1 Thessalonians 5:3
For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

In Paul’s day, the illusion of the Pax Romana threatened to lull saints and sinners alike into spiritual slumber. However, we learn from the pregnancy analogy that nothing can postpone the heavenly programme. Christ’s Second Advent shall shatter all our illusions of political security and prosperity and disrupt all our programmes. It will be a sudden and rude awakening. Let us not be deluded by the earthly fantasies of our day. (See also Jer. 6:14; Isa 31:1).

Pastor Josh