In 1 Thess. Chapter 4 Paul has been telling his readers about the Rapture; now look at what he has to say in 1 Th 5:1-4 “ Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, v2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. v3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. v4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”
I want you to note the change of pronouns in this passage. Verses 1 and 2 Paul uses the pronouns we, you and you but in v3 suddenly Paul changes the pronouns to they (people in some translations) them and they. Why this change of pronouns? It is because Christian readers will not be there. They will have gone in the Rapture he spoke about in Chapter 4, so verse 3 refers only to those who miss the Rapture. Then in verse 4 he reverts back to you again. The readers, “You” are not in the dark, they and them are in the dark, and are caught in the sudden destruction Paul described.
How do you know a woman is close to giving birth? Look at the signs; they bulge out in front of your eyes. You don’t know exactly when, but you know it will be fairly soon. How do you know the Rapture is close? Look at the signs, they are bulging out in front of your eyes.
2 Pet 3:3&4a “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?”
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).