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The times and the seasons

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"Concerning the times [chronos] and the seasons [kairos], you have no need, brothers, for me to write to you" (1 Thessalonians 5:1).

Time chronos is created by the earth turning on itself within 24 hours and time kairos is a dimension of time belonging to God and is recorded throughout eternity. The expression, 'the time and the seasons' concerns the Day of the Lord, meaning the day of his return.

Although our life is measured by day and night, we are the sons of the day and we belong to the Light (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6). Since we no longer belong to the night or the darkness, we will not be beguiled or taken by surprise, if we are watchful.

As sons of the Light, we do not then have to fear the Day of the Lord, for we have faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ, who protects us from the wrath of God, which will be visited on the world.