“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.” I Thessalonians 5:3
The world does not know The Lord, nor do they know what He says. If they did, they would know that many times in His Word, He speaks of them. Right here, He tells us, through Paul, that the world thinks that everything is “honkey dorrey” as they are doing the very things that Jesus spoke about in eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, just like in the days of Noah. (Matt 24:38) But they are only going to enjoy life the way it is for a little while longer, because the days are all pointing to the return of Jesus. (Luke 17:26-30)
When the Son of Man returns, it will be suddenly, with a shout, and it will be in such a way that it will be known to all those who are called, and in such a way that those who are called and taken home will be missed, and it will usher in the final days for those left behind. The “peace and safety” which they perceive to be real will be gone in an instant as the world enters into some suffering.
It will be just like a child being born. The environs within the womb are warm and cozy. Everything is provided for and the child does nothing but exist, parasitically in a way (just metaphorically – children are a gift from God), until the day that labor begins. Suddenly, the world around the child that was once warm and comfortable becomes cramped as the amniotic fluid runs out. Then the muscles contract, and push on the child, attempting to force the kid out. And the child must go through birth. The child must experience the trial of being squeezed through the tiniest of spaces as mom pushes her out. There is no way out of this trial. She must go through it, as we all did to come into this world.
(Of course, someone will want to ruin this analogy by bringing up c-sections, but before surgery was so commonplace, there was only natural birth, besides, that’ll be addressed)
As we came into this world, so shall they who go through the great tribulation. There will be no escape. All of they will go through it. And in the end, every last person will face the Creator, of this, too, there is no escape.
God truly is sovereign and He warns us all how things are going to happen. Of course, Paul also wrote that we should not live in the darkness, nor be settled into the comfort of the world, for we are to know what is to come, and we are to live in the light, removed from the world, experiencing true peace and safety in Christ. We are those chosen for the circumcision made without hands. We are those who were pulled from the womb through divine c-section (told you I’d address it), not having to go through the travail of birth. Therefore, we must live circumspectly, minding the time, for the days are short, and we should want everyone to be pulled out with us prior to that sudden travail that is upon the world and all those left in it when The Lord returns. Make no mistake, He is coming back. …soon and very soon.