“Whether Awake Or Asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4: 16 – 17, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“The Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 2) We do not know the day or the time, just as we do not know when the thief comes to rob our home. We are able to prepare for the thief, but we can not read his mind; we can not determine the day or the hour he will arrive. So is the Day of the Lord.

“We who are alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 15) Both the dead and those who remain alive will be equally surprised, equally delighted.

For the dead will rise first, and those alive will join with “them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord.”

“Stay awake and be serious.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 7) “For God does not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who dies for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we live together with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 9 – 10)

“In Those Days” (Mark 13: 19, ESV) by Carley Evans


Usually I do not write about “end times,” as I tend to think what is happening right now is so much more important than what is going to happen at the end of the world. Yet, this is not to imply by any means that what is going to happen in the end is not important!

Jesus speaks of “those days” often.

He says, “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.” (Mark 13: 24 – 25)

First, says Jesus, comes tribulation – terrible and final. “For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.” (Mark 13: 19) False prophets and men who claim to be God appear, and deceive many. Nations rise up against each other as do brothers and sisters, parents and children.

In more ways than one, the world is dark when Jesus comes again. He prays that this time will not be in winter. He acknowledges that God, in His mercy, will cut short the tribulation “for the sake of the elect, whom He chose.” (Mark 13: 20)

When Jesus comes, angels will go out into heaven and into the world to “gather His elect.” (Mark 13: 27)

“Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.” (Mark 13: 33)