The whole earth will observe the “Son of Man” arriving on the clouds to gather his “elect” to himselfMark 13:21-27.

The ‘Olivet Discourse’ now takes us beyond the destruction of the Temple to the return of the “Son of Man” to gather his saints. How much time will pass between the demise of the Temple and Christ’s arrival in glory is not provided, but during the interim, the church must beware of deceivers that disseminate false information about his coming.

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If anyone fails to keep the words of the book, he will be excluded from citizenship in the city of New Jerusalem – Revelation 22:6-21

The Book of Revelation concludes with an epilogue that recalls the earlier promises to “overcoming saints,” reiterates warnings against faithlessness, summons believers to render homage to God alone, and calls for Jesus to “come quickly.” Testimony and assurances from uncontestable sources attest to the trustworthiness of the “words of the book,” which are “prophecy” and the “testimony of Jesus.”

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The New Testament presents the return of Jesus at the “end of the age” as an event of great finality and power. His “arrival” in glory will be accompanied by celestial and terrestrial upheaval, the ushering in of the New Creation, the resurrection of the righteous, the judgment of the ungodly, the “gathering of his elect from the four corners of the earth,” and the cessation of death. Nothing will ever be the same again!

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The “coming” of Jesus will mean the vindication of the righteous, and the judgment and condemnation of the wicked

In the New Testament, several Greek terms are applied to the return of Jesus at the end of the present age, including parousia (“arrival”), erchomai (“coming”), and epiphaneia (“appearance”). Regardless of which term is used, in each instance, it is found in the singular number; it describes only one “coming” of Jesus. Each passage provides only a limited amount of information about the event.

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SYNOPSIS – Paul anticipates receiving a “crown of glory” at the return of Jesus – The salvation of believers in Thessalonica – 1 Thessalonians 2:19

Events forced Paul to leave the city of Thessalonica prematurely – Certain members of the local synagogue were fomenting opposition to him so that it became necessary for him to leave the city. Initially, some Jews from the synagogue welcomed his preaching; however, they turned against him once large numbers of Gentiles began to embrace the gospel – (Acts 17:1-9).

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