Our Hope is in Jesus

We saw the beginning of the birth pains recently in Israel. In the Last Hour of the Last Days, the spirit of Hamas empowers Satanic nations to align together for terror and war. Then the Lord will go out and fight. That’s where history is going. The Lord Jesus Christ is returning, and He is not just taking the Promised Land; He’s taking every inch of creation.

Jesus will return to put down every dictator and every demon. He will raise every believer and the King of Kings will usher in the Kingdom that never ends. Jesus Christ is coming to fight for His people. On that day, His feet shall stand once again on the Mount of Olives. He went up from the Mount of Olives and He’ll come back there. It lies before Jerusalem on the east and will be split from east to west. When Jesus returns, the mountain is split, and the nations are judged. The war ends. The dead rise. the Kingdom comes. And the Church has joy together with Jesus forever! 

The God of the Bible knows, rules, and reveals the future. The war in Israel caught their nation and mine by surprise, but it did not catch God by surprise. God knows everything that will happen and reveals part of it to us in prophecy. Paul tells the Thessalonians throughout his two letters that we can have “joy,” “hope,” and “encouragement.” To encourage someone literally means to pour courage into them. In our day when a demonic spirit of fear is draining joy, hope, and courage from the world, God’s people are supposed to return to the prophecies of Scripture and return to joy, hope, and courage. We know the end. Jesus is coming for us!

As Paul nears the conclusion of his first letter to the Thessalonians he says, “Therefore encourage one another with these words.” Our entire world is very discouraged, but I’m not discouraged. I’m encouraged because the world is coming to an end, and I’ll finally be with the Lord.

Encourage one another with these words. Our God is over history. Our God knows exactly what He’s doing. No one knows exactly how near but we know He’s coming back, and that’s the best news of all.

Let’s look at 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 together:

“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

If we live by faith, we’ll one day see by sight. We believe in the Scriptures. We believe in the prophecies of the Word of God. We believe in Heaven. We believe in Hell. We believe in resurrection. We believe in judgment. We’re banking everything on it. This is what we tell our children. This is what we tell those on their deathbed. This is what we proclaim to the nations. Jesus Christ is the hope of humanity and there is no hope apart from Jesus Christ.

Who in your life can you encourage today with these awesome truths?

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