She had decided that today would be the final stages of her preparations. Calmly she begins packing her essentials. She has made a plan and intends to stick to it, choosing only the best of her crucial elements for this long haul ahead. She bites back a wave of fear as she visualizes The Day, then distracts herself by carefully scanning her bedroom for anything important left behind. Her focus zeros-in on her one “luxury item”. Not usually given to impulse behavior, she quickly and carefully packs it away. She is ready and completely prepared for the much-anticipated Day but today is not it, so she stows her carry bag in the closet near the front door. Just in case The Day comes sooner than expected, she hangs her spare car key on the closet doorknob.
It’s intriguing to me that the Lord used the metaphor “labor pains” to foreshadow His return. I try to make it a habit to “go there” when I’m reading a passage, insinuating myself right into history and becoming part of the onlooking crowd, invisible to those who were there. I want to feel the atmosphere, the vibes, to be one of the followers, and other times one of the community.
But this discussion is private, with His followers on the Mount of Olives, where He is responding to three questions concerning 1) the destruction of the temple, 2) His Second Coming, and 3) the End. He uses examples surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 as a picture of conditions preceding His own return.
1 Thessalonians 5:3:
“For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”
Every expectant mother-to-be knows to expect labor and delivery. They prepare like you would not believe. What is referred to as “nesting syndrome” means that all sorts of things in the home begin to get rearranged. The baby’s room is established. Well-established in fact, decorating, furniture, clothing, supplies, toys, linens, pictures, mobiles, electronic surveillance devices, two-way radio/communication.
There’s birthing classes to attend, methods to learn. Incredible fetal development to marvel. Health for baby and mother standards. All centered around one vital thing: the birth, the big event! Did I leave anything out? Most likely, but the point is: preparation, watchfulness.
“Therefore be patient, my brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 also tells us to be watchful for the Lord’s coming. As does:
“Watch therefore, for you do not know the hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
It is time to prepare, the time is NOW. For Christians and non-believers, how prepared and watchful are we spiritually? Are we positioned at-the-ready? Have we gone to great lengths to get our spiritual “house” in order, arranging and rearranging what does and doesn’t fit? Because it could be this very moment that you are reading this, that He returns for His bride. Are you a bride or a bridesmaid? God desires that every single person be saved so He gave a part of Himself in His only begotten Son Jesus to give eternal salvation as a priceless, yet free to us, gift of salvation. Have you opened your gift?
“For as the lightening comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Did you know that the process of the baby lowering into the pelvis prior to labor, towards the delivery time, can be weeks or hours, is called the Lightening Stage?
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
Here the Lord is talking about false signs of His coming, or a false labor if you will. Braxton Hicks is the expectant mother’s false labor. It’s common, to be expected and nothing to “be troubled about”. It is, in fact, the woman’s body’s way of preparing even further for the real thing. These symptoms come and go, are quite irregular.They don’t get stronger nor increase over duration. These are false symptoms.
It is my belief that we are at the transitioning stage of labor.
Here are the stages:
Early Labor: Irregular. Contractions may go away if you change activity, but over time they’ll get stronger. When you notice a clear change in how frequent, how strong, and how long your contractions are, and when you can no longer talk during a contraction, you are probably moving into active labor. We are already witnessing many prophesies being fulfilled. Here are just a few: False teaching, doctrine, prophets abound! Social and political upheaval. Natural calamities, dead fish and animals seemingly dropping from the sky. Disloyalty, falling away from the Truth. Christians are being persecuted!
Active Labor: Tightening. You become more involved in dealing with your contractions. As your labor progresses, your bag of waters may break, causing a gush of fluid. After the bag of waters breaks, you can expect your contractions to speed up. The biblical symbol of water means cleansing. The only way to cleanse your soul is through the Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 1 John 1:7
Transition to the Second Stage of Labor: Intensity. The signs are strong, undeniable. There is very little time to rest and you may feel overwhelmed by the strength of the contractions. You may feel tired, frustrated, or irritated. Spiritual cleansing is rarely a walk in the park! Labor intensifies as the age closes. 1 John 1:9 2 Timothy 2:21
Second Stage of Labor: Pressure. You may feel intense pressure. The length of the second stage depends on whether or not you’ve given birth before and how many times, and the position and size of the baby. If this your first time cleaning your spiritual house, it may take longer to get it thoroughly “clean”. Consider Luke 11:25
Third Stage of Labor: Completion. Delivering the placenta (afterbirth). Christians are NOT exempt from judgment. We are exempt from damnation, not from judgement. Romans 14:10-13, 2 Corinthians 5:10, and because I’m writing this, James 3:1 I get a stronger judgement. Be aware, all teachers of scripture, we are held at a higher standard!
Fourth Stage of Labor: Recovery. You will probably feel joy, relief, and fatigue. For Christians, the Blessed Hope is our recovery, our redemption! We are “pregnant” with Promise! 2 Timothy 2:19
Non-believers: Exceedingly heartbreaking, for non-believers, there is no hope once Christ has returned. Read Matthew 25:1-12. Your “child” was a stillborn. On top of that, you will be condemned for eternity with pain and suffering like you never before experienced, nor ever want to! Revelation 20:15
The time to prepare Him room is NOW.
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