His Return

THE PAROUSIA

New Creation and the Coming of Jesus – (2 Peter 3:3-12The Parousia of Jesus will usher in the Day of the Lord, the final judgment, and the New Creation)

The Single and Final Coming of Jesus – (The Parousia of Jesus will be a singular event of great finality, both for the righteous and the wicked)

Order of Final Events – (In explaining the future resurrection, Paul lists the key events that will precede or coincide with the arrival of Jesus – 1 Corinthians 15:20-28)

Parousia – Vindication or Condemnation – (The “coming” of Jesus will mean the vindication of the righteous, and the judgment and condemnation of the wicked)

The End of the Age – Parousia! – (The return of Jesus at the end of the present age will be an event of great glory, victory, and finality)

Hastening the Day of the Lord – (2 Peter 3:3-13Right Christian conduct and mission completion may “hasten” the arrival of the “Day of the Lord”)

Coming on the Clouds – (The whole earth will witness the “Son of Man” arriving on the clouds to gather his “elect” to himself – Mark 13:21-27)

IN THESSALONICA

Rescuing us from the Coming Wrath – (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10Jesus already is “rescuing” his people from the future “wrath” that will befall all who do not turn from transgression on the Day of the Lord)

A Crown of Glory – (1 Thessalonians 2:17-20The Apostle Paul looks forward to when he will receive a “crown of glory” at the return of Jesus, the salvation of the faithful believers from the city of Thessalonica)

“Unblameable Before Him” – (1 Thessalonians 3:13Paul prays that the Thessalonians be found holy and blameless on the day when Jesus arrives in glory accompanied by his holy angels)

Meeting Jesus in the Air – (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 –  Paul reassured the Thessalonians that both living and dead saints will participate in the arrival of Jesus from heaven)

“Know the Times and the Seasons” – (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11Paul has no need to write the Thessalonians about the “times and seasons” because they understand fully that the Lord is coming “like a thief in the night”)

The Revelation of Jesus from Heaven – (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10The coming of Jesus at the end of the age will mean vindication for the righteous but everlasting loss for the wicked)

The Man of Lawlessness – The Problem – (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2Someone fed disinformation to the Thessalonians about the nearness of the “day to the Lord,” causing alarm among the congregation)

The Man of Lawlessness – Missing Events – (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4Two events must occur before the Day of the Lord can commence – the apostasy and the unveiling of the Man of Lawlessness)

The Man of Lawlessness – Until Revealed – (2 Thessalonians 2:5-7The Mystery of Lawlessness is at work already in the world to prepare for the unveiling of the Man of Lawlessness)

The Man of Lawlessness – His Destruction – (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12Jesus will undo the evil works of the Man of Lawlessness at his Parousia or “Arrival”)

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