He Will Come as a Thief

Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.

Revelation 16:15

The whole New Testament heralds the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, this is a fact that will undoubtedly happen. Now, no one knows the day or the hour and the Bible repeats several times that He will come as a thief. This expression does not mean that Jesus will come to steal like a thief and take for Himself what is not His. No way, the simile of the thief is to make it clear that He will come when they least expect Him, suddenly, without a previous announcement, just as the thief visits the house he is going to steal.

In recent years, the residential and commercial security industry has flourished. Many people have decided to move to housing developments or buildings that have controlled access. In some of these places, there are security guards who keep a record of all visitors, who must identify and sign before entering. Other places have an income through a code and require the person to call first through an intercom in order to have permission to enter.

Many homes and commercial premises now have an alarm system that is connected directly with the police. If an unauthorized person attempts to enter through a door or window, the system sends a signal to a control center from which they communicate with the resident of the house or business owner to verify if it is a real threat or not. If it is confirmed that it is real, the police are called. In addition to that, many residences and businesses have motion sensors and surveillance cameras that take photos and videos of everything that happens.

The reason why more and more people equip homes and businesses with such security systems is to be prepared in case a thief arrives. Now, returning to the theme of Revelation 16:15, are Christians equally prepared for the coming of our Lord Jesus? He has made it very clear that He will arrive as a thief, at any time, without telling anyone. I believe that every one of us who have believed in Jesus Christ should have our own system of spiritual security preventing His coming.

From our spiritual security system to be warned of our Lord’s coming, the Bible speaks to us in Matthew 25:13, Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. To watch is to be vigilant in prayer until He comes. This verse follows the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25: 1-12), in which the wise virgins keep their lamps filled with oil. We must keep ourselves filled with the Holy Spirit until He comes.

In the verse we study today, Revelation 16:15, we see that He says, Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame. To keep his clothes, to wash them in the blood of the Lamb means to maintain holiness. It says in Hebrews 12:14, Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. We must stand firm in the faith, without doubting or denying Jesus Christ, even if it costs us life if possible. If that happens, let us remember 1 Thessalonians 4:16, For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. And we will be with Him. God bless you.

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