The Timing Of The Day Of The Lord In 1 Thessalonians 5, Part III -- By: Nicholas James Claxton
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The Timing Of The Day Of The Lord In 1 Thessalonians 5, Part III
* Nicholas James Claxton, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D. student and teaching assistant, Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
A compelling case can be made for a pretribulational rapture, if 1 Thessalonians 5 references the entire tribulation and if believers are promised deliverance from the wrath of that period. The focus of this present article is to complete consideration of the context of 1 Thessalonians 5, in addition to the key exegetical evidences indicating the timing of the Day of the Lord in that pericope.
The Context Of 1 Thessalonians 5
Part one of this series analyzed the broader context of the Day of the Lord theme.1 Parts two and three analyze the narrower context of 1 Thessalonians itself. The significance of this research is that both contexts are of key importance in establishing the timing of the Day of the Lord in 1 Thessalonians 5.
The Sudden Onset Of “Labor Pains”
In verse 2, Paul compared the coming of the Day of the Lord to that of a thief in the night. In verse 3, he introduced another illustration: “[T]hen destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.” The term αἰφνίδιος (“suddenly”) is used only one other place in the New Testament: “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap” (Luke 21:34). Luke 21’s use of “day” is parallel with that of Matthew 24:42–44. The passage concerns the entire Day of the Lord pattern.
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The term ὄλεθρος (“destruction”) connotes various types of destruction: the ruin associated with the love of money (1 Tim 6:9), the destruction of the errant Corinthian’s “flesh” (1 Cor 5:5), and the eternal death that awaits unbelievers (2 Thess 1:9). The destruction mentioned will be of such magnitude that the children o...
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