Q. I’ve noticed that you believe the people of the world will be in a brief period of peace and safety when suddenly destruction will befall them. I was wondering if the people might actually be crying “peace and safety” because they want peace and safety? It seems to me that the world is willing to sacrifice it’s freedoms for a little peace and safety right now. Could this be a viable way to interpret that verse?
A. 1 Thes. 5:3 says, While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
The Greek word translated “saying” means “pointing out” or “affirming.” It’s not something that they hope will come. It’s something they believe has already come. I think this will be the attitude of people at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week, just after the covenant with Israel has been confirmed.