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 – Revelation moves inexorably from the Death and Resurrection of Jesus to the Great Dénouement, the final day when God judges the wicked and vindicates the righteous.
At the conclusion of his ‘Olivet Discourse,’ Jesus presented the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. On the day when the “Son of Man arrives in his glory,” his angels will gather all the nations before him for judgment – They will be divided into two groups, just as the shepherd of a flock separates the “sheep” from the “goats.” The latter will “depart into everlasting destruction,” but the former “into everlasting life.”
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OVERVIEW – The sixth seal ushered in the Day of the Lord, the time of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth, and Who can stand? – Revelation 6:12-17.
Next, the “Lamb” opened the sixth seal, which caused celestial and terrestrial trauma as the “day of wrath” dawned. This was nothing less than the “great day of the wrath of God and of the Lamb.” Men from every societal rank panicked, but every attempt by the “inhabitants of the earth” to hide from the wrath of the “Lamb” and the “One Who sits on the Throne” was in vain. There was no escape, for no one could “stand” before the onset of that day.
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The Parousia of Jesus will be a singular event, and one of great finality, both for the righteous and the unrighteous.
The New Testament presents a consistent picture. The “arrival” of Jesus will be a universal event; all humanity will experience it, both the godly and the ungodly. He will appear on the clouds of heaven. Celestial and terrestrial upheaval will occur, and the Lord will send his angels to gather his people to himself. On the same day, the wicked will receive “everlasting destruction,” but the righteous “everlasting life.”
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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 – The conduct of the church may “hasten the Day of the Lord.” In the interim, God has granted humanity the opportunity to repent before that day inevitably arrives – 2 Peter 3:3-14.
In his second epistle, Peter explained the apparent “delay” in the arrival of Jesus and the “Day of the Lord.” In doing so, he linked that day with the final judgment and the new creation. Moreover, the Apostle argued that the conduct of the church could, in fact, “hasten” the day’s arrival. According to his letter, God is characterized by mercy and responds positively to repentance – Peter was no fatalist. The relationship of men and women with the Father is dynamic, not static.
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