标 题： 主的日子
经 节： 因为你们自己明明晓得，主的日子来到，好象夜间的贼一样。（帖撒罗尼迦前书五章2节）
The Day of the
yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the
night. (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
In the Scriptures, the exhortation to prepare for the day of the Lord is
usually given to God’s people, rather than to unbelievers. Christians must be
prepared for Christ’s return, so that they can properly respond to Him. The
most important thing about the day of the Lord is clear: it comes unexpectedly.
In Scripture, there are several references to the day of the Lord. Often
this refers to Jesus’ first coming or His second coming, but it can also refer
to any time God comes to His people, either in salvation or judgment_(Isa.
13:6; Joel 2:11; Mal. 3:2). Amos had predicted that the day of the Lord would
be far different from what the people expected (Amos 5:18). The people of his
day thought it would come with joy and singing, yet Amos said there would be
grieving and judgment of sin. When Jesus came the first time, His coming caught
people by surprise. Because they were expecting the Messiah to come in a
different way, many did not recognize Him.
The final day of the Lord will be at Christ’s second coming. Meanwhile,
there will be times when God will come to you, your family, and friends. You
need to be watching for the signs of God’s convicting work in your children,
your friends, and your coworkers. You must take notice when God begins to do a
special work in the lives of the people in your church. It may be that you have
an unusual sense of God’s presence in a worship service and you begin to
intercede for those who are present. Prepare yourself now and pay attention to
what is happening in the lives of those around you. You may discover that the
day of the Lord is at hand.