SYNOPSIS – Paul did not detail “times and seasons” for the Thessalonians – They understood fully that the Lord will come “like a thief in the night” – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.
Paul continued his discussion about the “coming” or parousia of Jesus in the fifth chapter of the first letter to the Thessalonians by discussing the “when” of that day – And how its arrival will impact believers and nonbelievers. Next, he stressed that Christians must live prepared always for its sudden arrival. He did not provide any details about the timing of the “Day of the Lord” – The Thessalonian believers understood well that the “day” would come just like “a thief in the night.”
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SYNOPSIS – The whole earth will witness the “Son of Man” arriving on the clouds to gather his “elect” – Mark 13:21-27.
The narrative now takes us beyond the “abomination of desolation,” the destruction of Jerusalem, and the horrific “tribulation” to the return of the “Son of Man” to gather this “elect.” How much time will pass between the “tribulation” and the arrival of Jesus is not stated. However, during the interim, the church must beware of “false prophets” who will disseminate false information about his coming, employing impressive “signs and wonders” to validate their claims.
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SYNOPSIS – The presence of false teachers in the church constitutes evidence that already we are in the “last days” – 2 John 7-8.
The second and third letters of John are personal and brief. They include no direct references to the future return of Jesus. That issue was not relevant to the situations of John’s congregations. The letters do refer to false teachers that were causing dissension among them. Apparently, the deceivers were denying the real humanity of Jesus. The Apostle labeled them “deceivers” and “antichrists”:
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SYNOPSIS – The Parousia of Jesus will be a singular event of great finality, both for the righteous and the wicked.
Several Greek terms are applied by the New Testament to the future “coming” of Jesus, including the noun parousia, which means “advent,” “arrival,” “presence” (New Analytical Greek Lexicon, p. 315). Each time it is applied to his “arrival,” it refers to one – and only to one – event destined to occur at the end of the present age. The basic sense of the word is “arrival,” the state of having arrived at a specific place, condition, or time.
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SYNOPSIS – The arrival of Jesus in glory will usher in the Day of the Lord, the final judgment, and the New Creation – 2 Peter 3:3-14.
In his second epistle, Peter addressed the growing weariness and discouragement of some Christians over the apparent “delay” in the promised “coming” of Jesus, an open door that false teachers and critics were exploiting. Instead of all the predicted terrestrial and cosmic upheaval, daily life continued as it always had.
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SYNOPSIS – Disinformation fed to the Thessalonians about the “day of the Lord” alarmed many members of the congregation – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2.
In his second letter written to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul addressed a claim that the “day of the Lord has set in,” which caused alarm among some members of the congregation. Apparently, the rumor was spread by a “spirit,” word (logos), or a letter, “as if by us”. In the process of settling the turmoil, Paul listed two events that must occur BEFORE the parousia or “arrival” of Jesus and the “Day of the Lord”:
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