Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’ return’

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 Stand Firm

He IS coming back. Keep on keeping on.

Paul wants to offer a bit more assurance that his readers won’t miss the return of Jesus. God chose them and as long as they keep doing as they have been doing, they won’t miss Jesus’ return.

This group received an honor that no other generation can claim. They were the “first fruits” of the gospel. They were the first generation of the body of Christ. Because of our place in history we can’t claim that honor, but Paul’s encouragement remains the same for us.

God chose each and every one of us before the foundations of the earth were even laid. He chose us “to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in truth” (verse 13). All we needed to do was accept that calling by saying “yes” to Jesus’ substitution sacrifice. Jesus did all the work for us. Read more »

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 An Order of Events

Those who are looking will see the difference.

Paul is reassuring some very worried readers. They have the misconception that they have missed the return of Jesus. Whoever convinced them of this should be ashamed of themselves! Paul assures them there are still events to come before Jesus’ return.

Revelation and Daniel are full of prophecies that have to take place before Jesus returns. I am NOT an expert in interpreting these prophecies. But the one Paul is pointing out is a big one that he feels is unmistakable. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 The Coming Day

He IS coming back. Be ready!

Paul addresses the concerns of this new body about the Jesus’ return. The rest of the world will be blindsided but not His body.

We DO NOT know when Jesus will return. Even Jesus Himself doesn’t. Only God does. But He has given us a lot of indicators as to the timing. We have God’s word with every warning and pre sign in it. NO we don’t understand it all and won’t until it is part of hindsight. But what we do know is that He IS coming back. Read more »

Luke 21:34-39 Finding Focus

NO ONE will miss this concert!

Luke is concluding his intense focus on Jesus’ teachings His last week before His ultimate sacrifice. Luke finishes with one last warning from Jesus about staying ready for His coming.

Jesus has been teaching on Mt. Olivet as He and His disciples were on their way back to Bethany after a day of debate with every religious group they could throw at Him. On the way out of town some of His disciples commented on the grandeur of the temple. Jesus quickly told them of its fate. The disciples were shocked, I’m sure, but they wanted to know as many particulars about what was coming as they could. That’s why Jesus sat down on the mountain side and started teaching them about the end times. Read more »

Mark 13:32-37 Stay Awake

Don't be caught napping

Don’t be caught napping

Jesus finally gets back to answering the first part of the question His four closest disciples asked. Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Jesus when the things He was talking about were going to happen and what sings they should be looking for. Jesus told them a lot about what the end of days will look like, now He will address the when part of their question.

Before we dive in here I want to point out another example of the triune nature of God. When Jesus talks about the hour of His return He states that not even He knows the exact time that will be, BUT God the Father alone knows. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not privy to this knowledge. This means that there are aspects of God that are not shared among all three. This speaks clearly of three individual identities while still maintaining the understanding that all three individuals are part of the one Godhead. Read more »