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Jesus' Return is Near! Prophecy and Encouragement from 1 Thessalonians.

Updated: May 11


The Apostle Paul stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:27:

"I charge you in the name of the Lord to read this letter to all the brothers and sisters.” 

1 Thessalonians was written to reinforce the basic gospel message, instruct and strengthen believers further in the faith, and give assurance of Christ’s return and the resurrection.


Audio Bible 1 Thessalonians. 2 Thessalonians follows, Paul's continued letter to the Church, with more books and translations of the Old and New Testament. 


1 Thessalonians. A faith that functions. Image of a map and compass.

The Day of the Lord - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11:

"But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
1 Thessalonians 5:3 "For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction. Rocket being launched.

The following represents possible fulfillments and/or precursors to 1 Thessalonians 5:3 "when they say "Peace and Safety" sudden destruction", with several scripture translations and commentaries to consider/cross reference.


If unfamiliar, and to help put these into perspective, Israel is recognized to be a centerpiece of end times bible prophecy. Jewish persecution and wars are foretold.

"The rebirth of Israel as an independent nation in 1948 is one of the most significant events in world history." "Five of these seven prophetic events have already been fulfilled, and the final two are certain to follow." "The scriptures prophesied that Israel would be dispersed among the nations then brought out from among them in a gradual process that would culminate in the establishment of Israel as a nation in a single day. And that's exactly what happened."
Israel an Object of Scorn in the Last Days. The prophet Zechariah noted the following would be true of Israel in the last days:
"I will make Jerusalem and Judah like an intoxicating drink to all the nearby nations that send their armies to besiege Jerusalem. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone, a burden for the world. None of the nations who try to lift it will escape unscathed." Zechariah 12:2-3 (NLT)." Read more... The Rebirth of Israel.
Why Is Israel Called The Holy Land? Photo of Israel landscape and Dome of the Rock.

Coming against Israel/Jerusalem has a long recorded history.

"Throughout its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, and attacked 52 times." Wikipedia-Jerusalem

Possible fulfillments of 1 Thessalonians 5:3 "when they say "Peace and Safety" sudden destruction"


Israel was in the process of making historic "peace" agreements with neighboring nations when the "sudden destruction" of war with Hamas broke out. Historic Peace Deal

"The Israeli Prime Minister went on to note that there is a “fly in the ointment … the fanatics ruling Iran will do everything they can to thwart this historic peace.”

Also, the United Nations slogan is "PEACE AND SECURITY”. 444 pages and counting reporting the various and increasing tribulations around the world and how they are trying to manage/solve them. United Nations use of AI to innovate the future appears will be a fulfillment of Revelation 13.



1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 above appears to be where we are at with bible prophecy. Reading 2 Thessalonians also helps tie this altogether.


No one knows the day or hour of Jesus' return, but we are instructed to watch. These are some scriptures about watching and praying Jesus spoke about. Mark 13:32-37,Matthew 24:36-51,Luke 21:34-38,Matthew 25 

THE RAPTURE - We who are alive...will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air..."(1 These. 4:17)

More Bible prophecy fulfillments, learning more about the Bible, and encouragement is on the Home page, in the Blog, and here Supporting Resources.


"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself."

Philippians 3:20-21


"Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!" Psalm 31:24


Christian Cross on a hill with clouds and the sun shining through.

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