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1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 - "Peace and Security" before Second Coming?

Discussion in 'Scriptural Thoughts' started by Vouthon, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. Vouthon

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    1 Thessalonians 5:1-3:

    "...Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters,[a] you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!..."

    Does this verse indicate that one of the signs prior to the Eschaton is when people say "There is peace and security", before "sudden destruction" comes - that is, the rebellion of Antichrist, who is described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 as "the man of lawlessness, the son of destruction"?

    I ask that question because this is one of the verses relied upon by St. Bonaventure to justify his belief in a future "great peace" prior to the Second Coming in his Collations on the Hexaemeron (1273):

    "...The seventh time or age, that of quiet, begins with the shout of the angel who "swore through Him who lives forever and ever that there would be no more time; but in the days of the seventh angel the mystery of God will be completed" (Rev. 10:&-7)...It is necessary that One Ruler, a defender of the Church, arise. After him will come the darkness of tribulations...No one knows how long that time of great peace will last since ''when they said 'Peace and security,' then suddenly destruction came upon them" (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)..."

    In her Liber Divinorum Operum (Book of Divine Works), St. Hildegard of Bingen also prophesies the coming of a Pax Christiana which will gradually decay into a "lazy peace" characterised by lethargic religiosity, itself brought about by the absence of conflict and the abundance of temporal needs. As men become self-assured in the permanence of this "peace and security," it will at an unexpected hour be terminated by what she calls "precursors of Antichrist". See Vision 10 (or 5 as it is my edition) Chapter 21 and her Letters on this issue:

    And just as clouds let down a mild rain suitable for the germination of seeds, the Holy Spirit will pour forth the dew of grace, along with wisdom, prophecy and holiness, upon people so that, just as if turned around, they will lead different and good lives...Indeed this holy zeal will not soon dry up, but will last a long time, because all this will happen on account of the erring time, when there will have been many martyrs to the faith...

    The distinctive characteristic of the times that follow will be manly fortitude, so that even all the bishops will run to the first dawn of justice with fear and shame and wisdom, and the princes of the world will be in complete accord with one another, for, like a “man of war” (Is. 42:13), they will raise up the banner of concord against the erring times of terrible heresies. God will utterly destroy all these heresies, in His own good time and pleasure...

    But because people attribute this quiet peacetime and fruitful abundance to themselves and not to God and meet once more with lethargy when it comes to religion, so many tribulations will again follow as have never before seethed within the world... [It becomes] a time of decadence, of bold pleasures and vanities that always spring up when we humans doze away in a kind of lazy peace and are smothered by too many possessions. This is because we are no longer disturbed by conflicts or restrained by a lack of food. In view of our enjoyment of such luxuries, we do not wish to show God the honour we owe to the Deity for all these things.

    Therefore, such dangers as we have never known will follow this time of rest and comfort...Indeed torment upon torment and injustice upon injustice will accumulate. At any moment murder and death will be planned for no reason at all...All this is an indication of the coming of the Antichrist.
    Mario and fallen saint like this.

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