The Lord’s Day is Coming Exactly as a Thief in the Night

//The Lord’s Day is Coming Exactly as a Thief in the Night

QUESTION: I was reading one of the study articles called “Why Keep on the Watch,” and in paragraph 12, I found this interesting statement about what’s to come in the future. 12 Do not let the apathy of others discourage or dissuade you from keeping on the watch. You know better. Paul wrote to fellow believers: “You yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming,” and he added, “exactly as a thief in the night.” Jesus warned us: “Keep ready, because at an hour that you do not think likely, the Son of man is coming.” (Luke 12:39, 40) —Soon, Satan will deceive the masses into accepting a false sense of “peace and security.” He will mislead them into thinking that all is well on the world scene. What about us? That day of judgment does not have to “overtake [us] as it would thieves,” provided we “stay awake and keep our senses.” —-That is why we daily must read God’s written Word and meditate on what Jehovah is telling us.

Based on the line that I indicated, would this be the beginning of the great tribulation? Also, would you agree this false sense of peace and security is a unique event in the future and not the relative peace that exists in some parts of the world?

According to the Watchtower virtually everything in prophecy has already been fulfilled except for a couple of things. Those couple of things include what Paul foretold regarding “whenever it is that they are saying ‘peace and security,’” and the destruction of false religion by the United Nations.

For many years the Watchtower has taught that the annihilation of the iniquitous Babylon the Great will mark the beginning of the great tribulation; hence, presumably their saying “peace and security” will immediately precede the United Nations attacking and devouring organized religion around the world.

Jehovah’s Witnesses should take note, though, that there is nothing in Revelation that indicates that the great tribulation begins when the beast unexpectedly turns upon the harlot. And the Watchtower never cites any scriptural reference to support their assertion. The entire premise is based upon the untenable notion that the holy place that is destined to come to desolation during the world’s existential crisis that has never before occurred or will ever occur again, symbolizes the world-wide empire of false religion. There are numerous articles on e-Watchman that show the falsity of the Watchtower’s teaching regarding the symbolic meaning of “Jerusalem.”

If Jehovah’s Witnesses are studious and look up all the cited scriptures and read the surrounding context and meditate upon it, as the Watchtower exhorts, they may arrive at a startling conclusion. Here, let’s give it a try. Look up the cited verse in paragraph 12; namely, Luke 12:39-40. For your convenience those verses are the words of Jesus addressed to his “little flock,” where he said to them: “But know this, if the householder had known at what hour the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also, keep ready, because at an hour that you do not think likely, the Son of man is coming.”

Why did the Watchtower cite Jesus? Because the connection to Paul’s prophecy of peace and security at 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 is obvious. Both Jesus and Paul made reference to that day coming upon the world suddenly, like a thief in the night.

But here’s the thing. Jesus was referring to his coming as a thief at an hour his followers do not think likely in order to judge them! That is the whole point. That is why Jesus exhorted them to stay awake and be ready regardless of the seeming delay on his part.

That Christ is referring to his parousia is evident from what he stated in the preceding verses regarding his coming alongside and ministering to disciples, if they are found to be ready. “Coming alongside” is what parousia means. That is why Jesus assured his followers that he would be with them all the days until the conclusion of the system of things, because during the conclusion Jesus will come alongside them and minister to the sons of light in a very special way. 

How does that harmonize with what Paul stated regarding the day of Jehovah coming as a thief in the night?

I support the Watchtower’s practice of inserting the name of Jehovah into certain New Testament passages where it is clear that there is a direct quotation or reference to Hebrew text where the YHWH appears, however 1 Thessalonians 5:2, which states: “For you yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night,” presents a problem. The problem is, since no Greek manuscripts use the YHWH anywhere, it is up to the translator to determine the appropriateness of using the name of God. But, again, here is the dilemma: It is true, the phrase “Jehovah’s day” and “day of Jehovah” appear in numerous places in the Hebrew prophecies, HOWEVER, Paul also used the expression “the day of the Lord” at 1 Corinthians 5:5 in reference to the day of Jesus Christ. And the apostle John referred to the return of Christ as “the Lord’s day.”

So, since the original text merely says “day of the Lord,” how do we know if Paul originally used the YHWH and that it was removed in later copies, or whether he actually intended to allude to the Lord’s day, as in the day of Jesus Christ?

