“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
The context of this verse in relationship to the next verse makes they a clear reference to the unbelieving world, not the Church. It refers to all unbelievers who give very little thought to future events. In Matthew 24:37-39 and Luke 17:26–30, Jesus compares the end times to the days of Noah and Lot. So let’s review those stories and see what the similarities are.
Genesis 6 details the condition of mankind during the days of Noah. It was pretty sad. We read that God saw that the wickedness of man was great; that all their thoughts and deeds were only evil, all the time; that the earth was corrupt and filled with violence. In chapters 12-19, Genesis gives us the account of Lot and his choice to live where he thought there were greener pastures. He finally settles in Sodom, which is described as a city of great sexual sin and violence. In both these stories, the central focus of man seems to be on his own pleasures. Very little thought is given to the God Who created him and gave him life. Rather, the heart of man is turned inward to his own desires, likes and dislikes; he is full of himself, turning God’s finest creation, the human race, into a mass of violence and hatred.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? If you are a student of history, you know that every age in the history of man has been marked by incredible cruelty, hatred, wars and murders. This should not surprise us, because when man forgets his God, forgets Who God is, then he completely loses sight of what is important and begins to think only and always of his own desires, deeming those desires to be just and right because, after all, he is the center of the universe.
Peace and safety, indeed. Where one man holds his own desires and opinions to be of utmost importance over anyone else’s, including God’s, then there will never be peace and safety.