Jesus is Absolutely Coming Back Again according to the Book of 1 Thessalonians
Today’s post is based on the Book of 1 Thessalonians. 1 Thessalonians was one of the earliest books of the New Testament. It is a letter or epistle written to a very young church by the Apostle Paul. Paul was only with the Thessalonian church for a very short time after evangelizing them because he had to quickly leave the city because of ruffians who disagreed with his doctrine concerning Jesus the Christ. He escaped to Berea, and then on to Athens and Corinth.
Paul loved his little Thessalonian church and was so concerned about them that he sent Timothy to get a report about how they were doing. Timothy came back to Paul with a wonderful report of how the new saints worshipped God, about how they were strong in the Lord and that they loved Paul and appreciated his ministry. They were living holy although they were babes in the Lord. They were living in expectation that Jesus would return any day. Paul was so excited and pleased about how strong the Saints were that he sat down and wrote the first letter to the Thessalonians. Little did he know what a blessing his writing would be to the entire Christian church world.
There is one central theme that runs through the Book of 1 Thessalonians that we all need to be aware of. That theme is that Jesus is coming back again. There are only five chapters in the Book of 1 Thessalonians and in every one of the chapters the theme is repeated. The verses are: 1 Thess. 1: 10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:1-11, 23. Let us examine those verses. (Highlights added for emphasis.)
1 Thessalonians 1:10 King James Version (KJV)
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come
1 Thessalonians 2:19 (KJV)
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
1 Thessalonians 3:13 KJV)
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (KJV)
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV)
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ return will be in two parts. Part 1 is the Rapture. Every blood-washed, saved, sanctified and Holy Ghost-filled Saint will be caught up as described in 1 Thessalonian 4:16 -17 (See above). Part II of His return will happen seven years later and it will end the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24: 29-31). This coming will occur according to 1 Thessalonians 5: 2-4 (see above). Known as the Day of the Lord, it will encompass the Battle of Armageddon (John 16:16), the Judgement of the Sheep and Goats (which is the judgment to determine who goes into the Millennium Matt. 25: 31-46) and the Millennium (Is. 65:20-25).
My friends, Jesus is coming back again. Will you be ready when He comes? Now is the best time to get ready. If you are able to come to our church we will help you. We are Full Gospel Holy Temple Churches, Inc. located in Dallas, TX 75237. I would love for you to be my special guest at any of our church services. Our Pastor is Apostle Herman L. Murray, Jr, and his wife, Lady Daniele Murray. The founding mother of the church is Dr. Shirley Murray. We also have many churches located throughout the country. See our website at http://www.FGHT.org for further information. We love you and want you to be ready when Jesus comes again. May God bless you.