“For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night . . . But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief” (I Thessalonians 5: 2, 4, English Standard Version). As a child growing up, it was not unusual for the pastor to preach a rousing message on the coming of the Lord. The main thought was to always be ready because we did not know just when this would take place. Jesus would return for His church like a thief in the…