The fact of the matter is, we don’t know. No one can say with authority that the verse in question ought to be translated as “Jehovah’s day”—including the translators of the New World Translation. But, obviously, because it has been used in the NWT for these past decades it is embedded into the consciousness of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But just think of the implications if Paul actually intended to refer to the “Lord’s day” —meaning the day of Jesus Christ. That would change everything.

As already noted, Jesus Christ referred to his coming as a thief in reference to the judgment of his household of slaves. Paul could well have been alluding to this, since he also used the analogy of the day of reckoning coming as a thief in night.

Furthermore, at Revelation 3:3 Jesus also spoke of his coming as a thief to judge his congregation. Reiterating his warning to the little flock, Jesus said: “Therefore, continue mindful of how you have received and how you heard, and go on keeping it, and repent. Certainly unless you wake up, I will come as a thief, and you will not know at all at what hour I will come upon you.”

SUDDEN DESTRUCTION – UPON WHOM?

All things considered, there is ample reason to believe that Paul intended to infer that it is the Lord’s day, that is to say, the coming of Jesus Christ to initiate the judgment of the house of God, that will come like a thief in the night —“whenever it is that they are saying ‘peace and security.”’

But in reality there does not appear to be any significant difference between the day of Jehovah and the day of the Lord; except in the minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses there is a big difference.

The Watchtower teaches that the Lord’s day began in 1914, but Jehovah’s day is in the future. However, if we reset the Lord’s day to the future, then everything comes into focus. Their saying “peace and security” immediately precedes nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom —in other words: world war three, which will destroy the present ordering of nations and bring down the Anglo-American duo – “sudden destruction.”

And because that catastrophe will also bring about the sudden end of the Watchtower-sponsored, world-wide work, effectively closing the door of salvation, even the survivors of the global war, famine and pestilence will not escape the ultimate destruction at Armageddon. That is why Jesus reiterated his warning one last time, placing his thief-like coming as an immediate prelude to Armageddon, since the beginning of the conclusion will segue into the end in short order. 

“Look! I am coming as a thief. Happy is the one who stays awake and keeps his outer garments, so that he may not walk naked and people look upon his shamefulness.” And they gathered them together to the place that is called in Hebrew Armageddon.

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2016-12-03T11:37:10+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Mailbag|25 Comments
  • Anderiega

    Yes… everything really does come into focus once you throw 1914 out. It (1914 and the mental gymnastics) never really made sense to me before, but I figured “all these other smart, God fearing people accept it, so I better just accept it too.”

    The ones constantly singing “peace and security” right now is the WT…always chirping that we live in a spiritual paradise. The irony….

    • Burt Reynolds

      True. They were literally singing about peace and security before the 1975 fiasco. Then, as now, it was woefully out of tune! I think one of the kindest things I ever did as a witness, to my brothers, was not to sing in the Kingdom Hall. I used to get told off about it, but I often think that had I done so, I would have been struck down immediately, sheep or not.

    • Joyce Haze

      Anderiega. It’s very interesting to note also worldly events now unfolding. When we line the scriptures to what is taking place, this U.S. Election cycle. Get a certain one in the whitehouse could very well be that momentary cry “peace & security! In reading the last news item Robert posted regarding Russia, very interesting. “Will Russia Surrender”. As the the Watchtowers seemingly oblivious as to how that is or may take place. The next individual heading up U.S. Could lean in the direction temporarily, to believe peace & security, although we know Satan will certainly bring that to an immediate stop. The scriptures are such a blessing, Jehovahs warning become much clearer as it’s all being played out exactly as HE describes.

      • LW

        Yeah..I was surprised by the fact that the U.S. directly attacked Syrian army positions, that in itself is something. This is as obvious as I’ve ever seen…we’ll see.

        • Joyce Haze

          LW, from a worldly stand point we would have to ques. Why the U.S. Is so driven to continue the pushing the antagonizing other great world powers, the populace goes along because of the propaganda we hear daily about countries such as Russia, China, etc, is so misinforming. We’re to believe that all the countries of the world are terrorists and bullies,ha. We can clearly see now this world is at it’s brink as we know it! Never seen so much corruption, flagrantly for all to see, yet most people don’t give it a second thought. I watched for the millionth time again the video of JEHOVAH the violent and jealous GOD, with the degradation, evil and immoral people we have become. I believe it’s worse than Sodom and Gemorrah, we can see how JEHOVAH dealt with that wayward society. But seeing prophesy so clearly and yet very few are taking the initiative to learn why and come to any understanding. JEHOVAH will make all things understood to all mankind, but will it be to late! We can’t come to know him without learning of his mighty ness, his power and most of all his Love for all! How blessed and grateful all who can grab a hold of even tiny bits of real truth, humble ourselves in his patience and Love and pray we are doing all in our power to serve him in a way he approves.

