn't it seem a little contradictory to
say, 'All of these things are going to happen, but you still
aren't going to know'? What is the purpose of giving the
signs then?

Obviously, there must be some misunderstanding with how the
previous verses have been interpreted by certain modern
Christians. It would be like me prophetically saying, 'There
is going to be a terrible two-car accident just twenty miles
ahead of you, at the intersection of routes five and ten, at
exactly 5:00 P.M., between a red pick-up truck and a blue
convertible'; and then tell you, 'But you are not going to
know when or where it is going to happen, so watch out!'.
Now doesn't that sound silly? Didn't I just provide you with
all of the important details so that you can make sure that
you will avoid the accident by watching for the signs I gave
to you?

In a similar manner, in Matthew chapter twenty-four, Jesus
has laid out a prophetic roadmap of the future; not so that
we can avoid something, but rather so that we can make sure
that we are watching and ready for His Return; and I believe
that this is the key to understanding what He really meant
by the previous verses. I believe that it is safe to assume
that, given how much time has transpired since the Lord
spoke those prophecies, that He obviously was not directing
them to His immediate Disciples; or to anyone else who lived
during that generation for that matter. In fact, they were
only directed to the final generation which would be living
at the time of His Second Coming; that is, to we His Endtime
Disciples, who would understand and experience the Endtime
signs He described in that chapter. For this reason alone,
the Christians of the First Century didn't have to know.
They didn't have to understand. Even the angels didn't have
to know or understand. What point would there be in it? How
could they possibly profit by it? They couldn't; but we most
certainly can!

So in my mind, the true spirit, the true emphasis of the
above verses is 'Watch and be ready. If you aren't watching
for the signs I have just described for you, then yes, you
will be in spiritual darkness, and you won't know when I am
going to return. I will come as a thief in the night for
you, just as I will for the unbelieving people of the world;
just as the Flood unexpectedly came upon the unbelievers and
mockers of Noah's day and destroyed them all'. This attitude
of 'watch and be ready' is something we should all have
every single day of our lives; after all, although it is
true that the Lord will finally come on a certain day, it
doesn't necessarily mean that we will each still be alive at
that time. You could die tomorrow! Consider the following
verses:

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what
is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14)

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this
the judgment:" (Hebrews 9:27)

"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall
be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which
thou hast provided?" (Luke 12:20)

If death were to suddenly come upon you, would you be ready?
Are you currently doing what you believe the Lord wants you
to be doing with your life; or are you putting it off for
some future time when maybe you will be more in the mood, or
perhaps more desperate for God's help? As I explain in other
articles, procrastination is one of Satan's biggest tricks.
If he can just convince you to keep delaying your personal
Salvation for another day, that day will never come; and you
will die in your sins, without Christ, without forgiveness,
and without Salvation. The time of your Salvation is now!:

"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." (Romans 13:11)

"(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in
the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is
the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"
(2 Corinthians 6:2)

If there is one thing of which I am certain, it is that the
Bible does not contradict itself. I have explained before
that if there is any confusion on our part, it is more often
than not in our personal understanding of the Scriptures.
The only way to bring Scriptural harmony between Paul's
words, when he states that we are not in darkness so that
the Day of the Lord should overtake us a thief, and Jesus's
words regarding no one knowing, is to accept my explanation,
that what Jesus really meant, is that we will not know if we
are not paying any attention to the signs of the Endtime.
There is simply no other logical explanation as to why Jesus
would provide these signs, unless He really did want us to
know; and thus make sure that we are prepared for His
Arrival.

Allow me to propose another rather interesting thought. What
if the Lord hadn't emphasized to His Disciples that He might
return at any moment? Do you think that they would have done
as thorough of a job of spreading the Gospel as they did?
Probably not. As I explain in other articles, in the Book of
Acts, we discover that it took some serious persecution to
finally get them out of Jerusalem and into all the world;
and thank God that they did; otherwise, you and I might have
never heard of the Saving Grace of Jesus Christ! In the
following Parable concerning the lord who went away for a
wedding, Jesus again emphasizes that the best way that we
can be ready for Him when He returns, is by faithfully doing
what we know we are supposed to be doing; in other words, by
keeping ourselves busy doing the Lord's Work of preaching
the Gospel to the lost in whatever way we can. We are
constantly to be in a state of mental and spiritual
preparedness. We cannot and should not deceive ourselves
into thinking that the Lord delayeth His Coming:

"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord,
when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh
and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed
are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find
watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself,
and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and
serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or
come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those
servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house
had known what hour the thief would come, he would have
watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken
through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man
cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto
him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to
all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise
steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household,
to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is
that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so
doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him
ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in
his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to
beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and
to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day
when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not
aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his
portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew
his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did
according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes."
(Luke 12:35-47)

In the final half of this article, we will be taking a look
at such topics as Peter's backslidden state and the Lord's
gentle rebuke, not being slothful in the Lord's business,
the apostasy and compromise of the First Century Church,
balancing scripture with scripture, does Jesus know, the
weakness of the Holy Trinity doctrine, the purpose of
Parables, God as a Revealer of secrets, and the apostasy of
the Endtime. I trust that you will join me.

⇒ Go To The Next Part . . .

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