Coming of the Lord in the clouds

Coming of the Lord in the clouds

(An outline – not manuscript)

1 Thes 5:1-11

Prophecies of the Lord’s coming (1 Thes 5:1-3)

  1. Confusion of Lord’s coming in the clouds vs. coming in glory (to the earth) 7 years later (Mt 24)
  2. Misunderstanding of “man of sin” (2Th 2:3)and the length of “the Day of the Lord” (2Pe 3:3-9)
  3. Thessalonians (like us) already KNEW the prophecy (vv.1,2) (cf. 1Th 4:13-18; Rev 16:15)
    1. He will come as a thief (without prior notice or sound)
    2. Date setting is an error (heresy?) (Acts 1:7) (cf., Harold Camping)
  4. Lack of concern or knowledge is deadly (v.3) Scoffers (Mt 24:422Pe 3:10)
    1. Many will profess peace and safety
    2. That attitude will bring sudden and inescapable destruction

Expected behavior (vv.4-8)

  1. The world’s behavior is the result of being in the darkness of night spiritually (v.7)
    1. Spiritual darkness blinds them to their destiny (good & bad)
    2. Spiritual nighttime causes people to sleep & be overcome with intoxicating power, wealth or other deceptions (Is 47:10,11; Lu 21:34)
  2. We are children of the light and of the day (vv.4,5; Ro 13;11-14)
    1. His coming will not SURPRISE us (Mt 24:32-33)
    2. We know the GENERAL schedule of events (signs- 2nd coming) (Rev 1:1)
    3. We do not know the exact moment (Mt 24:36) (timeline print)
  3. Ways to prepare (vv.6,8)
    1. We must be SOBER
      1. Not affected by intoxicants, clear headed
      2. We allow nothing of the world to affect our mind or actions
    2. We must be AWAKE
      1. Not lulled into complacency about His coming
      2. We must be alert to our surroundings and the current events
    3. We should put on our BREASTPLATE
      1. Faith: confidence that God loves us, wants our best, not forsake
      2. Love: attitude of affection for God & others (believers / unbelievers)
      3. Breastplate: guards the heart, center of soul, most critical organ
    4. Put on our HELMET
      1. It protects our head, brain, mind, & thinking
      2. The HOPE of Salvation keeps us thinking correctly (Ph 4:7)

Source of Encouragement (vv.9-11)

  1. Understand the purpose of Great Tribulations
    1. Time of WRATH on the unbelievers  (Col 3:5; 2Pe 2:9; Re 6:16,17)
    2. Time of JACOB’S TROUBLE – herd the Jews to Messiah Jesus  (Je 30:7, 16)
    3. Christian church has no purpose in any of this!
  2. We are NOT scheduled for that APPOINTMENT! (v.9)
  3. Jesus will NOT be on the earth at that time
    1. He is in heaven directing events (Re 5:1-14)
    2. NEITHER will we!! (1Th 4:13-18)
    3. He died so, dead or raptured, “we may live together with Him.” (v.10)
  4. Our job today (vv.10,11)
    1. Use the Word and our knowledge to ENCOURAGE and BUILD up others (1Th 5:11Ep 4:29Heb 10:24,251Th 4:18)
    2. “One another” includes the unbelievers as well as believers
    3. We should reach out to others and warn them.

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Is it Spirit of God or Spirit of Christ?

Holy Spirit

The Spirit of Christ

In the book of Romans, Paul wrote about the “Spirit of Christ” and the “Spirit of God” (Ro 8:9,10). In the King James Version, he also speaks of the “Spirit of Life” (Ro 8:2 KJV). Jesus spoke of One who would comfort, advocate for us and be in us, the “Spirit of Truth” (John 16:13). And, in the Book of Acts (Acts 2:4) we read of the “Holy Spirit.” So, how many “Spirits” (from God) are there?

Paul’s answered this for the Ephesians:

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:4-6

It is very clear from the context of the entire chapter of Romans 8, that Paul is using different terms to describe the same “Spirit of God.” The slight changes refer to the different work that the Holy Spirit performs. This is significant because every born again believer has the Spirit of God living in them (1Co 3:16 CSB). They may at times not be “filled” with the Holy Spirit and consequently be more filled with their own desires. This may be what Paul meant in Romans 8:5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” 

Some pentecostals argue that, in Acts 2:4 the “Holy Spirit” came upon the believers and they “were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” They may expand this to say that (in reference to Romans 8:11), unless one has experienced the gift of being “filled with the Holy Spirit” and “[spoken] in tongues,” they will not go in the rapture. Others go so far as to teach that you are not fully “saved” unless and until you speak with tongues.

Although we acknowledge that believers can (and should) be “filled” (baptized) with the Holy Spirit, and that they may “speak in tongues,” we do NOT believe that speaking in tongues is required in order to be born again.

