” But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”
Times and seasons refer to the Rapture and The Day of the Lord. It would seem that the Thessalonians already were acquainted with the teaching about the Rapture. Acts 1:7 uses the same phrase, times and seasons, as Jesus was teaching the disciples about His return, telling them that it was not for them to know when His return would happen.
There are always those who want to predict the exact time of Christ’s return. They go to great lengths, using the 70 weeks of Daniel and other obscure formulas, to pinpoint the time. Some have taught their followers to sell or give away all that they have in anticipation of the event; some have even dressed in white robes and waited on hilltops, plausibly thinking they would be the first to go.
So far, obviously, none of these predictions has been true. They will continue to be untrue, because God has said we are not to know the day or the hour. We are wasting our time to get caught up in this type of screwy theology.
So why not? Why didn’t God tell us that on a certain date, at a certain time, the Church would be taken up? I believe it is because He knows that we would fail to be ever watchful; we would become lazy and careless about living Godly in Christ Jesus, knowing that we could clean up our acts in time for His coming; rather like children being very, very good two weeks before Christmas. Our hope and expectation of His imminent return should color ALL our thinking and ALL our behavior, all of the time.