Section 3 Take heed that you be not deceived, Luke 21:8.
24th chapter of the gospel of St. Matthew is selected often a theme for the preaching by many because in it the Lord speaks about signs of the Coming, Mat.24:3. This conversation of Jesus with disciples results as well the Luke the Evangelist in 21st chapter. This conversation so is important, that it is mentioned also by the Evangelist Mark, in 13th chapter. The Lord begins the conversation with words: Take heed that you be not deceived; take heed lest any man deceive you, Mat.24:4, Mark.13:5, Lk.21:8. Jesus has not without reason begun conversation with these words because danger to be misled expects any Christian who has decided more to learn about signs of Coming of the Christ. Unfortunately, in a life surrounding us occurs like this, i.e. enticing and error were included into a life of some believers. Words of the Christ come true, because in most cases those believers do not take care of delusion. Trifling this prevention of the Christ has led to that the errors have already got for a long time and into the preaching. Certainly, the next ecclesiast thus does not notice, that is in delusion, he thinks, that speaks true. Most often in such “sermons” it is spoken about suddenness of coming of Jesus. The scheme of such sermon is simple: « The Lord will come, like a thief at night. After the ecclesiast will explain, what means the word “a thief”, he usually starts to describe, how the thief undermines the house at night. Such “sermon” comes to an end with a usual set of statements: day of coming of the Christ will come as a thief, will come suddenly. Nobody knows when the thief will come, so nobody knows when the Christ will come. It is necessary to be awake for any time ». Unfortunately, in this preaching only words about wakefulness are correct. Other statements mismatch the Word God's. To be convinced of it, we will open the First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians, 5th chapter. The text of first three verses of this chapter is familiar for many as their contents too concerns last time. As already it has been told above, the preaching on this theme usually is composes under scheme already familiar to us: « Day of coming will come unexpectedly, suddenly, as a thief at night, and we do not know, when it will be, because about times and seasons, as writes Paul the Apostle, to write there is no need ». But Apostle Paul has enclosed in these words absolutely other thought. The sense told by Apostle Paul will be clear, if told by it the fourth. Let's read up to the finish. But just it is not done also by these ecclesiasts: having stopped on the third verse, they do not read following, Let’s read the specified place of the Scripture until the end: «But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief; you are all the children of light and children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness ».
It appears, Lord’s Day will come, as thief at night ONLY FOR THOSE WHO IN DARKNESS, that is for children of night. But for children of light of such suddenness will not be, after all the Lord about it warned so: «And take heed to yourselves … so that day come upon you unawares (suddenly)», Luke 21:34. So, any suddenness SHOULD NOT BE.
Why then Apostle Paul wrote, what about times and seasons there is no need to write to brothers? «You have no need that I write unto you …», 1Thes.5:1 - can be, these words of Apostle Paul say, what the knowledge of times and seasons are not necessary for us? (So understand these words some believers). Answering this question it is necessary to tell, that Apostle Paul uses these words repeatedly in the given First Epistle to Thessalonians. So, only several verses above, in the previous chapter, in the verse 9 it writes: «But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write unto you …». If to accept logic of those some believers it turns out, that brotherly love is not necessary for us (as there is no need about it to write!). However such understanding of words of Apostle Paul is false. Actually these words apostle Paul wished to tell, that it is excessive to learn you to brotherly love wherefore it at you anyway is available («for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another»). And in a case with times and terms: there is no need to write just because «for yourselves know perfectly», 1 Thes.5:2. That is (in this case for Thessalonians) the knowledge about the day of the Lord was available for Christians of 1st century AD.
As we see and this place of the Scripture does not impedes us to know time. To the contrary, it helps us to reach this knowledge. To reach this it is possible, if we avoid delusion and errors which so have extended recently, in particular, that the knowledge of time supposedly is not necessary and is not possible.