Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 7, 2019

“the day of the Lord will come like a thief”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 17:22-37.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“26 And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:  27 they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  28 It was the same as happened in the days of Lot:  they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building;  29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  …  34 I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed;  one will be taken and the other will be left.  35 There will be two women grinding at the same place;  one will be taken and the other will be left.  36 [Two men will be in the field;  one will be taken and the other will be left.”]  Luke 17:26-29 and 34-36.


The verses that I quoted above describe the Second Coming of Christ.  The other verses that I did not quote may describe what was fulfilled around 70 A.D., the time of the destruction of Jerusalem.  We have similar Scripture describing both events in Matthew 24:17-28 and 36-41.

Today’s devotion will focus on the Second Coming of Christ, because the events of 70 A.D. have passed, and we should prepare for the Second Coming of Christ.

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.  But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.  For this reason you also must be ready;  for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”  Matthew 24:42-44.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!  But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.”  2 Peter 3:10-13.

Other doctrine focuses on itself and shrinks back in fear and anxiety at the thought of the Second Coming of Christ.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on the Lord and His work before He comes again.  Reformed Doctrine is at peace, spotless and blameless, and regards the tarry of the Lord as salvation.  

Therefore, while we wait for the Second Coming of Christ, we pray for God’s grace to have the patient attitude of our Lord Who will not come again until He faithfully brings every last one of His elect lost sheep into His fold of repentance and salvation.  

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9.

“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father;  and I lay down My life for the sheep.  I have other sheep, which are not of this fold;  I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice;  and they will become one flock with one shepherd.”  John 10:14-16.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;  and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”  John 10:27-28.

“Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation …”  2 Peter 3:14-15.


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