Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 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.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
It appears that something changed from Acts 1, when Jesus didn’t know (and said it wasn’t for the apostles to know) the times and seasons about when the kingdom was coming. For now Paul knows these times and seasons and the Thessalonians have no need for him to talk to them about them, so presumably they know too–they are not in darkness and so the day won’t overtake them as a thief. I suppose the Holy Spirit really did guide the apostles “into all truth,” just as Jesus said He would.
But the bottom line is, obviously the day was coming on THEM. If they knew the times and the seasons and weren’t in darkness, and THAT was why the day wasn’t going to overtake them as a thief, then the reason it wasn’t going to overtake them as a thief was NOT because it was 2,000 years away!
Do we believe Paul’s reason for why the day wouldn’t overtake these people in his day, or do we call him a liar and say the reason it wouldn’t overtake them is because they would all be dead? I choose to believe Paul and the Holy Spirit. How about you?
Even for those who believe the kingdom came on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension (which is impossible because Jesus told His apostles that the Holy Spirit would come on them “not many days hence” but REFUSED to tell them when the kingdom was coming, saying they couldn’t even know the SEASON–and they would have definitely known the season of “not many days hence”), this revelation in I Thessalonians still clearly shows that the Thessalonians knew the times and seasons of when the day of the Lord was coming and were not in darkness; and, for THAT reason (not because they would be dead), the coming of the Lord would not overtake them as a thief.
If indeed Paul was inspired, if indeed we can believe anything at all that he said, we must accept his words here. The Thessalonians would be alive at the coming of the Lord, and His coming would not overtake them as a thief because they were not in darkness and would be prepared. And did Paul not expressly SAY some of them would still be alive?
1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Yes, “we” means “we,” not “they.” And it definitely does not people who hadn’t even been born or people who would be living in the twenty-first century). But in case the evidence I have given is not enough, notice this:
2 Thessalonians 1:5 (ESV) This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering–
6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels
8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.
Either Jesus granted relief to these people in the first century by coming at that time or these Thessalonians are still suffering and will get relief if Jesus ever does come, or Paul is just a bald-faced liar. Which do you think it is? Please read the Bible with an open and understanding heart and let it speak God’s truth to you.