More Second Coming. Less Second-guessing 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
1.Gen 12 – God called pagan man Abraham to leave family/home
2.Gen 15 – God made unconditional land covenant Abraham’s offspring w/boundaries
=PROMISED LAND (2000X OT; 700X NT)
3.Gen 16 – Sarah asked & Abraham agreed – marry Hagar & have Ishmael
4.Gen 16:12 – Ishmael “He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him”
5.Gen 22 – Abraham & Isaac prefigure sacrifice of Jesus, Isaac = son of promise
6.2000 yrs later Muhammad demon visits reveals Ishmael son promise = Islam
7.=War Promised Land = spiritual, between God & Satan, & continues until Jesus returns
Israeli’s & Palestinians – both loved by Abraham, blessed by God, not believing
Hamas (Ishmael) attacked Israel (Isaac) 1. Land 2. Sea 3. Air
· Sat am – Sabbath – people on holiday, phones off, no tech
· Sukkot weeklong Jewish holiday fall & harvest = family joy (THXG)
· Allahu Akbar “God is great” or “our god is greater” killing/raping/kidnapping women/children/elderly
· Around 3000 died Pearl Harbor. 2000 died 9/11 (1200+ = 40k comparison + hostages)
· Benjamin Netanyahu declared Israel @ war 1st time 50 years+ 1 day Yom Kippur War 1973
Hamas – Palestinian acronym “Islamic Resistance Mov’t” Arabic means “zeal”
Genesis 6:11 says, “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence [ḥā·mās].”
ḥā·mās = Chaldeans & Babylonians (Jer 31:5), Shechemites (Ju 9:34); Egyptians (Josh 4:19)
=Hamas warrior spirit of violence @ war w/God
- Islamic eschatology – Islam rules world thru jihad (no church/state) = peace then King/Kingdom
Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar “We believe in what our Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Allah drew the ends of the world near one another for my sake, and I have seen its eastern and western ends. The dominion of my nation would reach those ends that have been drawn near me.’ … The entire 510 million square kilometers of Planet Earth will come under [a system] where there is no injustice, no oppression, no Zionism, no treacherous Christianity, and no killings and crimes like those being committed against the Palestinians and against the Arabs in all the Arab countries, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and other countries.”
- XN eschatology
1 Thessalonians 5:2-9 the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains [cf. Matthew 24:8] come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape….God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
=Labor Pain = births new life IN US & AROUND US
I choose sermon series/Bible books long in advance. Always perfect timing
- Israeli & US intelligence did not know, God did
- 25% Bible. 2500 prophecies, 2000 fulfilled, 500 =2nd coming last days/endtimes
Acts 1:9–11 “as they were looking on, he [Jesus] was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “…This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
1 Thessalonians 1:10 wait for his Son from heaven…Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 2:19 our hope or joy or crown…before our Lord Jesus at his coming…
1 Thessalonians 3:13 …the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
=2 Major Events in History. 1st coming & 2nd Coming (middle last days/endtimes)
Our hope is in Jesus
1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1. Believers who die before Jesus 2nd Coming
- “asleep” – Bible’s language for believers who die
–Body into ground. Soul before Lord.
- “dead in Christ rise first” = body & soul reunited to never die again!
-2 Cor 5:8 we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
-Php 1:21-23 to live is Christ, and to die is gain…to depart and be with Christ…is far better.
2. Believers who are alive at Jesus 2nd Coming
-1 Thess 4:16 “descend from Heaven”
-w/angelic army led 1 Th. 4:16 “archangel” – ?Gabriel or “archangel Michael” (Jude 1:9)
?Rapture? – Latin “rapio…snatch or seize” – Like Jesus ascended, He descends & we ascend
Pew Research: Are we living in the end times?
39% all adults 47% professing Christians 63% Protestant Christians
Pew Research: Will Jesus Christ return to earth with a Second Coming?
55% all adults 75% professing Christians 92% Protestant Christians
Pew Research: Will Jesus return during your lifetime?
10% of all adults 21% Protestant Christians 27% all adults unsure
The Final War is Coming (Ezekiel 38-39)
I need a version of this map made with Israel highlighted https://missionventureministries.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/when-will-ezekiels-chapters-38-and-39-prophecies-be-fulfilled/
Gog/Magog = Russia (18% Muslim)
Persia = Iran (Muslim) – the puppet master, w/Iran ($6 billion 5 hostages + oil sales, less arms bc Ukraine); Hebealla in north more sophisticated funded by Iran
Gomer Togarmah = Turkey (Muslim)
Libya (Islam); Ethiopia (31% Muslim), possibly Sudan & Central Africa
= summary: surrounding nations w/demon “hamas” unite to eliminate Israel once for all
Ezekiel 38-39 ends w/1. Restoration Israel 2. Return Jesus 3. Release HS = last revival
Jesus is Returning to Win the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16)
Zec 14:1-4 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord…I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile…Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west…
Islam pushes for Anti-Christ, global war, and the destruction of Israel & triggers Second Coming
The End is Near
1 Thessalonians 5:1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
-Rev. 1:7 “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him” – tech
END – Unbelievers vs Believers
“darkness” vs “light”
“asleep/drunk” vs “awake/sober”
“There is peace & security” vs “labor pains”
= “destined for wrath” vs “salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”
CLOSING PRAYER WE BELIEVE IN SECOND COMING…