Watchtower teaches that soon there will be a huge development that will be a sign for Jehovah's Witnesses! Regarding 1Thess. 5:3 the Watchtower magazine, principle journal of Jehovah's Witnesses, writes...
However, just before that day of Jehovah begins, world leaders will be saying “Peace and security!” This may refer to one event or to a series of events.
How will Jehovah's Witnesses know that it has happened? How will they know for sure that whatever events are reportedly taking place on planet Earth are the fulfillment of this "prophecy"?
Of course, " it will come out in the Watchtower" ...as so many have repeated for so very long.
Yes, JW's await the GB to write something to them via the Watchtower magazine. They wait. And wait.
Meanwhile, what did Paul actually write? Was it a prophecy of some future singular event, marking the beginning of some other event? The "end"...?
Or was it something else entirely?
Do Jehovah's Witnesses even read the Bible? At all? (hands thrown up)
In writing to the Thessalonians, as recorded in the context, Paul tells, at 1Thess 4:13-18, about the Lord's Day. The Thessalonians obviously wanted to know more about it, else why was he telling...
The Thessalonians must obviously have had the same superstitions that plagued most back then, superstitions that Jesus himself needed to dispel, as found at Matthew 24:4-7 where he began "Do NOT be misled"
What did Paul tell the Thessalonians? That they could expect a letter? A magazine... containing writings perhaps?
No! Paul said 1 Thessalonians 5:1
5 Now as for the times and the seasons, brothers, you need nothing to be written to you.That's right. It's not write.
And why was there nothing to be written about the Lord's day? The next verse.
If it's coming as a thief in the night, then what could you possibly write! (rhetorical)
So, what did Paul actually say?
3 Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them,+ just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape.
Yes, stop looking for signs! "Whenever" as in multiple and always, ...NOT 'when' as in a singular event...
Whenever they say peace ...THERE'S WAR and there's no way out for them any more than a woman about to give birth can avoid what is taking place in her own body.
So how can there be any indicators or signs in the political process when whatever they say... the OPPOSITE HAPPENS.
So, Jehovah's Witnesses need to STOP waiting for something to be "written to them" via the Watchtower or any other rag.
The Lord's day "is coming exactly as a thief in the night".
NOTHING CAN BE WRITTEN. NOTHING WILL BE WRITTEN.
Paul went on.
4 But you, brothers, you are not in darkness, so that the day should overtake you as it would thieves, 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day.+ We belong neither to night nor to darkness.
Paul DID NOT say that Christians would, or would not, be taken over by thieves. He said they would not be taken over by "the day" in the same manner as the day would take over thieves.
The "day" will be a surprise to all, God loving Christians and thieves alike. But when it arrives, the thieves will feel different about it than would Christians.
If your employer shows up to inspect, he find some working, some sleeping. Those caught working are surprised, but happy. Those caught sleeping less happy. You think....
So Paul admonishes Christians in verses 6-8 to keep awake. The Lord's day will come as a surprise to all, but "the day should [not] overtake you as it would thieves.
This said, Jehovah's Witnesses will continue holding out hope that something 'will be written to them' about the "times and seasons", and they will continue on, sure that they have 'the edge' on everybody else.
Paul be damned.