But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:1-9). We need to remain alert as to the times we live in. We’re in a time of transition worldwide, much like a pregnant woman undergoes when she’s close to giving birth. A pregnant woman goes through false labor because it’s close to the real thing but not nearly as intense. The womb is preparing for the birth of a child. We’re in the false labor mode right now on God’s grand timetable. The events in the Middle East are lining up exactly as predicted in the Word. Our lives could change rapidly with little warning. For this reason we must remain alert and vigilant spiritually. The rapture is very close. The second coming of Christ is in view. The tribulation is looming before an unprepared world. And we believers must remain on our guard everyday. This is a time to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and filled with the Word. It’s not a time to get slack and lazy in spiritual things. Pray more, read more, be more faithful, be more zealous, attend church services more, help your pastor more, and witness more. This is the time for us to shine! As darkness creeps upon the earth, it makes our light so much brighter! Right now we need to keep ourselves sharp. Things may change suddenly any day. Let’s be ready! Expect to be used by the Father today to minister to others and set them free!