          • Joyce Haze

            Proverbs 8:13 “the fear of JEHOVAH means the hating of bad, I believe that is the quality that brings all to search for HIM!

          • LW

            Right. I used to think the possibility of nuclear war was just for the cold war period…but this is different. Will be interesting

    • Joyce Haze

      For 30 years I to believed there could never be another world war and the belief Jehovahs people would be pretty insulated from the havoc soon to affect everyone on this earth. And yet now we find more peace in prophesy and JEHOVAHS WORD, in comming to a better understanding and when Satan is really let loose and we come out of the fog of Watchtower, ALL will see & experience real shock & awe as like has never been seen before!!

  • RLALLEN

    Amos 5:18 “Woe to those who long for the day of the Jehovah”….It will most definitely be a dark day!

    • LW

      The prophecy says that Jehovah’s day of fury will bring distress and anguish, storm and desolation, darkness and gloominess. It will result in the “extermination of all the inhabitants of the earth.” This will be by far the most destructive event in human history.

      The arrival of Jesus with his powerful angels from heaven, when he comes at Armageddon to wage “the war of the great day of God the Almighty” — to repay tribulation to those who caused tribulation to his disciples, and to cleanse the earth of all wickedness — will certainly prove to be the darkest time in human history, for there will be no power on earth to deliver mankind out of God’s hand. Neither will there be any place for the wicked to conceal themselves. The human rulerships which the people once looked to for guidance and protection, especially during times of trouble — the symbolic heavens, the sun, moon, and stars — will indeed prove to be darkness.

      “Come close to hear, you nations,
      And pay attention, you peoples.

      Let the earth and that which fills it listen,

      The land and all its produce.
      For Jehovah’s indignation is against all the nations,
      And his wrath is against all their army.
      He will devote them to destruction;
      He will give them to the slaughter.
      Their slain will be thrown out,

      And the stench of their carcasses will ascend;

      The mountains will melt because of their blood.

      All the army of the heavens will rot away,

      And the heavens will be rolled up like a scroll.
      All their army will wither away,
      As a withered leaf falls from the vine
      And a shriveled fig from the fig tree.”- Isaiah 34:1-4

      • We will probably all die of massive heart attacks. ?

        Just the slightest distress makes my chest hurt now ??

        • RLALLEN

          You ain’t kiddin!

        • Burt Reynolds

          Hah! Not me Jehonadab. I run on a pacemaker and a five volt battery….come to think on it, I’ll probably be short circuited by a 1,000,000 volt bolt of lightening. Stil, I will go out in a blaze of light. ( if you really are getting chest pain on stress, do please see your doctor!! Wouldn’t want to lose you…).

      • Joel

        Wow!!! Oh my God!!! What awesome power Jehovah will unleash upon this planet!

        Will I survive? Don’t know, but . . .

        . . .’as for me and my household, we shall serve the LORD!!!

        • LW

          It’s like we really can’t wrap our minds around it. It will be some fireworks. Someone made a joke a while back about how the news would react to this event:
          “This is Bryant Gumbel from CBS News. There’s so much fireballs raining down…and here comes the military, there goes a nuclear missile, *SPLAT, SPLAT, SPLAT.

          Wait..was that a…?”

          Hahahahahha

          Like a wet firecracker…that’s how useless their technology will be…and then even the really advanced technology, which they’ll throw everything at heaven when it goes down…

          • Burt Reynolds

            Looks like a watchtower production with caleb and whatshername, but what a sight to behold if it turns out that way. If you look at you tube you might be able to find archive film of the first day of the London blitz in, I think, September 1940. Several thousand bombs were delivered in one night, courtesy of Goering, and one or two buildings were knocked about a bit. My mother and father were on top of the inland revenue tax office putting out incendiaries until, realising what building they were on, decided to let it burn. Every incendiary bomb had a silver lining from therein! Still, if you find the film, it will seem like a picnic compared to what’s coming.

