Continue to be encouraged
This past week I have had two conversations about matters relating to the end times. My first conversation was one of those fun but difficult conversations with my son Caleb. He is reading about the end times. It was “fun” because he was asking about scripture. In this day and age, it is exciting that our kids would ask us about scripture and the things of God. At the same time it was “difficult” because the events of the end are not extremely clear in scripture.
The other conversation was with a niece who encountered members of a cult who wanted to proselyte her. Their belief system was full of holes, which my niece readily noticed. But one of the tenants of their belief was that Christ had already returned in the person of AhnSahng-hong, a Korean.
In this article, I do not so much want to expound on Scripture as much as I want to encourage you. First, I want to repeat what Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. He said that Jesus has not yet come back: so do not be deceived by those who would claim otherwise.
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (NKJV)
And secondly, I wanted to reemphasize Paul’s words of comfort in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18:
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (NKJV)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is coming again. He is coming for the saints. He is coming to bring about the end. He is coming for the glory of God the Father. When He comes, He will receive us who have believed in Him unto Himself that where He is there we may be also…always.
So be encouraged!