The Lord is coming! To that fact the Word of God is clear. But what will the return of the Lord look like culturally and globally? 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 says, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘Peace, and safety;’ then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” The destruction described here, is unexpected and unforeseen. We live in a world that has pleasure as its ultimate goal. Abortions are performed because couples desire the pleasures of the flesh, without consequence. Work is a means to an end – ultimately retirement. People look at pay increases as a means to increase their standard of living, choosing to continue to live at the edge of their income, rather than seeing the increases as a way to give more for the cause of Christ. In retirement, people who now have the liberty to devote more time to service for the Lord, are leaving the church with the excuse, “I did my part!” I am concerned that the church is going to be cause unaware of the reality of the return of the Lord if we do not wake up and understand that according to Scripture we are rapidly moving toward that reality. We can not slow down or speed up the return of the Lord, but we can do all we are able to prepare for His return.