            • 1914for100Alex

              I have a book that covers the air war during WW2 (my grandfather was stationed over there) and it has pictures of what London looked like afterwards. It’s not pretty. I’ve also been to the von Braun museum here in the states, and have seen the V1’s and V2’s up close. I can’t imagine seeing one of those heading right for me!

      • Burt Reynolds

        That is some tribute LW. Both calming with its truth, yet awesome in its unfolding. Without doubt there will be none that survive but by Jehovah’s hand, thus it is that our relationship with jehovah is the only hope of comfort.

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  • Leonard k

    excluding the false 1914 doctrine deluding influence certainly does make a world of difference and points towards the realization of what the truth really is. the unexpected inspection and judgment of gods house at an hour that they will not think likely and as brother Robert puts it a SUDDEN DESTRUCTION upon them. I can only imagine the fear and terror that will be upon the wicked when our lord chooses the day and hour.

    Isaiah 13:6
    6 Wail, for the day of Jehovah is near! It will come as a destruction from the Almighty.

    Isaiah 28:2
    2 Look! Jehovah has someone strong and mighty. Like a thundering hailstorm, a destructive windstorm, Like a thunderstorm of powerful floodwaters, He will forcefully hurl it down to the earth.

    Amos 5:19
    19 It will be like a man who flees from a lion and is confronted by a bear, And when he enters his house and leans his hand against the wall, a snake bites him.

    1 Peter 4:17
    17 For it is the appointed time for the judgment to start with the house of God. Now if it starts first with us, what will the outcome be for those who are not obedient to the good news of God?

    • Burt Reynolds

      The scripture from Amos sounds like an average day for me. Rev. 3:16 is also good as it’s a warning for everyone to inculcate true appreciation into their hearts. Christendom and the watchtower alike claim to love ‘God’ but they do not know him, yet they satisfy themselves that they do by quoting scripture and talking about the ‘love of God’. They think by this that they gain salvation. I feel this is what the scripture refers to. When I was young, I used to go to church most Sunday’s. I think my mother thought it would be good for me. Above the doorway was the quotation ‘one day spent in thy court is better than a thousand spent elsewhere’, so I asked the vicar if I could not just turn up every three years. Though I felt an affiliation towards ‘God’ in those days, it carried little import because there was no knowledge of him, about him and his works. Only the almost unendurable two hours of droning repetition. I had more affinity with the vicar than I did with God. And is that not what we see in the watchtower today? The admiration for the governing body because Jehovah has become a stranger, always promising, never delivering because of the bumbling, blithering, erroneous, interchangeable exhortations they feed the flock upon. Not for us, thankfully.

  • Tamar

    “Peace and Security”
    This is ridiculous.
    I was working at Security State Bank when all this nonsense started, in 2013. And do you know what I finally connected? Jeffrey means God’s Peace. Can you believe that? I’ve cried so much since I realized. It was bad enough his middle name is Michael.
    He was the Catholic boy from high school I didn’t want to fall for, who somehow ended up being my first kiss. It wasn’t my idea. And then we pretty much never talked again.

    And how did the ministerial servant I briefly dated compare to him? The one who would masturbate without my knowledge (until I caught him) while talking on the phone with me? That wasn’t my idea either.

    Oh well. I just can’t stop crying now. Life sucks.

  • I can not of course say with any certainly how and when the end will come but it seems that day by day things keeping getting worse according to the media’s it seems that the nations want to frighten the people around the world so bad as to make them look for a way out there by Subjugating the people with fear of ww3 and EMP attacks. if you step outside the picture and look in it would seem that all the heads/ leaders of all the major nations may be working together to get the globe ready for this new world order most likely as the united nations leading the whole agenda for this new world order. they seem to talk and write about all of these false flags such as bombings terror attacks power grid failure and of course nuclear war. my point is this how so we know if they are doing all of this to subjugate the world out of fear then they may all sit down in a so called peace talk and claim peace and security under this new world order. is it just me? or is this not what is going on right now. read the scriptures.

    1 Thessalonians 5:3
    3 Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape.

    of course this all may start with the mortal sword stroke / head would but how and when that may come about we do not know.

    Mark 13:32
    32 “Concerning that day or the hour nobody knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father.

    John 4:23
    23 Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for indeed, the Father is looking for ones like these to worship him.

    Luke 10:22
    22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.”

    just a little spiritual food for thought and some common sense.

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