This single event, Christ’s appearance, is the hope and focus for countless millions; some alive, many already dead. It is core to the gospel and a central pivot point from which the future of humanity rests. Yet for many that future, and perhaps even that gospel, is cloaked in mystery. That is not by accident. In order to see it one must align with Christ and give way to the Holy Spirit. In that light, let’s see what Paul describes as the hope of our glory and when that will occur.
14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
(1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)
This question is based on the promise of Christ to the Philadelphia congregation recorded in Revelation 3. Christ is surely reminded of his warning to his disciples regarding their treatment in the world. How they would be handed over to death and hated for his name’s sake. In all this tribulation they are encouraged to endure patiently, thereby securing their salvation.
Aren’t previous examples of deliverance by God illustrative of the church’s deliverance from the Great Tribulation?
The answer to this question isn’t a simple one because the question itself has layers to it that must be resolved. This article looks into a few of those layers; the presuppositions behind the question, the characteristics of previous deliverance, and the motivation behind this deliverance.
Should Christians be looking to Christ to remove them from tribulation in the world, or is there value in suffering for righteousness sake? This article looks at the context of Luke 21:36.
According to 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 the church is exempt from wrath, so isn’t it true they won’t enter the Day of the Lord?
The assurance and comfort expressed to believers in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 has limitations depending on one’s expectations for the Day of the Lord. Exemption from wrath is coexistent with the reconciliation to God obtained through belief in Christ. However, the promise of exemption from wrath only applies to God’s wrath, making one’s presupposition about the Day of the Lord a vital one.
By briefly reviewing the history and purpose for Israel’s captivity and dispersion, we can begin to understand the work that God is continuing to do in Israel. There are, however, numerous compelling reasons why a third physical temple seems unlikely.
The inclusion of the Gentiles into the promises of God was a radical idea when introduced by Jesus to Paul and the other disciples. We look at why this is and where it leads.
Isn’t it true that none of the Old Testament passages about the Great Tribulation mention the church?
By identifying the work the Lord is doing to unify the faithful in Israel with the faithful Gentiles through his redemptive work, it becomes clear that there is no expectation that those called into Christ should be mentioned at all in the Old Testament. That they are mentioned indirectly maintains the mystery of God, yet enables God to be glorified by fulfilling his work in Christ and his promise to Abraham.
The ideas behind this question are many and varied. To test them effectively, we must first look at the characteristics of each time period to see how and if they relate to one another. What Scripture reveals is a strong relationship between the two. However, that relationship is more mysterious than is typically taught.
The difference between inheriting the Kingdom of God and dwelling in it is derived from noticing the various characteristics used to describe the kingdom throughout the Bible. In some cases, these references are clearly physical and of the earth, while others are clearly spiritual and of the heavenly realm. This article looks at these differences and connects them with the will of God and his work in Christ.
Our goal in understanding the called, chosen, and faithful body of believers needs to be defined by God’s word rather than man’s tradition.
Many perspectives overlap the Day of the Lord with what’s referred to as the Great Tribulation – assuming they refer to the same time period.
See an analysis of the Fifty Arguments for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, assembled by John F. Walvoord in his book The Rapture Question.
In addition to these articles, discover more about the work that our Lord will complete at his return.
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