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Jesus is Coming Again
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
January 26, 2000
One of the great promises of the Bible is that Jesus is coming again! Over 300 times in the New Testament we're told that Jesus is coming again! Twenty-three of the 27 books that make up the New Testament tell us that Jesus is coming again!
The apostle Paul calls the second coming "the blessed hope" in Titus 2:13, "looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ."
And tonight, as we continue our study through the book of 1st Thessalonians, we come to one of the great prophetic passages regarding the second coming of Jesus. We've already noted that every chapter concludes with an announcement that Jesus is coming again. But when we come to chapter 4, verse 13, God lets us know what to expect.
Now before we read these verses, keep in mind that the believers in Thessalonica were concerned about their loved ones that had died. Since Paul had taught them that Jesus could return at any moment, they were afraid they had missed the rapture!
Now think of tonight's study as an introduction to verses 16-17. Tonight we're laying the groundwork, the foundation for next week's study. So by way of introduction, Paul begins in verse 13 by saying, "I don't want you to be ignorant brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope."
Now the word translated "asleep" (koimao) means "to put to sleep, to fall asleep." It comes from a word that means to lie down. In fact, it's from this word we get the English word "cemetery" which means "a sleeping place."
So the word "asleep" means to lie down. You got that? While the word "asleep" means to lie down, the word "resurrection" means "to stand up." And they both refer to the body, never the soul!
Now we often talk about Christians' dying. We say, "Ol' Brother So-And-So died last night. Sister Jones died this morning." Well, ...
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