In summary, there is only one Spirit of God and that other titles (e.g., “Spirit of Christ,” “Spirit of truth,” etc) are all referring to the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. There are also references in the Bible to the “spirit of man” (1Co 2:11 KJV), “spirit of the world” (1Co 2:12), etc, but they clearly are of a different character.

Facts about the Rapture, Caught Up

facts

Just the facts Ma’am

Before we attempt to explain the Judgment at Rapture, we first need to establish some facts about the rapture. The word “rapture” is not found in any common version of the Bible. However, almost everyone in the modern world recognizes that it describes a time when Christians are  caught up in the air to meet Jesus.

Regardless of the name, the rapture of the church is a part of a larger event, “the first resurrection” (c.f., Rev 20:4,5 & 1Co 15:23 ). The first resurrection is a kind of “harvest” of God’s children. Like harvests of old, it consists of three parts:

  • Christ’s resurrection was the “first fruits”(1Co 15:23)
  • The “harvest” is at the appearing of Christ in the air (Matt 13:8,23)
  • The “gleaning” (cf. Lev 19:9) will occur after the period of great tribulations on earth.

It will happen soon: Many good Christian teachers maintain that “the rapture of the church is the next event on the prophetic calendar.” Generally speaking, that may be true. But, according to the Bible, it is not entirely accurate.  The appearance of Christ in the clouds is what triggers the resurrection of the dead saints AND the event when the living church is caught up to meet Jesus in the air – regardless of the timing.

I will deal with the issue of timing further in a later article. For the present, just understand that there are at least three major theories about the timing of the rapture: That it will occur before the tribulation (Pre-trib), during the tribulation (Mid-trib), or after the tribulation (Post-trib).

Also see our articles “Judgment at RAPTURE” and “Prophetic Timeline of Future Events

Faith and Prosperity Teachings with Generational Curses

Generational Curses

Faith and Prosperity Teachings 

(With Generational Curses)

Many popular TV evangelists and teachers base their studies on what is commonly known as the “prosperity teaching.” In its simplest form, it says that God wants all of His children to prosper in every way – including in health and finances (3 John 1:2).

One of the first such evangelists was “Rev. Ike.” Since the early 1970’s, he has taught that listeners can “have what you want to have, be what you want to be, and do what you want to do” – just send him money. He also taught “You can’t loose with the stuff I use” and, “You will UNLEARN sickness and know health.But he died in 2009 after failing to recover from a stroke two years previous.

It is blatantly evident that not every Christian is financially prosperous and also that practically all people die of some sickness/disease – even Rev. Ike. So, these prosperity teachers add two other questionable teachings: The “Word of Faith” teaching and “Generational Curses.” (Others, like Joel Osteen, return to the Rev Ike formula and simply say that we should look inside ourselves and our self-image to “Live our Best Life Now.”) Read more

Prophetic Timeline of Future Events

Time Line of Prophetic Events

Prophetic Timeline

(Updated Oct 14, 2018)

This single sheet Prophetic Timeline has a wealth of information about what future events. It reveals what will happen, and when, in reference to other prophetic events. Biblical references are given for each event.

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Events on the Prophetic Timeline:

  1. Present Time – from the cross to the rapture
  2. Saints begin eternal life
  3. First half (3.5 years) of tribulation
  4. Second half of the tribulation (“great tribulation”)
  5. Undefined time – From end of tribulation until Satan is bound
  6. Millennium – 1000 years under the righteous rule of Christ
  7. Rebellion at end of millennium
  8. Great White Throne judgment
  9. Endless eternity
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Holiness is Aweful (sic) – Can WE be Holy?

Holiness is Aweful

Holiness is Aweful

Updated Sep 5, 2018

(BTW, I know that “aweful” is incorrectly spelled, but it has a meaning… read on.)

There is a tremendous disparity in understanding of the doctrine of holiness and/or sanctification. The definition of those terms is a matter of debate among many teachers and preachers. It is also one of the primary differences between some major denominations.

Many people today believe that no one can be holy except God Himself. I have heard people “quote” the Bible as saying that. However, the Scripture they think they are quoting is not found in any Bible that I have ever read. The nearest that I have found to such a statement is Luke 18:19 where Jesus asked, “‘Why do you call me good?’ …. ‘No-one is good— except God alone.‘” But this speaks of “good” — not “holy.” And even the statement of “good” is not to be taken literally – Jesus taught that true disciples would be “GOOD and faithful servant[s]” (Mat 25:21).

Still others understand holiness as the elimination of all sin in our lives. When I first joined the Church of God (in 1968) that was the prevailing belief about holiness. We were taught that “Christians do not commit sin.” The problem with that concept was that each of us (without voicing it) realized that we were failing in that area. The reality is that we DO fail God – even to the point of sin. But even frail, failing humans like us can still be holy. Read more