In Esther 5 Haman planned to impale Mordecai on a pole. But on the same night that Haman planned for that murder, God caused the king to have a sleepless night and read about Mordecai. Haman came before the king at just the right time to get assigned the task of honoring Mordecai.
In Isaiah 41 we again not only heard God predict the future, but also challenge Israel’s idols to prophesy or do anything at all.
The Thessalonians must have wondered how they would hear of Jesus’ return— given that Jesus would touch down so far from them at Jerusalem. We will be able to anticipate Jesus’ return by whether the ‘man of lawlessness’ has appeared, has drawn away many people by working powerful miracles, and has usurped God’s position in the temple. Note that God has not given us the order or timing of these events in relation to what was foretold in 1st Thessalonians.