Ive been thinking about verses like this recently, Im not sure what is meant by coming ‘like a thief in the night’, this implies he will come at a time NO ONE expects, yet Jesus made a point to give out certain warning signs when he will be at the door.
Many people, including myself, can look around at global headlines and compare them to warnings Jesus spoke of and its clear, today IS the end times, or very close at least, so people are kind of expecting the second coming, BUT if he comes during these types of things, it wont really be like a thief in the night, instead, it will be expected…??
So, in reality, should we really be looking at times when global headlines and events DO NOT line up with his warnings?
Or, does this verse mean that Jesus will come at a time when THE CATHOLIC CHURCH does not expect him to come?
Then theres this verse…
** If anyone says to you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect.
—Matthew 24:21, 24 (NAB)**
I cannot think of ONE such person, all thru out history that has done signs and wonders so great, they will fool people into thinking they really were God…can anyone think of one example in history? I find it very strange Satan has not taken advantage of this, by ‘endowing’ certain people with supernatural gifts, in order to fool people??
I mean, think about it, if JUST ONE person was caught on cell phone camera doing something clearly supernatural, I think MANY people would be instantly fooled.