It absolutely was utilized in a speech that closely followed the 9/11 attacks at the same time President Bush, when he mentioned the phrase three times. The president used it several more times during the others of his administration; then Candidate Obama also used the phrase 3 times in a post-election speech in 2008. Since then a phrase “peace and security” has been used repeatedly by the president, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who used the terms twenty-three times each in a twenty-minute speech several months ago), Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, and other world leaders. With the increasing usage of that phrase, present in the end-times verse of 1 Thessalonians 5:3, we could see that we are approaching the fulfillment of end-times Bible prophecy.
In 1 Thessalonians 5, where in actuality the phrase “peace and security” is located, the apostle Paul (who wrote it) presents a plain contrast. In verse 2 of the chapter, Paul proclaims that the entire world will undoubtedly be caught off guard by “the afternoon of the Lord” (verse 3), as he announces that “the afternoon of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night time “.Certainly, the success of a thief is dependant on catching his victim by surprise, which means, of course, that the victim does not expect the thief to come.
The usage of “the afternoon of the Lord” and its connection with the coming “wrath” (1 Thessalonians 5:9; compare, also, 1 Thessalonians 1:10 with 5:1-11) demonstrates Paul is referring to the near future era where God will pour out His judgment upon an unbelieving world (see Isaiah 13:6-13; Zephaniah 1:14-15; etc.). In putting other Biblical clues together, we could observe that, more specifically, this refers to another seven-year period that may begin with the initiation of a seven-year treaty with Israel and will culminate with the return of Christ to the earth.
In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul elaborates on his warning of the entire world being caught off guard every day of the Lord as a “thief in the night.” As an example, in verse 3 he states: “For once they say,’Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them,.. And they shan’t escape.” The Greek word translated as “safety” in this verse is also the word for “security,” which would have been a better translation here security israel. Thus, this verse reveals that a time is coming when world leaders will proclaim they’ve finally achieved “peace and security.”
Yet, once they proclaim, “peace and security,” “sudden destruction comes upon them… and they shan’t escape.” Predicated on verse 2 (the word “for” [the Greek word gar] in verse 3 shows it is an elaboration of verse 2), the entire world will undoubtedly be completely caught off guard by this “sudden destruction [that] comes upon them “.
The maximum way for the entire world to be caught off guard by the “sudden destruction” that comes upon it is by being lulled into the belief it’s achieved “peace and security “.If the entire world was still experiencing rising terrorism when this occurs, there could be an expectation of an attack that may bring “sudden destruction”; and with that expectation, there could be preparation. However, the scenario presented in verses 2 and 3 indicate that the entire world will believe, when this occurs, that terrorism has been defeated.
To access that time, something dramatic should occur to “eliminate” terrorism. As an example, if Israel were to attack Iran, the Iranian opposition movement might use the resulting chaos of the strike to topple the Iranian regime. This will then remove the world’s greatest threat and the greatest supporter of terrorism in the world and could very well prepare the surroundings for a treaty with Israel. Then, when the entire world sees serious progress toward a treaty with the Jewish nation, then the entire world will believe it’s finally achieved peace and security. In reality, there are many world leaders today (particularly European and Arab leaders) who believe that a Middle East treaty with Israel will solve the world’s terrorism problems.
This statement of peace and security in 1 Thessalonians 5:3 resembles the statement of “peace” by the religious leaders of Jeremiah’s day in these verses: “‘… and from the prophet to even the priest, everyone deals falsely…. saying, “Peace, peace!” if you find no peace” (Jeremiah 6:13-14); “… from the prophet to even the priest everyone deals falsely… saying,’Peace, peace!’ if you find no peace” (Jeremiah 8:10-11).
Notice in these verses that Israel’s religious leaders were proclaiming peace though there is no real peace. But these were not merely talking about its possibility, these were proclaiming its reality. They certainly were saying that Israel had achieved peace with its enemies, and individuals bought into it, being lulled in to a false sense of peace. The same scenario will occur when world leaders will proclaim “peace and security.” But then, destruction will hit suddenly, “and they’ll not escape.”
That the phrase “peace and security” is falling from the lips of world leaders with ever-increasing intensity tells us we might not be far far from the time in which leaders believe they’ve achieved “peace and security” at long last. This should also be considered a signal to Christians that the appearing of Christ may be sooner than we may think.